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Nursery On A Shoestring

After such a long time away, it’s hard to know where to start catching up. The Christmas and New Years break was hectic yet productive and we got to visit most of our friends and family on the list. It was so lovely to see everyone that we managed to, and sad not to see the ones we missed but fingers crossed we’ll see them next time.

I had good intentions to get back to blogging and working on pieces for the etsy and folksy shops soon after we got back. Unfortunately good intentions alone won’t get things done. I quickly realised after packing away all the Christmas decs that there was far too much to do in respect to getting the house ready for the baby’s arrival in March and the nursery was still a store room, jammed packed with stuff. So with an ever increasing belly, an ever decreasing budget and time left in the schedule, my husband and I set aside everything else that could wait and set to on the renovations.
We had to get in a guy who calls himself “the window doctor” to replace the blown unit in the window but the rest of the work we did ourselves. I did the plastering and polyfillering and we both then started painting, but I had to drop out of that activity as I couldn’t reach below my knees or above my shoulders very well. It was decided that my husband could do a better job of the painting by himself and I would go and get on with framing pictures and other little and less bump straining tasks.
This weekend the shelves went up and we are finally finished, with just over 3 weeks until the due date.
So here is the nursery before we got going:
And after:
Roll of wallpaper to make the tree and animals (drawn freehand with Sharpie pens) – £1.
Spot the hospital bags packed and ready. Cot donated by our old Land Lady, and very nice it is too.
Charity shop picture frames, £3 each. The prints I already had from an old exhibition of mine.
Renovated chest of drawers free from Freecycle and homemade crochet lampshade.
The awesome nappy changing bag, that actually plays music.
The beautifully hand crafted (by my Mum) moses basket bedding and accessories. [Moses basket £5 from a charity shop]
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Froggy 50 pence at a nearly new sale, and his chair £5 at a car boot sale. Another piece lovingly restored by my Mum.
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One of my favourite finds, £1 pair of curtains from a charity shop. They were a little too short so I added the red and white gingham myself.
I am so relieved to have finished it. Hospital bags are packed too, so now all I need to do is rest and prepare for the big day. 🙂
If you don’t hear from me again for a while it’ll be because our baby has arrived, I do hope to get one or two more blog posts done before then. We shall see.
Love and groovy vibes to all xXx

Fake Christmas!

Last week was certainly a busy one, preparing for the arrival of my family for “Fake Christmas” – an event very similar to real Christmas, only held on a different date, usually before the 25th December and generally because my husband can rarely get enough time off work these days to visit family during the “real” holidays.

We had a lovely festive time together, playing games, exchanging gifts and eating copious amounts of food including this rather excellently decorated (if I do say so myself), if not so excellently baked cake.


My “Merry Fake Christmas” cake 2012.

As is so often the case with good times and family times, the weekend went far too quickly for my liking and although utterly exhausted and in need of days rest I was sad to see them all go. Not too sad though as I’ll be seeing them again in January 🙂

So apart from the making of the cake and some of the presents (which of course I forgot to photograph in my haste last week), I haven’t had much chance to be getting on with other creative works. I am currently working on another two crochet baby blankets and to avoid getting bored with either one, I keep switching between the two, though this does make it tricky to figure out when they might be finished.


Such a hectic time of year, and having only recently moved house, and being 28 weeks pregnant, it feels all the more frantic. I’m going to be taking a short break from the blog for the holidays and I hope to be back next year with renewed energy and ready to take on 2013.


I’ll leave you with a couple of sneak preview pictures of my two crochet baby blankets in progress…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

See y’all in 2013 xXx

How To Upcycle Old Christmas Cards Into Gift Tags – A Craft & Crochet Tutorial

So, time to get down to something creative in the freshly organised studio – exciting!

Whilst clearing out the studio I came across a massive amount of hoarded old Christmas cards. Whilst sorting through them all I had three separate piles; 1) To chuck out, 2) To keep for sentimental reasons, and 3) To keep for crafty Christmas projects like this one.

A friend of mine suggested this as something useful to do with all the cards I have kept and all in all I think it’s worked quite well.

You will need: IMGP5706 Some old Christmas cards

Some cotton thread

A needle


Blue tak (or in my case white tak)

A bradawl (or any sharp pointy tool)

A 2.5mm crochet hook

Some gold embroidery thread (or other festive looking embroidery thread)

First choose a card and cut out a gift tag size part of it. One of my favourite Christmas images is the robin so this was an easy choice for me.


You can see that I cut around the tail here, but actually that proved to be too fiddly in the next couple of steps so I ended up cutting it off. The simpler the shape the better really.

Then put the blue (or white) tak underneath the edge of the card and pierce holes through the edge at regular intervals of about 5mm.


Then take the needle and thread and sew a blanket stitch through the pre-pierced holes around the edge.


Next, using the embroidery thread and your crochet hook, make one single crochet stitch into each of the blanket stitches all around the edge. Once you have completed one full round, make a slip stitch to join the embroidery thread to the beginning and secure, leaving a long enough tail to use as a loop for attaching the gift tag to a gift.


Finally; write your Christmas message on the back, in whatever style and colours you fancy.


…And that’s it. Simple.

I am very much looking forward to tomorrow as it will be the 1st of December. The day I finally let myself get all festive after resisting the media and commercial hype since before Halloween – Wow it starts early! So I shall be trimming the tree and putting up some lights to the joyful sounds of my Christmas music playlists. Can’t wait! 🙂

Ho ho hope to see you soon for the next riveting instalment 😉

I am Littlegemm




ImageI am Littlegemm, although currently I’m not so little and I’m going to keep expanding for a while, as I’m exactly 23 weeks pregnant today.

My lovely husband and I live in Cornwall with our somewhat special needs pooch, Floyd, and the baby boy we are expecting will be our first adventure into parenthood.

I am an artist and crafts person and have just begun to dip my toe into the world of online selling. I have started this, so far bewildering and slightly overwhelming, journey with an Etsy shop:http://www.etsy.com/shop/Littlegemmcreations Please check it out. I also hope to open up a Folksy shop and eventually my own website. I am guessing this process will be utterly slowed down upon the arrival of our son but I am prepared to throw any spare time and energy I have into trying to make a success of this venture. It’s pretty nerve wracking!

I’ll be aiming to post on my blog once a week so please do follow me and I’ll endeavour to make it an interesting read with a few pretty pictures.


See you at 24 weeks! xxx xxx xxx