Saturday, 12 November 2016

Happy Saturday Night

What is everyone unto tonight?

I've been bust taking photos and knitting tonight. I wanted to make some of the knitted headbands for myself.

I have arthritis pretty bad and if i get cold it can be pretty painful, i love these headbands as they keep the top of my head, my ears and most importantly the nape of my neck  nice and warm. I started making these about 7 years ago and they really do make a difference.

I get them knitted usually and i think oooh that's lovely i will pop that in my store so today and tomorrow is about making some for myself for this winter!

Sewing Kit - Fabric, Ribbons and threads

Sewing Kit - Fabric, Ribbons and threads, Scottie Dog Fabric, Dogs, Sewing Projects, Craft Stash Kit, Sewers, Needlecrafters, Embroiderers 
This kit contains: (measurements are approx)
60x140cm of gorgeous scottie dog fabric
7 lengths of ribbon - 1m of each one in complimentary colours of the fabric and threads
5 skeins of Embroidery thread in complimentary colours of the fabric and ribbons
I love this design and the colours, there are so many free templates available on-line rather than putting a specific kit together with my templates i thought i would love the end design up to your creative mind and just source some fab fabric with matching ribbons and threads
This kit was put together with home decor projects in min such as aprons, cushions, fabric decorations; such as hanging ornaments, door stops, tablet cases, shopping bags etc....
The fabric, threads and ribbons together may be washed on a delicate 30 washing machine cycle or for product longevity hand wash but please read other products washing instructions such as toy stuffing etc... as they may be non-washable
I am hoping to create a plethora of crafting kits for my shop, follow/ like me on Facebook for inspiration, more photos of the kits, special offers and updates to new product releases
Please get in touch if there is a specific crafting style you would like a kit putting together for.
Or if you need this kit customising to include extra materials such as needles, water soluble pens, templates - i kept this kit quite to the bare essentials so it was suitable for both hand and machine sewers

Craft stash kits

My aim is to inspire Creativity and get people crafting, i hope to have a full compendium of crafting kits available in my store by the New Year so please keep popping back

This is a Craft Stash Kit from Handmadelittlecreations - designed for paper crafters, whether it be for festive scrapbooking pages or making Christmas Cards or even for home decor items. 
This is a great little set for little ones to get crafty for Christmas too!
This kit includes:
2 x A4 Sheets of 300gsm Gold mirror board
2 x A4 Sheets of 300gsm Silver mirror board
5 x Sheets of Festive Peel Off stickers - the one to the far right in the photo is a sheet of Merry Christmas sentiments, there are 20 on this sheet. The other festive peels are mixed designs and colours
Embellishments - there are 14 assorted bows and flower embellishments in this set
Ribbons and things - (sizes are approx.)
Small section of silver and white netting
Small section of red spider web
1m length of double sided red satin ribbon
1m length of red organza narrow ribbon
1m length of silver sequins
1m of white lace
Inspiration area:
Great for little ones to get crafty
Make cards and decorations for Christmas
Festive stash for cards, scrapbook pages, home decor items, to decorate baubles/ wreaths etc..
Make your homemade tags from this set for unique gift wrapping for Christmas using the mirror board for gifts tags, the merry Christmas sentiments and using the ribbons to tie up (there are lots of free gift tag templates available online just google it)
Decorate your home of office affordable with handmade decorations - just look on youtube for ideas
Only available for posting within the UK given how close we are to Christmas

Make your own jewellery for yourself for gifts or to sell

Make your own jewellery - Jewellery making selection kit now available in my Etsy store:
The idea behind the kits:
A lovely lady, mentioning no names (Zoe ;-)) asked me to create a little selection kit for her as i sell aspects of jewellery making items in my Etsy shop. Zoe wanted to try jewellery making but didn't want to shell out a lot of money to see if she liked it... and i'm pleased to say she loved it, it got me thinking as i have only really listed single items before such as bead strands, books, tools and wires so I have made up some little kits for my shop
I hope you like them :-)
Any feedback would be awesome, i plan on making a few for different budgets i have 2 live at the moment 1 for £9.99 and 1 for £14.99 but plan on doing a few different price points.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

I'm loving this duo combination of Yarns

I have had one of those fabulous Crafty Days when i have done everything i set out to do 

I got all my jobs done this morning, did a bit of marketing. Made a couple of cards then this afternoon i got out my knitting needles 

Grey and White Furry super stretchy and chunky headband / Earwarmers have been double stranded knitted with James C Brett Faux Fur and Stylecraft Nordic Super Chunky Yarn which makes it super thick and furry and luxurious!

This is so fluffy and soft and very stylish. The combination of these two awesome yarns is so beautiful, i hope this comes across in the photos. This headband has used quite expensive yarns which is why this is a little bit more expensive. But as my Mother say's .... YOU get what you pay for!

