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10 festive crafts I’ve made this month

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1. Christmas preparations are in full swing here and what better way to use up leftover felt balls? I went through a foam wreath buying stage several months ago, with plans of making lots of new ones for my shop. I have so many creative ideas running through my head on a daily basis, it’s easy to forget good intentions like this! I recently had a bit of a clear out of my craft space and suddenly remembered what they were for. I’ve made two so far, one Christmas themed one and a pink and purple one. I’m amazed at just how much they transform a space! The crochet christmas decorations were inspired by this months Simply Crochet Magazine (issue 38).

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2. You know how I mentioned above that Christmas preparations are in full swing here? It wouldn’t be Christmas without some festive cake toppers, right? These ones certainly made me smile and undoubtedly add a lot of cheer to your standard Christmas cake.

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3. I recently purchased a set of ‘love’ stamps and some new ink with the intention of making these. They are bound to look gorgeous on Christmas presents and were so easy to make. I bought some blank gift tags and added my own twine for a rustic look. I then used my trusty heart shaped paper cutter to cut out the patterned papers. Once the hearts were in place, I got creative with the hand stamping and voila! If you’re anything like me and are planning on making a lot of homemade gifts this Christmas (including chutney and jam, which are favourite options of mine) these are the perfect labels!

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4. As you may already know, crochet is a huge hobby of mine and definitely takes up a large proportion of my spare time. I couldn’t resist making a festive garland in kitsch Christmas colours. The piece of driftwood used as a photographic prop to drape the garland on, travelled all the way from Sandymouth Beach on a recent weekend away. How special is that? If you’re feeling inspired, head on over to Cherry Heart blog for the ‘twinkler stars’ pattern. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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5. I couldn’t just stop at one set of gift tags, they were far too addictive and enjoyable to make. After sorting through my huge stash of Christmas papers, I came across these. If you’re looking to make your own gift tags, then you must invest in a star paper cutter (and some pretty twine, as there’s always space for twine, right?) The beauty of handmade gift tags is that they can be made to suit your gift wrapping theme perfectly! They also look wonderful sitting under the tree and have a unique touch of handmade.

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6. I went through a phase of making lots of washi tape pegs several months ago and found them so addictive (like most crafts). I still have a HUGE washi tape supply and seem to have accumulated a large amount of these pegs. Gift wrapping has never looked so lovely. They seem to make everything look that extra bit special. They are particularly useful for Christmas parties, especially if you’re having a sweet festive buffet and would like your guests to take home some home baked sweets and treats.

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7. You must be noticing a theme with the gift tags? I just love them (in all colours, shapes and sizes). These scalloped gift tags have a particularly crafty feel to them and I can definitely see my presents looking extra fabulous when it’s Christmas time next month! I like to use matching ribbon or twine to give them that extra special touch. Make sure you have your best fountain pen ready for writing on the reverse side!

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8. Christmas is all about that extra bit of sparkle isn’t it? These glittery heart cake toppers are a favourite of mine, particularly if you’re looking to make a non traditional set of cake toppers for your Christmas cake. I used my heart paper cutter to cut out the shapes (2 hearts of the same size, per cake topper). I then used some double sided selotape on the reverse side of half of the hearts, which held the bamboo skewers in place nicely. To finish off, I took all of the remaining hearts and placed them on top of the skewers, (with the sparkly side facing me) and pressed down to stick in place. This was the end result, of which I’m rather pleased with!

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9. Felt ball garlands are perfect when made this time of year. They look absolutely beautiful draped over a Christmas tree or hanging from a fireplace. I just can’t get enough of making them (in all colours and shapes and sizes!) I wrote a tutorial on how to make your very own here.

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10. Any christmas crafting wouldn’t be complete without a large mug of hot chocolate, right? The cream and marshmellows are such a yummy addition. You should go and make one right this instant, you know you want to!

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Crochet Rose Garland

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Hello all! Do you remember my crochet rose cake toppers blog post which I posted earlier this week? Well, I still have the crocheted rose bug and haven’t stopped making them ever since. Have you experienced that feeling when you’ve crocheted something so many times, you’re able to memorise the pattern? Yes, that! If you’d like to take a peek at the pattern, you can follow the blog link above to the original post. I warn you though, it’s addictive!

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I’m very impressed at how versatile these crocheted roses are. If you’ve visited Paper Doily Party Shop you’ll know that I’ve made my fair share of garlands over recent months. I just love the fact that they can transform any space into something beautiful, particularly when used for a special occasion. I just had to share my recent creation with you. This particular garland was made for a special friend who wanted to brighten up her home. Obviously I couldn’t let it out of my workroom before taking some gorgeous photographs of it. 

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What are your thoughts? Have I inspired you? Garlands are one of my favourite party decorations and I absolutely love making them. I’m definitely planning on making more. Would you be interested in seeing some DIY party garland blog posts? Do let me know if so, as it’ll be very enjoyable task. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Stationery Collection

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I’m very excited to finally reveal what I have been working on over the past few weeks. Since opening Paper Doily Party Shop in July of last year, I’ve had a huge amount of fun experimenting with different products and designs. In this time, I’ve been designing a wide range of handmade party products, which were all inspired by the amount of fun I had designing and making my own wedding decorations in April of last year.

After graduating with a Textile Design degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design several years ago, I decided that I had spent far too much time on the computer, having specialised in Digital Print Design and felt that I really wanted to re connect with the making side of things. It just so happens that within this time, I’ve really missed being creative on the computer and have decided that Paper Doily Party Shop will be moving towards beautifully illustrated stationery.

