Tis the Season to be Busy… đŸŽ„đŸŒŸđŸŽ…đŸ»

Did you sing that? I bet you did!! 😊

I do apologise for the late update readers and fellow craft bloggers… besides being quite busy with custom orders (and of course my day job), I was asked by my customers not to display the finished works I’ve been creating for obvious secret Christmas present reasons… so its been a bit of a slow burner trying to find a story to tell you without stepping into anyone’s plans… despite the excitement of finishing off something amazing.. (don’t you just love Christmas? -I cannot wait for all the recipients of the lovely gifts to see their handmade gifts!) SO exciting!!

Between it all I have managed to start on a couple of purses which I hope to finish on time for Christmas, to add to my listings on my Etsy Shop

Living in the northern hemisphere  is so different to the Christmas’s I had growing up. Christmas in those days meant cold meats and salads followed by my Mom’s famous trifle and always, ALWAYS a watermelon in the pool cooling off and bobbing about, inviting us in for a swim after presents were opened. Of course we had the traditional decorations (snowmen, Father Christmas, fake snow, trees lights etcetera.. et set era..) but dressed in the coolest cotton dress I could find and always over our bathing suits because even if we happened to be at my Gran’s house without a pool (watermelon in the fridge) a hosepipe and a sprinkler was obligatory. Christmas day was usually the hottest of the year! It’s unsurprising then that I have thought of watermelons of late… I’m missing ” old home” and although Christmas here is beautiful and so much MORE than I expected, I do miss Christmas with my family and especially the warm days… I’m from Africa people.. I do not cope well with British Winters :)…

In steps *Watermelon coin purse which I hope to have finished soon…

Can you see it yet?

Watermelon *coin purse

Another little purse I’ve been working on is this one inspired by elegant balls and Christmas time parties which happens this time of the year… Hot pink with butterfly *coin purse

Lastly a small reminder:- I will only be taking custom orders for Christmas delivery up until 1 December. There are a few items on my Etsy shop and I will update it with new stock as and when I can (after custom orders are filled).

Thanks for stopping by!

Nina

Full Steam ahead…

Sometimes life drops in a few surprises just at the right time… I love it when something falls in your lap especially when its a wonderful surprise present… Yesterday such a surprise dropped into my life and there was no way I could ignore it…. Coming out of the supermarket and back to the car, this poor fellow was lying on the ground wet, a little tatty and dusty, not far from the front wheel. Not sure how he got there – but he must’ve been dropped after we had gone into the shop. Lucky me! Lucky him! We found each other!  I just couldn’t leave him lying there! Besides a few scratches and bruises, he probably has no sign of ever been used!  So with a thank you for the surprise gift and a “put him in the car, J”… here he is on my dining room table..  ready for some love!

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Christmas arrives in under 5 weeks (!) and for those who still want a custom order ‘Made by Nina’ gift, please contact me before 1 December.

This week I’ve completed two purse orders which I’m feeling quite proud about:-

 

And I’ve also been working hard on *Blue Giraffe order which I hope to have ready to post off to his new home on the other side of the world by next weekend!

How are your Christmas projects coming along?

Back to Work WIP’s

Shortly after my *Coin Purses galore
 post I was contacted and have several orders for purses (thank you). Only two ready made purses left on the Etsy Shop if you were interested.  Having been tied to the sofa for 7 weeks, I was so grateful for J taking me out to the craft shop, I got some fresh supplies beads, fabrics yarns bits n bobs and I’m really keen to get going – I loved walking through the craft supplies so many ideas popping, if it wasn’t for my foot throbbing I could’ve stayed  there the whole day!

So far I have completed a second *Forever Spring Garden Coin purse and started on a second *Green floral Coin purse

 I have also had a rather special request for a little something that is going to be travelling a VERY very far away… I think it’ll be better to not mention where or who it is for 🙂 This time of the year is always a little tricky I’d say!

Blue Giraffe - WIP

Inspired by a Vickithecraftaholic’s beautiful pillows post I also took out the extra squares I made from the Harmony blanket and have decided to make a pillow with them… I’m still undecided if I should keep the cushion or give it as a Christmas gift… after all – I’ve already got the Harmony blanket!

Harmony Pillow - WIP

Going back to work this week has meant I have had a few projects unfinished … erm… in progress… but my red moon boot hasn’t had a look at yet, I’m struggling with working out how to “pretty up” the boot… I’m quite sure I wont have that many stares in public if I could just work out how to integrate it into the normal world… maybe a bit of crochet would help… ?

Red Moon Boot

*Coin Purses galore…

I’m so glad to show you a few more completed purses on the eve of a momentous occasion – my cast comes off tomorrow! Hooray!  I am really enjoying making these and the ideas for pretty purses are flowing in thick and fast 😍

In order of completion please find my latest creations all of whom will be found on my Etsy Shop shortly…

Strawberry and cream

Forever Spring garden

Cherry Blossom

Excluding Mays birthday purchase, don’t you think the purses made so far look adorable together?


As always, thanks for stopping by my blog – have a super week 💐

Birthday week WIP’s

Thanks once again to all those who sent well wishes, telephone calls, cards and gifts this week! A special thanks to my wonderful husband who organized a wonderful birthday party and to all those who came! I had a wonderful birthday and feel very blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life! 😘

This week I have been working mostly on purses (mostly between Birthday visitors and my favourite…opening presents 😉). I have so many purse ideas blowing around so was mortified when my only tapestry needle snapped yesterday which means I will have to wait to sew these beauties onto their frames – but glad to have the opportunity for you to see a couple WIP’s.


My cast is due to come off this week (hooray! 🎉) and sadly I’m also due to return to the grind stone aka WORK and leave my somewhat clostraphobic comfort zone. I’ll have a fancy new contraption I call the ‘moon boot’ to replace the cast and be forced to head off out the front door – Shock! I’ll actually have to leave home for a few hours and cringe do things non-creative for a few hours (how will I cope after all this time?) 😝
Ps – I’ll keep you updated on plans to spruce up the moon boot 😊

Other purses completed this week:-

Custom orders 

It’s November! That means not a lot of time left until Christmas! 🎄 Hooray! It’s gift giving time 🎁! 

Need something special for someone special and liked something I’ve made and it’s not on my shop? You’re in luck … 🍀

In case you didn’t know – I am happy to take orders for any crocheted item and will reserve it for you on my Etsy shop with a special ‘custom order’ sign.

If you were thinking of placing an order with me and wanted it posted off to you before Christmas, please contact me before 1st December to discuss. đŸŽ…đŸ»