Archive for July, 2012

Sock Cupcakes – an easy to make (teacher) gift!

This week is the last week of the school year.  Last week I was trying to find a suitable gift that was a little different and easy to make!  I stumbled across a picture of a Sock cupcakes – perfect!

I used the finished result as a Teacher gift, but they’re a great small gift for everyone!

I quickly ordered supplies and got stuck in!

You will need:-

1 x pair of Ladies Bedsocks

A sheet of card

Some fancy paper/gift wrap/wallpaper

A lollipop (for the ‘cherry’)

A cellophane bag

Ribbon to tie around bag

Tape (I used Invisible and Double-sided)

A cardboard coffee cup holder (recycled from my coffee bought from a well known chain!) – optional

Some scallop edged scissors (or similar) – optional

Food bag tie (the sort you get in a box of food bags)


1) Cut out your card to make the ‘cupcake’ holder (you can use a recycled coffee cup holder, or there are templates available on line)

Optional – cut a fancy edge along the top

2) Tape the cupcake holder (I used double sided on the front join and invisible tape on the inside for extra security)

3) Roll the pair of socks to create your ‘cupcake’ – this took me a few attempts to get it looking right!

4) Press socks into holder.  Add the lollipop

5) Place in cellophane bag.  Tie fastened with a food bag wire (optional but makes it more secure)

6) Make a co-ordinating label (printed text optional!) and tie around bag with the length of ribbon



What do you think?  Do you think the teacher’s will like them?  Is it a better option than chocolates? (can anything beat chocolate???!!!) x


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Raising a bit of Cash

Over the past couple of days I’ve been rummaging through my house, finding stuff I no longer use, taking photos, writing descriptions and uploading it all onto various free listing websites.  I need the space! (and yes, the idea of extra cash was a bit of an incentive too!).

To be honest, it’s a very time-consuming business.  I’ve spent at least 10 hours on this and have £25 to show for it.  Is it all worth it I’m thinking?

I’ve sold a baby monitor (£15), an activity centre toy (£6) and some cute wall stickers for a baby’s bedroom (£4).

I’ve used Gumtree and Preloved, but all of the above was sold using local facebook selling pages.

I’m fed up of it all now, but I know that I’ll be doing it all again soon!

Do you ever sell unwanted items?  If so, what are your most successful methods?  Does it take over your life for a short while? (or is it just me?!!)

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Buttons in a Frame

Following on from my recent ‘buttons’ posts, here’s another idea!

You will need:-

  • A photo frame
  • Buttons
  • Thread and Needle (or a hot glue gun?)
  • Some fabric (bigger than the size of your frame – I used a scrap of white polycotton)
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil and Scissors
  • Optional – Embroidery hoop


1)  Using a pencil, draw your design on your fabric (I chose a heart, but feel free to use a design of your choice).

2) Secure into the hoop (if you have one – I find it much easier to work with one)

3)  Play around with your buttons to get an arrangement that you are happy with (I did this, then took a photo and used it as a guide!)

4)  Sew buttons onto the fabric (or hot glue if you prefer)

5)   Remove fabric from hoop, then trim so that it has an approx border of 3 cm

6)  Edge all 4 borders with masking tape (to prevent fraying)

7)  Fold the fabric around the glass of the photo frame.  Secure with more masking tape (to prevent any creasing).

8)  Assemble photo frame (fabric will now be on the outside of the glass).

It should now look something like this…..

If you make one of your own, please let me know how you get on!

I also love this lovely button headband from Tip Junkie…..

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Button photo frames (1 of 2)

Following on from my recent post on Buttons, I decided to update my tired looking bedroom photo frames.  I thought it might be nice to add some buttons around a frame.  How hard could that be? I thought to myself (naively!).

Step 1: I painted the bare pine frame with some left-over  low-odour wood paint.  This went smoothly, I left it to dry and was feeling confident…..

Step 2: Glue the buttons around the frame.  I arranged the buttons and then debated how to stick them on.  I’d read that pva glue could do the trick, but I thought I’d dig out the hot glue gun that I’d been given a couple of years ago.  The ‘hot gun masters’ amongst you will no-doubt be bent double to hear how I patiently stuck on a few buttons, sat back and then…….. watched them fall off!  What went wrong?  After having a major strop taking a break, I made attempt #2.  I left the glue to get as hot as it possibly could, then stuck them on again.  This time it worked, but crikey, what a mess I made!!  There were thread of silvery, cobweb-like strands everywhere!  I managed to brush them off, and was left with a reasonably presentable frame.

Here is my finished frame….

It’s now been on my bedroom wall for a week, with no signs of any lose buttons, fingers crossed….

Has anyone got any advise for me in the ‘hot glue gun’ stakes?  I’d love to use it more as I often see projects that call for it.  Any tips?

I’ll be posting my 2nd button frame idea later this week……

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