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Crochet Flip Flop Pattern



Crochet Flip Flops!!! I love them, not sure how they will cope with water, I'm dreaming of hot summer evenings when I'm wearing my own pair of handmade crochet flip flops... and I'm picking which colour to have them in, as I plan to make loads of these! Can someone order me a free weekend for crafting please - does anyone else ever get a little bit carried away when they see a gorgeous new pattern! :)

The pattern is available here on Etsy - from Tia Murray of Mammachee - she says "My dream is to be able to stay home all day with my husband and kids, working together as a family. With the help from etsy and you lovely buyers on etsy, this has been able to come true for me....and I am so thankful!"






Sounds like the perfect life to me - I'm lucky enough to work from home with my partner and so we see lots of our kids, so I know how she feels.  If you'd like any help with your Craft Shop marketing take a look at the social media and promotional tips on my site and please do leave a comment if you have any questions!

Make Little Boiled Egg Chickens!


This is one of those must share moments - spotted these whilst browsing pinterest!  There's a tutorial here if you need it :) Boiled Egg Chickens  - They're fab and I will definitely be making these for an Family Easter buffet I'm planning.

I CAN KNIT - Simple Stylish Knitting

                                                                                                                                                                 
I really love knitting -  I've made scarves, gloves, Christmas Stockings, a little pair of slippers and quite a few blankets - but nothing particularly complex and recently zilch. I felt my knitting needles were getting very rusty (even though I have bamboo needles!).  I'm sure I could be good I just need a little help to get to grips with using different stitches and learning to read patterns more fluently. 

Cue this brilliant knitting magazine!

 Simple Stylish Knitting is exactly what any novice or rusty knitter like me, needs.  In each issue you build up techniques through the projects and grow little by little in confidence, making lots of fun stuff along the way.  I was asked to help contribute to their 'Knits to Wear' board last year when they launched - loads of great patterns and inspiration so far from my finds and those of Clairabellamakes!



A little wibbly wobby casting on as I haven't knitted for ages! Imperfections are beautiful...  right?

The photography is gorgeous and bright and the step by step instructions make sense. It's delivered weekly so you can keep learning at a good pace - each magazine has new techniques to learn and new stitches to master.  The goal is to make a knitted throw by sewing a new square each week using a different stitch.

I've made the Ipad cover from Issue 1 of the magazine,  It's not quite finished - I just need to do the duplicate stitching, a new technique for me that I've never tried before.  I'm looking forward to mastering it as it will be useful for adding little personal touches to any future gifts I'm planning on knitting up.


If you are interested in ordering Simply Stylish Knitting head to the website for details of their latest offers.



Little Crochet Button Flowers!


These little crochet buttons would be lovely as a little brooch on a coat or decoration for a bag - it's a really clever idea and will be easy enough for a beginner crocheter.



There's a video for making them - it's in Italian, but it shows step by step and supports the blog post which can be found here - English instructions are at the bottom if you scroll through.



Designer Insights Interview

An Interview I did with Terry's Blinds recently!  What do you think of my choices :)

Courtesy of: Terrys Blinds

1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I like things that work! For me function is really important and the most beautiful objects and designs often arise from trying to solve a problem.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Every project always starts with an hb pencil and lots of paper to scribble and draw on. Whether it’s a marketing scheme for a new client or work on our house, I need to get all the ideas down!
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I’ve worked with lots of talented, creative people within the craft industry, however, my partner (who I met at University when we were both studying architecture) is by far the most creative person I’ve ever met! I’m always in awe of his ability to quickly transfer an idea for a design into a sketch that really brings a project alive.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I’m lucky to live near the sea and a walk along the shoreline with my dog is always inspiring. I work with social media everyday so for me I need to get away from the visual overload of the internet, especially Pinterest!
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I am always researching! You have to know your subject inside out if you want to be taken seriously, for me that means constantly reading industry news and keeping ahead of the latest trends, in order to adapt and develop the content marketing schemes I create for my clients.

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Fun Christmas decorations - Painted Peanuts!


These fun Christmas painted Peanuts were created by Etsy Seller Raw Bone Studios!

I'm currently planning a Christmas tree and making up handmade ornaments to hang alongside a few traditional baubles - these would be great fun to make with the kids!  Looks like you would just need some wire, paint and a little bakers twine :)





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