Monday, 31 August 2015

Sew it Yourself Kits are back

Happy Bank Holiday - is it raining where you are too? Luckily we had planned to all chill out at home today and do our own thing and then a fun meal out this evening.

So many of you are now getting into sewing or wanting some sewing made simple so I'm relaunching my Sew It Yourself Kits with new prices.

I have three available at the moment with many more in the pipeline. The kits are great value as they come in a gorgeous gift bag - so perfect for crafty friends or children and they contain full step by step photo instructions, pre-cut fabrics so no cutting or pinning and stuffing too. All you need to add are a needle and thread (and scissors for thread) or a sewing machine. All the kits are suitable for both hand or machine sewing.

Let's start with the kit my little Blake helped me to design by drawing a picture for me. This is Roarsome the Monsta:

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Shown here in Red and Green. He's just £9.50 plus postage. You can sew the pre cut elements where you like on him to change up his look!

Next the Sew it Yourself Owl Kit:

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This one is super easy to put together and is available in other colour ranges too. Hootie is just £5.50 plus postage.

And thirdly my Sew it Yourself Christmas Owl Kit:

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I forgot to pop his Santa hat on when I took this photo so here's a whole load of them made up:

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These festive fellas are also £5.50 plus postage. Can't wait until my Handmade at Amazon shop opens as these will be available there. For now you can order by emailing me at:

bluejellystampin@sky.com


Hugs
Victoria
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Friday, 28 August 2015

Making a Titanic Birthday Cake

So back in July Blake turned 6. He didn't want a party as he had asked to visit the Train Museum in York instead. I decided however that I'd make him a cake regardless as we were having a few friends for tea and then he could share the rest at school.

 At this point I wasn't worried as I imagined he'd be asking for a Thomas the Tank Engine cake - my preferred option as this would entail no baking and a short trip to the supermarket to but a ready made one. I was however fully expecting him to ask for a Minecraft themed cake, I'd prepped it in my head and spent a good few hours on Pinterest scoping out other such themed cakes. I'd even sourced where to buy a square cutter and green icing from - I'm no cake decorator or baker but was happy to give it a go. 

Imagine my horror when two days BEFORE said birthday, small boy asked for a Titanic cake. I offered to correct his slip of the tongue and asked if he meant to say Minecraft. No Mummy, was his determined reply - I want a Titanic cake. Great I thought, can't see me grabbing one of those off the shelf in Tesco.

I somehow managed to create the scene shortly before Titanic hit the rather huge iceberg.  At one point however, I was going to present him with a blue cake with a lump of white icing on it and declare that Titanic had indeed already sunk. Figured this might disappoint small boy somewhat.

I panicked and set about re examining Pinterest for Titanic cakes, these were my two favourites for very different reasons:

 
I was still panicking however, one baking is not my strong point, two cake decorating is not my strong point. So I started Googling like a woman possessed and to my delight found a Titanic model kit at Hobbycraft for just £2.50 (life saver) and a ready to decorate chocolate cake from Asda.

Building the Titanic. For just £2.50 the kit instructions demanded a lot and said I'd need a hammer, glue, sand paper, nails and paint. Erm no, an emery board some glue and my kids paint did just fine thanks!

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The cake and my ready coloured, ready to roll icing too:

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I had some alphabet cutters from Zac's naming day cakes. All I added extra were candles and a sparkler. Job's a good 'un.

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Luckily Blake loved it and was even happier as the Titanic hadn't sunk and he got to keep it as a toy to play with. Unexpected cake bonus.

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I only have 4 more months to wait and see what Zac wants on his next Birthday Cake!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Handmade at Amazon

Ooh today I woke up very happy. Reason number one, the sun is shining - yey! fed up of waking up to dark skies and rain and sunshine makes me feel so good. Reason number two; I got an email I've been hoping for......

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Woo-hoo, I've been invited to join Handmade at Amazon, selling my fabric makes. So happy I'm bouncing around the house and the kids think I'm more nuts than usual and believe me that's a tough gig!

Some of the products that will be available in my 'shop' include these quirky pin cushions and personalised shabby chic hearts too:

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I've got oodles of ideas buzzing around in my head for new ranges too, however today's delights include taking the boys shopping for new school shoes (groans), supermarket visit and general wifey / mumsie chores like putting washing away etc. I'm living the dream folks!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

South Hill Designs Bunting and Table Runner

Another local business woman to me is Jessica who is a South Hill Designs Artist selling beautiful jewellery and accessories.

