*Coin Purse

My mom is usually the first person I turn to for crafty advice and know how. We love doing creative things together and bounce ideas off of each other.  I really look forward to our visits (which aren’t always that frequent as she lives millions of miles away on another continent). When we do see each other though, we usually make things together and plan endless creative days (usually next years’ Christmas presents) and catch up on missed time. Luckily the internet and the modern mobile phone phenomenon does help with the distance situation- I’m forever sending off photos to her of current WIP’s ‘Which do you think is better?’ And she’s usually got some pretty fantastic ideas and wonderful suggestions. Tweaking on projects can take days and several Mom consults.

The *Coin Purse is no exception. The coin purse was originally an idea from my mom of something we could make on our visit last year. My mom tried her best with an order for a coin purse craft kit but unfortunately the supplier was rather awkward and uncommitted on delivery (or customer service for that matter) and so we put it off until I see her again next year.

However, seeing the purses pop up again on Pinterest I’ve been eager and a little desperate to have a go. And so here we are again – miles apart, running through ideas over Whatsapp.

There are various patterns for coin purses on the internet and one in particular which simply says ‘as an experienced crocheter, if you can make a cylinder shape, this shouldn’t be a problem for you’ and so I decided – why not and went for it. My mom of course sent me a pattern too which was surprisingly very much what I had done already:- queue in gold star for Nina…

Once the crochet cylinder is made – it’s only half way done. Adding a lining (I cannot lie) is tricky! And then there’s the sewing the fabric layers to the coin frame – which I can only describe as being ‘Aaarggghhh’…

BUT… persevere fellow crafter as after the trauma of successfully sewing on the clip, you then get to the REAL FUN bit!! FUN, Embellishment and decoration and all things pretty and colourful. Staple MUSTs for any MadeByNina thing.

I’ve made two purses so far… Pretty Christmas gifts don’t you think? How about you? How are your Christmas preparations going?

Oh – I forgot to say…  there will be purses on my Etsy Shop sometime soon.

May’s Daisy Blanket

I’m so pleased with the outcome of May’s Daisy blanket. I’m so excited and cannot wait for Christmas! (as most of you will know this is not unusual for me… but I’m even more so now!). I love giving gifts especially handmade gifts… it’s the most exciting part of Christmas for me. Seeing the recipients’ faces when they open a parcel and find that the gift was made especially for them. I’ve never had a bad reaction to my gifts (well not that I know of – feel free to correct me) and I just love the fuzzy ‘proud of me’ feeling it generates… go on… you should have a go and make something for someone special this Christmas too.

At 90 years old, May spends a lot of her day watching sport and other favourite shows on the TV and I’m fairly certain this blanket will be a warm and welcome companion on her lap.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in colours Sunshine, White, Soft Green, Robins Egg and Soft Blue. I had wanted to use an off white (as Tillie Tulip used) which looked a bit like a soft grey or a silver, but the off white yarn I received looked more yellow than silver and so I used a soft blue instead.

I’ve got plenty of Caron Simply Soft yarn left over (especially the Off White which I didn’t use) so I may make another blanket or two ☺️. The great thing about making blankets is you can make a blanket as big or as small as you like – just by adding more squares! May’s blanket is 6×5 squares (30 in total). 🌼

*Mauroon Giraffe

Ta – dah! Mauroon is finally finished! With her fabric floral patches and maroon colouring – she won’t survive without being spotted on safari, but with such a cute little face she’s bound to brighten up anyone’s day and find sanctuary in someone’s home. *Mauroon (named so as a combination of “Maureen” and the colour “Maroon”) is the second giraffe I have made. She’s had a few adjustments (as one does when creating things) since *Gina the Giraffe and I’ve even been inspired by her for my next soft toy. But before I get ahead of myself, here’s some photos of the sweet little *Mauroon:-

May’s Daisy Blanket – WIP

I came across the beautiful Tillie Tulip blankets whilst looking for something to occupy myself with while I wait for the arrival of the stuffing to finish Mauroon. The pretty floral blanket gave me an idea for a Christmas gift for my MIL. (May is amazing at 90 years old but I am quite sure she will not see this post, if you do – please do not mention it to her either). An artist and gardener alike I feel she will love the colours and hope she will enjoy the warm gift. I have really enjoyed making the squares so far! If you’d like to make your own, find the tutorial for the Daisy here, and the additional rounds here. I’m using a 4.5mm hook with Caron Simply Soft, colours Sunshine, White, Soft Green, Robins Egg. I will update you once the blanket is completed.


This weeks’ WIP

This last week has been a bit of a write-off for me. Having blood clots discovered in my leg on Monday (scary) and given even scarier medication it has been somewhat of a struggle to say the least to motivate myself to leave the safe haven of my bed. Putting my leg to the ground for any period of time is as I described to my friends ‘a battle with gravity’.  So with leg a min 10cm above my hip (Dr’s orders), it has been virtually impossible for me to do much other than feeling very sorry for myself and trying to sleep off the side effects of it all.

I had started on *Mauroon (combination of the name ‘Maureen’ and the colour ‘Maroon’) before I had gone to the hospital last weekend and have managed to concentrate on her sweet face for a bit. I’ve unfortunately run out of stuffing so she will have to wait a little while to be finished… I’ve just had the strangest thought:- her legs are deflated whilst mine are swollen and stuffed – haha.  I had quite a lot of fun working on her patches and just had to show you her sweet little face which has kept me company this week 😘

Whilst looking through some of my favourite crochet magazines and websites for something to make, I found a pattern for colour stripe gloves which caught my eye. I have quite a lot of left over yarn from blankets I’ve been making and as you know by now, I just love colour and these would definitely brighten up my winter days which seems to have suddenly crept upon us…

Unable to decide which was better, I fumbled  about, sort of combining ideas from the Attic24’s wrist warmers and the Cherry heart‘s stripy mits pattern and have begun to merge a version of my own.  Depending on the outcome when finished –  I may land up making a few more of these for sale – so keep an eye out on my Etsy shop (or contact me) if you’re interested 😊.


Rose *Bunny 🌹

Rose is a customised floppy eared *bunny and was requested for and is going to a lovely home in South Africa! She has kept me company over a tough weekend, back and forth to the hospital and was a pleasant distraction when I managed to settle down to work on her. I love how each *Bunny; Bear ,Ellie or Giraffe made has come out with its very own personality and it’s quite clear that no two are the same… similar, but unique in their own way!  She has brought me great comfort and I am sure she will be doing the same to her new mum soon! 💕

Blueberry Ellie

Introducing the sweet little Blueberry Ellie. She has a very sweet nature about her. Initially she had a few butterflies on her nose, but they were distracting her too much and so they were shooed away. One little butterfly however floated about and is dancing with her tail! Handmade with love and I’m assured is going to a loving home 🙂 Find her and an overview of all the other soft toys I’ve made on my Soft Toys page.


Blueberry Ellie