Sunday, 26 January 2014

Cupcakejojo Designs - branching out

You may already be familiar with Cupcakejojo and her beautiful blog....I first discovered it while searching the net for crochet inspiration - I certainly wasn't disappointed when I found Jo's blog!

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With many pics like the beautiful one above, I remember spending a whole evening greedily pinning away on Pinterest so much gorgeous inspiration! 

I soon stalked discovered Jo on Twitter and Instagram and of course had to follow!

Jo has recently been sharing her love for doodling...which is where *my* latest project comes in!

imgages copywrite of Cupcakejojo Designs

I knew these designs would be perfect to embroider so I told Jo I'd stitch one up for her....

I purposely chose lovely bright cheery colours as these echo the colours Jo uses in her crochet (see, all that blog stalking came in handy!)

Once finished, I had originally planned to frame it with a wooden embroidery hoop and simple ribbon hanging - however at the last minute I realised I didn't have a hoop the right size! With no plan in mind at all I dug out a fabric that matched the thread colours I'd used and sat down at my sewing machine...a table mat? hanging thingy?...I really had no idea where I was going with it! 

By the time I had finished adding a lovely ditsy floral border and backing, I realised it'd be perfect as a sweet little wall hanging - so that is what it became. 

I'm not sure if you can see the detail, but it says 'There's no place like home'. 

I was super pleased with how this turned out!  It was great when Jo received it too as she loved it too, phew! 

If you fancy stitching up one of Jo's designs yourself (or colouring it in, appliqueing it etc) then pop over to her Etsy shop where you can purchase a downloadable design.  And keep checking back as new designs are being added all the time. 

Unbeknown to me, naughty Jo sent me a little something in the post as a thank you....

There was a pack of Pip Studio stickers, a sweet butterfly peg, and......something crocheted by the lady  herself!! I was so excited to actually own some of Cupcakejojo's gorgeous crochet!

Luckily they arrived just in time for that day's nursery run! I love love love my new Cupcakejojo wristwarmers!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Crafty tidying

Wasn't I lucky with my stocking fillers at Christmas?  Santa got me lots of gorgeous Cath Kidston/floral/pretty bits and pieces.

Loads of sticky notes (which I sometimes include when I send out orders if I need to write a little note to the customer), some pretty tape, and some hand cream. 

I wanted somewhere nice to store my new sticky notes so I got a boring plain A5 magazine file -

Added a few other crafting supplies....and voila! A pretty storage solution for my new stationery.

The patterned floral paper is sticky backed plastic and was only a few pence from Home Bargains.  I added some red patterned tape from my collection (to hide some of the writing that showed through the white). 

It doesn't take much to make me happy - cheap as chips and *very* pretty (not to mention practical).

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Pottering about

Happy New Year to you all! 

Are we all doing the same right now - finishing off all the naughty treats before the diet starts on Monday??

This is some yummy rocky road I have left over - I made a big batch for gifts and luckily there was some left for me ;)

These Christmas holidays have been very relaxed, jammies til late morning, maybe a walk, lunch, tv, crafting, pottering around etc.  I had a little burst of useful pottering this week and finally framed some prints I bought A YEAR AGO!

The pictures are actually cards from Freya Art & Design on Etsy, I chose this selection as they are such happy pictures and have some lovely phrases.

These cute ones are for Joshua's bedroom.

These ones are for my bedroom and the sitting room.

The ones for my bedroom have been added to my handmade wall which I started a while back and have gradually added to - all things I have made, up until now when I thought the addition of the prints would be perfect.  I love to think that these are the first things I will see when I wake in the mornings :)

You can see a bit more detail of my handmade wall in this post.  I think it's interesting to see how my latest additions have introduced a bit more colour!  I think my tastes are widening slightly and I'm becoming a bit more braver in terms of introducing less pink and even some blue!

Another handmade trinket which I finally managed to get hung up was the sweet little button heart -

Quite simply a stuffed cream fabric heart which I then sat and sewed button after button on to.  You can't quite tell but I used a lovely pale pink thread to attach the buttons.  This was a great craft for me as it used up a load of buttons from my overflowing cream/white jar.  (My buttons are in colour coded jars...isn't everyone's?)