Reborning: Rooting Pillow How to.

When adding the hair to a reborn doll it help to have something you can put the dolls head on to stabilize your work area. This is what I came up with to do the job.

What you need:

Some fabric: I used a pretty Hello Kitty patterned flannel.

Sewing Supplies

Sewing machine (Optional you could hand sew this.

A large bowl: I used a cake dish that we get our cakes in. The cover works brilliantly for size




How to:

  1.  Fold your fabric in half (right side in) and use your bowl as a template to draw a circle shape on your fabric.
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  3. Before cutting put a generous amount of pins in the folded fabric so it wont shift when you cut.
  4. Cut out your circle (sorry about the blurry image)
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  6. Now take a tape measure and measure the circumference and the depth of the bowl and you have your middle part
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  8. Cut out
  9. Pin (with right sides together) the straight edge to the curved edge
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  11. Sew slowly and carefully. Make sure you keep the edges aligned.
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  13. I wanted the pillow to be slightly smaller than the bowl so I didn’t add a seam allowance. I kept the seam to about 1cm all around the edge. On your second seam make sure to leave a little space for stuffing
  14. Sew down the middle of the band so you only have the stuffing hole open
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  16. When you have sewn both sides, clip the seams without clipping the stitching.
  17. Now turn it the right way around
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  19. Start by filling the pillow about half way with rice.
  20. Make sure the rice stays at the bottom then fill  the rest of the pillow with batting. (it will give a more solid surface than the fiber fill and work better as a cushion. The batting part is the bottom of the pillow.
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  22. Be careful not to over stuff the pillow. Sew the opening hole closed well and turn the pillow over
  23. Now you can manipulate the rice stuffing to position your doll head how you need to for easier rooting.








Polymer Clay Color Recipe Box

Boy that’s a long title…


Hello, Lovely Crafties,

Its another Sunday and what a beautiful day it is.

Okay, so I don’t really know what kind of day it is. Because its Monday and two weeks before this post is going up, but we can pretend, right?

Today I’m going to be showing you a storage solution/idea for all those polymer clay color recipes we collect.

I’ve seen people use folders and notebooks and every other thing I can think of to save the recipes.

There are some brilliant ideas out there.

But I had an idea that would both be a space saver in storage, and an easy to flip through catalog of color recipes.

(No, that’s not a spelling mistake, that’s how we spell color here.)


Index Cards:

I know… They went out the window before VHS tapes did, but lets haul out and dust off this wonderful filing system because its perfect for a few different catalog needs.

As you can see this is a simple plastic “Bantex” index card holder. I put some vinyl lettering on it and used some Washi tape for colored accents.


I made some dividers by laminating black card stock, cutting it down to size then using scrap-booking paper to make the tabs.

I made the labels using the print and cut feature on my cameo.

I made main dividers to keep brands separate then I subdivided by color groups.


  • Black / White
  • Skin Tones
  • Browns
  • Pinks
  • Reds
  • Yellows
  • Oranges
  • Greens
  • Blues
  • Purples (which is my indigo and violet)

Then Fimo and so on  until I had dividers for all my brands of clay.


For the actual recipe cards I used bright index cards and printed and cut out labels on my cameo (again) The little color chip goes on the top right hand corner of the card.

I thought I was rather clever, but then I’m an organizing junkie.

Happy Crafting,







Making a sturdy bracelet loom


What you will need:


  1. A lid for a plastic dish (one you don’t mind destroying) I used an old ice-cream dish lid.
  2. A circle cutter (if you don’t have one you can use a scissors)
  3. A Japanese hole punch
  4. A cutting matt
  5. Scissors
  6. Felt tip pen
  7. Ruler


How To:

  • Using the circle cutter cut a circle out of the plastic lid.


  • If you don’t have a circle cutter, you could use something circular like a bowl or glass and draw a circle then cut it out with a scissors.
  • Using the Hole Punch punch a hole in the center of your circle.
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  • Now use a ruler and draw 8 lines evenly spaced around the circle
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  • Cut about a centimeter into each of the lines that you have drawn.
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  • There you go a sturdy bracelet loom that will make a nice rope bracelet.



Keeping up with the Crafting

Happy Sunday, Crafties


As a multi-crafter I always have more than a few projects going at any specific time. Added to that, my over-active brain has ideas and concepts buzzing round it continually. Whether it’s a plot in a book I’m busy writing, or a craft idea, or a new project I want to try.

I get asked a lot. “How do you keep up?”

Today I’m going to share a simple little secret with you.


I know, it sounds so old-skool but I have to TO DO lists and idea lists and project lists and plot lists. Even that can get overwhelming.

So I’ve found a way to simplify it and still help my overactive brain keep up with everything.

I keep note-books for my lists. One for crafting, One for writing and my day planner. Between those and Google calendar I’m perfectly organized.


Today I’m going to be sharing my Craft book, and the simple way I do it to keep it manageable.

Firstly I keep my craft planner on my desk within easy reach. That way I don’t have to go hunting for it when I want to jot an idea.



