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Saturday, July 26, 2014

{create} a cosy wool door snake

tutorial and photography Helen Louise Wilkinson of Blossom + Cat

The seasons have turned and the nights are really rather cold! It’s time to get cosy and make yourself one of these lovely wool door snakes, they are lots of fun and perfect for keeping out the cold winter drafts.


you will need...
 + an old wool blanket
 + sturdy fabric for the base
 + buttons
 + a scrap of felt
 + embroidery cotton
 + fabric scraps for stuffing
 + scissors and pins
 + iron
 + sewing machine
 + pattern sheet - click here to download

step 1 Print the paper pattern sheet - click here to download.
Measure your door and cut a strip of paper the right length to fit the gap in the pattern, add on an extra 8cm. (example: my door measured 86cm wide my finished paper pattern was 94cm).
Layer the fabric and pin the pattern sheet in place.

step 2 Cut out your fabric shapes.

step 3 Use the embroidery cotton to sew on the buttons, they don’t have to match, you could also try layering them for a different effect.

step 4 Position the tongue facing inwards towards the body and pin in place. This will stick out once the snake has been turned!

step 5 Pin the top and bottom of the snake together with right sides of the fabric touching. Using a sewing machine sew around the edges allowing for a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a gap half way down the body of around 12cm for turning and stuffing.

step 6 Turn your snake right side out, push out the seams and press. Stuff firmly with fabric scraps, make sure you cut them into small pieces to avoid lumps!

step 7 Pin the gap closed and stitch together firmly using small neat stitches.

finished! name your snake and pop him in front of your door!


this tutorial was originally published in issue 11 of tickle the imagination magazine.

tutorial by Helen Louise Wilkinson of blossom + cat

*please note - this tutorial is for personal use only

Monday, July 14, 2014

WIN! creative chaos challenge

Are you up for a challenge?

The Artful Business Conference is offering tickle readers the chance to WIN a ticket to this years conference!

To take part all you have to do is to give your creative chaos a tidy and share your before and after photos.

First...you might like to read the business toolkit in issue 16 for a little inspiration - "get more productive simply by tidying up".

Then... go take a photo of your creative chaos to share with us on facebook, instagram or pinterest before Friday this week - with the following hashtags - #creativechaos2014, #tickletheimagination and #artfulbizcon.

Then...go tidy up! You have just over two weeks to get stuck in and get organised. Have fun, be creative and let us know how you are going!!

Our favourite makeover will win!

and, so you don't feel so bad about how your 'before' picture looks...head over to the tickle instagram page and see what my office looked like just this morning :( I don't think many people could beat this...I am so embarrassed to share this... it looks like something off an episode of hoarders!

happy tidying!
Tanya x

terms and conditions:
 - 'before' images to be submitted by Friday 18th July 2014
 - 'after' images to be submitted by 31st July 2014
 - one entry per person
 - open to Australian residents aged 18 years and over

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

three easter projects

easter is only 10 days away!... better hop to it!

Here are three sweet projects from past issues of tickle to get you in the easter spirit!

felt bunny
This little cutie was designed by Lauren from Molly & Mama for a gorgeous Easter inspired photoshoot that featured in issue 10.

Easy enough to make with the kids, the pattern can be enlarged to suit... how cute would a teddy size bunny be to wake up to on Easter morning?

You can find the tutorial here in issue 10 of tickle the imagination magazine, just flick to page 142.

sweet sugar cookie stacks
by sweet treats editor Linda Vandermeer.

Wrapped in a little cellophane, these would make a gorgeous gift for teachers or work colleagues this easter.

You can find the step-by-step recipe here in issue 10 of tickle the imagination magazine, just flick to page 36.

And if you love all things sweet you must visit Linda's delicious blog bubble & sweet

machine stitched easter wishes
by Ali of Ali Benyon Designs

Machine stitch this adorable bunny artwork to give as a card or display in your home this easter.

You can find the tutorial here in issue 05 of tickle the imagination magazine, just flick to page 40

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

cactus collection

Inspired by the gorgeous Mexican Fries story in issue 15... I went searching for gorgeous Australian-made, cactus creations... here's what I found!
top row (l-r): custom handmade pet cactus by Knot Another, succulents original painting in nail enamel by Gwolly G Design, prickly pear cactus illustrated brooch by Annelise Norman

middle row (l-r): cactus necklace by Clay & Clasp, Woollen cactus by Odds & Ends,  Geometric planters by Quirky Kards

bottom row (l-r): diy cactus in a can by The Neon Cactus, Happy Birthday Amigo greeting card by Joey Design, Crochet cactus prickly pear by Ditto Crafts

compiled by Tanya Collier

Sunday, March 30, 2014

boys can wear leggings too

post by Michelle Offerman | children's fashion editor for tickle the imagination

I have a confession to make. I bought my 5 year old son a pair of girl’s leggings. The intention was that they were to be worn like slightly baggy tracksuit pants. After a few skew looks from family members I put them away and gave up on the super-comfortable-but-not-track-pants kind of look. Until today! Today, I found exactly what I was looking for at Gaga Couture. The bonus is that they are unisex. My favorites are the feathers – I only wish they came in my size! 

Michelle is a children’s stylist who is completely in awe of little people and their magical worlds; their imaginings, their authenticity and their unashamed ability to stare at people. With a background in marketing and advertising, Michelle understands the importance of visual communication and creating a unique and memorable story that will capture the audience’s attention and more importantly their imagination. She works exclusively in the children’s market offering specialised services in producing imaginative, extraordinary stories where dreams are reality; the perfect moment is captured and a magnificent story is told. She has lived in South Africa, can speak Italian and will avoid parallel parking at all costs! www.michelleofferman.com




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