Peace, perfect peace. More Mandalas.

Before we went away we spent some time on Hama Bead Mandalas, as already blogged. But they were just so gorgeous that even though I’ve already blogged them over at BeadMerrily, home of all the Hama Beads you could possibly ever want, I decided to put them here too. It was a lovely few days of us crafting together and I get precious little opportunity to record things we do together anymore. How I wish I had known I needed to fully appreciate those days.

Josie has quite a knack for our #hamabeads #mandalas #craftysummer #craftmerrily

I loved watching their abilities with pattern improve over the days we did these; Josie in particular got very confident at using colour and pattern. It was fabulous. There must be maths in there somewhere too :)

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Before I leave you with the designs, maybe you’ll indulge me with looking at our lovely craft website where we sell the midi hama beads you need for designs like these.

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My little felt fabric pincushion.

This week I have been learning a little bit of blog DIY and updating a few places to run on Genesis (with grateful thanks to Tim at Colneis for helping me unpick the mysteries of CSS and become a little more enabled in thew world of codey-wodey-timey-wimey stuff). The result is the PoP looks similar but is actually quite different. This is on the back of Max and I learning the basics of Magento for our brand new version of CraftMerrily, the loveliest Hama Bead, Fimo and sundry other craft brands shop in the universe*.

It’s been a busy few months. And now that it is done and the bulk of a blanket commission is done and Fran is finished her GCSEs and everyone seems more or less settled, I can start some of my garden and house plans.

And learning a few new skills.

I’ve got quite a love affair with felt fabric, and we bought an xCut machine a few weeks ago to use for the business. I’m not much of a stitcher but I’ve been collecting some ideas on pPinterest and started having a go at some little pin cushion and embellishment type things. Here is one.

#feltfabric pincushion side one #sewing #xcut

And the other side.
#feltfabric pincushion #sewing side two #xcut

It was a remarkably pleasant way to spend an afternoon in the garden while Bene played and now I have a very pretty pincushion. I’ve got a corner of my dining room which is supposed to be my craft desk to make full of little lovely semi useful things; I think this might go and live there.

I think it would be quite fun to have some little kits of this type of thing in CraftMerrily actually. I might have to create some.

My felt ideas board has lots of followers and I add to it a lot. But here is a stitches one – do you know any stitches I need to learn?

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