She spotted me at an event and asked if I could make her some bunting to coordinate with her business branding and colours, of course I said yes!

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Doesn't her stall look pretty with the bunting and table runner too? This is her stall at a recent event in Nottingham - The Riverside Festival.

My order book is now open and I do have the fabric in stock, so if you'd like to order it's just £10 per metre of bunting and table runners are priced at £7.50.

To order please email me at bluejellystampin@sky.com
or visit My Facebook Page and pop me a message.

If you'd like to know more about Jessica and her business, please visit her page.

hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Pop Up Fabric Craft Desk Bins

Blimey it's nearly the end of the school holiday's for me and my boys. I've loved every minute having them home with me but it's time to start the gentle ease of getting myself back into a routine so that it isn't too much of a shock the first day back!

So today I found myself in the room of craft back at my sewing machine. I've been wanting to make these for a while after my first prototype but wanted to get them right so I could say exact sizes and stuff. I'm pleased to say I have mastered it and have now added these cute pop up bins to my product range:

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I've made three samples here in a choice of fabrics with coordinating insides. They are approximately 7 inches high and wide too. Once the elasticated ribbon is released, the bin 'pops' up! I think they'll make a pretty accompaniment to most desks.

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I'm taking orders for these now (UK only). You can ask for these fabrics or choose from other fabrics available.

They are just £6.50 plus postage. To order please email me at bluejellystampin@sky.com or you can visit my Facebook page

I've got so many projects to share with you that I've made over the Summer, I hope you'll pop back by for a look.

Hugs
Victoria
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Thursday, 4 June 2015

Adorable Fabric Beach Huts

There is nothing quite like a bright sunny day to put me in the bestest of moods. 

Quite literally I saw the sun peeking at me from behind the blackout blind from my bed this morning (there's a slight tear in one corner!) and I jumped out of bed, happy as heck to start my day.

OK that's an outright fib, I would NEVER jump out of bed full of happy. I'm a morning person yes most definitely but I do tend to drag myself out of my box of a morning and require a coffee (usually made by The Spark) to wake me up whilst my eyes adjust to being open. That said, sometimes a small child diving on me demanding breakfast also does the trick - bet you know that feeling if you have kids?

So sunny it is and that means......outdoor photos. Fear not, I mean photos of my creations not photos of my unkempt back garden.

Want to see?

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What do you think? Do they make you all smiley and happy too or am I asking too much? I really enjoyed making these, all the different colours and patterns, free machining which I don't think I've done since my textiles course at university - I was even talking to my Mum about that yesterday.

Here's a close up of the three on the right. I added little birds and button door knobs complete with bobble trim along the roof edges.

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I id at one point contemplate adding a surf board leaning against the wall but I tried and it looked a bit like a demented banana so I scrapped that idea straight away.

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If you like these, they are available to order at £4.50 each plus postage (UK only). 

Righto I'm off to sew more happy.
Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Stampin' Up! Team Gift Jute Bags

Noo - it's the last day of the half term holidays which means I don't just have to get up in the mornings and do my own thing, I have to get up, get me and the boys ready for 7.50am to get to breakfast club. 

I was going to spend most of today catching up on some Project Life but instead I find myself sorting more of my fabric scraps - more of that another day however as I can't share mid sort as I'm kind of motivating myself to continue to take 'sorted and organised' photos!

Instead today I'm going to share with you some gifts I made for my old Stampin' Up! down-line Louise to give to her team-mates at a recent Stampin' Up! event - old as in used to be down-line not like 70 years old and old as in I no longer do Stampin' Up! she explained trying not to complicate matters. I'm no longer a Stampin' Up! demonstrator ...Louise most definitely is.

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I am in love with the pink and white sides of these gorgeous jute bags. Louise ordered them off me and gave me the fonts she wanted me to use and left the design to me. She's either brave or nuts, I'll let you decide. 
I knew other than her team name The Stampin' Senoritas the rest was up to me and I wanted to include a UPS van - every Stampin' Up! demonstrators preferred van to an ice cream van as all their parcels are delivered via UPS.

It says on the UPS van: Delivering your Stampin' Up! goodies in brown boxes so you can keep your stash a secret'.

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I also added rubber stamp block and other various bits n bobs. The photo below is of a piece I didn't use on one of the finished bags because I totally blobbed it (made a mistake) by double imaging a logo over the wording.

