Friday, July 20, 2012

Nespresso embellishment tutorial

I've been looking at my Nespresso pods for ages, admiring the beautiful colours, and wondered if there was anything I could do with them instead of just binning them when the coffee was used. Then it hit me, I could try to empty out the coffee and make some card embellishments with them.

This is one of the first embellies I made.... and I was so pleased with how it turned out, so I thought I'd show you how I did it... well, at least the first step...
I start with removing the foil lid and emptying out the used coffe grinds from the pods. I wash them and let them dry thoroughly.
When they're dry, I pinch/crunch the top a bit with my fingers, like so...
I then take a wooden spatula and flatten the pods as much as I can.
And to make them really flat, I put them under a wooden chopping board and stand on them... lol....
et voila... gorgeous, flat, colourful metal disks, ready to decorate with flowers, ribbon, buttons, twine, beads etc.
Here's a card I made with one of the nespresso pod metal disks....
(Digi image by Fred she Said, coloured with Promarkers. Martha Stewart punch, paper flower, twine, Nespresso pod)

Hope this was useful... If you try it out, I'd like to see what you do with your pods. Please leave me a comment with a link to your project.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Neon coloured drawstring bags

The weather today wasn't much of an outdoor activity kind of weather. It wasn't really bad, but it wasn't very warm or sunny either, so we decided to spend the day indoors. So, the girls have been playing with my sewing machine. They have been making themselves a drawstring bag each.

They've done everything themselves... choosing the (bright coloured) fabric, kutting it, pinning it together and sewing it all up. OK, so I helped a bit with getting the right pieces lying the right way in the right place when making the opening for the string...
They were both very pleased with their new, neon colured drawstring bags.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Happy camper....

We've been away on a short camping trip. We went to Gothenburg to meet up with my brother and his family. And, of course, to go to Liseberg, the amusement park.
The weather wasn't really the best, but we managed to get the bbq out the first and the last day.

According to the forecast it wasn't supposed to rain on friday, so we decided to go to the amusement park that day. Not rain my a.... woops, sorry... it did RAIN. We were soaking wet... and when we got back to our tent after spending the whole day, wet, in Liseberg, the rain had dripped off the tent onto the floor cover in the tent, so the whole "indoors" were flooded... Luckily, the bedroom part of the tent has it's own floor, so at least that bit was dry.
Apart from the wet friday, we kept quite dry and warm, but we didn't see the sun. All in all, I think we all enjoyed being away for a few days, and it was great meeting up with my brother & family again.
I think we will consider doing this again sometime soon (even though it might rain...)