I’ve received an amazing level of support so far. Part of my stationery range was chosen to be featured at the Etsy Wedding Fair in London this weekend. I’ve also been featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine, Homemaker Magazine, Bustle and Sew Magazine and a Salt-Water Sandals campaign. I’m also gaining a lot of support from all of my lovely followers on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you as the reader and all of my customers, which I am incredibly grateful for, so thank you.

I’m feeling very positive about the change in direction and I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of my journey with you. What are your thoughts on my designs so far? Have a lovely Sunday and speak very soon!

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A peek into my workroom

I thought it would be really lovely to show you where all of the work happens for Paper Doily Party Shop. If you’ve happened to read my about section, you’ll know that Paper Doily Party Shop was born from my love and excitement for handmade party products and is my full time job. I’m very lucky to have a workroom to myself, completely dedicated to the business. I’ve tried to make it as inspiring as possible. I will admit that at times it’s a job in itself keeping it tidy, so I’ve tried to utilise the space to the best of my ability, by placing a lot of my items in pretty storage jars, useful shelves, storage trolleys and baskets. I hope you enjoy having a peek into this special little workroom of mine! craft-room1craftroom2 First of all, welcome to my inspiration board. I completed a Textile Design degree at Chelsea College of Art and Design several years ago, and absolutely loved having my own little inspiration board above my desk. This is something I’ve always continued to have since graduating, and something which I absolutely love adding to. Whenever I see a beautiful card, print, quote or anything else worth pinning up, (mostly from the rather amazing Flow Magazine) I grab one of my pretty pins and find a perfect spot for it. This was made from a large cork board from a stationery shop. I covered it in foam and fabric to make it prettier, and will eventually add ribbon to it to protect the fabric and change the look. craftroom5craftroom8 I recently purchased this beautifully vibrant sewing machine to expand my party decoration range. I’ve used it several times already and I absolutely love it! Not only is it perfect for small sewing projects, it adds a much needed splash of colour to the entire room and never fails to put a smile on my face! craftroom3craftroom10 Here is a close up of some of my trusty storage jars. The spotty colourful ones are from Tiger and are super handy for storing crochet bits, garlands, paper decorations etc. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have several unfinished craft projects on the go. These jars are great for storing these kind of projects, as unlike being stored away in a draw, they will be fully visible to your eye, longing to be finished! I’ve contemplated moving them to the kitchen, but they look far too good alongside my sewing machine to remove from my workroom. The rather large sweet jars pictured directly above, were actually purchased for our wedding dessert table last year. If you’ve browsed my etsy shop you’ll know how much I love wool felt, washi tape and twine. These jars are the perfect storage solution for all of these little bits! craftroom4craft-room-11craftroom6 All workrooms need cute little ornaments, candles and paper decorations right? Mine certainly does and I love glancing over at them whilst working. The peg board pictured behind them, is also super useful for storing general craft tools, particularly pastel coloured craft materials (obviously!) For any of you who aren’t aware, I run a local crochet group in Bath, UK, so I like to have somewhere pretty to store my crochet hooks. This Cath Kidston tin is the perfect solution! Notice a yellow theme? craftroom7 I really enjoy having plants and flowers in my workroom. I do have to try my hardest to water them, (and sometimes fail miserably) but feel it’s definitely worth it when they are this vibrant. The beautiful plant pots and tray are from the extremely friendly Sue from Yay Retro, one of my favourite vintage shops. 11123724_423192984528884_302785730_n Here is my favourite corner of the room. I adore my ikea trolley. After several months of deciding whether to take the plunge and buy one, I’m very glad I did. It’s very handy for storing my wedding stationery range, cards, wrapping paper, pretty bags and anything else handy. The other white storage unit is currently filled with yarn for a blanket I’m making. One day I hope to finish it, but right now I’m lost in a never ending sea of crochet squares! Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed my workroom tour. I would love to know if I’ve inspired you, so do come and say hello if I have!

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The progress of Paper Doily Party Shop (later renamed to Rosefinch Studio)

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We have recently received a few questions regarding Paper Doily’s progress from some of our lovely Facebook followers. It is so nice to see that people are as excited as we are, and we have taken it as a great compliment. We have been super busy at Paper Doily HQ, preparing for the launch of our Etsy shop. The studio has turned into craft central. Paper Doily will consist of two ventures. There will be an amazing selection of handmade party accessories, primarily sold through our Etsy shop. This will allow us to be super creative as we love nothing more than designing and making fabulous party products.

There will also be a larger online shop, selling an amazing array of party accessories from well known suppliers. The handmade venture is a thoroughly enjoyable process but is taking a little longer than expected… like most things! We want to ensure we have the best products available, which requires lots of planning and meticulous making! The larger online shop is scheduled to be up and running within the next 6 months, which will allow us plenty of time to source products, build the website and connect with our very highly regarded potential customers.

If you are an animal person and in the mood for a cute photograph, you will be pleased to hear that we have just welcomed Felix, the miniature poodle puppy to Paper Doily HQ. He is 15 weeks old and full of love, mischief and cuddles. Felix is another reason why our progress is a little slower than anticipated. Somebody has to provide the cuddles! He brings us a lot of joy and excitement and certainly keeps us on our toes.

We look forward to sharing the rest of our journey with you and thank you so much for reading.