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Stop Motion Video – Two Little Sheep Go On A Big Adventure

Me and my lovely wife have been working on a big project – our first stop motion video! It took a lot of planning and a bit of learning, and a re-shoot because it wasn’t quite right, but we finally have this amazing video to show you!

Can’t wait any longer to see it? Okay here it is!

So cute right? If you want to meet the stars of the show go here to check them out ^_^

My shop has been having a major overhaul recently as I was getting ready to enter the UK Etsy Awards! Exciting but scary stuff.
I will be posting new items here when I get chance, but if you can’t wait make sure you like my Facebook Page as I’ll be posting them there first!

Lovely to see you today!
Sam xx

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Hat Commission – Poppy The Dog

At the end of last year I had 2 hat commissions, one for a dog and one for a penguin! I’ll leave the penguin reveal for another day, today I am going to show you Poppy the dog!
The lady who commissioned it wanted a hat that looked like her dog Poppy, who is a beautiful beagle. Here are the pictures!

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She has big floppy ears and a squishy 3d nose

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With a lovely snug lining to keep you warm in the winter months

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And giant fluffy pom-poms! (Honestly, they’re massive!)

This was a really fun commission! It is completely my own design, and it was really fun creating it around someone’s pet :)

What do you think?

Sam xx

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Free Pattern – Bunny Egg

Hey everyone! Sorry It’s been soooo long since my last post! Our internet was broken from December to February (yep, right through Christmas…), and since then I’ve been trying to catch up! However I’m back with a bang with a free Easter crochet pattern!

Free Pattern - Crochet Bunny Egg By The Giraffe's Hat

Ready to get started?

Tools 
3.5mm Hook
Darning Needle
Toy Stuffing
9mm Safety Eyes
Safety Nose (Optional)

Work in a spiral, using a stitch marker to mark the beginning of rounds

UK terminology – converted in the key below

Key  
DK – Double Knit/Single Crochet
Dec – Decrease (I use the decrease two together method)
* – Repeat

Body/Egg shape
Round 1: 6dc in magic ring
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch around (12)
Round 3: *2dc in next stitch, 1 in next* around (18)
Round 4: *2dc in next stitch, 2 in next* around (24)
Round 5-11: dc around
Round 12: *dec, dc in next 4* around (20)
Place safety eyes between rows 9 and 10, with 5 visible stitches between. On the row below place a safety nose (or sew one), making sure it is centered between the eyes. Begin stuffing and forming the shape, then stuff after each row continuing to shape as you go along.
Round 13: *dec, dc in next 3* around (16)
Round 14: *dec, dc in next 2* around (12)
Round 15: *dec, dc in next 1* around (8)
Round 16: decrease twice, dc in next 2 stitches (6)
Fasten off, weaving the tail through the stitches and pulling tight. Knot the end and feed through the body to secure.

Ears
Make 2
Round 1: 5dc in magic ring
Round 2: 2dc in each stitch around (10)
Round 3: *2dc in next stitch, 1 in next* around (15)
Round 4: dc around
Round 5: *dec, dc in next 3* around (12)
Round 6: dc around
Round 7: *dec in next, dc in next 3* around (8)
Round 8-12: dc around
Round 13: *dec in next, dc in next 3* around (8)
Fasten off without closing the hole, leaving a long tail for sewing. Flatten the ear, cupping it inwards slightly.

Sew the ears onto the body and you’re done!

Hope you like it! Let me know if you have any questions or need any help
Sam xx

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New Item Listed – Baby/Child Bamboo Cotton Crocheted Summer Hat!

I have listed a new item – woohoo!

Baby Hat
It is made with a gorgeous bamboo cotton yarn that has some amazing benefits! Bamboo is eco-friendly as it requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, and it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It also absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than other plants and releases more oxygen. Bamboo cotton keeps you cool as well as absorbing moisture away from your body. It is also great for allergy-prone and sensitive skin, and is anti-fungal and antibacterial! It is breathable and doesn’t retain odors, meaning less washing! With 100% natural fibers it is a great choice for your little one.

Baby Hat
Flowers
It has a really cute triangle design and comes with one big flower and one small one in any colour! There are 11 flower colour combinations to choose from:
Pinks and purples –
Pinks and purples
Greens, white and yellow –
Greens, white and yellow
Blues –
Blues
You can message me if there isn’t a colour listed and I will try to find a matching yarn for you! Or, if you want a different accessory altogether, say a dinosaur or heart, just message me!

Here’s a close up of the scalloped edge

Scalloped edging
For the custom fit: Measure all around your child’s head in a full circle across the forehead. If this is for a gift or you can’t measure for any reason, add the age into the message when buying instead and I will base it on averages. However this is not a guaranteed size and I would recommend measuring for a good fit.

You can buy it from my Etsy shop for £8.50, and I ship worldwide

Thank you for visiting today, I hope you like my newest item!
Sam xx

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I’m home!

Thank you all for your well wishes, I am now home from hospital and slowly recovering. The tumours have been removed and my liver should be beginning to grow back! There was a slight complication and I lost a lot of blood resulting in 7 pints having to be given back to me through a blood transfusion. I was on Intensive care but recovered well, and would have been moved to the high dependency unit and then the ward after a few days but neither had beds available for the whole 2 weeks I was in!

My scar is very big and looks like I’ve been attacked by a shark! Thankfully I don’t mind scars much, and it does look kind of cool ;) It goes from my breast bone and curves down and round to my waist and towards my back – like I said, big!

I didn’t actually manage to get any crochet done while in. For the first week I wasn’t well enough, then I was waiting to go onto the ward before asking for it to be brought in and as I said, I never got onto a ward so never got any crochet done!
Here’s a picture of my progress from before hospital:

Granny Square Blanket

I will be continuing to make it as I recover and will show you my progress!
Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday – Mother’s Day Edition

I decided to save my Friday post for today so I could do a special Mother’s Day edition!

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Here are the links:
Ceramic Candle Holder – So pretty!
Set Of 3 Wooden Vases
Lime and Lemon Sugar Cookie Truffles
Glasses Case – Cute!
Mother’s Day Card
Lap Tray – Perfect for breakfast in bed!
‘Best Mommy’ Heart Ornament
Soap Gift Set – I love how fresh these look <3
Mother And Baby Spring Sheep – These sheep I made fit so well with this edition I had to include it! :)

I hope all mummy’s out there have had a great and relaxing Mother’s Day! As always, if you have an Etsy shop and would like to be featured in a future post leave me a comment :)
Sam xx

(I have a post coming up in the next few days about why I have been absent for a few weeks in case you have been wondering where I’ve been!)

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Etsy Finds – Birthday Edition

Today’s Etsy Finds is a special edition as it was my birthday on Thursday! I have selected a range of things that I would have loved to receive ^_^

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Here are the links:
3 Bath Cookies
Cat Mug In Back Or White (I NEED this!!)
Fondant Giraffe Cake Topper (I had to include a giraffe ;) )
Candy Birthday Card
Happy Birthday Cake Banner
Personalised Birthstone Necklace (This is beautiful)
Crackle Glass Earrings
Double Flap Clutch (I really want this, it’s so pretty and useful!)
Sleepy Time Epic Vegan Lip Balm (My lips are really sore at the moment so this would come in handy!)

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

Sam xx