Monday, 24 December 2012

Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas‏ ... From Miss Bohemia

Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas ... 

From Miss Bohemia

"Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas"


 I would like to say a big THANK YOU for your support throughout 2012.


I am so appreciative of both old and new friends that I have met along the way, who have helped make this a magical year for me. I have met some amazing people through my blog, Etsy, Folksy, Facebook, Twitter and through my website :-) 

I have many new and exciting things planned for 2013, but first a little festive break to spend time with family, friends and recharge my batteries! 

I wish you all a wonderful festive break! 


Jen ♥

Miss Bohemia

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Make & Craft Magazine Feature - Matryoshka Doll Key Ring Project

Make & Craft Magazine Feature
*Matryoshka Doll Key Ring*

Matryoshka Doll Key Ring Project 
as featured in Make & Craft Magazine

I wanted to share some wonderful news with you today.  Not only is Issue 2 of 'Make & Craftmagazine already out, but it also includes my Matryoshka Doll Key Ring Project :-) 

Matryoshka Doll Key Ring Project 
as featured in Make & Craft Magazine

My project is featured as a 2 page step-by-step tutorial guide on page 49 & 50, and if (like me) you're a fan of Russian Dolls you won't want to miss the 'Matryoshka Pull-Out Special'!

This project is a lot of fun to make and you don't need a sewing machine as the sewing can all be done by hand.  I've included tips and short cuts in the tutorial and you can add your own personal touch by adding Lavender or changing the colour scheme etc.  

This issue is also jam packed with over 30 step-by-step projects, handmade gifts ideas, Christmas makes and more! The patchwork cards project is my favourite and I can't wait to try it:-) You can find a snippet of the patchwork cards in the 10 page sample of this issue here.

I would like to say a special 'thank you' to Katharine Jewitt and the fab team at Make & Craft!


Until next time...

Jen :-)

Friday, 23 November 2012

Winter Wonderland Picks At Miss Bohemia & last posting dates

Miss Bohemia "Where Dark Fantasy Meets Fairytale Romance"

Winter Wonderland At Miss Bohemia

With Winter already upon us, making plans for the end of year holiday season, always inspires me to create designs with a Wintery feel and all the magic that comes with this special time of year! Glistening icicles, falling snow drops on trees and the ground set a beautiful scene in contrast to the often falling temperatures and cold Winters.

My Winter selection includes Christmas Fairy Wishes Keepsake Boxes (one of last year's best sellers), fairies necklaces and sparkly jewellery sets.  Other great ideas for gifts which are also perfect for this time of year, include the sparkly version of my Phantom Of The Opera Necklace, the new Phantom earrings and an inspiring 'Live Your Dreams' bookmark.  All available at

Royal Mail last recommended posting dates for 2012 

Miss Bohemia will remain open up until December 20th 2012, then we'll close for the Christmas period. Be sure to place your orders before the last recommended posted date to from Royal Mail & remember orders are shipped from the U.K.  Both domestic and international shipping is available at

Winter Wonderland recommend picks

Christmas Fairy Keepsake Box

Perfect for your trinkets. In Winter white, handstamped with fairies, moon, stars, snowdrops & more.

Phantom Of The Opera Necklace

This enchanting design offers an alternative sparkly version to Phantom Necklace. Perfect for those who love drama as well as special occasions!

Romance Charm Bracelet & Earrings

Winter Romance' charm bracelet and matching earrings complete with a range of snow and icicle inspired beads.

Winter Wonderland Fairy Necklace

A magical fairy cluster necklace with shiny glass pearls, flower beads and a silvertone fairy.

Phantom Of The Opera Earrings

A new additions at Miss Bohemia - these Phantom Of The Opera Earrings are a great way to add an interesting twist to your outfit!

"Live Your Dream". An elegant and inspiring accessory to accompany your books or life journals. 

Thanks so much for stopping by... 

 Jen x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Bohemia's Looking Glass - Etsy Shop Update & Gift Ideas

Bohemia's Looking Glass
Etsy Shop Update

I introduced you to my new Etsy shop called 'Bohemia's Looking Glass' back in August!   I have some more fab designs to share with you.  The new additions make great gifts for the festive season, some are great stocking fillers and they are also great for book lovers and jewellery lovers combined.  If jewellery isn't your thing, I have some cute accessories and will be adding more accessories to my shop soon!

Current available designs include jewellery and accessories in the following designs:- 
* Alice In Wonderland
* Wuthering Heights
* Pride And Prejudice
* Dictionary Silhouettes
* Hand-stamped jewellery and fabric based designs coming soon

* made from rescued book pages


Cute Bunny Rabbit Dictionary Silhouette Necklace


* made from rescued book pages

   Most jewellery is available in silver plated, bronze and gold plated finishes and includes earrings, necklaces, rings, cuff links and accessories e.g. bookmarks and pocket mirrors.  Future plans include hand stamped metal designs and I have featured a sneak peak of my new Wonderland hand-stamped key tag below!

I hope you have enjoyed a glimpse into my new shop and latest designs and I hope you'll come to visit soon!   I have set up a facebook page for 'Bohemia's Looking Glass' for info on shop promos, discounts, new designs etc but will also add updates to my 'Miss Bohemia' facebook page too.  

*Blog readers can enjoy a special 10% off all designs at Bohemia's Looking Glass until 30th November 2012 by adding the discount code  'BOOKLOVENOV' when checking out.

