Never too early challenge…

No one typically thinks of winter in the summertime but it’s the best time of all to get an early start on Christmas and holiday projects…

I love a Christmas table, filled with sparkle, so I decided to make some Christmas bauble placemats, using some gorgeous Christmas fabrics including Holly berries and Snowflake

Cute Christmas baubles you can personalize

These placemats are a perfect size for you dinner plate, and can be personalised for that extra special touch at Christmas.

I’ve used some vibrant Auriful thread, the green is 1114 and the purple is 2545 to add the wording details

Each place-mat has Vliseline Thermolam wadding inside, to give it some stability and form, with hand sewn binding, using Aurifil thread and Clover sharps black gold needles.

All finished off with a sparkly silver ribbon and bow, all I need now is the crackers and the Yorkshire puddings

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet?

Michelle x

Christmas in July…

Last month I completed my first Christmas project of the year, its a Dresden table runner for the Craft cotton Blog and I wanted to share my free pattern with you guys here aswell.

Christmas fabric from Craftcotton

I love the Dresden blocks, and their versatility.

This is a fabulous size table runner, measuring 21″ x 66″

The Dresden blocks are sewn onto a white background, with hand sewn red binding, to really make this table runner pop.

To download my free pattern, click the link below, be sure to follow me and leave a comment πŸ™‚

Looking for some special handmade gifts, check out my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts and Not On The High Street store www.notonthehighstreet.com/creativeblonde

Happy wednesday

Michelle x

whats more adorable then adorable?

A smaller version of something that is adorable πŸ™‚

My origami butterflies are now available in super cute small size, and come attached to hair slides and hair bands, making them a special gift for a little girl.

Pretty butterfly hair accessories

These are available as individual clips or bands or come as a pair, head to my Etsy shop to place an order. They make a perfect gift for a special occasions, especially birthday parties.

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Have a wonderful Tuesday

Michelle x

Fabric origami butterflies

These super cute fabric butterflies are so versatile, they can be used as a hair slide for a little girls special occasion, such as a birthday, wedding or Christening, and they make a wonderful housewarming gift, or even just as a little treat for yourself, cause we all deserve one once in a while…

They are made from 100% cotton fabrics which are Oeko-tex Standard 100.

Beautiful fabric butterflies with their 3D nature makes them especially versatile and appealing.

They can be added to decorate a tote or pouch, be used as a brooch or to embellish a quilt and much more.

These fabric butterflies are available to purchase from my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Please get in touch if you have a particular colour you would like to match them to.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, until next time…

Michelle x

Looking to add some summer sunshine to your table?

Inside this months issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine, you will find my Summer Flowers Table Runner, using the beautiful and vibrant Sunny Bee fabrics from Makower.

Summer Flowers Table

This runner is a perfect match with my gorgeous summer bouquet

I would love to see your summer table settings, tag me in your photos on Instagram @michelle_creativeblonde and Facebook @creativeblonde66

Enjoy the sunshine

Michelle x

new and exciting listings…

Hey, thanks for stopping by… I wanted to share a couple of new listings I have added to my Etsy store

First up is a gorgeous Daisy chain wall kite hanging, this was made for a customer, but I loved it so much I’ve added the listing to my Etsy store

Daisy Chain Wall Kite Hanging

My kite wall hangings come in so many different colours and fabric prints,and can include a beautiful decorative stitch on the kite. Please get in touch with a request, each kite can be personalised with a name or short message.

Head to my Etsy store for more details www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Next up… I’m so excited to of collaborated with BIBS, leading manufacturer in Dummies and Teethers, I’ve chosen some gorgeous colours to be added to my baby gift sets

BIBS Muslin gift set

The BIBS dummies are available in Pink, Blue, Ivory and Sage. The BIBS baby bities are available in Ivory star and Sage heart. Head to my Etsy store for more details

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Enjoy your week

Michelle

spreading love and joy with my summer vibes lap quilt…

Welcome to June’s Island batik challenge, this month is all about using our Accuquilt ultimate cutting machine, and combining the 8” or 12” finished BOB dies, with the GO! Qube 8″ Mix & Match Block and create a whole new pattern by combining the two.

