These teddies were ordered by a lovely lady who has recently lost her mum. She sent me a beautiful bundle of clothing to make these special bears from and I had so much fun deciding how to design them :) These fabrics were quite different to what I'd previously made bears from so they were a bit more challenging than normal, but I'm really chuffed with how they've turned out. I try not to play favourites with the bears I make as I love making them all so much, but I do have a bit of a soft spot for these little fluffy eared chaps.
Her daughter then also contacted me and asked if I could make memory bears for her children which I was made up to do, especially when I saw the beautiful clothes she'd chosen to use for them :) I did learn a big lesson making these bears though - never try to cut fluffy and fleece fabrics when wearing black skinny jeans, I think I'm still picking fluff off of them hehehe!!
I was asked to make this bear from a selection of beautiful baby girl clothes and I tried to include as much detail from the clothing on the bear as I could :) I love how Winnie, Tigger and Eeyore sit on the arm of this teddy and the 'born in 2017' section makes the teddy extra special. The lovely lady who ordered this sent me a beautiful thank you card which I have in pride of place on my bookcase, it completely made my week and it makes me smile every time I walk past it!
A few more teddies to add to my 'Kings College London' beary army hehe! I've made 6 of these in total now which has been so special for the ladies who finished their nursing degrees in the summer. They all chose such special messages to go on the backs of them and this teddy design is one of my favourites I've done with the little pockets on their tummies and the mini collar, which I included to try and recreate the tunic as much as possible.
 These teddies were ordered for two little brothers and I just love love love the 'Mummy loves me' and 'Daddy loves me' detail on them :) I'm a huge Winnie the Pooh fan and one of these baby grows was also Cath Kidston, so I was in my element making these!!
 This teddy was made for a lovely returning customer who wanted a bear made for her parents ruby wedding anniversary :) She sent such beautiful clothes for each of the bears I made for her and I always love it when teddies can have little pockets on their tummies. One of my favourite parts of bear making is choosing which colour ribbon to use as I always do this last so it's the little finishing touch that just completes them and being a pink lover I particularly loved making this bear hehe!
 This teddy was ordered by a lovely fellow chronically ill lady, who I've been lucky enough to become online buddies with this year. She was actually my first ever memory bear customer, so I was really chuffed when she asked if I could make another bear from her pups doggy bed cover. Fleecy, fluffy fabrics make such lovely bears :)
I've been so happy to make a couple of these beauty and the beast fabric teddies now and this one was ordered by a lovely lady who's recently had a little bubba who she's called Belle :) I love all of the images on this fabric and I tried to give Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs Potts and Chip pride of place on the teddies arms and ears hehe.
 These teddies were made from a dressing gown for a lovely lady who has recently lost her mum. She ordered one initially and then asked me to make another one once she saw it so that meant the world to me <3 I've tried to recreate the dressing gown by featuring the pockets, buttons and little collar. They were a bit tricky with the fabric being so dark and I wasn't sure how to do their eyes and noses to begin with, but I went for a thread that matched the little name tag :)

Love Holly x


Sunday, 26 November 2017

It feels really strange to be sitting here typing up a new blog post - I haven't done this in such a long time and my goodness have I missed it. I never intended to stop blogging when I set up my Handmade by Holly Instagram shop page, it just sort of happened. Being a chronically ill gal, I do struggle with my energy levels and pacing myself with what I can actually do, against what I want to do; so I guess for a while I just haven't felt able to run my business and have a blog too. I saw someone talking about 'micro blogging' on Instagram the other day and it made me realise that's sort of what I'd become, because if you follow me on Instagram I'm sure you'll have realised that I like lengthy captions and I do tend to waffle (haha) I'm also a huge fan of Instagram stories and I do tend to share quite a lot on there. I spend so much of my time at home on my own now and of course I do get a little lonely, so seeing people watching my Insta Stories and sometimes receiving messages about them (which always makes me do a massive happy dance!) and watching other peoples Insta Stories makes me feel a bit more 'connected' and like I'm not going stir crazy being in my living room all the time.

