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Mr Ratty the Bookmark

Mr Ratty the Bookmark is from a free pattern by Jonas Matthies at Supergurumi
I have asked his permission to make Mr Ratty to sell and he has said Yes! 
CE Tested: Mr Ratty the Bookmark  £6.00 each  plus postage or free to collect
How to Order your CE Tested Mr Ratty Choose a colour .....current colours available are
Light Grey Light Brown Dark Brown

Then let me know: How many you would like, The date you would like them for
Contact meto arrange payment and the details.
Once you have contacted me with the above details you will be sent an invoice.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or Paypal Your item will be made once the payment is received Finished items will be posted to you or can be collected on the agreed date on your invoice
Any queries please ask Many thanks Helen aka Ellephantastic
COMING SOON! various other bookmark animals and designs

How I price my toys ....

.....I thought I would share with you today how I price my knitted Monsters.
I spent a long time researching how to price them and looking at how much other people charge for their toys (which are often not CE tested which they should be!)
Pricing ingredients: Cost of the products: wool, stuffing Use of equipment & other: Knitting needles, scissors, electricity for lights  My time: Designing the toy, knitting the toy, testing the toy CE Test: Making sure my toy is to CE standards
Now you have to decided how much you want to pay yourself an hour and any extra profit
How much do you get paid an hour? Shall we say minimum wage £7.50 per hour
The largest toy I make is Pookiechu (the pink one) she takes me 16 hours to make 16 x 7.50 = 120
so that makes Pookiechu £120 before I've even added on the cost of any wool etc!
I therefore decided to pay myself a lot less and she became £65 However even though I know you are paying for a quality toy made with quality products and to the CE stand…

Crafting is my therapy. What's yours?

I suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety and depression. Together they can make me a very fatigued, emotional, angry, withdrawn person. I over do things because keeping busy takes me away from the anxiety and depression, but the truth is all I am doing is running straight into the arms of my fatigue monster when I do it! This picture is something I thought of the other day to explain this feeling. 
I try to meditate and I am starting to do small amounts of stretching and yoga, but the one thing that helps keep relaxed and sane, and has done for many years now is my crafting. I love all kinds of crafts. My latest makes are my CE tested Sensory Monsters "The Peepos" they are great to touch and cuddle when you're feeling blue. 
I have also found my online friends in the crafting communities and chronic fatigue groups very helpful and comforting. Stops you feeling so isolated. 
Something that brings me happiness is helping others which I hope to do with my sensory to…

Win A Booboos Sensory Monster from The Peepos Collection

***Give away time!*** To celebrate the launch of my CE tested hand knitted monsters The Peepos.  I'm going to do a giveaway 😁 You have the chance to win a Booboos monster worth £45.00 He is made from Sirdar Snuggly Chunky Snowflake wool which is super soft and very touchy feely. Which is why my son loves them so much!
To be in with a chance please go to my Face Book Page: 1. like my page (not just the post) 2. share the post 3. Comment on the post and tell me who will be snuggling Booboos 
Good luck! You have until 14th August at 9pm to enter. This is in no way to do with facebook its all me Ellephantastic Thanks Helen xx

First Craft stall in years!

Last Saturday I attended my first mini event since before I had Murphy! It was great to get back out there again with my crafts and to launch "The Peepos" my Sensory Monsters
I had a great day!
Looking forward to doing more fact I have just booked my biggest one yet!! Check out my Events Page for details of any events I will be attending with either my full crafty stall or just my Sensory Monsters "The Peepos"
Helen xxx

NEW>>>>The "Peepos" coming to you for snuggles soon!

Coming for some snuggles with you from this week!!
That's right. Watch out this week for the launch of my CE certified hand knitted cuddly Peepos!!
As you can see Murphy luuuuuurves them!
Which one will you be snuggling ..... or do you want them ALL?!
Stay tuned for their release and maybe even a competition to win one???!!!
Happy Monday xxx

Buttons Picture Gift

This week Murphy's friend's little sister turned one and I decided I would have a go at a buttons picture as a present for her. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Very pretty for a very pretty little girly. She's my little smiley buddy when I do the school run. No matter how I feel she makes me smile.
If you would like to order a picture gift please contact me for more details
Helen  xxx

Custom Orders

Here's a couple more custom orders I have made in the last week I've enjoyed making the Thank You Teacher cards Can't believe it's the end of term already. How is my boy nearly 5?!

If you would like a card making for any occasion please get in touch!
Helen  xx

My latest cake...Twilight Themed

I enjoy making the odd cake. This one I made for my niece. She's into Twilight now so we went with that theme this year Apparently it was the best cake ever.....taste wise too!!

Ellephantastic's New Venture..... Wall Murals...

I now offer wall murals as part of my service.  I can offer to Selby and surrounding areas up to 20-30 miles Contact me for more details and a quote
Here's my first finished Wall

Now Taking Custom Orders...

