Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from Crafty Students!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Natalie and Bríd. We hope you've all had an amazing day. Thank you for keeping up with the blog and for all your lovely comments!

Here are some Christmas cards Bríd made from vintage Christmas stamps.

Best Wishes,

Bríd & Nat

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Little Blue Owl.

My obsession with knitting owls continues. It's been a year long love affair at this stage. It is just such a quick and easy pattern to knit and the owls are just so adorable. Here is the pattern in case you'd like to give it a try and knit a little owl for yourself.

Once again, thanks to Conor Barry for the photos. They are so very wonderful. Thank you for looking like an oddball putting a knitted owl in trees and taking pictures for the sake of my blog. You are awesome!

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend and enjoying a lazy Sunday!

B x

Sunday, November 4, 2012

An Attempt at Altered Books.

After reading a bit about Altered Books, I decided to attempt one myself. I decided to go for a forest theme. It's very easy to make and it doesn't take too long. The folding and the cutting do get a little bit tedious but if you have cups of tea and good music, it's not too bad!


1. Pick an old hardcover book that you have no interest in. Charity shops and Second-hand Bookshops are a great place to find cheap, hardcover books.

2. Choose some nice paper to stick on the inside cover. Cut it to the correct size, making sure it's not crooked. A guillotine is the best thing for this.

3. Fold all of the pages of the book in half.

4. Cut out indentations for your creatures to live in. I cut a semi circle out of a few pages to create the grooves that I would then stick animals in. I used a nail scissors to do this. It takes a little bit of time to make sure that all the semi circles are the same.

5. Cut out pictures of animals from an old book. I had an old nature book that I used for my animal images. You could also print pictures of the internet or use another source. Then stick the animals in the grooves you have already cut.

6. Draw and cut some green leaves from paper and stick them in between your pages.

Ways to display it:

1. Put a little hook on the back of it and hang it on the wall.

2. Prop it up on a shelf against the wall.

If you do try one, send me a link to the photo. I would love to see it!

Thanks to Conor Barry for the photos. They are quite lovely. Conor is an awesome writer for the "University Observer" and you can see his writing here. It will make you chortle

Happy Crafting.

B x

Friday, October 26, 2012

Raaaaaa! DINOSAUR.

During the lazy, hazy days of summer, my friends and I did a lot of knitting. Many of us decided to make dinosaurs because they are easy and rather awesome.

This little fellow was knitted by my friend Joan. Look at him go! Creating a ruckus all over the Chessboard.

Have a great weekend!

B x

Thursday, October 4, 2012

I Knitted Love Hearts and I Like Knitting With My Friends.

Hey There!

Below are some snaps of a little family of love hearts I knitted not too long ago. Here's a link to the pattern if you would like to try them yourself. They're very fast and very easy to make. Go on! Give them a try. You know you want to.

Knitting became a very popular activity for my posse and I this summer! As we were all funemployed, we spent hours on end chatting, listening to smooth jazz and knitting a variety of creatures. It was quite lovely indeed!

B x

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hoot Hoot. Hoot Hoot. Owl Family.

I like owls a whole lot. I think they may just be the animals that I like the most. Sloths would be the closest competition. However, it is incredibly hard to find a good knitting pattern for a sloth. As such, I knit many owls! They are very cute.

If you would like to knit one of these owls, you can find the pattern here. It is incredibly easy and very fast too. Just how I like my knitting patterns!

My sister Clare even adapted the pattern to make a baby owl. It is quite adorable indeed. Now we have a whole family of owls residing on our bookshelves. Hoot Hoot!

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend! Have a wonderful week.

B x

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bríd Did Découpage.

I covered these notebooks with comic books that I bought in a charity shop for 50c each. They were for my friend Gary who often takes photos for this blog. If you would like to give découpaging a try, Natalie previously did a post about it which you can see here. Have a go! 

 "Swamp Thing" is his favourite comic so I covered a box with pages from an old edition of it.

The shoes below I got custom made at a shop in Venice. Gary is a big fan of "Where The Wild Things Are". He even has a tattoo of it. They are super cool. They're just a white pair of Vans with the image screen-printed onto them. Enhanced Vans I say!

I hope you all have a lovely week!

B x

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bríd Knitted an Egg Cosy.

Worried about your eggs getting cold and shivering? Solution: KNIT AN EGG COSY. You can make an adorable little fellow like this to cuddle your eggs and keep them nice and warm. Isn't it oh so pointless and sweet?

Enjoy the end of summer!

B x

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Feather Fascinator!

I made this fascinator early this year for a party I was going to. It was an "Aquarius Rising" party. The dress code was blue and white so I decided to get a bit creative. As I have very little hair, there's not much I can do with it so I like to make things like this to put in it.

This was incredibly easy to make. I simply got a hairband, a selection of feathers and a whole lot of fabric glue. I just stuck the feathers on the hairband and then left it to dry. Voila! I had yet another thing to stick in my hair. 

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

B x

Friday, July 6, 2012

Arnold The Snuzzle Cat

This is Arnold The Snuzzle Cat. He is a champ.

Check him out in all his fat, happy, cylindrical glory:

Have an awesome weekend!

Love and Light.

B x

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Journals á la Bríd...

This little decorative idea arose out of a massive bag of stamps I ordered off Ebay on a whim. I mused for a while over what on earth should become of the collection and then this concept struck me. I decided to découpage them onto journals to make them that bit more special. I think they look pretty great for $1 journals, don't you?

Materials needed to make one of these:

1. Paintbrush
2. All-purpose glue
3. Stamps
4. A composition notebook. You can get these at Staples for $1.


1. Paint a light layer of glue onto a small area of the page and then place the stamps on top of the glued are.

2. Paint over the stamps with another layer of glue.

3. Continue until the whole journal is covered. Et voilá! You now have a vintage and stylish journal to be a home for your thoughts and musings!

Un grand MERCI á Gary Sundt for taking the photos! You are wonderful Gary and thank you for all that you do for me.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

B x