I've been watching some old Vlogmas videos over the past couple of weeks whilst making my teddies to get me in the festive spirit (not that I usually need much encouragement, but it just seems to have come round so fast this year - hopefully I'm not the only one who feels like this?!) and I've been thinking loads about how much I miss blogging and having ideas pop into my head of things that would make good blog posts but aren't quite right to share on Instagram.

I've copied across some of my favourite posts from my previous blog and things are going to be very lifestyle/diary based on here. I want to be able to look back on this blog in years to come (and maybe show it to my children too!) and just share little snippets and highlights of my life and running my small business :)

I would love to find some new blogs to follow as I feel pretty out of the loop with blogging things now, so if you have a blog or you have any recommendations please send me the link.

Love Holly x

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Mr & Mrs Hamilton 13.04.17 - Our Wedding Photo Diary

Friday, 17 November 2017

How cute is this glittery reindeer bag that my Mumma used for my presents? I've popped it in our christmas box under our bed so I can re-use it next year as I love it so much! The Mr did really well with my presents this year and chose them all by himself for the first time ever - I couldn't believe it when I opened the 'stardust' gift set from Lush as it has all my favourite Lush products in and it means I get to brighten up my January with the sweet yummy smells of snow fairy *insert all of the heart eyed emojis* I can't wait to get my bake on with Tanya Bakes; I can't decide which recipe to try first as they all look so yummy, so let me know if you have any recommendations. I'm planning on spending January embracing Hygge and doing lots of sewing whilst listening to potential music for our wedding on the bluetooth speaker that my Dad and Stepmum kindly got for me and James :) 
You can probably guess from this post that there was a bit of a Cath Kidston theme going on with my presents - me and Mum had quite a stressful time trying to get hold of some of the limited edition Minnie Mouse items (anyone else who was trying to get on the website when it launched will know what I mean!) so I feel like the luckiest sausage in the world with the beautiful bits we did manage to get hold of. This pattern is my absolute favourite and I said to Mum I'm never going to be able to upgrade my phone again now as I'll always want to use this case hehe!
The prettiest makeup bag I think I've ever seen! I'm so made up we managed to get one of these, it has the same pattern on the lining too and it makes me smile so much every time I look at my dressing table :) It's the perfect size and shape for my newly condensed makeup collection and I've popped the little Mickey Mouse gift tag against a photo frame to have it on display as I just couldn't bring myself to throw it away. I'm so happy to have a supply of pink smarties again (one of my absolute favourite things about christmas!) and the Barry M lipgloss tastes like bubblegum #obsessed
Me and my sister really wanted to see this at the cinema but we never got a chance, so I thought it would be a perfect christmas present for her - you can imagine how excited I was when I unwrapped it and she'd got it for me too!! I've already watched it and absolutely love it; I was laughing all the way through and I love the music in it too. Snowball is just the best character ever and I desperately want a Gidget now, maybe I can persuade the Mr next christmas hehe ;)
*My precious* This was one of the Disney items I really, really wanted but we couldn't get it on the website, luckily one of my lovely friends went into a store the next day though and she managed to get me the last one they had I was absolutely made up! It's the prettiest bag I've ever seen and is going to be so perfect for spring/summer too. I much prefer small handbags these days and this one sits perfectly in the nook of my arm; I'm taking it on it's first outing tomorrow and I can't wait!

I'd intended to have this post up on New Years day, but I've had a bit of a 'mare with blogger destroying the quality of my photos every time I uploaded them so they looked all grey and grainy #lesigh Anyway better late than never :) I was so lucky with all of the beautiful gifts I received for christmas and getting to spend time with my family and loved ones (I somehow managed to have 3 christmas days this year hehe!)

Love Holly x

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

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