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Craft crush #1

Hello? *echoes* Hellooooooooooo?!

This place has been a little empty recently – I just haven’t found the time to blog. March has whizzed by and I fear that April will too! The Boy and I have two weddings and a 40th birthday party to attend in April, so three out of four weekends will be busy. I am not complaining though (unless we run out of petrol by then?!)

Anyway, today I want to share with you my latest craft crush. A craft crush for me is when I spot something that makes my eyes pop (in a good way), fills my head with inspiration and gets me super excited. Time to announce my first craft crush!

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Operation Hen Do!

You know what? I am ridiculously excited about my Hen Do. I actually knew what I wanted to do waaaaaaaaaaaaay before I started planning it. I booked the date back in November, a whole seven months before the Do!

Want to know what I’ve got up my *bridal* sleeve?! Of course you do!

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Monday Mentions

Is it really Monday again?! February so far has whizzed by compared to my sloth-like January. I’m not complaining though!

I’ve got some real gems to share with you this week…

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Thrifty Finds

Like many of you, I love a good trawl through any charity shop to snap up some undiscovered thrifty gems. This week, I found two!

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Recipe Time: Banana Muffins

I whipped up a batch of these muffins a couple of weeks ago when we had a visit from The Boy’s sister and her two boys. It was so lovely to have them visit and spend time with them. The recipe is really simple and so easy to follow – it has five steps and that includes turning on the oven and setting out your muffin cases! They were well received, one of the nephews had about 3 I think!

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Monday Mentions

Happy Monday everyone! I always feel like weeks just whizz by now. Since moving to Devon I’ve gone from working full time to part time (three days a week) and it is amazing how fast time flies when you don’t have a five day working week! I am determined to make more of my ‘days off’ every week and become a more accomplished crafter.

Anyhoo…on to this week’s Mentions.

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Resolved to Sew 2012

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Have you heard about Resolved to Sew 2012 competition by Very Berry Handmade? This wonderful competition features a whole load of brilliant prizes, all of which I’d like to get my hands on! (by the way – how awesome would it be to join a sewing circle?!) Continue reading

Gracemakes Missions for 2012

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I don’t do New Years Resolutions as I ultimately fail to keep them! Instead, I’m going to set myself some mini missions for this year. I want to continue to use this blog to document my journey through crafting and also the minor matter of our wedding in September! My missions for this year are *drum roll*…

Befriend my sewing machine

I am now the proud owner of two sewing machines. One is a little red one that The Boy bought me, which I have used for taking up almost all of my trousers (short legs!) I’ve recently been given my late Aunt’s sewing machine which I want to get the most out of. I will learn how to use the machine confidently and make at least one item of clothing myself.

Meet local crafters

Pretty much self explanatory isn’t it?!

Furnish the house with handmade items

We’ve just moved house and it is the house of cream. Every wall is cream, the carpets are brown. It is screaming out for colour and personality! I shall be on a quest to inject colour, joy and a sense of homeliness (totally just made that word up) into the house.

Produce as much as possible handmade for wedding

We get married in just under eight months and something that is really important to us is that our day is a true reflection of us. We’re not particularly sticking with tradition, if we are it isn’t because we feel forced to, it’ll be our own choice. Part of what this means to us is to do as much of it ourselves as we can. We want people to come to our wedding and be able to say ‘this is 100% them’. So we are determined to do as much DIY for our wedding as we can.

There you have it, my first missions for 2012. If I smash these then I may make some more, you never know, I may like setting myself goals!

Christmas catch-up

It has been over a month since I last posted anything – I am so sorry! Apart from the usual Christmas/New Years chaos, The Boy and I thought we’d add a house move into the mix too. Seemed like such a good idea back in October but once it came around we were both wondering why we decided to do it between two holidays! Needless to say we didn’t get much of a classic Christmas, with visiting friends and family and relaxing. At least we’ve learned a valuable lesson!

Anyway, we’re now in our new home and getting settled. I’ll do a separate post about our house as it is in desperate need of soft furnishings to brighten up the neutral colours of the house (the joy of rental properties!)

Right now though, I want to share with you what I got up to before Christmas. The Boy and I decided that we would make as many of our Christmas presents as possible. And we did! It took a lot of work and endless nights of me sat in front of the TV surrounded by projects. Also our Christmas Eve was spent like this:

Don’t get me wrong, we really enjoyed putting everything together, drinking coffee liqueurs, listening to Christmas songs and having a lot of fun. It was great! We made lots of things including home-brew Ale, chocolate truffles, cinnamon almonds and Christmas biscuits. We also made:

Christmas baubles! I based these on Bugs and Fishes vintage felt baubles but left out the ric rac and added everyone’s names to them. I think I made around 35 of them in the end. They doubled up as gift tags too. Everyone loved them, they were such a hit!

We made a tonne of Chilli Tomato Chutney and gave them to our parents in their hampers as well as to other family members and friends. This chutney is delicious and I will share the recipe with you at some point! I bought some lovely red and green tartan in a charity shop, which we used to cover the jam jar lids.

I embroidered some pillowcases for my niece and nephews. I loved stitching this Sublime Stitching Unicorn for my only niece (I have 8 nephews!) and each pillowcase had their name on it too.

I hope they cherish these and will forever be fond of them!

This lovely little crochet mug warmer came from Mollie Makes.

One of my sisters has had phone case envy ever since I stitched up this phone case that came with Issue 1 of Mollie Makes! Being the lovely sister that I am, I whipped one up for her (it actually was better than the first one I made for myself!) and to go with it I made her The Pink Whisk’s Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars as she is a fan of chocolate/peanut butter combos!

For my other sister, I stitched this. Those are the hands of my brother-in-law, my sister and my two nephews (the youngest is only three months old!) It is the first time I have stitched something and then framed it – it was a challenge! Luckily The Boy is far more patient than me and saved me from a mental breakdown! My sister cried when she opened this, I was so thrilled that she loved it.

So those are just a few of my makes. What do you think? Although it was hard work I am so pleased that we did it. The reactions we got when people realised we had made them something was so gratifying.

Christmas Cheer

Now that we are in the month of December, are you getting ramped up and ready for the big day?! I am up to my eye balls with gifts to make/complete/wrap. I shall get it all done though(!)

I thought I’d share with you five of my favourite Christmas songs. They definitely get me in the mood for the festive season. They make me want to dance, get excited, reminisce and contemplate. Quite impressive huh?!

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