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    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.

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    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?

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    The little revelation

    Hmmm…I feel like there’s a theme to my last few posts and I’m afraid the theme is going to continue! Don’t worry, wedding season is soon to be over in this little pomegranate’s world so hopefully I’ll be breaking out of the box some day soon. P.s. WordPress tells me I’ve had my best day for followers since my last post- so hello to you all!  Each WordPress email I get is greeted with a huge toothy smile, so thank you! Anyway, you may remember that I shared a tutorial on how to make a memo board (which has since been updated as my method has undergone some refining) but kept the purpose of the memo board a secret. Why?

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    Another little wedding invitation

    Yes, we’re back to the wedding theme. With another wedding in the family, a request was made to us for some handmade invites and of course we couldn’t resist! Now, if you’ve read my post on ‘The little wedding invitation’ (http://thelittlepomegranate.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/the-little-wedding-invitation-2/), you’d know I’m a big advocate for making your own invites! It’s not as time consuming as you’d think, all it takes is a little effort, organisation and know how and trust me, you’ll be in love with the results. Ok, I know you’re looking at the last invites and thinking ‘yeah right that’s not time consuming!’ and to be fair, those ones were a little more complicated-but I promise you, you’ll have these ones churned out in no time! And in this current climate I know what the clincher is, price! Last time we gave you invites which cost ~50p per invite, this time they’re less than 20p each. How’s that for saving the pennies? Anyway, motivational talk over. Once we had narrowed down a style that our Groom liked, we were on our way designing the invite. Tree and I have been working on our computer skills so this time we decided to make it completely original-…

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    A little bit of pastel and pearls

    Shh… I can’t tell you who this was made for… or why (look out for a future post) but after finishing it off- I can’t help but share it with you! So, yes I’ve posted on memo boards before (http://thelittlepomegranate.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/the-little-memo-board/) but this time its a quilted memo board! Oo-er. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about: rather than using wallpaper on a cork notice board, this involves a frame, some fabric, needles, quilting and of course-pearls. (Pearls, optional.) Anyway, on to the how:

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    A little bit inspired

    With exams looming, I’m afraid my productivity has massively decreased. Hopefully that will change with the week or so of holiday we get straight after, but until then I just thought I’d post something random. You can ask my friends- I’m always on a mission to get them crafting, whether it’s knitting, crocheting, or anything else really. It got me wondering, what holds people back from doing something, anything?

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    The little wedding invitation

    Having come back from a beautiful weekend away in Geneva for a friend’s wedding, I’ve got weddings on my mind. (While I’m here, I’d just like to wish my lovely friend, who I shall name Sunshine, and his wonderful wife a lifetime of happiness together). What a ray of sunshine he is. Anyway, back to the purpose of the post- I thought I’d share our handmade invites with you. As I’ve mentioned before (http://thelittlepomegranate.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/the-little-wedding/), we quite like to make things ourselves and having searched high and low for invites we decided to make it a DIY job. We made quite a few, 300 (which in hindsight was a bit excessive), so it took a few days to complete but both being uni students we had enough free time! We also had a brilliant team of helpers who worked diligently. The results were beautiful; they were exactly what we wanted, a fraction of the price (~50p each), and made for some brilliant memories and our recipients had no clue that they were a DIY job!

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    A little bit of heart

    I’ve had this little swatch of ribbon embroidery lying around the house for a while now. Made on a little scrap of cotton as a tutorial for a niece of mine, I couldn’t find a reason to keep it, but then again, couldn’t find a reason to throw it away. A dilemma I’m sure you’re all too familiar with! Next thing you know it’s been sitting on your desk for a year looking forlorn and unloved. So to help you out, here’s a little idea for those scraps of material you can’t bear to part with: a scented cushion.

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    The little memo board

    Everyone’s got that blank bit of wall which needs sprucing up or somewhere to post important to-do lists, or just to put up that photo of you and your bestie at the Westlife book signing… No? Just me?… Anyways, here’s what I made using a £2.79 cork noticeboard from Ikea, a bit of pine moulding, some wallpaper sample, plenty of ribbon and little know-how.