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Christmas Tree Shopping!

17 Dec

There is nothing better than Christmas shopping with a little one.






We had a blast finding the perfect one!

Usually we get Hot Chocolate or Caramel Apple Cider while we are Christmas Tree shopping but this year it was nice and warm!! I think Emma enjoyed the warm weather.

Do you have any tree shopping traditions? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,


Cork Preview

29 Sep

So I’ve been looking up fun things to do with corks and got a start on them yesterday. Thought I’d share them with you today 🙂

A cork wreath! I still haven’t mastered how I’m going to finish this but it was fun to finally get started on it 🙂 Brian thinks I should color or spray paint the corks when I’m done to give it a little color boost – he thinks the cork color is boring. I could definitely see these being cute if they were green and red or maybe even blue just for kicks and giggles.


This is a cork Christmas tree ornament 🙂 This too is going to get some color to spice it up a little!!


I really liked how this one turned out so I might be making a few more! What do you think?


I have a list of other cute ideas I’d love to try and since I have a ridiculous amount of corks – this could get interesting 😉

Thanks for stopping by!
Love Always,




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Tuesday Tutorial: Needlefelt Heart Garland

27 Dec

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty 😉

This crafty tutorial comes from: mypoppet

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always


Feature Friday: GinisBoutique

23 Dec

Feature Friday Presents


“My name is Gini and I run Gini’s Boutique on Etsy. I’m 38 and I live in Yorkshire, England with my partner and my 2-year-old daughter. I’m currently a stay at home mum and enjoying having the time to run my Etsy shop along side this. I create a wide range of items which will hopefully give you a feel of browsing a little boutique shop. I specialise in Dorset buttons, which is an old craft of weaving buttons from rings and thread.”

blue circles necklace -- Dorset button necklace in blue tones on sterling silver belcher chain OOAK        Christmas tree decoration set -  six white hearts in matching tray with glitter snowflake design

blue circles necklace — D…            Christmas tree decoration …

GinisBouti…                                      GinisBouti…

$40.24 USD                                      $19.31 USD

red crystal earrings -- Antiqued bronze circles of siam red swarovski crystal drop earings        ring pink rose -- Sweet dark pink english rose sterling silver adjustable ring

red crystal earrings — An…           ring pink rose — Sweet da…

GinisBouti…                                      GinisBouti…

$20.92 USD                                      $8.85 USD

letter badge brooch -- Felt initial letter brooch - CUSTOM ORDER alphabet a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z        yellow green brooch -- Dorset button brooch in yellow with green beads, badge hand woven

letter badge brooch — Fel…           yellow green brooch — Dor…

GinisBouti…                                      GinisBouti…

$12.07 USD                                      $11.27 USD

earrings pink swarovski crystal -- Elegant light pink swarovski crystal drop chain earrings in oxidized brass/antiqued gold finish        bag purse charm -- Dorset button charm  for bag, purse or key, in hot pink and silver

earrings pink swarovski cr…          bag purse charm — Dorset …

GinisBouti…                                      GinisBouti…

$16.10 USD                                      $27.36 USD

What got you interested in crafting?

I was born to craft! It’s always been a passion of mine since I was young enough to pick up a pencil. It’s in my blood too I think, both my mother and father were artists and my partner is too. Now my daughter is following the tradition, she can already draw faces and she’s only two, we spend many hours together painting and making collages.

What has been your favorite project to make and why?

I particularly like making my felt letter brooches. The customers which order these usually want something as a keepsake which is personal to them. I made one for a lovely lady in the Netherlands recently. She told me it was for her soon to be born first son. I was so touched that I was asked to make something for her baby to be. I felt honoured that she thought my brooches would be a lovely gift for him to keep for many years to come.

What’s the secret behind your etsy name? 

Gini is my nickname that all my family and friends call me by. It’s just short for ginger, the colour of my hair. It stuck when someone called me it at college and I’ve been know by it ever since. I like it, it’s more interesting and individual than my own name, which is Louise.

If you could open up a shop in your town what would you call it and what would it be like?

Ah now I have this dream of my perfect career, it would be to open a little boutique in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, which is far more inspiring than my home town I’m afraid! So my Etsy shop is based on that idea, a cute quirky little shop which has all manner of gifts, decorations, jewellery and accessories which is fun to browse around. I always wanted to call it Gini’s Boutique, I can imagine the sign above the door and gorgeous view out of the window, if only it was true!

What is the most challenging thing you have made?

