Category: Craft

It’s only Easter 2017 but I like it…

I’m rather late with this post!

Blame my Easter bunny for that!

As I think I mentioned, we had family visiting for Easter which was lovely. We were very spoiled and had some nice meals together. One new addition to my Easter decorations was this lovely pussy willow.

It’s a slight variation on the old ‘Easter tree’ – when I was little you found a branch outside and stuck it in a pot of soil and hung handmade decorations on it. It only cost a few pounds from a florist up the road and I hung a selection of little ornaments I’ve collected over the years on it. We enjoyed it this year, but I’m not sure how long it’ll last next year with little fingers snatching at it!

I hope you all had a lovely relaxing time!

It is with a pair of bunny ears on I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Small Business Saturday but I like it…

In advance of Small Business Saturday tomorrow here are some of my favourite small retailers. I’m really passionate about buying local, buying independent and buying British. If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, please consider these fantastic people and their unique products.

These are very talented people and all of their work has some whimsical, retro element which makes me love it even more. Please visit and enjoy!

www.camilaprada.com

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www.nikkimcwilliams.com

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www.rescueandrevive.co.uk

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www.theresonlyoneamylaws.co.uk

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www.hannahturner.co.uk

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It is with great awe at these talents I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Folksy but I like it…

As we approach Easter I though I’d do a quick round up of the delightful cards and gifts you can find on www.folksy.com.

As I’ve previously mentioned folksy is a website where craftspeople from the UK, can sell their wares. There’s some amazing stuff and it’s well worth supporting it!

As a Welsh girl I adore this screen printed card with daffodils on it from We Are Mountain.

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https://folksy.com/items/5733561-Daffodil-greetings-card

This time of year always has me desiring a little silver bunny necklace – I may well have to give in and purchase this one from Jewellery FurKeeps – how cute!

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https://folksy.com/items/6605734-Sterling-Silver-Bunny-Rabbit-Necklace-Animal-Jewellery-Bunny-Gifts

i know it’s not all about food but well, it wouldn’t be Easter without a little indulgence would it? This handmade chocolate bar from Cocoa Tabby Handmade Chocolate looks flipping delish and I’m sure I could polish it off without any help from Dr P…

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https://folksy.com/items/6626000-Handmade-Belgian-chocolate-Easter-egg-chocolate-bar

I have a few little people to buy for and these personalised bunnies from Cheeky Patch are very tempting. I love the choice of fabrics and contented faces.

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https://folksy.com/items/6607912-Personalised-bunny

I hope this has inspired you – remember to support small businesses and buy handmade where you can if you’re buying gifts this season.

It is with a longing for a silver bunny I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Patch but I like it…

When I was little I used to love picking through my Mum’s sewing box. It contained lots of odd things: a wooden darning ‘mushroom’, a felt book of needles that she made at school, cotton reels of every colour, patches of material and various other implements. My Mum patched up our jeans and sewed up holes in our jumpers. She didn’t, as I imagine my Gran did, darn our socks. Although I expect she could if the need arose.

When it comes to sewing I don’t really have any idea what I’m doing. I just kind of make it up as I go along believing that I am now too long in the tooth to learn how to do any of it properly. I look at projects and try to guess how it might have been done and proceed in that manner. I used to read a lot of craft magazines and websites so I have some point, through a process of osmosis, observed how to do various little jobs.

So, when I developed a hole in my rather cheap H&M cardigan I knew I wanted to have a go at repairing it. I am thrifty at heart and although I probably only paid a tenner for it, I didn’t feel ready to let it go yet.

I’m really not calling this a tutorial, if anything, I’m showing you how I did it and I’d advise actually looking it up and finding out how to do it properly.

I started by sewing up the hole by just starting at one end and stitching, ¬†pulling it together. It’s not neat, but it’s a fix I’ve used before, and if you get a good colour match when you choose your cotton it’s not that noticeable and it’ll last for ages.

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Next I grabbed an odd bit of fabric. I have next to no craft supplies at this point in time – this was actually on the lid of some homemade cookies one of my class made me at Christmas. I couldn’t bear to throw it away so I stashed it in a drawer.

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I cut out a little heart shape, immediately regretted it, but couldn’t think of anything easier to sew around so went with it.

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I’ll admit to this first try being a disaster! I stupidly thought I could start to stitch straight on to the heart but it frayed and I had to unpick the first few stitches. This time I folded the edges over and then spent ages sewing around the edge. I think it’s called overlocking. But that might be wrong.

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So there it is, my little heart patch. Far from perfect but I wore my newly customised cardi to work today and it made me smile every time I caught sight of it.

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It is with a cotton customised cardi I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!