Thursday, 28 November 2013

From Cambridge With Love

Miss Chaela Boo - From Cambridge With Love
Just a quick hello to let you all know that this Saturday I have a stall at the From Cambridge With Love craft fair where I'll be selling my growing range of hand-painted greeting cards. 

As well as the stall I'll also be running stencilling workshops which I am very excited (and a teeny bit nervous) about. Entry to the fair is £1 but the workshops are FREE. My workshops will take place at 12:00, 2:00 and 3:00 and you can book your place by emailing Participants will get to make two stencilled Christmas cards from a choice of designs.

Check out the From Cambridge With Love facebook page for details of other workshops and demonstrations.

If you are out and about in Cambridge on Saturday do stop by and say hello. 

From Cambridge With Love
Saturday 30 November
10:30am - 4:30pm
Cambridge Guildhall
Entry £1

Look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Five ideas for...DIY Christmas cards

Miss Chaela Boo - DIY Christmas Card ideas
My five ideas this month is all about easy ways to make your own Christmas cards. You can easily grab a pack of 50 blank cards from craft shops for around £5, then all you need is some buttons, ribbon or glitter and a little inspiration. Here are my favourite quick and easy makes for the festive season.

The Button Collage.
Miss Chaela Boo - DIY Christmas Card ideas
Draw a triangle very lightly in pencil, fill the space with PVA glue and then add the buttons starting with the largest. I like to fill any fiddly gaps with beads. Use a piece of washi tape for the pot and add a star using glitter, a gold star sticker or draw one on with a gold or silver pen.

Beaded star.
Miss Chaela Boo - DIY Christmas Card ideas
A star shaped cookie cutter makes a great template for this design. Draw the shape lightly in pencil, fill the shape with glue and sprinkle with your choice of beads. This idea uses a lot of beads depending on the size of your shape. Don't have a huge stash of beads? Use buttons or glitter!

The Glitter Bauble. 
Miss Chaela Boo - DIY Christmas Card ideas
I know some people hate getting covered in glitter when they open up a Christmas card but as far as I'm concerned that's a bonus. The more glitter the better! Draw a light circle in pencil and then draw top of the bauble and string in pen.  Fill the circle with glue and cover with glitter. For a two tone bauble start with the first colour glitter and sprinkle heavily on one half of the shape and lightly on the other half. Use the second colour glitter to cover the first. This may take a little practise first and will result in mixed up glitter. Shake off the glitter and leave to dry.

Ribbon tree. 
Miss Chaela Boo - DIY Christmas Card ideas
Using different lengths of ribbon, create a tree shape. I found a glue tape roller the simplest way of sticking the ribbon. Apply the glue to the ribbon first then stick it to the card. Finish with a star of course!

Button baubles. 
Miss Chaela Boo - DIY Christmas Card ideas
This is my favourite of the five as it so so simple. Glue your chosen buttons to the card and add strings and bows in pen to turn them into hanging baubles. Super quick and perfect if you have lots of cards to make. 

Which is your favourite design? Have you got any other great ideas for Christmas cards? 

Now head on over to Handmade Monday before it's too late!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

UK Vegan Food Swap - Choctober

I had lots of fun with the UK Vegan Food Swap for October and got a little carried away with the idea of putting together a chocolate themed box after my recipient Sasha requested chocolate. Sasha is the the other half of Mitsu (and Sasha) of To Happy Vegans who organise the swap every month. 

Miss Chaela Boo - UK vegan food swap
The box I prepared for Sasha contained:
  • Nairns dark chocolate chip out biscuits
  • amisa ginger cookies with chocolate chips
  • Booja Booja hazelnut truffles
  • Ombar strawberries and cream
  • Happy Kitchen raspberry chocolate brownie
  • Provamel chocolate soya milk
  • Oreos
I only recently discovered Ombar which is produced only a couple of mile down the road from where I live. The coconut milk used to make the chocolate give it a lovely creaminess. My favourite is the Coco Mylk.
Miss Chaela Boo - UK vegan food swap
The box I received in return came all the way from Sammy in North Wales. I was very happy to see the same Booja Booja Hazelnut truffles that I had sent to Sasha. I must have scoffed them before taking the photo as I'm certain they were in the box. I'd say these are my favourite but in truth I haven't yet tried any of the other flavours.

I also received:
  • Biofair Chia Quinoa sticks 
  • crunchy fried broad beans
  • Artisan nut roast
  • Savoury 9bar
  • nakd - Banana Crunch
  • Frank blueberry and chocolate bar
Receiving a box of scrummy snacks in the post every month is fantastic, think super-sized Graze box, but the best part is discovering and trying new things.

What swaps have you joined in recently?

Sunday, 3 November 2013

October highlights

Well October whizzed by (like every month seems to be doing as we speed on towards Christmas)! I had a lovely time coming up with ideas for projects to make with buttons and got through quite a lot of my stash in the process. I hope everyone found something useful amongst the ideas, in case you missed it find it here!
Miss Chaela Boo - October highlight - Crafting with buttons
My book review of Homemade Gifts Vintage Style was another great excuse to get crafting and try out some of the projects, including this cake stand made from upcycled plates and sherry glasses. 
Miss Chaela Boo - October Hightlights - Book review Homemade Gifts Vintage Style
My top highlight of October was seeing my crochet Sausage Plant (Cissus Quadrangularis) going on display at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden as part of the dispaly created by Cam City WI for the Festival of Ideas. Ten months of work by the group concluded in this fabulous display of touchy feely plants.
Miss Chaela Boo - October Highlights - Hooked on plants
Awat from the blog, I've been working on some new card designs for the upcoming craft fari at the end of November. The Christmas Fox and Rainbow Fox are also avaialble in my Etsy store.
Miss Chaela Boo - Christmas Fox
Miss Chaela Boo - Rainbow Fox
Finally, have a look at these stunning plants from my trip to the Botanic Garden. This amazing purple passion flower is from the greenhouse and the flaming red leaves of a maple tree bring a splash of colour to a chilly day.
Miss Chaela Boo - October Hightlights - Cambridge University Botanic Garden

What did you love about October?