From my shop I would probably say my felt name plaques. They took a long time to develop. I made a few versions before I was happy with the final product. The dowling idea came to me after lots of pondering and frowning! It was all worth it when I get the lovely comments from happy customers telling me where they have hung them.
Another thing which I have developed over many years of practice and designing are my Dorset buttons. I would call these my ‘speciality’ as I’ve become quite skilled at them and they’re quite unique on Etsy, not many people have heard of them and other people certainly don’t make them into what I do. I really enjoy making them and if I had to pick only one thing to make for the rest of my life it would be these.

What are some of your goals you hope to achieve within the next year?

More sales, ha ha, I’m sure that would be everyone’s answer, but seriously my aim this year is to make make make. I’m trying to fill up my shop with as many things as I can, pass that golden milestone of 100 items for sale. I’m also trying to promote myself more to gain more sales. I have a facebook fan page which I update every day with new products, sneak previews, my creative processes and generally what’s going on in the world of Gini’s Boutique. 

I’m also have my first Christmas craft fair stall this year which should be fun, I’m trying to make lots more of my gingerbread men decorations to sell and hopefully more swarovski jewellery.

What inspires you to be crafty?

Everything and anything. It’s in my nature to make and I can’t imagine life any other way. I look around me and see colour, objects, people etc which inspire me and send ideas running around my head. I have a huge amount of scrapbooks, notepads, post-it notes all over my desk containing my ideas which I add to on an almost daily basis. My trouble is that I have so many ideas it difficult to find the time to make everything that I want to. 

What is your best quality when it comes to your crafts?

I would say putting myself in other people’s places, I tend to do this in life too. I like to come up with items I think my customers would like, not just what I like. When creating a custom item I like to ask questions about the person it is for to get an idea of their personality ‘type’. I give them options to choose from, I generally show them or send photos of colours etc so they can be involved in the creative process. It’s more personal to them that way. I think as a crafter you can end up becoming very set in your ways if you only create what you would be happy to own or wear yourself. 

If you could have one thing to help your store what would it be?

I guess more exposure, it’s hard to stand out from the all the thousands of sellers on etsy and get noticed. I actively promote my shop and products as much as I can but there’s only so much you can do in the time that you have. I’m really loving doing interviews because it keeps me on my toes and makes me really think about where my shop is heading (in the right direction I hope!)

If you haven’t already checked out GinisBoutique – click on the link!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


I am THAT mom!

3 Dec

Lately I have been that mom, the one who doesn’t want to get out of bed or off the couch. The one who forgets to clean up after herself and really just doesn’t have the energy to explain to you why. I am that mom. The fever, sniffles, chills, mom. Luckily it seems to be finally going away and this place is starting to look back to normal. Today I decided I needed a break from the sad silence of the house and turned on the radio for some pick me up music. The station that I usually listen to plays the top hits but today it has been playing older hits and I am actually enjoying it! Music has always been a huge part of my life and the more I listen to it the better I feel. It’s helped me get through some major chores that I have been putting off and I know B is going to be so proud of me when he gets home which makes me even more excited about what I have done today.

Other things to be excited about now that I am feeling better. This weekend we are celebrating my dad’s birthday (since his is on Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday we decided to move it to another day so he gets his favorite holiday and his own special day!) and we are also picking out the tree, putting it up, and decorating it. I love decorating the tree. It never feels quite like Christmas until you decorate a Christmas tree and my parents have a serious tree tradition! The tree is always pretty pricey, looks pretty perfect, gets decorated with a million ornaments that we have each gotten over the years as presents, and then we sprinkle real fake plastic snow on it to make it look like it’s outside with the wintery trees. My dad was so proud when he found the real fake plastic snow and we have done it every year since then and I have to say it just tops of the tree so gorgeously. You get the wonderful smell of Christmas, the gorgeous green color, wonderful lights, meaningful ornaments, then a light white powdery dash of snow to top it all off. There will be a picture as soon as it’s all complete 😀

 On top of that I can’t wait to start crafting again! It’s really hard to be motivated to craft when you feel gross so I am excited to get back to some seriously crafty ideas! I have a few more ornament ideas I wanted to finish with paint, paper mache, and maybe some monograming. I also have an awesome wooden sign I want to finish off like I did with the wrapping paper and frames except this time I am thinking about using scrapbooking paper and construction paper. I am excited to see how it turns out. I saw a couple of other ideas on other blogs like mini christmas tree decorations made with styrofoam and glitter that look awesome and fabric ornaments. There is just so much I want to do! And even though I have been sick that hasn’t kept me from reading and crocheting so hopefully I’ll have a book review up soon and part of the jacket to show off. I was wondering if people knew how to monogram sweaters and blankets with yarn? I am seriously thinking about monograming E’s sweater!

Well anyways, enough of my ideas for now. I’ll wait until I have something good to show you 😛

This weekend should be filled with plenty of pictures!

Love Always,


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