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What I have been making!

So I mentioned the last few weeks have been crazy busy!!
First there was the craft fair and getting stuff ready for that. Then all the Christmas Etsy orders too!
Here are some pictures of stuff I made this week.

Two fabric letter orders.

Some fruity friends, all happy and cute!

I have more to make this week coming too, oh come on January when things are calm again!!

Diezijn Leuk 2012!!

Last weekend I got the news that Diezijn Leuk is planning another craft fair on April 1st 2012 in Groningen!!

I am so super excited for this. In November I went to my first one there, and although it was a bit cold we didn’t have any snow, and I had great neighbours and it turned out a lovely day. Even with the trouble of carrying all my stock and displays to the fair by bicycle (two of us) I still managed to fill a 4meter booth!

So this time the fair is Sunday April 1st (lets hope its no April fools!!) so I have to get my new collection of Easter decorations ready for it. I also decided I would have an area on my stand for my sewing patterns too. Although my patterns are in English, many Dutch people can read English so I hope that wont be a problem.

So over the coming months I am going to be experimenting with more display ideas, especially ways to add height to my display but still be easy to transport by bicycle!

Diezijn Leuk website
Diezijn Leuk on Facebook

Dutch and end of new year slump!!

Argh!! This morning I had my Dutch speaking exam. I sadly failed my first attempt before Christmas (I was just sooo nervous I made so many small silly mistakes). I hope I did better this time, I tried to keep calm and kept telling myself I could do it, because when I am speaking Dutch with my boyfriend I have no problem. I wont hear for another week but gosh I am hoping I did ok this time.

Oh another note, I got my sewing swing back a bit!
I though, what project do I love to do the most? Answer is my Rapunzel organiser towers. I just adore each one I make.

This time I made it in purple and as usual I am totally in love with it 😛 But it is available in my etsy shop if someone else loves it just as much.

I also made two button hearts ready for valentines! See these also in my etsy shop.

St Martins Day {tutorial}

It makes me sad seeing all the fun Halloween posts in blog land over the last few weeks. So many beautiful costumes made and decorations but in the Netherlands no one really celebrates it.
But we do celebrate St. Martins Day on 11th November!
On St. Martins night kids walk around the neighbourhood with handmade paper lanterns or candles. They knock at your door and sing you a little song about St. Martin in exchange for some candy.

Although St. Martins Day is not celebrated everywhere in the world, I am sharing a little tutorial to make paper lanterns today. You can always use the tutorial to make some lanterns for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

You will need:
Template (download here, includes small and medium template)
Coloured card
Tissue paper
Decorating materials, this can be what ever you have on hand, pencils, glitter, stickers, felt etc.

Print off the template onto your coloured card stock and cut around the edge and cut the 4 squares out of the panels. Score along the fold lines to make it easier later on.
If you are making the medium lantern, glue the two pieces together so it looks like the small lantern template and keep some scrap card to make the hanging loop.

Cut your tissue paper into squares big enough to cover the cut out panels and glue them into place on the back side of the lantern.

Turn your lantern over and take your decorating materials and make your lantern look super pretty! You can really use anything to decorate it with.

Once you have finished glue the end tab of the lantern to the other side so you get a square.

Then glue each of the tabs on the top two sections all the way around making the lanterns shape.

Now glue on the little handle strip, or use ribbon if you prefer.

In the Netherlands you can buy little sticks with string on one end and an electric candle attached so you can hang them from the stick to go out and sing with. But you can always leave them on the table with an electric candle inside.

NOTE these lanterns are made from paper, do not use a real candle in them as its a fire hazard!!

Rag quilt for my soon to arrive cousin

The other day I saw a lovely pink rag quilt featured on Craft Gossip.

Rikka from ricochet and away made the cute quilt for her daughter and it is the first time I have seen a rag quilt.
I loved the idea because as Rikka says in her post, you can work on one square at a time making it perfect when you only have limited work space (like me!)
So here is my piles of fabric all cut out, and piles of batting and I am getting ready to start sewing them together this evening (but have to clear it all away to have dinner in a bit).

I will show it all finished over the weekend!