Tag: craft

Toddler Bow Tie

We are attending a family wedding in late April, and this will be the first time I’ll dress Robin in smart wear (well, smart casual). I’d purchased a cute blue/yellow shirt from a charity shop a couple of months ago, and managed to get some coordinating chino trousers from Primark. However, I felt the outfit was missing a little something…

Onto Pinterest I went! After a good gander I realised what the outfit needed was a bow tie!

I had a look on Etsy and generally around the internet, but I couldn’t find one that was right. Then I remembered I had some leftover fabric from the lampshade I made.  So back onto Pinterest I went and soon enough I came across this step-by-step guide from Simply Being Mommy.

I did however not use a glue gun, did a tiny bit of sewing and added some elastic instead of a brooch pin. But I did however follow the fabric measurements and how to create the bow. I think it turned out pretty well in the end! Let’s hope Robin doesn’t yank it off on the day, I’ll be sure to update this post with a photo of him when the day comes ūüôā


Fairy tale dragons quilt

This time last year a friend asked if I could make a cot quilt for her son. Yes it really has taken me nearly a year to make it happen. To be fair I was still working on the whole ‘being a mum’ thing at the time.

Once my friend had decided on the theme (dragons) I started researching fabric asap! I discovered that Lewis and Irene had a Dragons collection and happened to find someone selling some fat quarter bundles of it on eBay.

After a few (quite a few) months and with the return of my creative spark, I managed to pull it all together. Even having some fabric to spare so I could make some cushion cover panels. My friend will be finishing them off.


Apologies for the poor photographs, it was a very cloudy day when I took them and I really wanted to get this in the post to my friend.



Return to cross stitch

Thanks to a lovely little Secret Santa gift, I have returned to cross stitching! I haven’t done this since, well, April last year when I stitched the dinosaur design for my friends birthday.

I’m very much enjoying doing cross stitch at the moment, mainly because it’s a simple sit on the sofa and crack on with it kind of craft. Also being able to put it down and come back to it even if you’re half way through a row. I’m not one for large cross stitch projects but I do like the mini kits which are perfect for cards. Picked up a couple of other kits the other day and am looking forward to starting on them. Tempted to make some Christmas themed ones this year, as well as doing my other handmade Christmas cards.

Anyway, that’s enough of me going on about my liking of cross stitch, here is the one I’ve just completed and will be sending to s friend today.


Dinosaur Cross Stitch

I used to do a lot of cross stitch when I was younger, but I feel I had a little more patience back then. Also I didn’t have the likes of the Internet to distract me…

My friends birthday was coming up, so I wanted to make her something a little different. Thankfully she has a love for dinosaurs, so this made the subject matter of the cross stitch easy to decide.

Hard to say how long this actually took me to complete, most likely a couple of solid hours. I managed to stretch it out over two weeks whilst I was unwell, so not bad going.


I also managed to pick up the perfect card to go with my creation. Happy Birthday Katy!


Surprise Box Club Unboxing

Firstly, huge thanks to the wonderful Triinu from Surprise Box Club, for sending me one of her surprise boxes to review.

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Surprise Box Club is a subscription box for existing and new crafters. Each month you will receive an exclusive jewellery kit and vintage craft kit straight to your door. But you’ll also receive the tools to help you with your jewellery kit, which is a unique bonus if you’re just starting out.

Surprise Box Club Review

My box arrived in a mail bag and I was pretty excited when I pulled it out. I¬†really like the ‘happy mail’ sticker, cute little touch.¬†The contents was beautifully presented with the tools¬†securely¬†attached to the lid of the box and the¬†kits/instructions wrapped in tissue paper. The excitement continued to grow through each new part of the box.

The polkadot paper bags each contained a kit accept from the black bag, which had a very pretty pair of Sterling Silver and Swarovski pearl earrings¬†inside. Now that was certainly a lovely surprise ūüôā The earrings were crafted by¬†Triinu herself, it’s so nice to have a handmade gift from one crafter to another.

Jewellery kit – Strand Crimp Bracelet
Contents: beads, wires, bracelet findings and also the tools to put it all together

Crafty kit – Tassel Garland
Contents: tissue paper and some twine

Full instructions are also included and I can’t wait to get started! Keep a look out on my Instagram as I will certainly post pictures when I’ve made them. The instructions are very detailed and clear to read, which is great for a crafter at any level.

You can start your subscription at £18 per month. Or you can purchase a one off box for £20 or 3 months of boxes at £55. Also postage is free!! Only available within the UK at the moment.


For two kits with full instructions, tools and a little surprise gift I think its good value for money. Sometimes there isn’t time to go out and buy bits for a project, also it’s hard to even think of what to craft next.

To find out more about Surprise Box Club, simply visit: www.surpriseboxclub.com


The Makery Open Day – Embroidery Hoop Pendant

Today I got to visit The Makery once again, this time to make an Embroidery Hoop Necklace. Took my friend Zoe along for some extra crafty company too.

Link to buy your own Embroidery Hoop Kit a the bottom of this post ūüôā

The Makery Open Day - Embroidery Hoop Pendant

The Makery Open Day - Embroidery Hoop Pendant

The Makery Open Day - Embroidery Hoop Pendant

You can purchase an Embroidery Hoop Kit from The Makery online shop for £11.50.

The Makery Open Day - Embroidery Hoop Pendant

The Makery Open Day – Egg Cup Pin Cushion

A trip to The Makery in Bath was had today! Myself and my nan attended an open day workshop to make an egg cup pin cushion. Such a simple little make and doesn’t take much time at all!¬†

Also managed to pick up a few bits in their bargain bin, and got a free little goodie bag. 


And to follow our lovely crafty hour, we went for afternoon tea in Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms. If you ever find yourself taking a trip to Bath then I very much recommend visiting Bea’s.¬†


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