Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Can't Believe It !!!........

 Morning all, hope you are all well and happy.

The Headline ????? It's the last day of January already!!!!! where has that month gone?????

Glad to say that I had a good journey to and from Oxford yesterday, whilst taking my son back home. No traffic to speak of, and did each journey in less than 2 hours !!!

Bad news is that my husband has at long last got that cold that has been doing the rounds since before Christmas. I just hope I don't get it again. I'm looking after the patient well, dosing him up with medicine at every opportunity, and keeping the kettle boiling for hot drinks !!

Did another candle ready for craft fairs. This art deco image i found on google. I print it on cheap copier paper, not tissue paper, and works just as well. I've added some glitter glue on top of the image. Tried to add to the candle direct, but didn't seem to want to stick (unless I didn't leave it long enough before touching LOL !!) 
Enjoy your day, and I'll see you next month LOL !! x

Monday, 30 January 2017

Nellie the Elephant.......

 Morning all, sorry I've been absent for a few days. It was my mum's 80th birthday on Friday, and at the weekend my brothers and their families came over for a little celebration tea at my house, plus my eldest son has been home so wasn't easy to get into the craft room.

Anyway, I managed to knit this lovey elephant. Pattern by "knittingbypost". She is supposed to be a PJ case, but I've stuffed the body part, so she is just laying down. The pattern didn't have a tail included, but I will add one later.
Taking my eldest back to Oxford today, so will try and get around to checking all your blogs later tonight.

Bye for now. x

Thursday, 26 January 2017

"How Much is That Doggie In The Window????"

 Morning all, I'm still busy making soft toys to sell. Here is a lovely crochet dog.....with extra large paws!!! 
 Easy pattern to follow, crocheted in the rounds, so no sewing seams afterwards. 
 ...You can see how big his paws are in this photo....

.....but who can resist that smile ???

Have a good day. x

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Pop Up Card....Female....

Morning all, another pop-up card for my craft fairs. Today a female card.

 Again, I kept the design simple that would suit everyone. 

With my craft fairs, I received a comment about Public Liability Insurance. Yes, you do need to have that now. Luckily, I was able to do a joint cover with my friend, whom I do the craft fairs with, which saved some money, but still an expense to take into account.

Thanks for all your comments, I love to receive them and read your thoughts. 

Bye for now. x

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pop Up Cards.....

 Morning all, hope you are all well & happy and enjoying your weekend so far.

I've started booking some craft fairs for this year, and although "normal" cards don't really sell (as there's too much competition) I thought I would make a few pop up cards, as they are different and easy to make. 
 This is the first one (be warned ....loads of more blogs coming up!!!).
It's for a male, but I haven't made it any particular age group. I decided to put a section on the front and keep it blank, then I can add a peel off age if someone wants one on the day.
I'm also in the process of making more candles to loads of other please keep popping by !!!

Have a good day and I will see you all very soon. x

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Mum's 80th Birthday Card......

Morning all, well I've sort of finished Mum's birthday card. I'm happy with the front, but as yet, haven't done a message piece inside. It's a Big A4 card. I divided the card roughly in half, and on the top half drew and then cut out the 80. I've then added acetate to the top half, to strengthen. Added backing paper and loads of gems, as well as, the wording and flowers on the front. I covered the insides with the same backing paper. Now just need to decide on the wording for inside the card.......

.......on well, I do have a week to make my mind up.

Now for an apology from me. I'm very, very sorry, but I've completely forgotten to do my entry for this month's Movingalongwiththetimes challenge.
Please pop over to the MAWTT to see the other DT entries. 

Must get myself more organised for next month. x

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Something A Little Different.....

Morning all, something a bit different from Knitting or crochet LOL !!

It's my mum's 80th birthday on the 27th. My two brothers and I have put together an album of her life from meeting my dad, getting married and having children, right up to today when she has 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. We've included all photos of the numerous dogs that my parents have had throughout their marriage. It was really lovely to look back at all the old photos. My dad was in the Navy, and there are loads of photos of him sporting a beard ( looks just like my youngest son did when he had a bushy beard recently).

