Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The Winner is...

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway and commenting/liking/sharing/tweeting ..... you are all brilliant! 

The winner has been chosen at random and that winner is.... Francesca Barnett. Well done.

I'm now looking forward to next one, could I reach 6000 in time for a Christmas Giveaway or maybe it will be a Valentine's Day themed prize.... we shall wait and see. Thanks again for being lovely.

Love from 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

NOW CLOSED...Time for another GIVEAWAY!


Well, I've reached another wondrous milestone over on my facebook page and as a little thank you to all you very lovely likers everywhere, be it here on my blog, on facebook, pinterest, flickr or twitter, here is a little giveaway just for you.

The Prize
A trio of NEWLY designed and handmade felty Winter Creature hanging ornaments (for decoration purposes only). 
The winner will receive the set of 3 as pictured above, a penguin, polar bear and owl.

To enter:

  • Follow my blog AND leave a comment under this post
  • or Like my Facebook Page AND leave a comment under the 'Giveaway' post pinned to the top
  • or Follow me on twitter AND tweet or retweet my Giveaway 
  • or email me our entry - info@heartfelthandmade.com - just put 'Giveaway' in the subject field.
  • or enter via my website contact form, my site uses flash so it is not always compatible with all mobile phones and tablets, sorry. If this is the case please use one of the alternative ways to enter from this list.
  • LAST ENTRIES IN BY MONDAY 16th September, 2013, 22:00 hrs (UK time). You will receive an entry for each tweet/pin/posting/share, just be sure to tell me where you have shared it :o)
The Rules/Boring Bit:

Any entries received after 22:00 hours (UK time)on Mon 16th Sept will not be entered into the prize draw. 
The winner will be picked at random using a verified online random number generator, announced and contacted via email with 48 hours from close of draw.
The Prize Draw is open to all, aged 18 and above, excluding the immediate family of Marie Kitchen, owner of Heartfelt Handmade, the Promoter. 
There will only be ONE winner. 
The prize will be dispatched within 7 days of winner being announced. Please note that there is no monetary prize equivalent. 
Your email address and contact details will not be shared with any third parties and will not be used in future promotion by Heartfelt Handmade. 
This prize promotion adheres to the CAP code (the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, sales promotion and Direct Marketing).
This prize draw is not being run in conjunction with any other organisation, only Heartfelt Handmade.

Good luck folks!

Love from

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Toothy Tutorial - a freebie!


So, picture this, your small has a very wobbly tooth, of course you immediately think, 'I'll go order a Tooth Fairy Friend from Heartfelt Handmade',visit my facebook page/online shop and ... EEEEEEEEEEEEK, order book closed? 
No ready made's available in shop? 
What now? 

Well, there's always the 'put it in a little box/envelope/tissue and place under pillow method' OR there's the 'I'll make one myself' method. 
Guess which one this is ?!

Yes, this is a little tutorial that's been whirring around in my shell-like since the birth of the tooth fairy friend.(If you've ever seen my flickr gallery you will know how long that actually is!).

It's very simple, right click on the template below and save to your documents, print it off, I find the best size is approximately half the page of landscape positioned A4 paper, but you can make them any size you like, big or small, as long as the pocket eye is big enough for the Tooth Fairy's £1 coin, or rolled up dollar etc., that's generally the going rate isn't it??

You will need
  • a sheet of felt and some scraps in the colours of your choice 
  • a piece of ribbon, approximately 23 cm's / 9 inches in length. I used a 15 mm wide ribbon.
  • needle and thread for sewing
  • pins
  • scissors
  • 2 x buttons
  • stuffing - I used super soft polyester craft filler
  • template
  • instructions

