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Treasuries Galore!

It turns out I’ve been included in 3, yes THREE, treasurys in the last couple of days! How exciting! 😀

The first is this ‘fabulous’ hot pink treasury by Papertree lane which featured my childs pink, polkadot skirt. Such a cute treasury with some amazing items for the girly girl!

My teal blue apron has also been featured in this treasury by Patty Mora Photo which is just stunning! I always love this colour and there are some truly gorgeous items in this treasury!

And last, but not least, another apron has been featured in this brilliantly fun treasury by Sethayla. This treasury is so bright and cheerful! Everything I want The Penguin Theory to be about!

All these treasuries are just stunning, i’m so happy to have been included in them all! Hopefully I can return the favour, if my work hours will stop getting in the way of my Etsy-ing that is!!

‘Till next time!


Childs Graffiti Apron

This Apron is now available in my Etsy Shop!

This cool apron is perfect for little boys (and girls) who are just getting into baking!

It features a griffiti print on cotton and is lined with a matching grey cotton.

It has one big pocket perfect for holding all the little kitchen essentials such as cookie cutters and rolling pins.

All the straps are strengthened and the neck strap is adjustable.

It is available in bigger sizes and/or with the children’s baking set (pictured) on request.

This would be a perfect gift this christmas especially if paired with a cute children’s baking book!


WI Finchley Frost Fair!

Tomorrow is the Day of the WI Finchley Frost Fair!

I will be there along with other great crafters such as Making MosaicsMahliqa wire jewelleryTom Butcher Ceramics, Stu Gardener Designs and many many more!

I’m a little worried to have my crafts sat along side all these artists and definitely wish I had more stock, but I am excited non the less. Just have a 12 -close shift (yes that’s 13+ hours) to get out of the way and then I can get even more excited!

Here are a couple of my new Items you might be able to see there:

A cute, double layered, polkadot skirt for a toddler.

A little boys apron, so he can make mud pies or what ever little boys like to eat.

Hope to see you there!!

Till next time!


Working Hard and Feeling Famous

I haven’t been updating things recently as i’ve been busy working far too many hours at my day job, but at least it’s (sort of) paying the bills.

Even on my (very few) days off i’ve been off doing other things and haven’t been able to sew.

On Saturday we took a trip to the Natural History Museum with one of Ash’s friends. I love that museum, maybe because i’m obsessed with animals and they have a giant dinosaur… But i soon had to go home as I had work in the evening. Still, it was a very exciting day out 🙂

Yesterday I had a day off, but again spent it having fun rather than sewing (ok so a different kind of fun…). I think Ash has been feeling a little neglected with me working so much, even when i’m home i tend to be working on Penguin Theory, so we decided to use my day off to have some couple time. We spent the morning playing video games together (i managed to squeeze in a little Penguin Theory time) and just generally having a laugh together.

Then in the evening we decided to go to the cinema. We don’t have a lot of money and so the only reason we thought of doing this was because of an offer with Galaxy chocolate bags. 4 bags gained us 1 free cinema ticket, and considering the tesco below us sells them for £1 each, this makes the tickets extremely cheap! So that was the sweets and tickets sorted, so we just took in a few bottles of mountain dew that had been left at ours. We even saved money on parking as it was free after 6! We’re planning on doing it again as we can get two more free tickets.

The only problem is we already have enough chocolate to last a week…wait did I say problem?

Today though I have been a busy bee. I’ve already listed a new item, an adorable reversible apron for children!

I’ve been playing with the background on these images and now they seem to match my banners and logo. What do you guys think to it?

Talking of banners, i’ve updated not only my blog banner, and etsy widget but also the banner on my etsy shop and some of the images on the About page! Personally I think they’re an improvement but feedback would be greatly appreciated 🙂

In even more exciting news! This morning I seem to be on the Europe wide Etsy homepage! I feel kind of like a celebrity! I got so excited i even made a screenshot before it disapeared. You can see my pink flower apron in the middle of the top row of aprons.

All in all a very exciting few days 🙂

But now it’s time for the day job again…

Till next time!


Some new Aprons

It’s been a while since I uploaded anything to Etsy. I’ve just been too tired from working a lot. Not helped by working until close this week (I usually get home around 2) and we’ve had roadworks outside our window waking me up every morning. I was tempted to complain about it, as it’s really not fair if people have to work nights, but then again, they’re just doing their job and it’s probably something that really needs doing.

