Sunday, 22 February 2015

Make Your Own Jewellery Hanger

I know I say this on a fairly regular basis but I think this is one my favourite projects ever! It's certainly up there in terms of actual usefulness and it was so easy to make. I'll tell you how I did it...

You will need a wooden coat hanger, scissors, some push pins (I used white sticky-out ones for the front and metal flat on the back), enough felt to cover the inside bit of the coat hanger, a bit of blue tac and an optional hammer if you wish to save your thumbs from over-exerting themselves.

First I pushed the sticky-out pins into the horizontal part of the coat hanger to make my necklace hooks. After that I trimmed the felt so that it would cover the triangle shape of the coat hanger. I then used the flat push pins to pin the felt to the hanger. (This is the bit I used a hammer for to protect my precious thumbs.)

Finally I hung my hanger up at the edge of my clothes rail and blu-tacked it to the inside edge of the wardrobe so my jewellery wouldn't wobble around too much. I hung my jewellery up and stood back at wonder at my own creative imagination.

What's been your most creative storage solution?

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Weekend Inspiration: Teal

It's my last weekend of half term and I'm fully intending to make the most of every second off work. Having bought a pair of teal skinny jeans earlier on in the week and since spent most of my waking hours wearing them, I've become more than a little bit obsessed with the colour. So in honour of my favourite jeans of the moment, I bring favourite teal Etsy finds...

What's your favourite colour of the moment?

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

What's On My Desk? 18/2

It's half term this week for me so in reality I've actually got about four projects on the go. I'm making a dress, crocheting a jumper, finishing my cross stitch and tomorrow I'm planning to have a go at making myself some jewellery storage.
As if this wasn't enough, I've also just received a lovely package of wool from Yarn Stories* and I just couldn't resist having a go. It's been lovely playing with fine merino and baby alpaca after 12 weeks of cheap and cheerful acrylic. I've designed a little granny square that I'll share the pattern for in due course. In the meantime, for those of you that are on holiday this week, happy half term! For those of you that aren't, happy Eastenders live week!

What's your favourite type of wool to work with?

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*Gift from Yarn Stories. Views are my own.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Granny Stripe Blanket

This post marks a very special moment. I am finally presenting you with my granny stripe's finished!

And now for some of the slightly nerdy numbers involved in the's got a total of 55 stripes in it. Each stripe consisted of two rows. That's 110 rows altogether.

Each row had 198 stitches and took me about 12 minutes to do. That means a total of 21780 stitches and 22 hours of crochet over 12 weeks. And that doesn't even include the border.

I used "New Fashion DK wool by Woolcraft and ended up buying 8 balls altogether in a mixture of cream, peach, aspen and mint. Each ball cost just £1.15 from my local sewing machine shop so the whole thing cost just £9.20.

I based it pretty much on this pattern from Attic 24 and kind of made up my own border for a quick and easy finish.

As many of you know, I really struggled with motivation for this project. I'm so chuffed with the final product but I'd definitely think twice before starting another crochet project that is quite so big and quite so repetitive.  22 hours on spent with one hook and four colours is a pretty long time for anyone!

What's the biggest project you've completed?

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Friday, 13 February 2015

Weekend Inspiration: Hedgehogs

Well, hey-lo Friday! I've been so excited to meet you again...and it's half term! A whole week to unwind and relax before the start of a new term. I'm planning one or two lovely projects to keep me busy as well as perhaps a little gardening if I'm feeling grown up enough.  A month or so ago, I saw a fab post with all sorts of pretty things inspired by robins (or the redbreast variety) on Floral and Feather and it got me thinking about other sources of craft-based inspiration...

When I went home for Christmas, I was welcomed by a wee family of these guys that my mum had been busy making. It's just such a great idea...pinterest at it's best...

...but then I also found the pattern for this gorgeous wee guy...


 ...and this gorgeous hedgehog print dress by wildthingdresses.

What's inspiring you this weekend?

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Make Your Own Felt Birthday Door Hangers

My nephew turns one tomorrow. To celebrate, as many of you know, I've been busy making these felt birthday decoration door hangers for him and his friends. The crafty geek part of me has totally fallen in love with felt and blanket stitch during the last few weeks.

For this project, you will need pieces of colourful felt (the brighter the better - I got mine off eBay for a couple of pounds for a rainbow's worth), ribbon, embroidery thread, fabric scissors, a fabric marker pen, stuffing, some pins and some paper to make your template. 

I made a number one template using baking paper and pinned it to two layers of felt so I could cut two number ones at the same time. I then cut out a few other wee decorations: cars for the boys and hearts for the girls (I just couldn't help the gender stereotyping).

I decorated the front of the two number ones by attaching the cars/hearts with running stitch. I then used my fabric marker to write the child's name and stitched over this with slightly wibbly backstitch.

Once this was done I started to blanket stitch round the outside of both layers of felt number ones. While blanket stitching round the top, I also stitched the ribbon between the two layers of felt. Before blanket stitching all the way round, I stuffed the felt number one.

And that's it! You're done! Hang the finished item on a door handle and beam with crafty pride.

Have you made anything with felt before?

Friday, 6 February 2015

Weekend Inspiration: Valentine's Cards

Wooo! The weekend is here once again. One word to summarise this week...? Chilly. Saying that, I'm loving the fact that it's now starting to get light as I leave the house in the morning. There was even one day this week when I left school early enough that it was still daylight. Hooray. You've got to celebrate the little things, right?

With a week and a day left until Valentine's Day this is going to be a big weekend for a spot of Valentine's crafting. I thought I'd share some of the lovely cards I've found on Etsy and Folksy today.




Or if you fancy having a go at making your own...take a wee at my tutorial here.

What crafting is happening in your house this weekend?

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

What's On My Desk? 4/2

Hi folks! We're once again halfway through the week and you'll be pleased to know that for the first time in 2015 my desk is looking a little different. My felt number ones are finished (more on those soon) and they have been replaced by an extremely long-standing project of mine. I'm hoping to get the black back stitch sewn up in the next couple of weeks and then sit back and admire my handiwork over a cup of tea or two.

Do you have any projects that you've been meaning to finish for ages?

Please head over to Stamping Ground to see other people's current projects.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Round Up

January has seen me working away at a couple of fairly time heavy projects. I've now only got a handful of stripes left of my granny stripe blanket before I'll be darning in the ends and crocheting a border. I'm more than a little bit excited to show you the finished product. 

My felt number ones have taken taken me a fairly long time mainly because I've been making them in between crocheting rows of my crochet blanket. I'm now pretty much a blanket stitch pro and to anyone that doesn't know how to blanket stitch I urge you to give it a go. It is very, very satisfying.

crochet granny stripe blanket // crochet engagement card // felt number ones

I've had a pretty happy January not just because of the time I've spent on my crochet blanket and blanket stitching action. New Year's Day saw a two hour pool and table tennis tournament between my sister, mum, husband and myself. I've eaten Christmas cake (I January!) and pizza. I've had a weekend away in Canterbury.

pool and table tennis on New Year's Day // sneaky January Christmas cake // packing up the decorations // crochet granny blanket and Eastenders watching // fleece lined tights and stripy socks // stitching // flowers in Canterbury Cathedral // Canterbury view // pizza

Coming up in February...I'm going to make a Francoise dress and finish my crochet blanket. I'm going to learn to run faster. I'm going to eat pancakes.

How's January been for everyone else?

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