{DIY} Crochet Christmas Tree Garland


I think it’s about time I did a quick Christmas crochet DIY before it gets too late to start hooking up anything festive.

This Christmas tree garland is really easy to make and I think it looks really cute either on the fireplace, wall or hung from a shelf. I’ve stuck to white for mine and used it to decorate Albert’s cot but you can go for classic green or red or go full on neon brights and the bunting will look just as lovely.


What You Need:

  • White DK wool
  • A 4.00mm crochet hook
  • Mini pegs
  • Twine

How to Make it:

  1. Make five (or as many as you want) Christmas trees using this crochet pattern.
  2. Cut a length of twine for your garland.
  3. Using the mini pegs, clip each tree onto the twine.

And that’s it! A really simple but beautiful crochet Christmas tree garland.


Are you planning on making any crochet decorations this year? I’d love to hear about them if you are (and I’m always on the lookout for ideas!)

Lots of garland love,






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Albert’s Christmas Shelfie


With Christmas approaching fast I decided to bring a bit of sparkle into Albert’s nursery. While he might not know exactly what’s going on this year it’s nice for him to have something new and shiny to look at (and it gives me an excuse to get the glue gun out).


I really love the little shelves in his room and I thought they were the perfect place for a quick and simple glittery tree garland. I made this by cutting out some Christmas tree shapes from some glitter paper and then glueing them to some twine using my trusty glue gun. (If you want to see a step by step guide of how to do this, then check out my garland DIY here).


I also raided our decorations box for some other bits and pieces to add some sparkle to his shelves. I’m going to keep my eye on him to see if he notices I’ve made some changes… :)

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Are you planning on decorating your children’s nursery or bedrooms this Christmas? If you do I would love to see some photos (especially if they are a shelfie!) so please tag me in on Instagram – I’m @beakupcrafts – and use the hashtag #mychristmasshelfie.

Lots of festive shelfie love,





Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with ASpace but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Getting ready for Albert’s First Christmas



You might have noticed that Wayne and I recently had a baby. If not, then somehow you have successfully avoided all of the baby spam I’ve been posting on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the last few weeks, which is no mean feat!

To say that we are besotted with our son Albert is a huge understatement. He’s such a brilliant little character and it’s amazing to see him learn new things and develop more of his own personality every day.

He’s going to be too young to get excited for his first Christmas but it’s fair to say that I’m probably excited enough for the both of us! I don’t want this occasion to pass by without us making the most of it and I think it’s nice to get a few personalised bits and pieces to remember the occasion.


I was asked by the lovely people at Zazzle if I’d like to take a look at their Christmas range. I know from when I designed my own babygro that their website is great and so easy to use if you’re looking to personalise some items so I was really excited to check it out.

The first thing I made were the Christmas cards (above). I love Albert’s fluffy bear coat (and I’m so sad he will grow out of it in a month or so!) so it’s lovely that we can remember this on the card, with one of my favourite photos of Wayne and Albert on the back. We’re going to send these to family and some friends as well as keeping one for ourselves for his memory box.

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I also customised these lovely Christmas stockings which I’m really pleased with as I think they look great. They are something that we will be able to use year after year and are a really good quality. Plus it’s the first ever time I’ve had Mummy and Daddy written on something – how could I resist!


I also had a go at customising some decorations. These are ceramic and have come out really well. One thing that I really liked about the process is that you can upload your photos directly from Instagram which really saves the hassle of locating the file on your computer and uploading it, plus it means you can take advantage of all of the lovely filters in the app.

I think I’m going to keep the star decoration for our Christmas tree and give the other decoration as a gift.

Finally, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a new festive top for Albert (as the milk machine tends to go through a couple of costume changes a day!) and I picked this long sleeved t-shirt.


Again it’s one that you can customise and add the name of your choice – easy peasy – and I also changed the colour of the t-shirt from white to grey, but there are loads of other colours available.

All in all I’m really pleased with the way everything turned out. There’s lots of other gift ideas on there and things you can personalise, and everything came in the post within a few days. If you’re looking for a special gift for your loved ones then I would totally recommend checking Zazzle out.


I’ve still got lots of Christmas shopping to do but at least I can tick a few things off my list. Are you going to try out any personalised gifts this year? I’d love to hear your plans and ideas!

