How To Make Twine From Scrap Fabric

Make fabric twine

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Oh my goodness! I am absolutely in love with this gorgeous twine made out of scrap fabric!

Let’s face it, a lot of us have stashes of scrap fabric left over from projects that we just can’t bear to throw away because they’ll come in handy one day… Well this is that day! Well for me it is anyway lol 😀

I’m super excited about this find on Pinterest! All credit for this one goes to Cintia over at My Poppet! It’s a great way to use up all those oddments of fabric or clothes that no longer have a use Read more

Quick & Easy Syn Free On Slimming World Tomato & Veg Soup Recipe

Slimming World Syn Free Soup Recipe
Slimming World Syn Free Tomato and Veg Soup Recipe

Quick & Easy Syn Free On Slimming World Tomato & Veg Soup Recipe

This is my absolute favorite ‘go to’ Slimming World Syn Free Soup recipe… BY FAR! Yes, I really do love it that much lol … It’s not just quick and easy, It’s also super healthy, syn free AND totally delish! It can also be easily adapted to make it a spicy version Read more

Beginners Guide To Starting A Blog


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Beginners Guide To Starting A Blog

I’ve been crafting since I was a child, so we can safely say a loooong time 😀  … I’ve always enjoyed making gifts for friends and family because when I was growing up we used to make gifts in our family instead of buying them because there certainly wasn’t a lot of money around, so we made the most of what we had. I always enjoyed crafting, but as I got older it really turned into quite a passion of mine. I really wanted to be able to “turn my passion into profit” so that way I could do more of what I love instead of going out to work in a ‘conventional’ job and struggling to find time to do my crafts.

I’m really pleased to be able to say that my crafting, which is my passion, is also my full time income! I know there are so many people that want to be able to do the same thing… And you can! 🙂

There really has been no better time than right now to “Turn your passion into profit!”

In this age of the blogger, it really is very easy to set up your brand new internet based business! Yes, it really is very easy to get started, and I’ll guide you through it step by step.

I started making money from my blog in the first month… Admittedly it was only £275… But it was enough to make me realize how I could build on it and turn it into something much, much bigger… Boy was I excited! And I still am!

It took me a long time to start my first blog! Well to be more precise… I wasted far too much time just thinking about blogging! I thought I wasn’t computer savvy enough to be able to do it… I was sure I would have to hire someone to build it for me, and then I would come along and post on it!

I really didn’t have a clue how it all worked, and that put me off even trying! I really wish I’d had this How to start a blog guide back then!

When I eventually took the plunge, I realized I could do it… And then I realized I can make a decent living from it too! And now, here we are a few months down the road, and I’m able to help you make that jump too… It really is very easy!

  • I’ve wanted to be a blogger for ages, but I just don’t know where to start!
  • I want to start a blog, but I don’t know what to write about!
  • Why can’t we earn a living doing what we love?
  • Why do we have to go out to work and spend 40 plus hours a week making money for a big corporation?
  • Why do we have to go back to work and leave our babies for someone else to look after?
  • Why can’t we work the hours we want, so it fits around our family time?
  • I love doing crafts, but it will never pay the bills… Will it?

If any, or all of the above rings true for you, then you are in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time! I will guide you every step of the way to get your blog up and running with this how to start a blog guide. Read more

How To Make A Round Image For Blogger About Me Page

Make A Round Image For Blog

How To Make A Round Image For Blogger About Me Page Using Microsoft Word and Paint.

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I’ve had  quite a few people ask me how to make a round picture that goes in the side bar of their blog, so I thought I would put a tutorial on here to show you how I do it. I know some people make round images using Photoshop, but I don’t do it that way because I use Microsoft Word and Paint and I think it’s far simple.

Although there are a few steps to the process, it really is quite easy to make a round image for blogger page and I’m going to show you with step by step photos how I do it…

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Hand Crochet Shawl Scarf Made Using Arcade Stitch

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Hand Crochet Shawl Scarf Using Arcade Stitch – Purple, Pink With ‘James C Brett Chunky Marble Yarn’.

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Aren’t these hand crochet shawls just gorgeous! 🙂 … And so snuggly warm.


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These Arcade stitch hand crochet shawl scarfs are really versatile to wear… Either simply wrapped around… Or folded over to create a collared look… You could use a pin or toggle clasp to hold them in the wrap position. I am absolutely in love with mine! 🙂

They are approximately 150cm x 54cm ( 59″ x 21″) … Not including the tassels. The tassels are approximately 9cm long and run along both ends and all the way down one side. The second long side doesn’t have any tassels as this is the edge that can be folded over to give the impression of a collar.

I made this with a beautiful soft acrylic chunky yarn, ‘James C Brett’ … The stitch pattern is Arcade stitch and the tutorial for that can be found here

This design is one long length which is approximately 150cm x 54cm for the purple/pink one… and the brown/green one is approximately 142cm x 54cm… and then has tassels added to the ends and along one long side, which are approximately 9cm long.

I used 2 balls of James C Brett Yarn in each shawl, and they are 200g balls…

Here is the autumnal colours

Here is the Purples/Pinks

This yarn can be machine washed on a dedicates setting… Or hand washed in warm water. Do not wring the water out, but squeeze gently and dry flat

They are great fun to make and this yarn works up beautifully and is so soft. It’s the first time I’ve used it, but I’ve already placed an order for more because I’ve been asked to make a light blue one. I’m also going to make a blanket as I think this yarn and the Arcade stitch would be perfect for a blanket. oh dear, my list of things I want to make just keeps getting longer and longer haha

Crochet Arcade Stitch Tutorial

Arcade stitch tutorial

Arcade stitch tutorial

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Arcade stitch tutorial – This is a really pretty stitch with an open design making it a great stitch to use on things like scarfs and shawls.

It may seem like it will be a little complicated at first, simply because it follows a pattern of 4 rows which are repeated to make this lovely design… But in fact, it really is quite easy to follow along with this arcade stitch tutorial which includes photos Read more

Hello everyone and welcome :-)

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Well that was all pretty simple to do… I just set up my new blog 🙂

It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for soooo long, but there was always other things to do, and I kinda thought it would be a bit harder to set up than it was. But when I actually set aside some time to do it, it was quite straight forward really.

Cosy Stripe Crochet Blanket made from the Attic24 design

The first thing I did was… Make a cup of tea! In my world, everything starts with a nice cuppa 🙂
I’ve been reading other people’s blogs for so long, and I’ve got to say, I do love a good blog! I’m massively into crafting, so can spend many hours trawling through Pinterest, which then often leads me to another blog full of interesting titbits of information. In my mother’s and grandmother’s generations and generations before them, most crafting skills were passed down the family like valuable heirlooms… But now, we’re all learning new skills because we have so much information available to us at the click of a button. We’re not limited to the crafts that our parents passed on to us. It’s much easier for us to venture out and learn anything that takes our fancy. Buying our crafting supplies has become very easy to do, and we don’t even have to leave the comfort of home if we don’t want to, or haven’t got the ability to. Visual Sense Crafts is a great place to buy affordable craft supplies and hand made gifts, and also my Etsy shop here. Add my Etsy shop to your favorites, as I’ll be adding loads of my original hand crafted items in the next few days 🙂