Instructions

1. Cut out the templates and pin them to your felt pieces, remembering to cut out 2 pieces of the main template for the front and back of your Toothy Friend.
2. Do the same for the pocket eye, you only need one.
3. Ditto for the mouth.
4. Sew on your chosen button eyes, they don't need to match. Sew the first one onto the middle of the felt eye pocket and the second onto the front piece of your Toothy Friend. Pin the pocket and mouth onto the front of your Toothy Friend and sew them on. I like to sew by hand and I chose a simple back stitch, but you can do running stitch if you like, or use a sewing machine, the choice is yours.
5. Place the ribbon between your two Toothy felt pieces as shown. This will make your Toothy Friend easy to hang up.
6. Pin it all together in preparation for the stitching bit.
7. I used blanket stitch to sew this Toothy together, but whichever stitch, hand or machine method you use, I find this the best place to start as it allows space for stuffing later.
8/9. Sew most of the way around leaving a gap as shown.
10. Time for the stuffing. I use small pieces of stuffing at a time and, to help push the filling into all the corners, I use the blunt end of a bamboo skewer to push it in. You could also use an unsharpened pencil or your finger, whatever works! Just try not to be too forceful or to use too sharp a poker, you don't want to make holes in your lovely Toothy!
11. Once happy with the stuffedness, sew up the gap, securing the thread with a few knots, trimming the ends carefully or pushing the ends back into the Toothy, I like this method best as it's much neater.
 There you have it!!

TIPS
1. If you have smalls of the boy AND girl kind, why not make a double sided version, with pockets on both sides, one side being your boy's favourite colour and the other side your girl's chosen hue. Then everyone is happy.
2. I usually wrap the little tooth in a square of tissue before placing in the pocket, it makes it easier for the Tooth Fairy to fish it out.

So, I hope you find this simple project useful. All I politely ask is that you only use it for personal use and not for re-sale.
Thank you and enjoy, I would love to see any of your own Toothy versions, just email me your pics (info[at]heartfelthandmade.com) and I shall post them on my facebook and twitter pages. 

Have a super weekend!
Love from
x

Monday, 13 May 2013

Wedding Part 1

Weddings.....most of us love a wedding don't we?
Well, I certainly do and at the start of the year I was asked if I'd be happy to make some favours and decorations for the forthcoming wedding of the lovely Jeremy & Meredith. 
I was pretty darn excited, my first wedding and with a pink and green colour palette and lots of lovely different fabrics, I couldn't wait to get started. 
I wasn't going to let the fact that I'd never made a cushion, let alone a ring cushion, before, nor had I ever made 'proper' bunting, you know, the double sided kind, with handmade bias binding, on a sewing machine, get in my way, no siree!

First off, the favours, tied onto the napkins for each setting, along with a hand stamped name tag, with pretty 'happily ever after' ribbon from notonthehighstreet.com, 61 of these were made, all cut by hand, all stuffed by hand, all stitched by hand, 
a labour of love and I LOVE the colours...

The personalised ribbons used on each horseshoe, were made by myself of course, using my good old pc, printer, picmonkey.com and some iron on fabric transfer paper...easy.

Now for the bunting, I didn't know I'd find it so satisfying making bunting! It could be a new addiction.
Hot iron, sewing machine, long pokey thing to turn out the pointy ends of each flag (I used the blunt end of a bamboo skewer), choosing the fabric order.... 
I'm rock'n'roll all the way me!

Two sets of bunting were made, the first set with the groom and bride-to-be's names on it and the second with 'Just Married'. It's hard to photograph bunting at home but here goes...


For the ring cushion I kept it simple, using some of the bunting fabrics, I made an easy envelope fold cushion cover, adding the the ribbons for the rings and some personalisation too. I even made the cushion pad, go me!

I can't wait to see all the photos of the bunting and favours from the day, I'm hoping to show you some in a future Wedding Part 2 blog post soon!
This leaves me to just wish the happy couple a wonderful married life together, I already know they had an amazing wedding day as I've seen some pics of the fun, I might be able to sneak in a pic of them to show you too!
   

love from 
x x x

Friday, 26 April 2013

Updates aplenty

G I V E A W A Y    U P D A T E
The Giveaway has now closed and, using Random.org, a winner has been picked......
Sarah-Louise Partridge CONGRATULATIONS! 
(I have emailed the winner and will show you picks of her chosen colours of animals as soon as I've made them!).

