Mother’s Day

This photo frame practically leaped off the shelf at me in the gift store begging to be quilled! I thought it would make a perfect gift for my Mum for Mother’s Day – with the idea that she could put a picture from my beautiful sister’s wedding in it. Of course, Mum didn’t get it for Mother’s Day, the whole project (as usual) took me longer than I had anticipated! The little ragamuffin in the frame at the moment is my eldest boy, just to get an idea of how it looks with a photo inside.

The design is my own, I took inspiration from two beautiful pictures of Lilly of the Valley which I found on 123RF and a photo by Marek Mierzejewski. I have pinned both to my Quiller Queen board on pinterest, which you can find here:

I also took inspiration from Suzana Ilic’s work ( and Josie Jenkins ( for her cute little butterflies. Thanks girls!




Personalised Baby Gifts

I have many friends who have had babies recently and I love making gifts. The only problem I find, is that the time from conceptualisation to completion of a project can be a really, reeeeeally long time! (Especially if you spend a month playing in the orchestra for Les Mis which has taken up my evenings and weekends!)

This one, for example, came to me in the middle of the night, feeding my own bub several months ago. My friend, a flautist, had a beautiful baby girl named Ella. We have known each other through music for many years, so I obviously wanted a musical theme. The notes on the stave are E-F#-G#-A which are the last notes of the A major scale so they sound nice and also kind of fit with E-L-L-A (you can see what I’ve done with the flowers). In lieu of sharp signs, I’ve used butterflies and dragonflies. I experimented with monogram quilling for the treble clef and learned to do the various flowers along the way so it was a great way to increase my “quilling repertoire”. Hope you enjoy. I look forward to posting some of my other baby gifts soon (as soon as I can bust them out)!