Loving…felt booties

I saw this pattern on Pinterest quite a while ago, so when I found out that a friend of mine is having a baby boy, I decided to give it a bash.

These booties were very simple to make, especially with the help of the step-by-step tutorial by the Purl bee.  Here’s what you’ll need to make these cutie-pie felt booties.

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  • Felt (I bought mine from Merrypak)
  • Thread (I used embroidery cotton, similar to DMC)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needle & pins
  • Small amount of elastic
  • Ribbon (optional, also from Merrypak)
  • Buttons or other embelishments (optional, star buttons from Merrypak)
  • Printed template from the Purl Bee

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Everything was pretty straight forward, the main fiddly part was sewing on the elastic on the inside so that they don’t slip off.  This pattern makes a pair of booties big enough for a 3-month old, but you could scale up the pattern to make a larger pair.

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I’m also thinking of making a girly white and pink pair, I’ll post pics when they are done.

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Loving…HOTCHkiss creations

My dear friend Jade has recently launched her own business selling her beautiful hand-crocheted items. I was lucky enough to get one of her scarves for my birthday recently, which I love! Each item is made with the utmost love and care, using high quality yarns in gorgeous colours. Pop over to her website, or get shopping on Hello Pretty!

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All images via HOTCHkiss creations  & Hello Pretty.

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Loving…Bamboo Revolution

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing the Hello Pretty website when I came across these amazing watches.  Since a strap on one of my watches had just broken, I felt somewhat justified in treating myself to one (I decided to ignore the fact that I already had another perfectly pretty and functional watch).

Bamboo Revolution was started by 6 postgrad students from the University of Cape Town, who were given the challenge of starting a business with a loan of just R50.  Needless to say that their product has been a resounding success.  The watches are made from bamboo and locally sourced leather, and come in four different styles.  Even better, a proportion of each sale goes towards Project Rhino.  Read this if you’d like to see more about the Bamboo Revolution story.

My watch arrived today in the post, and I love it already.  I really believe that packaging can make or break a product, and the Bamboo Revolution guys have definitely paid attention to detail.  If you’d like to order your own Bamboo Revolution watch, check out the Hello Pretty website.  You can also “like” the Bamboo Revolution Facebook page to receive updates about which local markets they’ll be selling at.