So I am aware that I am probably preaching to the choir here, but have you ever looked at Etsy's gift guides? I have sometimes clicked on the featured items in the top left hand corner of the front page, but have never really thought about where they came from or what the gift guides were until I found out on Heartomaticthat my bow badge has been featured in one (the Heart Handmade Gift Guide -thanks again Marichelle!).
I clicked on the link to have a quick nose around and ended up spending considerably more time there than I intended - they are just too good! They are full of lovely things like this bowl:
As far as I am concerned the summer months hold entirely too many birthdays to be allowed. My most recent gift is this golden "E" for my sister Emily.
Stitching onto the lace was a bit of a nightmare and took forever but I think it was worth it.
I am hoping to start selling these as custom orders in the shop later this week.
Oh, and you can see a sneaky peek of my kitchen dresser in the photos - my home is still a bit of a building site at the moment so I haven't been able to photograph it yet, but as soon as it is a little more presentable I promise to show it to you!
I found some pretty paper doilies in the pound shop a little while ago and I am quite deeply in love with them. They are my new favourite thing. I used one to wrap my little sister's birthday presents and whilst I normally like nothing better than simple brown paper and string, the addition of this one white doily makes my heart flutter just a bit. In fact I was so enamoured with the result that I wanted to unwrap it even though I knew what was inside...
Ever more frequently I seem to find myself falling head over heels for inanimate objects - I fear it may start to become a bit of a problem. Oh well.
As you will know if you have visited me here before, nothing makes me happier than nesting at home and making things. So I have been more than a little disgruntled to find myself rarely able to do either over the past month or so. Hence my absence. Sorry.
In a rare moment at home however I did manage a smidgen of creativity, even if it was just a very small thing. I did a little birthday decorating:
Some may think that at 29 whole years of age a person is probably too old for such things as cakes and candles and balloons, but I think that is poppycock. Everybody should have a little indulgence on their birthday, and I could think of nothing simpler and sweeter for this particular Peter Pan. He agreed.