But any way, I’ve decided to go through all my old stock and retake the pictures. There’s a lot that I haven’t even put onto Etsy and so I think it’s time I finally uploaded them. So far i’ve only listed a couple of Aprons, but there are a lot more to come!

Blue/Green Striped Apron

Pink Flower Apron

I’m also still working on some other projects which should hopefully be completed soon. So many projects in the pipeline but it seems like so little time to do them!

Well, I better get cracking I suppose. 🙂

‘Till next time!


Getting Ready for the Festive Season.

I’ve finally added a new Item to my shop!

I know I said in my last post that I was working on an apron but I found out that I don’t have the right coloured thread for the top stitching so I decided to make something else instead.

Proof i did start the apron…

I was looking through all my materials and found some with a Christmas theme left over from gifts i’d made the family last christmas. Etsy has just had a big push on ‘Christmas in July’ and there was lots of advice telling shop owners to get festive items in their shops nice and early, so I figured I may as well get some in my own shop in preparation.

As there wasn’t a lot of material left I decided to make a tie. I made ties for all the men in my family last christmas and they seemed to be a big hit! My grandpa actually got the tie made from the same material as this one and seemed so proud to have it! It made me really happy to see him so excited to wear something i’d made!

I really like this material, it’s festive but sophisticated at the same time. I think it makes a tie that’s perfect for adding a bit of fun, festive cheer and can be worn to any kind of event, whether serious or more relaxed.

I also incorporated the penguin I spoke about in my last post. I’ve sewn it onto the back of the large end and think it works really well!

I’m very proud of this Item and think it is the best tie i’ve made so far (quite likely with the help of my new snazzy machine!) . It’s now for sale in my shop right here. So if you’re wanting to do a bit of early christmas shopping please stop by!

I’m sure i’ll be making more festive Items in the future, the only problem is i’m not sure what kind of items to make, other than Ties and Aprons. I had also thought of making a stocking or two, or some kind of festive gift bag. What do you think I should make with my material? What would you want to buy this Christmas? Please leave suggestions in the comments below or fill in the poll on my facebook page  🙂 It would be very useful.


A Cheap Way to Tag my Creations

I’ve been playing with all the different fun stitches on my sewing machine.  (although not all of them yet as I never got round to changing the foot)

One of my stitches allows me to add applique work on a piece of material. This has given me an idea to be able to brand all my items.

I can’t afford to have my own labels printed to be sewn in, or at least I can’t afford the bulk prices which make them cheap (Money is a bit of a struggle at the moment) so i’ve been trying to think of a way to make them myself. Now with my ability to applique i had the bright idea of a small penguin to be sewn onto all my items. Its cute and cheap and will let everyone know where the items came from, a little bit like the sewn crocodiles/alligators on lacost clothing i guess (but obviously a lot cuter).

I’ve already had a go at one on a little piece of scrap material. At first i was a little messy, the feet look terrible, but once i’d made it round to the head i’d gotten the hang of it. Hopefully the next one will be a lot better.

Hopefully i’ll be able to show you one on an actual product tomorrow as i’m busy finishing off an apron I cut out months and months ago!

But for now it’s time to cuddle up with a film and go to bed, ready for my shift at work early tomorrow morning.

‘Till next time! 🙂


Exciting Times Leave no Time to Blog

So I haven’t blogged in far too long, but things have been, well, hectic.

I’ve been searching for flats in London for the boyfriend and I to move into. I managed to find one gorgeous (yet small) flat in the north and have put a deposit down on it. We’re hoping to move very soon, just having to sort out the paper work (which has been very stressful).

Should be living here very soon!

I’ve also been working with a sales and marketing company temporarily. It’s taught me a lot about how to sell my own projects and hopefully will help me gain a few sales. Unfortunately I’ve had to leave after my mother refused to be a guarantor for the flat unless one of us had a regular paid job (we were both earning by commission so i understand her worries). I went for a few interviews around and finally managed to get a job in a Weatherspoons, just a 10minute bus ride away from our new flat! I’ve always wanted to be a barmaid at least for a little bit! The only problem is that now I will probably be earning less money, definitely not enough to cover expenses, and so we are, unwillingly, looking into receiving some housing benefits to help us along for the time being. I am also  considering keeping up the sales job on my days off as well, but this is depending on another exciting development in the form of a stall for my crafts!

