Sunday 17 September 2023

Cricut Names for Kids' Chairs

Hi!  Well, it's certainly been longer than I planned, as my last post was in January!

Sorry for the delay in posting again - as I keep saying, life with two small children doesn't leave much time for crafting - especially actually finishing anything!

But back in March (it's taken me this long to post about it!) I did use my Cricut Joy to make some sparkly names to go on my children's little chairs...

Cricut Names for Kids Chairs

The chairs were from Ikea - the Sundvik.  I used Cricut Joy Permanent Smart Shimmr Vinyl in Pink...

Cricut Names for Kids Chairs

... and light blue...

Cricut Names for Kids Chairs

The font I used was Bauhaus 93.

They were well received by the children - especially Emily who recognises her name and loves a bit of shimmer/sparkle!  (They're more shimmery in real life than they show here.)

I hope to not leave it so long before my next post!

Monday 30 January 2023

Another Nordic Gnome

 Hi!  If you saw the little Nordic Gnome I made in this post... you might know she was waiting for a little friend.  Here he is!

Nordic Gnome Boy

He was also part of the same kit.  I'm glad I have finally completed both gnomes, as I've had the kit a few years.  They are very cute and will be nice to take out each Christmas.  If I get round to putting them away... I want to enjoy them for a bit first!

Nordic Gnome Pair

What do you think?  A cute little pair?!

Sunday 22 January 2023

My Current WIPs - January 2023

I really want to try to finish some WIPs (works in progress) that have been languishing for quite some time!  There seem to be so many projects I start and never finish.

Here they all are - unless I've forgotten some!

The first three I posted about in a previou WIP post in January 2020 - three years ago!  These are the three that are still outstanding from that post - really should finish them!!  You can read my comments about them in that post.

Monsoon Stole

Beach Hut Scissor Keep

Crochet Face Pads

Now onto ones started since that last WIP blog post...

Natica Cowl

You read more here.  I love this yarn and pattern, so need to get going with this again!

Lion Crochet Cushion

I started this not long before Max was born.  It is supposed to be a lion cushion for his bedroom.  I didn't have too much of a plan, but I would like to get it finished, as I think it could be quite cute!


This one is quite exciting!  I bought a new sewing machine last March and started sewing a quilt!  I had a jelly roll of strips of coordinating fabric, and I started sewing them together in groups of three.  I did the five you can see below, then stopped.  It's hard to get the time with the children, but I really love the patterns and colours and would be so pleased to get this finished!

Notions Pouch

I bought the pattern to make this notions pouch by Indigo Bird Design and cut out my fabric ready to go - I just need to find time to sew it up!  Below are my fabric choices...

Pink Knitted Chartres Cardigan

Another exciting one - I've started knitting the Chartres Cardigan by Ami Lowden.  This will be my first knitted item of clothing, if I ever finish it!  I really want to wear it, so need to get a move on!

Lots of fun lovely projects!  I really hope to get some of these finished this year.  I will be sure to post about them when/if I do!

Sunday 15 January 2023

Nordic Gnome

 I am already doing better than this time last year, and have actually completed something already!

This cute little Nordic Gnome was from a kit my friend Anna gave me for Christmas a few years ago.  I'm so pleased to have finally made her!

The kit comes with a little man-friend whom I have yet to make... I must get on with that and finish the pair.  I'll be sure to update you if/when I do!

Friday 6 January 2023

Creation Consolidation - 2022!

Happy New Year - let's hope 2023 is a good one!

Well, 2022 was the year with the least crafting I've done since starting my blog over a decade ago!  I really haven't done very well at managing two children, working part-time and fitting in crafting - I really hope to change that this year!

But here is what I did make... click the headings or the pictures to be taken to the relevant posts...

Cake Toppers using the Cricut Joy

Crochet Penguin

Felt Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Decoration

Superhero Cape

I am really going to try to do more crafting (and blogging about it) this year.  As well as enjoying creating, it makes me feel productive and like I've achieved something.  I really need to fit it in somehow!

If you are interested, here are my consolidation posts from previous years:

I didn't do a round-up for years before that, but you can see other finished items at the below links:

Wishing you all the best for 2023!

Saturday 31 December 2022

Superhero Cape with Cricut Joy

Hello!  My last post of the year, with something that I made Emily for Christmas!  She had been using an old muslin as a superhero cape, so I decided to make her a nice one!

Superhero Cape with Cricut Joy

It was made using things I already had in stash, which was satisfying.  I used two pink cotton fat quarters - one for the front and one to line it.  Emily is a big fan of pink, which is why I chose that colour!  Some pink ribbon is used for the tie.

Then came the fun part...

Superhero Cape with Cricut Joy

I used the Cricut Joy to cut out SUPER EMILY, a lightning bolt, and some stars from smart glitter iron-on vinyl.  I hadn't yet tried using iron-on vinyl, but it went very well - I love the result!  It is so lovely and glittery in real-life too, but hard to capture the true sparkle on camera.

Emily seems happy with her cape!

Superhero Cape with Cricut Joy

It feels lovely to give her presents that I have made myself!

Tomorrow is the start of 2023 - I hope that I will be back soon with a lot more crafty makes!  2022 was far too sparse on the creativity!

Sunday 25 December 2022

Felt Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Decoration

I have managed to complete another item, ready for Christmas!  Each year since 2018, I make a felt ornament for the Christmas tree.

This year, I made a gingerbread man...

Felt Gingerbread Man

I found him a bit of a pain to make, but I knew my daughter would love him as she does like a gingerbread man!

Felt Gingerbread Man

I embroider the year on the back.

Here is the collection I now have...

