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…

Crochet Flower with Hand Painted Card

Special Cards

If you’ve liked me on facebook you may have seen my latest project in progress. It is lace weight yarn, which I haven’t worked with before so it is taking me a while. I’m excited to get it finished though! (Even if it is another distraction from my blanket). In the meantime, here are a…

Simple Letters Card

Simple Letters Card

I don’t know about you, but for me most of the Valentine’s Day stuff that appears in the shops after the Boxing Day sales doesn’t appeal.  Don’t get me wrong – obviously it’s good for people to show their loved ones they care, but personally I would find a giant teddy bear to be an…

Wishing you peace at Christmas time... via a linocut card!

Christmas Cards

I thought I had started to make these in plenty of time for Christmas.  Some of you may have spotted the sneak preview of this project on my facebook page back in November. Unfortunately (the best laid plans of mice and men… ) a couple of days later I fractured my elbow, which meant I…

Love! Free pattern for crochet letters and heart for card from Make My Day Creative

Love! Card

I love mixing up my different crafty hobbies; this one’s card making and crochet. This is the card I made for my parents wedding anniversary last week.  It is based on one I made a while ago, but I made a note of what I did this time so now you can crochet your own! …

Linoprinted cards

Introduction to Linoprinting

I picked up a flyer for the Ministry of Craft a few months ago and found myself quite tempted by a linoprinting course.  As you know, I am always excited to try a new craft, and since I have dabbled with most of the other courses they offered I thought it would be good to…

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…

Two cards for two great mums

Handmade Mother’s Day Cards

I’m very privileged to have both a wonderful mum and a wonderful mother-in-law (and I’m not just saying that because they both sometimes pop by this blog)!  So of course I wanted to make sure they got handmade cards for mother’s day. I started with these great butterfly stickers from a local craft store (similar…

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…

More cards, more parties! :)

More Cards!

As I mentioned in my last post about the diamond scarves I have been busy making for my grandparents, it was their 60th wedding anniversary celebrations last weekend.  We all had a great time (perhaps surprisingly in Norfolk in February) eating too much food and hearing some lovely speeches. I made this card to go…

Pretty Card 3

Pretty Card

What a week.  Started off with a cold but I recovered just in time for my birthday – I had a pancake party!  So not much time for being crafty between the sniffles and cleaning up sticky pancake batter (yes, it got everywhere)! It was also my sister-in-laws birthday this week so I did manage…

Dreaming Spires Card

One thing that is good about making my own cards is the chance to make a card which has something which fits the other person.  I think it is often quite hard to get good cards for guys, and trying to find one which doesn’t have a picture of beer or a football on it is…

Crochet Cards

Sometimes I don’t have quite the right “focal point” for a card I want to make.  Recently I have been using my crocheting skills to make cards like these which are 3D, but also post friendly as they can get squashed through the Royal Mail’s 5mm slot without being damaged. I did the tree for…

Finished Flower

Triple Layer Petals Flower Pattern

Triple Layer Petals Flower Pattern I use these flowers all the time to decorate bags, cards, hats, and make brooches.  It’s actually an extension of this double layer petal flower pattern, which can be made into a square for blankets etc.  Personally I think an odd number of petals looks nicer, so I have modified…

Wallpaper Cards

I was in B&Q the other day and somehow ended up in the wallpaper aisle.  We are planning on redecorating our living room but don’t have the funds for it yet so it was probably a bit soon to be picking out wallpaper!  However I couldn’t resist tearing off a few samples.  Needless to say…