Taken from the poem ‘Mother’ 
You filled my days with rainbow lights, 
Fairytales and sweet dream nights, 
A kiss to wipe away my tears, 
Gingerbread to ease my fears. 
You gave the gift of life to me 
And then in love, you set me free. 
I thank you for your tender care, 
For deep warm hugs and being there. 
I hope that when you think of me 
A part of you 
You’ll always see. 
Hello everyone! So, it looks like Spring is on its way… slowly! But at least the flowers are starting to burst into colour. Spring is our absolute favourite. It brings nature back to life; colours slowly start replacing the dull grey /brown hues of winter, the air starts to feel warmer and the days begin to lengthen and we actually feel like we’re coming out of hibernation (and a long love affair with our pj’s). These things in turn give us that little bit more energy and spark of creativity, that urge to make and do! 
A transitional season, Spring can also be symbolic of starting new projects and we have a lovely one to share with you this month which ties in very nicely with Mother’s Day, which falls on 31st March this year. The craft we would like to share with you are these beautiful paper blooms! 
2. Take your square and fold it in half diagonally to leave with a triangle 
4. Fold the two triangles sitting on top of the square in half, folding them back on themselves, towards the edges of the square 
6. Fold the top half of your kite shape down in line with the back square piece. 
Repeat with the other kite shaped piece 
7. Fold the kite shapes in half length ways to form the original square shape you started with, though this time there will more layers filling the bottom section of the square 
1.Begin with an A4 sheet of paper or light weight card, it can be plain or patterned and will work perfectly with one sided paper. Lay your paper horizontally and measure 21cm. Trim off the excess to leave you with a square 
3. Take the two furthest points and fold them in to meet the point at the top of the triangle. This will leave you with a square 
5.Open out the two pieces you have just folded in and flatten it to form two new folds. 
This will leave you with your back piece and two kite shapes sitting on top 
8. Bring the two kite shapes round to meet each other. Use either glue or double sided tape to hold together. This forms the first petal. 
9. Repeat steps 1-8 4 or 5 times and glue all petals together around a central skewer. You can experiment with different sizes and patterns, map pages and book pages are some of our favourites. You can also add embellishments such as beads and buttons (for that extra sparkle). 
Your posy can then be tied with a ribbon of choice or popper into a decorated vase or jar. Hermoine is planning on making a decorated jar by painting with chalk paint and then decopatching with flowers and lace for her Mum (but may also be making one for herself because they are so lovely). 
If you have any further questions about these please do not hesitate to contact us, we are available 7 days a week for your crafty needs and advice. 
We also have something else to spoil your Mum with this coming Mothering Sunday (and you)...  
Mother’s Day Crafternoon Tea’s! 
Of course, it may be Mothering Sunday but it’s not all about the Mum’s. It is day to celebrate all of those special people who we consider to be a parent or guardian, be it Father’s, Aunties and Uncle’s, Granny’s, Grandad’s, Foster Parent, Sister, Brother, whoever you are, we thank you all! 
Yes, its crafting, with a yummy afternoon tea. We will be making and moulding beautiful bath bombs which will be made with 100% natural ingredients and are citric acid free. Add organic rosemary and rose petals, plus choose scents from our collection of essential oils. So not only will you be smelling like roses, you will be full of cake too! The crafternoon tea’s will be running on Sunday 31st March at 11 - 12:30noon and 1 - 2:30pm £20pp. To book your place or for further details, please follow the link above.  
We hope to see you! 
We hope we’ve inspired you a little, ignited a little ‘spring’ in your creative step. We love seeing your creations as well so please feel free to share your makes with us on our Facebook or Instagram page, it inspires us too! 
Until next time BellaCrafts friends xxx 
"Today was good 
Today was fun 
Tomorrow is another one" 
Dr Seuss 
So, the New Year is in full swing and half term is just around the corner (although, didn’t the children just head back to School after Christmas?). It is a welcome break however, I’m sure most parents would agree, as the first term back can be a little tiring with the winter months still looming....not for much longer though as Spring is starting to show its face again, yay! 
From all of the BellaCrafts team, we would like to wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year!! 
With a new beginning and fresh start, 
Full of inspiration and positive thoughts, 
Let's begin this year with an optimistic thought. 
Taken from the poem ‘A new start and a fresh beginning’ by Somya 
It's a Tuesday morning in October (already?!), half term is just around the corner, Christmas is looming in the not too distant future. If you're anything like us at BellaCrafts, then you've been busy filling up your Autumn calendar and rushing round keeping on top of work, family, social life, chores etc.... But when was the last time you stopped and thought about YOU? 
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The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is beginning to cool, Autumn is nearly here… hooray! 
Autumn is one of our favourite months, just so much crafting inspiration to admire! 
We have a simple bunting make to decorate your home this Season.You will simply need, coloured card, yarn, a leaf and Ink Pads. 
Taken from the poem 'Chelsea Flower Show' by Ernestine Northover 
Come and see the flowers in bloom, 
Heavenly scents to fill a room, 
Elaborate blossoms, in every hue, 
Looking up, the sun to view, 
Summer's here, and what a show, 
Endless varieties for you to grow.... 
Hermoine here, part time BellaCrafter and full time Mummy, just starting the school summer holidays…! For us parents, the summer holidays can be viewed with some trepidation, what are we to fill our days with?! No need to panic, we are on standby to lend a helping hand! On those long summer evenings, with the small humans in bed, why not check out our Pinterest board, full of crafty inspiration to keep minds and bodies occupied! 
Summer seems to just lift everyone’s spirit, it is the time for infinite fun and holidays to sunny destinations! Even better, if our current heatwave continues, we may not even have to travel very far! 
One of our favourite things here at BellaCrafts (aside from seeing you lovely lot in The Barn) is the number of events and festivals we are invited to attend over the summer months. We will certainly be clocking up the miles!! Here are just a few of the events we will be attending…..brace yourself: 
It is prime time to be allowing your potted plants to flourish. We have an extremely cute craft to get your growing garden in order! Simple, yet so effective create mini garden labels to label your plants and keep your garden in order! 
All you need is a packet of lolly sticks, Uhu Glue and some paints! 
Crafty, cute and kitsch, we love! 
Hermoine here, part time BellaCrafter, full time Mummy and seasonal gardener. So, I don’t want to put a hex on the season but I do believe summer is here!! (Please don’t email with complaints when it starts to rain, haha). There are so many things to enjoy at this time of year, the days are longer and feel like a warm hug and nature seems to just explode around us in beautiful blooms and luscious greens, it’s no wonder we all then turn our attention to the outside spaces and fulfil our title of being a nation of gardeners. 
Hi, I'm Hermoine from the BellaCrafts Team, and I'm so glad Spring is in our steps! Welcome back Spring, dear friend, how nice it is to see you again!! Taken from the beautiful poem ‘Spring’ by William Blake... 
‘Little boy, Full of joy; 
Little girl, Sweet and small; 
Cock does crow, So do you; 
Merry voice, Infant noise; 
Merrily, merrily, to welcome in the year' 
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