Valentines Gift Ideas – Handmade With Love*

I was gifted some of the products within this post from Hobbycraft,

gifted items have been clearly marked with an *

Valentines Day, is something neither Stu or I take very seriously, though we sometimes give fun gifts to each other anyway! It’s only a couple of weeks after Stu’s birthday, so we’re usually pretty relaxed about it.

It is however a chance to do a bit of crafting here on the blog, though I would say that although some are Valentines products, they could be made and given for many occasions, from birthdays, anniversaries to Mothers Day (March 31st UK readers),  and of course weddings!

Do you do any seasonal crafting?
Valentines, Kay at Home Blog PostHere are three cute handmade gift ideas made with some products I was kindly gifted from the lovely people at Hobbycraft. I of course worked on some content here with them over Christmas, and though these items were gifted, I do also frequently shop there myself!

Striped Heart Hoop Cross Stitch Kit*

Striped Heart Cross-Stitch Hobbycraft £8.00Hobbycraft Valentines Cross Stitch Kit, kayathome.wordpress.comI’ve loved cross stitching for years. This heart design is bright and modern, and the kit* is complete with everything you need to stitch it yourself, with needle, threads and aida, as well as a detailed, full colour pattern, and an embroidery hoop. Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 2It took me about a week to stitch, working in the evenings with the TV on. I found the pattern generally good, though whoever designed it, doesn’t know what 1/2 cross stitch is, some of the fractionals were a bit of a pain, and I almost ran out of the cream colour thread, but overall it was quite a nice relaxing project, and the finish was good. I think it would be a fab project to receive as a gift, or even to make for Mother’s Day or similar.

Heart Shaped Craft Punch* Love Hearts

Hobbycraft Craft Punch Heart Shape 1 inch £4.50Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 5There are several variations of the project I made using the heart punch*, it’s a really simple idea, punch or cut out a bunch of shapes using paper or thin card, write messages or something on the pieces, put them in a jar, and the idea is it’s something cute to last beyond Valentines Day (or birthdays). I chose to write some things to do! So whenever we have a free day and no idea what to do, we can pick something! Instead of a jar, I reused a plastic heart shaped bauble from a gift I received!Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 6The punch* worked well on different thicknesses and types of paper. I own other Hobbycraft punches, which I’ve bought myself and I consider them a must have in my stash!

Colour in ‘Love’ Canvas*

Love Colour in Canvas Hobbycraft £4.50Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 3I chose to colour in the canvas using only a few colours, trying to stay away from the norm of pink! I wanted to end up with something vibrant and fun. Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post 4It was really easy to colour in the canvas, and the sharpie ink covered it well, it didn’t come with any hooks for hanging, but you can get hold of them easy enough, we haven’t put it up anywhere yet, but we want to redecorate the bedroom this year, so it might go in there then!

Handmade Valentines Cards

I thought I’d take the opportunity to share a few handmade Valentines card ideas too! I make all of my cards, and have done for years now.Handmade Valentines Cards, KayAtHome.wordpress.comI have been trying to use up my stash for my cards this year, so all of the papers are from stash, I used the heart shaped punch* from above for two of the cards, some cork stickers for the third. Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post Cards 2For the backing of this card I used a lilac and white heart print paper. I made the envelope on the card from some cardstock, colouring the inside with a glittery pen, filled it with punched hearts, tied it with a ribbon before sticking it to the card with double sided tape. I added a handwritten sentiment, and another heart for decoration.Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post Cards 3I LOVE this paper, the denim look inspired me to use a glitter pen to draw a stitch type edge, adding the cork stickers, and stamping the sentiment in bronze ink, colouring it in with coordinating blue pen.Valentines, Kay at Home Blog Post Cards 4This might be my favourite make. I stamped the lettering (Disney, Minnie Lettering) in black ink, colouring them in with pink pen, leaving the polka dots white to match the backing paper. I cut them out, sticking them on plain black cardstock, layering onto two different polka dot papers, and finishing with pink, on a plain white card. I added more punched* hearts to embellish. I love how bright it is! Hot pink and black is one of my favourite colour combinations for cards.

