Sunday, 7 July 2013

Big dogs are best!

Oops, I didn't mean to leave it a whole month again before posting...

Anyway. Today I am making dogs! They will be just like this one, which I made several months ago now:


I'm making two, as part of a charity auction for the great dane rescue that I was working for earlier this year. Big dogs really are the best!

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Half and Half...

Ok, after a month of A to Z blogging I clearly needed another month to recover! But I am back now feeling refreshed and with all sorts of nice creations to share with you in the coming weeks.

I'd like to kick off my comeback with a piece that has been almost a year in the making - the original concept was bought to my attention during my time in Canada last summer by one of my best friends. We went to school together, lived and played together in the same village and since her move to Canada nearly 5 years ago, we have chatted online most days. So I love to exchange Christmas and birthday presents with her and when she showed me this, I decided I wanted to make it for her just as soon as I got home from Canada and back to a sewing machine.

Unfortunately it did take me a little longer to get around to in the end than expected. But a few weeks ago I finally gathered my supplies, threaded my needle (sewing machine forgotten) and put this together:



Although I was originally planning on making the cover from scratch, when I went in search of a suitable cushion pad I actually found one with a great cover that I could just sew this straight onto. I love it so much that I had a hard time packing it up and sending it!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Z is for...



...ZOLINO!!

It's a type of friendship bracelet. Awesome, huh!?



I've been busy making this for the last few evenings. It's pretty time consuming as far as knotted bracelets go! But well worth the effort.


There are lots of tutorials out there for this bracelet. I used this one. Give it a go! 




Well...this is my last post for the A to Z Challenge. It's been tough but I'm feeling a little sad that it's over now! A massive thank you to everyone who has visited and posted on my blog over the past month :)

Look out for my reflections post!



Monday, 29 April 2013

Oh, Yarn!



Now that I am officially a novice crocheter (I made handwarmers!), my life is starting to fill with thoughts of yarn...

As it turns out, there is SO much yarn out there. Miles and miles of the stuff. All in different pretty colours and textures and thicknesses. It makes my head all fuzzy! I'm still trying to figure out how you buy the right stuff for each project, but I guess this might be something that comes with experience.

Thanks for visiting :)






Sunday, 28 April 2013

X marks the spot


I missed posing yesterday, OOPS! I feel very ashamed, things had been going so well until now and we are so close to the end of the challenge!

But I am catching up today at least. X is all about cross stitch. Where Xes feature just about everywhere but in the name!

I was a big cross stitcher when I was younger. It's probably one of the things that has helped with my needle control and contributed towards my perfectionism in all of my crafts! Here is a pencil case that I made, many many years ago, decorated with pieces of cross stitch:



My photos are still leaving a lot to be desired, I know. I was home yesterday and just snapped these in a rush on my phone. I also forgot to pick up the nice sheet of paper that I usually use for a backdrop so I'm afraid my photos might not look great for a while until I figure out another nice backdrop!

Thanks for visiting :)



Friday, 26 April 2013

Wedding Fever!



I'm losing momentum with my last few posts so I apologise. It has been a long month with a lot going on for me.

I'm hopeful that Work is going to pick up in the next few weeks as I'm starting to gather things to keep me busy!

In a few weeks time I will be attending a 'Wedding Festival' which is apparently a reception in a field! With tents and camping and things. How exciting! It is for a friend I went to university with and it suits her down to the ground - so eco friendly! I'll be taking my best friend along for company.

Speaking of my best friend - she is also getting married in just over a year's time. I am a bridesmaid! I have never been one before and I'm super excited. On top of this I'm excited to spend some time doing some wedding crafty things to help make the day even more unique. I'm just not sure what yet. There is a huge wealth of wedding craft ideas out there on the internet, it is just a case of finding the right ones that will work for her special day.

What would you craft for a big occasion!?

Thanks for visiting :)



Thursday, 25 April 2013

Vintage



V is for vintage. I have a horrible headache so I am sorry to keep this brief, I can't concentrate on the screen for long.

I made this scotty dog doorstop using a fabulous vintage Guinness fabric that my mum had stashed away in a drawer.



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