Thursday, January 19, 2017

A small collection of things made in 2016 (part 1)



As I began uploading these I realised there was alot of photos, so I've decided to do 2 posts as there are just so many photos. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen these, but I thought I share them here too. This is only a small amount of what I've made, these are my favorites.


















Some of these were orders, some were gifts and the rest were for the markets.

Apart from the snails, handbags and the above doll, each of the designs were my own. I've really embraced writing my own patterns and I've loved coming up with new ideas and being able to turn them into a toy to go to a new home.

Em xx

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hello again


Before I get started I had to check the last time I blogged, it was a year and a half ago! and now I'm trying to think about what has happened in that time, and then I realised quite a lot has happened in this time. So many reasons why I stopped blogging, so many life changes and reasons why I decided not to bother even opening up Blogger.

This year I might have some new big changes with our little tribe of 4, things I would like to start sharing. Things I'm quite excited and scared about, things that are constantly running around my head that I would like to write out, but first I'll do a little recap of the past year and a half.




Its the school holidays in Australia, my first lot of summer school holidays, its hot and we are inside with the air con on. Last year my eldest Ruby started Kindergarten, crazy! I think back to when I started this blog, I was eagerly waiting for her to make her debut on the world, and I began documenting my craft projects as a way of filling in time and showing anyone that read this little blog the things I had lovingly made.


Ruby is now 6 she is a confident little girl, she is a beautiful big sister and caring friend. She has loved the new and exciting world of being at school. She loved her teacher and made loads of friends and was invited to so many parties. Each day she would learn something new and eagerly tell us about it with such enthusiasm, and inform us about the games she played with her new friends. A year of school has passed by so quickly, and before we know it she will be starting year 1, back to school which I can tell she is missing.

Before Ruby started school, she had to do a head start program for 4 weeks. Going to school on a Friday morning and meeting her teachers and doing some work in her future classrooms, meeting new friends who have since become her close friends. This was meant to be a happy and exciting time, but unfortunately it was a horrible time and the lowest of my life. I wont go into to much detail, but at the same time I was taking my daughter to school, I was back and forth at the hospital as my Mum had terminal cancer and in those 4 weeks of school my Mum passed and a funeral was arranged and had. It was so hard being 2 different people, the proud Mum on the outside and a heart broken daughter on the inside. 

We knew the day was coming but I have to admit I didn't think it would actually happen. Mum had been a fighter for decades, so many different forms of cancer came and she fort them hard. But it all became to much and she didn't even get to see Ruby in her uniform. Having this happen has really made an impact on me as a person, in different ways, ways you don't even realise. My brother and sister and I really united together, we all took it in turns going to the hospital and being with Mum, our relationship is strong and we have really banded together since. 

2016 has been a strange experince ever since, Mum passed in the November and the new year saw us all continue on with a lives, and with us all having a gaping big hole that really couldn't be filled and that constant feeling of a piece of our puzzle forever missing. 


Family life, lets make it happy again. My partner Chris and I have been together 10 years now. He really is the best, the best partner and the best Dad. Ruby is now 6 and a half and my little Olive is 3 and a half. 2016 saw Olive and I spend lots of one on one time together, having coffee dates, play dates and fun. Olive is my little independent girl. She can sit and play with anything for ages, she has an amazing imagination and creativity. It was so great having her to myself, we had a great year together and this year she is off to preschool for the first time, I loved our time together but I feel she needs the extra social interactions that being at home with me just doesn't have.  




To market, to market.
This year saw me have my second year on the market scene, I'm so happy with what I've made this year and the positive feedback I've received. I will be doing some future Blog posts on this, and posting some photos and thoughts on this.

So this is the most basic of run downs I can give, I may refer back to this in future posts, YES future posts, I'm really going to make a go of it this year. I'm so looking forward to what I will be writing about in December this year, I'm really looking forward to 2017. 

Thanks for stopping by

Em xx




Thursday, July 16, 2015

My market stall

So, its only been forever that I've said I was going to have a market stall. My new years resolution was to have a stall, and I finally did it. If anyone is from the Central Coast, you will probably be familiar with the Shelly Beach Markets. They are on the last Saturday of the month, I've done a few this year so far with the next one being next Saturday 25th July. My dear friend Larissa from Sugar Plum Tart and I have been going together and it has been great finally selling our hand made creations.
 I found this amazing vintage sheet a little while ago, brand new/old never opened. I love how bright and colourful my stall is, you should see the kids eyes light up when they walk past, love it.
 I finally have started selling my felt cakes, how long ago did I make these? 5 years maybe.
 I've also sold loads of my little Russian dolls. And I went on a hair clip making frenzy.
And all my new crochet toys. It's funny that each market is different, I will sell loads of one thing and the next market I sell none.
 It's all a good learning experience and I will try and make new things for each market to try and mix it up a bit. I also get bored making the same thing over and over. I have also found pricing to be hard as I don't like to under price myself as I put a lot of time into making everything, but I also want people to want to buy them too. 

