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Easter Bunnies

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Easter Bunnies

I’ve recently been creating a few gift guide on my Pinterest account with different themes. The most recent themed one was Easter Bunnies. The board is filled with alternatives to a chocolate egg or cute cards.

These wooden bookends are a beautiful handmade alternative gift this Easter. Each bunny has a ribbon neck-tie, one red stripe and one stitched duck egg.

Wooden Bunny Bookends
Bunny Bookends 

These bookends are available from Charlotte Macey on Folksy

Another great idea for an Easter gift and something that can be enjoyed again and again is this great rabbit t shirt which can be personalised with child’s name.

Bunny Personalised T-shirt

These cute tops and others are made by mypipsqueak

To help celebrate Easter why not send someone one of these Happy Easter cards.

Happy Easter card

 This lovely card as well as others are available from DaisyWings on Folksy

If you’re looking for something to give this Easter for the adults in mind this wooden bunny brooch is perfect!

Wooden Bunny Brooch

This wooden bunny brooch a well a other adorable wooden items are from Ginger Pickle

Looking for a small personalised gift? Then these wooden bunnies are the ideal option! They an be in addition to a chocolate eg, used as tags on Easter baskets or gifted then hung on wall as keepsake. Better still they can be used year after year!

Personalised Easter Bunnies

These personalise Easter bunnies are from my Folksy shop!

For more Easter gift ideas pop over to my Pinterest board Gift Guide – Easter Bunnies or check out some of the other gift guides, all filled with lovely handmade things!

Halloween Party

This year we decided to have a Halloween party! I was thrilled as I really enjoy decorating the house for parties but especially because I LOVE Halloween!!! I quickly created a pinterest board for the occasion but wanted to share some of my favourite finds.


First thing you’ll need is invites! I found some really creative ideas, both ready made and DIY ones.  One of my favourites was these ghost invitations from Paperless Post. These were really fun and would suit both adult and child friendly parties.ghost

For more of a DIY idea I found these amazing invitations from Martha Stewart. Really fun to make and see peoples reactions to the severed finger invitation!!! These could also be made with plastic witch fingers or similar if you don’t fancy making your own.959e81c76d8b7f64064ecf654d973500

These invitations from Daisy Wings feature an original artwork on printed invites, perfect for any Halloween party!


I decided to make my own (since i have an abundance of crafting supplies) from an idea found on pinterest. I designed the front and back with PicMonkey then just printed both sides onto paper,  stuck them onto black card…a bit of red glitter and some glue later and they were done!


This was/is the bit i’m most excited about!!! Lots of ideas and simple things that an be used to decorate, below are a few of the spooktacular ideas.

Front doors/outsides of the house need some decorations too and these are a few of the best!!!4bc4784be66015ac48134d010380d958These front doors can be easily created fairly easily with a few simple supplies. Pictured examples are from Good to Know. Masking tape, paper and streamers make your everyday front door a wonderfuly spooky entranceway.

spookThese images found on Buzzfeed article ’20 Houses that are clearly winning at Halloween’ show brilliant ways to decorate the outside of your home.

And now for the inside decorations! Firstly these handmade pumpkins from KernowClaire are perfect as they have a flat bottom so will sit easily on a shelf. Add a spooky atmosphere to Halloween without any mess and can be used year after year.


MADE featured these black bats which are an easy way to create a large effect on a wall. Cut bat shapes from black card and stick onto the wall in a flying formation.bts

This cute pumpkin bunting from Alex Agg Designs is made up of 6 soft and not so scary pumpkins strung together in on a smart ivory ribbon with glitter stars.main (1)

And from cute to pretty pumpkins, as an alternative to carving here are a few different crafty ideas for Halloween pumpkins.pump

1. Create your own bright coloured pumpkins with this tutorial from Handmade Charlotte

2 & 3. These pretty pumpkins are from Alisa Burke. Make your own painted ornate or lace effect pumpkins with her handy tutorials.

4. These carved lace pumpkins come with a tutorial from Martha Stewart.



Create your own string skull art with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.











