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A Plateful of Poetry.

Wait, it’s March?  How did that happen?  Wasn’t I just posting photos from Christmas?

I’ve spent the last few months working on a project for university.  The assignment brief stated we had to produce a publication of our writing, in whatever format we wanted.  Popular formats were websites and booklets.  I wanted to create something that no one else would do, because I crave originality like that.  Is that a bad thing?  I’m not sure…

My project is called ‘A Plateful of Poetry’, because, quite simply, it is a set of four plates, with poetry printed on them.  Each plate is 8″ and is a fully glazed, ceramic, useable plate.
I wrote the poems, based on the theme of seasons, and even more loosely around food.
I’m going to stop talking now and just let you see them.


‘Spring’


‘Summer’


‘Autumn’


‘Winter’

 

I decorated the boxes myself, as you can see.  They are just plain brown boxes from Paperchase, with Japanese tape and inked letter stamps.  Each set also includes four handmade (and colour coordinating!) napkins.

 

This project was a huge stress, and took a lot of time, research, and money.  But I think it was worth it.  Hopefully when I get my marks back it will prove worthwhile.

 

 

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Notebook [Craft DIY]

I got this plain notebook from Paperchase a while ago…

… and after deliberating for quite some time about what to do with it, I decided to jazz it up a bit and give it as a Christmas gift…

(Those are the initials of the recipient)

Tie it up with a nice pen…

Easy peasy but cute :)

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Stationery :)

I know I’ve blogged about this before, but I can’t help it…

I love stationery

Folksy (the British version of Etsy) has some fantastic stationery items.
I want to spend hundreds (okay, thousands) of pounds on all the beautiful items I look at for hours.
Some people are so talented.


Cute birdie stamps from Skull and Cross Buns


Beaut Christmas card from Canny Belle


Heart bookmarks by Asking For Trouble


Owl card and baby onesie cards from LoveMaisy


Adorable envelopes from Lily P Chic


Apple and pear card, and heart stickers from Little Bird Too

I’m so happy just looking at all of this!

P.S. I had my first Christmas coffee of the season yesterday :) Christmas in a cup never fails to make me smile.

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Recipe book (DIY)

Remember my friends Rebecca and Phil who got married in the summer?
I can finally show you what I gave them for their wedding gift (they have only recently received it), which I made during my long, long summer.
Not having much money I deliberated for some time over what to get them, but in the end realised my best asset was my imagination, and decided to make them a recipe book with some of my personal favourite recipes (and some ‘donated’ by my relatives and friend Ruth).

This isn’t so much a DIY as a set of photos of my finished product – it’s pretty easy to see how I made it.

There were twelve recipes in the little book – eight savoury and four sweet.
[Jambalya, Macaroni Beef, Chicken & Veg Soup, Mexican Tostadas, Chicken Salad with Szechuan Peanut Sauce, Mushroom Risotto, Butternut Squash Soup, Lentil Curry, Waffle Berry Pudding, Flapjacks, Russian Raspberry Pudding and Fruit Crumble]
I packaged it up with two little heart-shaped Le Creuset casseroles,  in a cute box with a ribbon.

The materials I used were cardstock, craft paper, Starbucks sleeves, ribbon and letter stamps.
The colour of the cover of the book was chosen because that was the bridesmaids’ dress colour, aside from that I just sort of made it up as I went along.

My friend was able to deliver this to the happy couple a few weeks ago, and I am told they loved it (which is good because I made another one for a different set of friends who got married last month!)

:)

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