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Cross Stitch Update 1 – Gorjuss: The Scarf

I started the year with several plans, and I am happy to say things are going well!

I did take a week, after Blogmas, I needed a short rest away from the blog, and I hope nobody missed me too much!! I’ve begun watching some of the many movies in the Movie Challenge, and have started planning ahead with content, as well as working towards some of my other goals for the year. I’ve even now got my scrapbook for the year too, so I’m excited to start recording!

One thing I said this year, is that I want to do more cross-stitching, and get back into it, as I lost the motivation to do much at all last year. I have set the goal in this post, to actually finish three kits that have been in my stash for a while. The ScarfThis kit, of Santoro’s Gorjuss: The Scarf, from Bothy Threads, is actually the most recent addition, as I got it for my birthday last year, but I really love Gorjuss by Santoro, and wanted to work on it! The patterned aida is stunning, and I thought it would inspire me more as I’m not working on plain fabric! stitching scarf 2So far I have only managed a little stitching this past couple of weeks, but I am happy with the progress. stitching scarfI’ve been trying to finish off this particular colour, and as you can see from my colouring in on the pattern, I’ve not even managed that much! Though I have made some headway. I’m going to have to work on it more often! stitching scarf 1I won’t bore anyone with constant updates, but my aim is to finish this by the end of March, so we’ll see where I get monthly, though feel free to ask me on any of my social media accounts, and I’ll share some photos!

What are you working on this month?

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Hello 2019!

HNYThe last few months have been a whirlwind of activity here on the blog, with blogmas and even before that, and I am really hoping this will continue. I’d like to begin by thanking you – without you here, reading, leaving likes and comments and sharing on Social Media, this little blog would be far less successful! So thank you for stopping by!

This year, I have a few things lined up already, I am going to carry on posting as usual on Tuesdays and Fridays, but occasionally might add one or two in the week to keep things interesting! It will be the usual mix of craft, days out, and randomness!

2019 Movie Challenge

I’m a big movie fan, and watch way more films than TV, and of course Stu and I head to the cinema fairly regularly! I have of course already spoken about the Movie Challenge for this year, which is always a nice bit of fun, and this year I’m supporting friends too!

Crafts

It’s always nice to start the year with a plan! I will of course continue to make cards throughout the year, and am planning to share my makes more often with you, so expect to see some of those every month or so!

Knitting wise I don’t have much lined up, I want to go back to working on my jumper, so that’ll make an appearance, and also I need to knit a mug cosy or two for a travel mug at some point soon! Knitting, Yarn, Lilac, Grey, Mix Yarn, Kay at Home, Patternless JumperIt feels like ages since I’ve done any cross-stitching, I wasn’t feeling it much last year, but have three kits sitting in the craft room which I want to finish by the end of the year! This may be quite ambitious!

The Scarf: The ScarfI got this kit by Bothy Threads for my birthday and I love Santoro and Gorjuss! This design is one of my favourites… I have JUST started this one, you can see here.

Love Tree: Love TreeStu got me this kit a couple of years ago, also from Bothy Threads. I’ve always loved this design, it’s just so pretty! I love all of the colours!

Charlestown: CharlestownThis one I got from Stu for Christmas 2017! From Sybilla Davis, Charlestown is one of my favourite places in Cornwall, and this kit is STUNNING! Sybilla designs and sells kits of lots of beautiful places in Cornwall and beyond, and I wanted one for ages but couldn’t choose! I would have stitched this last year but totally lost my stitching mojo for ages!

Scrapbooking, I was going to update on 2018’s book at the end of the year, but my printer ran out of ink, so yeah, no photos! I will do this asap and backdate it! But of course I will be starting a new book this month! I wonder what my theme will be!!

I will of course also share any seasonal makes that pop up too!

House

I don’t currently have anything planned at home, though I’m SURE this will change before too long! Generally it needs a good clean and tidy post-Christmas and I want to sort out my craft room. If there’s anything you’d like to see be sure to let me know in the comments!!

