Monday, 20 November 2017

Can you see a pattern forming?

The internet decided to flip over to Norman Collier mode this weekend so all my plans for tag-making and listing in my Folksy shop were scuppered.  
Finally managed to get some new tags listed this morning...
Pack of 10 Heart Shaped Gift TagsPack of 10 Heart Shaped Gift or Wish Tree TagsPack of 15 Heart Shaped Gift or Wish Tree TagsPack of 8 Silver Sparkling Heart Gift TagsPack of 5 Tiny Bear Face Gift TagsPack of 8 Birdcage and Bird Gift TagsPack of 8 Cat in Scarf Button Gift Tags
Fingers crossed the internet keeps working now 🤞.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Heading back to Blogland

Ten months of nothing and now a foray back into the land of Blog.

Let's start gently with some tag making...

Pack of 6 Christmas Reindeer Button Gift TagsPack of 6 Christmas Tree Button Gift TagsPack of 6 Christmas Cat in Scarf Button Gift Tags

and see how things progress ♥

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tiny teddy bears in tiny tatty tins

I made these tiny little felt bears using a blanket stitch around the edge and tiny little French knots for the eyes with teeny stitches for the nose.

 I lined each little mint tin with fabric and covered the top with a  bolder pattern, edging with a ruffled paper ribbon and decorating with a wooden button.

Finish off the inside with a dinky crochet granny square blanket and this little travelling companion is good to go 🙂

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Shell Pattern Baby Blanket

Another baby blanket pattern.  I tried this shell pattern on a recent blanket but it just doesn't have the right amount of squish for a baby in my opinion.  It looks pretty enough but I don't think I'll be using this pattern again.  I'll stick with my original soft and sumptuous pattern for now.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Crochet Flip Flop Baby Sandals

A friend recently asked me if I could crochet a pair of flipflop sandals for a 6 month old baby so I spent an afternoon trying to find a pattern I could get started with straight away.
Unsuccessful on the finding front I had a go at creating my own pattern which, in turn, created these little beauties...

...I love them!!!
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Monday, 4 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Wow, 2016!
I was somewhat sporadic with my blogging last year - I missed November and December completely :/
So here is a little catch up on some of my handmade Christmas gifts for people...

For my gorgeous Fairy Goddaughter's twins:

My own take on selection boxes (okay - selection sacks )...

and my hand decorated glass jars of homemade mince pies, oaty biscuits and Rocky Road...

. ...♥... .

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Further adventures with the Loom of Doom :/

When I look back I can't quite believe the trauma I initially experienced with my pom-pom blanket was only March of this year (read the original post here). I did eventually finish the weaving and began knotting the cross-overs together...
unfortunately this took a lot longer than I thought it would as I had to take big big breaks to allow my blistered fingers to heal...

 but the back looked nice and neat when I finally finished tying the very last knot...

and then the snipping could begin...

oh boy, not even that was relaxing or therapeutic :/

I think by this stage I was so fraught with anguish I just wanted the dang thing finished!
When I snipped it off the frame I finally got some pleasure in this project - I smashed the frame to bits to discourage any thought of ever EVER attempting to carry out another pom-pom project!

This has been an intense project and my admiration goes to all those who make these blankets - you are brave people!  But in all of this (and the final stages when my sister helped with the last snippy bits) I persevered and finished it.  There have been other projects that have been easier and more enjoyable but never made it to fruition so I am, at least, glad I stuck with it.
So here it is, my finished pom-pom blanket:

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Remember this...?

My Summer project back in 2011 was to strip down my very old dresser (you can see the original post HERE).  I did strip the bottom back to the bare wood, sand it and wax it but the shelves only ever got a basic strip.  The strange gothicness of the dark wood with the last of the paint clinging in a thin layer appealed to me and when I tried it on the base I never took it down again.  My intention was to have beautiful plates, jugs and china on display but a couple of jars of buttons crept in and before I knew it my dresser had become a button shop! (It's not actually a shop, but I do feel like I'm at a buttony pick 'n' mix when I'm looking for the right button :D)
So here is how it looks now...

I did manage to get some pretty pots on though :D
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On a separate catch up...
Remember this little set of drawers?  Well here is how they look now...
I painted them in an off-white emulsion

then used scrapbooking papers to decorate the drawer fronts

They still house our pens and pencils but in a much prettier way now.
. ...♥... .