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My Monday is winding down and almost coming to an end.

Today I’m sharing this easy brooch with you. I was stuck with what to make Lili for Casual Day. I took a look at my craft/sewing/junk table and saw I had the perfect ingredients for a flower brooch.

Here is what you will need:

  • sewing needle, scissors
  • fabric scraps to cover button
  • felt for back of brooch
  • yarn to crochet flower (or circle in my case), and crochet hook
  • embroidery thread, sequins and beads to decorate
  • safety pin

This is what I used to make the brooch

How to make it:

  • Cut the felt into a flower shape. Mine started out nice and big, but turned out smaller cause I trimmed it so much. I used red felt cause that’s all I could find in my fabric stash. Using embroidery thread in matching or contrasting colour, sew blanket stitch all around the felt flower. I used pink thread.
  • Crochet a flower that will fit on the felt base. I used pink stretchy yarn because the colour matched the fabric I had in mind for the button. I tried making the flower from memory, but failed horribly. It became a circle. So feel free to use you own pattern. Found a step-by-step picture tutorial here, and a video one here.
  • Make a covered button with fabric of your choice. I found a tutorial on how to do that here.

You make three 'layers' - now to assemble

Here is where I apologise for the bad quality pics. It was late at night and the lighting was horrible.

Centre the crochet circle flower on top of the felt flower. Then the button on top. Secure the layers with a few stitches looping through the button hook; then position the safety pin at the back and sew the whole lot together.

Sew a safety on the back

I only secured the pin in the middle, but you can catch it on a the ends as well. (For an unexplainable reason I only had darning needles, so fine work was tricky at best)

Add some sequins and beads for bling

Sew some sequins and beads to the crochet circle flower; then pin it on your favourite shirt / dress / toddler.

Some more I've made since posting

I’ve made some more since posting this mini-tut. And I’ve managed to get the crochet flower right too!

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A few weeks ago I started making {another} a list with some crafts I want to attempt. These washer necklaces are one of the items.

Follow the complete tutorial from Not So Idle Hands.

Amelia loves wearing her washer necklace.

While visiting on the farm about a month ago, I mentioned that I want to get some of these letter stamp sets – Father-in-law said that he still has his old set that they used to ID the sheep. Henk tried to convince me that they actually stamped the sheep’s ears {I’m not THAT gullible} – Dad used to stamp little metal tags which were attached to the sheep’s ears.

The letters are a bit bigger that the size mentioned in the tutorial, but free is free right! Henk brought me some washers from work and I set off hammering. The hammer I got was obviously too small {Henk snickering at it didn’t help much}, so my first attempt was for Amelia and as you can see in the image, the letters aren’t very deep so the ink doesn’t stick in the groove.

Next stop was at Henk’s work where he gave me a some space at a workbench, a 4 pound hammer, and a practice bit of sheet metal. {darling} I found their stash of washers too – wish my kitchen was as organised as their stores.

I struggled a bit holding the letter and hitting it with one hard, swift blow and NOT hitting my fingers; so Henk lent me a shifting spanner as well to hold the letters with. Having the right tools worked a lot better, even though  it came out upside down ūüėČ

I made some for Amelia’s friends and cousins, as well as a few non-personal ones.

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I am the worst kind of shopper – the impulsive kind. And also the I might need that kind. So when I started buying beads I got them in sets of 4 or 5 of each… just in case I might need extra. Added to this kind of hoarding-buying-spree, I also want to keep 1 or 2 for just in case in use it; but I never do. So I always have a bit of whatever I was working on left over: be it a single unpaired glass bead, half a small bowl of icing sugar, or the last 10 ml of fruit concentrate.¬† (you get the picture right?)

So my beads box has a lot if little containers now with odd beads and charms and doodah’s in a rainbow of colours, just sitting there waiting to be used.

I felt a bit more inspired after reading this book, Beading for Beginners. It really shows you the bare basics, but I also got some nice ideas for future projects.

My first earring set I made with yellow beads because it’s not a colour I wear often, so if I stuff it up it’s ok.¬† Ended up wearing them with my Bafana-bafana shirt on Football Friday anyway – I loved how they came out!

I found our local craft shop has some stunning painted glass beads – you just have to hunt a bit.

The cool thing about all this craftiness, is how fast you can work as well. On Saturday I put on a new sweater and while checking out the mirror I thought I have some beads that will look perfect with this. Few twists, cuts, matching seed beads and quick-quick I had a set of earrings to complement my outfit.

And I’ll probably never wear this set again as I’m using the white-flowery beads in a handbag charm for myself.

Highlight of my week though was that a friend asked me to make a handbag charm for another friend of hers for her birthday; she offered to pay me – you know it’s serious business when there’s money involved ūüėČ

And second top highlight was when I stumbled onto this site. I know there is this huge warehouse-type shop in Cape Town, Beads for Africa, which has almost any and every beads imaginable. So when we moved to the platteland I though that I will miss out on al the big craft suppliers. Price wise looks like The Bead Shop is affordable, and their shipping is based on weight. I’ll order from them sometime next month and see how their service is.¬† Let’s get beading!

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The vests I got for Amelia were so boring. I decided to jazz them up a bit. Googled some baby-type pics and painted them with fabric paint. Also I need to do something for myself for a bit during the day – baby tends to take over EVERYTHING. Still loving motherhood!

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