My sisters-boyfriends-mother also does crafty things (making some amazing aprons like this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200727530177?ssPageName=STRK%3AMESOX%3AIT&_trksid=p3984.m1559.l2649#ht_1441wt_1348) and was thinking of opening a stall in camden market. However she lives in the north and so would need someone to run it for her. That is where i come in, she’s asked if I can run it for her and in return i will be able to place some of my items along side hers. Obviously i jumped at the chance to say yes but it could be a while before all the logistics are figured out and I know if it’s really going to go ahead.

In other news, i’ve been celebrating my sisters birthday. We went to watch Les Miserables, then had a nice posh meal before going out for some drinks. I would have loved to stay out longer but the last train back to Essex was 12:40 and I really didn’t want to sleep on the floor. I also made her present, my first ever clothing item! It didn’t exactly go to plan and wasn’t really the best thing ever, I definitely feel I should buy her something to make up for it. At least i’ve learnt for next time, a bit more practice and it should be fine i’m sure.

Today i have been making things again for the first time in weeks! I had a brainwave with an old brcelet i never wear and started making some earrings. However i’m a little unsure of how to finish them off…I know what i want, just not how to do it.

I also started my first tiara which isn’t turning out too badly, but could be better. I think it needs more of the pretty stones on it.

Not the best photo’s i know, but my camera is re-charging.

Hopefully my next blog will be sooner, but, as we’re expecting being able to move any day now that might not be the case.

Until next time!

Stay happy!

Claire x


Valentines Alone

Yes, as the title suggests, I pretty much spent valentines alone, despite actually having a boyfriend. But we’ll get into that later…

I had an exciting day on Sunday as I got up early to go to london to try and become an extra in the film adaption of Les Miserables. A ridiculous number of people turned up (like 7000?) and there were only 300 roles that needed filling (ha! only!). A lot of people didn’t even get through the doors, luckily I somehow managed to.

A teeny tiny part of the queue

Once i was in we were asked to fill in a form, then got measurements taken and a photograph. Apparently I should find out before the end of the month so fingers crossed!

After coming home from the auditions the boyfriend and I decided to go on a little date. Since he saw the adverts for Star Wars in 3D he’s been wanting to go and see it so that seemed like the obvious choice.

We’d both already seen the movie so knew the story line and what to expect, but the 3D definitely enhanced the experience. The pod racing, the  flight in space, the fight scenes. Everything just seemed so much bigger and more exciting, although I guess the big screen could have contributed to that as well. In fact i don’t even think he wanted to see it for the 3D, he just wanted to see Star Wars in the cinema.

Monday passed with no big events and was rather boring, but as we all know, today (or yesterday as it is past midnight, whoops!) is valentines.

I’ve spent pretty much the whole of valentines on my own. Woke up at 8 to the boyfriends alarm, played Skyrim until 12 (It was a lazy day ok) then wandered into town on the search for fabric to make his valentines present. However,  I couldn’t really find any nice fabrics and instead bought a t-shirt with a lion on it (something i’ve always wanted, it was love at first sight).

Lion top plus some new awesome material (mentioned later)

Eventually, with the help of my amazing smart phone (seriously how did I ever cope without?), I found that there was a big fabric store about a 5 minute drive away!

I only went in for one bit of fabric but ended up coming back with 3…Something that seems to happen everytime I buy fabric. I seriously need someone to come with me to fabric stores and stop me spending too much.

I bought some polkadot to go with another polkadot for an apron I have in mind, so I guess that’s acceptable.

I also got this amazing, wipeable material, almost like linoleum. It has big crayons on it and i think will make the perfect craft apron for a child. I’m so excited to use it, i just hope that it doesn’t break my needle. So i’ve decided I can get away with that purchase too.

The last fabric was a stripey brown, grey, white and black that was actually what i’d gone there for, so obviously that was acceptable too. This was to make a nice tie for my boyfriend as he’s been asking me for one for ages and what a perfect time to give him one! (plus I have loads left to make more ties as the material turned out really nice)

I’m just waiting for him to come back from work now to give it to him, i think he thinks i haven’t got him anything so it will be a nice surprise.

I would love to hear about what kind of things anyone else made (or bought) for their valentines.

Till next time, Stay happy!


