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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

I heart Crochet

I've really enjoyed making my wreaths for Christmas so thought I'd try a different shape. I bought some hearts, did some crochet, added some ribbon and a tiny bell.

 It's smaller than my circular wreaths, but still a nice size to hang on the wall on as a decoration.

 Wonder what other shapes I can crochet around...  maybe I'm a yarn bomber in the making... no, too cold out there!

When I was tidying up my craft storage area (aka the dining room) I came across some sweet bird fabric. I'm not sure what the original plan for it was, if any, but thought it would look cute as part of a little owl.

They are rather sweet little birds aren't they. I thought they would be a bit overpowering on the front though, so used it for the back and the wings.

I have a basket with lots of felt pieces that need some attention, so I think I may spend this evening sewing something feltie!

Take care

Friday, 22 November 2013

A little more Christmas and a Bunny.

It always seems like there're weeks to pass until Christmas, then before we know it, it's just a couple and I still have lists of things to do. Oh how I wish I could be more organised, maybe that should be my thing to work on next year.

I'm trying to keep a bit more on top of things and last night made a little something for Imogen's stocking, and here's another Christmas wreath.

Not such traditional colours this time. I really like it, especially the big pom poms. I enjoy making them as it's easy to whip up without thinking about it too much!

 I have to show you my new little bunny rabbit.

 It's just so sweet (perhaps because it's really meant for a child) and sits on my hearth.

In an evening when the lamps are turned on, flames put on the fire and candles lit, he sits and glows.

Adding to the cosy feeling in these cold winter evenings.

Have a lovely weekend, keep nice and warm.

Take care

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Felt like trying...

Oh dear, I'm getting worse, I'm sorry. It was a bit too good to resist!

I've seen so many beautiful felted things, applique and 3d gorgeous things. I have a small amount of roving and needle, but just hadn't got around to trying it yet, I think I was a bit worried about not doing it right - the greatest reason ever not to try something... grrr...

I was feeling a bit off colour yesterday so darling husband bought me a little felting kit, a wee birdie (he knows I love birds). I set to with needle and roving, everything was supplied in the kit

It all fitted on a tray on my lap, so I could stay wrapped up on the sofa to keep warm

 It wasn't without it's dangers and craft related injuries soon appeared

 There are tiny barbs on the felting needle, so a bit ouchie when I stabbed myself, especially the fourth time, yes it took 4 times to learn my lesson...

It was very repetitive and took quite a while, but as with anything repetitive, it was also therapeutic.

making a wing

It just took some patience, but I found it rewarding watching the wool change from something loose to a firm shaped object.

My birdie

Not perfect, but I'm happy with how it turned out and amazed at the process and how the change happened.

I'm looking forward to trying something else.

Take care

Sunday, 17 November 2013

My New House

How exciting is that!

It's a small cottage with a kitchen, a sitting room and a bedroom in the attic. Come and have a look around with me.

I love these bells

It even comes with it's own wine supply

Perhaps I should show you from the outside

I had a dolls house when I was a little girl, and Imogen has a lovely one that has migrated downstairs into our dining room. I didn't intend to buy this one, but it was so so cheap that it seemed wrong not to! I've never done up a dolls house, but I can feel my crafty senses tingling.

There's even a broom above the door

I'd like to make it into an old fashioned cottage. It already has a couple of gorgeous bits and pieces in it, my favourite being the bird cage.

The letter rack on the wall.... loving it...

Loving the fireplace too.

I think it's a project I'll save for next year, I really don't think I can justify spending the time on it this side of Christmas and it gives me time to think about what I can do... where to start... and it looks very nice in the conservatory.

I'm quite excited about it, I certainly wouldn't have gone out to buy a dolls house, so I think I'm also very lucky.

Please share any dolls house ideas or experience you have and I'd love to see photos of anyone else's house.

Take care

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Staggeringly Beautiful

Should I apologise for that title, oops, I couldn't resist it!

I am very excited about this though

I do rather like stag heads, and had my beady eye on a lovely wooden one for the conservatory last year, but was unfortunately vetoed by my hubby as he really doesn't like them.

Then he saw this little one, actually a Christmas decoration, and swooped it up for me. I love it and he sits proudly above my door so every time I lift my head up I see him and smile, even Andy is growing to like him!

I've been busy crocheting a new wreath for Christmas. A nice simple one with just a bit of Christmas ribbon.

I should be making more for Christmas, I'm starting to feel a bit overwhelmed by how many things I should be doing. I have started a hat, but I'm not sure yet if I'm going to like it, have to see how it goes.

I did have a moment of extravagance the other day... it was a special offer, end of line. There wasn't much left and it looked a bit lonely, so home with me it came.

Not sure yet what it's purpose will be

Something warm and cosy.

Take care

Monday, 4 November 2013

Lil Owls and Book Review

Congratulations to my giveaway winners. Hannapat, I need your address if you could email me.

I've been making lots of smaller bits and pieces at the moment. Here are my little owls looking all cute and cheeky playing peek a boo.

Hiding behind the toadstools, another excuse to play with and use buttons

The colours are nice cheerful colours on this cold day

As well as being busy with the hooks I've been trying to snatch the odd moment to read my book (they tend to stay on my bedside cabinet and just picked up at bedtime).

My latest read was The Twins by Saskia Sarginson

The story revolves around twins, Viola and Issy. The story was told through each twin's flashbacks, not one of my favourite ways to hear a story. It wasn't up there in my top ten, but did intrigue me. Worth giving a go, though I felt took a bit of persevering at times.

Anyway, if you read it, let me know what you think.

Take care

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Giveaway Winners

My book giveaway ended on Thursday night, thank you to everyone who entered. My helper Imogen did two draws, one for each book.

The winner of the Hip Crochet book is Hannapat from Cosmos and Cotton.

The winner of the Hairy Dieters book is Amy at Love Made my Home

Congratulations to you both, can you please email me your addresses so I can dispatch hubby to the post office with your books please :)

It's been fun to do a giveaway, so I'll not leave it too long before I do another one.

Take care