May 25, 2010

instant crafting...and things that make me happy...

...i've never been big on the whole middle~class delayed gratification thing...so every now and then...i like to make an almost *instant* project...and these are examples that...quick...simple and immensely satisfying in that *something out of nothing* sort of way...get ready with the tacky glue!! so there i am...twenty minutes before dinner...and it occurs to me that i cannot live another minute without a set of cute napkin rings to tidy up the table...one square of leather {from a sofa swatch book}, one pair of pinking shears, 4 crochet flowers {these adorable ones were ready~made} and 8 spots of Tacky glue later...i have a unique set ready to go...and the rice hasn't even boiled yet...

i actually made 4 but i have a crafters' obsession with 3 of things...so i only pictured 3!!! ;0)

...with the remaining 10 minutes i decided it was about time i had a new bookmark {as the last one got returned to the library by mistake!}...this was a bit more time consuming...i cut out the leather...set an eyelet in one end, layers all the scraps from a gorgeous set of Bo Bunny rubons to make the design...and added a few strands of beads...
so...for very minimal expense or activity...i have new things for me and my home...a virtuous feeling in my heart...and to top it all...the last 3 days of glorious sun has had this effect on the garden:

the hanging baskets are well on their way to glory...


...and the clematis are already there!
i do hope things are going as well in your neck of the woods...and as always if you make either of my projects...i'd love to see your versions! just add a link in the comments...
happy day
:0)

8 comments:

Tess said...

Such pretty napkin rigns. Great job. I like that they are leather as not very many people work with leather. I made a leather/suede book once and it has stood the test of time so well. Your flowers are lovely. I think I'll try making a book mark today.
Tess

sutty said...

Love your clematis shots - your garden looks great! (need to get out in mine ) Quick and creative with the napkin rings, and a beautiful bookmark too :)

TFS

Kat

Claireliz said...

oh fabby napkin rings & love the book mark, I've got to put DD's tea on in ten minutes... Do you think I'll have time to make it :)
x

Leigh said...

How cute are these, great idea if you were having an impromptu dinner party. Love your bookmark too and the clematis is beautiful.

Just_a_bean said...

Great idea for a bookmark - will have to keep an eye out for some leather swatches.

Wendy said...

Love the bookmark.... I never would have thought of using rub ons on leather, must give it a try!

wendy

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

I adore clematis and the hanging basket is looking good :) thanks for the idea for using leather
Anne x

Jules said...

Love the bookmark, the colours are fab