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My Craft Swap with RubyRedcrafts

I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a craft swap with the lovely RubyRedcrafts. It was the first craft swap I’ve ever participated in and it was so much fun. I’ve been following Rachel from RubyRedcrafts on Instagram for some time and after seeing all of her beautiful makes, I was able to gain a real sense of what kind of things she liked. Here’s what I made:

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Anybody who knows me well, knows that I absolutely love crochet. I taught myself to crochet several years ago and have been happily ‘hooking’ ever since! I just find it so incredibly therapeutic (unless of course I’m following a very tricky pattern) and I love how easy it is to add colour. I run a local, fortnightly crochet group in a cafe, so a lot of tasty cake and warm hot chocolate was consumed whilst this was made. As Easter is coming up, I thought it would make the perfect garland. I’ve made quite a few crocheted party decorations similar to this and I always have so much fun with them.

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Pastel felt flower gift tags with pink twine, need I say any more? Rachel spends a lot of time in her craft room and plans to use these as organisational tags for all of her crafty bits. The felt flowers were all cut by hand by myself. I drew a brief outline of each flower on thin paper to start with to use as templates. After choosing the felt and cutting out each shape, I used a mixture of hand sewing and hot glue gun, with some added embellishments. The brown gift tags came from my local craft store and were the perfect colour, as the pastel colours really shine through against the background colour.

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Rachel and I agreed on three items, the third being these tall, patterned heart cake toppers, perfect for decorating beautiful cakes with at special parties and events.

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This wrapping paper I used to wrap the gifts in was perfect, as it felt so seasonal. The Spring like colours and delicate flowers stood out to me whilst choosing the wrapping paper and the pink twine was the perfect addition!

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These fabulous handmade gifts were Rachel’s craft swap to me. How stunning are they? I love each and every one item Rachel sent and was so overwhelmed that they were created with love especially for me. I’ve now placed the gorgeous padded heart garland in my kitchen. The patchwork needle case is displayed proudly in my craft room next to my sewing machine. It will definitely be used as I’ve been thinking about teaching myself to make patchwork quilts and accessories for some time now. Rachel also included a beautiful handmade coaster for all of my lovely mugs and look at that little rosette!

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Last but not least, Rachel has an adorable dog named Wilson, so I couldn’t leave him out. I have two miniature poodles named Felix and Mabel, and they both love Lily’s Kitchen bedtime biscuits. They are the perfect treat for lucky pooches!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and do get in touch if I’ve inspired you! Have a lovely week.

 

DIY Party Crafts

Let’s celebrate with crochet!

Anybody who follows me on Instagram or Facebook may have noticed my love for crochet. It’s been a serious hobby of mine for many years now and I really don’t know how I’d be filling my spare time if it wasn’t for crochet. I run a fortnightly crochet group in Bath, UK where I live (and love) and it’s been fabulous so far. We gather at a local coffee shop with our crochet projects and fill ourselves silly with tea, cake and other yummy treats, so much so I’m usually far too busy trying to decide what my next yummy treat will be to even contemplate counting stitches! I recently finished this blanket for a lovely Mummy-to-be who attends the crochet group (pictures below) and it got me thinking… I haven’t done any crochet related blog posts at all since I started blogging. This needs to be changed immediately!

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With this in mind, I thought I’d round up a few of my favourite celebration crochet pieces, perfect for party decor.

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I absolutely adore this cake topper bunting, by MadebyElina. I’m a big fan of colour and I can definitely imagine this being used on a beautiful celebration cake. Little touches like this are adorable and it makes me want to throw a fun, vibrant party.

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We all know how difficult macaroons are to make, right? I haven’t been daring enough to try them yet, although I could be tempted to grab my crochet hook and wool and opt for these ones instead! They would certainly add a special touch of handmade to any party table, as long as you’re offering some edible treats for the hungry guests of course. In addition to these, feast your eyes on this crocheted birthday cake below, beautifully made by One Sheepish Girl. Tempted by these crocheted treats yet?

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Last but not least, this beautiful crocheted chain link garland by Creative Jewish Mom is a fantastic alternative to paper chains. Obviously a party wouldn’t be a party without these, right? I’m glad we are in agreement there.

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I hope I’ve inspired you. Happy party planning….or crocheting and hope to see you again soon!