Lots of festive love,





Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Zazzle but all opinions are my own.

{DIY} Starry Night Papercut Lampshade


I love it when you can add a personal twist to a piece of decor and really make it your own. I’ve got to admit that I’m not that great when it comes to jazzing up furniture or things for the house as I tend to play it really safe. That’s mostly due to the fact that I’m so scared of ruining things. I mean, I’m happy to slap on a bit of paint (as you can’t really go wrong with that) and I’m pretty mean with a screwdriver when faced with a pile of IKEA flatpack furniture (am I weird but I find building that stuff quite therapeutic?), but that’s where I draw the line.  I guess that’s why I’m really pleased with how this DIY turned out as it’s not only really simple but I think it’s pretty effective too.


We’ve been looking for a lamp for our living room for some time, something that will give off a nice soft glow and avoid having to use the bright overhead light (which isn’t the best when you’ve got a baby laying on his back in a moses basket, staring straight at it). There was nothing wrong with the lamp before I updated it but it was a bit plain. This DIY quickly updates it and the cutout stars have a really nice effect. Well, I think so anyway! Plus any excuse to get out my papercutting stuff again as it’s been a while since I’ve dusted it off.


If you’re keen to give this DIY a try, then read on.

What You Need:


How to Make it:

  1. Wrap the wallpaper around the lampshade to measure it and make sure you have enough to cover it. Do this by sticking one end to the lamp using masking tape then wrapping it around the shade. Cut the wallpaper making sure there is an overlap at the end by a couple of inches.
  2. Measure two inches in from one edge then draw a line along the full length of the paper. Using the scissors, cut from the edge to the line at 2cm intervals to make a kind of fringe.
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  3. Flip the wallpaper over and using the papercutting knife, cut out some stars at random intervals. You can cut out as many or as few stars as you wish.
  4. Fold down the flaps you have cut. These are to go over the top edge of the lampshade.
  5. Stick down one end of the wallpaper to the lampshade using masking tape. Then wrap the paper round the shade, sticking the top edge fringe down using masking tape on the inside of the shade.
  6. Repeat for the bottom edge.

That’s it, you’re done! You’ve just updated a lamp in a really easy way. And the best thing is, the original lampshade is still intact underneath meaning if you change your mind (0r see some other paper and fancy doing this again) you can.


I hope you like this DIY. Have you ever used papercutting in your decor? I think it’s nice to be able to incorporate this craft away from pictures and cards, and anything that brings a bit of the night sky into our home is alright by me. If I knew more about it I would try to actually cut the paper to show real constellations but I will have to brush up on my astronomy knowledge with Prof Brian Cox first…

Lots of starry night love,





Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Homebase but all ideas and opinions are my own.


Playing Hooky with Lucy from Attic24

attic4 stripeI’ve got something a bit special on my blog today as I’ve been chatting to the very lovely Lucy, aka crochet pattern designer extraordinaire and blogging powerhouse behind the massively successful Attic24 blog.

I’m such a big fan of Lucy’s blog and her crochet patterns (especially her blankets) are all totally gorgeous. In fact, it was her blog that inspired me to start blogging about my crafty exploits and random life bits and pieces, so this post is pretty special for me!
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Lucy is going to be hosting a Q&A session at Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas Fair, which is being held at Manchester Central from November 20-22. I’m looking forward to the event a lot and I’m really hoping that we’ll get to say hi and get to compare crochet hooks (joke – well, the last bit anyway!).

If you can’t make it to Manchester (or if you are heading there and would can’t wait to pick Lucy’s brain) then I chatted to her about her love of crochet, how she started and found out exactly what is her favourite pattern…

Hi Lucy! Thanks for stopping by for a chat. First things first, I’d love to know how you first got into crochet and how did you learn how to do it?
Hi Kate, lovely to be here! I trained in art and textiles and ran my own creative business making hand made greetings cards and textile art before I threw it all in a cupboard and closed the door when I was 7 months pregnant with my first child. Five years (and two children) later, up to my eyeballs in being a Mummy, I wanted some creativity back in my life. I craved something just for me (oh that precious, elusive “me time” when you have small children!) something that I could do that wouldn’t involve electrical equipment and a whole craft room set-up. A good friend suggested crochet as she had just learnt and thought I would like it. She lent me a hook and over a cup of tea at the kitchen table she taught me how to use my hands and crochet a chain. I still remember that Tuesday afternoon so clearly, with hindsight it was a momentous turning point in my life! I went to a local yarn shop that same day and bought my own hook and yarn along with a small beginners book to teach myself the basic stitches, then used the internet to learn how to make a granny square. And the rest is history…..

