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DIY: Embroidery Hoop Wall Hanging

I’m here today with a super simple tutorial, it’s so simple I’m a little worried that I’m insulting people’s intelligence by explaining how to do it… but these embroidery hoop wall hangings are so cute, that I had to share the pretty.

I found these pictures on one of my daily (who am I kidding, hourly) Pinterest browses, and they inspired me to have a go at my own seeing as they looked really easy.

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Itty bitty birdy home sweet home embroidery hoop wall art

 

So, on with the tutorial! (I apologise for the quality of the images, they got gradually better as I changed the light and settings around…)

You will need:

  • An embroidery hoop
  • Fabric (must fit the hoop)
  • Scissors
  • Cotton
  • Needle

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Split your embroidery hoop and trap your fabric in between the two sides. Tighten the screw on top and pull the fabric so it is tight in the hoop.

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Cut the excess fabric so you have roughly an inch all the way around.

 

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Start a running stitch on the excess fabric and pull the thread as you go, so that it gathers.

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Continue your running stitch all the way around pulling the thread as you go. When you get all the way around tie and cut the thread. I then cut off any extra fabric.

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And you are done! Turn it over and admire your work! You can do them as big or as little as your hoops and fabric allow, and get as creative as your imagination lets you.

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I hope you enjoyed this little DIY, and your intelligence wasn’t too insulted.

‘Til the next time!

sig laura

 

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How to do a Gibson Tuck

Hello!

Wow, I’m on a roll blog wise! Today I’m showing you how I wear the hair bows I sell in my Etsy shop. I’m always looking for new ways to do my hair, I get so bored so easily with it that I have to have different styles to stop me doing something drastic! My favourite at the minute is this Gibson Tuck with a hair bow over the top.

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I feel it’s a very classic hairstyle and would be perfect for a wedding. It looks quite complicated but it’s so quick and easy to do it’s great for everyday and those days where you can’t be bothered to fight against your hair.

I learned how to do it from this video by Lilith Moon, who makes it super easy to follow.

Hair bows like the one in my hair are available at my Etsy shop here.

 

sig laura

 

Review: ‘Buttons For Eyes’ coin purse

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Hello again,

This is probably my favourite type of blog post, I get to buy pretty things with the excuse that I’m reviewing them for my blog! I need to think of a better title/summary actually, because I don’t like saying that I’m ‘reviewing’ things; I’m just highlighting products by small, independent businesses that I liked.

This month it’s the turn of this coin purse by “Buttons For Eyes”. I found it while browsing around Bird’s Yard in Sheffield, which if you aren’t aware, is an amazing treasure trove full of handmade lovelies made by independent retailers.

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This purse was one of many things I wanted, but I decided this was the most practical (how boring!) and would get used more than anything else I saw and fancied.

The thing that drew me to it was the bright colours; yellow and pink are not a colour combiniation I would usually advocate but I think it looks really lovely and summery here! The quilting is really well done and not too thick, which I think can sometimes happen with quilted items. At under £4 I thought it was lovely and a bargain, so I snapped it up!

Buttons For Eyes have a website with lots of handmade goodies for sale; this coin purse isn’t on there but they have loads of other lovely things!

I’ve got my eye on a few things for next month, so we’ll have to see which wins out! Or maybe I’ll just buy them all, it is supporting independent retailers!

Thanks for reading!

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Lessons Learned – My Second Craft Market Experience

Hola!

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So yesterday was my second craft market, and I put into practice all the things I felt were wrong and lacking before. I was much more confident this time, and felt really proud of my little stall! I’m sure over time I’ll still be chopping and changing aspects of it, but I think it’s in a really good place for now!

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(Excuse my mum in the pictures…she thought’s I’d finished taking them!)  As you can see I’ve incorporated more levels and display features; I still think it looks very ‘make-do’ but I like that as it reflects the handmade items I sell and the idea behind buying handmade.

I hope everyone had a good weekend!

Love,

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What I learned from my first (official) craft market experience

Wow, long title!

But it sums up this post pretty well, this is what I learned from my first official market experience. I say official because I did a market at Christmas at the local primary school before I decided I wanted to make this into a business. It turned out to be a bit of a fluke in that I sold loads of stuff and made quite a bit of money. Maybe that’s how all Christmas markets work, but it’s definitely not the case with them all!

