25 May 2011

Free gift with purchase!

I really need to make space in my craft room and I want all my old stock gone!
When I say 'old' it's not really 'old' it it just items I no longer make.

Like yoy brooches, buttons and hair ties etc....

I am now resorting to bribery to get it sold.

Buy any two items in my sale store I will include a free item with your purchase. It will be a surprise but it will be similar to the items purchased.

So go and grab a bargain now (please!) and tell all your friends

23 May 2011

Christmas in May anyone?

I know you probably think I have gone a bit mad but I am seriously starting all my Xmas craft now!
Last year I was so inundated with orders for my felt ornaments that I just couldn't keep up with so this year I thought I would start early...really early!

I am working on some cute felt gingerbread garlands - adorable if I do say so myself! They are an extension of the single gingerbread man ornaments I make. If you are feeling creative (and festive) the free tutorial for the single ornament is here.

I will also be making more of the 'Cutest Gingerbread House in the World'...

Many hours of teeny tiny stitches in this one!
There will be more Babushka Dolls and Angels....

And Christmas puds!

If anyone wishes to place an early order please feel free. I hope to get a blog page up soon showing all the designs available and prices. In the meantime feel free to email me with questions and orders!

Time to blog

My poor old neglected blog.....sigh.
I have all these great tutorials and ideas to blog about but seem to be lacking in time - where do the days go?
Anyway Daddy is in charge of the toddler today. He is the changing dirty bums, keeping him fed and hydrated and best of all keeping him out from under my feet (well most of the time).

Here is just now climbling up me trying to get my attention!
I am so excited to have chlid free time (sort of?) that I am simultaneously blogging, cooking, baking, crafting and packing up recently sold Trade Me items - what bliss!

Stay tuned for a creativity update and more SALE specials

14 May 2011

And the winner is........

Oh my gosh I totally forgot about giving away my giveaway!!!!

Thank you so much to the 3 (yes this is not a typo!) lovely peolple who entered.

Here is the randomly selected number....

And the winner is comment #1 the lovely Jo. You can visit her cute blog here.
If you are reading this Jo can you please email me your postal address. My email is cupcakecutieone@gmail.com
I will also leave a note on your blog.

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

P.S I found the random number generator on here

10 May 2011

In a previous life.....

I used to sell my craft under the name Wallflower Design. When I moved back to NZ I decided it was time for a bit of a name change and a change in direction for my craft.

This means that I have heaps (!) of Wallflower Design stock that I must get rid of so get ready to grab a bargain!

There are brooches, hair ties and buttons galore.....

So head on over to my SALE and grab yourself some goodies. Many are below cost!

I will be listing more everyday so keep checking in.

06 May 2011

Lovely things

A few lovely things I have stumbled upon this morning....

A gorgeous orange and white polka dot frock from Cath Kidston

mushroom-doll inspiration
A selection of mushroom inspired cuties curated by Manuela976 on flickr.
I love the dolls in the middle far right square - I have serious doll envy!

Everywhere I go and every blog I read seems to be featuring this great book. I am taking it as a sign that I need to buy it!!

This is one of the adorable items to make - a magnetic banana.
This one was created by Sarah of Material Evidence who sells a great range of felt in her Etsy Store

Happy Friday!

02 May 2011

Itching to Stitch!

I finally got to sit down yesterday and start my new stitching project. I did an hour or so yesterday and about half an hour today and it is done!

Strawberry shortcake on a doily!
I love a quick project with such a cute result.
I used waste canvas to be able to stitch onto the doily and here is what I did.
Vintage doily
Choose something to stitch on. I love using old doilies and vintage table cloths. You could stitch on to tea towels, kids clothing, a hankerchief - just about anything.

Waste canvas
This is what waste canvas looks like, basically like ordinary tapestry canvas but with the blue lines in it. I think I got this from spotlight but have seen a better range on ebay. I have also seen a soluble version that is ideal for cross stitch.

Pin the waste canvas onto the doily and use a bit of spare embroidery floss to tack it into place.
Use a fading fabric marker and mark the centre of the doily.

Then start stitching! I find it easier to start stitching in the middle. You could put the doily in an embroidery hoop to keep it taught if you find it easier to stitch that way.
Keep stitching until your image is complete. Now you can remove the tacking stitches.

Find a shallow bowl - I have used the lid of a casserole dish here. Fill it with a couple of cms of water and submerge your doily in it. Leave it in for a minute or two and swish it around a bit.
Tip the water out and you will find you can now pull apart your canvas. Start at the side and gently pull out single strands at a time. Don't be tempted to try and pull multiple strands at once or you will end up in a tangle. Once you have removed a few strands from the side start taking them out the horizontal strands from the top.

Keep on going, you are nearly there! Remove the final strands, dry out your doily and....

Strawberry shortcake on a doily!
you are finished! I must say it does look a whole lot cuter in person, my photograpjy skills don't really do it justice. The design itself is from "Sweet Treats in Cross Stitch"

I can't wait to start the next project - I am stitching a tray doily with and assortment of biscuits - it may take more than two days to complete this one!

Happy Stitching!