From My work

Modern monochrome ripple stripe baby blanket

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Sorry about the poor picture quality! © Lisa Benjamin

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I started this website right after my wedding, which was also during a time when it seemed like we were attending another wedding every other weekend! But now the wedding invitations seem to be drying up, and we’re shopping for baby gifts rather than wedding gifts!

I recently attended my friend Lottie’s baby shower and – hot off of the success of the awesome ‘Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket‘ that I made for my friend Leonie’s baby – I decided to make a blanket for Lottie’s baby too. I knew that cutesy wouldn’t cut it for Lottie as she’s a classy girl, so instead of bright rainbow colours I chose a black and white palette for this ripple stripe blanket . Read more

Yellow and grey for a first wedding anniversary present

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Towards the end of last year I created some beautiful paper flowers for Emma, a very thoughtful maid-of-honour who wanted to gift her friend a posy of special flowers for a first wedding anniversary present.

I was delighted to hear from Emma again recently – she was so happy that her first friend was “blown away” by her paper flowers that she decided to commission a similar posy for another friend’s first wedding anniversary present. Read more

Red crochet wedding buttonholes

2016-01-15 10.39.14A Liverpool-based mother-of-the-bride-to-be contacted me towards the end of last year, asking if I could make the buttonholes for her daughter’s wedding in February. Now that the wedding date has passed, it’s safe to show you the fruits of my labour!

Val was looking for 10 red crocheted buttonholes with blue button centres and green leaves. What a lovely colour combination! I think these look really cheerful, and would certainly brighten up the suit of any member of the wedding party!  Read more

A thoughtful paper wedding anniversary gift

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Emma from Somerset was a bridesmaid at her friend’s wedding in 2014, and with the couple’s first anniversary coming up towards the end of last year, she contacted me to commission a very special gift.

Traditionally, the first wedding anniversary is celebrated with paper – so what better present than a posy of beautiful handmade paper flowers! Read more

Crochet Poppies 2015

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Last year, when this site was still very new, I offered to make handmade crochet poppies for Remembrance Day. These poppies were free of charge, but so as not to detract from the official poppy-selling charity, I gave them away in exchange for proof of a donation to the Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion is a wonderful charity that does wonderful things to help men and women in the armed forces, and their families. In fact, did you know that the official paper poppies are handmade by disabled ex-service personnel?

But those paper poppies can be tricky to pin on, and I don’t know about you but I am forever losing mine! Official enamel poppy pins are now available via the Poppy Shop, but I wanted to try my hand at making a crochet poppy version.  Read more

Handmade wedding bunting for Kathleen & Jon

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Kathleen & Jon (and some rather fabulous handmade wedding bunting, if I do say so myself!) © Sara Lyndsey Photography, used with permission.

Kathleen and Jon were married in London back in April. As personal friends of mine, it was a privilege to attend this beautiful day for a fabulous couple – and an even greater privilege to see my handmade wedding bunting on display! Read more

Single paper flowers from maps

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Mandy from Dorset contacted me in early July with a request to make 20 single paper flowers from maps to be used as table decorations for her upcoming wedding – and liked them so much she came back to me to ask for 16 more!

She requested red, white and blue button centres – for some reason I didn’t get any red ones in any of my photos, but I promise they were there!), so there was clearly a bit of a patriotic theme going on – being based in Poole, perhaps ‘English seaside’? Read more

Crochet Remembrance Day Poppy

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Handmade crochet poppy for Remmbrance Day. I do not charge for these poppies, but request that you make a suggestion donation of £5 to the Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes or another military charity. Please contact me if you would like one.

It’s that time of year again when a familiar little flower starts appearing on the lapels of newsreaders, politicians, and ordinary people on the street.

The poppy signifies, of course, Remembrance Day – the 11th November – on which we remember the end of World War Two and the servicemen and women of the armed forces who have died in armed conflict.

To mark the occasion this year, I have come up with this original design crochet Remembrance Day poppy. Crafted in soft poppy red merino cotton yarn, with a green merino cotton leaf, this poppy also features a shiny black button crocheted into the centre and a brooch pin to secure to the lapel of your favourite coat or jacket. Read more

New Handmade Flowers Projects

Gorgeous new Wool Warehouse yarn for new handmade flowers projects
Gorgeous new yarns from Wool Warehouse – I went a bit crazy and ordered one ball in almost every colour :-)

Now that our wedding is well and truly behind us (sigh…), it’s time for me to get serious with this business and start some new handmade flowers projects!

My website is functional at the moment, but not very user-friendly, or well organised, and it doesn’t yet show off the range of my flower-making skills. So, this weekend I am busy working on creating some sample products to display on my website. First project: some crocheted buttonhole samplers.

As you will see from my image gallery, my groom and his his groomsmen all wore handmade crochet buttonholes (or boutonnieres, if you like!) fastened to a pair of braces for a laid back, casual wedding look. Traditionally, buttonholes match the bride’s bouquet, which in turn incorporates the colour(s) of the wedding theme and bridesmaid dress(es). Read more

Handmade Flowers Instagram

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I’ve set up a Handmade Flowers Instagram!

I’m rather late to the party as people have been ‘instagramming’ for years. But, after setting up a Pinterest board for my handmade flowers, I’ve also decided to get on board with Instagram. The main reason is that I’ve finally got round to getting a new mobile phone with a decent camera and a data plan. I can now Instagram to my heart’s content! Read more