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So my first craft fair was just over a week ago now, it was very quiet but I managed to meet some lovely people and sell a few items. I have got a few more booked in October and December so I will tell you how it goes.

Now back to Rosa.

It was my little girl’s first birthday this weekend gone and I wanted to buy/make her something special that she could keep. We had already bought her a lovely wooden pink pram for her teddies (she loves teddies) so I decided to make her a little rag doll.

I remember my little sister had an adorable rag doll when she was younger, she was called Stripey (she had stripey tights) and she was knitted. My sister used to have this little limp rag doll hanging from her hand for most of the day, very sweet.

So I set to work, I had less than five days to do prepare a first birthday party, make a cake, make a rag doll and cram all my every day tasks in, pushing it but I managed.

I think the most consuming part of making the rag doll was the hair although to be honest it is well worth the effort. I am also not a the best seamstress but I managed to knock up both the doll and dress using Annaboo’s House fabulous blog!

Here is the end result.

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So what do you think? I think she is adorable, my little girl on the other hand is not quite in to dolls, she loves her teddies too much, so Rosa came out of the pram and teddy went in. Hopefully she will grow in to dolls!

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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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I have decided to enter the world of craft fairs even though I find the idea very daunting. What to sell, how to display my items and, most importantly, will I sell anything?!?!?

I love craft fairs and find that everyone seems to have everything just right but I am so nervous I will get it wrong. It’s not until the beginning of August so I have some time to think about it but don’t want to end up spending a fortune making my stall look eye catching and pretty. So if anyone has some cheap and cheerful ideas please, please, please let me in on your secrets.

I have decided to attend a local ‘Makers’ Market’ selling only handmade goods, with the idea that mine will be as good as everyone else’s (fingers crossed).

So far I have decided on hair accessories, key-rings, brooches, stuffed toys, teapot cosies, baby booties and hats, cot mobiles and baby blankets. I thought that the small items would be more appealing to potential customers as I would be able to sell them cheaper plus they do not take long to make. The larger items i.e. blankets and cot mobiles, I was only going to make a few as these are more time consuming and therefore I need to sell them at a higher price. I always think that people don’t tend to take a lot of cash with them to these events, most keeping to a budget.

So here are some of the items I am thinking of selling:

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These are going to be part of the cot mobile.

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I was also thinking this bird bunting may sell.

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So what do you think? Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated. Please visit my Facebook page www.facebook.com/OffTheHookCrochets for photographs of my other items and let me know what you think would sell or what you would buy.

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I loved dancing when I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a ballerina but mother sent me to do tap and modern dancing, nevertheless I still enjoyed it.

With me having my own little girl (although she is only 10 months old) I would love her to have the experience of dancing but at the moment, considering she is not quite on her feet yet, novelty ballet shoes will have to do.

I took my pattern for baby Mary Jane shoes and adjusted it so I was able to make the shoes without the straps. Using baby pink fingering yarn and 3.5mm hook they look so pretty and dainty but no ballerina shoe is complete without the satin ribbon around the leg.

I took approximately 1 metre of pink satin ribbon and attached it to the back of the shoe with a crocheted heel loop. They were complete!

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Now was the hardest part, keeping my little girl distracted enough to put the on, cbeebies worked a treat.

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Adorable!!!

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Well summer is nearly upon us and hopefully it is going to be far too warm for woolly hats and mittens! My new idea is for hair accessories.

I have been blessed with a beautiful daughter who has had from birth a full head of hair. Though at 10 months old it’s a little unruly, too short to tie back and too long to leave it down. I have bought her umpteen amounts of hair grips and slides but they are constantly being ‘misplaced’ which is costing me a small fortune.

I decided to make my own embellishments to decorate some cheap hair grips. As it is spring the lovely cabbage white butterflies have given me the inspiration. Everyone loves butterflies, don’t they?

I set to work with my 2.5mm hook, baby yarn and a small amount of embroidery thread and they turned out lovely.

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Each butterfly measures approximately 1″ x 1″ a perfect size for a hair slide.

Here is my little one modelling her hair slide, I apologise for the slightly blurry photograph but getting her to sit still for more then 3 seconds is impossible!

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I love christenings and my little girl is finally having her special day in July! The only thing is I didn’t realise how expensive it can be!

I have quite a large family so a few sandwiches at home after the christening was out of the question. I needed a venue, the first quote I got was for nearly £1000 for 40 people!!! I thought are these people for real this is a christening we are talking about not a wedding. I did however find a lovely venue in the town nearby for a lot less.

I still needed invitations for all my guests but these were proving to be quite expensive too. I wanted something unique and browsed Etsy and Folksy but nothing really caught my eye and each invitation was working out at least £1.00 per invitation. I needed to cut costs so decided to make my own.

I visited my local Hobbycraft store and picked up 30 6×6 blank cards, 4.5 metres of ribbon and 48 wooden butterflies for just over £16, bargain! I set to work.

Firstly the cards needed printing, my handwriting is ok but I knewI would get bored after the first 10 invites. It took a little while to get the print exactly where we wanted it but eventually got it right and they looked great.

Next I needed my trusty mini glue gun (this has to be one of my favourite purchases) so quick and easy to use. Armed with my glue gun I set to work. One band of ribbon down the left hand side of the card and two pretty butterflies under the title ‘Christening’. To decorate 30 cards it took me approximately 30 minutes.

Here is the finished result.

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I would recommend everyone has a go at this, with the simplest of materials and a bit of Internet browsing for ideas, they can be very effective and exactly to your taste. Oh and of course cheap which was the initial plan.

Lately I have been thinking my little girl’s bedroom window has been looking a little bare. It’s a rather large window, decorated with curtains and ‘bits & bobs’ on the windowsill but still bare during the day, I needed something hanging from the top rather than cluttering the windowsill.

Whilst walking my dog I noticed lots of people had ‘hangings’ in their windows, mostly wicker or wooden hearts, bunting or glass baubles. All very pretty but not very exciting for a baby, so I set to work on creating/crocheting a window hanging.

I needed something fun and bright and as it would be ‘floating’ I decided on a red balloon, all kids love balloons!

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The balloon seemed a little bit boring all by itself so now I needed a little companion for him. My little girl loves bunnies at the moment so that was an easy option and as I tend to start a lot of projects and never finish them, a mini bunny was the quickest and easiest option. Here he is.

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Now just put the two together and we have a very cute window hanging, I am sure my little one will love it (if not at least I do)!

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So what do you think?