Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Made by you, for me!

Well this last week wasn't the best. Some issues within the world of work and then the fact my stupid Blackberry finally gave up the ghost. Which on the whole has left me with little to no time to craft away. But that is what this afternoon is for.

However my lack of making made me want to buy handmade instead!

Going back a month or so I watch 'How To Train Your Dragon' for the first time. Those of you who are parents may be familiar with it. Those of you who are big kids at heart may also be aware of it. I fell in love with this film! So much so, after I finished watching I went straight on line, purchased the DVD, followed by the first book (yes I am aware its meant for kids) and then went on search for a toothless plush. I was so disappointed that I couldn't find one ANYWHERE. This is Dreamworks next big thing - the second movie in pre production and no plush dragons?? Until I searched good old Etsy - and found just what I wanted. A 20" Toothless plush. I know this photo does it no justice (I only had time to take one shot before smaller hands than mine grabbed it and tried to make away with it), but this is a super cool make. Vixenification - Totally worth the visit if you love the 'Toothless'.

Then I started wandering around (in the metaphorical sense) across the internet, looking at other handmade goodies. I knew it would only be a matter of time before I spotted something else I wanted. Something fun and had no relation to weddings or holidays. I wandered over to Ali's Craft Studio and had a nose around. I had every intention of looking for a gift for someone, but as usual, I ended up going 'want one of those, one of those, one of those...' So I limited myself to two gifts - for me...for now...

I should point out I have a huge fear of spiders, and this guy is currently sat on my back door... near the toilet. So if I wake in the middle of the night needing the bathroom I may end up getting a bit of a shock ;) I love these window d├ęcors though. They add life to a room without needing to hammer a nail into a wall. Best of all you can move them around if you get bored of where you placed them. Definitely be giving some out as Christmas prezzies. A site totally worth a mooch around and Ali will make sure they get sent to you with speed and carefully protected against possible damage! Can't argue with fantastic service and good quality products. Worth every penny too!

So I've commissioned Lucie at Angels and Diamonds to make me a bracelet for when I go on my Honeymoon. Normally I would make something myself, but a) I am being lazy, b) this girl can make some lovely designs, and c) trying to watch my pennies on beads. Don't have the colours I want so I won't be buying anything at the moment! I'm looking forward to seeing her design, and of course I will post a piccy when it's done!

Now... off to Wendy's 1st Unique Gifts to actually look for a prezzie... and maybe something for myself....


  1. I've never seen that film, I'll have to find an excuse to watch it. Love the spider even though I'm scared of them too, there is something about handmade spiders that make them less scary (except the big hairy super realistic tarantula ones... *shudder*)
    I've awarded you a Versatile blogger award, see my blog for details :)


  2. Brilliant film, I much prefer kiddies films and this is one I enjoyed very much, it had everything, action, love, friendship, big gruff men who were really softies and great dragons.

    I love shopping for handmade, there are soi many clever people out there.

    Jan x

  3. Kids films totally rock! You don't have to think to watch them... and there are ALWAYS cute characters you just want to take home and cuddle. Or maybe that's just me :)

  4. Kat, thanks so much for the mention and I love to see photos of where the peelables are now living.

    Can't wait to see what you choose next (I am always interested in which designs are popular - it sometimes catches you off-guard!)

    Ali x

  5. I haven't seen the film either but I do love dragons and I'm in the process of making one at the mo. I have left you a surprise on my blog but I think Little Harriet beat me to it, I hope you like it anyway.

  6. Good shopping -you've got yourself some lovely things there!!


  7. I'm off to find out about 'How to train your Dragon'. I gather you have spotted my nomination of you for the versatile blogger.
    And you've found Laughing Yaffle, so she found out I'd called her mad, before I had sugar coated it!

  8. I'd like to give you the One Lovely Blog Award, the details are on my page. x