Crafts

All wrapped up for Christmas

 

 

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For me, wrapping a gift is a really satisfying thing to do. There are so many options available, with beautiful paper and trimmings available. I tend to use embellishments I already have – these include foliage & herbs from the garden, brown paper and twine (great for gifts for the men in your life). For ladies I sometimes embellish with broken jewellery pieces, recycled ribbon, scarves etc.

Last week I had a necklace to wrap to give my daughter. I did have  a black box the right size but it was too plain and had writing on it.  I glued a piece of lovely flocked wrapping paper from @Costco on the top then added red velvet rose trimming I purchased in the amazing Garment District in New York. I then wrapped the decorated box with the same paper and felt this made it really unique, she can throw away the outer paper and keep the box (below) with the necklace in it.

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If I am buying paper I like to get it from Costco, the fact that is has squares marked on the back makes it so easy to cut and crease. A few years ago I was featured in the Costco Connection magazine and using the the lovely paper and ribbon they provided made wrapping an absolute joy. May I add I am not being paid for this post.

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Here are some of my gift wraps from Christmases past

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My top tips for wrapping are:

Always work on a hard surface

Place the gift in a box for easier wrapping

Use the seamless method whereby the paper join is on a long edge and doesn’t  show

Keep a stock of brown paper and white tissue paper in the house and you will never be stuck

Learn basic Furoshiki wrapping – great for wrapping bottles and books

Learn how to tie a classic Tiffany bow using double sided satin ribbon – add a rhinestone brooch and make a statement!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a peaceful and happy Christmas

Gill

Crafts

The beauty of silk

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“My Mother was right; when you have nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust”   Jane Birkin

Who doesn’t love silk? I certainly do and I think I have loved it all of my life. My late Mum was in the WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service) and in WW2 she was in charge of parachute packing in various locations in the UK

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I remember that, when we were children she made us underwear using parachute silk.  Hence my love of beautiful fabrics.  My Mum went to run her own soft furnishing business and made lots of our clothes including my wedding dress.

I digress and now on to crafts – I have been teaching crafts for many years and am mostly self taught. I am always trying new things, but love crafts that have limitless options.

Silk ribbon embroidery is a very enjoyable craft. My first introduction to it was when a friend bought me the book called Roses written by Di Van Niekerk. The projects in this book are exquisite and the instructions well written.  I never copy projects as I prefer to do my own thing but it is good to have a well written book to guide you into doing things right.

 

I just can’t believe how long it is since I wrote a blog post. My old blog link is still live at http:// http://www.gillcolthart.blogspot.com

 

 

 

Crafts

Painted roses

Who doesn’t love roses?

 

 

I love growing them, drying them, sewing them with silk ribbon and painting them

This  was card made with this Sizzix On The Edge Die and I could not wait to make some with painted roses.  The lacy edge combined with pale roses is stunning. I love painting on black  and the cards look amazing with either coloured inserts or a greeting written with white ink

 

If you would like to learn decorative painting it is easier than you think as you build on your skills stroke by stroke…….it is similar to the way you learn the alphabet or a musical instrument, rather than being born with “artistic talent”.  I believe everyone is born with some creativity but often lack of confidence and self doubt gets in the way of it! I didn’t start painting until I was 55 and many good painters only take it up when they retire.

I teach arts and crafts on cruise ships, and one of my favourite things is seeing passengers who have just completed a craft project for the very first time.

I also run workshops in my garden studio near Edinburgh.

If you want to start painting there are many helpful links with ideas, tips and projects. 

There are hundreds of projects for all skill levels on the DecoArt site

I painted these cards with DecoArt Americana Paint on black card. …….it is a quality paint with a smooth consistency and  comes in a wide range of colours

 

 

 

 

Give it a try…….you will love it!