Days Out and Holidays

There is SO much more of Cornwall I would love to share here on the blog, and I still want to share somewhere every month, so hopefully that will continue! If there is anywhere you think I should check out be sure to get in touch.

At the moment we have no holidays planned, but I will keep you posted with any updates! Our list of places we want to go is HUGE but it’s a question of when and whether we can get time off as we’re both pretty busy!

#CraftBlogClub

ed2f4-craftblogclub-badge-291x300I am still very much running Twitter chat #CraftBlogClub as well as the CraftBlogClub blog, and social media accounts. We’ve even been nominated for a UK Blog Award!

Honestly I look forward to every chat. There are SO many wonderful, talented people involved. We have SO much fun lined up for this year, including chats covering various themes & topics, challenges and giveaways! Do stop by if you are interested in crafts, no matter your ability or experience, we’re a friendly welcoming group! You can find out what we’re up to in 2019 here.

Date Night

As a couple, Stu and I have loved the response to the Date Night posts, and this year we want to shake it up a bit, while we love the tags (feel free to call out to us!) we want to also share some local places and things we love, as well as other randomness!

If you want us to do a Q&A at some point this year, just drop a message on Twitter or Facebook and make it clear it’s a Q&A question – when we have a bunch, we’ll do a post!

Social Media

I will be sharing different things on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too so be sure to follow! I love a good chat too, and if there’s anything you want to see either on the blog or one of the other platforms, be sure to let me know! I know some people wanted to see more ME on Instagram stories, so I’ll have to brave video a bit soon!

If you blog about anything similar to any of the content here, and would like to write a guest post, be sure to get in touch! Same goes for if you’d like me to write a post for you too! I am also open to reviews etc, so if in doubt contact me, my details are below!

Thank you so much, again. I’m really looking forward to another fun year here on the blog!

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The Crafting Never Stops

It’s been fun blogging all month, and I will be continuing post-Blogmas until the end of the year! Though it is a bit of a struggle in these lazy days between Christmas and New Year… I did have planned content, but it has all gone out the window, because I have a bit of a cold, and decided a few days “off” from things would do me good.

Today is the first of two days off work in a row, which hasn’t happened for what feels like ages! So the plan is to chill and do as little as possible! This of course roughly translates as vegging on the sofa eating chocolate, and in my case crafting! The ScarfI got this Santoro cross-stitch kit from Bothy Threads, for my birthday last month, and decided to make a start on it! I’m a big Santoro fan, and absolutely love this one! It even inspired some knitting! I have plans to complete three different kits I have in my stash, in 2019, so I’m making a little advance on that! startAs you can see I haven’t done huge amounts yet, but it’s a start!

I’ve also been planning content for next year, and working on plans for #CraftBlogClub too, so it’s keeping me pretty busy! While I’m in the planning stages though, is there anything you would like to see? (Or see more/less of?) Let me know in the comments!

What have you been up to post-Christmas?

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Decorations -Past Projects

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Christmas crafting is something I have done for quite a long time, and I thought now would be a great time to share some older projects featured here on the blog, for those who haven’t seen them before.

My “main” craft for a very long time, was cross-stitch, something I have plans to get back into more next year. A lot of my handmade decorations feature cross-stitching, so here are some posts to share:

Quite a few of my handmade decorations are from kits with various magazines, which is (as anyone who subscribes, or like me, has subscribed in the past) quite heavy on Christmas projects, here are a couple featured on the blog:

BaubleStocking baubles

These are really cute, and so easy to make! You can find out more in this post.House Bauble

Festive Houses

These are still some of my favourites! A nice combination of cross-stitch and Christmas fabric, they were super easy to make from the kit, and I ended up making another one later because they were so much fun to make! You can find the post here.10Sock Snowmen

These were something I saw online loads and really wanted to try out! They are versatile and so incredibly cute! I made far too many of these, including the three above, and made different hats and scarves, as well as a variety of fun buttons to decorate them!

You can read the post here.

