Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Herd Of Reindeer.......

Morning all, a little late with the blog today.....I've been a busy girl LOL !!

Here is an order that I've just completed. A friend wanted 5 reindeers....all different for Christmas gifts.  They are relatively easy to knit ...but still takes time to do. I must admit when I was on the 5th one I'd had enough of knitting them.

My friend would also like an initial put on each one, which I haven't done yet, as wanted to show them like this.

I've had a busy past week of craft fairs, doing them Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The beginning of them were great. Did really well Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Less Saturday and almost nothing on Sunday. The Sunday one was supposed to be a Christmas market, but there were a lot of tables selling jumble. I think it either put people off coming in, or if they came in they weren't willing to pay full price for my or other stall holders items. 

Nothing now until Friday. Then I've got Saturday and Sunday too. 

I was lucky in that last Sunday my lovely son and his girlfriend cooked Sunday lunch for me and it was ready when I got in.

......I might push my luck and ask them to do the same this weekend !!!!!!

I've started my next order so might not be around for a few days.

Have a good week and hope to see you soon xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Feeling a Little Blue !!!!!

Morning all, the title doesn't describe my mood....I'm very happy, although extremely busy at the moment.  I knitted this reindeer from a free kit in a magazine, and although I wasn't going to knit him in these colours, in the end i decided why not?. I must admit he would probably look good in browns and beige, but he will go on my stall tonight. 

I forgot to update yesterdays blog with the results of Mondays craft fair. Pleased to say i sold quite a few things, and took a couple of orders too. A lot of the people there, will be at the Christmas Market tonight, as it's being held in the same place, so I'm expecting to sell more ......fingers crossed !!

The local florist that kindly asked me to supply a few items, has sold a Christmas cushion, and taken an order for another one!! I'm going to have to knit and crochet at supersonic speed to complete all for Christmas LOL !!

Must dash now....needles wont wait for no woman !! x

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Bauble Sweets......

 Morning all, last of the sweetie makes for Christmas. These plastic baubles are smaller than the ones I made for pets, at only 6 cm in diameter. I've filled these with sweets ranging from smarties, dolly mixtures, fruit drops, skittles, etc. 
 I used a glue gun to stick the poinsettia flower on either side of the ribbon. 

Yesterday's craft fair was

Next one is Wednesday Evening - which is advertised as a Christmas Market...fingers crossed for me !!


Monday, 6 November 2017

More Gifts....... !!!

 Morning all, it's back to school for all now....that means it's only about 6 weeks until Christmas !!!!

Another quick idea for a gift. I bought a set of 3 plastic Christmas mugs and have filled them up with sweets and wrapped individually for a quick and easy gift.

I'm doing a craft fair this morning, so will report back on how it goes tomorrow.

Bye for now. x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Santa's Trousers.......!!!!

Morning all.

A quick blog today, showing another make for the craft fairs. I bought these santa trousers on-line during the summer, with a few of making them into something fantastic........couldn't think of anything fantastic to do, so decided to just fill them up with sweets for a different selection box. I've wrapped them in Christmas celophane for more of a gift.  Cheap and cheerful gift - that are great for kids.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Christmas Gifts......For Pets.....!!

 Morning all, weekend here at last !! Hope you've had a good week so far. I'm still beavering away in the craft room, trying to finish things ready for the Christmas rush !!!!

I had bought these large plastic fillable baubles last year, and have never used them. I came across them, whilst looking for something else, as you do LOL !!, and decided to make them for pets. I've filled one half with dog/cat treats and the other side with a gift for the owners. The cat one has a catnip toy and a keyring, and the dog one has a light up keyring. I found an image on goggle of a dog and cat paw, which I printed out and laminated. Then added it to the bauble.
I've only made 3 of each of these at the moment to see how they go,but I've still got a few more baubles - just in case !

More things to show over the next few please pop by if you have the time. x

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Something New....For Sale......

 Morning all, hope you are all well and happy and maybe, thinking about Christmas??????

