Happy New Year!


Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you all had a truly wonderful Christmas and spent plenty of time with the people that matter most. We spent spent some of Christmas Eve with my parents, then had a quiet few days at home before visiting my in laws. Just what we needed.

Despite my good intentions to make a lot of gifts this year, it didn’t really happen as planned. I did make a few zipped pouches and added some handmade bath bombs though. The presents I’m most proud of have got to be these gorgeous bunnies I made for Eleanor and Phoebe, from the Cool Crafting kits we bought at Hobbycrafts at the NEC:


Luna Lapin

Luna Lapin

I apologise for the truly awful photo, it was taken on my phone. I do need to find where the camera is hiding and do some much nicer pictures. I love these bunnies so much that they’ll have their own blog post soon enough 🙂

Did anyone get any sewing-related presents? A new machine? Fabric? Pretty ribbons and things? Please share! I had a beautiful Kirstie Allsopp needle felting set from my parents which I’m so pleased with. I loved having a go at the Handmade Fair last September and now I can have a go at making all sorts of things!

My lovely sister-in-law bought me the best pincushion ever. Check it out:

Love, love, LOVE!

Love, love, LOVE!

I also had a crochet kit to make a monkey from one of the Secret Santas I was involved in. It’s very nice, but as I have no idea how to crochet, I need to start from scratch. So far I can do a bit of a chain stitch, and then I’m getting into a tangle, but I’ll get there. You can certainly expect some blog posts on my progress and a lot of pictures on Instagram!

So, does anyone have any crafty new year’s resolutions? Last year my new year’s resolutions were that we would recycle more (which we have) and that I’d be more positive about things (which I did). This year, my resolutions are more focused on my sewing and related things.

  • Complete my Pattern Workshop course (which is all about drafting sewing patterns using the computer);
  • Start a boys range of clothing;
  • Add some accessories to the Etsy store (such as headbands that coordinate with skirts and dresses);
  • Add some fun bits and pieces for grown ups to the Etsy store (thanks to popular demand!);
  • Write more tutorials
  • Learn to crochet!

On the subject of learning to crochet, I have this book of my Mum’s:

Needlework cover


I think it’s from the 70s possibly. Check it out!

Who wouldn't want to wear this?!

Who wouldn’t want to wear this?!

It does have some useful crochet stuff in though:

Crochet 1




My aim is to be able to crochet some jumpers for my girls, so I’ve got until autumn! Obviously I need to make the monkey from the kit I had too, at some point.

I love to read your comments… Please share any crafty presents you had, or tell me about any crafty resolutions!



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2 comments on “Happy New Year!
  1. I want to learn to crochet too… But there’s an awful lot of things I want to do in 2015. Maybe we should organise an etsy make and meet and get someone to teach us!

  2. Toria Toria says:

    That’s a great idea Katie! Maybe we could do a bit of a skills swap? I’ve found some videos on YouTube, but it’s not the same as having someone help you.

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