My craft planner is a simple A5 book I bought for about R30 from Makro if I remember right.

I’m still going to decorate it but for now its just a plain pink hard-cover journal.

I have it divided into two sections.


CURRENT PROJECTS: That’s in the front of the book.


IDEAS: That is in the back of the book.




So if I have a craft idea I go jot it in the back.

And the projects that I’m busy with get jotted in the front.




Current Projects.



As I complete a project I strike through it with a highlighter and use a date stamp to put in the date it was completed.

You’d be surprised at the sense of accomplishment you get as those projects get finished one by one and the highlight adds up.

The green writing in the margin on the current project page is just a code I worked out for what type of craft it is. That way I know at a glance what project it is.


Here is the code so you can see how I did it or borrow it for your own lists:

LH- Latch Hooking

CS- Cross Stitch

CR- Crochet

CP- Color Pencil

PA- Painting

AB- Air Brushing

TB- Teddy Bears

PC- Polymer Clay

KN- Knitting

PB- Pealer Beads

CG- Computer Graphics

SW- Sewing

QU- Quilting

AP- Appliqué

CA- Card Making

BE- Beading


As you can see its very straight forward.


There is one thing I do that help when you have a huge project that can feel very overwhelming.

I break it into sections.


For example; I have a cross stitch piece I have been working on for ages. It’s a huge piece that has 6 pages of pattern.

I break it into pages: So in my craft journal I’ll have Page 3 of Aurora Cabin.

And once that page is completed I cross it out and add Page 4 of Aurora Cabin.

It makes a big task seem smaller, believe me it helps.


The Back is ideas:


As I start a project  I strike through it with a highlighter and ad WIP (work in progress) to that page.

See so simple and you know where you are and what you have time for.


Okay, so I’ve made this post a lot longer than I intended too. Gah. Sorry about that.

I hope it helps you get a bit more organized if you are a multi-crafter like me.


Have a great Sunday



Beaded Cup Cover

Good Sunday morning, Crafties.


When I was little, I remember my granny having (and making) these beautiful crochet cup covers replete with dangling beads, to keep things out of her tea cups and to cover  food with when it sat on the table Christmas day (south African summer Christmas called for it)

I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own for a while—my gran’s one’s long since gone (goodness knows where)

Luckily for me (and much like my gran) I’m a hoarder (when it comes to craft supplies at least) when I find something at a good price I buy it and put it away, I always find a use for my stash.

In my stash I have heaps of seed beads. I’ve had them for years and ever so often I find a project that calls for them. Recently I bought some pretty pink faux-crystal beads and some plastic round beads. These made me get serious about my beaded cup cover.

This post is not a pattern. It’s a basic break down on how I did it. So if you want to give it a go, you will have to create your own pattern as you go. I will give you the basics and that is more than enough to work from.


What you will need:

A basic idea of crocheting.

Seed Beads (Colors of your choice)


Little crystal like beads

Round plastic beads

A small tapestry needle

A needle threader (This is optional but really helps with threading the crochet cotton through the tapestry needle)


Tulle fabric  (color of your choice)

Long pins

Crochet cotton

Crochet hook 1.9mm (size 5 in US sizing)

Superglue (optional)


How To:

Prepping the Tulle:

  • Start by folding your tulle in half so you are working on two layers of tulle
  • Take the size of cup you want to work with and put it upside down on the tulle.
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  • Draw around the cup with a pencil (the softer the better) then go 1cm further and draw another circle.
  • Use three long pins to pin the two pieces of tulle together before you start cutting
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  • Carefully cut around the circle
  • Keep the pins in place for the mean time.

Time to start crocheting:

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  • chart from here 
  • I learned to crochet using the UK names for stitches so I’ve added this here for those of you who call the stitches something else.
  • I used dc all around the first row (sc US) working neatly and evenly so that none of the edge of the tulle showed
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  • ss into the first stitch of the row at the end
  • The second row was 1ch 1dc (1ch 1sc) all the way around
  • Now you have a nice boarder to start working in your beads.
  • Cut the thread leaving a nice long piece so it wont unravel and put the tulle one side.
  • Alternatively you can thread your beads first and keep sliding them back as you work. Doing this has the advantage of less knots in your work but the crochet cotton tends to fray with the continued sliding of beads over it.

Threading the Beads:

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  • You are going to start only using your seed beads. I chose two colors for my base
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  • I threaded my crochet cotton through my tapestry needle and alternatively added 10 beads of each color
  • I didn’t count how many, but it was a lot.
  • This is a fantastic project to sit and do when you are watching TV.
  • First beading step done

Crochet continued:

  • Reattach the cotton using a tight little knot right near your hook.
    • Now 1ch, slide 1 bead against your hook, yoh (yarn over hook) and through the loop.
    • (your bead will now be crocheted into the stitch.
    • 1 ch and into the next stitch do a dc (sc)
  • Do this through the whole row. SS into the start of the row.
  • Sorry for the lack of photos in this part. Bright spark here was working and watching TV and forgot to take pics.
  • 1 ch, now it gets fun. Slide the bead against the hook and do the stitch. We’ll call this chaining the bead.
  • Chain five beads; double crochet into stitch.
  • I didn’t do it in ever stitch there would have been way too much, so I skipped three stitches between the chains
  •  The next row I chained 8 beads and did a dc (sc) into the center of the precious rows chained hoop.
  • At the end ss into the beginning of the row and cut your cotton.

