Baby Blanket

We’ve had a manic few weeks with Christmas, New Year, daughter’s and in-laws birthdays and now we have a new addition to the family. My Brother and Sister-in-law have just had a little boy.  As they hadn’t found out the sex beforehand, and he arrived 2 weeks early, I had to be quick making his gift.

I decided to make a blanket for a change.  I usually make knitted toys, in particular an octopus, but as his older brother already has one I thought I’d try something different.

Blue blanket edge detail

I found some lovely blue variegated baby yarn and put together with a plain pale blue yarn I made a huge granny square blanket with a few stripes and a scalloped edge.

Blue blanket corner detail

I loved making this and it’s so warm. I hope they like it.

I loved the design too, so I think I might make some more.

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My Valentine

With less than a month until Valentine’s Day I’ve been thinking about my new collection of cards for this year.  As I’ve become somewhat addicted to crochet, I wanted to make something a bit different.  So I decided to add my crochet hearts and flowers to cards.

Starting off with my Valentine’s cards, I made a collection of 3 in a different shades of red.

My Valentine Dark Red Crochet Heart

The colour of the yarn really stands out on a simple plain white card.

These three cards proved popular last night on Handmadehour over on twitter and have now sold out. I am now making them to order though, so if you would like one of these please let me know. They are priced at £1.50 or £2.50 including UK postage.

I hope you like my cards and I would love to know what you think.

Happy crafting
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January Sale

I have been having a good clear out for the New Year and decided to have a January Sale of my cards in order to make some space for new makes this year.

I have put together a collection of cards and made an album on my facebook page. All cards have been reduced by between 20% and 50%. Here’s a couple of the cards that are being included in the sale

Heart Flower

Heart Flower

Gentleman with rose

Gentleman with rose

Orange / Yellow Get Well Flower Card

Orange / Yellow Get Well Flower Card

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In addition to the great bargains, if you require the cards to be posted, the charges will be £1 per item, to a maximum of £3 for 3 or more cards. To have a look at the album, click here

It’s a great opportunity to pick a collection of cards for the year, as they cover all occasions, including Valentine, Mother’s Day and Birthday as well as Christmas.

Happy Handmade 2015
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New Year’s Resolutions

For the last 5 weeks or so I’ve been battling some bug or other and have felt pretty rubbish. I’m hoping that I’m on the mend now and that I can get back to crafting properly. Better late than never, I’m feeling up to catching up with all my blog posts and setting down my resolutions for 2015. I’m hoping that this bug is all the illness I’m going to have this year and with my recovery from two operations on my feet, I’m hoping for a fully fit and healthy year.

So for 2015 I hope to:-
1. Work on my social media presence, in particular Twitter, Flikr and Pinterest
2. Work on online stall on the Stall and Craft collective
3. Attend 2 craft fairs
4. Blog at least once a week

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I’m going to try to use my crochet more in my card making as well as promote my personalised and bespoke service for card-making. Like last year I also hope to be more organised for the big events of the year and I will have more gifts available for Easter, Mother’s Day and Christmas.

With some more work on promotion I would like to reach 350 facebook ‘likes’ and 500 followers on Twitter!

I’d also like to interact with people more and I would love more comments on my page and on facebook.

Happy 2015 crafting
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Wood craft

Over Christmas I have visited my in-laws and discovered how my Father-in-law has been preparing for the Christmas period.  He is a fellow crafter (having taken early retirement a number of years ago) and his current craft of choice is wood turning.

This year he made a little Christmas tree for my daughter, which I loved too, so I ordered another from him for our Christmas dinner table.  These little trees are so quirky and gorgeous.

Wooden Christmas trees

The larger tree is made of lime wood (I think) which is very appropriate for us as we live in a lime tree prevalent area.  It looks lovely as a focal point on the table too and has prompted a number of comments from visitors.  I love it so much that I haven’t been able to put it away with the rest of the decorations and it is taking pride of place on my kitchen window ledge for use on my table throughout the year.

I was also surprised with a lovely gift for our Christmas tree.  This beautiful bauble.  It has been polished but this is the natural colour of the wood.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

Wooden Christmas tree bauble

He’s made some beautiful pieces for us over the years and has just recently set up an on-line store. So if you’re in the market for some beautiful wooden gifts or home accessories, give his stall a visit – Paul Brooks you won’t be disappointed.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Crafting
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