Playmat toy bags

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This has been a top-secret project for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! I’ve made these playmat toy bags for our gorgeous friends Rachel and Daria – Rachel has now given birth to baby Joshua and Daria (my partner-in-craft) is due very soon! I wanted to make them something extra special and it took me ages to find the perfect thing. I found the tutorial for this in the free book that came with the December 2013 issue of Craftseller magazine, and it was originally designed by Mia Underwood in her book, Nordic Crafts.

 

The original design of the bag is the night scene, but I decided to make my own daytime version too. Read More

Embroidered pin cushion

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I love craft books. In fact, I’m hooked on them (in addition to my little obsession with cookery books too…our house is pretty full!). I’m a big fan of Aimee Ray’s embroidery designs and have already blogged about some designs from her Doodle Stitching books. When I saw the pincushion on the front of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery and Beyond, I knew that I had to make it! So this weekend I finally got around to making it, and I’m so pleased with how it has turned out!

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Letterpress Thank You cards

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I’m a firm believer in sending thank you cards, whatever your age! I’m always trying to think of new ideas for cards, and this year I found some lovely letterpress letters in one of my favourite shops (I’ll be doing a post about it shortly…) and thought that they would be perfect. I don’t have a roller for ink so I just used my normal ink pads, but I quite like the texture of the printing. Hopefully, everyone we sent a card to has received it, so they won’t mind me telling you about them! Continue reading…

My 2014 crafty plans

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Happy New Year to you all! 🙂 It’s that time of year when people think about new starts and resolutions. I don’t make resolutions because I never manage to stick to them, and then I beat myself up about it a bit too much. So instead, I try to make plans and set a few goals – that way I’m more relaxed about the whole thing! Last year I said that I would write more letters (I managed a few), cook at least 2 new recipes every month (which I managed – often more than 2!) and that I’d look after my garden more (this didn’t happen – oops!).

 

This year, my main aim is to learn to crochet. I would also like to learn how to make my own stamps, and to make my first quilt. So just a few things – haha! 🙂

 

The picture on this post is something that I’m working on at the moment, but it’s top secret! I’m dying to share it with you but I’ll have to keep it to myself for a little while longer! Look out for a post or two soon though…

 

What are your crafty plans for 2014?

 

The handmade Christmas gift challenge

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This year, me and Tom decided that we’d make each other a Christmas present with a budget of £10. I’ve been meaning to get around to making Christmas stockings, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! I found a lovely template in issue 33 of Mollie Makes magazine – it is originally a template for a quilted stocking, but I wanted to make a felt one. I’ve seen lots of templates with funny shaped feet, so I was pleased to find it! I bought this lovely wool felt from Wool Felt Company (the shades are Christmas red and dark green) and I already had the other trimmings. Continue reading…