Friday, 29 February 2008
Knowing my swap partner is a keen and talented softee maker and knowing she does so with bare hands, rather than machine, made me think she may like a pin cushion. So voila!
I used the pattern from last months issue of Knit Today and although I had a bit of a wrestle with the top icing, due to the stuffing, which led to a few stitches being looser than I would have liked, I'm fairly chuffed with it. Well I was until darling husband said it reminded him of a breast!
I crocheted a bag to put it in with some stash wool and bought a metre of ribbon from the local market to top it off with. Hope you like it GM!
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
Everyone needs a little me time, a little self indulgence. Crafting is no exception because though you love to craft it isn’t always something for you. Its something to sell, a gift to make for a friend, another thing for the kids. When was the last time you actually sat down and made something just for you? Made something for the sheer joy of your chosen craft ?
The challenge is to put on your favourite cd, sit in the middle of your crafting space, and see what the music inspire you to do. Go on be selfish and make something for you and you alone.
A Sense of Spring
Inspired by the little yellow flower I found while walking today I want you to create something inspired by the colour and essence of spring. It can be anything you like, any colour, but it must be your interpretation of spring. I know we have all been busy doing the Easter swap, but I want this to be more than chocolate bunnies, and coloured Easter eggs. This about all the things that mean spring to you, daffodils, and new born lambs, laundry snapping on the line, walks in the woods, the fresh green of new leaves and grasses. Blue skies, and bright sunshine.
as always this challenge is about fun, so please have fun with it.
Monday, 25 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
I've given you all an award here (just realised that seems to include giving an award to myself, which isn't quite what I'd intended - am not quite that self-congratulatory - I swear!)
The Award originally came from
Arte Y Pico's Blog
The Award rules are:
* Post the award on your own blog.(Post who gave it to you) - so I've done this bit
*Indicate its original link and link to that site. (Arte Y Pico from Uruguay) - and this bit
*Give the award to 5 other blogs that you enjoy, find creative and inspire you - now you guys need to nominate some inspiring blogs for us all to enjoy...
feel free to put this on your own blogs, as long as you follow the rules above
I am so glad I found the MN craft forum - it's the bees knees, the cats pyjamas and a daily inspiration...
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Today I received my swap from Miaou. It came wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon.
Upon opening I found .....
A gorgeous little purple knitted bag that closes with a drawstring. It's been knitted in the round (I think it's called that!!) and has a spiralling pattern.
Inside was a little bag of chocolates - yum yum.
Thank you Jill - It's lovely xx
Thursday, 21 February 2008
I made a needle book from some old felted sweaters
better than spending a tenner at Cath Kidston and something I've always wanted
I love the little bow at the back - I was aiming for a kind of vintage lingerie look and by jove I think I've got it!
I made this little lady last night with the fabric I bought from a shop I had totally forgot about (thanks to my hubby for reminding me).
Madison has a party on Saturday so this is going to be her present. I just hope she likes it as much as I enjoyed making her.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Sunday, 17 February 2008
The bracelet is Smokey Quartz and silver and the necklace is Garnet and Carnelian. Its actually really relaxing to do. All I need now is for someone to volunteer to take the mini beasts for the day so I can spend some real time doing it.
I've also submitted the photo I took of the candy cables to the Guardian newspaper. They're doing a section called "In pictures" and they change the theme of it. The next theme they have asked for is "symmetry". I think the prize is some sort of camera. So fingers crossed!
Friday, 15 February 2008
Thursday, 14 February 2008
I took them apart and managed to make a few bits & bobs. I had to add a few seed beads and a couple of other beads & earwires - but here's what I came up with.
The orange beads are acrylic and quite kitsch but I rather like them & have used them in some funky earrings and a key fob.
The toggles I will definately use in the future, probably on bracelets as they are lovely and chunky.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
Recycle - Reuse - Re-craft
This week’s challenge is to do some craft recycling!
We all have excess bits of crafting materials at home, that seem to multiply so lets put those bits to good use. Repaint and old canvas, turn curtains into clothes, clothes into dolls.
Alternatively have a rummage around your local thrift/charity shop and turn something unwanted and shabby into something crafty and chic. Pilfer the car boot box, Fight off the spiders lurking in the attic. Ask friends or family if they have any fabric, frames, junk jewellery, flower pots, floor tiles, anything you can get crafty with.