I've been busy making these little gift sets. I bought the wooden crates as unmade, unpainted. Got Hubby to glue them together, as he had some wood glue in his shed. Then I painted and decorated them, in Christmas papers.  I decided to make a co-ordinating set of a notepad and cracker. 

 Here you can see the contents. I've added a co-ordinating pen, balloon, party popper, some sweets and a candy cane.

 The cracker contains a celebration chocolate. The sweets are jelly beans or smarties.

 I've made 15 in total ready for my Christmas craft fairs that start next week (I've got 4 next week !!). I just need to finish off the tops and make a gift card to attach.
Busy making more things and have started some more batch cards, but not completed yet, so will show asap.

Bye for now. x

Monday, 30 October 2017

Finished At Last !!!......

Morning all, hope you all had a good weekend, and that your week is going great so far.

I've at long last finished making 25 finger puppets. Everyone different. I made up quite a few of the designs in the end, and overall, am pleased with the results. 

  Set 1:- frog, pig, hedgehog, fox and owl ( i designed frog and pig)
 Set 2 :- dad, mum, baby, granddad and grandmother (i designed baby and grandparents - not too happy with baby - it should look like it's wearing a nappy with a nappy pin on !!)

 Set 3:- Father Christmas, snowman, penguin, white rabbit and reindeer (I designed them all apart from rabbit)
 Set 4:- lion, tiger, clown, dog and elephant (i designed clown, tiger and dog)
and finally set 5:- unicorn, octopus, pirate, witch and soldier ( i designed all apart from octopus). Not sure about unicorn !!

Will be giving to customer next week.....I hope she likes them !!

Bye for now. x

Friday, 27 October 2017

Hooray.....It's Friday !!!!!

Morning all "TGIF" LOL !!! It seems to have been a long week somehow, not sure why.

Here are some more finger puppets.......hope you're not fed up with them, as there's loads more to see LOL !!!!

The hedgehog and owl came from a pattern, but the frog I designed myself, and must say I'm really pleased with him.....even hubby knew what it was when I showed him LOL !!

This afternoon, hubby and I are going with my youngest to view his (hopefully) new house. Will be going with his girlfriend, and meeting her parents there. This will be the first time that we will have met her parents, so should be a happy occasion, will let you know how it goes !!

Haven't got any more craft fairs now until 6th have got time to get a load more things done.....

Have a good weekend. x

Thursday, 26 October 2017

More Finger Puppets.....

Morning all - more finger puppets, this time knitted and people, rather than animals. Again relatively simple to do. 

Hope you're not going to get bored looking at these.

For a change of viewing, pop over to MAWTT Challenge, to see the DT entries. The challenge is "add a charm". Unfortunately, I've been too busy to enter this month, but will be back next month.

Bye for now. x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Finger Puppets......

Morning all, half way through the week now. Hope you are all well & happy.

I've been asked to do 25 finger puppets !!

These are the first 3 LOL !! A lion, elephant and fox. I've used a pattern to do these and they are relatively easy to make, if a bit fiddly. I think I will try and come up with some of my own ideas to do other animals, that I don't have a pattern this space !!

Bye for now. x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Designer Jumper.......

Morning all. Another commission order today. I was asked to make a jumper for a little girl in purple sparkly wool with the initial "E" for Emily, which had to be in pink. This is what I have designed. I've laid this onto a white damp towel to "set" it and will give it a light press, just before I deliver it to the customer.

My youngest son and his girlfriend have been house-hunting recently and have just found a house and had their offer excepted !! Now the nail biting weeks of hoping it all goes through smoothly. When he first told me that they had found somewhere, my initial thought was "oh no empty nest syndrome" . I'm sure I will get use to him not being around.....I will certainly not miss the piles and piles of washing and ironing that I do LOL !!!

More orders to be shown tomorrow. x

Monday, 23 October 2017

Gosh....It's Been So Long !!!!.....

Morning all, sorry I've been absent for a while.....had a busy week last week, and didn't manage to do any posts. My eldest was home for the week, so the craft room was out of I had to concentrate on doing my orders. 

