Carving a linoleum world map

So my youngest brother came to me with this project. He wanted to carve a world map out of linoleum, and then paint it and hang it on his wall. He didn’t even know most people actually just use linoleum to stamp with and not as the end product. But that just made it so much more fun!

Making a linoleum world mapCarving the world map into linoleum

We didn’t find a piece of linoleum big enough for the world map so we got 3 pieces and split the map in 3. We found a world map outline on google, printed it, and then transferred it onto the linoleum with carbon copying paper.

World map carving and stamping with linoleumLinoleum stamping world map

After that we used the little carving tool thingies to cut out the outlines. My brother just wanted the linoleum to hang it on his wall, but now that we had it anyway I wanted to try stamping with it as well. Because the linoleum has to be on the wall and look correctly, the stamp is actually mirrored. So if you do not want to hang the linoleum as your end product, make sure you carve out the world map mirrored! I quite like our stamping result as well, and I think I might just try and find a nice frame somewhere and actually hang it in my house. I think the fact that it is mirrored makes it a little more special, plus it is a good memory of a nice afternoon spend with my brother.

World map linoleum carving

So we painted the linoleum a little more black after we were done with the stamping, and then started filling out the carving with bright green paint. We used the smallest paint brushes we could find for this.Linoleum world map carving

After drying the green paint with a hairdryer, we used the paint roller again to make sure only the carvings were green and none of the non-carved surface.

Linoleum carved world map

And voila, the end result. So I kept the stamp we made, and my brother took the linoleum plaques home. He hasn’t send me a picture of how he has hung them yet, but I’m sure I will see it soon!

P.S. Yesterday I visited the Fries Museum with my mom to see an exposition about knitting. It was really cool, and I took home some free knitting patterns they had, but I don’t actually know how to knit yet. So today my mom came by and gave me a book about knitting. She will teach me the basics (which are also in the book), but then the book also has a lot of different patterns and ways to knit, so I’m excited to start soon!

Sewing a Jip & Janneke pillow

Jip en Janneke are 2 characters in a series of famous Dutch children’s books by Annie M.G. Schmidt. In the Netherlands everyone grew up with these stories, and I think they have been translated into many languages. I have loved the drawings in the books by Miep Westendorp for so long.

One of my brothers is dating an American girl and she is using the books to learn Dutch. So a couple of months ago I made her a pillow with their picture on it. I loved the pillow so much I decided to make some for myself too!

Sewing a Jip & Janneke pillowJip & Janneke pillow

Jip & Janneke on fabric

I measured and cut 4 squares out of an old white curtain. Then I got some Jip & Janneke images I liked and enlarged them and copied them onto pattern paper. Then used a textile marker to copy them on to the fabric. After that I sewed the squares together and stuffed them with stuffing. And now they live on my couch. And i can mix and match whichever of the 4 images I want to see that day 🙂

Jip & Janneke pillowsJip & Janneke pillows

I went to a crafts fair!

Last weekend was the Handwerkbeurs (crafts fair) in my town. It was a pretty large event and even sold out for several days of the 4-day event. I visited with my mom and 3 of our neighbors. There were so many amazing things to see. Some of the stands had some amazing quilts and now I think I need to start quilting. One of my neighbours was looking for an embroidery kit, and listening to the other women talking about it and giving advice made me curious too. My mom has recently gotten into weaving and she is making some amazing things (scarves and bags, and a table cloth is coming soon), so we looked at 2 stands with weaving tips, tricks and supplies. There were some amazing workshops going on, like felting scarves, making bracelets, knitting, crochet and much more. It was a very inspiring and good day!

So here is my loot:

Felted beagle and Paris embroidery kit

I got a little felting kit to try this technique, as I am very curious about it but have never tried it before. I really like the beagle, because my neighbors have a beagle called Finn and he always stays with me whenever they go on holidays, So I want to make the little beagle look like Finn instead of copying the pattern from the kit.

And then I got a little embroidery kit, because everyone made me curious by talking about it so much. One of my neighbors said she finds it very relaxing and zen to do, so I guess now I’m learning embroidery too.

Beautiful autumn color skeins

I think these 2 skeins are my favorite buy of the fair. The colors are so gorgeous and warm. I thought they were very manly, so maybe I will turn it into a scarf and/or hat for the astronaut boyfriend, but the more I look at them the more I want to keep the scarf for myself. I’m not sure yet if I will crochet or knit the scarf. I know how to do crochet, but knitting is also a new skill I would like to learn. I have all my grandmother’s knitting needles and a stack of her old skeins, so it would be nice to honor her by knitting with them. So I will keep you posted about what I will end up doing with these amazing skeins.

Crafting books

And then I bought 3 books as well, I just couldn’t help myself. The top one is about felting animals, so when I’m done with the beagle I want to try my hand at felting some birds and other animals. The book on the bottom left is about drawing and drafting patterns for designing and sewing your own clothes. I have dabbled in this a bit, but I could use a little refresher course. And then the last book is also about sewing and has a few really nice patterns I want to make, like several skirts, a coat, a vest and a jacket.

So I have quite a few supplies for some new creative projects for the coming weeks!

Recycling 2 t-shirts into 3 cowls for riding my motorbike

I have been taking motor lessons, and I love it. But it is cold and rainy out here, so I needed a new scarf. It can’t be a long scarf to wrap around my neck, because there cannot be anything flapping around loosely when I drive around on a bike. So I took 2 old t-shirts that do not fit me anymore, and turned them into 3 cowls.

Making t-shirts into scarvesTurning t-shirt into cowl

The old shirts. I love pink, but unfortunately these are too small to wear. Please excuse my terrible looking crafts table 🙂

Recycling t-shirt into cowl

This was actually a very simple project that took me less than an hour. I cut off the tops of the t-shirts so I had a straight cowl. I put them around my neck and sort of measured out how tight I wanted them to be, and then cut them on the side, and sewed the edges back together. I hemmed the tops.

For both shirts I had the left-over bits and so i sewed them together, so I have 3 cowls now. One is pink (my favorite), one is green, and one is green and pink. I am very happy with them, and I am sure my motor instructor will be happy I won’t be riding around with a scarf flapping about.

Recycle a t-shirt into a cowlT-shirt turned into cowl

I’m not sure why I didn’t take a photo with the green one, but you get the idea right? 🙂

A few little projects and a WIP

Some of my favorite magazines are the Flow and Daphne’s Diary, because they always have little projects in them. Stuff to cut out and glue together, and quickly make something pretty. The illustrations in both magazines are amazing too! So here are a few of the little projects I did.

Flow Book for Paper LoversFlow Book for Paper Lovers

This is a little living room, that I cut out and put together from the Flow Book for Paper Lovers. It is now living in my window sill.

Flow Bunting Flow bunting

This is from one of the little flow notebooks. The bunting was supposed to say New Beginning on one side and Happy End on the other. But I had been joking about happy endings with the astronaut boyfriend, so I decided to make it for him and spell Happy Ending instead 😉

Flow calendar

This is my little calendar on a string that I got from the January Flow Magazine. Because it was a tear out in the magazine I cut all the edges with my paper cutter, so they would be straight instead of looking like they were torn.

Crochet vintage fan ripple blanket

This is a crochet project I started and it is still a work in progress. Eventually it is going to be a large blanket, but for now it is stil more like a long banner. The pattern can be found on the blog A Creative Being, or in the book Boho Crochet. It is probably going to take me some time to finish this 🙂