Dear all Sorry for the delay in putting this post online but I’ve been waiting for some good weather to take photos of my finished bag (and unfortunately we’ve had a lot of rain). So here it is ta-dah! You … Continue reading
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This morning my Hubby has taken the children out for a couple of hours so I can have ‘me’ time (how generous!).
So what to do…
- start a new crochet project
- do some cross stitch
- read a magazine
- or watch tv
CITV ( a UK childrens TV channel) is 30 years old this week so the channel is having an ‘Old Skool Weekend’ where it is showing old childrens TV shows from back in the 1980′s/90′s. If you grew up in the UK and are in your late 20′s/early 30′s then these shows are probably what you watched.
Here’s what’s on:
Mike and Angelo
The Sooty Show
The Big Bang
The Worst Witch
The Tomorrow People
Mike and Angelo
Rosie and Jim
Sooty & Co.
My Parents are Aliens
The planet’s funniest animals
The Tomorrow people
One of my favourite shows (which is still going but with a different presenter) was Art Attack. It’s an arts and crafts show for children in which you can make all sorts with household materials, paint and the ever present PVA glue. I remember as a child making marble printed paper, tree paintings using straws and paper mache items all from this show. It was and still is a brilliant crafty TV show for children
So the TIVO box has been set to record so I’m going to be having a lazy weekend catching up on old memories. So if you recognise any of these shows then treat yourself to a trip down memory lane.
As we approach the end of 2012 I thought I’d have a look to see what I actually made this year.
There’s a mix of crochet, cross stitch, sewing and button work. 2012 was the year I rediscovered crochet and made some toys using it. Many of these items were gifts for family and friends. I really hope that I’ve inspired others to take up crafting. My work this year seems to have had an effect on my eldest daughter who is 4. Look….
She got her 1st tapestry kit for Christmas as she wanted to sew just like Mummy – bless!
Well I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and see you in 2013 for more crafting.
I hope you’ve got all your Christmas shopping done as it’s only 4 sleeps to the big HO HO HO!
I’ve got all of my presents bought, just the big food shop to do and I’m not looking forward to fighting the crowds to do that – it’s every shopper for themselves in Tesco.
After doing a bit of cross stitch I wanted a little break from that to get back into crochet. I was looking online for a bit of inspiration when I found a gorgeous blog called Inverleith. Kath at Inverleith as designed a beautiful cowl and kindly posted the cowl pattern on her blog. I have to admit it was the burnt orange yarn that caught my eye and when I read that it would take just an evening to make I thought that’s for me. So off I went to the wool shop and although they didn’t have the Rowan Big Wool in burnt orange I did find some King Cole Gypsy in shade 74 – inferno.
The yarn, when you look closely, has orange, pink and blue running through it as well as a black thread to help bind it.
So during the week I headed off, with 200g of Inferno and a 10mm crochet hook, to my friend Sarah’s house for our craft night (you’ll hear more about her later) and 2 and a half hours later I had made this.
I’ve still got a bit of wool left do I think I’ll try and make a head band to go with it.
Before I left craft night Sarah handed me a little package and asked me to open it as I could use the contents before Christmas.
This little fabric bag was made by Sarah and the contents were 4 beautiful porcelain Christmas tree ornaments that she had made during a pottery course she’d been on.
Underneath is a little card saying (in very fancy scrolly writing) – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us” 1 John 4 v 16
Each heart is different on the front, the far left one was embossed using textured wallpaper!
The back of each heart has an S for Sarah embossed in it.
Sarah is such a talented crafter is a fantastic crocheter. I was touched that she thought to give me some of her handiwork for Christmas. Have any of you been making Christmas gifts? I suppose it’s all hush hush until after Christmas when I’m sure all your blogs will explode with fabulous photos of what you’ve been busy making.
All that’s left is for me to say Happy Christmas and I hope you have a good time with your family and friends.
I apologise for not posting in a while but things have been busy with work; so as a result all computer time was work time
I have completed a Christmas cross stitch (which I started last year but then put it down for several months).
It’s a beautiful design by Lucie Heaton and is available to download from her website. Lucie writes for a couple of cross stitch magazines in the UK and I thought I’d pay her site a visit to see what designs were available and it was here I saw the Furry Tales Night Before Christmas cross stitch. I thought it was so cute and something my girls would love. I decided to stitch the design on 16 count Aida as I wanted the background to be less noticeable (and thought this was not a project for evenweave!)
I picked up the cross stitch again in October and was determined to finish it for THIS Christmas.
So last week when the girls went to bed I worked hard and finished off the backstitch wording in one go.
Below is a photo of the finished cross stitch. It still needs ironed and framed but I couldn’t wait to take a picture to show my friends.
Now we’re into December I wanted to do some Christmas craft with my eldest daughter. My friend Jo-Anne had sent me some inspirational craft pictures and I thought….I could do some of that!.
After a little visit to Ebay I received delivery of the following items.
- Christmas button tree.
Why don’t you have a go, it’s fun and easy enough for a 4 year old to do (with supervision)