Well it's all finished, i hope you like it

All ready for posting and available to buy now in my Etsy store

The perfect Christmas Crafty Stocking filler

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Feeling festive?

This is an up cycled NEW vintage edition Jute bag

This is a NEW plain jute bag that i have hand decorated with hand-cut felt to Make a Santa Claus, i have also made the red felt rolled roses with pearl bead centres.

Perfect for taking shopping or using as a gift bag for someone special! or put their Christmas Gifts in

The measurements of the bag are

42x 30cm x 19cm (height inc. handles)

The santa has all been hand cut from felt and hand stitched.

I have also added a magnetic clasp to the bag to keep it closed at the top

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Learn to Craft - Sew bunting

Sew Bunting Book by Debbie Shore - 

Debbi Shore has given a new twist to traditional bunting and created 29 imaginative designs to adorn special celebrations, your garden and your home. Each project is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs, and all the basic techniques and stitches are clearly explained. Debbie's no-fuss approach and her simple and stylish designs make this the perfect sewers of all abilities.

ISBN - 978-1-84448-949-7
RRP £9.99

About the Author:

Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. Two of her previous Search Press sewing titles, Making Cushion Covers and Half Yard Heaven, have been huge hits. Debbie lives in Castle Bytham, Lincs.  

Choose from romantic Valentine bunting, festive advent calender bunting, fragrant lavender bag bunting, as well as Halloween bunting, felt bunting, frilly bunting, and lots more. 

All you need is a sewing machine and a basic sewing kit, and with all the basic techniques explained clearly at the beginning of the book, there is nothing to stop you getting going on a project straight away, even if you are a complete beginner.

If you need fabric and craft tools please have a look at my craft supplies section on Etsy

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hand Knitted Apple Green and white Baby Hat and Booties, Baby Boy Pom Pom Hat and booties saver deal, Apple Green and White, Baby Sparkle

This is a choice of: You decide if you would like the Pom Pom Hat, the booties or the complete set - by choosing the complete set you will save £1.99

This has been knit with 2 different yarn types - 
The pom pom hat was knit with double stranded Patons Baby apple green yarn for the brim and the body of the hat was knit with Patons white baby and Sparkle Baby Yarn which gives a glittery fleck detail. The hat was then adorned with a handmade pom pom which incorporates all of the yarns together.
The booties were knit in double strand of the apple baby yarn, then finished with a crochet edging of the sparkle yarn.

If you go to photo no3 and zoom in you can see the sparkle detail.

If you have any specific requirements please get in touch i love getting custom orders

Please check out all of my other listings i have a wide selection of hand knitted baby clothes in both traditional and modern styles

CARE INSTRUCTIONS - for best results handwas and lay flat to dry. If you need to wash in the washing machine wash inside out at 30 degrees and lay flat to dry.
NOT suitable for tumble drying

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Soda Bread recipe By Paul Hollywood

Soda Bread
Makes 1 small loaf
Bake 30 minutes
Ireland's most famous bread is made with two of the oldest foods, wheat and buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and creates the rise. If you have kids, do teach them how to make soda bread, because it's great to be able to put a loaf on the table within 45 minutes. Once you've mastered it, try adding some grated Wexford cheese (vintage Irish Cheddar) and chopped raw onion to the dough.


- 250g plain white flour
- 250g plain wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- About 400ml buttermilk


1.Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
2. Put the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre and pour in half the buttermilk. Using your fingers or a round-bladed knife, draw the flour into the buttermilk. Continue to add the buttermilk until all the flour has been absorbed and you have a sticky dough. You may not need all the buttermilk – it depends on the flour you use.
3. Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured surface, shape it into a ball and flatten it slightly with the palm of your hand. It is important to work quickly, as once the buttermilk is added it begins to react with the bicarbonate of soda.
4. Put the dough on the baking tray. Mark into quarters with a large, sharp knife, cutting deeply through the loaf, almost but not quite through to the base. Dust the top with flour.
5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Eat on the day of baking – or toast it the next day.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

FRENCH BREAD Stick recipe


1 level dessertspoon fine salt 
350ml hand-hot water


Equipment: You will need a large baking sheet very well buttered and one or two large polythene bags, greased on the inside with a few drops of oil. A roasting tin.