As a birthday treat, we have clubbed together to arrange for her to feed the penguins at the zoo. Along with penguins, mum has always loved Elvis. I found this image on google and have melted it into a candle for her birthday.

This technique is so easy to do, but makes a simple, plain candle look so much more. 

I'm working on her birthday card at the moment.......keep changing my mind, as to what I want to do..... keep looking in for the end result....(hopefully before her birthday !!).

Bye for now. x

Monday, 16 January 2017

Back to Crocheted Owl Keyrings.....

Morning all, a quick blog today, just done another owl keyring to sell at my craft fairs. They sold really well last year. I think I sold at least one at each craft fair, so I will definitely be making more of these. They only take up a small amount of wool and stuffing, so cheap to make. I've ordered some more keyring chains from ebay. (coming from cheap as chips !).

This year I've decided to make a more detailed list of how much materials cost to make each item. Then when I've sold them I can get a clearer picture of the true profit. I don't take into account my time, as I really enjoy making that's still my hobby to me.

Thanks for stopping by, lovely to know you are all out there. x

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Owl Easter Toy......

Morning all, hope your weekend is going great so far. I'm pleased to say we didn't have anymore snow here in this part of Kent, and what we did have is starting to disappear.

Have been in doors nearly everyday last week, with no energy or enthusiasm to go out or do anything much.....must be this time of year....

However, I have had the energy to knit this egg bearing owl. He's a knitting pattern from "knittingbypost". They have some lovely patterns, that I've been looking at (and maybe ordering a few LOL !!), and are easy and straightforward to knit.

Like the Easter chick I did a little while ago, the wings hold a cadbury's cream egg (other brands are available !!).

Luckily for me, the men in my house don't often venture into my craft room, so these eggs will stay in place until sold........

......unless the dog spot's them, then I have one sick dog !!!

Enjoy your day - roast beef today for us. x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Another Camper Van Cushion....this time for the craft fairs........

Morning all, well here we are again the start of the weekend.

Hope you are all well & warm.

I've shown these camper van cushions before, as I've made a few now. When I made one for my friend's Christmas present, I had enough of the colours to do another one, just had to buy some more background wool. Worked out a cheap cushion to make, as the wool was on offer 3 for 2 - bargain!! 

This time, I didn't knit the grey circles, but instead, just cut grey circles of felt and sewed them on afterwards. I think it looks a lot neater circle. The photograph looks like the camper van is doing a wheelie, but it's just where I've placed it on the floor. 

Will have to see if it sells.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and see you again soon. x

Friday, 13 January 2017

"I've a Little Fishy, On a Little Dishy".....

Morning all, well it's Friday 13th Today.......don't know whether to brave it and go out, or stay indoors all day keeping warm.......tough decision. 

Here's a little fish that I've just completed. He's meant to knitted in chunky wool to be a cushion, but I've done him in Double Knit wool. He still measures 14 x 10 inches tail to nose, and fin to fin, so could be a small cushion or a toy.

How many of you completed the lyrics of the heading in a geordie accent "when the boat comes in" LOL !!!!

Have a good weekend.....not sure how it's going to be weather wise, but if you're snowed in, what better way to spend the day than crafting !!!

Bye for now x

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Just The One Sock?????......

 Morning all, hope you are all well & happy. 

No, I've not been asked to knit a sock for a one legged woman LOL !!! Him indoors has asked me to knit him some socks to wear with his fishing boots !!

Once I had found a pattern for long men's socks, I said to him that I would do a trail run with this wool, just to see how it turns out size wise.

It fits ok, although he would like them to be slightly wider to go over his trousers and the ribbed cuff bit to be longer........oh and also he doesn't want pink, but grey wool. I don't know men can be so fussy LOL !!!
So I will buy some thicker dk in grey and knit them on slightly larger needles to accommodate all his demands......

......if he's lucky I might even knit him a pair LOL !!!!

Have a good day. Hope the snow doesn't settle if you get any, and keep warm. x

Monday, 9 January 2017

"J" For Janet.......