Finished this pink and white crochet bear. Same as the other two they I showed the week before. Will be giving these to the customer this week. 

Took my son back to Oxford on Thursday, and as usual M25 a nightmare- both ways !! Normally takes about 2 hours to drive to Oxford. It took an extra half hour on both journeys all due to M25......when there wasn't even any accidents !! I'm sure they slow the traffic down for no reason what so ever !!

Anyway, will have more makes to show you this week, so keep popping by. 

Bye for now x

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Halloween Tea-Lights......

Morning all, as promised here are some more Halloween makes. Really simple to do. They are just orange table tennis balls, stuck onto a battery operated tea-light!! I've drawn spooky faces on them, using a black sharpie pen. Then with an orange sharpie pen have drawn the lines of the pumpkin. 

Look really good in the dark !!

That's all for now.....see you again very soon. x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Christmas Stockings....the sequel !!!

Morning all, here is the second day of orders completed. When I had made 3 stockings for a customer and delivered them to her, I got another order for 2 more from a friend of hers. These are slightly different from the previous ones, as I bought the wool on line. 

I've also got another stocking to make for another customer, so I'm really glad that the pattern that I am using is really simple to follow !! Great to use chunky wool too as it knits up quickly.

Back to Halloween makes tomorrow, so please pop by if you can XX

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Crochet Teddies.....

 Morning all, hope your week is going great so far !!

Had a lovely time at the "cake and bake show" at Excel, London on Friday. Loads of fantastic display cakes with the theme of "great Britain". Only bought one cake thing - a star shape cookie cutter in various sizes to make a Christmas Tree, and some fudge !! Still enjoyed the day out.

I've not had any craft fairs to do until this Friday, but I've been busy catching up on orders that I've taken. Firstly, these two crochet bears for a friend, who has two seperate work colleagues that are going to grandparents. A boy and a girl (they all seem to want to know the sex of their child before it's born these days !!). I was already in the process of crocheting the white bear. My idea was to add a red ribbon for Christmas, but now I will add a pink ribbon instead !. So I then did the blue striped one.

 Same pattern for both, but look different  - how strange is that ?
More orders to show you tomorrow. 

Bye for now. x

Friday, 6 October 2017

More Spiders for Halloween......

Morning all, well already here we are the first week of October nearly over!!!!

Today, I'm going to Excel, London, for the "cake and bake show". Should be a good day out (not expecting to buy much - I hope LOL ) but it's nice to see what the latest things for sale. A spot of lunch too- will go down nicely !!

After the hectic craft fairs of last weekend, I'm not doing any until next Friday. So I've got a whole week to make more things !!!

On that note, here are some more pipe cleaner spiders.....this time attached to a pencil. Great for children to buy (as I only charge 50p per spider) with their pocket money.

I will be choosing the top 3 entries of the MAWTT challenge on Wednesday, so there's still time to enter. 

Have a good weekend. Let's hope the sun is shining and it's warm ! x

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Christmas Baubles..........

 Morning all , a quick blog today.

Here are some small knitted baubles that I've made. I had some small polystyrene balls that I had bought some time ago (I think it was well over a year LOL!!) that were just gathering dust, among all the other stuff that I've bought !! So I thought rather than use toy stuffing I would use these polystyrene balls. I did wrap a small amount of toy stuffing around the ball before sewing up just to make it feel softer.

I had the pattern for the reindeer ......

 ... and adapted it to make the snowman and robin.
See you all again soon. x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Halloween Spiders.......

Morning all, thanks for all your lovely comments recently, it's great to hear from you.

Here are some halloween spiders. So simple to make (good one to do with children) just cut 2 orange pipe cleaners in half, then twist together to create a "body". I used a glue gun and applied a layer of glue across the whole body piece. Once dried I turned it over and glued two googly eyes on the front.

The way some of them have formed almost looks like open mouths !!

See you soon. x

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Phew !!!!! What A Busy Weekend !!!!!....

