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🙋🏻‍♀️Holly 🐝Sewing bee 🌷Pretty Florals
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🐻Memory Bears, Cushions & Hearts 💗
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I’m baaaack 😁 after the loveliest honeymoon in Florence celebrating our first wedding anniversary 🍝🍕🍹🍦👫 I’m feeling bright eyed & bushy tailed again after a good break & I’m so excited to get back to my sewing machine hehe 🐝🎀
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Happy Easter 🐰🐣🍫🌷☀️💖 I hope everyone is having a lovely bank holiday weekend, mine has been spent getting lots of rest & planning what to pack for our honeymoon 🤗
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I’m really sorry I’ve been a rubbish instagrammer the last few weeks with not posting much & being so slow with responses - I haven’t been quite myself & I’ve had to take some time to just focus on teddy making 🐻
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I’m going to take a break from my phone whilst we’re on honeymoon & sign out of social media, so I can be bright eyed & bushy tailed once I reopen on the 16th April 💗
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I’m going to post a few honeymoon bits on my personal page @thehollydays_ if you fancy seeing what we get up to 🍝🍕 see you in a couple of weeks 😘 xxxx
Day 24 of #marchmeetthemaker is achievements - I really don’t want to get too mushy with this post 😅🙈 but creating this business really has been my biggest achievement in life. Becoming chronically ill has just been a bit shit to be honest, and I felt for a long time like I couldn’t achieve anything because of it. It really messed with my mental health, and having to leave my job (about a year & a half ago) was incredibly tough. At our wedding I was asked by the registrar what my job title was for our marriage certificate, and god it just broke my heart 🙁 I was crafting back then but it was more of a hobby still, and they ended up putting ‘craft business proprietor’ for me (which sounded so fancy 😂) I was absolutely bloody determined after that to turn Handmade by Holly into a business, and the following month I bought my little sewing machine and started beary making 🐻🎀 which has been, without a doubt, the best decision, and achievement, of my life ☺️👯‍♀️🎉🥂 #meetthemaker #supportsmallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #smallbusinesslove #shopsmall #craftersofinstagram #sewersofinstagram #sewingtherapy #sewingbee #ilovesewing #sewsewsew #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #handmadeparade #handmadeisbetter #calledtobecreative #creativelifehappylife #craftbloggers #lbloggers #spoonie #spoonielife #fibromyalgia #fibrowarrior #butyoudontlooksick #chronicillness
I’m playing catch up with #marchmeetthemaker again, sorry for being so rubbish & really quiet this week! Being a one woman band behind a small business can be tricky sometimes 🙈
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My can’t live without is my phone - I’ve been having a bit of time away from my phone this week & I’ve missed it so much!! Working from home can get a bit lonely & this week has made me realise even more how grateful I am to be part of the lovely Instagram community ☺️
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I also can’t live without my sewing machine & it’s my most important tool (alongside fabric, thread, scissors, pins & tape measure 🎀) it’s strange to think this time last year I’d never used a sewing machine before, and now I’ve made about 150 memory bears using it 🐻
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A lot of my inspiration comes from Cath Kidston (which im sure doesn’t come as much of a surprise 😅🙊) 🌸 I mean the older days of CK though when it was a bit smaller & she had a big sewing range. One of my dreams is to design my own fabric one day, and I mentioned the other day that I’ve been wanting to make CK fabric teddies for a really long time 🎀 (they’ll be coming very soon!! 🐻)
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Im playing catch up with #marchmeetthemaker this morning 🙊 Day 17 was customers & feedback - I honestly can’t explain how much feedback means to me; I’ve created a feedback page on my website where I add people’s messages to so I can always look back on them ☺️ I feel so lucky to have that page to look at if ever I need a little boost 👯‍♀️🐻🐝🎀💖
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This is one of my absolute favourite photos that was sent to me from the lovely @rachie_xoxx of her daughter with her memory bear, Rachel said “Can’t thank you enough for our daughters beautiful keepsake teddy, it’s perfect and I think her face says it all’ - just look at her gorgeous smile, I smile so much every time I see this photo ☺️☺️☺️☺️
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Here’s my boomerang for day 15 of #marchmeetthemaker this is a pair of beary ears for a teddy I’ve been working on today which is being given as a wedding present 😊🐻🐝🎀💖 #handmadewithlove #handmadebyme #sewingbee #sewersofinstagram #craftersofinstagram #sewing #sewingmachine #ilovesewing #sewsewsew #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #waketomake #supportsmallbusiness #smallbusinesslove #shopsmall #memorybears #memorybear #personalisedgifts #handmadeisbetter #thatsdarling #myunicornlife #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #calledtobecreative #creativelifehappylife #spoonie #fibromyalgia #chronicillness #butyoudontlooksick
