From Special occasions

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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© Lisa Benjamin

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

Crochet Poppies 2015

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© Lisa Benjamin

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

Rainbow ripple baby blanket

Peggy on her rainbow ripple baby blanket, crocheted by yours truly :-) © Leonie Hinchliff
Peggy on her rainbow ripple baby blanket, crocheted by yours truly :-) © Leonie Hinchliff

When I started Handmade Flowers in 2014, it was right after my own wedding – one of the last, it seems, of a spate of weddings that summer and the previous few years. I guess I must be at that age now when all the weddings are starting to peter out…so next come the babies!!

My darling friend Leonie married her university sweetheart Rob in October 2012 (she had a paper flower bouquet too!), and they recently welcomed their first child into the world – a beautiful little girl called Peggy. Read more

A Handmade Information Age Bouquet Fit For a Queen

As well as being a creator of handmade paper flowers, I am also a science geek.

As a graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick, I am a science communicator by day, and a crafter by night. So imagine my joy when I read a news story combining both passions: science AND handmade paper flowers!

It all started with a tweet. Not just any tweet, but the very first tweet made by Elizabeth II, Queen of England as she attended the opening of a new ‘Information Age’ gallery at the Science Museum in London.

Using the official @BritishMonarchy Twitter account, she said:

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