Saturday, 31 March 2012

Saturday Show & Tell :: Crafty Owl

Being in need of a handmade present and being ever-so-slightly in love with Owls at the moment, when I saw this tutorial for a Super-Easy Pocket Owl by Annaboo's House yesterday, I knew I had found my project for today!
I adapted my version slightly by dividing the front pocket into two sections and adding a small pocket to the back. As this little fellow is destined for an arts & crafts loving 5 year old, I'm going to fill the pockets with coloured pencils and a notebook. What a Crafty Owl!

Did you have a go at following Annaboo's tutorial?

Have fun. xx

Friday, 30 March 2012

Favourite Things & A Monthly Make

We have a small Cherry Tree in our back garden, that my Mum & Dad gave Mr A & I as a house warming gift when we moved here nearly 10 years ago - which came into flower this week. This, coupled with the warmer weather and blue skies that we have been enjoying over the last couple of days, has really made it feel as if Spring has truly sprung!

Isn't it pretty? Many moons ago I was lucky enough to be working in Japan during the Cherry Blossom season and it was just so beautiful. It's such a shame that the flowers only last a couple of weeks, 
so whilst it lasts, Cherry Blossom is definitely my Favourite Thing On A Friday

What's yours?

As well as giving me a pretty view from my kitchen window my little tree also gave me my inspiration for my March Project for the Monthly Make Challenge:
Based on the brooch shape I designed for Mr A's mum's birthday pressie, I added a little branch shape and embellished with tiny pink flower shaped sequins, for a bit of Spring colour. What do you think?

Did you make anything for the Monthly Make Challenge

Have fun. xx

Vintage Love :: Spring Trio

Look at this pretty teacup, saucer and tea plate I found recently in one of my local charity shops:
Isn't it a perfect trio for Spring? If the weather stays nice today, I think I might take tea in the garden this afternoon whilst the kids play, lol! This little set says Earl Grey Tea and a couple of Shortbread Biscuits - don't you agree?

Have you treated yourself to any Spring themed purchases recently?

Have fun. xx

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday :: More Little Owls

This is what my workdesk looks like this morning, as I've got a day full of sewing planned. I'm making a couple of these cute Little Owl Plushies:
I'm going to make some small ones too.

Pop over to the lovely Julia's blog to take a peek at lots of other creative work-desks - be warned though it is very addictive!

Have fun. xx

Meet Me On Monday

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Monday, 26 March 2012

Meet Me On Monday

This week I'm:

Making :: another order of a drawstring bag, using denim and pretty pink floral and gingham cotton
Cooking :: oat and apricot cookies (and totally scrummy they were too)
Growing :: a lilac tree, which has just come into bud 
Listening to :: my very large cat purring in contentment as he snoozes in the spring sunshine
Watching :: my little Princess in her ballet show. They did the Nutcracker and she was a candy cane - I'm a very proud mummy x
Loving :: parceling up and sending off orders, it's just so exciting, lol!
Wearing :: my red shoes instead of my knee-high boots, thanks to the Spring sunshine - hooray!
Learning :: crochet. My mate Famfa tried to teach me last summer, but since she left for Canada I haven't really practiced, but I'm going to have a go at the crocheted flower on the from on this month's Molly Makes. Well, that's the plan anyway ...

So what did you get up to over the weekend and what do you have planned for the week ahead?

Have fun. xx

Sunday Baking :: Oat and Apricot Cookies

This Sunday I made some Oat & Apricot Cookies.
I used the Hummingbird Bakery recipe for oat & raisin cookies and just swapped the raisins for apricots and left out the cinnamon. We ate them slightly warm with a nice cup of Earl Grey tea. Yum.

Did you do any baking today?

Have fun. xx  

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Saturday Show & Tell :: Busy Bee

Apologies for the lack of blog posts for a while, but it's been a busy time here at Jumbleberries HQ of late.....

Firstly it was Mr A's mum's birthday during the week, so of course I wanted to make her a handmade gift. I had in mind that I wanted to make her a felt brooch (obvs), but I really wanted to use a completely new design. Whilst browsing the haberdashery stall at our weekly market looking for inspiration, I found some really lovely sunshiny-yellow felt and an idea for bumble-bees and daisies was born. This is what I came up with:
I'm sooo pleased with how it turned out (hope she likes it too) that I am going to add it to my shop. I think it would look uber cute pinned to a school book bag - what do you think?

Secondly, my best friend asked me to make her a large corsage that she could wear on her jacket. She wears quite a lot of black with silver jewellery, so I decided on a soft grey colour:
I've had a go at making these types of loopy flowers before, but I tried a different pattern this time and I have to say it worked so much better. It turned out extra large though at 13cm wide, so it is totally a statement item, but thankfully she loved it - so a job well done I think.

So what with adding some more items to my shop, quite a productive week all in all.  

What have you been making this week?

Have fun. xx

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Vintage Love :: Little Elephant

When I was a kid in the 70s my Grandmother had a large collection of these little chaps:
After much nagging she eventually let me take this little elephant home with me and he has had pride of place in my own home ever since.

Just recently I have noticed that lots of these little guys are popping up at Vintage Fairs, etc, so I think I am now going to start collecting my own little gang - how cute would that be? 

Do you collect them too? What animals do you have?

Have fun. xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Although I have a dedicated crafting space upstairs, I tend to do most of my making at my kitchen table, particularly if I am using the sewing machine as the light is much better.  This means of course, that everything I have been working on needs to be cleared away in preparation for dinner or homework, etc. And because I always seem to be doing half a dozen jobs at once, quite often my crafting stash doesn't get put away in the neat and tidy fashion it deserves (I'm sure I'm not the only one, right?). So as a consequence more often than not, my work-desk ends up looking like this:
I know, I know, I can hear the more organised amongst you gasping in horror.

Well. Mr A is away with work at the moment, so I have the evening to myself and am planning on spending some time trying to bring some order to my work-desk. I'm quite looking forward, truth be told, to arranging all those yummy colours into some sort of organised rainbow, although I do think there something very pretty about the jumble of felt, don't you agree?

Take a peek here for a selection of real creative work-desks!

Have fun. xx
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