Saturday, 20 December 2008

Merry Christmas to all!

Well, it's been a while since I last posted....I've been busy sewing sewing sewing. Lucky me, I took quite a lot of orders for Christmas but never really envisaged how many nights of sewing it would take to fulfill them! I know better for 2009 but am very pleased to have made so many special garlands for lots of (mostly) little girls and boys to adorn their bedroom walls/doors.
I can now take a little time off, until after Christmas anyway, and enjoy all the festive fun.....Snow White panto in a couple of days!


Wishing you all lots of festive fun, see you on the other side of the mince pie feast! xxx

An embellished letter picture.


Lots of letter hangers


A tower of garlands and letters bagged up ready to go.


A selection of pink and purple girliness


My fave combo of red and white plus a touch of silver. Check out my photostream on flickr to see the rest of my recent makes www.flickr.com/photos/heartfelthandmade

Monday, 8 December 2008

night off.....


Hi all, here is a picture of some of the name garlands I've been working on recently. I will post more pics once I get through the others! It was really fun to make these, especially the lemon and purple versions as I had not been asked to make them in solely these colours before!
Tonight though I have given myself the night off .... it's my birthday....21 again!! Just off to eat choc cake with the girls....

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Feeling a lot like Christmas


Yesterday I put up the Christmas tree(s) and lots of little lights everywhere, so I'm feeling in the Christmas mood. I say trees in the plural as the girls have their own bubbegum pink version, which is now festooned in purple tinsel and every handmade decoration of theirs plus the ornies they managed to pilfer from the family tree....... I'm expecting the pink one to get busier and the other one to become progressively sparser as we get closer to Christmas.
Over November and this month I've made a few personalised christmas hearts and stars. Amongst the selection is also a pink '5' heart badge that I made for Maddie's recent birthday. She wore it all day at school, ahhh.

Friday, 5 December 2008

voting has closed!

Congratulations to the winner, I got 2 whole votes hurrah!
Polly Pocket moves into the little christmas house soon......

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

voting has begun....!!

Folksy Angels Competition......cast your vote (I think it's open to all).

The lovely pennydog voted for me! Thank you! Your spoons are fantastic, I just wish I could place more than one vote....boo hoo.

See here for the vote casting....
http://blog.folksy.com/2008/12/2/vote-for-t-angels/comments/1190#comment-1190

it's a slow day.....

Today I haven't been able to get into the swing of things.....prob due to the fact that both my girls are with me today, Maddie is a bit poorly so not at school and Georgie is still too little for all that malarky.They are now positioned on the sofa under blankets and watching The Sound of Music dvd! Don't you just love duvet days?

So, I have been having a bit of a play on flickr with the 'edit photo' function and I made a snowy version of my logo...so not only is it a slow day today, it is now a snow day too!

Monday, 1 December 2008

Competition entry.....feeling nervous!


Recently I was invited to join a flickr group called 'Folksy Angels'. The aim of the game was to make a seasonal decoration using just old bit's'n'bobs from the recycling bin and scraps you may have lying around, but definitely no new materials were to be used.

Well, I 'ummed' and 'ahh'd' about it for ages, with little or no inspiration, until I went shopping a week ago today for new light bulbs!

Over the past week I have been assembling this little house, layering the glitter (and the glue) on thick. Here is what I used:

An old cardboard box (that had contained old light bulbs), painted with leftover paint (originally used on a wall in my kitchen - you can see it in the background of some of my flickr photos), stripy fabric leftover from a different project (a notice board), felt scraps (I have bags of these - which normally end up being sent to my daughter’s school for collaging), a bit of old grey ribbon that’s been hanging around forever, some beads from my little girl’s broken necklace (one of many sitting in a box waiting to be threaded back together again), the stripy card on the sides and roof front is cut from a torn gift bag that I had kept because it was still too pretty to bin, the knocker on the door is a ring from a broken bracelet, all yarn used was from scrap, lots of glue and double sided sticky tape, a blue vintage button from my button collection and last but not least, I raided my girls’ craft box and used a tonne of glitter glue and extra silver glitter…… I shall be finding glitter all over the place for weeks to come!

