Welcome to my blog, hope you enjoy reading

Friday, 28 September 2012


This has been the shortest week known to man!! Have you ever felt like time was just slipping through your fingers? I tell you, this week has gone by in the blink of an eye. I've gotten nothing in the way of housework or home stuff done this week but work has gotten 150% of me....I guess I can say that??

Anyhow, this week starts my official start of the Christmas. I hate the idea of Christmas shopping in December so I start at the VERY latest, October. Since October is right around the corner (OMG) there's no time better than the present for getting a jump on Christmas....


I thought I would try and start a new tradition this year by suggesting handmade gifts to the adults. Theo is the only child in our family, so the rest of the gifts are Uncle J, Aunty S and hubby and I....and Nanny of course. I don't know about you, but its increasing harder every year to find Christmas presents that aren't pointless nonsense for the adults in the family. Long gone are the days that you wait to write done what you want on your "Christmas List" and wait until December 25th to get what you want / need . My thoughts are to make something handmade for everyone this year.....I'm going to need your help closer to the time for ideas ect......What do you think? Good idea or more hassle than its worth??


One gift that I have a decent track record with is pillows. I've made the Mario Fire Flower pillow for Theo, which he loved and has pretty much committed me to make one for all of his friends.  I've also made this little cutie for a friend's son.

upcycle pillow, fleece pillow, scarf to pillow, dino pillow, dinosaur bedroom
He loves dinosaurs
Aside from the children related accessories, I've also made a pillow or two for some friends. All of the pillows I've made, started their lives as something different. I love upcycling! The dinosaur pillow used to be a fleece scarf....

poncho upcycle, poncho to pillow, diy pillow
Like the Poncho???? Check out what it turned it to!:

upcycle pillow, poncho to pillow, handmade pillow

I like the way this one looks. The poncho had a great ruffle around the edge and I wanted to use that for the pillow too. Its so soft. I think it would make a great addition to an group of pillows.

I had made this one for a friend at work. I wanted to make something a little bit more special and detailed. I have a great friend that makes jewelery. She made me this absolutely beautiful ring for my birthday:

austrian glass, handmade jewelery, handcrafted

With this as my inspiration (and a craft stash filled with her old beads) I set out to try my hand at some beading on a handmade pillow. This little beauty started life as a curtain, which I picked up at a fabric store for dirt cheap!!


I sewed the curtain fabric together by hand (cause I cannot for the life of me figure out a sewing machine!!) and then cut out little petals for my flowers. The colour looks blue-y in the pictures but its more violet. She told me her bedroom was violet, so I thought this would compliment. I wanted the flowers to have something a little special. As the felt was so basic, I thought I would bling them up a little bit with the glass beads. 

Working with wire and beading is not at all easy!! I had such a tough time getting them to do what I wanted and getting the wire to sit where you want????? Forget about it!! Not easy.....well for me at least. Though, it did end up being okay in the end. 

Pillows are really easy to come by and can be changed really easily. Upcycle people!! Its the way forward. 

Have a go at a pillow this weekend....you'll feel like you've accomplished something!

Happy Friday peeps ;-)


  1. Your pillows are gorgeous! You do such lovely work.

    I agree - handmade gifts are more personal. Knowing that someone has taken the time to make something just for me is so heartwarming. I make a lot of my gifts, as well.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week

  2. Those are gorgeous! I LOVE the beads! Thanks for linking up to the Pomp Party!

  3. The poncho to pillow is a fabulous sewing feat. Visiting from Claudia's, Olive.

  4. Hi! Am visiting from "A Favorite Thing." LOVE your blog header/banner! Very cool.

  5. Pretty pillows! I like them. That ring is pretty too.

    I think upcycling is wonderful-- I do it when I get a chance, I also like the idea of handmade gifts for Christmas! I wish I could get my family on board with that!

    ...Pat (via A Favorite Thing party)

  6. I just love those pillows. You are super creative. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)


  7. Dinosaur pillow - great idea. Enjoyed looking at your creations in this post.

  8. Great pillows. Early shopping/making of Christmas gifts sure is the trick! Happy Sunday. Regula

  9. LOVE~The pillows~We both linked up some projects on Busy Monday that is where I found you. I am a new follower & I hope you will do the same & follow me too!

  10. I love the pillow.
    Since you are considering the handmade christmas thing, maybe you would consider joining my Secret Santa Handmade Swap? I would love to have you there.

  11. What great pillows you've created. I especially love your dinosaur pillow. So imaginative!

  12. They all look so wonderful! I love the one with the flowers and beads. Great job!
    Saw you sharing at It's So Very Cheri/Cupcakes and Crinoline party.
    Debbie :)

  13. Great selection of pillows there - and so much the better since they're upcycled too!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. Beautiful pillows. Great job for not having using a sewing machine. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

  15. Love your ring - it looks like beach glass - so pretty!

  16. Lovely works!
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft

  17. The pillows are beautiful! I love upcycled things AND handmade gifts. I think your plan for the holidays is perfect. Who wouldn't want something personal?

    The ring is gorgeous too. Go you, girl :)

  18. I love your creative ideas!

  19. Beautiful! Did you dye or bleach the poncho?

  20. So beautiful! What a great friend/co-worker/aunt, etc. you are! These gifts are wonderful because they are handmade. I admire that you would start so early to make these things for others! Great job!
    *I'm having a little personalized giveaway going on now! Hope you can check it out!

  21. Hi Helen,
    Wow you are well organized, I am very impressed.
    I love the upcycle ideas, and adore the dinosaur pillow and the Mario flower pillow, really cute.
    I did some baby onesie upcycling a while back, I love to repurpose old things.
    Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving the nicest comment.

  22. Loving the pillow and everything!!! thanks for sharing with us at Junkin Joe! sending hugs...

  23. I think homemade items are the very best gifts, Helen! I try to include one homemade gift for everyone I know each year at Christmas. And I like making homemade things throughout the year for birthdays or when new babies arrive. It really is a gift from the heart. And your pillows are exquisite!! Anyone would be thrilled to get one, I'm sure.