Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Scarebug Tutorial

This for all the urban gardeners out there... a window box size scarecrow, we’ll call him “Scarebug”.

You’ll need:
2 pieces of wood (I used pencils)
1 ping pong ball (easy to find in a pound shop or any sports shop)
A push pin
Clothes – either make your own or nick a Ken dolls
Black permanent marker
Stanley knife or scissors

  • Bind your pieces of wood into a cross to make a body and arms

  • Cut the top off your ping pong ball then draw a face onto the ball using the permanent marker

  • Attach the ping pong ball to the scarebug body. I used a push pin. We’ll be filling the head with dirt later so don’t make any big holes!

  • Dress for success! You can make a shirt out of scrap material or just ‘borrow’ one from a doll.  You could go one step further and stuff him with dried grass if you want an authentic scare! He can’t bend his arms, so you may want to sew his shirt on.

  • Stuff your scarebugs head with dirt and sprinkle seeds on his head. Cress is ideal, otherwise try any seed you can get your hands on.  Lightly cover the seeds with soil & sprinkle with water.

  • Pop him in your window box & watch his hair grow! (Please do not try this on your Dad or Husband, he won’t think its funny and it won’t make his hair grow!)

Here is my scarebug...he is waiting for his hair to grow!  Let me know if you make a scarebug & how he looks sitting in your mini garden.

Feel free to share this tutorial but please link back to my blog!.

Tune in next week when we'll be making something lovely for Valentines Day

Love,  FunkyCinderella


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Folky Friday: Gardening!

I've have been lucky this week to get out into the garden. Yes, it has been cold & yes today we had a frost all day so I couldn't dig (the joys of Scotland) but I enjoyed the fresh air nonetheless! So now, the garden is all tidied up and ready for spring. I even found a few bulbs venturing out & I spent the darker part of yesterday afternoon curled up pouring over my gardening books, planning this years vege patch.

In celebration, here is my garden themed Folksy Friday.

Miniature geranium set garden furniture set
Ceramic Plant Markers - Flowers Glass Jar Lantern- Stars
Sandy Gnome Bird Cottage

click on the image & it'll take you to the shop!

1. Miniature geranium set. If you haven't seen miniature gardens,
you need to Google them now! They are the cutest things ever!

2. Garden Furniture set. One word: Lush.

3. Garden stakes by fellow ceramic artist, Charlotte Hupfield. Lovely.

4. Glass Lantern jar. Which would look perfect hanging off the cherry tree in my garden!

5. Sandy Gnome. What garden is complete without a gnome?

6. Bird cottage. Not house...cottage. Love, love love it.

Pop back for for Tutorial Tuesday when I'll be showing you how to make a scarebug. For little and big people alike. What's a scarebug you ask? Ah hah....that's just something you'll have to pop back to see!

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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Fabric Flowers

These would make great fabric flowers for any occasion or paper flowers to pretty-up your cards and notebooks.

You’ll need:
Fabric, felt or even thick paper works well.
Needle & thread
Badge pin
Fray stop (optional)

This is a mish mash of various fabric flower tutorials I have tried over the years. I use a combination of 1 extra large, 1 large, 1 medium and 4 small flower pieces to make my flowers & there’s a little trick at the end to make them nice and ‘fluffy’. If you want more body in your flowers, just add more petals of the extra large to medium variety! Feel free to play about to find your perfect end result.

To make the petals:

Cut fabric circles. I use cookie cutters to trace the round shape but you could use objects around the house such as plastic cups. Remember, you need to end up with one extra large, one large, one medium and 4 small pieces. Trace around and cut out your circles. Using the below diagram, cut along the dotted lines to make your circles into petals.

Depending on your fabric, you may wish to use ‘fray stop’ on the edges. This will (obviously) stop it fraying. For a shabbier look, leave the fabric to fray.

Now, starting with the large flowers, layer them on top of one another like so (if these are paper petals, you may wish to add a dab of glue to secure as you go along):

Next, fold all small flowers in half, layering and overlapping them like this (I've used plain colored half circles in this picture to make it easier for you to see the overlap):

Using your needle and thread, secure the petals together. Then add your button.

If this is a fabric flower, after a couple of threads thru the button, secure the brooch back onto the back of the flower with the same thread. Fluff it up a bit to give it some depth.

If you'd like, you could snip a little triangle in the end of each petal for a different look.

...and there you go! Have fun making these, experiment with different textures & fabrics (lace works well too) & let me know how you get on!



Friday, 7 January 2011

Folksy Friday: Year of the Rabbit

Pouch lavendar rabbit The Beady Eye
Lettie Belle fluff and fuzz
Rubyru Murgatroyd & Bean

Hello Folks, and welcome to 2011! The Chinese year of the Rabbit.

The Year of the Rabbit is said to to be a peaceful year & much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger....hmmm I know some people who would agree with that! I personally am looking forward to moving into my new studio, a quieter space and closer to home. I am very much looking forward to new beginnings in this New Year. Don't you just love the fresh start and new possibilities that the New Year brings?

Remember to pop back next Tuesday when I'll be showing you how to make fabric/paper flowers. If you would like to keep up to date with my how -to's and comings and goings, please pop over to my facebook page & become a fan.

Love, FunkyCinderella

Sunday, 19 December 2010



Welcome to my new blog. I have been working hard this weekend, learning HTML & trying to get the hang of this blogging malarkey.

So, what can you expect from me? I'm quite excited about this. 2010 is a new start for me business wise. I am going to be concentrating on FunkyCinderella and building her up into more of a business. She seems to want a life of her own, so lets give her one!

On here, I plan on sharing a weekly tutorial which will be based on something crafty, or if my tummy gets its' way, chocolatly! Please give me a shout if there's something you'd like to see here. Once a month, I'll be sharing the best tutorials I have found on the world wide web.

On a Friday, I'll be joining in on Folksy Friday, featuring 6 of my favorite Folksy items. I'm quite looking forward to this, as it means I get to have a frivolous look about Folksy where there are many lovely things to be found.

What else? Well, my Internet friend, I have a few fun things and surprises up my sleeve so you'll need to watch this space!

Love FunkyCinderella

Test Post Folksy Friday

Yes, I know it's not a Friday! I am trying to get a handle on this html business. So here is a test post to see if I'm taggin right.

Might as well have another go at the folksy treasury code at the same time!

paper bird ceramic bird
jemimalumley loglike
muchinalittle throughtheroundwindow

Love FunkyCinderella

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Folksy Friday

Hello, and welcome to my first blog post. I thought it would be nice to start off with a Folksy Friday, featuring some of my fellow Folksters on

The theme today is glass. A medium I would love to learn to work with in the New Year. These are certainly inspiring...

abundant glass diamo
Amy Orange Juice The Glass House
Joys of glass Through the Round Window

1. Rainbow glass by Abundant Glass
2. Spaceman suncatcher by Diomo Glass
3. Stripey Stained Glass Bunting by AmyOrangeJuice
4. Stripey Stained Glass Bunting by The Glass House
5. Steam Train Stained Glass Suncatcher by Joys of Glass
6. Stained Glass Singing Bird by Through the Round Window

Well that's it from me today.Please give these folk some love, and pop over to their stores at Folksy to have a closer look!