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Friday, 21 September 2012

HANDMADE PRESENTS - BOOKMARKS

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!

Well another week is over and the weekend is here...I am so thankful!! This week was particularly stressful. Steve's got my cold and later on in the week, Theo got it too. There is nothing worse than a 6 year old with a head cold. Not to mention a hubby with a head cold. Love the change of seasons.....grrrrrrr.

Anyhow, this past week (Even though it was stressful) has been a great one for my little blog. I've seen more pageviews this week than ever before. Which makes me very hopeful that people actually read my stuff! Thank you, I really do appreciate it.

So, what will I talk about this week? What craftiness will I share with you?? Well, I've mentioned in my Versatile, Aww Yeah post that I love to make things for people. So, that being RE-said, I thought I would share with you my most recent craft love.....Felt Bookmarks.



The wonderful girlies that I work with all really enjoy reading. One tea break they were talking about what books they were reading and what they had planned to bring with them to read on their respective holidays.

My brain started thinking of my Pinterest boards......as you do ;-)

I remembered seeing different birds and hearts and all sorts of cuteness on Pinterest. Search for felt bookmarks...you'll see what I mean!

So I hit my felt stash....



This magical box holds all of the wonders of the felt world.....okay well, maybe not. But its got pretty colours?!?!?!



There's a little fabric store not too far from me that sells squares of felt. Its kinda turned in to a regular occurrence for me. You know, milk, bread, felt square... I'm there way too often.


First up, something easy to start me off:


 Take any shape ( I chose a little heart), double up your felt, cut 2 shapes out and "running stitch" them together and stitch in the paper clip at the bottom. Cute.Simple.Effective.

Next up, something a little bit more involved. Little bird.


I chose not to give this one any eyes. I don't really know why, I just didn't think it would look right. The recipient agreed. She loved it. This little baby has made its way alllllllll the way to Greece.






Same basic technique as the heart. Cut out the 2 shapes, stitch together. In this case, I decided to braid the thread in the middle and add the leaf tail. Seriously, I didn't use any measurements for the length and look at how well it fit her book! Its like it was meant to be ;-)

And last but not least, the most complicated of my trifecta of craftiness. Le Tour Eiffel:


My last recipient is our resident french speaker who vacay's in France often. So, I thought I would give her a little "Paris" in her bookmark. Sorry the picture is not the greatest here. The ribbon through the middle is cream satin with gold trim and the cloud has a pink stitch around it. I tried to go for a cutesy postcard type feel. Not sure if I got it in the end but she loved it and that's all that matters to me! And ps: this was my first attempt at embroidering letters, I think it turned out well!!

*I'm sure that you've noticed the difference in the pictures in this post. Unfortunately I didn't snap any pics of the birdie before giving it to Mrs. V, so I had asked if she could send me some shots. The beauties above are what I received. - I may just employ her to take all of my blog pics, I think they're beautiful!!

Well, it just goes to show that you can make people very happy with a little effort and some felt!! What will you make for someone this week?

Off to enjoy my Friday night with hubbers.....have a great one peeps xx









25 comments:

  1. these are so so cute!!!! I need to try some for myself! Thank you for inspiring me!!

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  2. Hi Helen

    Thank you for stopping by my blog for coffee :) the book marks look great :) I have a crafty linky party happening on my blog right now, if you would like to link your projects ???

    Also I thought I would give you my email address, if you would like to chat about plans for your blog ? polkadotpretties1@gmail.com

    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend

    Claire x

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  3. Very sweet bookmarks. A cozy gift to give.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  4. Oh my, such sweet creations! I love felt and you make it look so cute. Great job!
    XOXO, Dee from The CSI project

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  5. How sweet are your little felties! I fix pictures in Picassa now. My pictures are so much brighter it's incredible. I was using it for a while before I found a place that says BOOST and it boosts the color way up and there is a lever where you can take it down to a brighter but not garish color. Then I usually hit GLOW and it brightens the picture. Hope this helps. Picassa is free. It makes collages also. Linda

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  6. How sweet! love it, thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday, following you on google+ now

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  7. I saw you on Monday Mingle and just followed you.

    Please follow me.
    http://coupongator2.blogspot.com

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  8. Adorable! Love the little birdie! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning!

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  9. I love the craft box! So cute!

    I'm stopping by from the Naptime Review. I'd love for you to visit my blog at http://www.fashionablysaving.wordpress.com

    Have a great day!

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  10. thanks for visiting my blog! Love the Paris feltie~
    Blessings

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  11. Hi Helen,
    So adorables your bookmarks!I'm crazy about little birdes.
    Have a look at my blog I'll be glad.

    Hugs from Portugal.

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  12. Yes head colds are never fun- just enough to annoy and agitate but not enough to make the kids just want to lay around and rest.

    Congrats on more page views- it always is fun and the more you do this and the longer you do it, the more hits you will continue to get.

    That bookmark is adorable!!

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  13. Such cute little bookmarks! I will have to remember these. Found you @ Lines Across

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  14. Your bookmarks are adorable. This will be such a cute gift for my teacher friends. I hope you're feeling well and were able to enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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  15. I love the bird one!! Im totally going to make some! What great gift ideas!! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Those are so cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Brambleberry Cottage. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-16.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  17. What a fun little project, I'm thinking these would be perfect stocking stuffers.

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  18. Thank you for sharing your creative touch with Potpourri Friday!

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  19. Cute idea! Thank you for joining HSH!
    Sherry

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  20. Very sweet! Love the Paris one. :)

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  21. Fabulous! Such fun projects...thanks for sharing over at Junkin Joe! Hugs...

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