Monday, 31 January 2011

Friday, 28 January 2011

flowers and more...

Nearly the weekend, hurrah, do you have anything fun planned? I have a weekend of sewing ahead as I need to get on with a couple of banners, in the meantime though I've been practising my flower brooch making...
using some lovely satin like fabrics in juicy bright colours....
hot pink
turquoise
green
they can be worn as brooches or hair flowers.

I'll add them to my shops next week, but for now I need to finish my tax return (eek), finish some orders, start some others and all the while, in the back of my head, I am planning my youngest's 5th Birthday party, not until May but I've started on the decorations and party bag ideas already! I just can't help myself.
Have a wonderful weekend all, see you next week :o)

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

shopping fun

Now, I don't do much shopping, not for the lack of wanting to, it's just that my pennies normally get spent on my little girls, craft supplies or general boring stuff, so recently I had a tiny wee splurge and these are the goodies I couldn't resist. The gorgeous green gloves (above) were a Birthday pressie for the talented Nevie-Pie Cakes who celebrated a rather significant little birthday last week, I really actually wanted to keep them for myself, always the sign of a good pressie I think, something you don't want to give away! 
I love these other ones too, all from A little birdie told moi on Etsy, I may have to treat myself very soon. 


I've also had my eye on these cute magnets, from The Green Daisy, with my love of the 'tache how could I resist, these are a pressie to myself and will adorn my magnetic board in the kitchen where they will never fail to raise a smile whenever I look at them :{D


 With our wedding anniversary and Valentine's Day looming I also ordered two cute cards from Storey Shop, I think I'll frame them too and place them on either side of our bed!. The first one is self explanatory from me to Mr...

the second is a bit of a little joke, and although Mr should be the one purchasing this for me, I had to get it on his behalf and will take great pleasure in framing it in an ironic kind of way, as I'm not really sure I am loved more than WoW!!! Are there any other WoW widdows out there? You may very well understand my plight then :o)


I couldn't resist a few supplies too, I love the JosyRose site and ordered some sparkling fabric in red and gold to make some Valentine's Day hearts and, dare I say it, some Royal Crowns, possibly for a future Royal Wedding themed post, got to get into the spirit of things! On a final note, if you keep seeing a different background here on my blog, don't worry, you are not going mad, it's just me being incredibly indecisive, although I'm liking this green bunting one, at the moment anyway.

Monday, 24 January 2011

flying the flag

I have a bit of an obsession with bunting, I can't get enough of it. With that in mind I've been meaning to make some of these for soooo long I finally had to make these this morning. I normally hold a little Valentine's Day kids' tea party and have wanted to make some cute felt cupcake toppers to decorate this year's cupcake creations, although these could be adorning a plate load of teeny sausages or heart shaped sandwiches too. They are so incredibly easy to make too...
Firstly I drew a small diamond shaped template on graph paper and cut it out. Using this template I pinned it onto red and white felt and cut out lots of diamond shapes. In the meantime my trusty glue gun (this has become my companion of late while I've been working on my fabric flowers) was warming nicely and I raided my kitchen cupboard for some cocktail sticks. Next stage was to put some dabs of glue down the centre of the diamond and one blob on the pointy part only on one end though. Then I placed a cocktail stick in the centre along the glue line, not right to the top though as I didn't want the sharp pointy cocktail stick poking out. Carefully fold the felt over, the glue WILL be scorching hot so mind those fingers. Keep it pressed for a few seconds and there you have it....
It's so simple, you may even find yourself slightly addicted...
Enjoy!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

hues of blue....

There seems to be a theme to the orders shipped recently....
I love these bluesy, greenie, brownie shades...yummy.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

one of those mornings...made better

Today started off with ..... overslept, no milk = no coffee, quickly make lunches, quick play with Mr. Nibbles (our handsome and captivating new addition to the family - a hamster), rush to school, forget girls' book bags, rush back home, rush back to school, go to office, sign girls in as now LATE, finally skip to the playground where a group of mums are taking part in the morning chittah chattah, speak to Mrs Nevie-Pie Cakes, desperate to give her her birthday pressie (tomorrow is actually the BIG day) and persuade her to take it off me there and then, I'll show you what I got her in another post, don't want to spoil the surprise, rewarded with a truly scrumptious looking cupcake. Did you know that Mrs Nevie-Pie Cakes makes a birthday cupcake for her very own birthday? I should now be showing you a picture of it, however, truth is I ate it, and enjoyed it sooooo much, it was chocolate, with chocolate, with more chocolate, topped with popping candy AND gold leaf, OMG that hit the spot this morning ;o) thank you
No doubt you can read (and see pics) of these wonderful delights TOMORROW on Nevie-Pie Cakes' wonderful blog, Amelie's House.


So, today I should be stitching, I have two orders that need to go out today, so after this I'm off to sew, in the meantime, here's some more moustached creations for you, these pencil toppers have proved rather popular and it seems my moustached gingies are not just for the holidays after all......





Friday, 14 January 2011

Going LARGE

I wanted to show you something new from me today, yippee. I've been making my felt padded name banners for quite some time now and I recently had an enquiry for a custom order for larger padded letters about 20 cms tall and an inch thick, of course I accepted this challenge thinking no problem I can do that, thinking I'll get over the 'thickness' issue somehow. Turns out that, although I had my doubts, I can actually do that and here's how it turned out...
It took me a while to decide if I should do hidden seams but thought I'd try it this way first and liked the look. So letter E was my test run...
followed by...
and ...
then another E...
finally I strung these ones together with cord...
and there you have it. I made my own letter templates using a ruler and graph paper too.
I'll be adding these squishy squashy letters to my shops soon, hope you like them.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Happy

There seems to be a bit of a theme with some recent orders....
it all seems to be about celebrating, and why not, so here is a mint and sky star banner reading 'Congratulations', why not add the name of the congratulatee in question, oh OK, here you go...
What about those birthday people out there? Here you go...
we do it in red...
we do it in pink,mint and lilac...
we do it in pink multi...
or we can go larger with added bling...
and added polka dots too...
how about cupcakes?...
and what about a badge for the birthday boy or girl...
 
Phew, all these celebrations have got me in the mood for food, I'm off to eat some cake :o)
Happy Birthday to you if it's your special day xx