I’ve been building up a collection of items to sell for quite a while, trying to make a lot of a few things rather than getting distracted by new shiny projects and only having 10 of 20 different products! I finally got around to booking a craft market a few weeks ago; I wanted to start small so that I’d know what to expect without being overwhelmed by the experience.

I’m really glad I decided to do it that way; I learned so much, and made mistakes which I can rectify before I move on to bigger markets. These are a few of the things I found out, I hope they help some of you!

First of all, a paste table is not suitable for piling lots of heavy crafts on! I completely overlooked the fact that I would need a table; so our old paste table had to make do as a last minute stand-in and while it did the job, it bowed in the middle and it didn’t look very professional. The next market I’m doing is supplying tables, but I’ll definitely invest in a plastic table for next time!

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Secondly, levels! Although I did stack up some items, and use some alternative display ideas, it wasn’t enough. After some thorough pinterest-ing and google imaging (technical!) I’ve found some good ideas using washing lines and boxes, and I’m going to have a run through next week to see if it all works.

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Finally, packaging. I never even considered packaging, thinking my products alone were enough. But I realised as I wandered around that I was drawn to the items with pretty packaging; not only did they look more professional, they just looked better. So this time, now I’ve got all my stock, I’m focusing on displays and packaging.

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Hopefully I’ll feel more confident in my business and my stock at the next fair with all these adjustments. I’ll definitely let you know!

 


Take care,

sig

 

Moo Minicard Review

Hola!!

Sorry for the lack of blog posts, I’ve been getting ready for my first craft market in a while tomorrow. Today’s blog is a review of my moo minicards which I am really happy with!

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First of all, Moos website is super easy to use; you can use their designs or upload your own, which is what I did. You can also have 100 different fronts if you want, to act as a sort of catalogue or portfolio of work, but I just went with my logo.

The cards were estimated to arrive on the 3rd July, (I ordered them on the 27th June), but they arrived on my doormat on the 1st July which seemed really quick.

They come in a little box, as seen in the picture below. I love the packaging, it’s really fun and cute.

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You get 100 cards, and inside there’s a little divider for your business cards, other people’s you may collect along the way, and then one for an emergency (basically when you run out).

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The cards are really thick, and although they are half the size of regular business cards they are perfect for me and my business as I don’t need to put too many details on, and I can also use them as tags on my products.

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These are my cards! I’m really pleased with them! I’m thinking of buying the sticker book from moo to use when wrapping items up.

I hope that was useful for some of you!

Love,

sig

Charity Shop Haul

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Hello!

Next Sunday (the 7th), I am doing a craft fair at The Nichols Building in Shalesmoor, Sheffield. While I have got lots of lovely things to sell, I couldn’t decide how to set them out on the stall, so after much Pinterest searching I decided to get some vintage plates to make a cakestand type thing (technical).

I went to the Stroke Association shop in Sheffield City Centre which is just next to the John Lewis car park for people who know Sheffield. It’s a pretty big shop and has a huge variety of items for sale, and in the back corner it has loads of plates, tea sets, candle holders and general bric-a-brac, which was exactly what I was looking for!

I picked up three plates, two glasses, and a baskets and it cost me £7.97 which I think is pretty good as they should last me a while, breakages aside! The first plate is a little side plate and cost £1.25. It is very floral, and I love the little bumblebee in the middle! This will be the top plate on my cake stand.

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The next plate matches my bedcover pretty well! This one was £1.99 and it has a few imperfections, but that adds to the charm, I think.

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This plate is kind of like a tray/ bowl/ plate. It has weird handle things and is quite deep, so I’m planning to put that on its own and not make it part of the cake stand.

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These two glasses are probably for some type of alcohol, but little ol’ innocent me has no idea which type! (Maybe because I drink everything from mugs…) I’m planning on using them for the inbetween bits as they are quite tall and thin. They cost 99p for the pair.

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This basket is probably a fruit bowl, I’m sure we had an identical one once…. It cost £1.75 and I’ll deck it out with some fancy lining and it’ll be good for holding something, I’m sure!

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I’ll put a new post on when I’ve stuck them all together so you can see how the finished cake stand looks! Hopefully it’ll be ok to serve it’s purpose!

Talk to you soon!

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