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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Wedding Season is Approaching!!!

Planning your Wedding or helping someone plan? Our lovely shops on Etsy are here to help make life easier for you. Why not make it a Handmade Wedding? Let the handmade community help you celebrate your wedding by choosing us instead of the High Street :)

There are some gorgeous colours trending this year for Weddings and one of them is Minty Green, fab colour!
Below you will see my OOAK Cottage Chic Style Minty Green Bunting.

I adore this colour, it is so fresh and crisp. Not only can it be used on your special day, but after too, what a lovely memorable decoration this would be to keep, displayed somewhere in your home. Fantastic!

Handmade by only me, no one else. I have other bunting in my shop, browse at your leisure :)

But how gorgeous would this look in your Wedding car or on your top table.

This is the same Minty colour I had for my own bridesmaids dresses, and is one of my favourite colours.

So, if you are looking for a handmade wedding, please give our lovely makers on Etsy a look, we have many talented people on there, from all over the world.

Have you thought of Wedding Favors? These can be made by you, if you have an idea, go with it, see where it takes you. Or, see what we have on Etsy, in the comfort of your home, take a browse, you will find something you like, I know you will.

Handmade Weddings are getting more and more popular, especially when you compare the prices of the accessories you need on your special day with what you can find  handmade, and handmade is special, just like your day. <3

Monday, 24 February 2014

Funny old day! :)

Must share this with you, it is quite funny. My dog hates the Vet, so much does he hate the Vet he slipped his lead and ran off!! Glad to say he ran to the car, where I had to get another more secure lead. I had to carry him in! 18kilo dog and little me, what a sight this must've been, even when the vet called us in, he wouldn't budge and it was too far for me to carry him, I pulled him in, in a sit position, he was polishing the floor very well. Injection over, now hes a happy chappy! :)
Phew! Vet said, he has this affect on dogs. Hes a very nice Vet.:)

Anyway, dog story over, LOL, I have made these gorgeous wall hangings for my Etsy Shop. I'm pleased with the way its going, got lots more to list. These were listed last night.

Love these felt buntings, both are hand cut, time and effort went into these. Over a meter long. Sweet.
What do you think?
I have so many ideas going around in my head, just wish I had the time to put it all in to practice, but, one idea at a time.
Have a fab week, take care.
Catcha soon.x

Sunday, 9 February 2014

How you all doing?

Well, hello to you all and welcome to new visitors to my newsletter.
What has been happening then? apart from the awful rain and wind we have been having in the UK, well there has been some new makes I have managed to finish (pics in a mo) I do say though, only a couple as unfortunately I have not had much time to create much, what with the bit of decorating I've been doing, there seems to be less and less hours in the day to accomplish what I set out to do, day job, yea we all know what this means, busy, busy, busy. I am though, pleased to announce I am being featured in another blog!  onehundredpercenthandmade.blogspot.com
If you get chance, please visit, and let me know what you think?
Now, I have had fun with buttons, yes, buttons! As you will see I have one button heart you can view here.
I have many more in the pipeline, when it has a chance to unjam! LOL!
I do, however, love doing up old furniture, can't help myself when I spot something, usually in a charity shop, so, yesterday was no exception, a sewing box, really cheap too, a bonus, and this one is for keeps, I shall show you the before and after when I have revamped it, I'm really looking forward to doing this one!
Why, do I keep adding to my list of things to do? I must be a bit barmy that's all I can say.

I have a few jobs on the go, now added is the sewing basket, still not made any new jewellery! Its only when i actually sit down and run through the things I am doing I realise how many things I have on the go, scary, fun!
If you get chance pop over to my Etsy shop and let me know what you think, feed back is always welcome.
Have a fab week.
Catcha soon.xx

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Aww, my Wooden Hearts

Hiya everyone, hope you are good, especially as its the weekend! We had a birthday celebration yesterday, it was my husbands birthday, we went out in the evening to celebrate in a old haunt of ours in Bristol, a pizza restaurant, used to go there regularly before child, lol! But, I've been busy catching up with some decorating, did some painting today and last week finished off a bit of wall papering, makes me feel less guilty when I'm doing my jewellery or making. So, today after I had finish my little bit of painting, I thought, Mmm, I think I shall do some more of my shabby chic style wooden hanging hearts, they went down a treat Christmas time and sold out in my Etsy shop, and above all, I love doing them, love decorating them, and some I add words too, so, hopefully, before the week is out there will be some more in my shop. Here are some which sold.
I have a lot of fun doing these, I get messy too! At Christmas time I did some which were very festive as well..
So, there they are at the moment drying off in my kitchen, ready for tomorrows second coat, I have 2 favourite colours I used which are khaki and cream, this looks very cottage chic.
I go through a stage, usually in the finer weather, of painting a piece of furniture. Last year I won a old Victorian Drop Leaf table on eBay, but my husband hi-jacked it from me but he did turn it into a lovely chic cream and pine good looking dining table, now sitting very happily in our kitchen/dinner, love it!
Catcha soon.xxx

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Sooo busy....

Hows everyone been this week, fed up with the weather? Rain, rain, rain...mud, mud, mud, haha, especially bad if you have a dog or dogs in my case, the poor things seem to be permanently wet, I try not to hose pipe them down, I get warm water in a bowl and flannel, how daft am I? Still, nothing we can do about it, roll on spring.
This week I have made a bag, (amongst other things, tho still not got round to doing any jewellery!!!) This bag has been a long time coming, and I finally got round to it. Its pretty simple, easy design, think the fabric is the best part of it, this one I made is in a butterfly design, really sweet.
Love some feed back if you get round to it. The inner is white synthetic felt. Would make a lovely beach bag.
I shall be making more of these bags for the Summer and hope to have them on sale in my Etsy shop.

