12th February 2014
The best thing about the cards that Jasmine and I put together for your Valentine’s Day is that you can decorate them any way you choose, it’s an easy DIY-way to celebrate. I came up with lots of different ideas for how to decorate them, and wanted to share this one with you particularly. Because a) there’s painting involved b) I haven’t painted since I was 11 and c) it could have been a disaster but *cue dancing* it wasn’t. But don’t put that down to the genius of my brushmanship, it’s more to do with the fact that just about any 4 year old could do what I did successfully.
- water colour paints
- cardboard that can go through your printer
- A ruler
- a pencil
1. Get your paint set up ready and pick the colour you want to use.
2. Work out where you think the printer will print the typography, I printed one first and then placed it underneath the card to roughly work out where to paint.
5. Paint the rectangle on the cardboard, blending the watercolour using a tissue or a sponge. Let it dry for a few hours and then print the typography on it. Cut out the cardboard to envelope size.
6. Fold in half.
7. Optional: add some dried roses… Why is it that the Valentines things I like are much more appropriate for giving to other ladies than to my own boyfriend?
Remember to download the cards Jasmine and I made here!
Card 1: I love you more than…
Card 3: Love you to the moon and back
22nd November 2013
I’m always on the lookout for slightly different holiday decorations, and because we live in a tiny apartment, decorations that economise on space are a bonus. You may remember a little while ago May of Himo Art gave us the down low on creating our own modern macrame wall hanging, and I’m very happy to have her back showing us how to create a simple macrame holiday decoration. We were inspired by her the incredible creations in her store, but created a simple version for the tutorial that shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to complete. Enjoy!
You will need:
- Three colors of Yarns
- Five 46cm (18″) long ropes
- A wooden dowel
1. Start with a from Reverse Larks Head knot with rope on the dowel.
2. To do this know, fold the rope in half and bring the ends towards you, passing through the fold.
3. Repeat four more times.
4. Decide the length of the coloured wool and cut the yarn.
5. Using a Larks Head knot, attach the first piece of yarn onto the loop.
6. You want to add a total of eight pieces of yarn using this technique.
7. This is what it should look like once you have added the yarn.
8. With one piece of yarn, do a wrapped knot onto the two ends.
9. It should look like this.
10. Unravel the rope.
11. Flip the dowel and add another wrapped knot to the top of the lark’s head rope knot.
12. Push the rope to the top.
It should look like this.
14. Repeat with different colours for all the rope.
16. Trim to desired length.
Tutorial created by May of HimoArt for A Pair & A Spare
17th September 2013
Over the last couple of months I’ve become obsessed with packaging, something I rarely noticed in the past has become an almost addiction – I find myself loitering in the boutique supermarkets here in hong kong ooohing and ahhing over french soup cans… weird I know. When it comes to the perfect package, it’s all about how it represents the product itself, and so what better way to package up beautiful handmade pieces than with equally love-intensive packaging? My friend Megan (she of the amazing macrame necklace) recently shared with me her process for creating the gorgeous handmade swingtags she puts on her rope bags, and I couldn’t help but share. Read on to see how she does it!
I have to say that the imperfect design and feel of these swing tags is what, to me, makes them so perfect!
Images thanks to Knots & Knits