6x6" Picture gifts from £7.00 plus p&p or free to collect from me
Please ask for more details, designs, themes etc


Fancy 6x6" cards from ... £3.50 plus p&p or free to collect from me Please ask for more details, designs, themes etc 

 Elegant 6x6" cards £2.50 each plus p&p or free to collect from me Please ask for more details, designs, themes etc


Nice, simply decorated cards £1.50 each plus p&p or free to collect from me Please ask for more details, designs, themes etc

Weddings Season!

Last week we were at a friend's Wedding reception.  I wanted to make them a gift and had the idea of using this new image from Make it Crafty. I'm really loving this image. It's so fun and can be personalised too. This is a 6x6" box frame, so the image is slightly less than that. Wedding picture gifts are £7.00 plus postage or free to collect from me

Here is a card I made with the same image today for a custom order. This is a 6x6" card £2.50 plus p&p or free to collect from me

Thank You Teacher Custom Order

Hello! Its Monday again so I'm back with my Monday makes 😊
Today I have made some more Thank You cards for a custom order.
These cards are £1.50 each (plus p&p or free to collect from me)
I can make them with a girl or boy and in various colours and designs
Hope you've all had a great weekend. Ours was nice but a wee bit busy for me so I am suffering a little today πŸ˜†
Back later with some more Wedding themed items
also here's an example boy Thank You card

Helen xxx

A wedding card order from this morning

I've been busy this morning and made this Wedding Day card for an order. This card is 6x6 inches £2.50  (plus p&p or free to collect from me)
Please get in touch if you would like to order one
The Wedding colours are mint green so I've followed their theme.
Love this little image, they're so cute 😊
Love is in the air!
Helen xxx

Thank you Teacher cards order

Morning Ellephantasticers!
Today I am sharing an order I've made for a friend. 2 x cards for Female teachers 1 x card for a male teacher Each card is £1.50 each  (plus p&p or free to collect from me)

If you would like a card please get in touch. I can do little school boy cards too. Blonde or brunette hair For male or female teachers
Here's an example of the school boy

Have a great Monday Helen xx

*For Sale* ... "Thank You" Teacher cards...

For Sale "Thank You" Teacher cards £1.50 each (Plus P&P or free collection)

You can also order cards. I have the options to do Boy or Girl Brunette or Blonde Colour of school For male or female teacher
Get in touch via email or on social media
Have a great day Helen  xxx

Sneaky peak!

Today I've been working on my CE tested knitted toys files to get them ready to be put up for sale. Not long now!

On your Wedding Day...

I'm hoping this post has worked because I am actually writing it yesterday (Monday) and have (I hope) set it up to post itself tomorrow (Tuesday!) I will be out at my Fatigue clinic appointment and doing a bit more to my Wall Mural.
Andi (Hubby) and I are invited to a Wedding in July and I have been super organised .....what....organised....yes I know don't freak out!!
I made this card whilst hubby and Murphy were out at the weekend giving me sometime to chill out and craft....oh and sunbathe!
Its one of the lovely Lili of the Valley stamps which I just adore. The stamped pattern is a Stampin Up roller I've had years and barely used! I have coloured the image using promarkers and kept is quite simple.
Really loving it and so are other people as I have an order for one!
Happy Tuesday (I hope!)
Helen xx

Keeping in the Father theme today....

This morning whilst having my relaxation time after the school run I watched a video of Zoe from Make it Crafty colouring this image (which is free until 21st June on Make it Crafty Facebook group) She set a challenge whilst colouring to colour texture/pattern. I decided to have a go with my spectrum aqua pens for this challenge and I am rather chuffed with the end result especially as I am really new to these pens still.
Stay cool!
Helen xxx

Father's day special

Hi, I hope you all enjoyed the very sunny weekend and had a great Father's day. Here's a card I made for my Dad. The image is one of my own which you can buy  HERE Truth be told I actually made the card a while ago but never had a use for it as it had other sentiments on it. I found these air force type ones in some stash a friend gave me so I changed it around and hey presto a perfect father's day card πŸ˜‰
Have a lovely Monday & don't forget the sun cream Helen  xx

A Summer theme

My crafting mojo was in need of a little inspiration this afternoon so I went on a little blog snoop over at Lili of the Valley I love their images and already had this one coloured up.  I noticed they have a June challenge with a "Summer" theme so decided to have a play and this is what I came up with. Not bad considering my card making mojo is about 4 years out since having Murphy!!
Happy Monday Helen  xxx

Work in Progress Wall Mural

What started as a conversation on Facebook with someone I didn't know quickly became an idea and quick sketch!

She was already super happy with the idea so I added a little colour and arranged to go meet her and see "The Wall" 

I took Murphy with me as you can see! He was a really good boy while Mummy did a bit of sketching out on the wall to see how it would plan out.....and actually it was perfect for my original plan!

The next visit I went alone (Murphy was at school) and I started to get the paints out, and this is how far I have gotten so far. Not much left to do now. Mostly filling in now. Very exciting watching it come together and I've enjoyed it immensely.

I will keep showing the progress and the finished Wall so keep watching out here or on social media. Have a great day Helen xxx