Monday, 21 March 2011

Handmade Monday: More recent projects

Right - I'm determined to take part in Handmade Monday this week!! It's a great idea by Wendy at 1st Unique Gifts and I really need motivating at the moment, so here are some recent bits of work. Don't forget to look at Wendy's blog and see what the other participants have been up to - it's always a good read.

It's been an unusually busy couple of weeks - I've had so many bookings for baby castings (which is what I get up to when I'm not knitting/crocheting). I offer a home visit service, so have been driving around lovely Staffordshire to see cute, cuddly babies - not a bad way to spend your time :)

The end result of all this is now on my drying rack waiting to be finished off and framed!

Baby casts drying off

I've also had plenty of orders for wooden name letters to keep me busy - here's one that went out last week. I think I quite like the Union Jack pattern! I used Emma Bridgewater patterned paper and am really pleased with how the colours stayed nice and bright under all that varnish.

Wooden letters for walls

There have been requests for more bunny nuggets too - they make great little Easter gifts if you don't want to give your kids too much chocolate! I must get round to making a basketful before my next craft fair....

More bunny nuggets!!

Finally, I finished my crochet bunting - so here it is - well, most of it!

Finished 'granny' bunting

Hopefully, I will have some little baby bootees to show you soon - I've got some lovely soft cotton yarn, and have seen some fab patterns... 

Oh, and one final thing - totally unrelated to handmade things! Please, PLEASE try and remember to change your internet/email etc. passwords and security things regularly - my husband's email and ebay account was hacked into over the weekend and he nearly ended up 'buying' thousands of pounds worth of quadbikes! We have up-to-date virus software, firewalls etc. so goodness knows how they did it. Luckily he spotted something was amiss and fingers crossed, we think we've regained control of our accounts.
Very scary though...

See you soon :)

Monday, 7 March 2011

Handmade Monday: Lots of variety!

Here we are - Handmade Monday again! Thanks to Wendy at 1st Unique Gifts for hosting this - it's really helping to keep me motivated to blog regularly and share my creations! I originally planned to blog twice a week, but hey - once a week is better than nothing isn't it?!

It's been a very varied week - a combination of baby impressions and other handmade bits & bobs. Just the way I like it - I love the variety of working from home and choosing what to work on each day.

Here are some baby casts that I finished - so sweet! It does have a little foot on the right hand side, but it didn't fit into the photo without catching reflections off the window! Still, you get the idea...

Baby hand cast with a sweet poem

On the knitting/crochet front, I made a knitted letter 'B' for my daughter - what do you think? I've also started making an 'L' and 'O' - probably to make 'LOVE' but maybe 'LOL' if I'm feeling lazy!

Knitted Letter for my daughter

I also started (but haven't finished) some crochet 'granny' bunting - I want to finish this off before the weekend when I'm at my monthly craft market near home. Nothing like a deadline to keep me focused! There are going to be some other colour combos in it, I'll try and photograph it when it's all done.

Crochet bunting

Finally, I sent off one of my photo frames to be professionally photographed for my Giftwrapped & Gorgeous boutique, and I received the files back. I was really thrilled at how well they came out - much better than I could ever manage. Now I just need to sell lots of them!

I started making these last year, but recently changed the style and size of the writing to make it look like it's written by a child - actually it was really difficult to write like that! My natural instinct was to try and be neat rather than the opposite. The little shapes in the corners are made from polymer clay, with the images stamped into it before baking. By the way, the cheeky little boy is actually my son (not called Harry!) - the photo is quite old now but he is still just as cheeky!!

I hope you enjoyed this week's post - now you've read this, please visit 1st Unique Gifts and have a look at the other bloggers and their lovely creations! See you next week (if not before...) xx