Before and after

Chair Transformation

This chair was inherited from my Great Aunty Marjorie (I have had a lot of aunts who are great in every sense of the word). I really like the shape of it and have also found that it is very useful to have a small chair which is easy to move around the house when…

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Water Lily

It was bound to happen.  I bought this yarn for the blanket I’m working on – but of course I got distracted. I’ve been looking for a good water lily pattern for a while, and whilst I’ve seen a few most of them require sewing several layers together.  Also, most water lilies I have seen…

Pretty Bags and Purse

Pretty bags and purse set

Phew, what a busy week I have been having!  I really had to focus to finish this project in time for my sister-in-law’s birthday this week.  My house looked like a craft shop had exploded by the time I was done! I spotted this pretty fabric and couldn’t resist it.  It’s a printed cotton canvas,…

My series of 3 candle covers

How to make Jar Candles

I have been so excited working on this project!  Mostly because it involves several of my favourite things; candles, crochet, and pretty buttons. These candles are made using some jars I had lying around after my big jam session a few weeks ago.  As you know, I hate waste, and why waste a good jar…

All labeled up

How to Make Jam

I had a great time at my local pick your own this weekend, which resulted in 22 jars of jam!  Not bad for a day’s work.  If you have one near you, I would recommend checking it out because you can get great fruit at great prices, and it’s fun too! We skipped the strawberries…

Super Quick Joining Method

Super Quick Granny Square Joining

Everybody loves granny squares.  But seaming that big pile of squares together is, let’s face it, a little bit of a chore. Most of the methods I have seen use either single crochet, slip stitches, or whip stitch to join each stitch to its neighbour. Recently I spotted a pinterest post on joining squares as…

Customisable Crochet Basket

Crochet Rope Basket

I’ve been looking for a basket of specific dimensions for a while without any luck.  Then I saw a circular version of this idea and realised I could make my own! This uses a technique similar to thrumming, where you crochet over another thread to add bulk to a fabric.  If you have ever crocheted over your…

Butterfly cards - available in my shop :)

Card making tips and tricks

I think most of us have made our own cards at some point, even if it was only as a small child at school.  Making a card in itself isn’t difficult, but I think most people struggle with making something they are really happy with.  So here are some of my top tips to help…

Too good to eat?

Easter Bunting Cake

I love this coffee and walnut cake.  It’s a Delia Smith recipe, and I’ve made it many times as it always turns out gorgeous!  If you can’t eat nuts, try substituting milk choc chips. This year I have decided to make this cake for Easter and decorate it accordingly.  I don’t often go in for…

Hand tied with semi precious stones

How to Make Shamballa Bracelets

I had a really good response to this post on some shamballa bracelets I made.  So I thought I would do a how to post to show how they are made. If you like this bracelet, you can win it now in my current giveaway!  Also keep an eye out for similar items in my shop…

Crochet Heart Motif

Heart Motif

This is a quick pattern I use often for making decorations for hats and cards.  I have also used it to make hanging decorations which I sell in my shop! The pattern works for most wool and hook sizes, just match your hook to the label on the yarn. Start by making a magic ring…

Front side of finished swatch

Plaid Effect Tutorial

I have had some feedback that my Gingham Scarf Pattern was a bit confusing in places, so I’ve written this extra tutorial to try and help. The technique uses two strands crocheted together. Every time you get to the next colour square along one of the threads is changed. In my pattern I differentiated between…