Yearly Archives: 2014

Diezijn Leuk November 2014

This year (like for the past few years) I had a stand at the Diezijn Leuk market in Groningen.

The market is always great fun, you get to meet other creative people, and also interact with your customers.

diezijn leuk 2014

We were super lucky this year in that the weather was great! It was cool, but not cold and only a little windy now and then. It made all the difference to the day, and you could see that in how many people that came, it was busy all day through and come 5pm (time to pack up) I was exhausted.

diezijn leuk 2014

So thank you to everyone who came by to visit me on the day. Now it is over I can focus on Christmas orders again!

New Craft Room

We moved into our new home back in February and there has been lots of DIY projects going on since with every room needing redecorating etc.

Finally this month I finished my craft room and was able to put all my supplies out nicely and within easy reach again!

craft room

I have all my felt and buttons on shelves, with my ribbon out on the rack by my desk. In the other corner I have some storage draws for all the bits and bobs.

I also made a simple inspirational poster that I just printed at home and put in this turquoise frame from ikea.

make beautiful things

I still need to do a few finishing touches like setting up my photo area etc, but it is nice to have a little room to put all my stuff.

I love my customers!

I love receiving custom order requests for my felt garlands, the colour combinations and requests that my customers come up with are just lovely!

custom star garland

This beautiful garland is on its way to Emily in Australia. I absolutely love the colours she picked, away from the traditional rainbow but they look great together!

happy birthday garland

And I hope Gigi will have a lovely birthday with this set of custom birthday bunting and matching star garland.

Apple Tree Brooch Tutorial

It may be getting into Autumn, but today I am sharing this apple tree brooch tutorial with you.

felt apple tree tutorial

This is a real simple, yet adorable felt apple tree brooch that you can make with just a few supplies.

Materials:

Start by downloading the free pattern (listed above), print it off and use it to cut out your pieces of felt.

On the larger felt circle, sew a brooch bar onto the back.

apple tree tutorial

Sew the smaller felt circle onto the other side of the larger felt circle.

Take the felt tree trunk, and position it on the felt circles so the brooch bar on the back is horizontal. Then sew down the middle of the tree trunk.

Then take a mini red button, and sew it onto the top left corner of the ‘tree’. That is your cute brooch all finished.

This would also make a lovely gift for teachers at the end of the school year. Or why not make it with orange and yellow felt for an autumn tree like this one.

apple tree brooch tutorial

Feeling Autumnal

It seems to have gone all of a sudden, from that summer sunshine feeling to the wrap up warm autumnal feeling! The garden is getting covered in fallen leaves (this is our first Autumn with a garden, not fussed about clearing them all up) and the shops are starting to fill with winter fashion, and Christmas products (Christmas already!?!)

And for me, the custom projects for Autumn have also started to arrive. At the end of August I made this set of 3 toadstools for a local primary school display piece. The tallest is 45 cm high, they have lots of weight beads in the bottom to keep them up right!

large mushrooms

I also made this autumn colour garland for the display too. It is a new style of garland that I am experimenting with at the moment (more to follow on that later).

autumn garland