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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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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 – Special Edition

Another special edition!
Today’s is dedicated to everyone affected by hurricane Sandy. As I’m sure you’ve all heard, The East coast of America was hit by hurricane Sandy a few days ago. Lives have been lost and many people are homeless and jobless. The great people of Etsy have been donating all or some of their profits to the American Red Cross and other charities that are providing disaster relief to the East Coast. I have done this post to support their great work in trying to raise money. If you can spare a few pounds/dollars please donate, anything will help. I will put links at the bottom of the page. Thank you.


Every shop above is donating money from the items sold, please take a look. As always I have included something for every budget!
Here are the links:
‘After The Rain’ Latin Ring
Hair Ties (I love these!)
Crochet Blanket Pattern
‘Adopt’ T-shirt (I love the idea behind this)
Tigereye Bracelet with silver ribbon
White Ribbon Earrings (So pretty!)
Crochet Apple Charm (Love this)
Actual Photograph of Sandy
Glass Heart Ornament

A few ways to donate:
Itunes store – Apparently you just need to sign in to your account and click “donate” so you can donate to the American Red Cross (I couldn’t check as I don’t have an apple product) and donate from $5 to $200. It will be anonymous, and 100% of your donation will go to the American Red Cross.

Ebay – They have a page set up so you can donate in a variety of ways: buying items, donating directly, or selling things. They also have a list of items on the page that are for sale that will be donating proceeds to charity. There is also a list of charities down the side with links to listings specifically for that particular charity.

American Red Cross – Their website has a lot of information about how to donate and about the disaster Sandy has left behind. There is 11 ways to donate by following this link. The easiest ways are online and via text. For texting, you need to text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

There are many other ways to donate and other charities to donate to, but I thought I would just stick to the main ways I could find. 

Everyone that has been affected by Hurricane Sandy is in our thoughts and prayers. I hope you and your family are safe and well, and can get back to normality soon ♥

Thank you for visiting, and I would love to know if you make any donations/purchases!
Sam xx

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Etsy Finds Friday

Oops, completely forgot to do this post yesterday!! I was busy finishing off a special crocheted birthday present for my sister – I can’t wait to show you!

Today’s Etsy Finds theme is:
INDIGO!


Here are the links:
Felt Flower Brooch
Chopsticks (So pretty!)
Nappy/Diaper Clutch (I want this as a handbag!!)
Iron-on Appliqué Hearts
Shimmery Eyeshadow (I love this so much <3)
Matryoshka Doll
Cotton Fabric
Merino/Nylon Yarn (pretty!)
Crochet Bead Necklace

Gorgeous aren’t they!
As always, if you have an Etsy shop and would like to be featured in a future post leave me a comment :)

Sam xx