Posts tagged ‘Jen Heal’

December 2, 2012

Craft stall, mixed media etc update

So it’s been ages since my last post.  I’ve been up to a fair bit craft-wise although also busy with other stuff, this is a quick update/round up x

I had another go it making a mixed media canvas, trying out some new products and ideas.

grace mixed media canvas

With a three dimensional element this time.


I did another craft stall.

craft stall

Again it wasn’t a big seller but the table was reasonable and I enjoyed meeting the other stall holders.

craft stall

I made some of these sewing kit jars with pin cushion lids.  I think they’re really cute and good fun to put together.  I roughly followed the instructions from Martha Stewarts book.

sewing kit jar

And made some coordinating labels for them.

craft stall items

And I had a go at a Christmasy-themed digital media composition text thingy (not sure what you call it!).

So, in the words of the John Lewis snowmen (and a few others)…

make love your goal image

October 23, 2011

Kids Craft

On Friday evenings I help with a club for kids aged 9-11 at my church.  We do all sorts of fun and crazy activities but generally once or twice a term we have a more chilled out evening with optional activities and I do something crafty.

The aim is to have an activity that takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, is suitable for boys and girls, doesn’t require too much help, is cheep and is cool/something that they’re interested in.  A couple of weeks ago we made these little guys…

...magnetic caterpillar pegs!!

They went down very well with the boys and girls.  They were fairly simple to make, a little fiddly but most managed them no problem.


  • wooden pegs
  • mini pompoms in varying degrees of mini-ness
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • magnet strip

Simply apply the glue to the peg, add the pompoms and eyes and then stick the magnet on the back (the magnet we had was self adhesive).

We used UHU glue which did work but took some time to stick and is a little delicate.  Something thicker like a glue gun would probably make them more robust.

I also put out a mix of stickers, ribbons, foam shapes and other bits and pieces and they made their own creations.  Unfortunately in the craziness I didn’t manage to get a picture of the kid’s handiwork.  But I have got my little sample bug stuck up on my fridge 🙂

August 14, 2011

First Quilt Creation

My first blog, about my first quilt!  Well, the first quilt I started anyway, not the first I have completed.  But it is now finished, two years after I first ventured into the world of quilts, and what an amazing world it is!

The idea of making a quilt arose when I was in a homeware and gift shop in Spain and my mum was looking for something to buy me for my birthday.  They had some lovely quilts but none of them were quite the right colours for what I wanted.  So I thought why not make my own?  My birthday present that year was then money towards the materials I needed to make my quilt.

A trip to the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC a couple of weeks later (more on the festival to follow) and I had most of my fabric.  I didn’t follow a pattern but I did find ‘The Compendium of Quilting Techniques’ by Susan Brisco very useful as a guide to each stage of the process.  I’ve worked on it in fits and starts over the last two years, sometimes waiting because I needed to find more fabric (one of the down sides of making it up as you go along) and sometimes because I was working on other things.  I was put off by the thought of the binding so it has sat in an almost finished state waiting to be bound for a number of months.  But actually, when I got on to it the binding came together fairly quickly and it was soon done.

I am very happy with the result.  I like the mix of fabrics and the pattern.  It’s not perfect and there are definitely things I have learnt and would do differently if I was doing it again but overall I love it and have loved working on it!

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