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Introducing The New Wider Basket

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Recently I have been having a little play around with the size of my standard baskets and have come up with a new slightly wider basket. WHY? you may be wondering, well partly down to trying to use up the whole width of a piece of fabric. I've been working with wider lengths of material and when I cut out the fabric for my standard size basket I end up with a strip of fabric left, so it makes sense to incorporate this fabric into the design. Second I feel that being just a tad wider makes the basket easier to use, it feels more open at the top making access to its contents easier and the overall shape and size of the basket I find aesthetically pleasing.


So what is the difference between the 'Standard' size and this new 'Wider' size, well approximately 2 inches! The photo above has a wider bird basket on the bottom and a triangle standard size basket on top and as you can see when folded flat there is a difference in the width between the two.


Above is the two ver…

Special Offer this week is...................

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For this week only buy 3 dribble bibs for the price of 2.  You can choose from 6 different colours, either mix and match or buy three the same, the choice is yours.  To redeem this offer you need to purchase this listing HERE and then leave the choice of colours in the message to seller. This is a huge saving of £6.50, so instead of the usual price for three dribble bibs which is £19.50, you will only pay £13.00.  Offer ends Sunday 2nd April.
{Please note you do need to buy the 'special listing' to take advantage of the offer, if you buy 3 dribble bibs separately from my shop you will be charged the full amount.}

This Weeks Special Offer

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Click here for link to basket


New Weekly Offers

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Starting tomorrow, and for the next few weeks, I will be offering a weekly 'Special Offer' in my etsy shop.  Whether a discount on a certain item, or a buy one get one free, each week there will be a new offer.  To find out what is it you need to check out either my Facebook page, my Instagram or come here every Monday to see what that week brings! Remember starts TOMORROW!!

Lets Talk Sizes!

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The question I get asked the most is about the size of my baskets. 
Now the measurements are always included in the description of every basket in my shop and it looks something like this;
APPROX DIMENSIONS:
H 8 X W 9 X D 6 INCHES (20 X 22 X15CM)
And I try to include at least one photo that shows the basket that is for sale with an everyday object, usually lego duplo, which is the larger style lego for younger children because I hope that it is a toy that is pretty universal, something that most of us can recognise and are familiar with. But occasionally I forget to add a picture like this and it is on my to do list to put this right!

Saying that..... the measurements, which are approximate as each basket is completely handmade so measurements vary very slightly we are talking a millimetre here and there, are included for each basket. The height of the basket, the width and the depth. But I still get many messages questioning the sizes, especially emails with comments like 'I'm str…

Shop Update - Two - New Baby Gift Sets

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Earlier this year I added a some new baby bib and burp cloth sets to my range. Made with 100% cotton fabric on the front and backed with my favourite bamboo/cotton silky soft towelling on the back, these sets are not only practical, but extremely soft and cosy for the baby to wear. Two snap fasteners make the bibs adjustable and suitable from baby to toddler, and the burp cloths are designed to be flung over the shoulder to protect your clothing whilst winding your baby, and they also come in very handy as general baby cloths.





Sold as sets, one bib and one matching burp cloth, they make great baby shower gifts and lovely presents for new parents. They can be found here, though the 'Peeking birds in gold' has proved so popular it is already unfortunately sold out.

Shop Update - Larger Style Baskets

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Last year the thing that I got asked the most was 'Could I please make my storage baskets in a larger size!'. So I took all the sizes that people had suggested and came up with a basket that is based on the average size that people were wanting. And my 'larger' basket was born. I wanted the basket to have enough structure that it can stand up on its own even when empty, so no slouching, but still be flexible that it can be folded away when not in use. I have used heavier weight cotton, which helps with the structure of the baskets, apart from the Black Triangles which is made in a quilting cotton so has an extra stabiliser sewn in, to give it the structure it needs. They have a nice boxy feel to them.


They all have a natural linen/cotton base and come fully lined in a white cotton canvas. Now for the technical details!  They are, measurements are approximate but as accurate as I can give, 29cm/11.4 inches tall, and are 40cm/15.75 inches wide across the top when folded fl…

Long Time......

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Sorry!  I can't really believe that its been nearly 9 months since I last wrote a post. That's terrible! For those of you that follow me on other social media sites, you will know that I haven't faded away, in fact quite the opposite! I have found myself so busy with work, that its been very difficult to keep everything going and to get the balance right. You will also have seen if you follow me on Instagram or on Facebook, that I have been busy adding lots of new items over the last few months which I am excited to share with you. So over the next few days I am hoping to bring you up-to-date with all that has been going on at A Crafty Hen!

New Baby Bandana Dribble Bibs

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Say hello to my new collection of bandana style bibs.  As soon as I saw this gorgeous flannel I knew that it would make for the softest of bibs. And this style of bib is not only perfect for a dribbling baby they are also very suited to a teething toddler!  Made with a layer of 100% cotton flannel, three of which also have the wonderful look of herringbone wool weave, and backed with a layer of organic cotton fleece these bibs are soft to the touch making them extremely comfortable to wear. And made with only cotton fabrics no polyester in sight you can be confident that you are putting only the kindest natural fabrics next to your babies delicate skin. In lovely Autumnal colours they can be found here in my shop.