Pixie Garden Update

As promised an update of the pixie garden I’ve created.

Little twig bench amongst the flowers.

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Mushroom bird house amongst flowers & twig furniture. If you look carefully at the back you will see a green fimo man.

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Here he is.

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Doll trellis with mini mushrooms & more flowers waiting to grow. They are protected by lolly stick fence.

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Hobbit mound with doorway, still growing but on its way with a lovely swing outdoors.

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Mushrooms & plastic flowers to fill the space. Under the leaves at top is a gnome on a log.

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Lastly is the broken pot make as decorative feature.

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The whole garden complete with outer fence plastic bottle rocket to scare the birds off.

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To the right of pixie garden is the gnarly pixie garden with more flowers we await.

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Big Critter helped me with some of this & enjoyed watching it grow. You can do smaller versions for in pots or window boxes. You could even do a fake version indoors. I made 4 fake gardens.

Hope you enjoyed this & I promise to share updates in the future.

tracy

 

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How to rustle up a pirate costume quick!

Before you’re walked off the plank for being inappropriately dressed here’s some mums tips for a quick DIY pirate costume.

This is my own Big Critter when he was a toddler. For his outfit I added a finger puppet parrot to his shoulder & used eyeliner to make some facial hair. We had the bandanna already & at nearly 6 he still wears it!

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This is what Michelle from Charming Jewellery did. She cut out the legs off a pair of jeans her little boy had outgrown height wise. Added a couple of existing dress up items & he was ready to oh arrrr.

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Michelle Caldwell from Southport made this for her son. the parrot was from an old baby cot mobile, The shorts & t-shirt he already had.

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Finally this guys mum Beki from FeahPenny Tutus used an old waistcoat she was given & added some black & gold jewellery she no longer used with the finishing touch of eyeliner for a beard later on.

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See its that simple. You can use what you have in to make a unique pirate suit. All these kids had dress ups to add to the outfit but you can easily make these yourself. Swords from cardboard, bandanna’s from scarf’s or even a tea towel.

Hope you are willing to share pics of your DIY pirate outfits.

tracy

Funky Footstool

I’m on a quest to use recycling that my local council don’t recycle!! One of those is plastic! I saw a great tutorial for a foot stool made from 2 litre plastic bottles (empty).

Here’s my version:

First I laid out the bottles to check the size of the foot stool & position of the bottles.

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I took away the outer row & taped together the inner ones. I did try to tape the whole thing together as stood above but was impossible with bottles flying all over like a wacky game of skittles!

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After that I taped outer layer to inner part to make the final core.

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Now you have to measure it. I did this at the bottom for a more accurate measurement.

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Tie some string onto a pencil near the sharp end.

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Taking the width of the bottles half this & measure from the pencil to this length on the string. At this point hold it in centre of a large piece of cardboard.

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Holding the string form & pencil to the card draw a circle. This may not be overly neat just try your best but unless you have a huge compass is your best way to draw this. You need 2 circles.

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I used a craft knife to cut around this line.

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Layer the 2 pieces of cardboard on the top & bottom of the bottle core. Tape it on with loads of tape to make it immoveable. I used brown tape.

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Now you need wadding, you can also use thick foam. Cut 4 circles 2 for top & 2 for bottom. If you use very thick wadding 1 layer may be enough.

You also need wadding for the sides. I did this by taping the edge to my bottle core & rolling & cutting as I went.

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You should now have this:

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Again I used brown tape to secure it all but you may have a better way of doing this. Now you have to measure it: the top from 1 side to the other, height of the whole lot & the circumference. Don’t squeeze too much as want your stool to retain some shape without the cover being baggy.

Unfortunately at this point I lost some pictures so will describe best I can.

  • Using same method as before make a pattern for the top then do same for outside strip. You need 2 circles & 1 strip.Remember to add seam allowances.
  • Start by joining the 2 ends of the strip together, right sides together.
  • Next pin one circle to the strip right sides together also. Sew this using your seam allowance. You will end up almost like a soft bucket type shape.
  • Repeat for bottom but don’t sew it the whole way maybe half way because you need a gap to put it on the stool.
  • Now you will have hand stitch the gap closed. I did this by tucking in the circle part & folding the outer part inwards this creates less bulk & is neater. Slip stitch the gap shut.

You have a nice new foot stool for minimal cost! I can say this has been a great stool and yes doesn’t last forever but held up for at least 5/6 months.

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