28 January 2014

#dolls house makeover: front door mat (free patterns)

Dolls House Makeover...

So I haven't painted the outside of the house and I don't even have a front door yet but now I do have a door mat....
...well I had to start somewhere!

The mat isn't particularly to any scale I just made it to fit the existing stairs!

Here is how I made it...

I dug into my supplies and found some 14 count plastic canvas, floss and felt than I whipped up a cross stitch design...

I cross stitched the mat using 3 threads of floss (DMC colours 743 and 318 to be exact) and then trimmed the plastic canvas around the design.
I cut a piece of felt the same size, placed the canvas on top and blanket stitched the pieces together around the entire edge...
Here is the back...

Feel free to stitch up the design for your own dolls house. You could easily substitute aida or tapestry canvas if you don't have plastic canvas and glue the felt (or other backing) on to hide the stitching.

Here are a few more cute designs to choose from.......

....they would look cute in any combination of colours.

I would love to see a photo of any mats you make with these designs, feel free to post them to my facebook page.

25 January 2014

2014 project: dolls house makeover

I am very excited to share my major project of the year.....the Dolls House Makeover.

I have been searching for a while to find the ideal makeover candidate and this one caught my eye....

Handmade of solid wood, not too big and a manageable amount of rooms to decorate.  It came complete with broken furniture, cobwebs and a fair amount of mouse poo...

....and a close up of the poo because I am sure you needed to see it!

Here is the front of the house...
I have great plans for my little house and I can't wait to share them with you. I am not planning on spending much money on the makeover, I really want to make use of all the bits and pieces I already have and op shop finds with maybe the odd splurge here and there!

If you would like to follow my dolls house makeover journey I will be posting quick updates on instagram @cupcakecutieone (#dollshousemakeover) and my facebook page and will also have a dedicated pinterest page.

I will of course have lots of photos and tutorials here on my blog to inspire you.

I will be sharing all the tricks and tips (and links) I can find and learn along the way and will be delving into my general dolls house pinterest page for inspiration.

I hope you can join me on my dolls house makeover journey, I can't wait to hear your feedback and advice....time to get started!

16 January 2014


LOOK over there on the right hand side at the top............its a FREE cross stitch pattern just for YOU.


Now you can stitch your favourite social media button for FREE.

Available to downloaded instantly in my Craftsy store here.

Go on you know you want it, get it now!

New Mix Tape + Instagram cross stitch patterns + a freebie on its way

NEW cross stitch patterns just uploaded to my etsy store....

...stroll down memory lane (if you are a child of the eighties like me) and stitch yourself a Mix Tape... or if you are into your Social Media stitch yourself an Instagram icon...

Both available as instant downloads in my Etsy store so you can get your stitch groove on straight away.

P.S Stay tuned for a NEW FREE PATTERN which be available tomorrow

03 January 2014

Welcome 2014!

Happy New Year!

And welcome to another year of crafty tutorials and inspirations.

Here is a sneak peek of a couple of new projects I am starting the year with...finding my inner geek.