Raspberry+Navy – Forest+Mint Block Printed Hankies

Unbelievably I returned from India a whole year ago! You can see my little picture story in this blog post

This is a little introduction to a new mini-range of ‘The Crafty Prawn’ Hankies
— made using fabric sourced while travelling in Rajasthan —
— from an amazing Aladdin’s cave type shop in Jodhpur —
— trundled back to the UK folded neatly in my rucksack —
— ready to use to make hankies + pocket squares for the fine folk of Etsy and beyond —
160111_indian block printing-01 — A pair of beautifully hand-crafted double-sided handkerchiefs —
— Made using high-quality genuine Rajasthani hand-block-printed 100% cotton —
— Hankies can personalised with hand-embroidered initials, name or text —
etsy_2_blog size-01THE HANDKERCHIEFS:
— very special set of two co-ordinating, patterned, monogrammed handkerchiefs —
— Perfect as…
~ a sweet personal gift for your Pa on Fathers Day or your Ma on Mothers Day.
~ a snazzy birthday present for your Grandpa or Grandma.
~ a treat for anyone who has some spectacles that need a regular polishing!
~ a thoughtful pressie for a green-minded mate who prefers the eco-friendly way of blowing your nose (no wasting trees here!)
— carefully hand crafted using two squares of co-ordinating fabric, resulting in a double-sided absorbent hanky —
— top-stitched with a co-ordinating coloured thread around the edge for a neat finish —
— hankies are totally reversible with no raw edges or seams visible —
blog_1-01PERSONALISE:
— why not monogram-up your hankie with 1, 2 or 3 hand-embroidered initials for just £1.25 per letter —
— stitched entirely by hand, each letter is embroidered using colour-fast stranded cotton in a delicate satin stitch —
***PLEASE NOTE: full name embroidery is also available – please contact me for a quote.***

DIMENSIONS:
— hankies measures – 33cm x 33cm or 13″ x 13″ —
— hand-embroidered initials are dinky, measuring approximately 1.5cm (W) x 1cm (H) [0.6″ (W) x 0.4″ (H)] —
— initials will be positioned in bottom left hand corner of the hankie, unless you specify otherwise —

— shown here in raspberry+navy and forest+mint colourways —
— you can choose any combination of indian block printed fabrics you like for your handkerchief set–
please choose-01Available to order via Etsy HERE

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Crafty Prawn Hankies…gone international

A selection of some of the custom and personalised handkerchief orders I’ve been busy with since April this year…
…the simple little hanky has been quite a hit on the ‘ol Etsy after being given a Crafty Prawn re-vamp.

I use a range of new, vintage and up-cycled fabrics to create modern and striking double-sided cotton hankies…
…which can then be personalised with either initials (1, 2 or 3)
OR
get creative and personalise with any message, inscription or memorable date…

140430_Wedding Hanky_blog-01~ wedding present for Heidy’s hubby in Toronto, CANADA ~
and some nice words from Heidy…
“I’m looking for an excuse to purchase something else from here.The quality and craftsmanship was superb. The entire process was quick and painless and Siobhan really makes you feel like a valued customer.

140502_blog-01~ Bit of a bulk order. I’m guessing it’s Susan’s hubby who REALLY likes hankies in Wyoming, UNITED STATES! ~

140519_Custom 'tears' hanky_blog-01~ A very heart-felt hanky for Victoria in California, UNITED STATES ~

140528_Anniversary Hanky_blog-01~ Another gift for a groom a bit closer to home in Bodmin, Cornwall ~

140601_blog-01~ stack of single assorted personalised initial hankies ~
…and some sweet things people have said about their hankies…
“Fantastic craftsmanship and speedy delivery! Customer service was excellent!” Ali in New Brunswick, Canada

“I ordered gorgeous embroidered hankies for my husband and father. Siobhan was fantastic to deal with and turned around my custom order very quickly. The personalised hankies were a great momento for my hubbie & dad on Father’s Day.” Emma in Ashgrove, Australia

“Thank you so much for this hanky. It was so nice of you to work with me to get the fabric combination I wanted. It went down really well as a gift. Love, love, love!!!” Elaine in Berkshire, UK140916_Green! blog-01~ and finally some gorgeous greens in Wokingham for Emma’s hubby on a wedding anniversary ~

HOW TO ORDER A CRAFTY PRAWN HANKY…

…to order, please choose a fabric combination for your Crafty Prawn hanky (see 2nd image in listing) and make sure you tell me the which initials you’d like embroidered and which fabric selection in the ‘note to seller’.
…OR just send me a convo or ‘Ask a Question’, and we can discuss your specific requirements such as colours, initials and any other requirements you may have. I will then create a special listing with your individual requirements and price.

