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Free Paper Beads Template

Paper beads have been around forever and are simple to make. A few supplies and you’re good to go. There are free patterns all over the net, all similar to the pattern here. I’m giving you an SVG template. I have a project that could use a few paper beads and hope I can get round to taking some pictures and posting the results. I have made them before though and they always turn out very sweet.

1. Cut out your templates with thin paper (magazines are good – or plain paper if you want to paint them yourself ).

2. Dab some glue onto a cocktail stick / straw/ knitting needle (this all depends on how big you want your beads to be and how wide your template strips are) and stick to the widest edge  of your template.

3. Wrap round and round (dab a little more glue every few turns) until all the paper has been wound up and is securely stuck down.

4. Coat them with a layer of Modge Podge or varnish and leave to dry.

Now have fun!  Slip them off or cut the straws, etc and thread them onto ribbon, twine, string, etc to make jewellery or beaded curtains or bead bunting….

Cheap as chips to make and loads of fun!


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Together We Are Magic – a papercutting for you


The weekend was bitterly cold! I went shopping just across the border in Newry. There are two shopping centres just a few minutes walk away from each other, the Quays and Buttercrane, and in those few minutes I thought my face would crack with the cold – it felt as though it was frozen solid!

Radio Nova dedicated the weekend to playing romantic records. As the drive to Newry was a good hour and a half each way, I heard a bunch of them and thought there were a few dubious choices in the mix particularly Paul Young’s ‘Every time you go away you take away a piece of meat with you’. Well, that’s as romantic as a bluebottle on the bum. I mean, what’s she doing? Nicking his pork chops? Leg of lamb? Soon put a stop to that, if I was him.

So, changing tack completely and happily, I’m giving you a free paper cutting file – just in time for St Valentine’s Day. It’s not totally soppy. I think it says plenty in a lovely way. You can download the SVG here:
Together We Are Magic

You’ll need a cutting machine, obviously, but it cuts well and isn’t too intricate or fiddly to weed. I hope you like it and remember, somebody, somewhere, loves you. Have a happy Valentine’s day.


Time to fly

The grey bird (see the last post)  is winging off to Cavan to make its nest with a lovely lady in a lovely traditional Irish cottage. He’s stuffed with Highloft and lots and lots of lovely, fragrant lavender to enjoy and relax to. Bye, Bye, Birdie.

I have lots of strips from wooly blankets rolled into a ball to make lots more birdies. Well, one of them is a ball. The other is like a heap of boiled spaghetti, respectfully called ‘His Noodliness’.

The colours are beautiful and warm. I just wish it had the wild beardy trim like my Big Grey Ball:

Like a big, wooly cabbage, isn’t it? I’m using it up on Wooly Sam birds. All along its edge it has a wild, wooly beard. The sort that properly clever good-at-maths professors have! Lol! The kind they can tuck a couple of protractors, a slide rule and a bunch of doughnuts in with no sign of bulging.

And other kinds of wooly balls – how about this furry ball of fun? Gracie wanted a selfie but couldn’t work the camera. Told you she didn’t sleep all the time!

Jess wasn’t interested. She was too busy looking out of the window:

Sky TV.

Something got her laughing. Probably my joke… Lol.

I got stitching and made a Spool Bird. I’ve wanted to have a go since reading about them here: Spool Bird

Quick and easy to make and ideal for stuffing with Lavender and High Loft. She’s sitting on the heart over the fireguard. The contrast isn’t great but you get the idea, besides, you’ll see lots more if you Google for  Spool birds. This picture does remind me that the fireplace will be gone in the next month or so – see the post below for the beautiful new firesurround waiting to be installed. I am so excited.

Posing the Spoolie got Gracie interested. She keeps an eye open to see what fun she can have. When I’m baking and spending a lot of time in the kitchen, Gracie sits by the radiator and watches me. She had a marathon viewing over the weekend.

This yum-yum piggy’s bum is a Salted Caramel  and Peanut Butter Cupcake. I’ll write up and post the recipe. It’s a definite keeper. I wasn’t sure at first but after leaving them for a couple of days they came to life and are proper gorgeous!

I also made The Mary Berry Simnel Cake. Drop-Dead-Gorgeous. I think it’s my favourite cake ever. More than Christmas Cake. It keeps calling to me like a siren to dash me on the rocks of Big Knickers and steel girder-reinforced bra contraptions. I’m having to exercise tremendous willpower to stop myself eating it all. Oh, Mary Berry, how do you stay so slim?!

Anyhow, Google for the recipe and make it. If you like fruit cake, you’ll LOVE it. Trust me on this.

Finally, I posted a  set of bootees on Etsy:

The bootees aren’t a new design but the box is. If you want to see more pictures of them – or are interested in buying them – click on the ‘I Sell On Etsy’ badges on this site and it will take you straight there.

Have fun and don’t forget to smell the flowers.


Victoriana Pergola

I have been busy making another pergola. This one is inspired by Victorian wrought iron work. It’s a slice-form and folds flat which means it can be sent in the post, with suitable, rigid, protection, naturally.

I used Conqueror Concept, metallic champagne, for this one. It’s beautifully irridescent and gives it a lustre that adds even more to the beauty of it.

Conqueror Concept is becoming very hard to get, though, and am on my last pack. Even Amazon don’t seem to get any in stock. I think it’s been discontinued but would be delighted if proved wrong!

Every step of the build was photographed and written up. Every photo was edited with Photoshop and the layout and text created with InDesign. It took me around thirty minutes to make, maybe less. I can’t be sure as I was trying to take pictures and write notes throughout the process. Not easy, especially with nosey kitty-cats that want to see what’s going on!

I’ve put it on Etsy so if you’re interested in buying the SVG template and making your own, just click the Etsy logo on the page and it will take you straight there.

Hope you like it.

Hugs, Ell

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Pergola Lovelies!

This post is a Thank You to Mary for sending me her beautiful and gorgeously lush photographs of the pergolas she made from my templates. Didn’t she make a really super job of them?!

I love the orange and white – juicy colours that really pop. I love all of them, actually, the Christmassy ones, the chocolate and white Woodland Pergola and the lilac and white. Finally, the classic and classy all-white snowflake dome – sophisticated and stunning.

Mary bought the templates from my Etsy site and had her first model made within the first day of purchase (I think that’s correct allowing for time zone issues – Mary is in the USA).

Thank you for sharing them with me and I’m delighted to showcase them here (with Mary’s permission).

Hope you enjoy looking – I do!

To see my other templates, click the Etsy logo on the page to visit my shop.

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