Jen :-) 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Miss Bohemia featured in the UK Handmade Christmas Showcase

Miss Bohemia featured in the 
UK Handmade Christmas Showcase

I have some really exciting news to share you with you :-) 

You may have already seen the 'UK handmade' logo displayed on the left hand side of my blog and if you haven't already heard, 
UK Handmade is a 'design led online magazine' which celebrates, promotes and features UK handmade designers. In addition to the wonderful online magazine and showcases, they also have advice, information and a forum network, which you can find out more about here.

My Christmas Fairy Wishes Keepsake box is featured in the 
UK Handmade Christmas Showcase for 2012!

The UK handmade Christmas showcase features some amazing gifts and decorations from talented UK designers and crafters.  The designs includes cards & decorations, jewellery, accessories, gifts and homewares and much more! Stop by to see the full collection.

Christmas Winter Fairy Wishes Keepsake Box

Christmas Winter Fairy Wishes Keepsake Box
as featured in UK Handmade

Jen x

Monday, 12 November 2012

Arts and Craft Christmas Fair

Arts and Craft Christmas Fair

A virtual arts and craft shopping extravaganza featuring artists, artisans and designer makers 

Miss Bohemia is excited to be part of the Arts and Craft Christmas Fair throughout the month of November.  My Etsy shop is taking part along with other talented artists, crafters and designer makers.

  Why you wont want to miss the Arts and Crafts Christmas Fair

* Amazing range and gift ideas to choose from including art, jewellery, accessories, paper crafts, card making, knitted goods, fabric based accessories and lots more!
* No travelling
* No bad weather
* No queuing
* Lots of fun browsing at the click of a button

To visit the exhibition and stop by for some Christmas shopping you can find out more here.


To receive 10% off your order from Miss Bohemia's Etsy shop add 'CHRISTMASFAIR' at the checkout.


This event is hosted by Hazel Rayfield from Art In Wax

Until next time...

Jen :-)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween Black & Orange Witch's Bag Tutorial

Halloween Tutorial
Black & Orange Witch's Bag 

I have another fun Halloween project for you today :-) This tutorial is to make a small black and orange Halloween tote bag out of felt. 


You Will Need

* Orange felt
* Black felt
* Black thread
* Orange thread
* Pins
* Scissors
* Rotary cutter and cutting mat
* Ruler
* 4 large buttons
* Sewing Machine

Any additional embellishments you may wish to use

Step 1 Cut out the following shapes out of the orange felt;-
* 2 pieces measuring  9” x 11” 
* 2 strips measuring 4" x 15"
*You will also need an additional strip of orange felt, measuring no bigger than 1" x 4" for the next step.

Step 2 Using the templates provided at the end of this tutorial, cut out the paper patterns for the letters ‘B O O’ and the outline of the witches hat.  Position the three letters on top of the black felt, then pin and cut out the shapes.  Do the same with black felt for the outline of the witch’s hat. 

* For the orange sash on the hat you can either print an extra copy of the witch hat template to use or you can estimate the size of the sash and cut directly from the smaller strip of orange felt.

Step 3 Now would be a good time to lay the hat and letters on one of the main orange piece and decide on where you want to position them.  You can pin the letters to the fabric, but do not pin the hat just yet.  

Step 4 Pin the sash on the witch’s hat and machine stitch around the orange border (just before the edge of the orange felt). Now you can pin the hat to the fabric.

Step 5 Machine stitch around the border of the hat and do the same with the letters.  You will also need to stitch the inner borders of each letter too. 

Step 6 With the front of the bag laying face up, add the remaining main piece of felt directly on top.  Pin the sides and the bottom edge of the fabric together.  Leave a 1/2" seam allowance and machine stitch the sides and bottom of the bag.  

Step 7 Create a 1/4" hem at the top of the bag by turning the edge over and pressing in place.  Fold the top over again, this time with a 1/2" hem line at the top.  Press then pin in place.

Step 8 Machine stitch close to the lower hem line around the whole top part of the bag. Turn the bag right side out as shown above.

Step 9 To create the straps, fold the remaining orange strips in half length ways and press along the fold with an iron. Machine stitch along the open end, leaving at least a 1/4" seam allowance.

Step 10 Turn the straps inside out.  I used a pin for this stage but you will need to be careful as the felt may tear or snag with too much pressure. Once the straps have been turned right side out, fold at least 1/2" of each end back inside the strap. 

Step 11 Press the straps flat then stitch around the all the sides of each strap. Try to keep the stitching just inside of the edges.

Step 12 I added the handle straps separately by hand stitching them to the top border of the bag with strong thread.  When stitching the handles make sure the thread doesn't go through to the back.   After securing the handles, cover over with some lovely black or orange buttons.

*Please feel free to use this template and pattern for your crafting projects.  I hope you have fun creating your own Halloween bag :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy crafting…

Jen :-)

© The Copyright for this Halloween Witch Bag pattern remains with the owner Jen Neil 


Halloween Templates

You may need to resize the image templates to follow the size guide used in this tutorial but you can also make the bag bigger or smaller to suit your needs. 

The ‘BOO’ letters used in the tutorial measured approx 3" (height) x 1.5" (width) each.

The hat template used measured approximately 5.5" (width) x 6.5" (height).


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