In other news, I've made a couple more Happy Birthday Banners lately, one of them has double the amount of each tie-on number, so it can be used forever, pretty much!!!
 Finally, a little something new for the future - some work in progress for Father's Day....watch this space!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend. We are off visiting family, I shall be taking my sewing with me as always though!

Love


Monday, 22 April 2013

Giveaway time!

Ok, so it's rather overdue, but better late than never! 
As a massive thank you to all my lovely likers and followers  here is a super lovely prize draw for you.
Please just follow the link to my site and complete the entry form. Easy peasy.

IF you cannot access my site via your phone etc. then you can email your entry to info@heartfelthandmade.com.
Don't forget to read the Rules!!
Good Luck!
(Last entries in by Friday 26th April, 10pm (UK time).)
Thank you.

Love from

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Hello!

So, this morning I logged into my facebook page only to see that I was at 2999 likers. Woah there, what a lot of lovely likers, thank you muchly. So, as you do, I thought it was worth an ickle mention (secretly hoping not to instantly lose anyone in the process). An hour later I've whooshed past the 3000 mark and have been doing a happy dance all morning. 
Of course, it really goes without saying, that I love you blog lot too.....you have been listening to my ramblings for a looooong time!

Now, I don't normally do this, I hate the camera, and I don't know how to pose properly, plus I don't really take many things very seriously, even when it's just me at home alone with my camera, trying to take a self portrait and not looking too much of a doofus. 
Anywho, I thought it would only be polite to say, 
"HELLLOOOOOOO! This is me!!".

 Don't zoom in too close, I didn't have a chance to airbrush or remove the shine!

Hopefully I won't scare off too many followers after this ;-)
Most people celebrate with a giveaway (I may still rustle one up very soon) but no, I give you my face instead - lucky you!! Sorry about that.
Have a happy Tuesday!

Love

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Felt Bow Template

If you are a keen pinner you may have come across this very cute felt bow DIY/Tutorial.
 I found it via Shannon Cook's pinterest boards and I've looked long and hard for a template to use but couldn't find one anywhere. So, I've made my own.
 
It's slightly different, but feel free to right click on the pic below, save it to your computer, print it out to whatever size you like and make some of your own.
Adapt it to your liking, it's only meant as a rough template, so could probably do with some tweaking!


Have fun!
Love

Friday, 4 January 2013

Party Pandas & a flourish of flamingos


At some point during the crazy making that took over December, my big girl turned 9! 
This year's birthday theme, chosen by the little lady herself, was Pandas. 'I' had wanted a 'Sleeping on Cloud 9' party theme as she had also chosen to have a slumber party and 'I' love all things cloud-like and 'I' had been pinning ideas to my pinterest 'On Cloud 9' board forever and 'I' wanted to make the girls cloud cushions, and 'I'...... well, it wasn't about me was it, so I quickly moved on once Maddie had made it clear that Pandas were the only option. Although pinterest board you are still there and not forgotten, maybe my youngest will humour me in a couple of years time! 

So, Panda's it was and I'm very pleased too as it's a rather cute theme. I still made the party bags, well, designed a transfer (I used picmonkey.com to layer up shapes and make the panda design below) then ironed it onto ready made drawstring bags I bought from ebay, which is almost the same right?. 

In the party bags we had: Panda eye masks, which are on sale on Amazon.co.uk, Panda high-lighter pens from Paperchase and panda keyrings and badges from artbox.co.uk. It was so much fun getting together all the panda goodies. I spent a bit more than usual as I didn't need to fill as many party bags. I went for quality not quantity this time round.

Please feel free to use this Panda motif for your own personal use, just right click and save it. Add some pink circles for rosy cheeks if you like!


Natasha from Nevie-Pie Cakes delivered the goodies, literally, with an amazingly special birthday cake and party favor cookies - delicious and adorable! 


The paper ball decorations, only £1 each, were a find at Wilko's. The plastic popcorn tubs were from Jess at Reilly & Moss, we used these during movie time. 
Maddie's name banner was made by me, last year, for her 8th birthday, which was a spa party theme, oops, never got around to posting pics of that one!.

 photo: Nevie-Pie Cakes

The large number 9 was drawn freehand onto the side of a cardboard box, cut out, painted white and decorated with washi tape stripes. A very quick and easy DIY craft.