A Few Ideas:
Felt an old woollen jumper, or unpick it wash the yarn and knit something new.
Find an old wooden picture frame, sand it down and paint it and frame a painting, a drawing, scraps of fabric, etc.
Recycle old beaded jewellery from something old and unworn into a newer more contemporary piece.
Recycle old jeans into toys, wallets, ornaments.
Recycle magazine or newspaper or old fabric into card craft.
Paint old pine furniture, or boxes.
I want before and after pictures of your recycled crafts. And no cheating and buying new!
Most of all have fun and Recycle, Reuse and Re-craft.
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Monday, 11 February 2008
I also started playing with blue beads today for the Challenge, but ended up dismantling things. Hopefully I will be more inspired tomorrow. I seem to have the ideas but when I sit down & try and actually put the ideas into practice, it ends up being 'not quite right'. Anyway, I have sold my purple multi strand necklace to a friend and with the proceeds I have ordered some more beads to make a couple more in different colours & my mum might also get one for Mothers Day!
these are my second and third attempt at something blue, the first went a bit titanic on me and I'll not go into it. I quite like the hair bobble and may do some more with a few large beads I have and refine the technique a little bit.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
meridian <-------> Nbg
Whizzz <-------> jeangenie
Dingle <-------> Champs
GingerMonkey <-------> rantinghousewife
GreebosWhiskers <-------> Dior
JackBlackRoadie <-------> VintageViolet
Fubsy <-------> Tillyboo
Dizzyday07 <-------> Miaou
I assigned everyone a number alphabetically & made dh call out pairs (took a while amid the cracks about being like the Scottish cup draw, when are the fixtures being played etc :0/). I'll try to get partners' contact details emailed out over the next few days but I think we're pretty much all HERE on the blog anyway aren't we?
Happy crafting :0)
ETA :- have updated to include poor Dior (sorry sorry sorry) who I got confused with WWB who isn't even signed up for this one . . .oh dear.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Friday, 8 February 2008
vintage condition,unwashed straight from the button box(some crazing etc)
browns/beiges x 50 £1.50
beiges/taupes x 50 " "
grey x 50 "
black x 50 "
white x 50 "
pearly white x 50 " "
yellow x 25 £1.00
red x 25 £1.00
green x 25 £1.00
blue x 25 £1.00
vintage white linen(grubby) x 50 £2.00
vintage m.o.p. x 50 £3.50
many more styles available!!!! please feel free to email me for more infomation at
Thursday, 7 February 2008
it's a card that allowed me to play with my pinking shears and my latest favourite vice of sewing fabric to card (when it's not milk cartons!). The fabric is from a pair of cotton pyjama bottoms that I bought from Primark in the largest size they had just so I could get as much fabric as possible to cut up. Primark pyjama bottoms, my top tip...
Blue Sky, Blue sea-side top, blue bucket, blue spade ....
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
As part of the Blue challenge, set by Meridian (and as a reward for making the horrible tablecloth for my friend - no you can't see pictures of my wonky sewing) I have made this little lady. She's not actually finished, her legs are pinned on not sewn yet (I'm going to have some lunch first, ok?). She has blue needlecord for a dress, blue legs, and a lovely blue flower embroidered onto a button (not by me, I might add, that's be pushing the boat out a little too far!)
So there you go. Bluebell? Seems a fitting name.
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
I've been working away here but have nothing to show for it 'cos I forgot to get pics taken before I sent everything out (oops).
Still, I've managed 2 and a half pairs of crocheted lace-up fingerless gloves (my own new design & I still have a pair here so will hopefully get pics), a crocheted heart-shaped coaster for my mum, a granny square for Thom's afghan on Rav, a teacup cosy for a swap (again on Rav) & now I'm halfway through a scarf for FIL's 70th birthday this week. I hope he'll like it but I suspect he'll like the special edition Ardbeg single malt he's getting along with it a little more :0)
Monday, 4 February 2008
Saturday, 2 February 2008
mother of pearl
today i've got involved in a silly "discussion" about selling our surplus craft supplies on the arts & crafts section - so i vote that we sell our stuff on here instead - is that ok with everyone?
i have sucessfully sold several bags of vintage buttons and would like to continue - i also have beads - ribbons - cotton lace and probably fabrics too if only i could clear a path to to cupboard!!!!!