Beak Up Crafts

I'll craft anything once


The Wily Fox

Crochet fox

I started on a new crochet project the other day – making a fox for my pregnant friend Nicola, who is a bit obsessed with woodland creatures at the moment and asked me to make one for her new nursery.

I was excited to start and she gave me a pattern she liked from xmoonbloom on Etsy, so I got cracking! I didn’t have any orange wool/yarn so I’m making a test fox (no animals were hurt in this testing, though!) in a burnt red yarn which I had leftover from a red blanket I made my parents for their ruby wedding anniversary.

Big Plans

In other news, I have got my thinking cap firmly on at the moment about where I want to take this blog and what I want to do with it. I have to say I’m pretty excited about the future – I’ve just got to get all of my ideas down on paper and then make them a reality!

So what are you working on at the moment? Have you made any woodland-inspired amigurumi? I would love to see them!

Foxy updates to follow soon…

Kate x



Crochet Bird Cake toppers (Two Little Birds)

I’ve had it in my head for a good few months now that I would like to have a go at making two cute little crochet birds to sit on the top of mine and Wayne’s wedding cake.

The only problem – finding a crochet pattern for birds that look *right*

I didn’t want them to be big but they needed to be able to stand up on their own, look like birds and be cute!

After a lot of research (looking at loads of pictures on Pinterest!) I decided to make two of these little birds, as they are small enough to fit on the top of a cake and can stand up on their own.

I did try to make one of the birds which has a more realistic shape (the blue and white one in the picture above) but it ended up being a bit big, so two together wouldn’t have worked.

Here’s the finished result of my second attempt . What do you think?

They didn’t take that long to do and I’m really pleased with them. Hopefully they will perch with pride on the top of our wedding cake. Speaking of which, I had a chat with my mother-in-law to be about the cake last week (as she has kindly offered to make it for us). All very exciting. I think we’re going to have a two-tiered sponge with pale blue icing decorated with white and yellow flowers – and now the two little birds.

Did you make your own cake topper? Would love to see some pictures!

I might start working on some of my own crochet patterns. It would be nice to be able to create something of my own and then share it. Thinking cap on then….!

Kate x


Crochet: My First love

Well, crochet is my first love in a crafting sense anyway.

Billie the bunny

Billie the bunny

I started this blog in a bid to keep me trying new crafts and new techniques, share what I’m up to with the wider world and hopefully learn lots of new things from talented crafters and bloggers out there.

I first picked up a crochet hook and ball of wool a year ago. To be honest, I only chose crochet over knitting as I figured there was only one thing to move around (the hook) instead of two knitting needles. I’m not the most coordinated you see.

Anyway, 12 months on and it’s fair to say I have really got into it, albeit in slight fits and starts! I thought I would share a few of the things I have made in an early post. I’m yet to create a pattern myself, but I will definitely post it on this blog if I do!

Here are some of the things I have made during that time. As you can see, I’m a real fan of amigurumi:

What’s your first crafting love? Would love to hear from you!

Kate x