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Perfectly Imperfect by Simply Homemade

Two years ago I had an idea that stayed just that, an idea, I wasn’t in a good place so didn’t give my idea any thought. One year ago I thought about it again but didn’t act on it. Why? Confidence. That’s the simple, honest answer. This year my idea was still very much present in my mind, I hemmed and hawed then bit the bullet!!

I knit, a skill I learned from my Mother. I’m not as good as she was, though the last couple of years have seen me improve greatly.  My Mother though, she could knit with her eyes closed and produce the most beautiful items. She even knit Aran jumpers for a boutique in town when we were children. She was that talented. I wish I had the chance to tell her how much I was in awe of her talent but I don’t think I ever did. Anyway, she thought me and I can be nifty enough with a ball of wool and a pair of needles.


This brings me back to my idea, I wanted to open an Etsy shop. Selling my hand knitted decorations. I had the name from the very start, ‘Perfectly Imperfect’, it’s a saying I live by, I use it to describe myself, it is me and it also perfectly represents my stock. It isn’t ‘perfect’, it isn’t mass produced, it isn’t like anything you will find in the shops. It is however made with love, made with enjoyment, made perfectly imperfect by me. There are flaws, the odd crooked line, the stitching ‘could be better’, but for me, this just adds to the charm of these little items.

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So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been crafting like a machine when the time would allow. I say crafting, obviously, I really mean knitting. I have stockings, bells, the most adorable lanterns and I will add to them as other things are made.

Lantern - Navy Sparkle

I have cards too. I’m not feeling as confident about these but my ever supportive family love them so they will be there too. Again, no two are the same, they are hand painted by me. Please bear in mind, I’m not an artist, just a Mom acting on an idea.

Watercolour scene snowman

And there you have it. I won’t lie, I’m a little nervous but I need to start putting ideas into practice and learning that fine art of confidence! Click the image below to have a look at my shop and please, wish me luck!!

Etsy Shop Icon


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  1. They look gorgeous. Best of luck with the new venture!

  2. Great idea, good luck Nicola and you ARE an artist if you are painting. Nothing like making something for a little bit of therapy. 😊

    1. You’re too kind Liberty, my painting is at best dodgy but you’re right, it is therapeutic xx

  3. Edwina

    Fantastic x

  4. Great work Nicola and best of luck.

  5. lifeonhushabyefarm

    These are gorgeous Nicola, and perfectly imperfect is so much nicer that uniform perfection. The very best of luck with them xx

    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I’m a huge fan of imperfection!

  6. These look lovely Nicola, I really like the little lantern. Best of luck with your Etsy shop x

  7. They are lovely. Go for it. As I say quite a lot lately, “What’s the worst that can happen?:

    1. Thank you, and I am totally going by that. Nothing to lose 🙂

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