Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Winner is...

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway and commenting/liking/sharing/tweeting ..... you are all brilliant! 

The winner has been chosen at random and that winner is.... Francesca Barnett. Well done.

I'm now looking forward to next one, could I reach 6000 in time for a Christmas Giveaway or maybe it will be a Valentine's Day themed prize.... we shall wait and see. Thanks again for being lovely.

Love from 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

NOW CLOSED...Time for another GIVEAWAY!


Well, I've reached another wondrous milestone over on my facebook page and as a little thank you to all you very lovely likers everywhere, be it here on my blog, on facebook, pinterest, flickr or twitter, here is a little giveaway just for you.

The Prize
A trio of NEWLY designed and handmade felty Winter Creature hanging ornaments (for decoration purposes only). 
The winner will receive the set of 3 as pictured above, a penguin, polar bear and owl.

To enter:

  • Follow my blog AND leave a comment under this post
  • or Like my Facebook Page AND leave a comment under the 'Giveaway' post pinned to the top
  • or Follow me on twitter AND tweet or retweet my Giveaway 
  • or email me our entry - info@heartfelthandmade.com - just put 'Giveaway' in the subject field.
  • or enter via my website contact form, my site uses flash so it is not always compatible with all mobile phones and tablets, sorry. If this is the case please use one of the alternative ways to enter from this list.
  • LAST ENTRIES IN BY MONDAY 16th September, 2013, 22:00 hrs (UK time). You will receive an entry for each tweet/pin/posting/share, just be sure to tell me where you have shared it :o)
The Rules/Boring Bit:

Any entries received after 22:00 hours (UK time)on Mon 16th Sept will not be entered into the prize draw. 
The winner will be picked at random using a verified online random number generator, announced and contacted via email with 48 hours from close of draw.
The Prize Draw is open to all, aged 18 and above, excluding the immediate family of Marie Kitchen, owner of Heartfelt Handmade, the Promoter. 
There will only be ONE winner. 
The prize will be dispatched within 7 days of winner being announced. Please note that there is no monetary prize equivalent. 
Your email address and contact details will not be shared with any third parties and will not be used in future promotion by Heartfelt Handmade. 
This prize promotion adheres to the CAP code (the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, sales promotion and Direct Marketing).
This prize draw is not being run in conjunction with any other organisation, only Heartfelt Handmade.

Good luck folks!

Love from

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Toothy Tutorial - a freebie!


So, picture this, your small has a very wobbly tooth, of course you immediately think, 'I'll go order a Tooth Fairy Friend from Heartfelt Handmade',visit my facebook page/online shop and ... EEEEEEEEEEEEK, order book closed? 
No ready made's available in shop? 
What now? 

Well, there's always the 'put it in a little box/envelope/tissue and place under pillow method' OR there's the 'I'll make one myself' method. 
Guess which one this is ?!

Yes, this is a little tutorial that's been whirring around in my shell-like since the birth of the tooth fairy friend.(If you've ever seen my flickr gallery you will know how long that actually is!).

It's very simple, right click on the template below and save to your documents, print it off, I find the best size is approximately half the page of landscape positioned A4 paper, but you can make them any size you like, big or small, as long as the pocket eye is big enough for the Tooth Fairy's £1 coin, or rolled up dollar etc., that's generally the going rate isn't it??

You will need
  • a sheet of felt and some scraps in the colours of your choice 
  • a piece of ribbon, approximately 23 cm's / 9 inches in length. I used a 15 mm wide ribbon.
  • needle and thread for sewing
  • pins
  • scissors
  • 2 x buttons
  • stuffing - I used super soft polyester craft filler
  • template
  • instructions

Instructions

1. Cut out the templates and pin them to your felt pieces, remembering to cut out 2 pieces of the main template for the front and back of your Toothy Friend.
2. Do the same for the pocket eye, you only need one.
3. Ditto for the mouth.
4. Sew on your chosen button eyes, they don't need to match. Sew the first one onto the middle of the felt eye pocket and the second onto the front piece of your Toothy Friend. Pin the pocket and mouth onto the front of your Toothy Friend and sew them on. I like to sew by hand and I chose a simple back stitch, but you can do running stitch if you like, or use a sewing machine, the choice is yours.
5. Place the ribbon between your two Toothy felt pieces as shown. This will make your Toothy Friend easy to hang up.
6. Pin it all together in preparation for the stitching bit.
7. I used blanket stitch to sew this Toothy together, but whichever stitch, hand or machine method you use, I find this the best place to start as it allows space for stuffing later.
8/9. Sew most of the way around leaving a gap as shown.
10. Time for the stuffing. I use small pieces of stuffing at a time and, to help push the filling into all the corners, I use the blunt end of a bamboo skewer to push it in. You could also use an unsharpened pencil or your finger, whatever works! Just try not to be too forceful or to use too sharp a poker, you don't want to make holes in your lovely Toothy!
11. Once happy with the stuffedness, sew up the gap, securing the thread with a few knots, trimming the ends carefully or pushing the ends back into the Toothy, I like this method best as it's much neater.
 There you have it!!

