Category Archives: Bit of everything

A Knitting Bag! (Or Crochet Bag, I’m not picky…)

Here’s the review Gemma from Snug Creations wrote on my Knitting Bags! https://throughthelookingglass12.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/mustard-black-knitting-bag-review-gemma/

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I plan on making more fabric items this year and I started with this lovely knitting/crochet projectbag. It’s made from high quality quilting cotton and lined in cream cotton. There’s black grosgrain ribbon pulled through an abstract black & white quilting cotton to close it, and it will hold 3-4 skeins of fingering yarn + needles/hooks and notions. I have enough fabric to make 3 but after that, no more. So kind of “Limited Edition”…. 🙂

Mustard & Black Knitting Bag

Drawstring Bag

Bag with 3 skeins of yarn inside

Peeking into the top of the bag

Side of the Bag

Standing up and open
It’s listed in my Etsy shop here and I plan on having more join it soon. What do you look for in a knitting bag – pockets for notions? Do you prefer a zippered bag, or a drawstring with a toggle on it? How about…

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Roasted Curry Cauliflower & Chick Peas

I still love this dish!

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I don’t often manage to get savoury recipes blogged. I do them far more often than sweet ones but they don’t usually get photographed and written down.

Bowl of Curried Cauliflower

This one I made for lunch last week; I felt like something veggie and had a half a cauliflower to use up. This is definitely one I will make again!

Cauliflower & Chick Peas

Roasted Curry Cauliflower & Chick Peas

1/2 med. cauliflower
1 small onion
1 can of chick peas, drained & rinsed
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3 slices ginger, sliced into sticks
3 tbsp veg oil
1 tbsp mild curry powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp nigella seeds
salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp water
small bunch of fresh coriander
plain yogurt

Take the cauliflower and slice into 1″ thick slices, then cut the core out to break…

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Easy S’mores Recipe

An oldie but a goodie – have you had your s’mores yet this summer?

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I know I’ve added some recipes recently, but as a former chef, I’m always making up new recipes, some work better than others. Some I share with you! This one is so easy that my son could make them, if I let him get near the BBQ, which I don’t.

This one was a big hit the other night. If you are from the US or Canada, then you’ll know what a S’more is – but Brits might not!

It’s usually a treat made in the summer when camping or when having a BBQ, perfect for a messy, yummy dessert that never fails to please.

I used a cheat here – chocolate covered digestive biscuits.

S’mores:

For each S’more you need 2 chocolate covered digestives, 1 (or 2 if you are greedy) large marshmallow and a fire or BBQ.

Ingredients Ingredients

Stick the marshmallow on a metal skewer or bend a…

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Craft Fairs – and why I don’t sell at them…

Still relevant even after a couple of years!

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I do get asked why I don’t do craft fairs right now. One reason is that my current best-sellers are mostly custom-made so can’t be made ahead of time. I also don’t have transportation right now either, which makes it difficult to get to craft fairs.

This blog post by Mahala at “The Barefoot Blog” is also why: The Curse of the Craft Fair”.

(Just a few of my camera scarf straps – all are available in my Etsy shop except for the butterfly strap which already sold out).

Leopard Print Scarf Strap

Blue Hearts Scarf Strap

Yellow Scarf Strap

Butterfly Scarf Strap

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Etsy Shop Review – Fairy Fountain Gifts

These are still talked about!

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I’ve seen Jennifer Dodd AKA “Fairy Fountain Gifts” posting on UK Etsy Facebook groups for a little while, but somehow we ended up getting to know each other a little better than others on FB Etsy pages. I can’t *quite* remember how…. Her shops are Fairy Fountain Gifts and Fairy Fountain Kids She makes cute and affordable costume jewellery for adults and children over 3.

She often helps out other etsy shop owners with advice and suggestions on how to improve their shops, and I have in the past as well…. (see my posts on Product Photography)

She ordered some camera buddies and scarf camera straps from me and left some lovely reviews on Etsy, and I finally got the chance to order from her recently.

My son is finishing up in Year 2 (Grade 2) and is leaving his school to go to a new school for Year…

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Guest Blog Post – Etsy Shop Hopetheblackdog

A guest blog post from last year, from Amy.

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Another guest blog post – the first in a short series featuring UK Etsy Shops.

This first shop is Hopetheblackdog and is owned by (or is it the shop that owns the person?) Amy Alice Donoghue from Nottingham. She’s opted to answer a few questions about her and her etsy shop. (Click on the captions to see the item’s listing).

Amy Amy

Hi! I’m Amy, 26, from hope the black dog, and I live in Nottingham with my fiancé and two pet rats called Marie and Rosa. I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder and I love teaching myself new crafts. Winston Churchill used to call his mental illness “a black dog” when he was suffering with depression and bipolar disorder. I wanted to take this imagery and make it more positive, so I took that black dog and I named it hope! I find a lot of inspiration from quotes, Instagram, Pinterest…

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Nothing to see here…. it’s just a boob scarf…..

I don’t often post about my anatomical knits, but this one was unique. I decided not to list it after all….

