Tuesday, 15 January 2013


So, this morning I logged into my facebook page only to see that I was at 2999 likers. Woah there, what a lot of lovely likers, thank you muchly. So, as you do, I thought it was worth an ickle mention (secretly hoping not to instantly lose anyone in the process). An hour later I've whooshed past the 3000 mark and have been doing a happy dance all morning. 
Of course, it really goes without saying, that I love you blog lot too.....you have been listening to my ramblings for a looooong time!

Now, I don't normally do this, I hate the camera, and I don't know how to pose properly, plus I don't really take many things very seriously, even when it's just me at home alone with my camera, trying to take a self portrait and not looking too much of a doofus. 
Anywho, I thought it would only be polite to say, 
"HELLLOOOOOOO! This is me!!".

 Don't zoom in too close, I didn't have a chance to airbrush or remove the shine!

Hopefully I won't scare off too many followers after this ;-)
Most people celebrate with a giveaway (I may still rustle one up very soon) but no, I give you my face instead - lucky you!! Sorry about that.
Have a happy Tuesday!


Thursday, 10 January 2013

Felt Bow Template

If you are a keen pinner you may have come across this very cute felt bow DIY/Tutorial.
 I found it via Shannon Cook's pinterest boards and I've looked long and hard for a template to use but couldn't find one anywhere. So, I've made my own.
It's slightly different, but feel free to right click on the pic below, save it to your computer, print it out to whatever size you like and make some of your own.
Adapt it to your liking, it's only meant as a rough template, so could probably do with some tweaking!

Have fun!

Friday, 4 January 2013

Party Pandas & a flourish of flamingos

At some point during the crazy making that took over December, my big girl turned 9! 
This year's birthday theme, chosen by the little lady herself, was Pandas. 'I' had wanted a 'Sleeping on Cloud 9' party theme as she had also chosen to have a slumber party and 'I' love all things cloud-like and 'I' had been pinning ideas to my pinterest 'On Cloud 9' board forever and 'I' wanted to make the girls cloud cushions, and 'I'...... well, it wasn't about me was it, so I quickly moved on once Maddie had made it clear that Pandas were the only option. Although pinterest board you are still there and not forgotten, maybe my youngest will humour me in a couple of years time! 

So, Panda's it was and I'm very pleased too as it's a rather cute theme. I still made the party bags, well, designed a transfer (I used picmonkey.com to layer up shapes and make the panda design below) then ironed it onto ready made drawstring bags I bought from ebay, which is almost the same right?. 

In the party bags we had: Panda eye masks, which are on sale on Amazon.co.uk, Panda high-lighter pens from Paperchase and panda keyrings and badges from artbox.co.uk. It was so much fun getting together all the panda goodies. I spent a bit more than usual as I didn't need to fill as many party bags. I went for quality not quantity this time round.

Please feel free to use this Panda motif for your own personal use, just right click and save it. Add some pink circles for rosy cheeks if you like!

Natasha from Nevie-Pie Cakes delivered the goodies, literally, with an amazingly special birthday cake and party favor cookies - delicious and adorable! 

The paper ball decorations, only £1 each, were a find at Wilko's. The plastic popcorn tubs were from Jess at Reilly & Moss, we used these during movie time. 
Maddie's name banner was made by me, last year, for her 8th birthday, which was a spa party theme, oops, never got around to posting pics of that one!.

 photo: Nevie-Pie Cakes

The large number 9 was drawn freehand onto the side of a cardboard box, cut out, painted white and decorated with washi tape stripes. A very quick and easy DIY craft.

We played some games too, one was the crazy nail polish game. All you need are 5 bottles of colourful nail polish and using a permanent marker numbered them from 1 to 5. Then each girl took turns in rolling the dice. Which ever number it landed on, they painted one nail that colour. As there were 6 of them it took a while so we divided the game in half, completed one hand before the movie, then the other one after. 

We also played 'Get Lippy' which I bought from Talking Tables. It's a great kid-friendly truth or dare game with some amusing results. 'Pretend to be sumo wrestlers' was a particular favourite!

Panda Cookies - photo courtesy of Nevie-Pie Cakes

The party was fab, apart from it being a sleepover, which I knew really meant 'no-sleep' over but 1.30am? That was when they finally went to sleep. They didn't arise until 8 am the next morning though and they sat around the kitchen table eating cereal, pancakes and mini muffins - all bright eyed and bushy-tailed, whilst I hung around skulking, all dark shadowed eyes and chain drinking coffee! Ha ha.

Oh, I almost forgot, I designed a door sign for Maddie's bedroom door too, I reversed it and printed it onto t-shirt fabric transfer paper, then ironed it onto some white fabric, sewed it onto a large circle of black felt with a ribbon for hanging, sorry no picture of the finished creation, but hopefully you get the idea. You could print it onto card stock too for a paper version. Another easy DIY craft.

Less than a week later, I snuck in a couple of small girlie soirees of my own, to celebrate my rather LARGE birthday....
I'm 40!!!!
Again, the lovely Natasha from Nevie-Pie Cakes (how blinking lucky am I to have a cake artist supremo as a buddy? *smug face*) made an amazing pink and sparkly flamingo themed masterpiece.

 Although I'd chosen a flamingo theme for my girls night in with a few gal pals (I'd already been out for a drinky night with gal pals too - but it's a BIG birthday, so 2 girly nights are fine, right?). I had managed to get some flamingo drinking straws and food picks in, but what with all the Christmas sewing etc. I was rather low on the pink feathered decor. Thankfully my friends did not let me down, they brought inflatable pink flamingos, a homemade flamingo pinata (too funny for words), tonnes of bubbly, some nibbles and loads of fab pressies too. I was spoilt! 

The next birthday party is my little Georgie, she will be 7 in May, now she'd really like a build-a-bear party so not much for me to do there as the venue provides all the party food and decor, although we always need cake and party bags....I've already started pinning

What are your favourite party themes? I'm keen on a fawn-themed party too at some point...another pinterest board is in progress for that one, maybe I need more children, or possibly just throw more parties - sounds like a better option!

Have fun!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

New beginnings..

It's the start of a new year, lots of late night sketching occurred last night, 
into the early hours, I just couldn't sleep for ideas! 

New Year's Resolutions? Well, I'm not even going to pretend to be a better blogger in 2013, as you know, I tend to get waylaid by stitching. You know what I'm like. 

So, where's the crazy Christmas season gone? 
To keep you updated on what I've been up to since November, these pics should give you some idea!

It's been mad, there's no denying it, I took on way too many Christmas orders, shoe horned in my eldest's 9th birthday party (more on that later) and squeezed in a couple of celebrations for a rather significant birthday of my own, can't believe I'm 40!!!!

I will need a new strategy for the 2013 silly season as I just cannot keep up with everything at this rate, my hands gave in to repetitive strain injury in early December, (they are still a bit stiff), and I worked through the night on too many occasions to mention in order to get all the orders out.

 But, a massive THANKS goes out to everyone for their wonderful support of Heartfelt Handmade, without you I would not be able to call this crafty life my full-time job.

So, here is a round up of my Christmas makes, some items didn't make it to the montage, the light was mostly pants for taking pics, a lot of items I can't even remember making, I must have been a coffee/chocolate fueled making machine!
For close up shots take a look through my flickr photo gallery.

 By the way, I'm taking orders for Christmas 2013 NOW! Tee hee.

Happy 2013 to you all, 
may it bring you lots of love and laughter.