Monday, 17 December 2007

PIF, Christmas and final Make for 2007...

I was lucky enough to be one of the first 3 people to leave a comment over at Pink Petal Designs when Sarah was doing her PIF and this is what she sent me.

This lovely little stocking went straight on the tree!

A hairband and this great covered notebook, I always have a book on the go as I constantly have ideas popping into my head all it takes sometimes is a certain colour combination, pattern or saying and I have to write it down or the moments gone and I will be sure to forget it. I will use this now in future as it is much easier on the eye that my regular books!!

To take part I had to promise to reciprocate and do a PIF of my own, look out for this in January as I will be making up a few new bits and will give them away here.

I managed to get the tree up last weekend, make a few new decorations and wrap everyones pressies (all except my kids) but I have to do that in the dead of night in case they hear the minutest of rustlings and I get rumbled. I feel like I'm on some secret mission which gets more and more difficult each year, James Bonds got nothing on us mums....

Those little trees were so easy to make, I now want to make hundreds of them : )

I only have one present left to make, a door plaque for my niece, they moved into a new house a few months ago and I have held off giving them new bits for their bedrooms as I have saved that for Christmas. Then it's REST, REST,REST....


Friday, 7 December 2007

Last but one....

Just sent the last but one batch of orders out (a few pics below), I only have one more batch to go and these should be finished at the week-end. I can actually breathe a sigh of relief as I was feeling a bit overwhelmed for a little while but I think that I will be able to have a few days rest before I have to start my Christmas preperations!

I still have a few gifts to make (mainly hairclip holders) , I have been making my FABRIC HAIRCLIP HOLDERS for a couple of years now and have made over 70 this Christmas (they are proving to be as popular as my wooden ones) each one is slightly different as I try not to make two with the same fabric or ribbon combination (unless you ask very nicely) and a couple of SANTA SIGNS for some friends little ones.

Some rum balls (minus the rum) for the Nursery Teachers (I got this great little recipe from Mel over at Day to Day) we have already made a batch (well we had to test them) and they come highly recommended.

The tree is going up this Sunday, I'm not sure who is more excited me or the kids... once the house is decorated it will start to feel like Christmas....

Sorry pictures were taken on the mobile as the camera's battery was out!!

Friday, 23 November 2007

Slugs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails..........

That's what little boys are made of, although in my experience little boys are mostly made of marshmellows and cuddle's and little girls are not always made of sugar and spice but can be, on the odd occassion made of spitfire and prickles.... (as I found out at bedtime last night).

Anyhow we made up this morning and had a lovely time sticking and making (any excuse not to do the housework) and little squigly came up with a lovely christmas box and 2 christmas cards all by herself (I can only find one of them now), well apart from covering the box in brown paper, obviously I did that bit.... but I think for a 3 year old she didn't do half bad... a natural crafter, I'm so proud... she's asked for a sewing machine for christmas but as I'm quite partial to a little nibble of those lovely fingers I think the sewing machine will have to wait a few years, I don't fancy any little pinkies sewn on to anything!!

But back to the BOYS, I thought it was about time I gave them a bit of a mention on my blog and show you some of my recent orders.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Pink, Pink and more Pink....

I have had so many orders this last three weeks that I am begining to wonder why I ever picked up a paint brush, it all started with a few wooden ikea boxes many many moons ago, you know the ones with the little drawers... anyway I was saying to Sarah over at Pink-Petal-Designs that as much as I love my craft I wish someone would order something in any other colour but pink, actually she wasn't very helpful as she confessed that she would probably order pink also, well I suppose she would with a name like that...

Anyway I said to my little one (3.9 yrs) on Sunday lets make something (the cardboard boxes on the kitchen window sill were driving me nuts!) she said I want to make a robot and I want to paint it, yes you guessed it PINK... photo's of that to follow it has been taken off to bed everynight since, I fear it may not be long for this world as it doesn't fair well squashed between a 3yr old and 74 teddies!!

Anyway take a peek at a few of my latest orders (I have made a few other colours, especially for the boys as pink may not go down to well)

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Work in Progress

I have been painting like a mad woman (well madder than usual)

I have a monthly stall at a Farmers Market in Wheathampstead and as well as completing my regular orders I have been making a few extra bits to take with me to sell on the day. Hopefully I will still get orders for custom made personalised items, but not too many as I am getting busier and busier with orders from the 3 sites I sell on and from existing customers as well.

I have made a few Christmas signs these usually go well each year and a few little girls and boys plaques that are ideal stocking fillers. If anyone wants one please let me know otherwise they will be off to Market on Sunday.

Lucky Me!

Look what I received in the post today, I absolutely love them. I originally ordered the pink one for my niece but I'm going to keep it for myself!! don't worry I have all ready ordered another one from Sarah over at Pink Petal Designs so little Izzy won't miss out. I have also asked her to make a custom one for my sister (so mish mash if you reading this close your eyes now) she's a make up artist and could use one for her brushes.

Sarah thank you for my free gift as you can see I have already filled it and it is going on my bedroom door as the colours are perfect, how did you know??

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

My Recent Makes

I thought I'd share a few of my recent makes, feel free to leave a comment or two and let me know what you think. I'm always open to feedback (as long as it's comlimentary!!)
Angela xx

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Christmas Gifts

I finaly got round to listing some of my Christmas designs a few days ago, I'm really pleased with them and have already had a couple of orders, which can't be bad!!

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Princess Castles

I still get a buzz everytime I get an order for my handmade items and even more so when I get repeat orders from happy customers. This is a picture of a recent order for a lovely lady and very loyal customer, I hope they are all happy with them!

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Getting Started

This is a first for me, I stumbled upon a blog today (while looking for a fabric doorstop pattern) and had such fun reading it and having a look at all the photos I thought I would set one up for myself and try to find 5 mins to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!)

Anyway back to door stops I have had a nose at other peoples, bought some material and ordered a couple of books, as soon as they arrive I can get going. I'm a bit impatient, now i've decided to make one i just want to get started!

I think i'll add them to my 'brambleberries mums stuff'range, i'll keep you posted and add some pics (assuming they turn out ok)