Friday, 27 August 2010


Well the postie brought me some lovely parcels today.  I wasn't expecting them yet which made them extra lovely!  I had ordered some bits and pieces to be able to make an idea that has been buzzing around my head for a long time, and they have arrived.  So I had a lovely afternoon FINALLY making my idea into a final product =]

He also delivered a lovely custom stamp that I had ordered a couple of days ago to help label my creations.

So here was the idea.  I have a love for brooches and have a small but growing collection and since starting cross stitch I thought how lovely it would be to make some brooches of my own.  So with all the bits and pieces on my desk I started.

I stitched this gorgeous little blue bird.

Then I covered a metal button with the aida.  I removed the button back so I could glue on a brooch back.

The full button brooch measure 29mm. Sweet and perfect - you could always have room to wear more than 1!

I then took my new stamp and played around until I found the perfect way to package it.

On the reverse I added all the details to contact me and follow my crafting journey.

I am over the moon with how this has turned out, and there will be many more designs to follow.  I have opened my e-bay store and these will be listed very soon here. They will be £3.75 each.  A perfect completely handmade gift from start to finish.

I hope you like my brooch as much as I do.
Hope you all have a good bank holiday weekend.
Love Em x

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Cute Little Bird Houses

I thought I would share with you my latest creation.
I have had this sheet of gorgeous bird nest toppers in my stash for ages and they are so cute I just didn't know what to use them for, but there is a birthday in the family and I had a burst of inspiration.

The paper layered underneath is from paper cellar 6x6 patterned papers - wedding. A gorgeous distressed green floral.  The self adhesive ribbon is from the Laura Ashley range.  Embellishments include 3D red textured roses, Happy Birthday bubble sticker, rub ons, and 2 little wooden buttons that were rolling around in the bottom of the jar. 

The gorgeous toppers are from redhotbed and come in a sheet of 9 - so I still have plenty left!! Beautiful detail with the little birds they are so cute and highlighted with touches of glitter.

The fabric roses give a wonderful 3 dimensional feel to the card and add great texture, they were attached by a glue gun - over the years I have found this the best way to keep them attached.  Also if the back of the flowers are quite large you can trim the back and the glue keeps them in shape lovely.

Thank you for taking time to look at my latest card I hope you like it.

Love Em x

Monday, 23 August 2010


Hi and  welcome to my very first blog post!
I thought for my first post I would give a little background of myself.
I have been a creative person all my life, I think I was about 10 when I decided the dream job for me was a Botanical Illustrator at Kew gardens (after seeing it on tv).  I went to Art college and went down the channels of following this dream to realise I could not specialise in Illustration until my 3rd and final year! So instead of spending 2 years doing what I didn't want to, I chose the path of Fashion and textiles and later Interior Design.  After giving up a career in Interior design I opened a craft and dollshouse retail shop in Devon ( from 2003-2005).  I sold alot of my own handmade cards and gifts as well as arts and crafts materials.

In 2005 I gave birth to my beautiful daughter and the crafting life was put on hold.  For the last 5 years I have been busy like all of us being a Mummy, wife, house keeper, business woman (my husband and I run our own business from home) and yet being busy with all of that, there was still something missing - I had to start being creative again.  With much encouragement from my husband I have started to take my crafting serious again and I wish and welcome you to follow me on my creative journey.  I am selling my handmade cards, gift and all other creative items on e-bay (under elfcrafts1) and you are more than welcome to join my facebook page (link on the right).

I have made many cards for family over the years but unfortunately can only find 1 photographed!

My latest love is cross stitch and here are my first 2 completed profjects

I would like to thank you for looking at my blog and taking the time to find out about me!  If you like what you see then please call back again as I will be making regular posts about what is happening in my new crafting life.......

Love Em x