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Lola loves… Crafty Estonia!

Hey peeps! Well, I’m back from my business trip to Tallinn, Estonia. It turns out those button chairs I posted about were just a hint of the cool things you can find there and I’ve been busting to tell you all about it!

Tallinn is a mecca for crafting, its specialties are amber jewellery, wood-work, felting and knitting.

In just a few hours off to look around, I found everything from hand-carved wooden spoons to felted jewellery and knitted wooly socks. The best however, were giant doilies that’d be great as rugs (I really wish I’d bought one!)

Another thing I wish I’d bought was this gorgeous printed cross-stitch apron.

But, I did manage to bag some pretty crafty finds, some of which I’m sure you’ll see in future projects.





1. Felted blanket stitch soles — I’ll use these to make slippers for my fella, 2. Buttons in Juniper and Apple wood, 3. Cinnamon honey — as delicious in coffee as it is on toast, 4. Russian style stacking dolls — great to store jewellery findings.

Tallinn is small but beautiful; its architecture is backlit by blue skies (it was only dark for around four hours each night while we were there) and its history gives it an intriguing personality.

Estonia is similar in many ways to its Baltic neighbours yet its occupancy by Soviet Russia during World War II also had a profound effect. This is clear in its architecture and history books; 25% of Estonians died during the Nazi regime, more than any other country in Europe.

The Estonian Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, charts all this through video and found objects. It’s a great way to understand the history of the country and the effect of the Nazi regime on smaller countries often overlooked. Separate to this important message, I found the exhibition very interesting in terms of 1940s and 1950s design and thought I’d share a a few of the photos I took   

1. Local propaganda magazine from the 40s, 2. A prison door with Russian writing, 3. Suitcases of those killed by Nazis, 4. A very intriguing telephone, (unfortunately little was said about this. Why no buttons? Was is a prototype? Did it only call one person, and who?) A telephone box with Russian writing.

Lola loves… Baby booties!

My future god-daughter, beautiful little Annabelle, was born yesterday! (Whoop! Welcome Annabelle!) So I thought I’d post about a recent project I did for her.

I found the template for these sweet baby booties on Cross Stitcher. They are very easy to make and you can whip a pair up in a surprisingly short time.

You will need:

Matching thread
Ribbon or buttons for decoration
2x poppers – optional

I veered slightly from the suggestions in Cross Stitcher; I went for plain instead of embroidered; I used a tiny ribbon bow instead of buttons for decoration; and I added a popper on the outer side (beneath the bow) to make sure the booties don’t slip off her tiny feet.

I think these are adorable, so cute in fact that I’ve not been able to wrap them up but have left them on the sideboard where I can coo at them! Now she’s finally here it’ll be worth parting with them though!

I made these on the train to work and was quite proud to hear a lady next to me tell me they are “so cute”. Then again, anything baby-sized will tug at your heart-strings. I’ll be testing the cute v’s size argument soon because my boyfriend has asked me to make a man-sized pair for him as slippers. I will stick proper soles to his as unlike little Annabelle, he has mastered the use of his legs and I don’t think felt could withstand the wear and tear of walking. I’ll blog soon to let you know how it goes.

I’ll also post soon about  the other treats I’ve made Annabelle, including a mobile and baby blanket.


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