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It’s been a while……why I haven’t posted in my blog lately.

I actually can’t remember when I wrote my last post! It’s been one heck of a year so far. So many sad and distressing things are happening around the world it dashes your hope in humanity, add to the the bustle of everyday life and things get ahead of you.

I have a ton of recipes I want to share with you. Perfect for the start of the school holidays. I have started a new crochet project. Something exciting. I have a sneak preview below. I will document it as I go along.

I want to thank you all for reading and liking my posts. It’s been a tremendous inspiration for me, especially on my most difficult days. Hopefully it won’t be too long between posts from now on!

New baby blanket project

I have designed a blanket for a customer inspired by the Peoples blanket designed by Catherine Crochets. It’s something I haven’t done before but am excited to learn how to do. Can’t wait to show you the finished blanket.

Thank you so much again everyone. Have a wonderful day!

Vicky

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Work in progress Wednesday…….The Art of Crochet Blanket

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Well I did it! I finished all the squares in the Art of Crochet blanket and have sewn them together. I am still deciding on a border so I am hoping to get that sorted by the weekend.

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful journey of this gorgeous blanket. I still have a few more squares to show you so I will be keeping this series going for a while longer.

After this I am hoping to recommence the 365 days of granny squares challenge i started back in oh 2016 I think! So I hope you can join me in that one soon!

Thank you so much for reading my blog posts and talk to you all soon! I have some exciting recipes to share with you at the end of the week.

Vicky

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Meet Henry the Alpaca

I have been learning the Japanese art of Amigurumi. It’s crocheting objects with yarn. It’s a beautiful and interesting art with so many variations man’s ideas on things to make.

Checkout my pin below on my latest project. A cute Alpaca. Amigurumi is not an easy art to learn it takes a lot of practice and patience but I think I am making progress!

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Pretty in Pink – Newborn Gift Box

I am excited to announce I have a new gift box available soon in my online shop.

Pretty in Pink is a selection of handcrafted items made by myself and local designers and artisans. A baby being born is a very special occasion and what better way to celebrate than with a gift that’s beautifully crafted by talented artists.

Pretty in Pink Gift box

Take a look at my Instagram page for details http://www.instagram.com/vickys_handcrafted_designs

Thank you for reading my posts. I will update you all soon when I list them gift box.

Vicky

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Paper Doll Crochet Blanket Pattern-Designed by Catherine Crochets

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Take a look at my latest Tiktok video on a pattern testing I have finished for crochet designer. Catherine Crochets.

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This week at Vickys Handcrafted Design Headquarters…….

It’s been an exciting week here at Vickys Handcrafted Designs. I have launched a new newborn gift pack full of beautiful handmade products. Included in the pack is the gorgeous Bijou blanket I have been working on. The pattern was designed by Stitched up Craft. I have made a few of her designs and absolutely love them.

I have designed this pack to give comfort to the newborn baby and mum. Included in the pack are some beautiful items to create a relaxing atmosphere in your nursery or baby area, including a relaxing candle from Em and Me Candle shop and a beautiful book to read to your child called Why I love going to Grandma’s house. By L C Wilson. It’s a gorgeous book full of beautiful illustrations and a beautiful story of a child’s memories visiting her grandmother.

Along with the blanket, candle and book I have included two beautiful keepsakes. A plaque by Etch your heart out and a gorgeous clay bear motif made by Designs By Sasha.

All in all it’s a beautiful and unique gift pack that would bring joy to a new mum and her Bub. Or buy it for yourself and your new baby!

Shop direct from my blog http://www.vickyshandcrafteddesigns.blog

This pack is available in Australia only as at present I don’t have the postage facilities available to sell overseas. Hopefully some time in the future I will.

Over the next few months I will be releasing more gift packs and individual pieces. I can’t wait to show you each one as I finish them.

Take care everyone and thank you for reading my blog.

Vicky

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The benefits of buying handmade/handcrafted products

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?

Handmade gift box

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.

Newborn gift box

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.

Vicky