Snow, Drinks and Aprons!

First off, here’s a picture of the boyfriend cooking me food in his apron after my failure of taking a picture of him before. He likes the apron a lot.

There’s been a lot of snow this last weekend. Obviously I took a break from crafts and acting to play in it, especially as I missed all the snow last year. I was always at the wrong end of the country.

I was actually in London when the snow started to fall. I’d gone for some more extra work but that ended up being cancelled so I met up with my sister instead and went shopping. She bought loads of nice things, but I was being careful with my money as I felt a little guilty after spending £10 on material whilst waiting for her. Shepherds bush is far too good for buying Fabric, I should never be allowed there.

I did, however, treat myself to a hat. It’s a bear hat and I love it.

I then went and crashed her friends birthday meal at an indian place. It was really yummy. I don’t even remember what I had as we all kinda shared.

Next we moved on to a nice cocktail bar called Fravds. Their cocktails were amazing! It’s really hidden, just under a furniture shop with a small sign. It was also very crowded and took us a while to find a table, even when we had a few of us were sat on steps next to it. But the crampt-ness of the place just seemed to add to it’s atmosphere. I gradually got quite quite drunk and then had to find my way across london in the snow to meet Ash (and his workmates) who had just finished a meal of their own. We ended up getting back to Essex in the early hours of the morning with a thick blanket of snow on the ground, something my feet in their weather-innapropiate footwear were not too happy about.

On the Sunday Ash and I decided to make a giant snowman. It ended up being the scariest thing we’ve seen, with a pigs head on one side and a dogs on the other,we named it the snow-dog-pig. Very imaginative.

During the week I went to a house viewing. Well I say house, it was actually a Studio flat, in fact you couldn’t even call it flat as it was just one room (as studio flats are) probably about the same size as our bedroom now. There was barely any room to really live, but I guess we don’t really need much more for now. More house viewings to come i’m sure.

On thursday Ashley ended to having to take a day off work as he’d hurt his ankle. We ended up spending the whole day in pyjamas eating food that was bad for us and watching various films and TV shows. Was definitely a good, if not very unproductive, day.

Yesterday I just spent the day making probably my favourite Apron so far. I haven’t got a proper photo of it yet, but here’s a sneak preview. It should be on my Etsy later on today.

Till next time! Stay Happy!


Productivity

Ok so I didn’t finish the apron I said I was going to finish, but I did do most of it by the time I said. I didn’t want to sew too late as my sewing machine is really loud, although I might have solved this by putting it atop a nice wad of fabric now.

This is where I got up to…

But anyways it’s all done now, finished a couple of hours ago! Just got to wait for the Boyfriend to get home so I can give it to him. Now i’m making another ‘cupcake’ apron for a very young child with a matching chefs hat. Should be very cute.

I am the cook you deserve but not the cook you need.
Me wearing the finished product!

I could have finished it yesterday, however i went to be an extra a filming instead. I was paid £5 towards travel and given as much tea and biscuits as I liked. We were also fed some delicious stew and rice. Seriously the best stew i’ve ever tasted!

Part of the Film Set

There was an extra surprise in store as James Phelps of Harry Potter fame (Fred Weasley) was also being filmed.

Cue me showing my distinct lack of smoothness whilst trying to get a picture. The accidental flash definitely gave me away and he was looking right at me. My surprised noise and quick movement of the phone also did nothing to help matters and at the end I only got a blurry picture of a table.

Skills.

The thing is he seemed totally nice and like he wouldn’t have minded at all if i’d just asked, but I was having a Socially Awkward Penguin moment and couldn’t pluck up the courage to just say hi.

Blurry Picture of Film Set

Even better is that I’ve agreed to go on Saturday as well. I wonder if he’ll be there again.

I’ve also been busy trying to solve a rubix cube as my boyfriend is trying to teach me. For ages I couldn’t even do the first stage but now I’m doing better, although need a lot more practice.

I was stuck at this point for ages, the white was supposed to make a cross.

 Hopefully I will have solved my first rubix cube in the next couple of days.

Till then I better get practicing and sewing and trying to be smooth.

Instructions


Just Trying To Get An Income.

So again i’ve had a busy week.

I’ve been applying for jobs left, right and center and yet so far have only had two come back to me. Both part timers at Weatherspoons.

