Monday, 29 October 2018

DIY Halloween decorations

Are you all ready for Halloween just yet? I have made the outfits... you probably have seen a few sneak peaks if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook. And I am ready to get started with the house decorations… we did some carving, we did some cutting and some sticking and we are ready to get the house all sorted out...

So here are my top DIY Halloween decorations:


I love decorating the door to the house, I use paper plates (or cut circles out of white printer paper) and paint the inside circles either blue or black. I make funky eyebrows and some times I add some hair. I make a version of this every year and vary his expression.

For the mouth I cut a long stripe of paper and some shorter ones. I stick the hole thing with paper tape or bluetac so it doesn't damage the door.


And of course there's always some pumpkins being carved... and place high in the wall so the kids can spot our house from far!

I don't use any templates (as you can probably tell), we keep it simple and free hand draw on the pumpkin with biro to use as a guide when we are carving.



We also have bats flying around the house like in the picture below. I cut them out of black paper and stick them with blue tac in a flying motion.

The bottles, are old whiskey bottles that I fill up with water and a few drops of food colouring for an extra spooky effect.


I will be sharing the template for the bats, and also some spooky ghosts over on the Me Made Community on Facebook. Join us to get your free download.



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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Wear it Pink - First video tutorial

I have just published the first video tutorial for the Wear It Pink pattern.

I am discussing different choices of colours, threads and fabrics. I also demonstrate how to trace the pattern and how to mount it onto the embroidery hoop. It really is everything you need to get you stitching (which is the next video)!

To watch the video click here and join the ME MADE community on Facebook.


To get your copy of the embroidery pattern click here

To scared to try embroidery on your own? Why not join me in one of my upcoming embroidery workshops, more information HERE

Friday, 12 October 2018

Charity embroidery and GIVEAWAY

Inspired by the wear it pink campaign for breast cancer and wear it pink day on 19th October. I have created this embroidery pattern. 

You can purchase this pattern at approximately £2 and all proceeds from the sale of the pattern until the end of October 2018 will be donated to the campaign.
To download the pattern click HERE

I will be stitching along the pattern live in the Me Made community group in the upcoming weeks, so why not join the group and get learn how to make it with me?
And, I will be giving away one complete kit with the pattern to make this gorgeous embroidery to one of the members of the group. 

To be eligible to win:
- Join the Me Made community - by Nati's Little Things
- Tag as many friends as you like here and invite them to join.

I will choose a winner between all those that have joined or requested to join the group by the end of Friday 19th October.
The kit will include: pattern, fabric with the design already traced on it, embroidery hoop, thread and needle. And it will be delivered to an address in the UK free of charge. International entries welcome but you will have to pay postage.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Make it real...

So I woke up on Saturday morning and as I was looking at my Instagram feed, one after the other pictures of perfect looking environments, crafts or just family moments, but they all looked perfect. So as I was sitting in bed after a crap night sleep with my son waking up every 40min and demanded I stroke his back while I sung Thomas the tank engine tune, I thought, why are we doing this to ourselves?

Why are we only sharing picture perfect moments? Is it to try to remember just that? Is it to make other people think that's how our lives always look?

And I do share picture perfect moments, a lot, but I try for good measure, and so no one around me believes I am just that person, to share as much as I can of real moments... So as we were sitting at the kitchen table a few hours later, son colouring/learning to write his name, husband having a coffee and reading the new toy catalogue and me drawing in my journal. I took a picture of the mess and shared this:


In the world we live in, the social media era, our competition instincts kicks in. I find that we are acting like my 3yo, we adults, are acting like children. We want to be the ones having the best fancy toy, be the first ones to do the activity, have the best, be the best.

But we go beyond that, because my 3yo is happy to be the first going down the stairs, he makes a happy dance as he reaches the bottom step in the mornings ahead of me, and moves on. We take a picture of it, or twenty, until we get the perfect one, and share... we think about the caption, and what we want to make others believe our reality looks like.

Why????? Why do we put ourselves under such pressure. And why have we chosen to get in this race. Fear of missing out? maybe. A Natural instinct? could also be.

I don't really know the answer to this one. What I know is that I want to show my son that we can create beautiful things with our own two hands. That we don't need fancy materials. That a bit of glue and glitter makes everything better. And that IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE PERFECT. It just IS.

So next time you have a rainy day, bring out whatever materials you have to hand and don't forget the glue. And just make something, together, messy, fun and don't worry about making it Pinterest ready, just make it real.

Nati xx


Monday, 8 October 2018

Christmas embroidery and more

I am so pleased to announce that my Joy of Christmas embroidery class will be held at All Things Nice in Ewell Village on Friday 30th November from 9.30 to 12.00. 

Your choice of hot drink, sweet and savoury nibbles and a complete embroidery kit (worth £15) for you to take home.

Cost: £45 each workshop
Location: All Things Nice, Ewell Village.







Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Top 5 tried and tested Christmas crafts with kids


Hello all,

With not long to go until Christmas I thought I would put together a guide to my top 5 Christmas crafts. This are things I do every year with my son... hopefully not too messy and a lot of fun! I have also thrown in some recycling and to put some of the artwork we create to good use and some easy ideas that may also save you some pennies this festive season.



To get your FREE copy of the guide, simply join the Me Made Community on Facebook. And if you are already a part but haven't received your guide just yet, add your email to our newsletter list and it will be in your inbox in no time!


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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Mug Cosy

We have gone back to basics in our latest catch up class and made a mug cosy. We do these little projects to practise crating rows without dropping (or adding) any stitches to the work. So I thought to put together a quick pattern to share with you all. In the upcoming week I will be sharing the videos on how to create the mug cosy and the stitching on top to decorate it with the word of your choice.


To download the printed version of the pattern please click here

Pattern

This is the pattern for a simple mug cosy. You can choose to decorate it in anyway you like. Make it stripey by changing colours every few rows or plain with a decoration on top like in my picture. There will be a separate tutorial on how to do that soon.


Materials
  • About 10g of aran weight acrylic yarn in the colour (or colours) of your choice.
  • 4.00 crochet hook (or one that provides you a closed fabric with the chosen yarn).
  • yarn needle
  • a button
Stitches used:
Ch. Chain
Dc. Double crochet (US – Single crochet)
ss. Slip stitch

Start. Chain as many chains needed to almost go around your chosen mug. In my example it was 40 chains. Turn.
Row 1. Ch1 (does not count as a stitch). 1Dc in each chain from the previous round. Turn.
Row 2. Ch1 (does not count as a stitch). 1Dc in each Dc from the previous round. Turn.
Row 3 - 6. Repeat row 2. Do not cut the yarn.
Please note that you may need to adapt the number of rows depending on the mug you are using. You want to crate a rectangle that is at least the height of the handle of your mug.
Finish. We are going to create the little buttonhole to close the mug cosy.
Ch6, ss in the last dc. Ch1, cut the yarn and pull though.
With the starting tail of your mug cosy, stitch the bottom base together. Sew the button on the opposite side of the button hole.


Decorate your mug cosy
To create writing on your mug cosy, like in the picture I have simply embroidered my chosen design in chain stitch. You can do that with the yarn needle or by crocheting on the surface of the project. To learn this technique, look for the video tutorial in the Me Made Community on Facebook or video tutorial section in my website.

Happy making,
Nati 





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