The Cross-Stitch Advent Calendar

This was such a huge undertaking in the end. It took me far too long to get finished, but I got there eventually! 24 individually cross-stitched squares, stitched to felt pockets on a fabric base. The Advent Calendar, or The Big Project as it became famous among my crafty friends and me over the years it took for me to complete it, finally got finished last year! You can read about it, and see more here!

I hope you enjoyed this look back at some of my past makes!

Have you got any handmade decorations? Share below!

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Gifts – Hoop Art*

This post contains items which I have kindly been gifted * All opinions are my own.

Hoop art, is definitely more popular now than it was a few years ago, and it is a great craft for making a gift, or even decorating at Christmas, there are a lot of Christmas fabric designs which are really good fun, and it is nice to have a different use if you’re not big on sewing, as I wasn’t up til a couple of years ago! Christmas fabric is also a great eco friendly alternative to paper for wrapping! Especially for those harder to wrap gifts!

 

For this post, I was kindly gifted a sample of this poly/cotton Christmas fabric , and this fab Disney print fabric*, which you will see in a post later this month, from the lovely people at Remnant House Fabric; based in North Yorkshire, Remnant House sell a huge range of sewing fabrics and related items online. The items I was gifted were well packaged and arrived really quickly too!

I adore hoop art – though when it came to preparing for blogmas, I realised that I very rarely saw patterned fabric* as the base, and I thought I would make up a couple of hoops* in different ways, to share here on the blog. Hoop Art Post (2)I’ve been cross-stitching from a young age, and embroidery was something I just never really got into, though it was a relaxing break to come up with something a bit different, and a little less time-consuming. I did each of these hoops of an evening, while watching tv! Hoop Art Post (3)This second hoop*, I wanted to try simply embellishing the fabric, and I really loved the idea of using cross-stitch in a slightly different way, too, so I kept it simple, and continued with the same colour scheme as before. It ties in well with my existing decorations, which include cross-stitch and sewn items. Hoop Art Post (4)Embroidery hoops, like those used in this post, are really affordable, I have several I use for cross-stitch projects, and was kindly gifted two natural wooden embroidery hoops* from Hobbycraft, for Blogmas. These are pretty standard 8 inch hoops which hold up well (and don’t come apart constantly) they can be left plain or decorated if you are leaving your work in the hoops. The great thing is that at £2.70, you don’t feel bad if they are only used for one project!

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Blogmas 2018 – Handmade Gifts – Cross-Stitched Bookmarks

Throughout Blogmas I will be sharing some different ideas for handmade gifts and other items! Today I am sharing this easy quick project that makes a great stocking filler gift!

Cross-stitched bookmarks!

As a cross-stitch project these are quick and easy to make, great for beginners as you really can make them as simple as anything, though you can go the other way if you are more experienced, and choose a more challenging design. ThreadsThere are so many ways you can make bookmarks, all you really need is a strip of aida fabric, and some threads in colours of your choice and of course a needle!

Optional extras include tassels, beads, backing fabric or card.

This one, (which I made a couple of years ago, and still use) I made from several pink threads I had, and simply stitched blocks of colour.

Pink Bookmark

Old photo…. You get the idea!

I also made this one again but in shades of green and brown with a brown tassel.

Bookmarks (3)Another great idea is to use a mini kit – although these usually come with fabric, you can change up your material and use your own, just measure the width of the design to make sure it will fit. Bookmarks (4)Using mini kits is a great way to make a bookmark featuring specific designs, these are available in so many places too! This one is actually a Tatty Teddy mini kit I shared in this post. I added some writing for a bit of fun.

You can also buy bookmark kits in some cases, though designs are sometimes a little more limited, depending on what you want.Bookmarks (1)This one was a free kit in a magazine years ago, which is another option, it was supposed to be backed onto some patterned card, though I plan on backing this with fabric. Bookmarks (2)You can also find loads of designs online, and even make up your own!

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Cross-Stitched Christmas Cards

It’s finally happened! The C word.

I held off until November! This month is the lead up to December, so for those of you planning and plotting, or simply looking for some ideas, I will be sharing some Christmas posts, as well as some guest posts throughout November, where people are sharing some of their chosen gift ideas!