Happy Hanky-ing.
x

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It’s a Pocket Sqaure Party…

It’s hanky time! I promised a custom-hanky blog post and here it is…whether you like it or not
!!It’s a pocket square party!!
…a classic red polka dot & check with custom ‘J + E’ embroidery – this one was a 2nd year wedding anniversary gift. As it’s ‘cotton’ for two years, I thought that was pretty clever!
140414_Reds_J+E (6)-01…a delicate navy red floral & teal small spot with custom J.S initials.
blog-01…and another classic red polka dot & check with a full name ‘Victor’ this time – very distinguished.
victor_blog-01…and now we have a truly custom combo! This is what happens when a friend is let loose on my fabric drawers…a ‘his & hers’ hanky set featuring a feminine dusky pink & kawaii print and a more masculine mustard bike print & William Morris floral. These are truly one of a kind made for my American friend and his wife.
blog-01…and last but not least my latest ‘Crafty Prawn Hanky Set’ – now available in my shop – a fabulous mix of turquoise blue and chocolate brown aztec print, checks and spots. Originally made as a custom Etsy order for a lucky best-man in San Diego, California…these are now available to buy.
blog-01************click HERE to have a look at hankies in my shop************

HOW TO ORDER A CRAFTY PRAWN HANKY…
…remember all Crafty Prawn Hankies are totally unique!
…The handkerchiefs shown in my shop listings are existing sets made either for my very own Pa or for Etsy customers and shown as an example of how your made-to-order personalised handkerchiefs could look.
…I use a lot of up-cycled and special one off fabrics, so I can’t guarantee that I will have the same fabric you’ve seen in the listing – please ask before buying if you have your heart set on that particular floral something!
…to order, please choose a fabric combination for your Crafty Prawn hanky (see 2nd image in listing) and make sure you tell me the which initials you’d like embroidered and which fabric selection in the ‘note to seller’.
…OR just send me a convo or ‘Ask a Question’, and we can discuss your specific requirements such as colours, initials and any other requirements you may have. I will then create a special listing with your individual requirements and price.

Happy Hanky-ing.
x

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Bitsa this…Bitsa that…!

…Put them all together and what have you got? Bitsa bitsa bitsa bits and pieces!!!

Any other 90’s children remember Itsa Bitsa…? I thought it was called ‘Itsa Bitsa’ but google tells me I’ve imagined the ‘Itsa’ part and it was just ‘Bitsa’… Anyway why am I referring to a popular 1990’s kids tv show…? Maybe this indicates just how much TV I watched when I was little and how engrained it is on my adult brain. I was just thinking of all the custom orders I’ve been whipping up lately, doing bits of this (a custom owl tote bag), bits of that (a rainbow blanket hand-embroidered with the name ‘shannon’) put them all together and what have you got… (a very busy little prawn, that’s what!). So anyway as a brief sideline to the orginal reason for this post – let me reminisce on a theme tune which slightly resembles my life…

Bitsa this, bitsa that
Bits and pieces, bits and bobs,
Put them all together, what a lovely job!
With strings and things,
and loo rolls and glue
You can do whatever you want to do!
bitsa this, bitsa that, bitsa bitsa bitsa bits and pieces!

Ahh! and do you remember freaky ‘Hands’…
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ANYWAY…Here are some ‘Crafty Prawn’ custom orders I’ve been busy with recently…
Do you remember this little owl bag
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well…he seems to have come back in fashion with a couple of sales recently including a custom order for a pink and purple version. Here it is complete with liberty print tana lawn fabric and up-cycled purple wool…
blog-01NEXT up, remember this little minky rainbow number
allthecoloursoftherainbowblanket_3Well, the lovely Christine from Austin, Texas was particularly fond of it so ordered one mini minky blanket and an extra large 35″ x 55″ one for her bub that’s on the way. I also did a bit of personalised hand-embroidery for her on the little blankie – the name of the bub’s grandmother – which I thought was a pretty sweet touch. Here it is in all it’s patchwork glory in the dutch evening sun before making its way to Texas…
blog-01 …and last but not least, my fella’s bro (brother in law sounds a bit, you know, grown-up) asked if I could make some monogrammed hankies for his lady-friend a bit like the ones I made for my Pa. I obliged and popped them in my shop. Turns out people quite like the idea of hand-embroidered hankies and the orders have come streaming in – just like a runny nose. So here are the first official Crafty Prawn Hankies – complete with Crafty Prawn postage stamp labels (sorry Pa, yours were the originals, no label for you!)
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…lots more custom hanky blog posts to come I think…been a bit of a handkerchief machine the past week…
here are just some of the others I snapped before popping them in the post to Humberside, UK; Florida, US and San Diego, Californ-nii-yey!
…I feel this is particularly apt as me and the fella will be metaphorically wrapping our spotty hankies full of our possessions and trotting off on new adventures in Dick Wittington style. Almost time to say Bye Bye Netherlands and the-little-white-bit-of-wall-which-gets-the-most-light-where-I-take-all-my-pictures. More about that next time…
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If you’d like something custom madetotally unique just for you – I love to work on custom orders, so just get in touch and we can talk ‘custom’! You can…
…email me @ hello@siobhanmilne.com
…etsy convo me @ thecraftyprawn.etsy.com
…or facebook me @ facebook.com/TheCraftyPrawn

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