Begin by measuring the flour, salt and yeast into a bowl, using a spatula mix everything together thoroughly. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the water.
Now mix to a dough, starting off with the spatula and using your hands in the final stages of mixing, adding a spot more water if there are any dry bits. Continue to mix and press the dough in the bowl for about 1 minute so that the dough is evenly mixed (it will feel little sticky but that’s fine) then put the bowl of dough into a large polythene bag and close it with a clip.
Leave it until it looks as though it has doubled in bulk, which will be about 2 hours at room temperature.
After that, punch out all the air, then knead briefly and divide the dough evenly into two.
Next roll one piece into a sausage shape about 40cm long then place it on a lightly floured surface and use the heal of your hand to flatten it out to about 12cm wide all the way along.
Now fold one long edge of dough into the centre, pressing it down with your fingertips and do the same with the other long edge. Turn the roll over so that the seam is underneath and place it on a well-greased baking sheet.
Repeat with the second piece of dough.
Then place the baking sheet in an oiled polythene bag (you may need two overlapping bags) for about 1¼ hours at room temperature.
Pre-heat the oven to 230°C, gas mark 8. Position a shelf in the top third of the oven for the bread and place a roasting tin in the oven on a lower shelf.
When the sticks have risen, put a kettle on to boil. Then remove the bag and slash each stick diagonally five times with a sharp serrated knife, then dust the loaves with flour.
Place them near the top of the oven, and then quickly pour boiling water into the hot roasting tray below (so that it is about 2cm deep).
Quickly, but gently, close the oven door and time them for 25 minutes then turn the loaves over and give them a further 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

Happy Saturday!! Feeling rather festive today

I have had a real chill out day it's been lovely! The weather outside has been awful so we stayed in.

I caught up on my jobs and have been doing some knitting, I finished off the headband i started to knit last night and have made another and finished it! Finishing an item is a rarity i seem to have so many HFP's on the go it's unreal... one day, i tell myself, one day

Well, it's that time of year (even though I'm a few weeks late) Christmas Cake Bake weekend

The fruit has been soaking in brandy all day and is going lovely and plump, i love that smell of brandy and the fruit it brings back so many lovely memories

I use the same recipe every year it's Delia Smiths recipe, a combination of her Grandmothers with a few Delia twists

Thought i would share it, its so easy to make and the results a perfect!


Friday, 30 September 2016

Free knitting pattern- Caron Ms. Nutterson Squirrel

This awesome squirrel pattern is free to download...

Ms. Nutterson is the friendliest squirrel in the forest! Knit in Caron Simply Soft, and standing at approximately 21" tall, Ms. Nutterson is the perfect stuffy friend. 

See the rest of the Little Forest Friends Patterns here.  

Bernat Like A Fox Blanket Free Easy Baby's Blanket Crochet Pattern

The best blanket to wrap up in - the Like a Fox Blanket features a fun fox hood, for extra coziness. Easily crocheted in Bernat Softee Chunky yarn. 

See the rest of the Little Forest Friends Patterns here.  
See the lookbook here.  


This is so scrummy for this time of year!

Add a fragrant note with ground ginger and orange juice to this comforting autumnal soup 
By Gary Rhodes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 675 g butternut squash, seeds removed and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 600 ml vegetable stock
  • 100 ml orange juice
  • salt and black pepper


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and fry until softened, but not coloured. 

2. Tip in the butternut squash and add the ginger. Cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring from time to time. 

3. Add the stock and orange juice and simmer for about 30 minutes until the squash is tender. 

4. Leave the soup to cool slightly, before puréeing with a hand blender until smooth. Season to taste, reheat if necessary and serve.  ENJOY! 

Thursday, 29 September 2016

MARY BERRY'S COFFEE AND WALNUT CUPCAKES - something for the weekend!!

Make afternoon tea special with these palely pretty cakes topped with crunchy walnuts 
By Mary Berry


For the cupcakes:
  • 1 tbsp instant coffee
  • 115 g butter, softened
  • 140 g self-raising flour
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 25 g walnuts
For the coffee icing:
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 100 g butter, at room temperature
  • 225 g icing sugar
  • 12 walnut halves, to decorate


1. For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. Put the coffee granules and 1 tablespoon of boiling water into a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Add the butter, flour, sugar, milk, and eggs and mix with an electric whisk until smooth. Stir in the walnuts, then spoon into the muffin cases. 

2. Bake in the centre of the oven for 2025 minutes or until risen and golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack until stone cold. 

3. For the icing: Put the coffee granules and 2 teaspoons boiling water into a bowl and stir until smooth. Add the butter, sift in the icing sugar, and stir until smooth and free of streaks. 

4. Spoon on to the cupcakes, then decorate each one with a walnut half.


The cupcakes can be made and iced up to 1 day ahead. Freeze without the icing for up to 1 month. 

How to soften butter: 
To make sure the butter is soft enough to work with, cut it into small cubes and pop into a bowl of lukewarm water. After 10 minutes or so, squeeze one of the cubes it should be lovely and soft.?You can then drain them and use them. 

These are made in muffin tins, which are fairly large, but make them in bun tins if you wish you should get 18 fairy cakes.