Crochet baby booties

Here are two of my latest crochet baby booties sets.

I love to crochet and baby booties are fast becoming my favorite project!

Perfect for photo shoots, these sets come with sweet little booties/maryjanes and a lovely, soft headband.

You can visit my Etsy shop to have a browse or tell your friends and stop by my Facebook page to say hi!

Flower fairy crochet set

Woodland flower fairy crochet photo prop

Flower fairy crochet set

Woodland flower fairy crochet photo prop

Sun splash crochet photo prop set

Sun splash crochet set

Sun splash crochet newborn photo prop set

 

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Lost, not found

I feel lifeless. ¬†Just one blog post in June so far. ¬†I’m finally not ill anymore but it seems as though I’ve been zapped of all my creative juice. ¬†I haven’t crocheted, crafted, or stitched in days and it is a lonely and confusing feeling. ¬†I am happiest when I am making and when I come up against a creative block, I feel lost.

I want to run away sometimes. Hide from life. I would love nothing more than to have more space. Space to create, to stash my fabrics and papers and yarns and hooks. ¬†Space for my children to play, to stash their own treasures, to stop the cascade of toys that is currently overtaking my bedroom and living room and kitchen…

I have an oppressive feeling of being trapped. Of not being able to dig my way of this tangle of a mess I call my life right now.  Each time I feel I am moving forward, creating a plan of how to do great things, I feel knocked back.

I. HAVE. TO. GET. OUT. OF. HERE.

My kids are constantly fighting, screaming, jumping, pinching, whining. ¬†Running amok like caged animals worked into a frenzy by their imprisonment. ¬†I’m tired of being referee. And I’m tired of yelling. And tidying. And cleaning up mammoth messes. I have a collection of cleaning sprays and scrubbing cloths at the ready to tackle the endless finger smudges on walls and pen scrawls on the furniture.

I am a single mom. In every sense of that word. I single-handedly take on the job of mother and father, judge and jury. I am the “fun” parent yet also the one who has to mete out punishments. ¬†I do school runs, parent-teacher meetings, grocery shops, doctor and dentist appointments, ballet classes, homework help, baths, bedtime stories, kisses, cuddles… ¬†I don’t remember the last time I managed to eat breakfast before rushing out the door to get Emilie to school.

I’m not complaining, I guess I am venting. ¬†My kids are what keep me going. But I’ve almost completely lost my sense of self through my devotion to them. ¬†My name is Liam’s mum/Emilie’s mum/Zoie’s mum.

Who am I really?

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Just a little under the weather

I’ve been ill. ¬†This past week all my stresses caught up with me. ¬†At one point I couldn’t even move from my bed, burning with fever, aches and pains in every joint, and a thumping headache to match. ¬†Blogging was out of the question. Breathing was hard enough…

But crochet I could.

And I did.

Behold, my Gumdrop Slippers, careful crafted.

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Someone needs to have a baby so I have an excuse to make more of these sweet things! ūüôā

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P.S. ¬†I’m pleased to report that I’m on the mend and have some exciting new projects in the pipeline!

Cheeky cherry baby booties

Just a quick post before bedtime (and just before midnight) to show you my latest crochet project.

Yesterday I was laid up in bed feeling pretty crappy, for lack of a better word.  I reached for my crochet hook and a ball of yarn I had purchased at a craft fair a few months ago but had forgotten at the bottom of my basket.  I decided it was soft yet sturdy enough for a pair of baby booties and I got to work. (you gotta love a hobby you can pursue while lying snuggled up in bed!)

I made the first bootie and saw it was good.  Then I made the other.  Then I decided I wanted to sweeten them up a bit. So I designed a pair of cherries and they looked awesome! I was super proud of my effort!

Here are the finished booties:

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Aren’t they just too cute?! ¬†And if they really take your fancy, they are available to buy in my Etsy shop!

Until next time,

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Five Minute Friday – Song

Shhhh…. it’s Saturday, but I won’t tell if you won’t.

My Five Minute Friday is a little delayed but better late than never I always say!

This week’s topic is: SONG

So without further ado:

I‚Äôve always wished that I could sing. And by sing I mean having a half decent singing voice, not the crackly strained alto I currently possess.¬† I bravely took up choir in high school, secretly jealous of the sopranos with notes like tinkling bells, while I slouched in the back row and croaked along like a timid toad.¬† But honestly I‚Äôm not that bad. I think.¬† I held out hope that my kids would be blessed with better pipes than I was. Until recently that hope was high ‚Äď and then I caught my daughters‚Äô rendition of Incy Wincy Spider.¬† Clearly the inability to carry a tune runs in the family. As I type this I can hear my mother churn out a song in the kitchen. It is being butchered. Something mournful and reminiscent of ancient Sunday services in the parish church. Scary yet somehow soothing in its familiarity.¬† Sing, song, sung.

