23 October 2013

Magazine Mayhem & Christmas Chaos..!!

Do you have a thing for craft magazines? I have...
It's mainly craft mags for me but at this time of year I love the 'all singing, all dancing' Christmas ones too.
Over the last few weeks I've been picking up magazines like they are going out of style..!!

First of all I spied this little beauty ...

Then Prima brought out it's fab Christmas Makes mag which I always buy.

My subscription mag arrived by post & withing 10 minutes I had made a sparkly crochet star using the free gift pack - cool or what?

It's not clear in the pic but the yarn is shot through with silver thread & really nice to work with. In fact, I popped over to Simply Crochet's facebook page to ask what yarn it is. There's enough for maybe another two but I've got Christmas bunting in my head so I'd need to make at least 8 - 10..!!

Remember the slouchy hat I mentioned in my last blog? Well - here it is. My customer was really pleased with it & off the back of that I got an order for one adult & one child hat too.


Other things in the order book include three more baby Christmas gift tag decs, a four leaf clover crochet keyring & a set of three crochet Russian dolls.
Here's number one....

The Baby's First Christmas Felt Gift Tags have really taken off. Unfortunately, because they are being bought for Xmas gifts, I haven't been able to post any proper pictures in case they are 'spotted' by the parents...!!! Never mind, I'll use this years pics to advertise for next year, although they can be made as New Baby tags at any time.

My example photo...

.... & a sneaky peep at the corner of one...!!

All these orders pretty much take me up to the middle of November & I plan to close my order book by 1st December anyway..!!
There's 3 fates to do in the meantime so it's busy times ahead for CG&Cs.... phew.

I'm really looking forward to half term. Firstly, me & Hubby are off for a weekend break to Saundersfoot, Pembs to relax & recharge the batteries ~ bliss..!! Then I'll be home for the rest of the week crafting &
preparing for my first Christmas craft fair being held on Saturday, 2nd November. 

Time to say  

Take care all, see you next week....  xxx

Crafty Gifts & Cards

3 October 2013

Getting Ready...

... for the festive season...!!

Mini felt hearts
Yes, you'd swear that Christmas was here already at CG&Cs HQ. My order book has only just re-opened & already I've got more winter hat orders. Tonight I've started an owl hat for a 2 year old - fluffy pink with sleepy eyes & spiky ears.
As soon as that's done I'm trying a new pattern for a slouchy beanie hat for a friend at work.
This is the yarn...

... & this is the hat
This pattern is from a blog called jenilikesyarn & I'm looking forward to trying it out.

I've been trying to promote Crafty Gifts & Cards with some snazzy collages created on PicMonky.
The possibilities are endless but I've settled on this winter/Xmas theme...
I'm loving the tree border. What do you think?

Are you all busy with your Christmas makes? Done any Xmas shopping yet?
I always try to wait til October half term. When my boys were young you never saw anything to do with Christmas til that half term school holiday...
Ah, those were the days - it seems Christmas is with us almost all year round now.
I have already succumb to temptation & bought two chocolate oranges - well, they were buy one get one free. Rude not to I thought... hehe.
I've been seeing some fab festive delights on facebook.
Here's a selection of pretty pages with gorgeous gifts & classy cards - go check them out..!!
Don't forget....

More 'name dropping' & Xmas mentions in my next blog but now a tired me is off to bed.

Night night all
                 Sweet dreams  :-)