I decided to combine the Hattie Choice block with the Go! zero pattern block to make a 31″ square lap quilt. I’ve used some super bright orange and yellows from my stash buster collection, along with some gorgeous Marbles from the basics range and Almond from the neutrals collection

I wanted this lap quilt to give off some summer vibes

I used Hobbs cotton batting inside, along with a super bright yellow Auriful thread to quilt this blanket.

I added a really bright orange binding, to make this summer vibe quilt pop

I couldn’t resist taking this quilt on a little photo shoot around my garden in the beautiful sunshine…

Head over to Island Batik Facebook page to see all the other amazing quilts that have been designed by the other Ambassadors

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine, and spread some love and joy today

Michelle x

Celebrating the arrival of a new baby?

I have two, very exciting listings just added to my Etsy shop…

Fist up, is a beautiful framed, hand embroidered wall art, which includes ‘welcome’ bunting, and all the birth details, making this a very special keepsake for the nursery. Framed in a beautiful luxury white wooden 3D frame. Includes Baby’s first name, weight, Date of Birth and time of birth, backed on organic rainbow muslin, which comes in a choice of 4 colours. Cute cork teddy bears and hearts.

Embroidered Birth details

Sometimes you want to send a thoughtful gift, but dont yet know all the details, how about sending a personalised luxury white frame with baby’s first name with the personality meaning behind the name, all beautifully hand embroidered, backed on organic rainbow muslin, which comes in a choice of 4 colours.

Embroidered Baby’s name and personality

For more details, head over to my Etsy page www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts

Enjoy the beautiful sunshine

Michelle x

Exciting new listings…

Can you believe we are almost at the end of May already… whats even more scary is my second eldest son has just finished school – where did that time go?

I have not one, not two, but THREE new listings to share with you, if you get a few minutes please do head over to my Etsy shop or NOTHS shop and give me some love πŸ™‚

First new item i want to share with you, is my personalised beautiful hot air balloon bunting, made with 100% cotton fabric. With a choice of 5 different fabrics, perfect for a nursery or bedroom. Item can be personalized with child’s name, making it an extra special gift for a little ones room.

Each hot air balloon is quilted using premium cotton and wadding. With a super cute wood effect fabric basket, which can be personalized with your child’s name, using appliqued letters. Backed with a blue cotton denim.

Personalised Hot Air Balloon Bunting

Staying with the bunting idea, I’ve created a super adorable personalised denim train bunting, with an orange decorative stitch to resemble the stitching on jeans

Personalised denim train bunting

And last but not least I have new Personalised Ultimate Newborn Gift set, containing quilted bib, quilted burp cloth, animal teething ring, indoor hat, bandana, cosy outdoor hat, quilted comforter and bunting

My Ultimate personalised newborn gift set will make a truly beautiful gift for the new addition to the family. *This matching set of personalised items made from cosy soft fabrics will bring a unique touch to any babies nursery. Suitable for 0-6 months. All items will be gift wrapped in pink or blue tissue paper, and tied with bow – making it a special gift to give or receive.

I will make a Β£1 donation from every gift set purchased to http://www.pyjamafairies.org/.

“Pyjama Fairies is the only UK charity to make pyjamas and surgical gowns specially designed for babies and children up to age 16 having surgery or any other associated medical test. Each garment is made in colourful, age-appropriate fabric and is designed to minimize discomfort when medical intervention is necessary”

Personalised Ultimate newborn gift set

Thanks for stopping by, I’m so excited to share these new items with you, and would love to hear from you, please share with friends and family who you think would be interested.

Have a lovely weekend

Michelle x

Father’s Day quilt pattern…

Happy Monday! To celebrate the start of a new week, I’m sharing my free fathers day quilt pattern that I wrote for Craftcotton, using the super sweet liquorice allsorts fabric from Craftcotton

I couldn’t resist using this fabric, as my dad is huge fan of liquorice allsorts, and this quote is something we say over and over again… “give it to dad, he will be able to fix it”, aren’t dads just the best πŸ™‚

As I’ve got older and became a mum, this saying is now “lets see if granddad can fix it!” πŸ™‚

Happy Father’s Day

Download my Quilt Pattern here…

Happy Sewing

Michelle x