A Crafty Catch Up

Well we are into the beginnings of the new year that is 2017, so wishing you all a Happy New Year!

Like you all, I suppose I ate my way into a sugar coma and drank way too much.  If I see any more turkey sandwiches, i’ll throw up! I don’t do new year resolutions but we did manage to buy a Nurtibullet at the sales, so a major detox & some healthy choices are on the way, once the kids are gone back to school!

In between, I did manage a few projects …………………..

I won this little sticker pack from Happy Stickers on Instagram. You can find them on Etsy here  Really simple and easy to use, just peel and stick to your surface, these ones were personalized to my son’s name. Cute eh? Id love to try more in my craft room. Sorry for the last photo, too many little excited helpers!

Using stickers to update your kids bedroomsUsing stickers to update your kids bedrooms

I managed lots of crochet hats and scarves for some Etsy orders with my shop.  Here’s some.  I used a pattern from TLYarnCrafts, you can find her shop here. Toni has a great range of patterns.

Crochet Hat & Scarf Set made by meCrochet Hat & Scarf Set made by me

This scarf, I did for myself for a new coat, love this yarn so soft.  Its Wendy super chunky, I used some of this yarn before here and its a favorite for scarves.  Its a simple cowl and I must write up a quick pattern.

Crochet Scarf in Mustard

I managed to fit in some Embroidery, this kit is from Tamar Nahir Yanai , you can find her new website here.  I love her work and this little hoop is going on a feature wall I am working on.

Embroidery Kit

My love affair with Embroidery is continuing on, I really love it, I managed to get myself some of these hand dyed embroidery yarns from Jessica of Little Twig Designs.  I just need to figure out a special project for them now.  You can find Jessica’s shop here.


My first 2017 order came through and its a little crochet hat and booties for a newborn, so tiny so cute!  You forgot how small babies are.

Crochet Hat and Booties for Newborn

I have a few plans for my Etsy shop, I have been working on some wooden jewellery designs, I just need the kids to go back to school so I can sit down with no interruptions!  Also I have been working on a big embroidery piece.  Its one of the biggest pieces I have ever done & its causing me a bit of stress! Here’s a peek …


I am also working on a crochet blanket, the spice of life cal from Sandra Cherryheart, just taking my time with this. Love the colours. You can find more about this blanket here.


Finally, are you still with me? this turned into an epic post ha!

I am loving this fabric and planning on making more hoops using it,  this one was for my niece.

Embroidery Name Hoop

So what are you working on? anything interesting ? Any plans for projects in the new year?

Till next time !



22 thoughts on “A Crafty Catch Up

  1. Quinn says:

    That embroidery is amazing! I’ll have to try my hand at it someday even though I’m not good with fabric or thread… It seems like something that you’d feel pretty proud of at the end of a project!


    • themessybrunette says:

      Thank you, yes I do love embroidery, great to see your creations coming to life.

      I suppose I say messy because I like to mess around with different craft projects , always like to try something different 🙂


  2. Zeens and Roger says:

    I’m so behind on catching up with blogs! You’ve done so much! I completely love your embroidery, I’m always lusting after it on IG but can never seem to squeeze it in myself. Boo. I’ll just carry on admiring your work, if that’s ok! X


    • themessybrunette says:

      I know what you mean, I’m the same it’s hard trying to keep up with it all, I feel I’m neglecting the blog lately but it takes me ages to get post ready !!!

      Thanks so much re: embroidery I’m gone to the other side ha! But really loving it.

      I didn’t manage to get that crochet magazine you were in, was disgusted they only had the simply crochet one 😢 Are you going to post it on the blog , are you allowed?!


      • Zeens and Roger says:

        Sometimes I used to blog three times a week! Where did I find the time?! Down to one now, which I can just about manage.
        Oh shame, I can do what I want with the pattern in about three months time. I’ll probably put it on Ravelry at that time. But I also might give away a few copies too! ;p

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  3. wendy says:

    wow, you have been so busy! Love everything… especially the embroidery. I’ve been thinking of doing the Spice of Life CAL but every time I come to start a new project, I forget about it!


  4. Carolyn says:

    Feeling inspired by all this work, Maura! I haven’t got anything on the go at the moment but did buy some lovely wool at Purl Soho to make a hat for my girl. I need to sit down and have a think about what else to do. Think I’ did like to do another blanket but to knit or crochet is the question!

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