A girly grateful-dead, sunshine-and-shadow quilt for Baby Maggie

#2 of recent ‘Crafty Prawn Custom-Made Quilts’…
…beginning with a request all the way from a father-to-be in New York…
…the result is a bright, girly but cool cot quilt…
…in sunshine-and-shadow layout – with personalised hand embroidered song lyrics – and bub’s full name…
You don’t get more customised than that!019_edit_sml…’quilt-owner-to-be’ was after something soft and girly but funky too…
pretty graphic and chintz florals
dusky pinks
mustard yellow
lime green
teal and soft blue
…combination of punchy polka dots, stripes and checks alongside unusual florals.
BLOG-01…personalised sunshine-and-shadow layout – the original of which can be seen here
…incorporating a quirky arrangement of customised text…
…a rather apt and sweet quote from Grateful Dead’s ‘Eye of the World’ no less…
“Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin’ brings,
your heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenin’s and songs of it’s own”BLOG_2-01…blues in the centre, to greens, then pinks, to yellows, finishing off with a bit of floral…
…quilted with simple grid lines on either side of the 3″ squares
…giving lovely texture but not detracting from the complex layout…
BLOG_3-01…customised hand embroidery stitched carefully in co-ordinating colours…
…some words highlighted with multi-coloured letters adding a touch of whimsy!review…and a happy customer’s review on etsy…

…happy days…

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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)
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 ~


…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.

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Bo Boo Biddly Bunting Backlog #3!!!

I’m back with bunting…a bunting backlog. They happen it seems! These beauties were all whizzed up somewhere between Rotterdam, Wales and Bristol. So they’ve mounted up rather.
I’ll try to be brief so just enjoy the pictures

…a funky CIRCUS themed bunting for Jackson in Texas, USA
We got spots, striped, checked, polka dots AND stars…
blog-01-01…. lime green, dusky pink, baby pink and baby blue for a Wilhelmina in Seattle, USA
my longest name bunting yet at 10 letters…
in a specially created retro colour combo to co-ordinate with an already purchased quilt.blog-01-01…a pretty and cute palette of rose pink, yellow and ivory for Halle-Rose in Lancashire, UK
blog-01…and finally some sophisticated muted tones of light blue, beige, blue and white for Logan in Texas, USA
blog-01Get in touch to create your own one of a kind colour combination to match your bubba’s nursery or bedroom colours! Great for parties, an original new baby present or a birthday gift for a toddler!

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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’…
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!)
…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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You won’t lose these pocket-handkins!

“Sally Henny-penny, have you found three pocket-handkins?”

If you’re well acquainted  with the Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle you’ll get my drift, otherwise you’ll think I’m mad…
These are some handkerchiefs I made for my Pa, Sean Milne – you can see his beautiful artwork here – for his birthday a few weeks ago.

Two sets of double-sided monogrammed hankies…
…with hand-embroidered initials and co-ordinating top stitched edges.

blog-01blog2-01I’m open to receiving custom orders for these – do you have a special wedding or event coming up…? Or know someone who ACTUALLY uses handkerchiefs on a daily basis – maybe they’d like some special ones?
Contact me via my shop, The Crafty Prawn

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