The guys at Folksy extended the entry date by 24 hours and I just decided a couple of hours ago to go for it....why not....what's the worst that could happen? So I quickly set the scene with a pile of craft filler (as snow), a pink fluffy boa from the girls' dressing up box and my favourite powder blue polka dot fabric as a 'snowy' backdrop. I almost lost my nerve and binned it on many occasions throughout the week, especially after seeing lost-in-the-forest’s enchanting little houses.....they are so lovely compared to my gaudy, girlie glitter explosion.

Take a look at all the entries at http://flickr.com/groups/963614@N22/
Voting begins tomorrow me thinks on http://www.wemakelondon.blogspot.com/ .....good luck everyone (I think the only way for me to win is if everyone else drops out! Hey, at least it was fun to make and my girls like it, Maddie can't wait for her Polly Pockets to move into their holiday home! ).

Party time....

Maddie had her 5th birthday party at the weekend......it was High School Musical themed and we had a fantastic and talented face painter (Zoe from http://www.aboutfaceuk.com/). She had the girls mesmerised, I don't think I needed to organise any games, they all seemed pretty happy waiting in the queue for Zoe!

I couldn't resist some more cakes from neviepiecakes, the very clever Natasha made these glittery lemon cupcakes, she even made a couple of extras so I managed to have 2 to myself, not on the same day though - oink, oink. See her wonderful creations on flickr.com.


With regards to Heartfelt Handmade, my final date for orders has now passed and I am busy stitching lots of name garlands and shall post photos soon...watch this space......

Sunday, 23 November 2008

A break from the norm, look at this beauty


Last week was a friend's birthday so I ordered some cupcakes for the occasion. I asked neviepiecakes (see her photos on flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/neviepiecakes) to make 6 girlie pink cakes and she exceeded all my expectations with these totally gorgeous pink, sparkly babies. Not only did they look and taste amazing but the vanilla sponge was lovely and light........most impressed. Maddie is having a birthday party next Sat and Natasha is making some more cupcakes for the occasion, I just cannot wait to see them (and eat them!) YUM!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Personalised Christmas



















Last night, in amongst my name garland making factory, I stopped for a breather in order to make some personalised christmas decs for my girls and my nephews in Australia. The only problem is Maddie was miffed that hers wasn't pink....there's no pleasing some people is there?

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

All's fair....

Last Sunday was the day of my 2nd ever fair. My kitchen table can now return to semi-normality as all last week it was my stall mock up! My little girls were so very good and left the merchandise free of chocolate spread and strawberry jam finger prints. My little Georgie, 2.5 yrs, kept looking at it saying 'oooooo, I like your shop mummy'. Scrumptious.

It went so much better than I ever expected. The many, many late nights of sewing were well worth it, although I'm definitely a night owl anyway and all my best ideas happen when 'normal' full-time mums should be tucked up in bed fast asleep!

Maddie, my nearly 5 yr old, insisted on 'helping' me at the stall for the last hour of the day. She was in fact most helpful and once each potential customer had finished pawing over the goods, she immediately tidied up the display, making it all look pretty again (lord knows where she gets her tidy streak from, not I unfortunately).

Anyway, here is a pic of my stall, I haven't downloaded them all yet, so will add a few close-ups shortly. Thanks to so many talents on flickr for such lovely comments xoxo

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Oooops

I can't believe it's been nearly 2 weeks since my last blog, I have been very busy sewing lots and lots and lots! I had a batch of 30 batman badges to make last week (see them at http://flickr.com/photos/heartfelthandmade/3002641688/). Since completing them I have been concentrating on my Christmas ornies for a local Craft Fair I have a stall at on Sunday 16th Nov.....4 days time!!! It is only my 2nd ever fair and I'm nervous, excited and exhausted already. Here are some more of my Christmas creations....having spent a lot of hours recently drooling over all the wonderful handmade creations of so many talented artists I have drawn so much inspiration from them and have added greater detail to my own creations. My embroidery skills are pretty basic but I thought I'd give it a go! Problem is, now I want to keep them for my own tree.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Pretty and Girly

Last night I made this sweet little name garland, whilst watching Most Haunted Live!!! The pink cuteness of the colours helped counteract the super scariness of the tv prog! Well, a little anyway. I'm looking forward to later as I'm throwing a Halloween Party for my 2 little girls and their friends, I had better continue with the party decorations. Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

It's coming...........