Day 14 of #marchmeetthemaker is dreams & plans - there are a couple of plans I have for Handmade by Holly this year, including launching my memory blankets & cushions (which I’ve shared a couple of peeks at on my stories 💖) turning my wedding dress into a memory bear (which I have to be honest I’m still trying to find the courage to do 😅) & I also really want to get some teddies made up in all of these beautiful Cath Kidston fabrics which I’ve collected over the last year 🐻🌸
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When I started making teddies my original plan was to make bears with Cath Kidston fabric, but the clothing memory bears have taken off in a way I never dreamed would happen (I’m so unbelievably grateful 😌😘💕) so it’s something I haven’t gotten around to yet 🙈
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My long term dreams include having my own office space (rather than taking over our living room with my beary factory!), to be in a position to hire an assistant one day to help with admin/order enquiries/packaging etc and to develop my sewing skills to learn to make more items including clothing 🐝🎀
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Day 13 of #marchmeetthemaker is work clothes - I’m very much a jeans & a jumper kind of girl, and I like to be comfy when I’m sewing so I don’t have many ‘fancy’ clothes any more 🐝🎀 It’s the one thing I struggle with a little bit with working from home, as I worked in a clothes shop before doing this I used to really love putting together different outfits every day, but when you spend most of the day by yourself there’s not much point in getting dressed up 🙊 I still love fashion though & I try to use a capsule wardrobe system ☺️👚👖👗👠💖 #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #sewingbee #sewersofinstagram #craftersofinstagram #supportsmallbusiness #smallbusinesslove #shopsmall #handmadewithlove #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #myunicornlife #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #creativelifehappylife #fashion #fbloggers #lbloggers #springfashion #winterfashion #spoonie #spoonielife #fibromyalgia #chronicillness #butyoudontlooksick
This is one of my favourite memory bears I’ve made; I love how colourful she is & the little ‘pretty’ tag on her ear ☺️🐻🦋🐰💖
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🌟Please Read🌟 - You may have noticed that I’ve updated my page on here to ‘order book closed’ & I’ve had a few enquiries about this; I’m working through a lot of orders this month & we are off on our honeymoon (for our one year wedding anniversary 😊) at Easter, so I’ve been conscious about keeping people waiting a long time for their orders. I’ve started an order list for April/Early May which I can happily add your name to & then we can arrange your order once I’m back from Italy 🎀
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Days 11 & 12 of #marchmeetthemaker are branding & postage/packaging, so here’s a peek at mine 😊💌 my branding is pretty simple & basically consists of pink, pink & more pink 😅 My local post office asked for my website link a while ago & their feedback was ‘it’s very you’ 🙊my branding came about from this table cloth which I use in most of my photos 💞 I wrap all of my items in cellophane & pink ribbon, and I like to add a little thank you note too 🎀 #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #supportsmallbusiness #smallbusinesslove #shopsmall #sewingbee #sewersofinstagram #craftersofinstagram #handmadewithlove #handmadebyme #creativelifehappylife #waketomake #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #thatsdarling #darlingmovement #myunicornlife #thehappynow #happiness #happinessishere #pursuehappy #lbloggers #spoonie #spoonielife #chronicillness #fibromyalgia #butyoudontlooksick
Happy Mother’s Day 🌸💗 I’ve been so happy to have been asked to make some memory bears as Mother’s Day gifts this year, including this little chap who is a present for a brother & sister to give to their Nan ☺️
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This memory bear was made from a mixture of boys & girls clothing, which I think have worked really well together 🐻 I particularly love the embroidered detail on his ears which came from a beautiful little dress 🎀
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He has such a special message on his back (swipe across for photos ➡️) and I was asked to make some hanging hearts with the left over fabric too 💖
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I’m playing catch up with #marchmeetthemaker today - sorry I’ve been rubbish the past couple of days, I have quite a lot going on atm 💖 So this is Routine / Flat Lay / Time To Relax ☺️
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Routine - I do spend pretty much all of my time sewing, I just love it so much 🎀 I aim to make one teddy per day & sometimes a few extras like a memory cushion or a couple of hearts 💗 I keep track of my orders with my Minnie & Mickey Mouse order book where I write any special requests for how the clothing is used/the message for the back of the bear/if the teddy is needed for a certain date etc & I try to keep my orders organised with my pretty Cath Kidston diary 🌸
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Time to Relax - I try to give myself the weekend off from sewing (I sometimes do some leisure sewing though 🙊🐝) I like to spend my relax time watching films, reading, having bubble baths, lunches out & walks with my lovely hubby & I’ve really got into baking recently🍰 I love this Lucy Watson book (I’m not a full vegan yet, but I’m trying to reduce dairy for some health reasons) & I made some yummy flapjacks earlier using a recipe from this 🍌🍫
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