Ok, hang on a minute. How on earth did we get to the end of May already. I know we have a couple of days left but I feel like I haven't had anytime to settle into this month at all! I love that everything is now green again and we're getting more and more sunny days. It's traditionally a quiet time for bloggers but that doesn't stop DIY bloggers creating amazing DIY's to make us want to stay inside and get making!
So let's get straight to it! Here are my favourite 50 DIY's from May.
I've been having a thing for lavender recently. I love the scent. It's one of those things that literally makes me happy through my senses. It takes me back to childhood summers roller skating around the small cul-de-sac I lived on. It took us about three minutes to get from the big lavender bush just before the small hill, all the way round and right back round to that scent all over again. And we did this for hours. That smell reminds me of being carefree and out in the sun. It makes me want to dig out my old roller skates!
If you follow me on social media you'll have seen I've been working with my sister recently. As she is a baking force of nature it only seemed natural that we started making some of my sweeter dreams come true. First off these ginger and lavender iced cookies because of my previously mentioned love of Lavender of course. Rather than rehash a cookie recipe for you, I'll direct you to Nigella because we all know she's going to make a great biscuit! Just add half a teaspoon of ginger extract (or 1tsp if you love ginger) and cut into large circles.
When the cookies are cool mix a couple of drops of lavender extract into your icing fondant. Roll out and cut into slightly smaller circles. Smooth them onto the top of the biscuits. Using the remaining icing mix make a ball of lilac and light blue.
Roll these out thinly and cut with a daisy plunge cutter. Slice these in half and starting from the top of the bloom wrap them into a lavender shape. It's easier if you use only three petals from the flower on the first row. Adhere each new wrap of petals with gum paste.
Roll out a stalk of green icing and attach to the bottom of the lavender. Make enough to cover your biscuits, then sit back and admire your handiwork quickly before they all mysteriously disappear..
Today I'm starting a new series that I hope will be here for a long time. As well as getting to collaborate with some of my favourite artists on projects for the blog, I'm delving right into my what really sparks my happy, creative self -Embroidery. If you haven't already, you can read my journey to becoming a creative blogger which is all about my background and how I specialised in embroidery for my textile design degree.
I'm sad to say that in the years since I left university I have been neglecting my skills. I've spent the first half of this year trying to remedy that. I wanted to explore easy ways to build up my confidence and I thought the best way to do this would be creating fun little samples. Quick designs to experiment and develop.
To help me I've called on some of my amazing, creative friends who are so generously sharing their designs with us! You will be able to download each design for free to work on and create your own stitch in. Our first artist is Tan from Squirrelly Minds. Tan creates these AMAZING crystal watercolour paintings so she was an obvious choice to collaborate on these post. She has simplified one of her designs (shown below) so we can use it to create our embroidered piece. Thank you Tan! Head over to her Instagram to see more of what she does.
We're calling this series our Stitch-In Designs because it's sort of like a colouring in page but with added texture. And because that in itself is pretty stitchin' no? OK, I promise I won't do that again (I can't really promise that - you understand right?)
I've always loved the technique of appliqué. It's such a wonderful way to create texture, shape and colour. I've combined this with hand embroidered stitches to create some definition in the crystal. Small stitches allow me to build up the refections of light in the stone. Read on for more instructions and your download.
I'm so happy I can finally announce that we're partnering with FIMO for June's We Make Collective kit. FIMO has always been my go to for polymer clay. I don't know a maker/blogger who doesn't absolutely love working with it. The response from our We Make Collective Bloggers when they heard the next box was dedicated to this awesomely versatile material was excitement like no other kit yet!
Since this year marks the 50th anniversary of FIMO (yeah, can you believe it!) we wanted to help them party polymer style with a kit celebrating and exploring the amazing possibilities FIMO clay has to offer.
I couldn't remember the first time I used polymer clay so I went searching back through the our tutorials and can you believe it, it was almost exactly three years ago that I made my first DIY with polymer clay - two days out in fact! If you want a blast from the past then check out this polymer clay ring tutorial from the Fall For DIY Archives. Some of these seriously make me cringe, but I love looking over old photos! Oh how much has changed!
If you want to help us celebrate FIMO's half century of incredible clay creations then you have to get in quick. The kits are now down to single digits and once they're gone, they are gone! This week we expect to sell out.
I realised I've used this line before but I am going there again because it's so good! Don't get FIMO FOMO (haha) and order here quick! And if you're still sitting on the fence then here's a little preview of one of many exclusive tutorials you will have access to with the kits.