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Well that didn’t work!!

Well… I was absent from my blog for a while, came and did a post promising to come back in the next few days, then my laptop broke! It’s all better now, so I can finally get back to keeping promises!! Yay!

Whilst waiting for my laptop I’ve been busy making things ready to open my Etsy shop, buying things I will need for shipping, etc, and trying to create a logo for my company! I thought I’d be able to open it within the next week, but it looks like it will more likely be in the next few weeks now as we can’t afford the last few things! I am ridiculously excited about opening my first ever shop! It’s so frustrating having to wait for money to arrive….

So, I promised to show you what I made over Christmas and (finally) here it is! Again, sorry its something Christmassy when Christmas was so far away, but I didn’t get chance to show you and I really wanted to :) I hope you can forgive me!

Crocheted Snowman
I made these for presents for all my family. They are just so cute, I just had to show you! I had a big problem with the eyes… I originally bought gold eyes off an Etsy seller, but the way they worded them I actually thought I was getting 20 pairs, not 20 eyes, so I ended up with only 10 pairs… It was my fault for reading the listing wrong, but all the other listings said it in pairs not pieces so I think I got a little confused. Frustrating. The seller was in Canada, so it already took a long time to arrive and it was already getting very close to Christmas by this point, so I decided to try to find some gold eyes somewhere closer. I couldn’t find many gold eyes at all… I think in total I found 2 others. So, my next plan was to buy some clear ones in the right size then colour them myself with some new metallic Promarkers we had recently bought.
When the new eyes arrived the testing began: I did around 3-4 layers of gold to make sure there was no gaps or lines left. I let each layer dry for a few hours, then carefully did another layer. Then I tested one to see if it would come off. It was quite good, but still made some marks which I wasn’t happy with. My next idea was to somehow to varnish them to seal in the colour. The only varnish I had was nail varnish, so it might have worked better with real varnish. I carefully applied a layer of varnish, making sure to cover everywhere. After leaving it to dry overnight I checked it. There was some obvious brush marks…. So, my next plan was to try it again, but try to blob it on and not let the brush touch it. This worked much better!
So, that’s what I went with. They are not as perfect as the perfectionist inside me wanted them to be, but by this point we were almost at Christmas and I still had around 8 more snowmen and robins to make! So, this is the finished result. What do you think?

Crocheted Robin
I am considering that one day I’d love to perfect it so I can have any colour eyes I want for my makes (Especially now I have metallic markers!!) and to maybe sell them if I can get them perfect. There isn’t much online about how to colour your own safety eyes, and anything there is it’s with paint. Maybe no one else has tried Promarkers? Or maybe no one has managed to get a good enough result? I’m not sure! They are meant to be able to write on plastic though, so they should work if I can just get the process right.

Here is some more images!

Crocheted Snowman Hats
Cute little hats!

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So, now the last Christmas post you’ll see until the end of the year (Hopefully!!) is over, we can get back to normality! I have quite a few things lined up, so I’ll be back soon!

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday….. On Monday – Christmas Edition

Oops this is a little late!
Have you noticed my new Christmassy theme of my blog? I changed it today! If you are a regular you will see that is the same theme just a different colour, and I’ve added some snow! ^_^

So, today’s two themes are Gadgets and Romantic! 

Firstly:
GADGETS!!

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Here are the links:
Hard Drive Clock
Rainbow Macbook Keyboard Decal (I want one for my laptop!!)
Playable Harmonica USB Pen – 8GB
Pink Egg iPhone case (awesome!)
Gadget Wallet (This would be so handy!)
Design Your Own Wooden iPhone Dock
Pikachu Pokmon Mouse Pad (Cute!)
Sherlock Holmes Pocket Watch
PDF Pattern For Tablet Cover (Pretty!)

The next set is:
ROMANTIC!!

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Here are the links:
Swarovski Heart Pendant (So pretty)
Linen Heart Ornaments (A lovely gift idea!)
Rose Earrings
Red Dress
Rose Gold Sapphire Ring (I really love this ♥)
Rose Bath Bombs
Fairy Locket
Pyjama Lounge Shorts (Pretty, and I love the rabbit!!)
Origami Lotus Flower

I loved finding today’s sets, especially the romantic things – there’s so many pretties!

Thank you for visiting today :)
Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday – Christmas Edition

I can’t believe where this year has gone, its December tomorrow!! Anyway, today’s gift pair is: ‘Pets’ and ‘Cards and wrap’ :)

So firstly:
PETS!!

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Here are the links:
Horse Treat Wreath
Personalised Velvet Dog Collar
Cat Shaped Cat Bowl (I love this!)
Pet Lover Bauble + Donation To A Pet Rescue Centre
Rainbow Rabbit Plush (I want one of these!!)
Cat/dog Collar Tie
Hamster, Rat or Gerbil Bed (My mice would love this)
Cat Cave Bed (Awesome!)
Hamster, Rabbit or Gerbil Stick Treat

Perfect for any pet lover, or for yourself and pets! :)

Next:
CARDS AND WRAP!!

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Here are the links:
‘Wish’ x3 Clay Gift Tags
Box Of Bakers Twine In Christmas Colours (I love this ^_^)
Set Of 4 Reusable Fabric Gift Bags
Set Of 24 Christmas Cards
Gingerbread Gift Wrap (Awesome!!)
Colourful Doilies (Would be great to wrap around the present)
‘Believe’ Rubber Stamp
‘Baked With Love’ Gift Tags (Pretty!)
Christmas Washi Tape (I love washi tape :D)

Isn’t there some great things? I want everything! ^_^

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday….. On Monday – Christmas Edition

Here’s the second Monday Edition of Etsy Finds! Hope I’ve helped you find some great gifts for your friends and family :) Today’s edition is Food and Decorations!

