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Easter Project: Fimo Creme Egg Keyring


My cousin is allergic to chocolate (poor thing) so I decided to make this cool non-edible creme egg keyring as an Easter gift.

The creme egg bead is made from fimo.  I bought this one, but they look easy enough to make yourself, just remember to etch the star shape on the egg and prick a tiny hole using a pin in the top of the egg before baking according to packet instructions (to screw your eyepin into when it is cool)  Then attach to a keyring finding.  I bought a packet of 3 for 99p at The Works.  To finish off I used 3mm ribbon in three colours, red, yellow and purple (like the creme egg wrapper) and tied a bow around the chain of the keyring.

I’m pretty pleased with the result.  But it makes me hungry looking at it 🙂


Tis the season to…get crafty


Christmas is well and truly on the way.  I exhibited at my first ever craft fair last weekend, after crafting like crazy for two weeks to make enough jewellery to sell.  It was a good experience and the very talented jeweller on the stall next to me gave me some great tips about selling your wares:

1.  Don’t reduce your prices.  The reason why people like handmade is because they know they are getting something original.  Handmade takes time and your prices should reflect this.  If people see something they love enough, they won’t care about the price.

2.  That said…not everyone will like your stuff.  People can be critical, and sometimes downright rude about your products.  Some will say they could make it themselves for a lot cheaper than you are selling them.  You will need a thick skin.  Just smile.

3. Some days you will sell lots at craft fairs.  Some days you won’t.  Make sure you sell other places too, such as on etsy.

Sound advice.

And on that last point, here are some of the latest products on my etsy page.  Find me at




Free crochet pattern – ‘sugar rush hairband’


This is the first crochet pattern I have written.  You will need to have some knowledge of the following crochet techniques: chain stitch (ch) double crochet (dc) and cluster stitch (CL).

For 3-dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in stitch or space as indicated by pattern instructions, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times, (4 loops on hook), yarn over draw through last 4 loops on hook to complete the stitch.

I used cotton yarn with a size 4mm crochet hook so that it creates quite a firm structure.

Large Headband

1) ch 12. Turn.

2) ch 1.   3-dcCL in 2nd ch from hook.  3-dcCL into each chain across to the end of the row.  Turn.

3) Repeat as previous row.

Repeat until you have the desired length. (In my case, this was 53 rows in total  You should be able to wrap the headband around to fit the circumference of your head but with a slight stretch for comfort.)

Fasten off.

Small Headband

1) ch 8. Turn.

2) 3-dcCL in 2nd ch from hook. 3-dcCL into each chain across to the end of the row.  Turn.

3) ch 1.  Repeat as previous row until strip in long enough to wrap tightly around width of hairband.

4) ch 1. dc across then continue to dc along the length of the  headband to create a neat edging all the way around.

Fasten Off.

To assemble

If you wish to add beads to the small headband such as the sweetie ones I included on mine, first wrap the small headband around the large one to figure out where the centre of the small headband will lie.  Then using thread of a similar colour to your yarn, sew chosen beads in a diagonal line across the centre of the small headband.

Join the ends of the large headband together.  Decide where your small beaded headband will go and fold and pinch the fabric together before wrapping small headband around.  (This is so it creates a sort of bow shape, once the small headband is attached)  Sew the edges of the small headband together so that the beaded part is on the front of the headband.

It is now ready to wear 🙂

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