Navy with red floral *coin purse

One of my biggest fans and a big supporter of my work, a family member and a good friend, someone who visited me often following my foot operation, a lady who is full of life and has a wonderful sense of humor and whom I get on so well with… Thank you for all the great chats Belle, I really do appreciate your company! I hope your Purse will come in handy for small keep sakes and that it will always remind you of the wonderful times together. I couldn’t resist giving you a purse for Christmas after all our chats about them!  Wishing you all the best for 2017. Much Love! ❤️


Rose *Coin Purse

The recipient of this *coin purse is very much loved and I know she will be reading this blog  post. I want her to know that I think of her often and am too very grateful to have you in my life. Faced with some pretty ‘bad luck’ this year, I wanted to send a little pouch of good wishes,  filled to the brim with big hugs and many hopes that 2017 has a turn around for the better.

Much love to you Fran xx


Peacock feather *coin purse

Well of course I made purses as Christmas gifts this year!  🎄 No surprise there! So here’s the second “post-Christmas-reveal” post of one of the purses given as a gift this year.

Peacock’s are known for their beauty and grace. They symbolise a large range of things across the various religions, but astonishingly all appropriate for the recipient of this purse and my wishes for her and acknowledgement of her personality traits:-  renewal, wisdom, beauty, prosperity, benevolence, patients, kindness, compassion, luck and humanity. ❤️

I loved making this purse, used a pattern for the feather which I purchased online and decorated with an embroidery swirl with beads and a crystal tear bead hanging from its clasp.

Pink ‘n Black *Coin Purse with butterfly

I can’t believe we have such little time left until Christmas!! I have got to get a move on with my Christmas gifts, running seriously behind schedule and still struggling to think of ideas for J. However, I’ve managed to finish another purse (which I’m sure J won’t want), which I’m allowed to share with you as it is not part of any order destined to live wrapped up under a tree for a while waiting to be opened. I’ve got so many ideas for purses – just very little time to keep up with the creating of them 🙂

I’ve made this *Coin purse with the glamour of Christmas parties in mind where one would only require a small purse. The finished purse measures approx 4 inches tall by 5 inches wide, has a heart clip frame and a bronze ‘made with love’ charm. Decorated with a pink crochet butterfly and an inner lining with a complimentary design.  All my *coin purses are made and stitched by hand.

If you are interested in this or any other item I have made, please visit my Etsy shop for the available stock on hand. I am unfortunately not taking anymore orders for Christmas delivery, but will happily take orders for the New Year here.

Please remember to pop by after Christmas for a view of the works I’ve made for Christmas gifts which I’ve been unable to show off now 🙂

Watermelon *Coin Purse 🍉 

I finished this cutie late last night whilst watching my favorite TV series ‘The Gilmore Girls’. As mentioned in my previous post (‘Tis the Season to be Busy ) this purse was inspired by my homesickness and longing for a normal hot Christmas 😋

The finished purse measures approx 4 inches tall by 5 inches wide, has a silver frame and a silver ‘made with love’ charm. Decorated with embroidered seeds and clear beads (representing water drops) and an inner lining with a fruit design (Riley Blake fabric). All my *coin purses are made by hand and stitched by hand.

The purse will be available to purchase online via my Etsy Shop.


Tis the Season to be Busy… 🎄🌟🎅🏻

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!


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:-

*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.