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Tutorial: Mini Christmas cards and envelopes

22 December 2013 /

  This year I decided to make mini Christmas cards and envelopes (well, A7 sized ones). This was because I found some super cool Christmas pudding paper (made by Vivid but I bought it in Fenwicks in Newcastle) that I wanted to cut up and stick on to a card, and I decided that a…

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The making of my Christmas jumper 2013

08 December 2013 /

I LOVE Christmas jumpers, and thankfully for me they’ve made a big comeback over the past few years! Last year I made a Rudolph jumper (which I wore again this weekend for our traditional Christmas walk) and so I’ve been wondering what I should make for this year. And then I saw it (on Pinterest…

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Tutorial: How to make photo cards

28 November 2013 /

Photo cards are really simple to make, and you can customise them for every occasion. I do find myself looking at a view and thinking ‘that would make a lovely card’, so be warned – once you’ve started, you’ll always be looking for that perfect photo! You just need a few simple things to be…

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Vintage buttons

23 November 2013 /

I’ve known our family friend Madge since I was a little girl, and even after I moved away we’ve kept in touch and I try and write letters to her as often as I can. She’s always been a knitter, but at the age of 93 has had to give it up now. Madge has…

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Tutorial: How to make lined envelopes

22 November 2013 /

  Earlier this year I decided to share my trade secrets about how to make envelopes, and I was really pleased with how popular the post was! So I thought it was about time that I do a second envelope tutorial, but this time showing you how to make lined envelopes. They are really good…

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Felt Christmas decorations

17 November 2013 /

There are some lovely felt Christmas decorations in this month’s edition of Mollie Makes magazine, and I just had to have a go at making them! They have been designed by Samantha Stas, and she has decorated them in a fabulous retro style. Samantha stitches hers on a sewing machine but I decided to do…

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DIY travelling craft suitcase

14 November 2013 /

I’ve been planning this crafty project for months now (as is often the case) and last weekend I finally got around to making it! If I’m going travelling then I usually want to take some sort of crafty stuff to be working on while I’m away, but this usually means that I end up looking…

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Watercolour birthday cards

02 November 2013 /

Our lovely friend Rachel celebrated her 30th birthday this week, and I wanted to make her a special card for the day. Ages ago, I got some gorgeous Inktense watercolour pencils from Derwent (we went to visit the pencil museum at Keswick, which was amazing!). I’m not very good at drawing or painting, but these…

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Amy Butler A-line Skirt

23 October 2013 /

I haven’t made any clothes or done any big sewing projects since making our wedding waistcoats, but I’ve been planning several things and collecting fabrics to make them! I really like A-line skirts as they’re not too tricky to make and are really versatile, so I decided to start with this project first. This was…

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Lined wooden drawers (part 2)

20 October 2013 /

  I’ve had a lot of time to craft over the past few days – even more so than usual because Tom has been busy working to finish a deadline for the opera that he’s working on! So I’ve been left to my own devices and as well as trying out some new dishes, I’ve…

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Liberty Fabric Autumn Leaves

18 October 2013 /

I love the variety of projects in Mollie Makes, and I particularly love finding out about new blogs and discovering new crafters. This project is from last year but I didn’t get round to making it at the time, and I’ve been planning on making it as an autumn project for this year! These Liberty…

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Elderberry Liqueur

06 October 2013 /

So it’s that time of year where you start thinking about Christmas presents. More specifically, what can you make for presents this year?! A friend at work brought in some elderberries from his garden, and after a quick google search I found this recipe for some elderberry liqueur. I don’t really drink (except for the…

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