Felt Christmas Tree Decorations

It is actually Christmas morning as I type this, so Merry Christmas!  My son woke up at 2.40am... it took me till nearly 4am to get him back to sleep and I have been awake since then, very annoyingly!  I just couldn't for the life of me get back to sleep.  It's now about 7.30am and I thought I'd get this post done as I wait for everyone to wake up and the festivities to begin!

Saturday 10 December 2022

Crochet Penguin

I have finally finished a crochet project - I think it must be the first yarn related project I've finished since Max was born!

I did plan for this to be a birthday present for Emily, back in May.  Well, that didn't work out and it wasn't completed by then, but I managed to finish it in time for her December box.  It's a bit like a Christmas Eve box, but she gets it at the beginning of December with festive things in for the month!

Crochet Penguin

I used the free pattern for Brian the MBP Penguin.  The only thing I changed was to do one less round on the feet, as mine were coming up very big.  Oh, and the blue "coat" of the penguin came out bigger than the white body - so I added stuffing at the back of the body to fill out the coat so that it fit snuggly when I sewed it on.  I'm not sure why that happened - maybe something to do with my tension - but stuffing the gap did the trick and you wouldn't really know!

Crochet Penguin

I think he's rather cute, and Emily is very happy with him which is lovely!

I hope to be back soon with more makes!

Wednesday 30 November 2022

Cake Toppers with the Cricut Joy

Goodness me - I've not posted since January, and it's now December tomorrow!  This is by far the least I've ever blogged since starting my blog back in 2011!

It seems that having a second child has had a big impact on my crafting - it is so difficult to fit it in around working part-time and looking after the children, and being very tired from the lack of sleep I'm still suffering from!

But something I did make - back in May and June - were some cake toppers for Emily and Max's birthday cakes.  I designed them in Cricut Design Space and cut them out of gold card with the Cricut Joy.

Cricut Cake Toppers

The shiny gold of the card shows better in the pictures below, on the cakes!

Cricut Cake Topper

Cake making and decorating really isn't my forte, so excuse this rough and ready cake!  Emily loved it, which is the main thing - she adores rainbows!  (I bought all the decorations apart from the "Emily is 3" topper I made.)

Max's topper was the same but with his name and age.  For both toppers I cut them out twice, with one a mirror image of the other...

Cricut Cake Topper

I then glued them together, so that both sides of the topper were gold.  I stuck the toppers to a wooden stick thingy, tied some ribbon into a bow around the stick, and jabbed them into their respective cakes!

Cricut Cake Topper

Another very simple scruffy cake!  Candles were added to the cakes after these pictures were taken.

I do enjoy making things with the Cricut Joy, in the rare moments I get to use it.  There is so much potential that I will hopefully get chance to explore more at some point!

I have very recently completed a couple of other projects - a crochet one and a sewing one!  I will try to take reasonably decent photos, in the dim light we have this time of year, and will share them soon - so watch this space!

Thursday 20 January 2022

Creation Consolidation - 2021!

As per my standard practice, I am rounding up my creative makes of 2021.  I started pretty well, but things ground to a halt when my son was born!

So, first I'll share my biggest and best creation...

Our little boy Max was born in June!  We now have Emily and Max - two adorable little children!  As gorgeous as they are, they certainly take up a lot of time and effort!  I need to try to find some time for creating again!

But here are my crafting makes over 2021.  Click the headings or the pictures to be taken to the relevant posts.

Crochet Strawberry

Knitted Bracelet

Valentine Watercolour Hearts

I hope to have time for more crafting this year, but who knows!

If you are interested, here are my consolidation posts from previous years:

I didn't do a round-up for years before that, but you can see other finished items at the below links:

Wishing you all the best for 2022.

Friday 24 December 2021

Felt Penguin Christmas Tree Decoration

If you've been following for a while, you will have seen that I started a tradition in 2018 of making a felt Christmas tree decoration each year.

This year I made a cute little penguin, with Max's name on it, to celebrate that this is the year he was born!

Felt Penguin Christmas Decoration

Each year I embroider the year on the back...

Felt Penguin Christmas Decoration

I made a special decoration in 2019 too, the year Emily was born - here they are together...

Felt Penguin and Stocking Christmas Decoration

And below are all four I've made...

Felt Christmas Decorations

You can see my posts on them as follows... 2018 Star, 2019 Mouse in Stocking, 2020 Pudding.

The collection is growing!

I hope you have a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

I'm hoping to have more chance to create and craft next year.  If we can get Max sleeping at a reasonable hour in the evenings, then I'll have an hour or two then to work on things... trusting I'm not too exhausted!

Thursday 23 December 2021

Cricut Art Book

Emily loves playing with stickers, and Santa is putting some in her stocking this year!  I thought a little notebook that she could use to stick the stickers in, and for drawing with her crayons, would be a nice idea.

Cricut Art Book

I bought a kraft notebook from Amazon and decorated it with shimmer permanent vinyl cut on my Cricut Joy.  Very quick and simple, but hopefully she'll like it.  She can't read yet, but she knows a lot of her letters and hopefully will learn to recognise her name!

A cute little personalised Christmas present for under the tree!

Tuesday 21 December 2021

A New Arrival

Well, it's been a while!!  As the subject of this post suggests, there has been a new arrival!  Not so new anymore...

Max was born back in June!  Here he is looking festive in a Christmas jumper and hat my Mum knitted for him!

And here he is with his big sister, Emily, also in a Grandma creation...

Having these two doesn't leave much time for crafting I'm afraid!  I do have a couple of things to show you though, so will aim to get those posts in before the end of the year!

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