Heart Strings - a free 2 row crochet pattern from Make MY Day Creative

Heart Strings

How cute are these little hearts? These heart strings are quick to make and can be used for lots of craft projects.  Mini garlands, gift wrapping, bracelets and even as a fancy edging.  I tied some round a jar candle as an easy alternative to making a jar cover! The best bit is it is…

Pretty Passion Flower Doily - free pattern in dk weight yarn

Passion Flower Doily

I managed to scare my husband a little with this project.  Along with most men he is doily averse.  As it grew I could see him eyeing it up and looking worried.  In fairness, there is plenty of crochet around the home already without me covering all available surfaces with doilies! This was actually made…

Crochet butterflies - free patterns

Butterflies

I used these patterns to make my Butterfly Scarf, and matching hat (when I finish it!).  For the scarf I made 2 small, 2 medium, and 1 large butterfly. You could make these using any scrap yarn and matching hook size. Small Butterfly This one is worked in rows. Tip: To save weaving in ends,…

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…

Fabric Heart Picture Tutorial

Fabric Heart Picture

This week was my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary.  We had a big family celebration last weekend; great weather and great food!  My contribution was my chocolate mudcake, made in a heart shaped tin. I also made this picture as a gift for my parents.  30 years is pearl, but similarly to when my grandparents had…

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…

Sweater & skirt :)

Chevron stripes 3-season sweater

I used a lovely soft merino wool to add warmth to this lightweight sweater, which will be worn spring-autumn.  Yes, unfortunately British summer nights often require sweaters, but I will not be sorry now I have this zigzag striped one to snuggle up in! I really liked the simple stitch on this chevron stitch cardigan,…

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…

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…