These effective cup lights are  great addition to any halloween party! Quick to make and easily stored (or reused as cups) You can fin the tutorial from Thrifty Momma Makes









Finally 3. FOOD 


  1. Red velvet cake with red chocolate blood from Say it with Cake
  2. Halloweeny gingerbread men from Postris
  3. Devilish cupcakes by Ambrosia Baking
  4. Colin Cowie Weddings features these highly decorated cupcakes
  5. Lollipop ghosts tutorial available from One Little Project
  6. Chocolate strawberry ghosts photo from Ski Vacation with Kids
  7. Meringue ghosts from Smart School House
  8. Make your own Crispy Pumpkins with this recipe from Yummy Healthy Easy
  9. Fangtastic Strawberrys from Yummy Crumble
  10. Not Quite Nigella give the recipe for these voodoo gingerbread men
  11. If you like an iced biscuit then these Boo & Eek ones from Anne’s Eats are perfect
  12. The spider web style tutorial is from Sweetopia

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One final Halloween touch is this adorable miniature painting from Stephanie Guy Art, this comes with a certificate of authenticity and a very cute handmade mini envelope.


For more Halloween ideas pop over to my pinterest board Halloweeny.

Have a spooktacular Halloween!!!

Baking is Back!!!


With the return of The Great British Bake Off the country has gone baking mad! I created a pinterest board filled with baking based handmade items called Great British Baking. Some of these are awesome cooking items and some are super cute accessories and home decorations :) These are a few of the highlights!



993e2a9d78f9d9c716ac0e46f9c8d33a This would make a great personal gift for a Great British Bake Off fan! You choose the words, colours and if you wish the frame and Pepper Doodles will create you a truly bespoke piece of art.

main (11) This mug features a print of our original ‘Good things come to those who Bake’ illustration. It comes in a cute gift box from Jilly Jilly.

f2ff77e99ce95865be6a753a4608c14b Handmade cupcake with hama beads on hair slide, perfect cute accessory for all ages!!! Available from my Folksy shop!

main (12)Invite friends round for cake with this pretty set of letterpress notecards from Ellie Press.

For more baking makes and gift ideas check out the collection of Great British Baking items on pinterest.



New Baby!!!

We have a new baby boy in the family! Been waiting on his arrival for a while so was super pleased when he eventually arrived! I wanted to find some lovely handmade items as gifts, i’ve included some of my favourites below🙂

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This handmade crochet giraffe from Sophie’s Handmade Baby Boutique is the perfect gift for any new born!








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Celebrate the birth of a new arrival with this unique personalised baby boy framed picture from Milly and Pip.






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Hand cut ‘Hello Little Lady’ or ‘Hello Little Man’ card. This is a handmade card available from my Folksy shop.


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What better way to celebrate a new baby, or birthday, than with something created just for them.
This is a personalised papercut from Flo Bean Pictures.






Some more handmade gift ideas from lovely Folksy shops are…

For even more items have a browse on my pinterest New Baby board!




I live in Scotland so our summertime’s are a bit hit and a miss…this year its mainly been a miss, until today! Its the first sunny day for a long time and it really felt like summer! So i thought i would share a few makes from the Summertime board on Pinterest in case you too are feeling a bit summery or just want to look at some lovely bright handmade items🙂

This colourful papercut from Flo Bean Pictures is sure to be a summery addition to any wall!


This beautiful dress with gnomes and polka dots is from Marcellabella. Perfect for lazy summer days in the sun!


 These golden tube cord bracelets are a perfect summertime jewellery, or to take on holiday. With a wide range of colour choices there’s sure to be one to match any outfit! Available from my Folksy shop!


 These deckchairs just sum up the British seaside. Traditional stripes and all lined up! This vintage style photographic print is from the wonderful Carole Melbourne Photos

What could be more summery than strawberry picking! This bracelet from Amelia Alice Jewellery  is sure to add a touch of the British summertime!

These adorable baby espadrilles are from Sophie’s Handmade Baby Boutique. Super cute and perfect for summer!

main (50) And finally for something to get the kids out and about this summer is this dice from The Barton Gift Shop!


For lots more summery items visit my Pinterest board Summertime! ☀🍦🍉👙




1st Day of School

My son soon starts his first day of school, which is both exciting and sad😦 I want to make sure we are both ready for this special day and found some great ideas to help!

