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PoppyDog Wishlist

Poppy Wishlist

As I was walking around Liberty last week, I came across their range of dog accessories. They are the cutest little things, made with beautiful Liberty print fabrics. I especially love the Harris Tweet coat. As Poppy is quite small, she needs a little coat when it’s especially cold. I’d love to see her in this gorgeous green herringbone print coat – Adorable!

Poppy WishlistMost of the time Poppy sleeps on the sofa or the chairs, depending on where we are. She’s still getting used to her new bed, but I love the bright colours of the dog bed at Liberty. We looked at quite a few beds and none were this colourful. I like the idea of dog accessories being part of the home design, instead of an afterthought. Plus this bed is thermo-regulating, which is a great idea! No more overheating pooch!

Both my OH & I are looking for things to help train Poppy and help keep her stimulated when we can play with her. At the moment, we’re investigating training classes & toys to hide treats in. What accessories would you get your pet? Any recommendations?

 

{Review} Yumchaa Tea, Soho

Yumchaa Tea

While I was in London last week, I took the opportunity to enjoy one of the cafes that London has to offer. While there are lots of great coffee places, I often find that they don’t always offer tea to the same standard. I love a great coffee, but tea is my first love so finding a great tea place is worth its weight in gold. So when I knew I was going to London, I asked my OH to find me a decent tea place, with free wifi, not too far from Liberty. He came across Yumchaa Tea. It’s just up the road from Liberty, and it was very welcoming on a chilly Thursday morning. I started with a nice breakfast tea, that was lovely & strong. The wifi was pretty decent and it was quite quiet. After I’d been there a while, and before the lunch crowd started coming in, I ordered a chai latte & a slice of banana and Nutella bread.

Yumchaa TeaBoth were absolutely delicious! The chai latte was hot, creamy & spicy – all the flavours were perfectly combined. The cake was awesome! The Nutella was all melty in the middle and it was baked to perfection.

I had a thoroughly lovely time at Yumchaa. I had a small table all to myself, they played great music and there was enough going on that people watching was interesting without being distracting. Plus I saw a pug walk by! What more could a girl ask for?! I’ll definitely be going back to Yumchaa next time I’m near one. Chai heaven!

A Crafty Afternoon

Needlepoint

One of my resolutions last year was to spend more time crafting so I’ve decided to dedicate some time every weekend crafting on specific WIP’s. Just knitting isn’t enough, as I do this most evenings anyway so I want to make sure that I spend time on the other craft that I enjoy and it’ll help me keep my Folksy shop nicely stocked!

Last year, I failed to send quite a few birthday cards on time. Part of the reason was that I didn’t have any cards in the house. So I decided that I should make a stock of birthday cards just for me to use. I won’t write them in advance, as I’ve done that before & a few recipients haven’t made it to their birthday. Yep, I’m that superstitious that I won’t be doing that again! So for the moment, I’ll keep them safe & blank.

Handmade cards

I’ve used Blom Flowers and washi tape, but I have quite a few other ideas that I’d like to develop further. But, you can pretty much guarrantee that I’ll be using my new favourite thing, washi tape!

Some of my time today has also been spent working on a little project using some Liberty fabric I received before Christmas. But I wanted to do something a little different, something to brighten up the house & use an idea I’ve seen on Pinterest. It’s a Work in Progress, so here’s a little snippet of what I’ve achieved today, during the Murray/Djokovic final.

Needlepoint

This is something that I’m going to work on everytime I sit down to watch sport, so with the Six Nations coming up, it shouldn’t take me too long to complete it & move on to the next one! I’ll keep you posted on this & on all my other craft WIP once a month! What are you working on at the moment? Feel free to share it & a link to your site in the comments below!

Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations

Handmade Christmas Decorations

I’ve had a really busy few weeks & haven’t had much time for crafting. It’s fair to say I’ve missed it. But I’ve got a few big knitting projects lined up so I wanted to craft something quick, easy & from the sofa. So I decided to make some Christmas Tree decorations. Our tree this year isn’t keen on some of our heavier baubles so I wanted to make some fabric ones that wouldn’t pull the branches down. They were quick & easy, perfect for a wet Wednesday afternoon!

To make your own fabric Christmas Tree decorations, you will need:

  • fabricCutting Out
  • fabric scissors
  • needle and thread
  • template
  • stuffing
  • pins
  • ribbon
  • buttons or other accessories
  1. Firstly you need to draw and cut out your template & the only limit here is your imagination! I wanted some stars for the tree and I made them quite big. I chose this bright red Liberty fabric, that I received as part of a fabric bundle from Liberty, because I think it’s bright and festive. You could add them to some bunting, tie them onto presents or attach them to serviettes as part of your Christmas day lunch!
  2. Once you’ve drawn & cut out your template, pin it to your fabric. Because my templates were drawn freehand, I pinned both sides of the fabric together and cut them both out at the same time. That way ensuring the fabric shapes were all the same size and shape, even if my star wasn’t perfect!
  3. Then it’s time to sew the two sides together. If you want a perfect finish, then add a centimetre to your fabric before cutting out for hemming and sew the sides together using a sewing machine. I wanted more of a homemade feel so did some hand stitching around the edges.

Hand Sewing

         4. Make sure you leave a gap when sewing up so that you can stuff your star, but you won’t need much or it’ll look too round. If you haven’t got any toy stuffing you can use some old (clean) tights! Use a crochet hook to push any stuffing into the points of the star.

Stuffing

5. Sew a stip of festive ribbon onto the top point of the star & add a small pretty button onto the front of the star. You could also add some sparkle by sewing on some sequins would also look great.

I am pretty pleased with my Christmas stars & would definitely make some more. Next time I think I’ll some sequins and use contrasting embroidery thread, instead of regular cotton. I’d also like to make some Christmas bunting to go across the front window, so may even experiment with some holly! Watch this space!

Handmade Christmas Decorations

Have you made any Christmas decorations this year? I’d love to hear all about it!