To be honest these would be perfect for me if I could get one (one more than the other for location) as then I can have a regular income as well as time to make my crafty things and audition for acting jobs.

I went for my first interview today at the ‘spoons’ i’d most like to work with as it’s located exactly where myself and the boyfriend we’re thinking of moving too (yes we’re moving again, this room is only temporary whilst we find a place). I think it went well, at least I did the best I could. I will find out in a couple of days whether or not I made it through to the second stage of interviews so fingers crossed!

Just incase though, I have the other interview tomorrow and I’m still applying for jobs.

I also have some acting jobs lined up. Ok so they’re voluntary, but it should be good for my film reel and such so all’s good.

Sitting on my 'chair' in my interview outfit.

Luckily I now have all my sewing and jewellery equipment set up and in use now! So I have lots of things I can make to fill my time in between the job search. We bought a new desk and bookcase thing from IKEA (love that place) which looks pretty nifty! Unfortunately we don’t have a chair yet so i’m having to sit on some drawers which isn’t the most comfortable but it will suffice.

I have several projects on the go at the moment including an apron for my boyfriend as he’s been asking for one from me for ages. I found this Batman fabric and decided it had to be done. He’s very excited.

Nananananananana BATMAN!

Nananananananana BATMAN!

I’m sure i’ll be able to show the results tomorrow.

If not i’ve been naughty and got distracted again.

Till next time!

Stay Happy!


A Pinch of Cuteness

It was recently my cousins 10th birthday and I’d heard that she might like one of my aprons. So I toddled off to look for material with my sister and came across this ADORABLE cupcake stuff!

So I got to work. Aprons are pretty much second nature to me now after the mounds of them made for christmas and so it was pretty easy going, but as usual I seemed to leave most of the work until the last minute. I’ll learn one day i’m sure.

All wrapped up!

My grandparents also commissioned me to make her a bracelet and necklace.

Commissioned Jewellery

When she opened up her present she was very pleased, especially as it matched a cupcake cookbook she’d got earlier on in the day! I need to find some time to go visit and bake some cupcakes with her I think.

Trying it on

Ready to bake!

Just a couple of days ago I went to a Conference/Awards Ceremony at my boyfriends work. Partly because I wasn’t doing anything else, partly because I barely see him with the hours he works. His office decided all to wear Maroon ties so I went to town and found some sale bargains so I could fit in with their colour scheme! This whole outfit cost less then £30 (Not including my shoes). I think the bag was the biggest bargain of the day, reduced to £8 from over £20.

Attractive face full of burger

There were lots of speeches which were actually very interesting and quite inspirational, some of them were even giving off the same message as ‘The Penguin Theory’ from earlier on in my blog. There was only one speaker who I started dozing off too which I think was pretty good going. Then there was talk of a ‘guest speaker’. We figured it would end up being maybe the owner of the company or something. Needless to say, we were very pleasantly surprised when out walked James Caan (of Dragons Den fame)!

He talked about how he got into business and how he got onto Dragons Den. It was very inspirational and he truly seems like a likeable, hardworking man. Apparently his first investment on Dragons Den was a Doggy Treadmill.

Interesting Drinks Stirrer. We called him Gerald.

After the conference I asked Ash if we could go on a little date as we’d barely seen each other. We ended up going to a Giraffe restaurant. I had a posh Chicken Kiev which was very tasty. It was really nice to just be able to speak to each other and have fun, it felt like we hadn’t had some ‘us’ time in ages. Even though we now live together it’s doesn’t really feel like it as he works so much…He’s just a teddybear I cuddle at night (once he arrives home).

But he is a very cuddly teddybear so i’m not complaining.

The look of hunger is in my eyes

For now though I’m having to rely on my Gromit (of wallace and gromit) hotwater bottle cover to cuddle as i’m back in the north. Not for long though as i’m just  picking up the last of my things (including all of my craft things!) before going back again tomorrow.

I’ve missed my crafts far too much so i’m ridiculously excited to finally be able to pick them up!

Till next time!

Stay Happy!


Festive Makings and a Job search

Ok, so it’s quite late but i have been rather busy.

Just before christmas I decided to buy all this christmassy fabric in the hopes of making my family some gifts.

Make-Shift Stencils

Cue me being really unorganised and failing to get anything done.

This lead to me working like a crazy woman, my boyfriend even started calling me his ‘little chinese worker’, to get them finished on time.

