I really love pattern testing for designers. I learn so many new skills and meet the most amazing people through it.
I recently finished the Star Blanket by Jean Harrison. She is a new designer with amazing ideas in picture blankets.
It’s been fun crocheting this blanket and I have learnt some amazing new skills I can bring to my new products. Thank you Jean for giving me the opportunity to test this wonderful design!
Pattern by: Jean Harrison- All Shades of Crochet
Yarn used: Grey – Pure Wool in Dark GreyButtercup Yellow – Carnival Yarn by Panda Yarns from Spotlight Urban basics Super ball in Lilac – From Lincraft
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In this day and age is it really worth buying something handmade, I mean with so many factories pumping out so many products at ridiculously low prices, why would you spend the money to buy something someone made?
Well I will tell you why, because unlike its factory made cousin, a handmade product is carefully crafted, the materials lovingly selected and crafted into a work of pure art. Its artisan has spent hours working on the product, making sure it just perfect for you to buy. You see with each handmade product you buy, you are not only buying a product you are also receiving a beautiful gift of someone’s time and devotion. Of the late nights and early mornings, the weekends spent making your product.
A handmade product has something a factory made product could never have, a personality, part of the artisans personality is lovingly crafted into each product. Tailored just right so that not only you but generations to come can enjoy the beauty of the artisans creations.
I have a number of handmade items that were handed down to me from my mother, in turn they were my grandmother’s (her mother). Beautiful pillow cases lovingly embroidered with my grandmothers initials, a baby blanket crocheted by my mum, play suits and clothing beautifully made by my mother in law. Each piece is carefully washed and stored and ready to be handed down to my daughter when she has her children. Though she has never met my grandmother she will always have part of her legacy in the beautiful embroidered pillow cases.
So I decided to carry on this handmade tradition, making heirloom pieces that can be handed down from mother to daughter, father to son. A history of craftsmanship, passion and love beautifully integrated into a handmade product.
So next time you huff at what you think is a ridiculously priced handmade item as opposed to its factory made counter part. Think of the time, the love, the passion, the artistry, the commitment, the dedication of the person who took the time to make this for you to buy. They have no guarantee their products will sell but something inside them compels them to keep making these beautiful keepsakes for someone to treasure.
I have joined forces with other amazing designers, writers and artists to bring you a carefully curated gift box of beautiful handmade products for you or a loved one to treasure.
My New born Nursey and Reading Decor pack is available now. Only this one of this particular type in stock, so whoever buys this will have something unique and special. I try to make every box that little bit different so that you have something as individual as you to take home or give as a beautiful gift.
Thank you so much for reading my posts. I hope it has conjured up feelings of nostalgia and memories of times gone by. Thank you for supporting my blog and online shop. For a creative like me its something I very much appreciate.
Take a look at my latest finished project. The Bijou blanket pattern designed by Stitched Up Craft
Designed by Kylie from @StitchedUpCraft
Yarn: Marvel 8 plyColour: MintFrom: SpotlightHook: 4.5mm
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This pattern is a joy to crochet! It’s a brilliant combination of texture and plain stitches to form a diamond shape when the hexagons are joined!
Kylie as always allows for the crocheter to be creative in their colour choices. I choose a beautiful mint green Marvel 8ply from Spotlighthttps://spotlight.com.au
They have an amazing online store with everything a crafter could possibly need!
I have also been testing candles for Em and Me candle shop. They are an up and coming mother daughter duo who have developed a unique range of candle fragrances. I am currently testing a lemongrass and ginger candle and it is divine! The fragrance is clean and fresh and reminds me of a beautiful spring day!
Their candles will be available on their website soon. You can also contact them via Facebook and Instagram.
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Well hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Thank you so much for reading my post.
Are you or someone you know having a baby this year or have recently had one? Finding that perfect gift can be difficult.
I have gift packs available or sale that can help solve that dilemma.
All handmade and lovingly packed and wrapped with a beautiful ribbon. This gift will be given with pride.
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