Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins Recipe - Dairy free

Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins

These muffins were a happy discovery.  This is the third batch I’ve made in two weeks!  They came in to being as a way of using up left over mixed peel from a chocolate pan forte I made at Christmas time.  They got gobbled up so fast I’ve now had to buy more peel! Make…

Crochet heart decorations - free pattern from Make My Day Creative

Hanging Hearts

Did you spot the hanging heart in the pictures of my zigzag Christmas stocking?  Well I received a few requests for the pattern, which was flattering because there are a few similar patterns around.  Sorry these aren’t in time for Christmas – but they are in time for Valentine’s Day! (Or you can really use…

Atlantic Lace Shawl 161

Atlantic Lace Shawl

Happy New Year to you all!  After all that hard work crafting for Christmas, why not treat yourself to making one of my latest crochet patterns? I’ve named this shawl “Atlantic” because I crocheted the majority of it whilst on the plane over this ocean during my recent trip to North America.  I think it’s…

Did you know I've published 18 free crochet patterns this year? Let me know your favourite in the comments!

Merry Christmas! And Best of 2014

Merry Christmas to you all! I do hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.  Especially if you have been crafting and crocheting away to get those gifts done on time! Christmas and New Year are often a season for summing up, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect on the year in…

Make a gift to spoil someone special using handmade products

Yummy Mummy Gift

If you’ve been following my site (or my sister-in-law Helen Chandler’s site) for a while you’ll have twigged that she’s just about ready to pop with her second child. I was able to take time off this last week and squeeze in a quick trip down to London to go and visit her and the…

Butterfly cards, heart strings gift wrapping, Shamballa bracelets, Crochet Water Lily and Crochet Shells and Lace Jar Cover

Butterflies, hearts, and bracelets

I’m a lucky girl – this week I got to kick my heels up at two different birthday celebrations. Two cards and two presents were needed, so I had fun rustling up these gifts. (You can find the pattern for my water lily here and for my shells and lace crochet jar cover here) I…

Icicles Hat and Booties - Free Crochet Pattern

Icicles Baby Booties

Don’t you just love a matching set?  Luckily I had just enough yarn left over from making my icicles baby hat to make these cute booties. The heel/ankle part are worked in blossom stitch (the same as the main body of the hat) so you can also vary this one by changing the colours and…

Icicles Hat 026

Icicles Baby Hat

I seem to be gravitating towards all things snowflake-y at the moment.  I think it’s a combination of watching Frozen and looking forward to Christmas time. We’re looking forward to the arrival of a new niece in December so I have extra wintery things to crochet! I used blossom stitch for the main portion of…

Rainbow Tomato Chutney

Rainbow Tomato and Chilli Chutney

I was pleasantly surprised on our return from two weeks away to discover that my tomato plants had survived fairly well intact.  There was 1.5 kilos of tomatoes waiting to be picked! (in fact they are still producing even though it’s nearly November!) We eat a lot of cherry tomatoes because they are convenient for…

Rectangular Diamond Trellis Basket - Free customisable crochet pattern with video stitch tutorial!

Rectangular Diamond Trellis Basket

More stash busting yarn storage! I know one of the reasons my customisable rope basket has been popular is because of it’s rectangular shape.  So I thought I’d expand on my patterns using the diamond trellis stitch and make a rectangular version of this round one! This rectangular version is also customisable – just do…

Tailor Made Padded Eye Masks

Padded Eye Masks

How well do you sleep?  I sometimes have the problem of waking up really early in the morning, like around 4am, when it’s just getting light, or needing to sleep in the day if I have a bad headache.  I think it happens when I haven’t been crocheting enough! Since I chopped off all my…

Chocolate-to-the-Max Cake for a chocolate lover's birthday

Chocolate-to-the-Max Cake

Sorry in advance if you were on a diet. Cake is a big priority in my husband’s life.  The fact that I can bake may well be the reason he married me…  His grandfather used to say to him “Marry a woman who can cook and you’ll always be happy”.  Not unsound advice for someone…