Monday, May 13, 2013

clamshell baby blankie part 2

Finally, after three failed attempts, my little clamshell baby blankie is complete!

The colour scheme changed a little from the original after I discovered that the pale green and dusky rose in my original blanket were out of production and unavailable anywhere.  That'll learn me for starting a project before checking the stash!
So this one is a little brighter than I had planned but as it's so small - the perfect size for a bassinet or stroller - I don't think there is too much brightness overall.
I must say that after my earlier rambling about this pattern where I expressed my doubts about it, I did eventually figure it out and can confirm that the problem with the pattern was, in fact, me.  So not a problem with the pattern at all :)  However I do have to say that the pics in the tutorial are a little squiffily placed and I do find myself going up and down the page to join the words with the correct pictures.  But that's a small price to pay for this super beautiful pattern and I do recommend you try it.  I'm already missing the sense of completion that comes with finishing three rows to form each sequence of clamshells and am looking forward to starting another clamshell project.  
Now I can't wait to snuggle our new little bubs in her first woolly blankie!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

the best FREE Mother's Day printables and crafts!

I've come across some lovely printables and craft ideas for Mother's Day and just have to share them with you!  Check out the links and be sure to let the artists/designers know if you love their designs :D

As always, Yesterday on Tuesday has a beautiful pack of freebies available for you to print here.  

FREE Mother's Day Printables

They also have this lovely range available here

The group of girls at We Love to Illustrate have a lovely range of cards for you to choose from here.  This kitty cat card by Jennifer A bell is my fave!

I love these little tokens from Staedtler in the UK via the Homemaker Magazine blog.  You could use any type of polymer clay (or even regular crafting clay) and a piece of lace or a doily to make these tags.  Or how about using the same concept to make some cookies?  You can download the pdf here.

Create your own Mother’s Day gift with Fimo

Although this isn't specifically for Mother's Day, I think Mum would love a sweet crochet face washer or dishcloth made using this adorable heart stitch.  She'd love it even more if it was accompanied by her favourite shower gel or your offer to do the washing up!  Check out the pattern from Char Ami, here.  It's in Dutch but the clever team at Google should offer to translate it for you when the page loads.  Char Ami also shows the link to the orignial pattern but comments that she found it hard to understand, hence her re-writing.  I think I am going to try this one out :)

Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there and Happy Crafting too! x

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

and the winner is...

Gayle P!
Yay for Gayle!  You have won 2 sets of Sweet Thing Stamps of your choice!
Thanks to everyone who entered our Sweet Thing Stamp Competition via the blog or our Facebook page - you're all stars!
We'll be sure to run another comp soon so keep a lookout :D 

*The winner was drawn by the Random Number Generator available at