TIPS
1. If you have smalls of the boy AND girl kind, why not make a double sided version, with pockets on both sides, one side being your boy's favourite colour and the other side your girl's chosen hue. Then everyone is happy.
2. I usually wrap the little tooth in a square of tissue before placing in the pocket, it makes it easier for the Tooth Fairy to fish it out.

So, I hope you find this simple project useful. All I politely ask is that you only use it for personal use and not for re-sale.
Thank you and enjoy, I would love to see any of your own Toothy versions, just email me your pics (info[at]heartfelthandmade.com) and I shall post them on my facebook and twitter pages. 

Have a super weekend!
Love from
x

Monday, 13 May 2013

Wedding Part 1

Weddings.....most of us love a wedding don't we?
Well, I certainly do and at the start of the year I was asked if I'd be happy to make some favours and decorations for the forthcoming wedding of the lovely Jeremy & Meredith. 
I was pretty darn excited, my first wedding and with a pink and green colour palette and lots of lovely different fabrics, I couldn't wait to get started. 
I wasn't going to let the fact that I'd never made a cushion, let alone a ring cushion, before, nor had I ever made 'proper' bunting, you know, the double sided kind, with handmade bias binding, on a sewing machine, get in my way, no siree!

First off, the favours, tied onto the napkins for each setting, along with a hand stamped name tag, with pretty 'happily ever after' ribbon from notonthehighstreet.com, 61 of these were made, all cut by hand, all stuffed by hand, all stitched by hand, 
a labour of love and I LOVE the colours...

The personalised ribbons used on each horseshoe, were made by myself of course, using my good old pc, printer, picmonkey.com and some iron on fabric transfer paper...easy.

Now for the bunting, I didn't know I'd find it so satisfying making bunting! It could be a new addiction.
Hot iron, sewing machine, long pokey thing to turn out the pointy ends of each flag (I used the blunt end of a bamboo skewer), choosing the fabric order.... 
I'm rock'n'roll all the way me!

Two sets of bunting were made, the first set with the groom and bride-to-be's names on it and the second with 'Just Married'. It's hard to photograph bunting at home but here goes...


For the ring cushion I kept it simple, using some of the bunting fabrics, I made an easy envelope fold cushion cover, adding the the ribbons for the rings and some personalisation too. I even made the cushion pad, go me!

I can't wait to see all the photos of the bunting and favours from the day, I'm hoping to show you some in a future Wedding Part 2 blog post soon!
This leaves me to just wish the happy couple a wonderful married life together, I already know they had an amazing wedding day as I've seen some pics of the fun, I might be able to sneak in a pic of them to show you too!
   

love from 
x x x

Friday, 26 April 2013

Updates aplenty

G I V E A W A Y    U P D A T E
The Giveaway has now closed and, using Random.org, a winner has been picked......
Sarah-Louise Partridge CONGRATULATIONS! 
(I have emailed the winner and will show you picks of her chosen colours of animals as soon as I've made them!).

In other news, I've made a couple more Happy Birthday Banners lately, one of them has double the amount of each tie-on number, so it can be used forever, pretty much!!!
 Finally, a little something new for the future - some work in progress for Father's Day....watch this space!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend. We are off visiting family, I shall be taking my sewing with me as always though!

Love


Monday, 22 April 2013

Giveaway time!

Ok, so it's rather overdue, but better late than never! 
As a massive thank you to all my lovely likers and followers  here is a super lovely prize draw for you.
Please just follow the link to my site and complete the entry form. Easy peasy.

IF you cannot access my site via your phone etc. then you can email your entry to info@heartfelthandmade.com.
Don't forget to read the Rules!!
Good Luck!
(Last entries in by Friday 26th April, 10pm (UK time).)
Thank you.

Love from

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Hello!

So, this morning I logged into my facebook page only to see that I was at 2999 likers. Woah there, what a lot of lovely likers, thank you muchly. So, as you do, I thought it was worth an ickle mention (secretly hoping not to instantly lose anyone in the process). An hour later I've whooshed past the 3000 mark and have been doing a happy dance all morning. 
Of course, it really goes without saying, that I love you blog lot too.....you have been listening to my ramblings for a looooong time!

Now, I don't normally do this, I hate the camera, and I don't know how to pose properly, plus I don't really take many things very seriously, even when it's just me at home alone with my camera, trying to take a self portrait and not looking too much of a doofus. 
Anywho, I thought it would only be polite to say, 
"HELLLOOOOOOO! This is me!!".

 Don't zoom in too close, I didn't have a chance to airbrush or remove the shine!

Hopefully I won't scare off too many followers after this ;-)
Most people celebrate with a giveaway (I may still rustle one up very soon) but no, I give you my face instead - lucky you!! Sorry about that.
Have a happy Tuesday!

Love