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I get asked to make all sorts of things. Some I can make, some I won’t make (copyright infringing items, mostly) and some I don’t know how to make but can figure out.

This comes into the last category. How do you get 2 crocheted boobs attached to a piece of fleece?

I started off making the boobs. I altered my pattern to make them wider and flatter than the other boobs I make. I then cut out a piece of fleece and folded it in half and stitched it together.

Then I pinned the boobs onto each end and managed to sew them on with my sewing machine. (My machine rocks!) Here are a couple of photos, one on the machine and one all done, I haven’t decided if I’ll list it or not…….

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Finished boob scarf... Finished boob scarf…

… of course I’ll be listing it!

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A Thank you…

I can’t believe a year has gone by already since i got those flowers. I still look at the photos of them on my Desktop all the time and remember.

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I recently sent out 5 keepsake cushions made from old T-shirts for a client. They were pretty ratty and well-worn and made quite large ones – 3 -24″ and 2 – 22″ keepsake cushions.

I sent out the cushions in 3 shipments, due to the size of the cushions, and the combined weight. On last Monday, I sent the last 2 out. I send all of them by Special Delivery or by Courier if they are over 3KG (which they may very well be by the time I box them up).

On Wednesday, I heard a knock on the door about 10AM. It was a delivery driver with a bouquet of flowers, addressed to me. When I opened the card, it was from my client! She thanked me for the keepsake cushions on behalf of her family. It was a lovely bouquet of peach roses, hot pink gerberas, nigellas, and…

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Guest Blog Post – Cord Necklace Tutorial by Heather Barber

Here’s Heather’s Tutorial on making a cord necklace!

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This is a guest blog post from Heather Barber from Moosethemint on Etsy. She offers quirky eco-friendly gifts she makes from upcycled materials. Her guest blog post today is a Cord Necklace Tutorial. She recently made one for me for my ill-fated attempts at buying a blue agate pendant….

Cord Necklace Tutorial

1. Gather your tools – 2 set of pliers, scissors, ruler.
Tools Tools
2. And your equipment – wax coated cotton cord, 2 jump rings, 2 cord ends, 1 lobster
clasp and whatever you are going to put on the cord – I’m using a music pendant.

Cord and findings Cord and findings
3. There are a variety of different kinds of cord ends, often called bead caps, and
these ones have 2 fold over ends like a tri-fold wallet.

Crimpers Crimpers
4. Cut the cord to a suitable length, I normally go for 18 inches. The cord is easy
to cut with…

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Made with Love Designs – Guest Blog Post

I had a little break from blogging, but now I’m back and the first post is a Guest Blog Post by Anne-Marie , AKA Handmade With Love Designs. I love her work, the stamped bookmark she made from an old spoon for my son is gorgeous, and he loves it. Take it away, Anne-Marie!

Anne-Marie

I’m Anne-Marie Wainwright, aged 30. Ive got 2 kids (2 natural, one step daughter) and my amazing husband. I’ve been crafting all my life and finally found something I have a passion for – metalwork.

I decided on my business name “Handmade With Love Designs” because my mother-in-law used to make and bake with the kids and she said to them – “that was handmade with love.” The name had meaning in more ways than one and it felt right.

Stamped Bangles

I started jewellery making after my M-I-L passed away. The kids had this idea to make the nurses a bracelet to say ‘thank you’, they loved them and suggested fundraising. That lead to a year of raising money for Macmillan, and a new love for making jewellery. I enjoyed the making so much I decided to do it full time. I’ve always crafted with my Nanna, and after the fundraising I just wanted to continue, I found something I loved and that I could do around my kids.

Storybook Keyrings

My shop has been going for 5 years almost, but the stamping had been for around 4 years. My absolute favourite item to make has to be my book keyrings, they are so sweet and can be fully personalised. I take inspiration from everywhere, I take things I see and hear and try and make them come alive. My Nan was telling me about Ivy climbing up her walls, so I googled ivy and know it represents close families, so I hand-cut some ivy leaves and made a pendant.

Russian Doll Keyring

As my own boss, I love being able to wear my Pj’s, I love getting dressed up too, but doing it for work on a daily basis is exhausting. Its nice to sit in my Onesie and work away with the music blaring. However doing my accounts and admin has to be the least favourite aspect of running my own business – it’s so laborious and tedious, but it has to be done.

When I’m not working on my business, I craft a lot with my daughter Courtney, she is my mini-me in every way, completely craft obsessed. I like experimenting with hair colours, and love going for long walks in the summer.

Skyline of New York

If you would like to start your own handmade business — RESEARCH!!! Check everything, quality of materials, new suppliers, Legalities & Laws around what you plan to do. Look into trademarks and copyright and see if will affect you.
Read consumer contract regulations and make sure you’re 100% complying with laws.
Then go for it, build your business slowly and steadily.

Stamped Bar Keyrings

You can find Anne-Marie and her gorgeous work at:

Facebook: Handmade With Love
Etsy: HWLD
Website: Handmade With Love Designs
Instagram: HWLDesigns