• Craft tutorials,  Crafting

    Sweet Dreams Baby Mobile

    Picture the scene: streaming sunshine and a bright blue ocean of sky above. The soft sounds of the birds and the pitter patter of the neighbours water fountain as you lay there on the grass watching the wisps of cloud waft across the sky. That’s what I’d like to say I was doing when inspiration struck for Little R’s baby mobile but nope. It was more like this: laid out on the sofa, feeling a little bit judged by Netflix and their little “are you still watching” pop up. Why yes, I am still watching The Crown thank you very much- what is it to you? Unfortunately for me I had to take my maternity leave early due to a few obstetric issues and with that extra time had gotten through most of my “must make before the baby arrives” list. The tedium of the days was starting to set in. I was too big to drive, too uncomfortable to move and there was no way I could fit behind my sewing machine (or have the energy to cut something out). Not one to be able to sit there and do nothing I gave myself the task of doing some…

  • Craft tutorials,  Old blog

    A little leafy

    What an exciting week! I don’t know about you guys, but I religiously look at my stats…possibly on the obsessive side. But each view brings me sheer delight. Each ‘like’ and new follow is announced to the family at dinner. And this week I had the pleasure of explaining what ‘Pinterest’ is to everyone because I logged on to find my little blanket buddy had been pinterested! Yay! Thanks for coming to my blog, I love writing it and love hearing from you guys even more. I hope I’m making things look achievable and convincing you to give it a go! Anyway, I can’t expect you guys to come back to my blog if I don’t give you something to read right? So today I’m sharing how to make ribbon embroidery leaves. The first is just a ribbon stitch and the second, what I think is called a lazy daisy stitch. Both can be used for leaves and petals. Lazy daisy leaves are larger, whereas the ribbon stitch ones more dainty.

  • Craft tutorials,  Old blog

    The little spider web

    I recently got a few new readers (yay!), including one of my friend’s mum! She made a special request for ribbon embroidery tutorials- so here I am- uber happy to oblige! Unfortunately I’m a bit squeezed for time, so I only managed to do spider web roses and having left my camera at home, I had to use my phone. So apologies for the blurry photos. Ribbon embroidery is incredibly simple to do and super fast to work up. It’s one of my favourite types of embroidery (out of the two types I know how to do. Chuckle.) The problem with ribbon embroidery is that it can come out really frumpy and old-fashioned (do a quick google search and you’ll see what I mean!). [No offence to whoever did them, they are lovely…but just not my style…] It’s such a beautiful type of embroidery, it just needs to be given a new lease of life. So my tips for non-frumpy ribbon embroidery?