Trying not to stab my fingers

I had made a couple of Aprons before, but this time I decided to go all out, giving them all a nice lining (even in the pockets). The ties also have a nice lining on them (unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the finished products before everyone left)

Christmas itself was probably one of my favourite christmases we’ve had, even my mum has been saying the same.

My boyfriend, Ash, had decided to spend it with us instead of his own family (long story) so I was especially happy.

sew sew sew

We started the day as normal, opening stocking presents (I’d bought some for Ash so that he didn’t feel left out). I got a cookbook, lots of chocolate, some amazingly pretty beads (i’m just itching to use) along with the usual socks and knickers.

We then took our usual trip to see some extended family members, had a few glasses of alcohol, exchanged a few gifts, before coming back to sort out food and such. I also then disappeared upstairs to carry on making some bags for my aunts to put their presents in (a selection of mustard and soaps). Yes I was so badly organised I was even working on christmas day itself.

Measuring

Eventually the whole family arrived. Aunts, Uncle, Cousins, Grandparents all descended on us. There were 14 of us in total (3 being littles) and so it was very busy. We had to drag the kitchen table into our living room (good job it’s a big room!) and get all the emergency chairs out, including piano stools.

My grandpa waved his new tie happily when he arrived exclaiming how he was sorry he was no longer wearing it, he was just too warm. Made me very happy to see how much everyone was enjoying the things i’d made for them.

Concentrating very hard apparently.

We thought it was going to be far to hectic and noisy for the grandparents, and there would be too many people all getting in the way, but thankfully my xbox kept the children amused upstairs whilst the food was being prepared and everything seemed to run smoothly!

I got some brilliant presents, David Attenborough’s Autobiography (i’ve always been obsessed), A years subscription to a jewellery magazine, a new suitcase (the wheels on mine look like they’ve exploded), clothing and books.

Final Iron

All together, a very successful christmas.

Ash text me the other day saying how his work mates picked on his tie (to be fair it is bright red with reindeers on it…) and then when he mentioned i’d made it they were all shocked and refused to believe him until they saw it didn’t have any tags. (That reminds me…I must get some tags made.) Again it made me so happy to hear how impressed people were with my work! Definitely going to keep this sewing malarky up. Hopefully I will be moving onto clothing soon…or at least some more complicated aprons and lots more ties.

My sister and her Apron next to the Christmas tree.

In other news. I will be changing the name of my business. Claire’s Crafty Creations is just too boring and over done. My mum doesn’t agree, but then I doubt she hasn’t searched it in google. Far too many shops pop up. I need something exciting and different, that means something to me. I was thinking of ‘The Penguin Theory’, which you will recognise if you’ve read my earlier posts, I even have permission from the co-founder of the penguin theory. (I say co-founder, but she was the one who really first mentioned it). I would also have a mascot of a penguin called ‘Gru-gru’ named after one of my penguins from the origins of this theory.

Back View

When I told my mother all this she didn’t seem to think it was a good idea as it didn’t say what my items were, even mentioning that a lot high street shops don’t tend to either didn’t seem to sway her, I mean ‘Monsoon’ doesn’t shout clothing to me, just lots and lots of rain.

Anyone got any advice or ideas?

In other news, I’VE MOVED! (hence the long silence)

I no longer live in the north but am based down in Essex. I wanted to be closer to London and the Boyfriend needed help with rent so it just seemed like a good idea. Since i’ve got here I’ve sorted out our room about 3 times, applied for every job I could find, handed out as many CVs as possible and sketched more designs for when I bring all my crafty stuff down. (I’m actually going to get the rest of my stuff tomorrow).

I just got news today that I have got myself an interview in a Weatherspoons about 40minutes away (my car is ridiculously economical so petrol shouldn’t be too expensive). It’s for a part time job which is perfect as then I still have plenty of time to sew and go to auditions!

Better start picking out a smart outfit and practice answering questions!

Till next time, stay happy!

Sexy Pose for a sexy lining.


Christmas Is Coming!

So again i’ve been a terrible blogger. I have a lot catch up with!

Anyways, I thought a good way to get back into blogging again would be to search around Folksy for the best christmassy items I can find. Partly to enter an awesome competition, partly to give myself ideas for what to make.

I have tried to look through a lot of different categories to try and get a nice range of things to inspire me.