 Morning all......yes I know this looks familiar LOL !!! It's my friends birthday the very next day to her daugthers !!!

Making the "J" was a little more tricky, but managed ok. Added green and cream daisies to the "J". Inside I've again used Phil Martin word dies.
I wont continue doing the same for everyone's birthday ....I promise !! , but I do think they look original.....what do you think????

Enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 8 January 2017

"N" For Nicola.......

Morning all, at long last I'm back to making cards....I seem to have been knitting for quite a while now, so It's nice to get back in the swing of things.

This card, I've made for my friend's daughter. I decide just to do her initial. Being a "N" it was quite easy to cut out. I added a layer of acetate between the front layers to add a bit of strength.

You can't see from the photo, but I added little pink gems in the centre of the flowers on the paper. Phil Martin's word dies. 

The photo isn't very bright.....a bit of a dull day here in Kent.

Enjoy your Sunday Roast today.....lamb for us. x

Friday, 6 January 2017

Easter Chick......

 Morning all, well here we are Friday....and the first week almost over already LOL !!!

I've done this Easter chick ready for the craft fairs. The pattern is from "knitting by post".
A lovely chick holding her "eggs" in her wings. I'll have to hide these from the men in my house, otherwise she'll have empty wings syndrome LOL !!

 The Side View......
....and the view from above.

Enjoy your weekend. xx

Thursday, 5 January 2017


 Morning all, hope you are all well and happy.

Here is today's blog. 

I've knitted these dinosaurs for a little boy who will be 2 on Saturday. I don't know what it is about dinosaurs that children love, but I can remember knitting these for my two boys!! My sons loved dinosaurs and could name a lot of them...even pronouncing them correctly ( mind you everything else they said was a lot of mumbo jumbo LOL !!)

These patterns were from Jean Greenhowe (booklet 199).

And now confession time ?

I had to buy a birthday card for him with a dinosaur on - as believe it or not - I didn't have any dies, papers or toppers with a dinosaur on !!! Can't quite believe it myself. I must have hundreds of dies and shelves full of papers, toppers etc- but no dinosaurs.....

......what's missing from your collections?????

Have a great day, and thanks for all your warm welcoming back and well wishes. It's lovely to hear from you all again. x

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Roll On Spring........

Morning all, for those of you who are back at work today....never's a short week !!!

Now I know we've only just started a new year, but my thoughts always turn to spring and summer during these first couple of months. The weather is normally miserable....the garden is a boggy mess......and "him indoors" is getting under my feet because he's bored LOL !!!!

So I decided to knit this cute lamb. The pattern is from Sirdar. I have to say it wasn't difficult to knit....but was difficult to sew up !! The instructions were not clear at all. I contacted Sirdar direct to see if they had a diagram on how to sew up. They emailed me back stating that if I wanted to I could send the pieces to them and they would sew up for me. I thanked them, but said no thanks as that wouldn't help me if a ever wanted to knit another one. So I persevered, and finally (with a little alteration) managed to sew up into a reasonable lamb shape.
He's quite large (17 inches long x 10 inches high) and I will put him on my craft stall next time.

Have a good day. x

Monday, 2 January 2017

A Start Of A New Year.......

Morning all, hope you enjoyed the celebrations of seeing the new year in. We didn't exactly stay up, but were reading in bed still when we heard all the fireworks going off. So Happy New Year to you all xx

Well, I've decided to do some more craft fairs this year, and was trying to think of something different to sell. I happened across a magazine that I bought in December, but had not really looked at (you know what it's like !!) and I saw these little clown fishes. I've decided to make them into key-rings.

My crochet owl key-rings were very popular, so I will be making more of those later on.
 I've just made 4 ......oh, and one for my husband, who wants to hang it from his fishing rod rests......let's hope it's a good luck charm for him !!
I thought that the finding nemo / finding dory films are still popular with children, so hopefully will sell.

I'm looking at other things to knit / sew / create......any ideas would be welcome.

Enjoy the bank holiday. xx