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Etsy Finds Friday – Valentine’s Edition

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope you’ve all had a great day! <3
I thought today would be a great day to start this back up!

Here’s today’s Etsy Finds!

Valentines 2014
Here are the links:

Downloadable Wall Art
Couples Pillowcases (Cute!)
Love Drop Plush Charm (I had to include one of mine, it fit so well!)
Love You To The Moon Necklace (I love how this has the couples birthstones!)
Fingerprint Wall Art
Heart Bath Fizzies (I have to try these one day)
Felt Hearts
Heart Brownies (Yummy)
Hand Painted Card

As always, if you have an Etsy shop and would like to be featured in a future post leave me a comment :)

Sam xx

 

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Etsy Finds Friday…. On Saturday – Special Edition!

Oops this is a little late!
Did you all have a nice Valentine’s Day? What did you do? I had a lovely meal with my partner Roxi and we watched a dvd ^_^ Was a lovely night!

I’ve created this Etsy Finds special to make the love last a little longer :) After all, love isn’t just for Valentine’s Day! ;) (Not because I forgot to do the post on Thursday… :p)

Etsy Finds - Valentines Day
Such loveliness! Here are the links:
Heart Soaps (These are so cute!)
Heart Necklace
Brownies (Yummy)
Owl Love Card (Cute!)
Heart Garland DIY Kit (Love this!)
Couple’s iPhone Cases
Heart Door Hanger
Engagement Ring (Wow <3)
Ceramic Heart Bowl

Aww I feel all loved up now! :) Have a nice rest of weekend!

Sam xx

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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 am so sorry its been two weeks since my last post! I’ve not been feeling great so decided to have a break for a little while. Hope you can understand ♥

Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on Christmas gifts, and to cover every collection I will do two groups on each post (e.g. today I will be doing both mum and dad), and I will be doing a post every Friday (like normal) and an extra one on Monday’s :) This will also hopefully help if you want to buy anything as it won’t be too close to Christmas. Also, As always I will post something for every budget! ^_^

So, the first theme is:
MUM!


Here are the links:
Mother and Daughter Matching Aprons (So pretty!)
‘Mom’ Scrabble Tile Decoration
101 Notes of Thanks for Mom
Personalised Quilted Patchwork Stocking (I want one of these!)
‘Wonderful Mother’ Eye Chart
‘Home is where my Mom is’ Ornament Sign
Personalised Journal/Scrapbook (wow!)
‘Love You Mom’ Clay Birds
Crochet Nursing Necklace

So now here is the next selection:
DAD!


Here are the links:
‘I love you Dad’ Pencil Set
Personalised Mug (Love this)
‘Worlds Best Dad’ Keychain Bottle opener
Grey Canvas Bag/Backpack
‘You Are My Hero’ Print (Adorable!)
Paint Your Own Dad Doll Stamp Kit (Great idea)
Personalised Hammer Keychain
Mens Holiday Fun Pack (This is amazing!)
Personalised ‘Dad’ Tshirt

Hope you’ve spied the perfect presents for your mum and dad above, and see you on Monday! :)

Sam xx