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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Valentine Giveaway



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I'm fast approaching my 500th post (yes I have been yammering on for that long!) and I've just had my best month so far traffic wise on the blog so I thought I'd have a teensy giveaway to celebrate.

With Valentine's Day on the horizon I thought I'd offer the following up for grabs.  A hand crocheted heart garland and a matching Valentine's card, a full description of both items can be found on my Etsy shop (just follow the links) 


Garland
The Card

To be in with a shout of winning just be a UK resident and follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below but be quick this is a lightning giveaway and closes at midnight on Sunday 3rd February as I want to get the prize sent out in time for Valentine's Day.

Good Luck!

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Daisy Chain Stitch

I'm fed up with winter, can it not be spring already?  I've been trying to urge the seasons along by the power of crochet, has it worked?  

This flower garland was made as a test item for my Etsy shop and is currently hanging in Missy's bedroom making me a little less seasonally affected every time I see it so it's not all bad I guess and winter does make for an excellent excuse to hunker down and crochet to one's heart's content *gets out a crochet hook and a ball of yarn, snuggles under duvet* see you in the spring!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Cakey, Cakey! - Apple Cake?

My Dad turned 60 last week and for as long as I can remember he's been a lover and early adopter of technology.  In 1982 we were the first family on our street to have a computer (a Commodore 64) I remember our collective excitement when he was setting it up at the dining table, commandeering our tiny colour television for the much anticipated unveiling.

He's been retired for a few years now but his career was also in computing, self-taught from those early days with the Commodore 64, initially working on the first computerized tills for various fast food chains, bars and restaurants.  I have many happy memories of my sister and I travelling with him at weekends whilst our Mum stayed at home to catch up on sleep (she was a nurse working nights) hanging around in closed bars making pretend cocktails or in Burger Kings getting free food, whilst Dad fixed a problem or set up a new system.

To this day my Dad still keeps apace with technology and he even tweets!  So what better way of wishing him a happy 60th than with an iPad cake?

Happy 60th Birthday Dad! x

Friday, 25 January 2013

Colourful Cowel

I've been doing that Pinterest thing again (I'm addicted what can I say) and a beautiful colourful cowel appeared on the screen before me and I just knew I had to reproduce it.  I don't usually do colour but with everything being so dark and dismal at the moment a little splash of colour was seriously required for my sanity.
Here it is mid-make

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Rainbow Bows

I had a Facebook request from Mrs D, she had spotted a crocheted bow garland on the web and wanted to know if I could make her one.  I did a bit of digging and could only find patterns that you had to pay for and being a cacky-fingered old miser I decided that wasn't going to happen so I had a go at deciphering the pattern from the picture alone and I'm super pleased to say I managed it without too much faffing!
And here's the finished item
Paint the whole world with a rainbow!


I was very pleased to see the finished item hung across Mrs D's mantle at Christmas
Picture courtesy of Mrs D (thanks)

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Pyjamarama

Remember this brushed cotton candy stripe double sheet I got for a measly £2 in a charity shop a while back?
Well some of it has now become these!  Lovely cosy pyjama bottoms, perfect for the onset of chilly winter evenings and so soft and fluffy too.
I've not made a garment since a hideous turquoise A-line elasticated waist skirt during textiles at school but I did some research and watched a few YouTube videos to get an idea of the general techniques involved and hey presto!

I basically used an old pair of pyjama bottoms as the cutting template and sewed up the long seams of the individual legs.  I used a whizzy technique of placing one finished leg inside the other (right sides facing), then matching up the seams in order to stitch the legs together.  Then I added the elasticated waist (leaving a channel for the ribbon tie).  Finally I even added a pocket to the rear (cocky or what?!).
I picked up another brushed cotton sheet at the charity shop
and have since made a second pair of pjbs, voila

Missy loves them and has asked for a pair herself, not sure how I feel about mother/daughter matching pyjamas but they are really cosy so it would be child cruelty not to, wouldn't it?

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Sausages

We've been missing our dog of late, she passed away four years ago this month but I think of her often.  In a moment of weakness I almost caved to the soppy-eyed pestering of the kids and considered the possibility of a new dog.

I have two main criteria, it must be small enough to fit out of the cat flap (our dearly departed Jack Russell Boo-Boo used to take herself off for a widdle in the back garden through the cat's flap which was super handy) and it must be brown (we have dark brown carpets throughout downstairs and Boo-Boo was a white dog so the hair really showed up).  

I have always loved Dachshunds and thought that as a sausage dog ticked the size and colour boxes that it might be a viable option until I read that they're quite vicious *sad face* so I decided to crochet myself one in scarf form instead *happy face* although Missy has already claimed it as her own *sad face again*

Monday, 7 January 2013

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Not been too much in the way of charity shop visits over the Christmas period as we were pretty much hibernating during December but we did sneak in a child-free thrift at the weekend so here's what I spent my Christmas money on.

First up a glass jelly mould, to add to the 3 billion I already own but it's one I don't already have so that's ok, right? (£3)

A load of vintage wooden clothes pins (£1)
Three reels of fine crochet thread (£1)
A small teapot (£2)
And a little glass lidded pot (£1.50)
I also got two more vintage candy stripe pillowcases but I'm sure you're sick to the back teeth of seeing pictures of candy stripe bed linen on this blog so I didn't bother taking a photo (£1.50 the pair)

Linking up with Liz and her #MagpieMonday over at Me And My Shadow, the first one of the new year after a couple of weeks off.
Me and My Shadow

Friday, 4 January 2013

Crochet Cup Cosy

I've been pricking about over the Christmas hols revamping my Etsy shop and adding new items, as well as lots of greetings cards I've added a cup cosy or two.
If you're like me and have a couple of kids making constant demands of you then drinking a hot cup of tea is a long distant memory, well these little babies may well be the answer!
These are so functional it's not even funny, they stop your sensitive little hands burning whilst holding said hot cup and they have a built-in coaster too!
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