Cross-stitching a card takes a little more time than a standard card, though they don’t have to be difficult! They make a great keepsake for any milestone Christmas celebrations, for example a first Christmas as a married couple, or with a new baby!

I used to do a lot of mini kits, most of which came free with cross-stitch magazines!

Here are a few cards I have made over the years:

Christmas card, Nelson, Cat, free gift cross stitch, Kay at Home

Christmas Nelson Christmas card  Free Kit with World of Cross Stitching

All our yesterdays, girl with umbrella, christmas card, cross stitch kit, Kay at Home

All Our Yesterdays by Faye Whittaker Free kit with World of Cross Stitching

Christmas, Friendship, cross stitch quote, Kay at Home

Simple floral and text designs are great for cards!

Mouseloft Jolly Tree, cross stitch mini kit, Kay at Home

Mouseloft Jolly Tree Mini Kit

I once made about 20 Mouseloft mini kits as cards in a month, I don’t really recommend that, definitely make the kits, they’re incredibly cute and fun – just give yourself a little more time!

Then there were fun snowflake themed cards I made one year, on coloured backgrounds.

Snowflake

Hobbycraft and various other places also do small kits which are perfect for cards – I got this Tatty Teddy kit from DMC last year: IMG_9566[1]

Have you ever cross-stitched a card? Share a link in the comments!

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Tea: Earl Grey Hot*

This post contains a product which I was gifted*

in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I cross-stitched something for myself recently. It’s a rarity these days as a lot of the stitching projects I work on, are for gifts. While I’m working on projects for December, it was nice to do something small outside of that.

It’s only a small piece, I don’t even really know what I’m going to do with it! (Suggestions welcome! Leave a comment below if you have any ideas.)Star Trek the Next Generation Cross-stitch, quote, sewing, crafts, Kay at HomeIsn’t he cute?! It’s no secret I am a bit of a geek, and I am a Star Trek fan (especially TNG), so this had to happen eventually! I’ve had the pattern for a couple of years, so it’s nice to have finally sat and spent a couple of hours one evening stitching it. Of course the text is my own, though the idea isn’t itself unique, it’s definitely fitting!

Sharing it was another story, but then I was offered the chance to review a Dowan bone china teapot*, and well, I’m rarely without a cup of tea to hand, so, this seemed perfectly fitting as a chance to share both!

In true Picard fashion, as soon as it arrived, well packaged, though I do hope we get past polystyrene soon… We brewed up some Earl Grey pretty sharpish…Twinings, Tea, Earl Grey, Star Trek The Next Generation Quote, TeapotBone china – in my opinion – just makes tea taste better. So if you’re looking for an addition to your kitchen I can highly recommend checking these out on Amazon, they’re a great price at £24.99.

The teapot has a nice, flawless design that fits in with any style, and it’s not too big either, making 4 cups (or two mugs) of tea. It’s light weight, pours really well and hasn’t got a fiddly lid (and when it’s off the opening is big enough to actually be able to clean it!).Dowan Bone China TeapotWe’ve been using it fairly regularly in the few weeks it’s been in the house and it still looks brand new! It’s been ideal now the evenings are getting colder.

And now I’ve posted this, it must be about time to put the kettle on again!

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Butterfly Cross-Stitch Card

It’s been so instantly autumnal this month, that I thought I would share a card I made a while ago, that seems so very fitting!

This birthday card was one of those projects I was just instantly happy with, and I love the cross-stitch butterfly, which is far simpler than a lot of designs I found!

I re-coloured from a pink design, as orange is the favourite colour of the recipient, and then followed the orange through, with the backing papers and the accent ribbon. Unlike the norm for me, I used a black card, which really sets off the design, contrasting with the orange!
Hand,ade butterfly cross-stitch birthday card in orange and black. Kay at HomeI think in retrospect I’d have used different lettering if I’d had it to hand, but as is the norm with letter stickers, I didn’t have quite enough of the letters I needed in black.

I love butterflies, they just bring so much joy when you spot them!

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