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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!

page - Crocheted snowmen and robins
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 – 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 – Special Edition

A day late again…. If I carry on like this I will have to change the name to ‘Etsy Finds Saturday’! Doesn’t quite have the same feel though does it?

Anyway, today’s theme is a special edition:
HALLOWEEN!!

As it is Halloween on Wednesday I thought I would show you some Halloween-themed finds from Etsy ^_^ There is so many wonderful things so I decided to split my mosaic into 4 sets:

Costumes:
Baby Dress and Headband
Adult Iron Man 2 Ironette Costume (Really really want this!)
Children’s Witch Costume (Adorable!!)
Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Wig

Decorations:
Trick Or Treat Banner (I love how this has netting in-between each letter)
‘Boo’ Wreath
Bat Garland (Want one of these!)
Clip Art Owl’s (So cute!)


Decorations, toys, bags and make-up:
Ghost Garden Decoration
Toy Monster Blocks (Adorable!)
Personalised Trick Or Treat Bag
Shooting Star Eyelashes (I really Love these, so pretty and can be used for any occasion)


Signs, lighting and buckets:
Wooden ‘Boo’ Sign (So simple!)
Personalised Trick or Treating Bucket
Needle felting Cactus Monster Kit (This would be great to make for a halloween party!)
Wooden Hanging Sign with Bow

Halloween is not very big here in the Uk. I would love to go to America for Halloween one day! It always looks so amazing ♥ Are you going to/having a Halloween party this year? We will be putting up a few decorations, carving a pumpkin (If we can get one in time!) and handing out sweets :) Not dressing up though, I don’t have anything I could wear!

Whatever you do, I hope you have a great time :)
Sam xx

**Edited to change the final collection due to a shop asking me to remove their picture.**