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I wonder if the girls used them to keep their swaps etc from the day in? If you'd like to know more about Stampin' Up! and crafty stash check out Louise's blog Stampin' Delight

I'm off now to cook us a Sunday dinner (just call me Nigella) and then I shall return to the task of sorting out my fabric.

hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Shabby Chic Fabric Hearts Baby Shower Idea

Cor how is it Saturday already? This week off with my boys has flown by, I love it when they are home with me but I'd be a fibber if I didn't also like it when they go back to school and I can restore calm and normality back to the house during the day.

Thank goodness it's a bright and sunny day today, The Spark is working half day so the Mini Beasts are tidying their playroom and generally loafing about before getting dressed to go bounce on the trampoline and enjoy some fresh air. I have no clue what they'll get up to this afternoon as I'm off out with a friend for a spot of window shopping. to be honest we'll most likely be perusing the charity shops looking for bargains!

Right then, today I'm back to sharing a crafty creation or five. I absolutely love making my fabric hearts and when I was having a clear out of a cupboard a few weeks ago I found some stash I didn't know I had - love it when that happens. So I put these teddy bears to good use:

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Aren't they cute? I was thinking they would make perfect new baby or baby shower gifts, especially when the parents are keeping the gender of the baby a surprise!

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Have a fabulous weekend, I'm off to do a few more chores to earn my afternoon off, woo-hoo!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Friday, 29 May 2015

My New Strawberry Planter

Hello
 
Gosh it's a miserable day out there today, the boys have requested a pyjama day and of course I said yes. We had a hectic day yesterday, trawling garden centres, outdoor crazy golf, gardening at Grandmas and all sorts so I guess I owe them a lazy day. Plus it gives me a bit of time to get things done in the house as I'm not half in half out trying to keep and eye on them.

Well yesterday I indulged in a spot of gardening - yes after we had done the full day out. You see, when we finally got home, both boys were a little over tired which generally equates to a few tantrums and generally grisly behaviour. So I left The Spark in charge and opted to duck outside and finally transfer my strawberry plants to their new home.


Here's how they were before I started:

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Don't get me wrong, my plants were perfectly happy in here and they do hold some sentimental value too in that my Dad in law constructed this container and it used to live in his garden. My Dad in law was a hoarder, he refused to throw anything away he thought would be useful and often made stuff out of nothing. We will keep the container and use it for something else just as useful.

However, it is my mission to turn our garden into something we all love and for me that means bright colours and low maintenance. I saw some stacking pots at a local garden centre a while back which were fab but all pastel colours and I wanted loud and bright. I found them whilst trawling the web and LOVE them.

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I opted for bright pink, blue and lime. The boys helped me bag up some soil from Grandmas garden today - she's re-done her garden and has loads we can help ourselves to which is a bonus. Stones in the base for drainage (thanks again Grandma) and then her soil and some posh bagged stuff from the garden centre - you can rate my gardening skills from the lingo eh?

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My gardening 'tools' were in the garage which has a broken door and The Spark says I'm not allowed to open as I can't shut it by myself so I grabbed Blake's trowel and fork from the playroom and set about my task. Here is the finished stack, I adore it.

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Still a few plants left to re-house and then the container to move, but I'll need The Spark for that as it's sooo heavy and I can only shudder as what festers beneath...spider, slugs....eeeew! 

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So there you have it - the first post of, I hope many sharing my garden transformation!

If you like the pots and want to get some yourself, they are made by a company called Elho and here's one website where you can spend your lolly and get some too!!!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Shabby Chic Decorated Hearts

Good morning (eek 11am and still in my PJ's). I came upstairs for a shower about 20 minutes ago and got distracted by something on Pinterest - as you do and I'm still sat here at the PC. So a quickish blog post from me and then I'm off to freshen up and I expect bounce on the new trampoline with the dudes as the sun is shining. 

If anyone else is after a bit of a bargain, after lots of research we went along to our local B&M stores and picked up an 8ft one with an enclosure at a bargain price. You can see it HERE

The boys LOVE it.

Would you like to see more of my recent makes and adventures in covering myself in glue? You would? That's good as I'm sharing anyway:

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Another addition to the home decor range. these are lovely chunky, heavyweight hearts available in Smoke or Duck Egg with your choice of wording on. Decorated with twine and hung with really chunky twine.

These are £5 each plus postage (UK only). Why not pop over to my Facebook page to view more of my makes?

Righto - I'm off to play, enjoy your day and please visit again soon.

Hugs
Victoria 
xxx
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