More Christmassy makes

So I’ve mostly been busy with personalised Christmas stockings over the past couple of weeks since posting my first lot and then the patchwork ones.

However, these next few have been a bit more bespoke…

After seeing the first few with the reindeer, angel and gingerbread man design, I was asked if I could make a similar one but swap the fabrics so the main stocking was red and spotty. I was asked to make this for a little 8 month old girl: Mared (which means ‘Pearl’ in Welsh I’ve now learnt!) by her mum, Jessica.

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I was also asked if I could use a ‘M’ as well as her full name for the personalisation and a simple picture such as a snowflake.

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‘I’ve just opened your gorgeous parcel to find the most beautiful stocking inside. It is just perfect and something that both Mared and I shall treasure for a very long time to come … Thank you so much.’  Jessica, Mared’s mum.

Unlike my own designs, another stocking I have recently made was not from my own creation – I was sent a picture and asked to make a similar design. I did make a few small changes, however, and still thought the finished item was pretty cute!

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Again, this stocking was for a little lady: Ada. I emailed Ada’s mum, Natalie, a pic once I had posted the stocking and she loved it but was waiting to collect the parcel from the post office. I received a lovely email once Natalie had collected the stocking…

‘It was the stocking and of course I love it even more in the flesh, I actually felt quite emotional when I saw it. My daughter is only 1 but this will be her forever stocking (my mum still does mine at 33!!!) so it will be treasured for a long time to come.
Thank you so much for fitting our brief perfectly and with such beautiful craftsmanship.’ Natalie, Ada’s mum.
I’ve also made a Santa Sack for my nephew, Jacob. It’s nice a big for all his pressies!
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I decorated the bag with a felt Santa, fabric applique presents which have hand-embroidered ribbons and the words: ‘Ho ho ho’. Plus his name which again is appliqued fabric and i’ve hand-sewn a running stitch around the letters for a bit of extra detail.
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The main sack is made from a medium weight red checked linen, and lined for extra strength.
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The bag has a drawstring ribbon tie which I added small felt Christmas trees to the ends.

And finally (apart from a few Christmas presents) I’ve done some free-hand machine embroidered Christmas cards.

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A Summer of Weddings – Part 1

As summer continues (if you can call it that), in true British spirit we never get disheartened by the dull sky and drizzle, instead we endeavour to make our lives and important events as beautiful as ever – with weddings leading the way!

A year on since the beginning of my little venture of helping to make other weddings as lovely as I thought mine was, I’ve been bombarded with email requests for bunting, table runners, cake bunting, napkins, bridesmaid bags, banners, ties and more – it seems hand-made and personalised weddings are [and rightly so!] as popular as ever.

Whilst I have already posted about some (and have some more on the way), I thought I would include a collection of items that perhaps don’t need their own feature but I feel still deserved some air time.

More meters and meters of bunting….

Why have hessian runners when you can have mats…with lace! I think these turned out really beautiful…amazing what a difference a little bit of lace can add – rustic yet so pretty.

More mini-cake bunting…always cute!

The following runners and napkins I made for the lovely Charlotte of Rock My Wedding fame who used them in her styling of the wedding shoot: ‘The RMW Stepford Wives – Alex, Celine and Some Rough Luxe’.

Featured on Rock My Wedding

As one of Rock My Weddings’s featured brides (almost a year ago…wowzers – where does time go!), and deciding to go into making wedding crafts off the back of the great response I received from it, RMW’s Charlotte asked if I would make a hessian runner and some napkins for a photo shoot that was styled as ‘Rough Luxe’.

This super lovely post was published last week complete with my goodies and lots of other loveliness…

View the full post at http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/the-rmw-stepford-wives-alex-celine-and-some-rough-luxe/.

Thank you again Charlotte for featuring my crafty bits and bobs!

Hot dogs.

Today one of my first official customers received their order…and loved it!

After seeing my doggy oven gloves, that I had made for my aunty a couple of weeks ago on my blog, I was asked if I would make some, as well as an apron and eight napkins to give as a gift to a family member.

The brief was that they really liked Golden Retrievers (which, FYI, would probably be my dog of choice if a) had a big enough house and b) was allowed a puppy! Either that or a Sausage Dog…just because they are so funny!). So I did a bit of digging around on my favourite online fabric shops and whilst I didn’t find any with just retrievers, I did find a nice range to choose from non-the-less.

The winning fabric was the Prestigious ‘Man’s Best Friend’ in Cinnamon… the best choice I reckon as it is not only pretty cute but a perfect weight for the likes of oven gloves and aprons which need to be a bit more hard wearing for all that hot pie making…yum!

I used some nice red and cream ric rac for the trimmings [obv!] and a contrasting red spotty fabric for the lining of the apron and napkin backing. The finishing touches included little labels, of which I made using my logo ink stamp, sewn into the items, which were all wrapped up with matching stickers ready for posting.

The Golden Retriever was given priority above all the other dogs!

Really need to find a better model for these...

Got the Sausage Dog in! Hee hee

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How we created our wedding. When we got engaged in July 2010 and started talking about ideas for our wedding, we both knew that we wanted a relaxed garden party-style wedding and, as a lover of sewing, bunting was definitely … Continue reading