These are in no particular order of preferance, but here are 18 quirky and fun christmassy things I felt deserved to be on Folksy’s front page! (This took me far longer to do than I care to admit)

1. Decorative Ball

I have always loved this shop (thepicapica), it’s always full of really unusual things and this ‘Decorative Ball’ is no exception.  It’s just so intricate and pretty, I would love to have this hanging up no matter what time of year!

2. Penguin Decorations

Not only are these ridiculously cute, but I really love penguins (and the penguin theory!). And as a plus they are all unique as they are cut separately! I can already see  different personality in each of these in the picture. You can find these penguins here.

3. Paper Decoration

I love the hint of festive colour in this ‘Eco-Friendly’ paper decoration. The intricate patterns really make this look unique and, in my point of view, a big statement piece. But don’t worry, you don’t need to hammer nails into your wall, they do come with a thread to hang it on, as well as a variety of colours and styles to match your christmas theme.

4. Snowman Kit

When I first saw this Snowman kit I was thinking ‘What is wrong with just using a real carrot and stones?’, but the more I thought about it the better this seemed. I mean the amount of hats and scarfs that have been ruined from being left out until the muddy sludge saturated them beyond repair in my own family alone is pretty high, and having a special outfit set aside for the snowman to be dressed in just seems to make the moment even more special.

5. Snowflake Necklace

Again I’m attracted to the modern look of this snowflake necklace. I think even the little dot of silver adds to the look, and don’t even get me started on the cute ‘WivWuv’ heart at the end letting you know where you got it from, I think I need to figure out how to make those tags for my own shop…

6. Personalised Letter from Santa

If anything will keep the kids believing for a little longer it would be a personalised letter from santa, and, for the kids still fully convinced, what a way to add a little extra magic! I know I would have loved one of these as a kid in amongst my stocking presents, I doubt my mum would have appreciated the glitter though…

7. Rudolf Card

Not only is this handmade/hand-drawn Rudolf Card ridiculously cute, but it’s also recycled for all you environmentally friendly out there! It’s even got a cute story of how she made Rudolf’s nose red. Everything about this just makes me get a little warm feeling inside. I didn’t think that was possible from a christmas card…

8. Noel Glass Bunting

If you’re a fan of glass work and quirky little items, then RedBrickGlass is just perfect for you. They have a range of glass work, including this Noel Bunting. Who knew you could make bunting look so classy? They also do an amazing range of fairy lights which I am dying to buy for my room! Shame I have no money. I really recommend checking them out for unusual glass decorations.

9. Metal Stamped Baubles

Again i’ve gone for the unusual. I think these metal baubles  would look amazing glinting in-between the branches of a tree.

10. Christmas Tree Tote Bag

Not only does this Tote Bag come with a Jingly bell, but it can also double up as stocking or a giftbag (as well as being fair trade). I don’t know about you, but, now I think about it, I’d love a festive bag to match my festive outfits.

11. Christmas Tree Wrapping Paper

If you’re anything like me, you will be obsessive about making your presents looking that little bit extra special. I love this christmas tree paper and think it would make my gifts stand out amongst the rest. It is also available in different colours.

12. Reindeer Gift Tags

Once you’ve got your wrapping paper you will need name tags so you don’t forget which is which. How about these cute reindeer ones? Simple, cute, pretty. All you need from a gift tag!

Once you’ve bought

13. Christmas Pudding Apron

Obviously food is a big thing at christmas and any festive cook needs a festive apron to match! This cute apron just seems perfect for the job! Yum indeed!

14. Robin Napkins

Want to add a bit of festive fun to your table? These handprinted linen napkins with a cute little robin are the perfect addition! Matching place mats are also available.

15. Snowfall Soap

Not only is this soap quite stunning to look at but so is its box! The only problem is I think i’d be too scared to even use it…

16. Glass Blown Baubles

Who wouldn’t want these show stoppers hanging on their christmas tree? All I can say is that these look stunning.

17. Christmas Robins

How can you not want something as cute as this robin?  I can already see it perching on top of my fireplace.

18. Christmas Rag Wreath

I’ve never really been a fan of the christmas wreath, they just seemed a bit pointless and not very pretty to me, but this one seems to have changed my mind. It’s cute, pretty and reusable! A nice modern twist on the traditional wreath.

Now go do some christmas shopping.

Till next time! Stay Happy!