Beading Last Step:

  • This is the sequence I threaded the beads in.
  • 5 pink seed beads
  • 1 plastic circle bead
  • 1 faux-crystal bead
  • 1 pink seed bead
  • Then I brought the tapestry needle around over the last seed bead and thread it back through the crystal and plastic bead (this creates the danglely bit)
  • last step 10 seed beads.

Crochet Last Row:

  • Chain 5 seed beads
  • Chain the dangly bit (one plastic, one crystal, one seed)
  • Chain 5 seed Beads
  • dc (sc) into middle of last rows hoops.

Continue until the row is done. Ss into beginning of row.

Finishing off:

This is optional but it does help protect your work.

Put a dab of super-glue onto all your knots and cut off the excess cotton.



I hope that was understandable to everyone.

Have a great day!


Cut File for Clay Lables

Happy Sunday, Crafties.


Yes its that time of the week again, another post from my craft blog. This week we are going to cover some more organization. Clay organization.

My beasty Athena told me just yesterday. “you’re organization at its best” and I had to laugh because I know I’m overly organized. My response to her.

“It makes me happy, like pink.”

I’ve ordered a selection of Premo polymer clay. Its not easy to find in SA, but the price is better than Fimo which is my favorite clay. I want to see if Premo can compare and become my new favorite.

As soon as I get my clay, the blocks are going to be removed from the packets and put into clear labeled baggies and then into a box.

Like I do with my others. This way I can instantly see colors but the brand, names and color numbers are also assessable.


But since its quiet a few block and I hate wasting label tape from my label maker.  I came up with a better solution.

I’ve got a box of full sheet sticker paper. This is the one I got Label Paper – Full Sheet

And I thought it might be fun to create labels using my Silhouette Cameo.


  1.  I started by drawing a rounded-rectangle in Silhouette Studio, the dimensions are in the image above this.


2.  Then I used the duplicate tab doing Column of Four and then Row of Four until I was happy with the amount.

3.  After that I went and used the text tool to type in all the info I wanted on the labels.

4.  Then I went and added registration marks.


5. I printed it out on my laser printer (onto the sticker paper)

6. Sent it to my cameo and did a kiss cut.

These are the settings I used.


7. I set my blade to 1 and let it cut.


Now here is the tricky part. Despite everything looking perfect and me aligning the sticker paper on the mat perfect. The first cut I did cut OVER some of the text.


I solved that by selecting all the text but not the boxes and moving it using the keyboard arrows down two and 1 left. After I adjusted it like that it work out perfectly.


You might have to do something similar to adjust it to your machine.


Now don’t worry, I’ve taken you through it step by step in case you want to do something similar but different.

But I’m going to be giving you the cut file too.

You can download it here CUT FILE

You will need win rar to open the file. Just google it and you should find it.

Have an awesome Sunday, crafties.




Gift Idea and a ramble


Morning Crafties.

I’ve decided that my work area is now called my CROWS – Craft Room/Office/Workshop/Studio. There is just too much going on in this room to call it any one thing so being all clever (I thought so at least) I now call it my CROWS room.

Last December I got a Zutter bind it all. And somewhere in the middle of the year I finally got around to buying wires for it. A hit of R70 for four wires *raises eyebrows*

I hadn’t tried it ’till the other day.  And even though I’m far from stupid, their instruction manual had me scratching my head. Well… I was a bit more verbal and the air was a delicate shade of blue from my language usage.
I gave up and watched some kind soul’s Youtube video for answers instead.
It worked fine, but the wires bent a bit squishie (that’s a technical term) for me.

But  making books? Oh boy the ideas! The possibilities!
There was only one problem, wire for the bind it all isn’t easy to come by and its not inexpensive either. If I want to make books and explore those possibilities I don’t want to have to consider the weight of “Is the project worth the cost of my wire binding”
*Picture me clutching binding wires to my chest and looking around in a paranoid way while grunting “my precious”*

So I got myself the cheepest binding machine and paid next to nothing for the combs that you use to make books and next to nothing for the cover sheets and now I have so many consumables that I can make bound books until I’m happy.

And now for the point of this post — I knew I’d get there eventually.

At the moment all these adult coloring books are in style and everyone and their mother — no I mean that literally, I love them and so does my mother– loves them.

I went hunting online for my mom’s favorite thing to color (Fairies) and My daughters favorite thing and my sons. I printed out these free coloring sheets and made them each a coloring book of their favorite thing to color.

They are stocking stuffers of a sort. So an extra gift that I made for them using what I had. And something fun to do on Christmas day.

Happy Crafting