Toddler Christmas activity: collage wreath

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After this project was finished, I held it up and joked to my husband "do you like the lovely wreath I made?" I'd like to say it was solely undertaken by my toddlers, but sadly it was not. One of them started eating the glue about four seconds in, and was dispatched with a bunch of pompoms to … [Read more...]

Free crochet pattern: little handbags for kids

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A little while ago, Abby told me she was going "to the shops". She came back with an armful of wooden eggs, a couple of wooden milk bottles, and a felt lettuce. As she struggled to hold it all and show me her goodies, I realised she needed a little shopping bag of sorts, so she could trot around to … [Read more...]

Christmas activities for toddlers: terracotta tree decorations

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Gosh I don't mind getting my craft on! I have been hanging out for kiddo craft time since ever, and while my two are still a bit little for organised stuff, we attempt it anyway. Every day I can see their co-ordination get better, and their capacity for concentration grow. However, it's still a bit … [Read more...]

DIY dolly bed + crochet dolly blanket pattern

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  I'm pretty eager to provide things for my kids when I can see they have an interest in something. Both of them are smack-bang in "little mother" territory, each having a little doll and related paraphernalia for them to feed, change and clothe them. But when I had to get rid of the … [Read more...]

Crochet weekend project: baby pinafore {alternatively titled “How Not to Read a Pattern”}

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In a second fail for this week, I attempted to crochet a dress without actually paying attention to what I was doing. I had Pinned a lovely little pinafore about a year ago and when looking for a quick project, I remembered this one. I thought it would be a nice, easy, brainless … [Read more...]

Crochet: ripple blanket

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Now we've chatted about crochet here on this blog before. And it's still my life's purpose to explain to those who think they might like to try it, that its EASY. I promise. Once you get the hang of it, it's very repetitive and really rather soothing. I should be doing it right this minute as … [Read more...]

Guest Post – DIY make a cute gift bag from an envelope!

 Pin ItHullo! Please welcome today Jenny from A Simpler Life... a blog full of art and whimsy and pretty. This is the easiest DIY I've seen in a long time - and has made me very very sad I did not buy more washi tape on both my trips to Japan. I'm an idiot.Hello everyone… my name is Jenny…but first … [Read more...]

Free crochet pattern: vintage-style scarf

This be a bit cute, no? I made it for the lovely Nikki at Styling You, who you may or may not know is my ACTUAL neighbour. here she is, modelling it next to the fence that separates us... stupid fence. She stands on those logs when goodies get passed over and chats need to be … [Read more...]

Free pattern – chunky crochet scarf

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Are you one of those people who are all "oh crochet looks hard"? I keep forgetting that you're out there! To me, crochet is a breeze. Once you know one stitch, you can pick anything else up super-fast... and can make the most complicated-looking things with ease! Honestly. Would I lie to you? If it … [Read more...]

Cute crochet clutch purse

This is a bit fun, no? Well the crocheting a clutch purse thing at any rate - I realise the colours aren't for everyone! Anyhow, let me back up. It was my friend's birthday. She is an eclectic mix of vintage boho quirky colour and I spotted this adorable clutch purse in the May/June issue of … [Read more...]

So you wanna paint a quote mural on your wall?

This is fun, right?!!Ever since I saw Punky Brewster as a kid, I've always wanted to paint a bedroom wall. Given I'm not artistically blessed and can barely draw to save myself, I don't do too badly with lettering. Result? Quote, of course!I chose this one by Dr Seuss because I think Oh! The Places … [Read more...]

Giant granny square lap rug – easy peasy!

 Pin ItI promise you, this is the easiest way to crochet a blanket. You don't even have to think after a while, just get in the zone!If you've made a granny square, you can make this. You just keep going and going and going and ... well, you know. If you've not made a granny square before, I suggest … [Read more...]

Tutorial – knit a simple cushion cover {free pattern}

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Do you ever see something and say "oh I'm not buying one of those, I can make that!"? It happens to me often. Whether I can actually make it or not. It happens mostly at markets, when I see lovely handmade things and I walk on by, telling myself I could do one at home. Never mind that I don't … [Read more...]

Free crochet pattern – Pretty Dolly baby girl hat

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I love this hat pattern the most - the wool ply and the hook size work really well together to make a hat that sits just right. Once I start experimenting with smaller hooks for bigger hats I'm always slightly miffed that they come out just that little bit different. This hat is super, super … [Read more...]

Christmas Craft Market

On the weekend, my sister and I took her little munchkins to the local Christmas craft market.These are their stories.in pictorial form.I do love a nice, nana-baked item.butter and jellies and jams, oh my!This one came home with me.So did this.aaaaaand this. I love John Steinbeck, and I love East of … [Read more...]