Need some Christmas inspiration?

Hello all!

Christmas is a mere 33 days away...goodness me it's come around quick eh? I'm itching to put my decoartions up...I think maybe it's because I work in retail and everything around me is Christma-fied {not a word?} so I feel like my home is not looking festive enough. I'm holding on in there though, I've snuck a few little decorations onto the massive branch over my desk...but the tree - I'm holding out on that one as long as I can!

Anyway, today I thought I'd do a little shameless self promotion - just with the idea to give you some inspiration in the way of gifts for those you love {or yourself, I won't tell}, as well as spur you on with some past DIY ideas to get you in the handmade Christmas spirit {Kirstie Allsopp would be so proud}!
'Ready to wrap'...all items avaiable here!
You can see all of my {DIY}s here :)

Don't miss the last posting dates though for your gifts...find out what they are {and get yourself a snazzy calendar} here!

xo.

{christmas} a cheeky little 'make your own' kit!

Hello all,

A new one from me today, I don't usually do 'reviews' of products but this one is a little different. This little kit is made by a fellow local blogger and wonderfully crafty lady, the lovely Georgina Giles. She makes these rad little dinosaurs which I love. 

Anyway, she's just started selling lovely little christmas decoration kits...available here, and she asked if I'd like to have a little go at making one myself. They're really very sweet and come with all the necessary materials {just add scissors} PLUS the templates included mean you can make as many as you want to add to your tree...actually making bunting from lots of these little trees would be ace!
I think these kits would be perfect for a little crafternoon with children {it made me want a little gang to work with!}. Lots of colours of felt, maybe throw in some glitter and sequins and let the little fellas get creative - then you could bring out your little creations every year!

Thank you Georgina for this little beauty!
xo.

{Etsy} new festive look...

Hello all,

Thank you for your kind words about yesterday's little post. I really do love to hear your thoughts on all of my ramblings - but it means a lot that some of you felt compelled to offer your condolences on the loss of my grandma. You are all lovely lovely people.

Today I just wanted to share a small update with you...I thought I'd add a little touch of christmas spirit to my little shop! I know, I know - we're only in the second week of November...calm down Rachel...but John Lewis have started airing this years christmas advert {it's the cutest thing - watch it here}. So, if they can be all christmassy in early November and get away with it then..well, so can I!

Here is my new little shop banner...do you like it?
I was originally playing around with 'HO HO HO NO RACHIO' but it looked a little weird...

xo.

{etsy update} a new little item...

Hello all,

Firstly, I do hope you're all well and had a lovely weekend - apologies for the lack of post yesterday, I received some very sad news, so blogging was the last thing on my mind. You might also find that posting in general over here for the next few days is a little sparse too, so apologies in advance for that. 

I thought I'd just share a little one with you today...I've designed this teeny tiny cake stand for your enjoyment! He's now listed over on my little Etsy shop and would make a lovely little stocking filler for the baking lover in your life! 
He's a mere 12cm in diameter, making him the ultimate stand for a little cupcake OR one of these or even a mini version of this OR a wee pile of these.
The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy...
xo.







{YAY or NAY} baby clouds...

| UPDATE: | You can now buy one of these cheeky little chaps here!
 Hello all,

Happy post halloween Thursday...I hope you all had wild nights? I, had a night in alone, watching the horrendous rain outside, wrapped in a blanket, sewing - thinking that old hurricane Sandy might be making an appearance in Southampton.

Well, what I was sewing neatly and methodically were these little fellows...miniature versions of my happy cloud cushion. I made the first one with some excess fabric left over from making a big one for a lovely little order which I just sent off to Israel!

Anyway, the reason for this post was to test the waters and see what you lovely readers think of the little chaps....I ask, YAY or NAY to selling them on Etsy? Would you buy one to keep you company on your desk/bed and encourage you to smile even when the weather is awful these coming months?

Also, how about a mobile for a baby's nursery, or just a single cloud as a gift for a new born, or a stocking filler for kids {and adults too!}.
Any thoughts?
Also, what do you think of the tag? They are completely new to my products and I rather like them - gotta love a good heart!
I'd really love your input on this one :)

xo.




{Etsy} stationery lovers take note...

Hello all,

Do you, like me love stationery? Do you also love Christmas? Yes? Then look no further than my wee Etsy shop...

In my super organised christmas stocking drive, here's what I've added to the shop in the last week...they're my first hard back notebooks and I'm rather excited to share them!

··· {hand illustrated} ···
xo.