So if you are on the Central Coast and around the North end of the Coast, it's a great day out. Also Long Jetty is 5 mins up the road from the Market. It has really become a great little hub with loads of great shops and cafes, definitely a great day out if you are coming up from Sydney.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Friday, June 19, 2015

A quick catch up

So much has been going on, the main highlights have been that I finally have been having a regular market stall and we have recently returned home from a trip to the UK for a month. I thought I would share a few photos of some of my crochet projects which Ive been selling at the market.
 I made a whole heap of donuts
 More Giraffes
 Some little bears
 Bunnies
 I made these as little Easter gifts for the girls, I didn't sell these
 Little bunny rattles
 Bunnies in Cardies
 A combination of donuts and watermelons to create a watermelon donut
And did I mention I made a heap of donuts

I will post about the market soon, just thought as I had a chance I would do a little Blog catch up

Em ♥♥♥

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Transferring activity

I love Pom poms and as you may see there are loads of things you can do with them.
 This is a great activity as it's easy and it covers many areas of development for little people. I have an 18 month old and it's great for her, it was also a hit for my eldest when she was the same age.
All you need is two bowls and a small pair of tongs, and of course pom poms. I used to also do this when I worked in Pre schools, and I generally had the 18 month to 2 year old's, we also used dried pasta.

Some of the areas of development this is good for are,
Fine motor development
Hand and eye co ordination
Speech and Language 
Cognitive development
Dexterity

 We talk about the colours in which we are picking up, my 18 month old is slowly learning new words and enjoying to practice them. It's also great for introducing colours into her learning and play, which is great for language and cognitive skills.
The transferring of the pom poms from one bowl to another is great for her hand and eye co ordination as she has to focus on the pom pom and use her fine motor skills by using her hands to control the tongs in order to pick them up, and release them.
When my eldest became more confident with it, she would sit for ages just transferring  the pom poms between the two bowls. It kept her quiet and was a great calming activity for quiet time.

So why not give it a go, maybe try the dried pasta ( just make sure they don't eat it). The small plastic tongs to squeeze tea bags are also great for this, and also a bit easier to handle for little hands.

Em xx ♥♥♥

Pom pom glitter bunting

Another cute activity for older kids or Mum's looking to make something cheap and cute for their little ones room. 
These pom poms came in a big bag which cost $2 at a craft shop. The glitter card also cost about $2 which I bought at a dollar/pound shop. So this is quite an inexpensive way to make something a bit cute and add a bit of sparkle to any room. 
1, Find a sized circle you like and trace around it onto the back of the card, cut it in half and this will make your template. I used a plastic cup for the size of mine.

2, Now just trace it onto the rest of the card and cut out your bunting, I got 12 from 2 sheets of card.

3, Now with your hole punch, punch 2 holes in your bunting pieces, one in each corner

4, Now cut out a long length of your string (I used a gold yarn which I already had). Then thread the yarn onto the bodkin (or just a regular needle, depending on the thickness of your yarn/string). Now start with threading through a pom pom then the bunting shape, and so one, finishing with a pom pom. this is so when you tie it off it wont fall off the string.

 Now for the two ends, for each end I tied a loop and knot, then I threaded the left over yarn through the pom pom and cut it off, just to make it neat.
Now hang it up and admire it's cuteness. I used blue tack to adhere mine to the wall, but with the loops you can hang it from some hooks too.
I hung mine in my daughters room, she was pretty happy with it.

So this is a pretty easy way to make bunting that doesn't require a sewing machine.
You could use any coloured card or even foam, you could even use those lovely wool felt balls. There are lots of variations you could try. I would love to try some with my vintage wallpaper, for a vintage look. I even made some without the pom poms and just ran my cardboard through the sewing machine. This was also quite easy if you have a sewing machine.

Happy Crafting

Em xx ♥♥♥




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pom Pom Poppers


 I'm certainly not going to claim this as my idea, just showing you all the fun things you can do with pom poms. This is a fun little activity which will keep the kids entertained for a while, and not to mention finding pom poms all over the house, it's a small price for entertained kids.


 Cut a hole in the bottom of the paper cup
 Then cut the top off the balloon
 Tie a knot in the end of  the balloon. Next stretch the balloon over the bottom of the paper cup. Then tape the balloon to the cup.
Now, let the fun begin. Pop a pom pom in, and pull back on the the balloon then release. they do get a bit of distance, luckily the pom poms don't hurt or break anything.
Then get of the firing range and grab a cuppa whilst you can.

Em xx ♥♥♥ 

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