Thursday, 26 February 2009

A badge in a little crocheted jacket!

Yay! I have finally got around to making some of these. I had this idea a little while ago and have been meaning to try it out. They came out better than I thought they would.

These are great fun to make, choosing colour combinations to using buttons. Most of these will be one of a kind as I love using vintage buttons and coming up with different designs. This is one of my favourites -

There will be a selection of these available at The Gift Tree and both my Etsy and Folksy shops.

The cards are made from some fab postcards I found, I am a sucker for stationary. When I bought them I didn't know what I would use them for. Now that I do I wish I had bought more.

I'm sure I will be making more of these soon, after I have made a few of my new crocheted flower brooches. Another idea I have been toying with for a while. I will blog about these soon.
B x

Friday, 20 February 2009

Oh such cute brooches

How cute are these brooches? I ordered them for a craft fair I am doing for Mothers day from Sophie Isobel Designs. She has a lovely shop on etsy and an equally lovely blog. Until Feb 23rd  all proceeds from sales in her shop will go to the Red Cross for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal in Australia. What a generous thing to do.

They came nicely wrapped and tied with ribbon. Sorry I didn't get photos of that as I was so excited that I ripped them open with out thinking. But they still look like this!

Every one is handmade and one of a kind.

 I asked Sophie to make one especially for me, but when they arrived I changed my mind.This is one of my favourites.

But this is the one I decided to keep and it is now on my new spring jacket. 

Well the weather is starting to get warmer, isn't it? Oh and the craft fair is at Burbage Millennium Hall, Leicestershire on Sat 7th March in case you are interested.
B x

Monday, 16 February 2009

Flapper girl or red Indian?

I work in the local pub at the bottom of my road and the landlady has a bit of a thing for dressing up. A few weeks ago I dressed up as a motown Diva for their Motown Disco. I wore a long gold dress, gold shoes, big sunglasses and to finish off the outfit a black afro wig. Thankfully batteries were flat or cameras were forgotten so their is no photographic evidence - I don't think it was a good look for me. 

I definitely prefer the flapper girl look, the night this time was Gangsters and Mols - The  Valentines Massacre. I made the headband with a feather from my local craft shop and some elastic and a gem I had in my stash. A few of the regulars said I looked  more like a Red Indian than a 1920s Mol.

The dress was from a charity shop, hurray for charity shops! 

The tights though were my best buy, from Topshop from their sale rail. I was really lucky with these they just caught my eye as I was leaving the shop and they are the same colour as the feather. I love these tights and they definitely need to be worn again.

Dress : £3
Tights £1
Feather : 50p

A great night was had by all the pub was packed which is quite a feat at the mo.  
B x

Friday, 13 February 2009

I saw them and had to buy them!

I love getting parcels even when I know what is coming. I get all excited like a child and tear them open the minute they arrive. I got these today aren't they just wonderful? I saw them and just had to buy them, I knew they would be great for put some crafty bits and bobs in.

As you can see they are! These gorgeous felt beads are from Kirsty, the lovely lady behind Paperfish. She has a shop a few shops on Etsy and one so far on Folksy (I'm sure there will be more). I am going to be making these in to simple little stretchy bracelets as they sell really well when I do craft fairs.

I also recieved my jute bags, these have been popular and I have some new designs planned.

I have already been busy and finished one of the new bags, its a new colour too. I love these bright Dala horses. These will also be available with a red, yellow or blue horse.

With my jutes came my new packing bags. I usually buy packs from one of the many pound shops in Leicester, but the last time I tried I couldn't find them anywhere. It worked out cheaper to buy in bulk and they are eco friendly. 

With a choice of black white or pink, it had to be pink.
B x

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

For Charity, mate!

Just letting you know that members of the Crafteroo Forum have come together and have a Comic Relief shop. This is on folksy and is selling handmade items and all proceeds from their sale will be going to Comic Relief. If you would like to join in click here.
I have donated two of my Lavender dolls. 

 I wanted to add a screenshot of the page but just can't figure out how to do this. I have a Mac if any one knows and wants to share, that would be great. B x

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Hello doll face!

I have decided I needed to write about my babushka dolls, they seem to be very popular at the moment. I cut out enough to make 100 and still found it wasn't enough. Heres a pile ready to be sewn.

I love making these little dolls they are so bright and lovely and they make me smile. Some have Lavender in so stuffing them is very relaxing. My boys always get really excited by them and always want to play with them. So much so that I have given them one each, with lavender of course.

I had to take lots of photos of the dolls to use on Etsy and Folksy. I think they look great all lined up like this.

I even think they look cute all packed up, even though it feels a little cruel to wrap them in plastic! Yes, i know they're not real. I have one as a pincushion and I can't bring myself to put pins in her face. 

Where she sells pottery if you hadn't guessed.

Phew they are keeping me busy and I still have outstanding orders for 20ish. B x

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Snowing again! Yay!

Ok so I am a little slow with the snow photos. Here is my eldest Lucas on Tuesday at the park where we had lots of fun in the snow.
This is Isaac, jumping off snow mountain. Well its more like a mound really, but we do like to use our imagination.
The snow man, I must admit we cheated some one else had made a giant snow ball and we just added a head.
Lucas giving the snowman some arms .Yes, they are a little on the small side but we didn't tell him that. After all he went to the effort of hunting for sticks and was so proud of himself.
The hat and scarf would not be my choice but were kindly loned by one of Lucas' friends. I love this photo all the boys together, mine are the two in the middle.

There has been even more snow today! Another trip to the park on the way how from school, I think and more photos too!
B x

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Mirror, Mirror.....

Wow! I can't believe my luck, my bunting was featured in the Mirror last Thursday (Jan 29th).

Here is the full page,  its such a lovely photo too. I had to send my bunting off for a photo shot, after which it was kindly returned to me. I was told it would be in on the 22nd so have been pestering my local shop every day for a peek at the paper.
I also had to add this photo of the robot Lucas (Age 4) made. It is Burn:e from Wall:e. I think it is fab, he is so imaginative with his Lego.
Some bunting in progress, I have had a few orders thanks to the publicity.

Want to check out my workspace? The very talented Lauren will be featuring some piccies on her blog this week. I plan to blog about her and something I have recently purchased from her shop. It is a gift for a special someone.
Bye for now, B x