Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Crochet Gift Ideas and Free Pattern Links

I decided that as it is coming up to making gifts time of year and there is so many choices out there that I would list a few of my favourites on here for you all.

First of all you need to know how to crochet yes?

Well there is loads of tutorial out there but here is a link to one of the best comprehensive ones that I have found, everything in one place and easy to follow.

You will soon see how much quicker Crochet is to Knitting and why I fell in love with it.


Now lets start with gift ideas.

Easy Minion hat and video tutorial, click the image to be took to the tutorial

That's the boys and some of the girls sorted.

Owl bet you love this next one.

This is bound to get some happy faces, again click the image to be took to the tutorial

Now that we have the children sorted we need to move onto the adults.

Or maybe both with this crochet iPad case, it could be sassy colours for the girls or and maybe football strip colours for the guys.

Click the image to be directed to the pattern



Something warming next.

A pretty Tea cosy

Click the image to be directed to the tutorial

Striped Tea Cosy Pattern by Mon Petit Four


Something to keep the hands warm and pretty, Stripy open fingered mittens.

Click the image to be directed to the tutorial

So that is 5 of my favourite free patterns to get you started with your Christmas gift making.

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Make a Chocolate Santas Sleigh

I thought it was time to repost this as it was so popular.
I stumbled upon this idea tutorial for a Christmas Sleigh gift and thought it would make the most fabulous place settings for the Christmas dinner table.
Well who doesn’t love chocolate? Not many that's for sure. 
The idea for the place setting only came when I gave my daughter a peek at what I was making for Jack and she cried “I want one too Mam” so what was once to be only two or three soon became eight that I needed.
I ran out of bits for my place setting so I still have 1 left to complete but I was itching to show you all.
Aren’t they sweet? (pardon the pun) I even found some little chocolate Santa’s to drive the sleigh.
As you can see we have candy canes, KitKat, miniature Cadbury chocolate, Kinder bars, chocolate coins and in the adult ones Dime Bars. I tied it all together with ribbon from Ribbon Carousel 
Come on get out those glue guns and set to work on a treat to remember at the Christmas dinner table.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Pretty Ballerinas Deluxe Card Collection

This is the most beautiful stunning imagery that I have seen in such a long time.

Hunkydory have totally given sophisticated elegance to this collection for our card making.


It's just stunning isn't it?

With this one I tried to give a Tutu effect at the bottom, the collection has both sepia and monotone colour ways and rich gold and silver foiling.

Anyone that love the arts is sure to love this collection.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

3 For 2 Pick of the Week Deluxe Card Collections

If you want to choose your own paper craft collections custom your own sets to meet your needs then we have that covered for you at Hunkydory.

I will be bringing you the Deluxe collection at an amazing 3 for the price of 2 on Create and Craft starting midday 12pm 6th November.

We have 4 never been seen brand new collections and some of the favourites too. 


Hope you can join me, all I will say is the new ones are amazing and I fell totally in love with one of them in particular.

This is the perfect time to grab your favourites.

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Crochet Angels

Back home after a wonderful holiday, as I showed previously I had took my crochet with me, I need something to send me off to sleep and find the concentration of crochet does the trick for me.

This was the first Angel I have made and I used Patons 100% Cotton 4ply yarn and a 1.75 crochet hook.

She stands at approx 9” tall.



I hadn’t realised that I had her leaning back when I took the image but at least you can see the finished piece. Surprisingly easy to make comprising of half double crochet, double crochet and single crochet.

Although the yarn was thinner than I usually work with she still made up quite quickly.


Her hair was the trickiest part and although I don’t thick I did it correctly it looks similar to the pattern which I found at Annie's Crochet store here

My Next angel |I made to use up the yarn I had left and I made it for my dear friend Ruth as she keeps me sane, It stands approx 4” and I had to learn a new crochet stitch to make her, the frill is made with a Love Knot.


She’s just cute.

I have one more to make up and i think it will get a home at my Mams house.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Crochet perfect for Traveling

I always struggled when holidaying wondering what to take to occupy my crafty mind and twitchy fingers on evenings and last year I learnt myself how to crochet.

A ball of yarn and a crochet hook and your ready to go.

Chris had a few worries on what I was making, he thinks the top picture needs tassels, and the bottom left he thought I was making a Sun hat. The bottom right picture is a cactus which is growing on our balcony and on an evening it looks like Jesus is watching over the beautiful sea.

All will be revealed to what I am making when I get back from my travels.


(For the record, that is my knee in the top picture)

It is a beautiful sound waking up each morning to the waves crashing on the shore.

Jak X



Thursday, 8 October 2015

Creating Your Own Personalised Mugs

Creating your own special Personalised Mugs, sounds fun doesn't it?

Well, it is, first I thought of a photo, maybe a family member a Grandson or Granddaughter a loved one maybe. Add some text, that could be real fun, a special date to mark an event.

The choice is yours.

I did a hand drawn image of my own then uploaded it to Mr Nutcase and chose which mug I wanted, I like a big cup of tea so I decided the 15oz mug would be best for me, I then sat back and waited for it to arrive. That is how easy it is.

Mr Nutcase does all of the work for you, I'm in love with my new mug, best of all is that no one can steal it or use it without knowing it is mine, no excuses.

Here is is from all angles.

If you want a reasonable priced gift, what could be better than creating someone their own personalised mugs for their favourite brew?

You can get these here Personalised Mugs


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Corsage of Flight of the Butterflies

Today 9am and 3pm on Create and Craft TV 2 hours of inspiration and fun with Mr Nigel May and myself.


So easy to make beautiful pieces like this from beautiful Hunkydory images.


Don't forget there is capped P&P and double discount for club members.