Today, like most mums, I've been juggling, between my day job and orthodontic visits and cooking and cleaning, oh how I try to get out of the cleaning....but with this weather its impossible to not do it, I came back today from the orthodontics to find my very naughty hens destroyed the bin bag which was put out to take to the front garden where the big bin is, I picked it up and they had pecked their way through the plastic bag and the whole lot went everywhere!! and my son said in his deep broken voice "well, what do you expect if you leave it there" well, I was a bit speechless, yes, I know he was right, but you know, you spend most of the day juggling your jobs, well, at least I do, and sometimes you make mistakes!Or deliberate errors!!haha!!
Catcha soon.xx

Monday, 20 January 2014

Hope everyone is now over Christmas??

So the festive season has flown, phew, am I relieved! Now its down to getting the extra pounds off that accumulated over the Winter, how wonderful is that, it was easy to put on! Well I walk a lot, its my job, but I think I will need more than just walking, a bit of calorie counting and a few less glasses of wine! So, going to try tai chi, was going to go tonight but...I have a cold and its a bit chilly outside, so I'm wimping out! yes, fallen at the first hurdle! Next week, most definitely, my friend and me will be there.
Getting into the holiday mood now, arranging to go to a festival in the Spring at Lechlade, we did it last year and it was really good, but this year my friend is booking the camp site as I booked the wrong one! disaster!

I am busy also trying to make some bracelets with some gorgeous jade beads I bought, but, not had the time to do them, I must get going on them for the Spring, they are sooo pretty, will be great for Mothers Day.
I have recently started to fill my other shop in Folksy with some stock, if you can pop by, see what you think, its a UK based site so good for local buyers.  I like Folksy.
This photo is a recent make of a fabric roll which is not yet in any of my shops. It is just the right size for crochet hooks or pens.
Love the retro look, don't you? Catcha soon.xx
Retro style fabric roll

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Sun, Rain, Sun, Rain, Aww a Rainbow!

Whoosh, what a rainy day it is today, the sort of day you just want to snuggle up by the fire with a cupa and some cake and watch a film, in reality, no, we can't can we! we need to work! don't we? So out in the rain, one goes and gets soaked! haha, such is life! My dogs are permanently muddy, and they love it! just as well there is a stream for the odd rinse! But if dressed for a soggy day, its not that bad, I just hate the wet dog smell in the car and the soggy towels too.
So, now I'm in for a bit, I shall be listing a few things in my Etsy Shop, I have just completed a few more of the wraps I started at the beginning of the week, now I need to change direction, come back to them and finish off the 3 remaining ones another day. What to make next, what fabric, aww so exciting! Nuts, I know!
Think I will make.....? Maybe some lovely jade bracelets, I have recently bought some gorgeous stones, in pastel shades, just right for the Spring. What I like about stone is it keeps looking good for ages, all you have to do is make sure it is strung well or the clasp may need tightening, just check them every so often, I have re-strung a few bracelets for friends who have bought from a retailer, not cheap either, one bracelet just came away in a shop, she had to go round collecting them off the floor, poor girl!
Hopefully, they will be in my shop by the weekend, so, if you have a chance, take a look and tell me what you think. I don't only have a shop on Etsy, come see me on Folksy...
Catcha soon, with some gorgeous jewellery!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Its a beautful day :)

Well this morning was a bit frosty! But lovely Winter sunshine now, its about 11am in the West Country, done some of my jobs and off out again soon, lets hope the sun keeps his hat on for me, at least til I've finished for the day.
I have been working on a new item, finished my first one last night, I'm really pleased with the finished result, pretty pinks, oh forgot to say, its a wrap roll for...knitting needles, pencils, make-up brushes, whatever will fit in its pockets really. I'm looking to do at least 6 of them in different fabrics. I love doing new items, they are always a bit of a challenge! Good light today too for taking photos!

Will put a tutorial up once I have accomplished a few more! Watch this space! 
Going to start cutting the fabrics for the some more later this afternoon, ooh so many gorgeous fabric to choose from, I love going frabric shopping, much to my husbands dismay, so, I usually go without him LOL.
The good thing about these wraps, is that you can buy fat quarters and get a good variety of designs made, I used fleece on the inner but you don't have to, it just gives a nice padded feed to it.
Must get going, catcha later.x

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014!

What a year, busy with a number of craft fairs and my day job is also busy! Phew, am I glad we are now in 2014, here comes Summer or maybe Spring first, ya, I know! My days are as busy as ever with not so much time making as I would like, but, I am hopeful, time will become more available as the days get longer and the evenings become lighter, can't wait.
I think like most people, we push too much in to our daily lives and wonder why we are so exhausted by the week-end, at least I don't have a gym membership though, I would never get there!
My garden needs a real good bit of attention, it has never been the same since the arrival of our 4 rescued hens, sadly, only 2 now, but one of them did have a good 12 month of freedom, unlike the 1st one which couldn't adjust and sadly flew her nest less than a week after re-homing. Apart from the daily clean out of them, they have managed to cause chaos in the garden, leaving little surprises everywhere....
Still, thats life, now, I must concentrate on filling my Etsy Shop with lots of handmade goodies, I have a long way to go, my listing is at the moment at 30, I need at least 50 to be happy with it!
Most of my jewellery is semi-precious gemstones with the occasional piece of glass, as I love gemstones so much, glass isn't used very much. I have a love of fabrics where I collect it then decided, hmm, better make something and start to use some of it! Now, that pattern I bought and downloaded, must start on that this coming week, its not that I'm short on fabric now! :) Catcha soon.xx