A finished clothesline playhouse and a crafty giveaway

The week before we went on holiday Jared laid turf in our back garden and planted an apple tree. After a year of it being an unusable muddy clay pit, it was incredibly exciting to see turf going down. When we get back from our travels it should be ready for us to play on, so I made sure I finished the clothesline playhouse I started a few months ago and made a picnic blanket. I love any excuse to eat outside – it makes the world an even happier place. 

Both the playhouse and the picnic blanket are taken from my favourite craft book ‘Homemade Home for Children‘. I never tire of looking at the projects in there. For the playhouse,Winston chose all the fabric colours and decided what number went on the door. Two of the windows are pockets to store snacks and cuddly toys in.

IMG_1336 amendedThe picnic blanket is stenciled with animal foot prints in different colours – bears, birds and boars. They’re all going different places, some with friends and some not. I’m going to back it with clear oilcloth so it is wipe clean.IMG_1325 IMG_1328 IMG_1332To celebrate the all things crafty and the launch of the Samsung Galaxy edge (with its unique curved screen and incredible camera), I have an amazing giveaway for a £35 Hobbycraft voucher and a £15 app voucher.

How to enter:

All you have to do to enter is let me know what craft app or craft inspiration app you would like to see available for Smartphones – just leave a blog comment that includes the hashtag #SamsungCrafternoonComp. I would love to hear your ideas! Personally, I would love to have an app that you could enter lots of random items – then it would come up with ten exciting crafty projects for you to get started on. I think it would be fun!

Enter using this Rafflecopter link, so your entry is registered.


Terms and Conditions

– The giveaway is only open to those in the UK.

– The entry must include the hashtag #SamsungCrafternoonComp. 

– The prize is for a £35 Hobbycraft voucher and a £15 app voucher (iTunes OR Google Play, depending on which handset you own).

– The winner will selected by Three Mobile from validated Rafflecopter entries.

– The giveaway will run for 10 days – Friday 15th May to Monday 25th May. 

– The winner will be announced on my Twitter feed and I will contact you by email separately.

– If the winner does not respond within 36 hours, another winner will be selected at random.

– This competition is not restricted to Three customers – any individual on any network may enter. 

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Many thanks to Three Mobile for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway. 



  1. Angela Milnes
    15th May 2015 / 7:04 am

    I love your creativity Esther! It blows me away. Such talent! Angela xx

    Angela from Daysinbed.com

  2. traceypeach
    15th May 2015 / 11:48 am

    I would love to see a cross stitch app with lots of different designs you can stitch xxx

  3. kim plant
    15th May 2015 / 10:51 am

    I like card crafting x

  4. serenityyou
    15th May 2015 / 11:01 am

    I really like your idea for an app. Or an app that has kids craft ideas and let’s you know what you need, so you can go out and buy them ready for the weekend #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  5. 15th May 2015 / 2:08 pm

    its not a craft as such but knitting for beginner would be great

  6. Janine Atkin
    15th May 2015 / 4:34 pm

    i love cross stitch so maybe a way to make your fav pics into a chart

  7. Life as we know it
    15th May 2015 / 4:43 pm

    I’d like to see an app for turning instagram pictures into a cross stitch pattern or for editing photos to fit into project life pockets. #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  8. KayleighWhite (@xxfluffywhitexx)
    15th May 2015 / 5:18 pm

    I’d like to see a cross stitch app full of styles and patterns.

  9. debbie smith
    15th May 2015 / 5:06 pm

    id like to see an app for crochet charts as in pictures ! fab giveaway x

  10. Hayley F
    15th May 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Wow, that playhouse is amazing, i would love a step by step in cardmaking or sewing app x

  11. Victoria Prince
    15th May 2015 / 7:59 pm

    An app that can convert photos you have taken on your phone into cross stitch charts 🙂

  12. Victoria Prince
    15th May 2015 / 8:00 pm

    An app that can convert photos you have taken on your phone into cross stitch charts 🙂 #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  13. William Gould
    15th May 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Wife would like an app for cross-stitch patterns!

  14. 15th May 2015 / 10:13 pm

    #SamsungCrafternoonComp Wife would like access to a wide variety of cross-stich patterns!

  15. Katy M
    15th May 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I’d love to see an app that tells you what sewing patterns you need to recreate clothes/bags you see online (ie: high street/designer inspired makes) #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  16. 16th May 2015 / 11:39 am

    That playhouse is amazing! I would love to see an app that pays you to feature your craft ideas! #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  17. Tamsin Dean
    16th May 2015 / 2:05 pm

    love allsorts of crafts

  18. 16th May 2015 / 2:30 pm

    #SamsungCrafternoonComp An app that helps you do craft projects with kids using items in your recycling bin

  19. Jade
    16th May 2015 / 3:07 pm

    A children’s crafts app

  20. 16th May 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Flippin heck Esther that tent is AMAZING! I LOVE it – so much time and love has obvs gone into it. I’d love to come and see it when your back and check out your hard work/show me this book you have 🙂 well done chick its so gorgeous and can be something that will be “hanging around” your family for years to come hahahaaaaaaaaaaa xx

  21. Natalie Crossan
    17th May 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I’d like to see a cross stitch app x

  22. Chris Andrews
    17th May 2015 / 2:39 pm

    What craft app or craft inspiration app would you like to see available? card making for ABSOLUTE beginners

  23. Julie Cook
    18th May 2015 / 8:25 am

    one with daily ideas as a prompt, seasonal

  24. Angela Wilcox
    18th May 2015 / 9:42 pm

    An app with ideas for embroidery projects and lists of required items #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  25. claire griffiths
    19th May 2015 / 1:35 pm

    i really enjoy cross stitch so an app for that i would like to see

  26. Stewart Biddle
    22nd May 2015 / 10:57 am

    A teach yourself to sew app

  27. Kelly Fox
    22nd May 2015 / 6:30 pm

    I would like a beginner knitting app. With videos, patterns, forum etc.

  28. 22nd May 2015 / 6:37 pm

    An app that let you design cross stick/latch hook rug patterns on your phone 🙂

  29. 22nd May 2015 / 6:39 pm

    An app that let you design cross stick/latch hook rug patterns on your phone. 🙂 Sorry, forgot the tag! #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  30. Patricia Fraser
    23rd May 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Any crafting app would be great as i need all the help i can get.

  31. Angela Kelly
    23rd May 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Something to help me with ideas for cross stitch patterns

  32. 23rd May 2015 / 5:42 pm

    An app to convert photos into Cross Stitch patterns

  33. Michelle Kemp
    24th May 2015 / 8:03 am

    Love all crafts, but would like a clay silver jewellery app

  34. Theresa Thomas
    24th May 2015 / 11:09 am

    I would love a app that could find (child friendly) crafty workshop in the area.

  35. becci cleary
    24th May 2015 / 1:33 pm

    An app to tell me all of the local days out in the area along with price, weather and fun……all on one list 🙂

  36. 24th May 2015 / 1:54 pm

    definitely an app for linking pictures to you tube tutorials. so an inspiring craft picture then links to the tutorial. #SamsungCrafternoonComp

  37. Claire Ward
    24th May 2015 / 6:24 pm

    Cake decorating app

  38. Nancy Bradford
    24th May 2015 / 6:48 pm

    I’m very into stamping and card making at the moment so more of that.

  39. Jen Shearer
    24th May 2015 / 7:26 pm

    #SamsungCrafternoonComp I like the idea of an app that has a craft idea or project for everyday of the year. Quick inspiration.

  40. Monika S
    24th May 2015 / 9:58 pm

    beading tutorials with places I an buy the supplies near me

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