Maxi Designs ~ Handmade

Maxi Designs ~ Handmade

I have a passion not only for writing, but for designing and creating items by hand. I'm professional trained as an Interior designer FdA with Distinction. My other strengths are in the needle work area, which I'm fine tuning with a seamstress course at present. But I also like working with beads, Jewellery making, drawing, and in I love particularly making my own gifts.

Anyone who knows me personally, will know that I've always got a design project of some sort in the making!

And for the first time, I'm going to share some of these projects with you..... it's very nerve raking, because it's quite a personal thing, an item you've made by your own hand. But I hope you enjoy seeing them, half as much as, I've enjoyed making them!

I thought also, I would do some design mood boards too. Of styles, designs or even unusual designs or items, which have inspired me. And maybe they will inspire you along the way too...

Monday, 29 September 2014

Get Well Gift Hamper, or excellent idea for a Christmas Gift.

Get Well Gift Hamper
Excellent idea for a Christmas Gift.

Handmade by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton. 

I thought with Christmas quickly heading our way.  I'd share with you a Get Well Hamper, I made for a dear friend of mine, a little while back.  I thought maybe it would help give you ideas for Christmas gifts.  Personally the shopping, and whole making of the hamper, is thoroughly enjoyable, and really so simple to put together.  

Do you have that family member, or friend, you just have no idea what to buy each year...?  Then why not put together, a personal basket, or box, of edible goodies, with maybe a selection of smaller gifts, and treats!  

It's a winner every time!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Birthday Bear, Needle work Card.

Birthday Bear
Cross Stitch Card
Birthday Card

Handmade by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton. 

Purr Perfect Christmas, Cross Stitch, Christmas Card

Purr Perfect Christmas 

Cross Stitch

 Christmas Card 

Handmade by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton. 

Skating Penguins, Cross Stitch, Handmade Christmas Card

Skating Penguins, 
Cross Stitch, 
Handmade Christmas Card

Handmade by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton. 

Witch and Pumpkin, Halloween card

Witch and Pumpkin
Cross Stitch
Halloween Card  

Hand made by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton. 

I know it's a bit early for Halloween, but this sweet little Witch just wanted to be created!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Little Cheeky Monkey, Cross Stitched, Birthday Card.

Little Cheeky Monkey, 
Cross Stitch, 
Birthday Card.

Hand made by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton

Hello, Didn't last week go so fast? You blink, and they are gone recently, weeks I mean! lol

Well last week, I shared with you my Colourful Quilted Blanket, sent as a birthday gift, and every birthday gift need to be accompanied by a birthday card!  So of course, I made my own. This cute little money, using the cross stitch method.   

The little cheeky monkey is a in family joke, and totally perfect for this card, and person. 

These are so fun to make, that I sit most nights, and make one.  In the next few weeks I'll start posting them all.  I may even start selling some too! 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Colourful Patch Work Quilted Blanket.

Colourful Patch Work Quilted Blanket

 Handmade by Maxi Designs, Romance Author Maxi Shelton. 

Hi there, I hope you all had a great summer?  My kids are finally back to school, but I have to say, I do really enjoy having them around over the break.  And I know our little Westie, Emma, loves the kids being home.  

I know, I haven't posted a blog in a while, sorry about that. But it doesn't mean, I haven't been creating new projects.  Me with out a project, or two on the go, is completely unheard of.  In fact my family, may think I'm ill, or something, if I'm not making something! lol

One of my projects this holiday, was to create a present, for my dear friends birthday.  Who is one of those people, who has everything, and just that little bit tricky to come up with new ideas for.  But this year, I sent a package full of comfort, and homemade love.  

This Colourful Patchwork Quilted Blanket.       

I've photographed it on my sons spare bed, so you can get a better idea of the size. 

The problem now is of course, both of my kids have placed their own orders, for a quilted blanket of their own, after see this one! lol