Well, it's nearly the end of October, the shops have their Christmas cards and decorations on show, the nights are getting longer and darker and we've had snow already!!! So, what better time to show you some of my Christmas ornies. I am busy sewing my decorations in time for my next Craft Fair on Nov 16th. As you can see, I'm sticking with a red, white and blue theme this season and I'm looking forward to decorating my home in these shades too, right down to the wrapping paper.....I do love a theme. My decorations also have a bit of a gingerbread theme, apart from my g'breadmen (not shown) I wanted a look of 'iced' gingerbread biscuits so have sewn the spotty felt onto plain 'gingerbread' coloured felt. The reverse of my decs are a contrasting colour to that on the front, i.e. my blue spotty star with red details on the front is plain red on the reverse. I've also fallen back in love with my pinking shears! Maddie, nearly 5, liked the little Father Christmas finger puppets best, that and a gingerbread man with pink bow-tie, pink buttons and ribbon........she is my biggest 'pink' inspiration.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Pastel Shades




Hi all. I have recently completed a couple of new garlands, both in pretty pastel shades. I really like how they've turned out.........

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Pink is still the colour!


Hi, I posted off a newly finished PINK name garland today. Even though I make so many pink garlands I never get bored, not only because I love pink, but because no two garlands are ever the same. Each one is an original! I hope these garlands become keepsakes for years to come for the recipients.......

Monday, 20 October 2008

Everything's Pink!

I uploaded some new photos to my flickr account this morning and realised there was an awful lot of pink going on! Not that I'm complaining, of course I love making pink things.



I especially enjoy making things that are a little bit different, the Stealing Candy garland was made for a friend's stand at The Baby Show in London at the weekend. I increased the glitter button quota when sewing this little baby and also added silver hues too to match in with her store's theme colours.


I have also been busy sewing a Happy Birthday Garland in shades of pink.



Sunday, 12 October 2008

Crazy Critters

Halloween is coming!!!

I love a theme and Halloween gives me the chance to indulge myself in my need for making new creations. These cuties are for a custom order from a lovely repeat customer. I used lots of sparkly black felt along with neon orange and bright pink. Trick or Treat?!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

New to this.....

Hello there, I confess that this is my very first blog entry on my blogspot, although some of you may have been following my blog on my own site www.heartfelthandmade.sampasite.com. Well, the aim is to eventually have just the one site...this one!
So, a bit about me, for those not in the know yet. Well, I'm a mum of 2 little girls, Georgie (2) and Maddie (nearly 5). Since having the girls I have devoted pretty much all of my time to them until I rediscovered the delights of crafting! Since 2007, the girls' had an ever growing circle of friends and their siblings, searching for unique, heartfelt birthday gifts was turning into a bit of a chore, until I had a mini-brainwave (they don't occur too often). I decided to make something special for birthday pressies and started of by making a 'T' letter picture for a little boy named Thomas. I found that I really enjoyed the process and found it rather therapeutic. That year all my friends' children received handmade creations from me and have done ever since! At the beginning of this year I took the plunge and formed Heartfelt (a name suggested by a clever friend of mine, particularly as at the time I had been making lots of felt hearts for Valentines). I now have shops on Etsy.com, Craftmarketcorner.com, youcraftylot.com, and folksy.com. I love my crafty life and it's opened up a whole new world to me of clever crafty like-minded people. I try and choose handmade now when choosing gifts for friends and family and it makes a real difference to be able to give beautifully crafted gifts made with love, care and attention. Happy crafting!