A Whale of a Tale

Amigurumi, craft, crochet, handmade, homemade

I adore this. A friend of a family member got in touch as she was having difficulty finding a navy and white whale for her baby’s nursery. She asked if I could help. Not one to turn down a request for help, I scoured the internet for a freebie pattern but couldn’t find anything I liked so I decided have a go at making my own pattern – it looked simple enough. The end result is absolutely gorgeous, I love it and will definitely be making more. I used navy and cream wool but I think it will still look great in any colour combination. I’ve typed up the pattern for future use and I’m even thinking of adjusting the pattern so I can make different sizes to make whale families. I think you’ll agree this little fella has definitely got the “Awwww” factor.  To see more of my creations take a look a my Facebook page – Dawn’s Handmade Cards and Gifts.  If anybody would like a copy of my pattern please feel free to message me via my facebook page and I’ll send it on to you.



My first real attempt at paper cutting

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I made this card for a friends engagement.  And it was my first attempt at paper cutting.  I chose a fairly simple heart pattern and a not so simple Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Two things I’ve learnt – 1. Stick to simple designs and 2. Reverse the design to any ink and pencil lines are on the back.

Anyone else who enjoys paper cutting I would hugely appreciate any other tips.


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My first order

Amigurumi, craft, crochet, handmade, homemade, Shaun the Sheep

With the launch of my facebook page I received an order for a Lambikins and Shaun the Sheep.

My original Shaun the Sheep has stick on felt eyes and I didn’t feel comfortable sending him to a child so I wanted to used either safety eyes or sew-on eyes.

After reading a tip on somebodies blog about making a larger amigurumi by using doubled-up yarn and a larger hook I decided to give it a go.

The end result was almost twice the size of the original Shaun and I was able to crochet some eyes with a small hook and sew them on.

Here he is:-


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A birthday card for the hubster

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Me and the hubster often go out for a bit of walking with the dog and it’s a bit of a joke that I’m the one good at reading the instructions and he’s the one good at reading the map – it’s like he has an internal compass in his head, he just has a much better sense of direction than I do.  So for his birthday I spotted this card on my trusty Pinterest and had to make it as it was just so “us”.


An Anniversary Card

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My daughter and her boyfriend have been together to a year and I wanted to make the occassion special for them so I made this simple but, I think, effective little card to mark the event.

I used some textured card which I had bought very cheaply (89p for 8 A4 sheets) from Home Bargains – amazingly thick and good quality considering the price, definitely a bargain.

I was intending on printing some heart paper off but my printer has decided it’s not printing properly (a problem that needs rectifying as I use my printer an awful lot now I’m into this card making malarchy 🙂 ).  So instead I rummaged through my stash and came across some pretty pink paper which I think works equally well.

The tricky part was cutting out the heart shapes with a craft knife – if anyone has any tips on how to effectively cut curves and circles with a craft knife if would be much appreciated.

Here’s the finished piece.


I think my next mission will be to learn calligraphy as I think it will add an extra special finished to some of my cards.  But I’m a lefty so I know it’s not going to be an easy task.

A card for a child

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Whilst browsing through my magazines I came across this card which looked relatively easy to make.

The blue spotty paper is actually just some cheap wrapping paper but I think it looks quite effective.

I tried to google images of the animals but nothing seemed right so I found similar cards cropped down the images and just cut them out – bingo!!!