I’ll obviously be taking a million photos of his first day, getting ready, walking to school etc but found these great ideas for photos that will be wonderful to look back on and make great collages of his school years!

This great photo check-list from the Simple As That blog has almost every photo you might want to take on your childs first day of school!

First-Day-of-School-Photo-IdeasOr by using free online programmes like Picmonkey you can create a photo with all the details about likes and dislikes within the photo! Like this example from Suburban Mom

schoolThere are lots of different photo ideas on pinterest, these are a few of my favourites! These would need some planning (maybe a little photoshop) but what a great thing to have to keep!

first-and-last-day-of-school-memories-pageThese great printables from My Sisters Suitcase allows you to add a photo from the first day along with some info about your child and their likes an dislikes.

On the day top tips!

  • Go into the classroom with them, each school will have a different procedure but most will allow you to go into the classroom and help your child settle in. Find their coat peg and if they have other things that are theirs, cubbyhole, tray for work etc
  • If your child is struggling to feel comfortable let them take a special thing in with them, a toy or such that will help them feel more secure. This could also be a special gift that will remind them of you, a little photo keyring or something along these lines to help them feel better and remind them your always there, even when your not.
  • Don’t cry in front of them, this will obviously confuse and upset them, after all your telling them schools a great place and you don’t want them to think its something that’s upsetting you. If you need to cry wait till your back in the car or outside with the other parents, when you can all have a laugh about how tough it was to leave them and hopefully start good communication with other parents over your shared situation.
  • Say hello to other parents, over tissues maybe, but speak to parents and get to know the people who’s kids your child will be spending time with for the next few years.

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If you’ like something to celebrate this special day why not get a unique word cloud wall art from Pepper Doodles. Completely personalised with names, dates etc and colour choice







Sewmotion creates cute pencil cases that would be perfect as a first day of school gift!







Get ready for all the ‘artwork’ that’ll be brought home from school with this display board from The Barton Gift Shop






Another gift to cherish could be a personalised initial filled with all the childs favourite things from my Folksy shop Available in any colour to match their room!

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And finally to help us parents keep track of all the new school based activities and dates why not get ourselves a funky diary. These from The Quilted Teacup are my favourite, the cover is removable so can be used again and again!




For lots more starting school ideas check out my board on pinterest and i hope your childs first day at school is a happy and memorable one…tissues at the ready parents! 

Puppy Love…and he’s called Murphy!

I have always wanted a dog! I looked into all avenues to find the right dog, based on our situation, we also had cats, we would live in a apartment but not a house, so began looking….and looked and looked, for years!

dogThen there was Murphy. The minute i saw his photo i knew he was the dog for us, i was right! He is an amazingly funny puppy with the cutest face! He brings me happiness and joy every day and my son adores him!

Now that i’m a dog owner i have been inspired to create dog related items! It couldn’t help it! So i made a card with Murphy’s brothers photo and some papercuts (available from my Folksy shop) but i also found other crafters that make amazing pet related art and items!


Doodlepid Designs on folksy makes colourful and stylish bows and collars for dogs.  f30b3c2e7dc5a7d9a7546072a186ea55

Pepper Doodles creates amazing word art in the shape of your pooch!

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Caractacus Pots is a pottery maker who hand throws dog bowls and other unique stoneware items.

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For more handmade dog items visit my pinterest board!

My love of Papercutting!

My experience of papercutting started when i first made an engagement card for my friend! I loved making it and instantly wanted to try other ideas an designs! 1546236_404311936367499_1726901936_n

I then moved on to more complicated designs and loved drawing out a pattern or shape and then figuring out if it would work as a papercut…sometimes they didn’t but sometimes they id and it was encouraging to take something from an idea to a final piece that could be framed!



I now love designing complicated pattered designs, these can be for both wall art and cards. I also, through trial and error, learnt how to do infill’s which add another dimension and colour to my papercuts.

1978741_435824073216285_592187641_nI now work on custom designs and cards, which means i always get to try new ideas out! The main reason i love papercutting is if you can draw it or design it you can cut it, it takes a while but it produces great results without a lot of mess or expense! PicMonkey Collagep


To get your own papercut please get in touch with me on Facebook or through my Folksy shop. I love custom work and am happy to discuss any ideas you might have x

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