• Catherine Makes Etsy Store Market Stall
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    Catherine Makes on Etsy!

    Hi gang! Exciting news, I have just opened my very first Etsy store with some of the wares I’ve been selling at the craft markets. I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think! Click the image below, hit the ‘shop’ link in the top menu or search for CatherineMakesStore on Etsy. 🙂

  • Do Crafts Carnival Alphabet Birthday Card
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    Testing Testing 123: Do Crafts Carnival Alphabet Stamps

    I’m in the process of making something cute but until I get it finished I thought I’d write a little post about how much I LOVE these stamps from Do Crafts! They’re called Carnival Alphabet stamps and have that amazing old school circus vibe about them which adds something special to even the most mundane of messages. The multi-coloured packaging drew me like a moth to a flame and as soon as they arrived I wanted to try them immediately. In the middle of my other little make. my boyfriend asked me to knock up a birthday card for his dad’s birthday. I used green, blue and purple craft ink…

  • Washi Taped Jars Tutorial
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    Gift Idea: Decorative Washi Taped Jars of Fudge

    Recently with decorating the house, making a Christmas party dress, prepping for Christmas and a million and one other things my blog posts have been few and far between. Happily, whilst I haven’t had time to post about my makes I have managed to squeeze in some crafting, here’s one of my recent projects… I’ve already admitted to my hoarder like tendencies but sometimes they do pay off! In this case, my reluctance to throw away coffee jars has helped me make cute homemade gifts for my friends and family. You need: Empty coffee jars of any shape or size – the are Nescafe Gold Blend Crema Jars Washi tape…

  • Crochet Christmas Bauble Greetings Cards
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    Crochet Christmas Bauble Greetings Cards

    It’s the 1st December so about time I got into some Christmas crafting! After making the rabbit I thought of a way to use crochet to spread the festive love by crocheting in the round for a Christmas card. You can make these in various sizes, it’s just a matter of deciding how many rows you want and adjusting the number of stitches for the hanger at the top. It’s also a good one for using up any wool remnants you have hanging around. I used a 4mm crochet hook, each bauble took about 10 minutes to complete (less for the small ones). 1. Using the magic ring technique DC…

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    Spotted! Making Trousers.

    Thanks to the lovely people at Abakhan this week I’ve been working on their “creative budget’ blogger challenge. The idea of this is to demonstrate that you don’t have to spend a fortune to have cool stuff! I’m into tailored trousers at the moment in a big way. They’re smart enough to wear to work but with bold printed fabric have more character than your boring boardroom pinstripe. Here I’ve teamed them with a Topshop cropped tee (I love a good literary quote) and a pair of silver ASOS slingbacks but they could just as easily worn with the hem rolled up with a pair of Air Max and a…

  • Crochet,  Tutorials

    Crochet Doorstop Piggy Wig

    Crochet Pig Latest in the series of crochet animals comes the pig, a request from my mum as a present for a pig loving friend. I used the basic body shape that I’ve used for the cat, the owl and the elephant but this time with a Fab mottled pink and white wool. The entire creation is great for beginners as the only stitches used are single and double crochets. Using the following pattern I crocheted two ears and sewed them on to each side of the head: Ch2, 2dc in second ch from hook, ch1, turn, 2dc in second ch from hook, 2dc in next st, ch 1, turn,…

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    Crochet Cat Doorstop

    I’m particularly proud of this one as it’s my own adaption of an existing pattern. Using Patons Smoothie DK wool and a 4.00mm hook this is crocheted in the round, padded out with wadding and filled with a bag of lentils for weight. I added a bendable tail for extra cuteness!

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    First Make of 2013!

    I wanted to give my lovely friend Kate a 30th birthday present that was special and knowing she loves flowers I made her this rose. It’s made from 13 petals and 2 leaves cut from felt sheets (Dunelm Mill) folded and sewn around a 20-30cm long piece of heavy duty garden wire (B&Q). This was a relatively quick and simple make but an effective one. I hand embroidered the leaves with Kate’s initials and the number 30 to make it extra special and wrapped it in cellophane tied with a ribbon for a professional touch. Multiple roses could be made and presented the same way as a bouquet – a…