About nataliejane81

Crafty mummy of 2 rapidly growing darlings - life is hectic and time flies by far too quickly!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everybody, I hope 2014 brings you a lot of happy times and plenty of time to make things!

Like a lot of people I’ve made a few bits and pieces as gifts and decorated my (now mostly eaten) Christmas cake in¬†the run up to Christmas. Despite having a good camera I’ve been RUBBISH at photographing my creations though; more concerned in getting them wrapped and sent off. Here are the few that I’ve managed to snap.

Firstly our Christmas cake….

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And my very clever nearly-7-year-old’s creation; isn’t it brilliant!



A little felted penguin brooch… (I made a few brooches and completely forgot to take pictures, oops!)


A crocheted Captain Jack Sparrow (the friend who I made this for posted this on Facebook otherwise I wouldn’t have this!)


And a crocheted Cthulu for my future-brother-in-law, I snapped this picture just as he opened it so it doesn’t show much. Sorry!!

cthuluPerhaps my New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be to take more pictures!



Autumn Felt Garland

Autumn garlandGarlands are a super easy way to make beautiful decorations and they really couldn’t be simpler to make. This is how I made the felt garland in the picture;

1. Cut a pile of leaf shapes from felt in various autumnal colours (you can easily find leaf templates online but I cut my leaves out free hand).

2. Sew down the centre of your first leaf. When you have reached the opposite end of the leaf feed the next leaf under the foot of your sewing machine and sew down the middle of that leaf.

3. Repeat, varying the colour of the leaves as you go.

4. Once you run out of leaves continue sewing for a few inches to make it easier to hang your garland.

And that’s it; the same method can be used to create a garland of any theme that you can imagine. I have made paper garlands before by recycling old magazines with colourful pictures and sewing several layers together at once for a more 3D effect.

Let me know if you give it a go!



Well hello there strangers…

I really haven’t been making very much over the past several months and had serious laptop issues preventing me from posting easily… That and laziness of course. And the fact that Autumn & Winter are much more natural crafty times for me.

HOWEVER; my wonderful hubby has bought me a lovely new laptop and I’ve been getting my crochet hooks/ needle felting mat/ felt bag out occasionally again so I’m going to be posting some of this year’s creations once I start being productive.

I will also be organising a School Christmas Fayre AND a Christmas Bazaar for a preschool over the coming weeks so may be feeling festive a tad earlier than a lot of people. Who am I kidding; in the crafty world we tend to start on Christmas months ago; I’m LATE!

TTFN, back soon!

Birthday Cake….

I love cake. I love baking it, I love eating it and I LOVE decorating it. Of course this can be very challenging when you have small children “helping” and imposing time limits based on their ability to entertain themselves. However I have managed to decorate 3 birthday cakes so far this year; one for each of my children and one for my lovely husband whose birthday is, in fact, today….

Today’s “pigs in mud” chocolate fudge cake;

Pig cake

A Spiderman/ Hulk/ Bob the Blob themed cake for my little boy…

Spidey & Hulk cake

And  Merida for my daughter. (this one was made while looking after a very poorly little boy and the marzipan sank somewhat making Merida look rather porky!!)

Merida cake


Do you enjoy cake decorating or would you rather buy one decorated? My sister and her fiance have asked me to make and decorate their wedding cake when they marry next year, which will be the biggest baking challenge I have encountered by a great deal!

How about you?

It’s Christmas Eve Eve!

All of the preparation is pretty much done, tomorrow we have Christmas with my family and so from here on in it is time to relax and enjoy the celebrations!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas full of presents and fun and family and cake! And speaking of cake here is the Christmas cake that I decorated yesterday;

Christmas cake - stocking candy canes present and coal!

Christmas cake – stocking candy canes present and coal!

Tucked to the side of the cake is a lump of marzipan “coal” that seems to have fallen out of the stocking…. I wonder who was naughty!

6 sleeps to Christmas!

The last week has been a flurry of festive making, Christmas Fayre preparation and my birthday. I am starting to feel significantly more prepared for the main event; all of the children’s presents are wrapped and safely tucked away in the attic and I only have a couple more gifts to buy or make for other people. I’ve even done the big Christmas shop, cleaned the fridge and defrosted the freezer!!

Our Christmas routine since having children had been as follows; Christmas Eve spent with my family, full Christmas dinner made by my dad and Christmas cake made by me (its been steeping several weeks!). Christmas Day is just us at home, though people are welcome to pop by we don’t travel to anyone. We have party food (All ready & waiting in the freezer already, go me!) so I don’t have to do much cooking and the children open a mountain of presents. Boxing Day we visit my hubby’s family for more presents and more good food… 3 whole days of presents and feasting and family is a wonderful thing to enjoy and especially good since I’m not working Christmas this year.

What do you do around Christmas time?