Toy Pram Bedding DIY

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I’d been eyeing up an Olli Ella wicker toy pram for ages for H before I managed to find one in the sale. So many toy prams are pink and flowery, which really isn’t my style, and so I love how gender-neutral the Olli Ella ones are. After the pram arrived, I thought back to my own toy pram that I’d had as a little girl, and the cute bedding that my own Mum made for it, and instantly decided that I’d carry on the tradition.

This make uses leftover monochrome fabrics from the crafting I did for H’s nursery two years ago. I really love how they pop against the white wicker. This is also a really quick make, it took me just over an hour to make all of these items, meaning it’s the perfect nap-time craft! Continue reading

Easter Treat Bag DIY

ACS_0430The nights are getting lighter, the shops are full of chocolate eggs, and I’m in definite need of a long weekend; it must be Easter! Although it’s not H’s first Easter, this year she’ll actually be able to have a little bit of chocolate.

I wanted to make something to make her first Easter egg even more special, and this treat bag is the perfect size. The DIY is super simple, and could easily be tweaked for a birthday gift bag too! Continue reading

Sewing for Beginners: Simple Projects to Get Started With

Copy of Copy of Farewell PartyIn my Sewing for Beginners series, I’ve already discussed what tools you need, and where to buy fabric. This is all well and good, but what do you actually make when you are a beginner?

I’ve said before that I truly believe anyone can learn to sew; some of us will take to it more easily than others, but essentially using a sewing machine is no different to learning how to drive a car, or operate the washing machine. The key to getting the hang of it is picking the right project to start with; something simple enough to complete in a short session, but impressive enough that you are left with something that gives you a real sense of achievement. Continue reading

Handmade Wrapping Paper

IMG_6180Earlier this year, the lovely folk at Sellotape sent me a bag of goodies to use for my crafting. As you all know, I’m a big stationery fan, so it was a bit like receiving an early Christmas present! In the goodie bag was a range of different tapes and dispensers, which I’ve been thinking hard about how to use.

I love giving presents, and I love wrapping them as well. However, with the age range in our family ranging from 1 to 93, it’s hard to have a supply of wrapping paper that’s suitable for everyone. This weekend, I’ve been experimenting with making my own wrapping paper using mostly supplies I already had. The only thing I needed to purchase was a roll of basic brown paper. Continue reading

Mini Makes: Easy Lanyard Makeover

IMG_5854Lanyards with a security badge seem to be commonplace in most workplaces these days. For years, I’ve been trying to find colourful ones to replace my boring navy blue lanyard. Cath Kidston usually have a few, and I struck gold in Accessorize last year with a bright tropical print. Unfortunately, after time they all tend to go a bit grubby, or in the case of my last one, get dropped down the loo by their clumsy owner, meaning they instantly need to be binned! Continue reading

Mini Makes: Easter Bunny Egg Warmer

 

IMG_5124Easter is one of my favourite times of year. A long weekend, sunshine, and lots of chocolate, all without the stress of Christmas. However, Easter always seems to sneak up on me, and thus crafting is done last minute. This year is no different, especially as all of my efforts have been focused on Mr Makes’ 30th Birthday, which falls on Easter Sunday! Continue reading

Receipt Tracker DIY

img_4265Tax returns are definitely a common theme across my social media recently. The tax return was one of the big fears I had when deciding to start my own business, but I’ve been assured that they are not too bad, as long as you are organised. Although I’ve managed to avoid doing one this year, I’m very much aware that this time next year, I too will need to be looking back through a year’s worth of receipts and invoices. I definitely need to get organised now.

I’ve spotted a few receipt organisers online which can help track your receipts throughout the year. These are a great idea, but an added expense for small businesses, so I decided to get creative and make my own. Other than the A4 envelopes, everything else I already had!

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Christmas Crafting with Merrie and Bright

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December is here! It’s the most festive time of the year, and it’s time to start decorating the house for Christmas. The shops are full of wonderful decorations, but being creative, I do like to make something myself.

In previous years, I’ve made lots of bunting, but this year I fancied something a bit different. As soon as I saw the new range of wrapping paper from Merrie and Bright Calligraphy, I knew that I had to make something with it! In this post, I’ll be running through two simple makes using this wrapping paper that can easily be completed in front of a festive film!

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Mini Makes: Planner Dividers

img_3165A few months ago I treated myself to a bargain planner in the Kikki.K sale. My planner came with lots of sub-dividers, but some of these sections are still quite large and it would be useful to be able to quickly open the relevant month of the calendar, or my latest to do-list. When shopping in Tiger recently, I found this single hole punch for just £1, which is exactly what I needed to make my own custom planner dividers.

This is a really simple make that can easily be completed in around 20 minutes and doesn’t require too many materials!

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