Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bunny Baskets for Easter Egg Hunts

These fab-ric stacking baskets are not only pretty this Easter but also egg-ceptionally useful for collecting all those choccie eggs.

They are quick to sew together and eggstra-ordinarily straight-forward to make. 
I used the tutorial over on birch fabrics but made mine all quite a bit smaller.

And I sewed on some cute little bunny shapes cut from felt…and gave each bunny an egg-stra special button-tail.

Add a fabric strip as a handle for the perfect easter egg collecting basket…an egg'cellent gift for all the youngsters this Easter…unbeatable!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Knitted Bunnies

A lovely alternative to giving chocolate and sweets this Easter is the gift of a gorgeous knitted bunny.

Ballerina bunny is k(n)itted out in such a sweet outfit.  
This dapper little fellow below was made in South Africa by a wonderful company Handmade Karoo that creates employment for local women in a small farming town.

We gave them a selection of our handmade Incomparable buttons which look beautiful on this handcrafted range…no plastic after all their hard work.

The heart buttons are always a popular choice and the little white star button made the ballerina's outfit tutu special indeed!

The fabric stacking baskets have had stacks of attention and are an Easter project that I'll post about next so pop back for a visit to see how to make a set yourself…and since I've now promised a new post, I'd better hop to it and get started on it.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Crochet Baskets

I recently had a birthday where I was lucky enough to be given these gorgeous crochet baskets by 2 different people - they obviously know me well!

I'm absolutely smitten with this beautiful pair. 

With all being hearts and roses these days, I couldn't help but attach this exquisite handmade heart pendant. The soft duck egg blue teams perfectly with the lilac basket.

The grey basket is easy to pair up with most of the heart pendants from the Incomparable range.  
I chose the slightly larger blue heart and attached it to the handle with a ribbon.

I've been taking the baskets on my evening walks and fill them up with figs and passion fruit which are available in abundance at the moment.
I've just made a fig & ginger preserve and am about to pop a passion fruit meringue pie into the oven…I'll post the recipes over the next few days.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Owl Love you Forever

Unbelievably February is on our doorstep and its that time of year again to fall in love with, well, being in love.
These owl sweetie bags are a lovely gift for friends at school.

Simply cut a rectangle out of coloured paper to cover the front of a ready-made bag. 
Cut the shape for the face, 2x 3 different sized circles for the eyes and 2 heart shaped wings.
Glue them into place.
Use an Incomparable heart button for the beak and 2 little heart buttons for the feet.

And of course, he needs one more little heart as the finishing touch.

Fill the bag with sweeties and attach a cute little message…
'Owl be your Valentine x'

Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive Table Settings

Your guests will be more than happy to take their places at the table this Christmas with these fun name place settings.

Cut old fashioned labels out of brown cardboard and stamp each guest's name on them, leaving a space for a cutout paper star adorned with a handmade button. 

Or wrap ribbons around your napkins and thread the name cards through.

Each glass has a different Christmas button tied to it so that the guests remember which is theirs after the second third helping of eggnog.

Stamp names onto white paper doilies and arrange them at each person's place at the table along with a very happy Santa button.

Its amazing how a few doilies, a stamp set, brown paper, ribbon and handmade buttons can transform a table from drab to fab & festive in no time at all…happy decorating.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Festive Gift Wrap

Brown paper might seem plain and boring but there's a little secret that can't be kept under wraps any longer - it can be dressed up to be all snazzy and posh.
 This year its my gift wrap of choice.

With paper doilies, some of our handmade Christmas buttons and pretty ribbons & twine, you can create festive gifts that will stand out under the tree.

Use rubber stamps to stamp the recipient's name straight onto the gift, or embellish gift tags with a teeny star button.

Its amazing the transformation a little glitter, glitz and a handmade-with-love Incomparable button can create...

And that's a wrap!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas Name Tags

Christmas always seems a little surreal in this part of the world. 
Its been over 30ÂșC for the past few weeks and its rather hard to imagine the world covered in snow with sleighs, bells, roaring log fires, hot mulled wine and all the things one traditionally associates with this holiday.
The thought of a hot Christmas lunch with loads of food is hard to imagine - we'd rather have slices of mango and watermelon in the pool! 
And a tall refreshing bottle of lemonade.

This year as part of my table setting, I'm using paper doilies as coasters and printing my guest's names on them.
Then for their juice bottles, I've been making a series of name/gift tags with a variety of our Christmas-themed buttons on them so that when someone puts their glass down to do a triple backward flop somersault into the pool, they'll know which is their glass when they're done.

A glass-saver if you will…and I have the loveliest range of buttons to choose from…moose, snowmen, Santa, Christmas trees, puddings, candy canes, gingerbread men, stars, angels, snowflakes…its starting to feel a lot like Christmas around here after all! 

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Butterflies & Flowers - Pretty Decorations

You might remember these hanging heart decorations
If you do, you've been following this blog for quite some time now!

I made the hearts by cutting each one from a template - a labour of love.
Well I'm older wiser these days and bought a few paper punches to make a variety of shapes.

And these new hanging decorative chains are made up of pretty pastel butterflies, flowers and circles.

They are lovely to string up at parties, in a child's room or just to hang from a key on a lovely cupboard.

They're also now available in our Etsy shop in a variety of colours and we ship to the States, UK and Australia. 
If you live outside of these areas, you can send me an email and we'll happily make a plan to ship to you too.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Crushing on Cushion Covers

While out hunting for fabric to make bunting for our recent fair, I found this lovely material and knew it had to come home with me.

The pattern and soft colours were too pretty to resist. 
I paired it up with a coral linen and made a cover for an over-sized cushion.

I hid the zip with a flap of matching fabric and used these 3 gorgeous buttons that remind me of seashells to line the flap.

I added an inch-wide Oxford edge to give it that little bit of an edge distinction.

These buttons are so pretty I'm tempted to leave the cushion with the wrong side facing forward permanently!

I might just have to alternate through the week!

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