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What is it about crochet that you love the most?
There are so many things I LOVE about this amazing craft. I love the things you can make and fill your home with (I am obsessed with crochet blankets, I love them so much). I love the vibrancy of yarn shades and the way that crochet lends itself so beautifully to colour play. I love the fact that with crochet I am never, ever bored as I always have something wonderful to occupy my hands and mind. And I love the sociable nature of crochet, the way it fits in with my busy life and has given me so many opportunities to belong to social groups (both in real life and online) and make friends.

Why is your blog called Attic24?
This is an easy-peasy question with a straightforward answer! Starting my blog coincided with a house move to a new area. My house a Victorian terrace with an attic room under the eaves and a window looking out over the Yorkshire hills. This is the room where I used to have my computer desk and small creative work space, it’s where I used to go every morning with a cup of fresh coffee to sit and write my blog and connect with outside world when I was in a new town, making a new start and finding my feet in a new community. Starting my blog really did keep me afloat and happy at a time when my life was a little bit adrift and lonesome.


What is your favourite crochet pattern you’ve either written or tried out?
Oooo tough question….hmm….(engaging brain cogs to think about the oodles of patterns I’ve written)….I think it would have to be the Neat Ripple pattern, I’ve made five blankets using this pattern and it always feels exciting and satisfying and produces great results every time. It’s a wonderful go-to blanket pattern.

If you had to give someone starting out in crochet one top tip, what would it be?
My top tip would be to find an actual person to teach you how to hold your yarn and tension it evenly as you work. This is so fundamental to the pleasure of crocheting and something that is very hard to learn from a book. With correct tension and yarn control, your crochet will always look good, plus you can get some satisfying speed going when your hands are working in the right way!

Which pattern designers/crochet bloggers do you admire the most?
There are so many crochet bloggers and designers out there now, the online crochet community has grown enormously since I first began in 2008. I don’t think I can pick a favourite, but I do admire all the crocheters out there who share their patterns, ideas and inspirations freely. There is a huge amount of talent, creative spirit and generosity within the blogging community and I’m very proud to be a part of it.


How did you turn your hobby into your career?
The honest answer to this is By Accident, I am still getting used to the fact that I have somehow morphed into a working mum! I guess the first step to turning my blog into something more than a hobby was the decision I made in 2010 to monetise it. I use the Amazon Affiliates programme as well as Google Adsense to generate a small amount of revenue through commission. In addition to this, I have an option for my readers to “buy me a coffee” using Paypal – this enables me to offer all my designs and patterns for free on my blog whilst allowing those who wish to pay to do so. I love the fact that I am free to keep sharing for free (which I LOVE to do, I am a very good enabler!). I also really enjoyed writing a monthly column for Simply Crochet magazine last year as well as designing a number of crochet projects for various magazines – being asked to do this sort of work makes me feel quite professional and work-like!
But without a doubt, the biggest change for me came in 2014 when I started working directly with the fabulous people at Wool Warehouse. By creating yarn kits to accompany my free patterns which I sell through Wool Warehouse, I have managed to combine my hobby with work. I am thrilled with the way this is going, it really is a dream come true.

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Which is your favourite crochet stitch and why?
Crochet stitch??? OK, confession time…..I don’t know that many stitches, despite my many projects I am still quite a basic hooker in terms of technical variation and stitch knowledge. So I would probably have to confess to loving the good ol’ basic treble crochet, which I use for nearly all my blanket projects – it forms the basis for granny squares, ripple patterns, my popular cosy stripe…I would be lost without it!

You love to use bright and colourful yarns in your designs, but what’s your favourite colour combo?
Favourite colour combo is definitely putting hot and cold colours together for a bit of a zingy effect – eg bright turquoise with hot pink (YUMM!!!), or a softer version of that would be aqua with red.


