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I have been working on handmade clothing lately along with lots (and lots) of help from my lovely mum.

My mum is a very good seamstress and although I am okay with a sewing machine, she is super quick and a perfectionist. So I am going to hold my hands up and confess mum carries out most the making of the clothing and I ‘decorate’ them πŸ˜‰

Our first piece was this very cute ‘Rainbow Pinafore Dress’.

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Although the pinafores are very cute they are very fiddly and I really did want to learn the ropes so my mum suggested a lovely elasticated waisted skirt. We used the same denim look cotton as the pinafore and a lovely hand crochet toadstool and butterfly appliquΓ©s. I think the bright colours of the bamboo cotton crochet works great with the blue of the cotton material.

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After these makes a started to get excited about making clothes and popped down to my local market to purchase some material. Unfortunately due to my lack of experience I purchased some lovely cream cotton material with a pretty teal pattern but I didn’t purchase enough to make a piece of clothing with. Half a metre looked ample but it wasn’t and I was gutted. It was so pretty but my mum suggested we could use it for pockets on the skirt and I suggested the waistband too. This is the finished piece with a little crochet ‘peek-a-boo’ mouse thrown in for good measure.

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Cute!!!

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I have been thinking of new items to make focusing mostly on babies and children.

My 21 month old little girl has a little kitchen and loves making cups of tea and serving guests plastic cake, so play food was my next mission starting with jammy biscuits.

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These adorable little Jammy Dodger inspired biscuits are good enough to eat, great play food and great for adults too if you are trying to watch the calories πŸ˜‰

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Mmmm yummy! Next time I will introduce you to my ‘Peas in a Pod’ πŸ™‚

Don’t forget you can purchase these little treats via Etsy or Folksy

With my new little nephew due in less than two months time I needed to get cracking on the blanket that I had promised my sister.

I had previously made two blankets, one for my daughter and one for something to do, but these were ideal for winter months as I used acrylic and wool blend yarn. I needed something light and airy as this little boy is going to be a spring/summer baby. So I set to work with researching and browsing the internet for what yarn would be ideal.

My two previous blankets had been using dk and chunky yarn and I decided to opt with the dk again as I found this easier and lighter. With the summer bringing heat (hopefully) I thought cotton would be ideal, breathable and lots of stitch definition, but I find 100% cotton to be quite stiff and not really what I wanted for a baby blanket. Then this little beauty crossed my path… King Cole Bamboo Cotton. I am a little bit in love!

It is so soft, light and available in a variety of colours, especially for a baby. My sister wanted a colourful striped blanket so I went for a ‘rainbow’ theme using red, yellow, green and peacock. I also chose white to finish my blanket off with.

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I purchased my King Cole Bamboo Cotton from Minerva Crafts as I found them to be reasonably priced, stock a full range of colours and FREE delivery with orders over Β£25 (always a bonus). Delivery was also super fast.

Here’s a little peek at my (nearly finished) blanket.

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I think bamboo cotton is definitely the way forward for me and I still have some left it’s just deciding what to make with it (answers on a postcard)!

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Happy New Year!

A new year and lots of new ideas. Christmas is over and although it is still winter I think most people now have a large stock of hats, scarves and gloves. I need new and exciting stock to sell this year.

My little sister is due a baby boy in March so this is what most of my new ideas are based on. So my first one was a teeny weeny baby elephant, even though she is very cute I really wanted to personalise her in some way. I decided I wanted to hand embroid this fabulous year on to ‘Nellie’ but with her being so small I have found this a bit tricky!

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I personally love receiving gifts when they are nicely presented and managed to find a small presentation box that Nellie squeezed in to.

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My plan now is to make Nellie a little blanket to keep her warm and embroid 2014 on this instead. What do you think?

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I think she makes a lovely ‘newborn’ gift and I have decided to make these in an assortment of colours including purple, blue, pink and white.

My next ‘make’ is a baby blanket πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading and any ideas/comments are always welcome.

So it has been months since I have wrote anything but I am back and the absence has been for a good reason, business is good.

Since getting my hands in to craft fairs I seem to have orders coming from here, there, well everywhere. I have been updating my Etsy and Folksy shop and have 101 new crochet ideas going through my head more or less 24/7 but I am keeping on top of it together with my 14 month old daughter and part time job, boy life is busy at the moment!

Anyway enough rambling I just thought I would post a few pics of my new items, see what you think. I am attending a Christmas Fair this coming Sunday so any feedback on my items would be much appreciated (need to decide what to take with me).

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I have also made lots of Christmas items but have yet to take photos but will keep you updated and won’t leave it as long next time.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog πŸ™‚

One of my friend’s daughter posted me on Facebook a picture of a crochet hat of a little yellow man with goggles on asking ‘can you make me one of these please?’.

I had no idea who this little fella was (my daughter is only 1 and not yet in to films) but soon found out through Google that it was a very cute minion from the film Despicable Me 2.

I set to work with my yellow, blue and black Aran yarn and scraps of white and brown DK yarn.

I made the hat using my basic hat with eat flaps pattern, changing the colour a third of the way down from yellow to black for the goggles strap. I used a basic circle pattern for the eyes starting with black, then dark brown, then white and finishing with grey with a front loop only single crochet in the last round creating a 3D effect of the goggles.

These little minions tend to wear blue dungarees but as I was only making the head I finished it off by single crocheting a blue edging and blue ear flap ties.

The finishing touches were a black mouth sewn on using black Aran yarn and his little tufts of hair using the same yarn and simply knotting on top of his head.

Here is the result.

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I think he is very cute, might have to make one for my little one, gives me an excuse to watch the film with her πŸ˜‰

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I have been very busy with preparing for the Maker’s Market I am attending in August hence I have neglected my little blog, but I have to share my new love of making teapot cosies!

They are so simple to make which means I can catch up on my tv whilst stitching away.

I have used a simple but effective shell stitch. I love marbled yarn at the moment as it gives such a pretty finish. The final touch is the satin ribbon tied in a pretty bow.

All my teapot cosies fit an average teapot (4-6 cup) although I find the pattern is very easy to adjust to fit a smaller or bigger teapot.

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If you would like this simple pattern just give me a shout or you can buy all these teapot cosies by clicking on the following link Etsy Shop

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Thanks for reading πŸ™‚