Last week I was so busy I didn’t get time to sit down and do a proper blog post. So today I have decided to take a break from my uni assignments to share my latest craft adventures.
It was such a glorious morning that I decided to join my parents on their Sunday walk. We walked from our suburb, Coorparoo, to Morningside, stopping for coffee at the quirky Southside Tearoom before making our way home. On the way I collected flowers and autumn leaves that I found along the footpath and made a little posy.
Inspired by a project for a bell jar display I had seen in issue 37 of Mollie Makes, I decided to make something similar for my posy.
Et viola! Kitty’s Cabinet of Curiosity was born!
This is a really simple project that uses upcycled scraps from around the house. As you can see from below, it makes a stunning addition to any interior.
To make your own cabinet of curiosity you will need:
- A posy made up of flowers and leaves found in your garden (smaller flowers and leaves are generally better for this project)
- 1 x recycled jam jar
- 1 x square scrap of material
- Ribbon (optional)
To make your cabinet of curiosity:
- Arrange your flowers into a posy and secure with string, or the stem of one of your flowers.
- Trim the ends of your posy so that the stems are all the same length (you want to cut them quite short so that your posy fits comfortably in your jar).
- Carefully slide your posy into the jam jar (you may find that you need to make adjustments to your arrangement or trim the stems even shorter for it to fit).
- To finish your cabinet of curiosity: cover the lid of your jam jar with the square of material and fasten in place with pins. Screw the lid on top of the jar and finish decorating by tying a bow around the lid using your ribbon.
The great thing about these little cabinets of curiosities is that you can update them with seasonal flowers and create a museum of curiosities with jars and flowers of different shapes and sizes.
Finally, I promised two weeks ago to share my latest cowl project with you, so here goes…
I am really into scallop or fan patterns at the moment. I love delicacy and intricacy of the motif, it reminds me of the sea, coral, and shells.
These cowls were made following a Chunky Cowl pattern in issue 13 of Simply Crochet. I wanted my cowls to have a more elegant, lacy finish, so instead of using a chunky yarn I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine (a 4ply yarn) in Steelcutoats and Turquoisemix. While these cowls look delicate, they’re actually really robust and incredibly warm. They’re the perfect accessory to throw on when you’re having an uninspired fashion day.
I’m currently experimenting with combining a scallop and wave pattern to make a sea-inspired afghan. But more on that next time…