Morning all, hope you are all well and happy and have slipped in October and the Autumnal days and nights without too much stress??

I've had a really busy weekend as, like I mentioned in my blog the other day, I have been doing craft fairs every day starting Friday.

Have to report back as having a very successful few days !! Took money at every event and also received orders for items. Also the lady that I had made the Christmas stockings for, liked them, and another lady who saw them has ordered 2 !!

It's such a boost when people like the things that you've made.

Extremely tired now that I'm back indoors, as I now have piles and piles of washing and ironing to do !! I think my lot decided to change bed linen and renew all their towels whilst I was out LOL !!

I was counting up how many craft fairs that I have done last year compare to this year....Last year did 24 craft fairs, and this year have done/and will do 66!!!!! No wonder I'm tired LOL !!

Oh well, can't sit around playing on the computer.....there's work to be done !!

Thanks for popping by and remember that there is still time to enter into the MAWTT Challenge ! x

Friday, 29 September 2017

He's A Small Reindeer .......

Morning all, hope you enjoyed the MAWTT Challenge yesterday?? 
There's plenty of time for you to enter the competition.

The other Sunday Aldi, were doing a craft special in their stores. I bought this crochet kit for £3.50. Everything was included, and the instructions (although small print) were easy to follow. It was done on a 3mm crochet hook, and some of the pieces were no larger than my little finger, which wasn't easy to do....when you're trying to get your largest finger into the piece LOL !!
Anyhow, it took me almost a week to do and I think he's adorable !! My husband even commented on his expression and said " you're not going to sell him are you?".  Of course......he will go on the stall when I start showing my Christmas bits......but I won't be too disappointed if he doesn't sell.

Talking of selling, I've got a busy weekend starting today. I'm doing the local market. Tomorrow I'm doing a MacMillan coffee morning for a community centre , Sunday I'm doing a craft fair at a local village, and then on Monday I'm back at the community centre for the monthly market!!! Haven't told my lot indoors that there'll be no cooking/cleaning/washing done yet......I guess they will work that out by the fact that I'm not there LOL !!

Will report back next week on how they went. 

Have a good weekend x

Thursday, 28 September 2017

MAWTT Challenge:- A Geometric Shape !!

 Morning all, It's the MAWTT Challenge today, and this time it's set by me!!

I thought I would challenge you to do a card with geometric shapes on. I goggled the definition to be sure I knew what one was LOL !!.

Google states "a geometric shape is anything that when rotated still remains the original shape ie: circle, square, triangle, hexagon, pentagon, and octagon etc"

So Here is the card that I've come up with !! 

A birthday card, consisting of octagons !!

Visit the MAWTT, and see the other DT entries.....or why not have a go yourself? Just for fun xx

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

My Halloween Makes.......

Morning all, hope you are well, as we start to head towards the weekend. 

My son's girlfriend is a school teacher, and has got her first cold of the school year....must be mixing with all those germy children LOL !!

I've been making a few Halloween bits and still had a couple of bits from last year. So I decided to put them all together to see if I've got enough for a table!!
This is the result !!

 As you can see there is quite a few bits..... from crackers and spiders......
 ..... to coffin boxes and pumpkins.......
 I'm doing the local market on I'll be showing these for the first time.

Don't forget to pop by tomorrow for the MAWTT Challenge....which this time is set by me !!

Have a great day. x

Friday, 22 September 2017

Coffin Boxes........

 Morning all, Friday here again.

I bought the die from Tonic for these coffin boxes. I spent yesterday cutting them out and decorating. The skeleton on the front is not part of the Tonic set, but one that I had recently bought from China. The skeleton die in the Tonic set, comprised of lots of dies that you make the skeleton up with, and as I was making a few, decided my other die would be quicker. Lots of elements in this die set....well worth the money.
 Below are the coffin boxes that I made up myself last year, without the aid of a die......just as good (but not quite !!).
The decorating is now finished (hooray), and the house is looking good. Just got to clean everywhere and bring back all the accessories that have been in boxes in the garage. 

Have a good weekend. x