What’s next for Attic24?
What’s next – basically keeping calm and carrying on! I’ve got my Sunny Crochet-A-Long in full swing at the moment which will keep me very busy until the New Year. After that I’ve got a new bag kit to launch, it’s a cross-body bag which will come in three different colourways. I’m already pondering new colour schemes for Spring/Summer blankets, plus a Summer wreath design to complete my seasonal collection. I’ve always got a whole heap load of design ideas bobbling about in my Creative Mind, jostling for position and fighting to be let out!

Thanks so much to Lucy for taking the time to answer my questions. It’s so interesting and inspiring for me (and hopefully other crochet lovers) to find out how such a crochet powerhouse started out and turned her hobby into a career.

I hope you enjoyed this chat. Have you checked out Lucy’s blog or tried one of her patterns? If not I really recommend you take a look!

Lots of hooky love,





All photos copyright of Attic24


My Handmade Christmas Wish List

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Let it Snow hand lettered baby vest – Little Maldod; Friendship bracelet – Bare Atlantic (I would love this to be personalised with an ‘A’ initial :); Fox garland – Velveteen Babies; Teething necklace – Lara and Ollie.

The new John Lewis ad is on our screens and X-Factor is in full throttle which means only one thing – Christmas is approaching fast. I decided to have a look around my favourite independent shops to pull together a wish list of beautiful handmade gifts which I really wouldn’t mind receiving at all *cough* HINT HINT for anyone who knows me that might be reading this thankyouplease. :)

I hope you like looking at the items I’ve chosen and if you’re keen to shop independent this Christmas then there are lots of lovely things in all of these shops and I’m sure you will find something you love.


Personalised hand lettered baubles – Blossom and Bear; Customised Kokeshi family – Sketch Inc; Penguin print – Ingrid Petrie Design; Super chunky cable knit hat – So Satsuma.


Geometric quilt – Forest and Found; Handmade and hand painted wooden stacking houses – Little Goldie; Personalised wrapping – Abigail Warner at Selfridges; Hibernation Pack of aran 100% cotton yarn – Three Bears Yarn.

What do you want for Christmas?

Lots of wish list love,


The Tale of the Little Yellow Hat


When Albert came screaming into the world five weeks ago Wayne and I weren’t prepared for anything that happened. In those few hours that followed, a little yellow hat became one of the most precious things that we own. It might sound a bit silly, but I’ll explain.

Albert’s birth was pretty hairy. Without going into any gory details, he was born by forceps after a long labour which culminated in the rapid onset of pre-eclampsia. I lost my vision, saw rainbow lights and then had an eclamptic fit shortly after delivery. It was so scary – for me as I couldn’t see Albert or Wayne then blacked out, and for Wayne as he had to watch from a corner as 10 doctors piled into the room to stabilise me. I’m still to this day so relieved that the seizure and complications happened after Albert had been born (as it doesn’t bear thinking about what might have happened otherwise) and I’m so thankful/lucky that everything worked out OK for us all with no lasting effects.

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While things were going a bit pear-shaped with me, Albert was taken away to be weighed and a midwife put a little yellow knitted hat on him. It was the first thing he had ever worn and as a result is so special. But this is where I feel bad, as the hat belonged to the hospital and we kind of took it home…

A couple of weeks ago I started thinking about what I could do to show my gratitude to the midwives, doctors and nurses who looked after me, Albert and Wayne that day. It was then I thought about the hat and what it means to me and I wanted to give that to someone else too. So I decided to make some newborn hats to give to the hospital. Whether they are used by lots of babies or taken away the first time they are used by a mum and dad as a memento of their baby’s birth, I would be honoured to make a hat that will become so precious for them.

Here are the ones I’ve made so far and I’m going to aim to make a few more before I give them to the hospital.

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The pattern I came up with is really simple and the hats work up quickly as they are so tiny. If you would like to make a newborn hat, here’s the pattern:

What you need:

  • DK wool in two colours. I used Stylecraft Special DK
  • A 4.0mm hook
  • A darning needle


  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • ss – slip stitch
  • tr – treble
  • htr – half treble


Rd 1: ch2. 10 tr into second ch from hook. ss into top of first tr. ch2.

Rd 2: 2tr in each st around. ss to join. ch 2.

