Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gift making

Well, one of Izzy's best friends is having her birthday today so yesterday Izzy and I got busy creating. I saw this fabulous post on a friend's blog the other day and was inspired (plus I love owls), so Izzy and I decided to make one for her friend's birthday gift.

I went out to Pete's Emporium, which is like a huge $2 shop but with fabric, buttons and loads of other craft goodies at very reasonable prices, and found canvasses and then went to Spotlight and the Warehouse for scrapbooking paper. I didn't have a template for the owls and couldn't print anything of the internet because my printer is out of ink so I just drew the templates up myself.

I cut out the shapes in the scrapbooking paper and Izzy chose which patterns to put where on the owls and then Izzy glued them on. Yes, it does look pretty much exactly the same as Miriam's second one, but don't they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?!

Now, apparently this wasn't enough to suffice as gift in Izzy's eyes so I needed to make something else. I suggested bunting and Izzy thought that was a great idea, and that it would look even better if I appliqued her friend's name on it. So, while she glued, I cut out and sewed bunting! Again, I had no letter templates so I just did the letters freehand. Izzy chose the colours and overall I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Izzy loves both things and then wanted to keep the owl canvas (well, she wanted both but her name isn't Olivia!). Luckily we have another canvas and more scrapbooking paper so we'll do one for her to put in hers and Tessa's room.  These were both heaps of fun to make, so I'm sure there'll be more on the way, specially with the birthday and Christmas season fast approaching!


  1. Awesome stuff Ali!
    So gorgeous and so talented xx Lucky man that Kim ;)

  2. You are so clever, those are great presents.

  3. Haha Jamara - he doesn't get any of the stuff I make! He just has to put up with me ignoring him while I make it ;).

    Thanks Kashi :)

  4. Looks like the perfect present..I bet she loves them both!

  5. What a lucky friend I hope she loves her presents I sure do, the bunting is adorable now I want to make one for little princess with her name on it though it's considerably longer than Olivia lol. You did such a good job with out any templates. They are both beautiful xx

  6. Beautiful gifts! I second that motion of the great job without templates! Well done! They both look fantastic!

  7. The bunting is looking beautiful!!

    The birthday gift is very pretty, and I am becoming quite fond of owls!


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