{How to} make Snowball Decorations

Video

This the second of 3 tutorials I’ve filmed for christmas this year. I’ll upload the final one before Christmas, watch this space!

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{How to} Beaded pipe cleaner baubles

Video

I’ve wanted to make video tutorials for such a long time and now I’ve finally done it!

It’s not easy this video business (especially when you live in a basement and even getting enough light is an uphill struggle!) but I am working on it. Baby steps people, baby steps!

But that’s not all that’s new in the pickleverse. You might already have noticed. You are no longer reading Pickled, pinned and stuffed, you are now reading A Peck of Pickles. There’s no real reason behind the name change other than it’s shorter and I like it better!

So as well as following me here, now you can find A Peck of Pickles on

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A bevy of your beautiful baskets

Super excited at the arrival of the first basket photo. Massive thanks to Stan for getting the ball rolling with this little beauty! Who’s next?!…….

{How to} make a beautiful Easter basket

The lovely people at Bristol With Kids asked me if I would like to write a guest post for their blog so I shared this super simple, 5 minute craft with them. We LOVE living in Bristol, and if you’re looking for things to do here then Nichola and Fritha’s blog is a great place to find out the best sights and sounds in this fabulous and family friendly city.

Easter basket templates

I first started making these baskets about 6 years ago when I used to run drop in craft days for families. The shape of the baskets is pretty standard but I wanted to be able to decorate my own, printed ones from the supermarket weren’t going to cut it! So I made my own template that fits neatly on an A4 sheet and is so simple that you can put it together in 5 minutes. Making these baskets has become a much loved tradition in our house, if you want to have a go all the instructions are written on the template so print yourself a copy off using the links below and let your creative skills run riot. How to make an #Easter #basket 5 minute make #craft #kids

We’d love to see some of the beautiful baskets you’ve made, share your pics on my facebook page, tweet me a photo @picklepintweet, #LSEASTERBASKET on instagram or just drop me a line at info@laurastepney.co.uk.

PLEASE REMEMBER: If you want to share your photo of your basket these pictures will be on public display.

Printable goodies.

Basket template

Easter hunt this way!

egg template

(Each of these files will open as a pdf)The end!

Eggs!

I’ve been spinning and spinning the time turner I was given for my birthday but IFaulty time turner can’t manage to create even one extra  hour in my day. Back to elbow grease and self discipline I guess! I’ve been feeling a little flat about all the felt making and social media madness recently, I’ve been working hard and don’t seem to have much to show for it. So today I am focusing on the successes.image

I finished my first round of eggs this morning and I’m pretty pleased with them. These eggs have taken a little longer to hatch than I had hoped but I now have a clutch of about 40 done. Some of these sets will be gifts for family and friends, but I hope to get some on etsy and maybe find one or two fairs to take them to before Easter.

Usually I get all of my tops from World of Wool. Their roving is just gorgeous, lush wingham wool workscolours and great to work with. This time though I used a bag of Merino tops from Wingham Wool Works. A friend recommended them to me as she had used them on a felt making course and I have to agree that they are equally as lovely to felt with and good value too.  I love these pastel shades (not a phrase you can expect from me often), pics of the vivid brighter shades to come when I have finished the next batch.

While we are on the subject of Easter gifts I am also in the process of making thislittle guy as an Easter hunt jackpot prize. Depending how long he takes I might make a few.

unfinished Easter Bunny

A good productive day all round….and that’s not all I’ve done today but you’ll get to see the rest in good time…..