True story.  And I made myself chuckle!

Happy Friday, er Saturday!

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How to Make a Fabulous Fabric Flower Clip – Tutorial

Recently I’ve been collecting fabric like a mad woman. ¬†Remnants, and trimmings, and offcuts, oh my! ¬†All the lovely colours and patterns have inspired me to create loads of cute projects and this fabric flower clip is one of my¬†favourites!

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This tutorial includes an extra special touch as it uses embellishments from a broken necklace I found in the bottom of my jewellery drawer. ¬†If you’re like me, you’ll have the odd earring whose match has gone missing or a necklace with a broken clasp. ¬†Time to UPCYCLE!

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I grabbed a gem from this necklace (hence the gap between the bird and the bead) and used it as the centre for my flower.

Here is how you can make your own fabulous flower!

You will need:

  • gem or bead from an old/broken piece of jewellery
  • fabric of your choice
  • sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)
  • elastic thread for bobbin (if using a sewing machine)
  • hot glue gun
  • alligator clip

How to make your clip:

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1. Cut a strip of fabric 2 inches wide by 9 inches long.

2. Using your sewing machine with elastic in the bobbin, sew all the way down about 1/4 inch in from one edge. This makes the fabric ruffle nicely. ¬†If you don’t have a sewing machine, simply sew a wide running stitch all the way down one edge.

3. Grab the loose end of elastic (or thread if hand stitching) and pull gently to create the ruffle and bring the two ends of the flower together.

4. Stitch the two ends together

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5. Grab your lovely jewel/gem/bead

6. Place a dab of hot glue on the back

7. Attach jewel to the centre of your fabric flower (I pulled a few of the loose threads from around the flower to create a frayed look)

8. Place a generous dab of hot glue along the length of your alligator clip and attach to the back of the flower

All done!

Now you are ready to clip your flower to anything your heart desires! The possibilities are endless:

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Hair clip

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Headband (simply clip onto a plain headband)

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Handbag clip (my personal fave!)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial — if you make a clip please come back and share a link so that I can see your gorgeous creation!

 

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How to make a Summer Bunting – Tutorial

Today was a glorious, sunshine-y day. ¬†I sat at my dining (aka craft) table in front of the sliding glass doors that lead out into my garden. With the smells of cut grass and BBQ floating in on the breeze, I was inspired to make something quintessentially summer — a lovely, bright bunting. ¬†Perfect for dressing up the mantle or for quick and easy garden party decor, I absolutely love how¬†versatile¬†they are!

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Now, I have to admit that this is my very first sewing tutorial and I am an absolute beginner — I took tons of photos to try to show every step and I am sure there are probably faster/easier/better ways to make a bunting but this is my own little¬†home-made¬†version and I quite like it. ūüôā

You will need:

  • Four 8x8in squares of fabric each in a different colour/pattern
  • A ball of jute twine
  • A safety pin
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, thread
  • Iron

To make the bunting:

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1. Lay your first square of fabric out and fold in half with wrong sides together.

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2. Fold over into quarters and turn the square around so that the fat folded edge faces you.

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3. Cut a simple triangle shape from the cardstock. Mine measured 4 in across the top and 4 1/2 in along the sides. This is your bunting template.

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4. Place the top edge of the template against the folded edge of your fabric and cut out.

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5. Remove the template and open out the fabric. You will have 2 diamond shapes.  Fold these in half with wrong sides together. Now you have two double sided bunting flags!

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6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the remaining squares of fabric and give your bunting flags a good press with an iron.

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7. Pop a flag into your sewing machine and sew a zigzag stitch down the long sides (not across the top, that comes next). Repeat with all flags.

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8. Now stitch a straight stitch across the top of each flag, leaving space between the top of the flag and the stitching — approx. 1/2in. ¬†This will allow you to thread the jute twine through each flag.

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9. Grab your safety pin and hook into one end of your ball of twine.  Thread the twine through the top of each flag, spacing them out neatly.

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10.  Continue to thread all of your flags onto the twine.  Leaving about 12in on either side, cut twine and tie two loops at each end.

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Hang and enjoy!

Note: I did not bother to secure the flags to the twine — they can slide along freely. However, the rough edges of the twine help to keep the flags in place and they don’t easily move around. ¬†If you plan to use this bunting outdoors or in a way that it is likely to be touched, you can always stitch or hot glue each flag in place. ¬†I was just too lazy to complete this step and couldn’t wait to display my newest creation! ūüėČ

Please do let me know if this tutorial is helpful to you or if there are any adjustments/suggestions.

Thanks for reading!

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