So firstly:
FOOD!!


Mmmmmm….
Here are the links!
**Please note, some of the items in this list can only be shipped to the USA, UK etc, so please check the shipping at the bottom of the listings before ordering!**
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies PDF Recipe
Chocolate Bark with Peppermint Candy Canes
Butter Shortbread (I tried this a few months ago, it was delicious!!)
Mince Pies
Peppermint and White Chocolate Candy Apple
Peanut Butter Stars Cookies (Oh my gosh I really want to try these!)
Jars of Preserves Gift Bag
Christmas Stocking Sugar Cookies
Cake Bites (Cute!)

The next set is:
DECORATIONS!


Here are the links:
Snowflake Wreath
Star Book Art (Wow!)
Cinnamon Tree Ornaments (I love how this has real cinnamon!)
Personalised Knitted Christmas Stockings
Peg People Nativity
Gingerbread Man Decoration (I want this so much ♥)
Pink Glittery Christmas Tree’s
Reusable Advent Calendar Tins (What a great idea!)
Cinnamon Candle

Thanks for visiting :)
Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday – Christmas Edition

Sorry this is late, I’ve been so busy making Christmas presents that I lost track! I will show you a progress pic next week :)

So, today’s gift pair is: ‘For Him‘ and ‘For Her‘! These would be great for that special someone, or just a friend or family member :)

Firstly:
FOR HIM!!


I usually find men quite hard to shop for, but Etsy has loads of great gifts!

Here are the links:

Leather Wallet With Vintage Ruler Design
Suit Laptop Decal
“Where words fail music speaks” Guitar Pick (This would be great for any music fan)
Beer Sign With Bottle Opener (I love how it catches the lids!!)
Geeky Gaming T-shirt
Lego Iron Man Keychain (♥)
Grey Man Scarf
USB Stick Bracelet (I actually want this!)
PAC-Man Cufflinks

Now onto our next set:
FOR HER!!


It was so so hard to just choose 9, I almost had 2 sets!!

Here are the links:
Eco Friendly Gift Set
Heart Necklace (I really love this, it’s beautiful ♥)
Knitted Infinity Scarf
Minnie Mouse Reversable Apron
Hamster Plush        (Gemma, this is for you! ^_^)
Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix
Create Your Own Clutch (I’m hoping to get this for Christmas!)
20 Spotty False Nails With Glue And File
Black And Green Cotton Bag (Gorgeous!)

What’s you’re favourite item? Is there anything you’ve seen that you hope to get?

Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday…. On Monday – Christmas Edition

Welcome to the second post of the special Christmas gift finds from Etsy! Today’s themes are children and teens! I tried to include things for both boys and girls.

Firstly:
CHILDREN!!


Here are the links:
Organic Octopus Baby Bodysuit
Rainbow Acorns Educational Sorting Toy (I love things like this!)
Toy Car holder (Awesome!)
Hooded Shark Towel
Wooden Fairy Wand
Elephant Plush Toy (I want this so much ♥)
Dummy/Pacifier clip (Gorgeous)
Educational Sewing Kit
Wooden Stacking Rainbow

The next selection is:
TEENS!


Here are the links:
Colour It Yourself Bag (Wow, I would have loved this when I was younger!)
‘Ka-pow’ Comic Book Wall Art
Gadget Cover
Shark Necklace (great for both boys and girls!)
Sock Monkey Kit (Amazing!! And you should look at the other colours :D)
Jewellery Box
Rustic Rope Bracelet (perfect for teenage boys)
Zebra Stud Earrings (I want these!)
Owl Plush

Hope this helps you find the children and teens in your life the perfect Christmas present! (Of course there is loads of things there perfect for adults too – I know there’s lots I want!)

What is your favourite gift above?

Sam xx

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Amazing Journals!

On Friday I did a Christmas edition of Etsy Finds and included a rather beautiful journal.


A few people mentioned in the comments that they loved it and the seller, Robin, saw. She was kind enough to offer any of my readers a 10% discount! The one in the picture above is quite expensive as it is so full of amazingness (that’s a real word, honest… :p) but she said that she can make smaller and cheaper ones for any budget and to just send her a message on Etsy :)


All the journals are personalised and one of a kind, and include things like vintage letters and maps, charms, lace, ribbons etc. Also, you can choose the colours of things like ribbon, lace, ink and/or buttons, have your name put on it, and any important dates or hobbies, among other things! Very exciting!!

I have gone through Robins shop – 0 Names Left – to show you a selection of books she has available, including the cheapest ones she has available at the moment. The one above (that was in my Etsy Finds post) is $125, or around £80.81.

This wedding guest book is beautiful. I’d love something like this when I get married:


This one is a bit more expensive, but totally worth it! It is $250, or around £161.61.

And here are some smaller books for a cheaper price, just so you have an idea of what you could get if you decided to order a smaller one:


This travel journal is $30.00, or around £19.39. I love the rings holding these books together! Also, this would be amazing to track your journey wherever you travel :)


This one is so pretty, and could be used for so much! It is $25, or around £16.16


Out of the smaller ones this one is my favourite! I love the big yellow lacy ribbon and the owl is adorable! ♥ It costs $25 or around £16.16

So don’t forget, Robin has offered 10% off your order, and will make a book for your wants and budget! It’s really worth having a look, one of these would be amazing to receive for Christmas!

Thank you for reading :)
Sam xx