We played some games too, one was the crazy nail polish game. All you need are 5 bottles of colourful nail polish and using a permanent marker numbered them from 1 to 5. Then each girl took turns in rolling the dice. Which ever number it landed on, they painted one nail that colour. As there were 6 of them it took a while so we divided the game in half, completed one hand before the movie, then the other one after. 

We also played 'Get Lippy' which I bought from Talking Tables. It's a great kid-friendly truth or dare game with some amusing results. 'Pretend to be sumo wrestlers' was a particular favourite!

Panda Cookies - photo courtesy of Nevie-Pie Cakes

The party was fab, apart from it being a sleepover, which I knew really meant 'no-sleep' over but 1.30am? That was when they finally went to sleep. They didn't arise until 8 am the next morning though and they sat around the kitchen table eating cereal, pancakes and mini muffins - all bright eyed and bushy-tailed, whilst I hung around skulking, all dark shadowed eyes and chain drinking coffee! Ha ha.

Oh, I almost forgot, I designed a door sign for Maddie's bedroom door too, I reversed it and printed it onto t-shirt fabric transfer paper, then ironed it onto some white fabric, sewed it onto a large circle of black felt with a ribbon for hanging, sorry no picture of the finished creation, but hopefully you get the idea. You could print it onto card stock too for a paper version. Another easy DIY craft.


Less than a week later, I snuck in a couple of small girlie soirees of my own, to celebrate my rather LARGE birthday....
I'm 40!!!!
Again, the lovely Natasha from Nevie-Pie Cakes (how blinking lucky am I to have a cake artist supremo as a buddy? *smug face*) made an amazing pink and sparkly flamingo themed masterpiece.


 Although I'd chosen a flamingo theme for my girls night in with a few gal pals (I'd already been out for a drinky night with gal pals too - but it's a BIG birthday, so 2 girly nights are fine, right?). I had managed to get some flamingo drinking straws and food picks in, but what with all the Christmas sewing etc. I was rather low on the pink feathered decor. Thankfully my friends did not let me down, they brought inflatable pink flamingos, a homemade flamingo pinata (too funny for words), tonnes of bubbly, some nibbles and loads of fab pressies too. I was spoilt! 

The next birthday party is my little Georgie, she will be 7 in May, now she'd really like a build-a-bear party so not much for me to do there as the venue provides all the party food and decor, although we always need cake and party bags....I've already started pinning

What are your favourite party themes? I'm keen on a fawn-themed party too at some point...another pinterest board is in progress for that one, maybe I need more children, or possibly just throw more parties - sounds like a better option!

Have fun!
Love

Thursday, 3 January 2013

New beginnings..

It's the start of a new year, lots of late night sketching occurred last night, 
into the early hours, I just couldn't sleep for ideas! 

New Year's Resolutions? Well, I'm not even going to pretend to be a better blogger in 2013, as you know, I tend to get waylaid by stitching. You know what I'm like. 

So, where's the crazy Christmas season gone? 
To keep you updated on what I've been up to since November, these pics should give you some idea!

It's been mad, there's no denying it, I took on way too many Christmas orders, shoe horned in my eldest's 9th birthday party (more on that later) and squeezed in a couple of celebrations for a rather significant birthday of my own, can't believe I'm 40!!!!

I will need a new strategy for the 2013 silly season as I just cannot keep up with everything at this rate, my hands gave in to repetitive strain injury in early December, (they are still a bit stiff), and I worked through the night on too many occasions to mention in order to get all the orders out.

 But, a massive THANKS goes out to everyone for their wonderful support of Heartfelt Handmade, without you I would not be able to call this crafty life my full-time job.

So, here is a round up of my Christmas makes, some items didn't make it to the montage, the light was mostly pants for taking pics, a lot of items I can't even remember making, I must have been a coffee/chocolate fueled making machine!
For close up shots take a look through my flickr photo gallery.





 By the way, I'm taking orders for Christmas 2013 NOW! Tee hee.

Happy 2013 to you all, 
may it bring you lots of love and laughter.

Love