How to Make Pretty Blog Images Using Photoshop

How to make pretty blog images

Hi there! Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. I have been doing a little crafting but not as much as I’d like! I’m still making a crochet blanket for my cousin’s baby and I really need to get a move on because it’s only a matter of weeks before the little fella arrives! Anyway, today’s post is a little tutorial I’ve created on making images look really pretty for use on blogs or websites using PhotoShop. One thing {Read More}

Tour de France Bunting: Available while stocks last!

Tour De France bunting

Have I mentioned that my husband enjoys crafts almost as much as me? This Tour De France bunting is his creation, in aid of the upcoming Tour De France. With just a few weeks left to go before the Tour De France starts in our hometown of Yorkshire, he thought he’d have a go at making some jersey bunting. Tour De France Bunting We’re both really pleased with the finished product! There are 12 jerseys on a 4 metre length {Read More}

How to Crochet Granny Squares – My First Attempt!

how to crochet granny squares

I was inspired to have a go at crochet by a family member recently after seeing how she managed to work up a gorgeous crocheted blanket in what seemed like no time at all. Crochet has been on my list of crafts to try for ages so I had a hunt around on You Tube for a tutorial and after a few failed attempts, I managed to create this – my first Granny Square! It’s a bit wonky in places {Read More}

Black Crystal Heart Necklace

Black Heart Necklace

Hello! I thought I would post a picture of this Black Crystal Heart Necklace which I made yesterday. I found a new bead shop recently and as always, I wasn’t able to come away without buying some kind of beads! I always feel like a child in a sweet shop whenever I enter a bead shop – there’s so much temptation on offer… I created this simple necklace with a few of the items that I bought. The necklace has {Read More}

Free Blog Headers – Polka Dots

free blog headers - black and white polka dot vintage frame

Lately, I’ve been tinkering around in Photoshop to create blog headers for this site. It’s a teeny bit addictive and I’ve gone a little polka dot crazy, so I’ve created a couple of free blog headers which you can download and use for your own blog, website or background for your Twitter / Facebook pages. To create these, I manipulated a vintage frame image from The Graphics Fairy and created the polka dot patterns in Photoshop. Free Blog Headers – {Read More}

10 Ring Tutorials – How to Make Beaded Rings

how to make beaded rings

I love looking at new ways to make rings, as I’ve found that most ring projects work up quickly (therefore less chance of me getting bored with them) and a lot of beaded rings involve different beadwork stitches which is a good way to practice. I’ve found some excellent free jewellery making ring tutorials mostly using beads and some with wire on Youtube, just click on the links below and enjoy!   1. Cocktail Beaded Ring Tutorial By Beadiful Nights {Read More}

Memory Wire Bracelets Using Glass Pearls And Swarovski Crystals

Blue Glass Pearl and Swarvoski Memory Wire Bracelet

Memory wire is a great material to use when making jewellery, for necklaces, bracelets and even rings and earrings. It holds it shape really well as it’s really strong (it’s fairly hard to cut with ordinary jewellery pliers!) and it’s great for stringing on beads. I like combining glass pearls and Swarovski crystals when making jewellery and these are a few cuff bracelets I’ve made before. When I made these chunky cuff memory wire bracelets, I had the Vintage Inspired {Read More}

Beaded Rings: A Couple Of Projects I Made

Black Swarovski Crystal Flower Ring

After posting my last Crafty Links article on Ring Tutorials, I thought I would do a quick post on a couple of beaded rings I made last year. This first one was a blue Swarovski Pillow Top Ring and I followed the pattern by Off The Beaded Path. It had a silver fire polished round bead base under the blue Swarovski crystals on the top layer.     It really was such an eye catching ring and the double layer {Read More}

Ever Wondered What It’s Like To Own A Bead Shop?

Bead Monster Bead Shop, Otley, Leeds

As a bead fanatic, I’m always on the look-out for great bead shops – both bricks and mortar shops and online suppliers. Although beads can be more cost effective if purchased online, I am a huge believer in buying from a physical shop as you can touch and feel the beads and get lots of inspiration from the huge range of products available for viewing. Aside from that, you can ask the staff for advice who are often passionate about {Read More}

Make Wire Jewellery: Wire Heart Component for Earrings or Pendants

Materials for making a wire heart component

It’s been a while since I last posted a tutorial, in fact it’s been a while since I was able to spend some time crafting! Sometimes life just gets in the way of doing the things we love! But anyway, today I have another tutorial for you on how to make wire jewellery. This is a heart component for earrings or as a pendant. It’s very versatile and you could make a larger version of it as a decorative heart {Read More}