Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cards for Colleagues

I needed to make 3 cards for colleagues of mine at work.

Each card needed to hold a small gift - I decided on 2 little slabs of chocolate.

The 2nd card was quite simple....

and also held 2 mini chocolates in the pocket on the right hand side.

The left side held the "thank you" tags.

The 3rd card had a tea-bag folded Christmas Tree - nicely decorated.

... with simple pockets which held the chocolates and tags.

Till next Time
Keep Crafting
Akela Joy

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Wreath

A friend made the most beautiful Christmas Wreath a little while back - so I had to try my hand at making something similar.

I just cut out a number of STARS, HEARTS, and LEAVES which were in different sizes.

Pasted some pretty Christmas paper onto them and arranged then on the wreath.

I fitted in some embellishments to complete the item.
It now hangs on my front door.

Till next Time

Keep Crafting

Akela Joy

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sixer Council Meeting - 9th Benoni

Sixer Council Meeting - to be held on 28th August.
The next Sixer Council is to be next Saturday when we will meet with the Sixers and Seconds of 9th Benoni.
At these meetings, the cub scout leaders give input of games, outings etc.

I enjoy making something special for each cub scout - to show them that they are indeed a special person.

These are very simple to make and the pattern is obtainable on the internet or here.

Instead of them being just plain boxes, I added some scouting pictures..
Till next Time
Keep Crafting
Akela Joy

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Handy handbag

My mom stays in a retirement village in Port Elizabeth and all her children stay far away from her. Each year we try and arrange something special for her.

This year I made for her (and 2 of her friends) a little handbag which contained:
1 box of chocolates
1 small cold drink
1 ticket to the theatre
1 limousine collection and drop off
Of course, all three old ducks were thrilled with my mom's gift and are looking forward to the limo ride!
The handbags are made from 2 pieces of 30 x 30 scrap paper joined together and folded strategically.

And then decorated as one wishes.
Handles are put on at the end.

A lovely little idea for a small gift.
Till next Time
Keep Crafting
Akela Joy

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

That special little bag - 25th May 2010

I found this most delightful purse on the internet made out of a juice bottle.
I love craft work and enjoy showing our cub and leaders how to make cute, useful items from rubbish..... as they say "from litter to glitter"!

Instead of leaving it plain, I have decorated it with pretty lace and added a gold chain.

It is very simple and easy to make and I am sure all your cub scouts will enjoy this.

The girl cubs will enjoy decorating it and making it look pretty and dainty.

For the boys we have a wallet also made from recycleable material.... this time a cereal box.
Very cute indeed!

The pattern for this wallet I also found on the internet .... but after spending 10 minutes searching for it, I cannot find it!
So if you nee the template let me know and I can let you have it.
Remember to send me your return email address in the comments.
Grateful thanks to the originator of these templates!
Keep Crafing

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Children's Hand-Painted wall clocks

My sister is a stunning artist and recently painted this fabulous wall clock for a child's bedroom.
She is selling it for only R200- excluding postage.
If anyone is interested in buying it, please email me on this address.
.... Perhaps you would like a different picture - just let us know - send us the picture and I am sure she will gladly paint it for you....

Till next Time
Keep Crafting
Akela Joy

Sunday, January 17, 2010

That special "recycled" gift

This is such a nifty way to wrap a gift using recycled material!

Would you ever guess that this is actually from a Coke bottle?
I have used a 1 litre Coke bottle (but a 2 litre works just as well) and cut it approximately 11 cm from the base.

I then decoupaged the bottle with a serviette and left to completely dry.

The top section is then cut into 5 equal parts as shown.

I first of all bent these outwards and then inwards to ensure the "fold" was fixed.

The top corners were rounded.

and then all you need to do is close each one and these form the lid!

Now it can be decorated as you wish!

A small gift can be placed inside for that special person.

Simple and easy and best of all, using recyclable material.
Till next Time
Keep Crafting
Akela Joy

Friday, January 8, 2010

Recycled Bottle Tops

At Cub Scouts we teach the young ones a lot about recycling and reusing items found in and around the house. We are always on the look-out for new ideas - so if you have any easy ideas for young kids, please leave me a comment and let me know - I really would appreciate it.
Anyway - this is such a lovely idea for Mother's Day.... a bottle-top brooch!

We had a whole lot of bottle tops which I washed out and left to dry in the sun. I filled them partially with pollyfilla - a cement like substance. This filled the sides up nicely.
I sprayed them all gold.

Put a dab of craft glue (that dries clear) in the centre and drop your beads in randomly.
.... or you can create your own pattern.

If you don't want to use beads, a brilliant idea (from my dh) is to use broken buttons.

... in the process of drying ...

These brooch clips I added last - glued on with special jewellry glue which is fast drying.

I really though these came out well and an easy craft for the cub scouts to handle.
Till next Time
Keep Crafting
Akela Joy