Rd 3: 2tr in first st, tr in next, around, ss to join. ch2.

Rd 4: 2tr in first st, tr in next two, around, ss to join. ch2.

Rd 5-8: tr in each st around, ss to join. ch2 at the end of each round except rd 8.

Fasten off.

Rd 9: Join second colour of yarn. htr in each st around. Fasten off.


I hope you like the hats and pattern and don’t think I’m silly for getting sentimental about a small yellow hat! If you make a small hat like this I would love to see your photos so please tag me in (beakupcrafts) on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of little hat love,


Get a 20% Discount for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas Fair!

Handmade Fair 2014 0438It’s beginning to look a lot like Chri… WOAH! I know – we’ve just had Halloween and not celebrated Bonfire night yet – and here I am polishing the baubles and bandying the about C-word.

Well, if you haven’t heard, crafting goddess Kirstie Allsopp is bringing her Handmade Fair to the north west with a very festive slant. I really wanted to go to Hampton Court for The Handmade Fair in September but it was a bit far away and I was a bit too pregnant. Good job the Christmas version is coming to Manchester from November 20-22!

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There are going to be some great people at the Manchester event including Annie Sloan, Kitten Grayson, Zeena Shah, Jane Means, The Ministry of Craft, Lucy from Attic24 and of course Kirstie. You can find more details about The Handmade Christmas Fair here.

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I’m going to try and pop along for an afternoon and if you fancy going too then you can get a Full Experience ticket for £20 instead of £25 (a very nice 20% saving) using the code BEAKUP20* when you buy your ticket online at the Fair’s website.

I love a good bargain and if you’re in the market for getting crafty, learning some cool stuff and meeting some of the best crafts people in the business (and maybe even squeezing in a bit of Christmas shopping) then I reckon this is the event for you.

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If you want to find out more or check out what’s going to be going on at The Handmade Christmas Fair then here are the all important social media details:

I’d love to know if you’re going to be heading to Manchester for this event. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Lots of festive love,






* Terms and Conditions: Booking and transaction fees apply. Offer applies to Full Experience tickets purchases in advance only and offer ends on November 21st.

Crochet a Snowflake for a Good Cause

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I love it when crafts and good causes go hand in hand especially when that craft is crochet, my absolute fave.

LoveCrochet has teamed up with pattern designer BellaCoco and Three Bears Yarn to create a Crochet a Snowflake kit for the Home-Start Snowflake Appeal.

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Home-Start gives emotional and practical support to thousands of families in the UK every year. The idea of the snowflakes is that they represent the unique and fragile vulnerable children that the charity supports, and the aim is for 30,000 crochet snowflakes to be made to give to the families Home-Start supports to hang on their Christmas trees.

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The kits are free (but you can of course make a donation instead of payment) with just £1 charge for postage. If you send a snowflake to Home-Start by November, 16 Kirstie Allsopp and The Handmade Christmas Fair team will display it at the event at Manchester Central between November 20-22nd. It’s a pretty nice thing to do I think.

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I’ve made one snowflake so far but plan on doing a few more with the lovely Three Bears Yarn 100% white cotton DK (which is so lovely to use) before posting them off.

If you want to find out more info then head to LoveCrochet now to pick up a kit of your own!

Lots of snowflake love,


Apply for The Great British Sewing Bee!

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I’m rubbish at sewing (yep, still never used a sewing machine in my life) but I know some people who read my blog are excellent at it. Well, did you know that The Great British Sewing Bee is coming back for its fourth series and applications to star in the show are open NOW? Well they are! All the info is on the poster above but I would love to know if you’re applying (or thinking of it) and it would be awesome to watch you on the programme!

I might be rubbish at sewing but I’m definitely going to be watching along.

Away from all things needle and thread-based, this is a bit of a short and sweet post for me today as I’m writing it while Albert naps (I think he’s going to wake up any minute to be honest for another feed!) but I’m hoping to get back to crocheting and writing patterns and the like soon as he’s starting to get into a bit of a routine. I can’t believe he’s almost four weeks old already. Time is really flying although saying that it feels like he’s been in our lives forever, it’s so weird.  I love him and his little baldy head to bits!

Right, I’m off to go and drink my cold cup of tea before he wakes up.

Lots of sewing love,