Bloom bloom issue 6: Dec/Jan 10

It’s (too) soon to be saying bye bye 2009 and hello 2010. Are we ready for the new year? Truthfully, I’m not, and neither am I used to the abbreviated form 10. Anyhow this will be the last newsletter for this year. Before I go, I’ll be sharing a simple tree paper craft on the blog soon, so do check in with me when you can. Till 2010, happy crafting, happy shopping, happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays!
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Sunshine + handmade holiday fair

If you’ve been following the b l o g, you would have heard me mention the sale of my *Sunshine* fundraiser bracelets. Thanks to supportive friends + family, more than 80 bracelets have been sold in the last 4 weeks. Well, I’ve decided to extend a new collection of these happy bracelets online in a handmade fair @ Etsy and as my subscriber, you’re invited to a preview launch next Monday, 23rd November before it’s open to everyone else. I hope you’ll drop in for a visit and maybe get some sunshine too.

Designer soap

Spruce up a plain-looking bar soap by engraving a few words with a toothpick or pointed stick, according to this nifty idea from All About.

Metablett, the steel velcro

Photo credit: TUM Institute of Metal Forming and Casting

A square metre of this new steel fastener, called Metaklett, is capable of supporting 35 tonnes at temperatures up to 800 degree Celcius. Developed by German engineers at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, the Velcro can be peeled without any tool and can be re-used, like ordinary Velcro. Conventional hook-and-loop fasteners are used for everything from bandages to cable boots in aircraft and securing prosthetic limbs. The engineers believe that this steel version is tough enough to be used for building facades or car assembly. [via New Scientist]

3D photo frame

A very easy project to make. Instructions at Children’s BBC.

Toilet paper roll star

A pretty idea from Michelle’s Journal Corner.

How to make padded hangers

Wouldn’t it be lovely to make these handmade goodness as gifts? Here’s how.

Felted little otter

Here’s a necklace with a cute hanging companion! Created by Nancy Bevins who uses the wool from her small farm in West Virginia where her family raises sheep and a few goats too. Available at Motley Mutton.

Spider silk

To produce this golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today. Researchers have long been intrigued by the unique properties of spider silk, which is stronger than steel or Kevlar (a light + strong synthetic fiber) but far more flexible, stretching up to 40 percent of its normal length without breaking. [via Wired]

Hot-water bottle cover knitting pattern

Free pattern to download.

Paper bags

I believe you and I love to wrap odd-shaped gifts in paper carriers because it’s so fast and easy, but there’s this twist that shouldn’t come as a surprise.


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