Friday, 15 May 2015

Squeak little piggy, squeak!

Well, although it has been chaotic lately what with super long hours at work as we go-live this weekend, when a good friend leaves for a new job, one just has to send her off with a little gift

My lovely chum loves llamas. Naturally I dug out my wool tops and needles and got stuck in...
You know what? Llamas faces are pretty hard!

Luckily, last week she posted a photo of herself on Facebook with guinea pig... turns out she loves them too. Aha... now, that has to be easier, surely?

Yep... much easier! Of course, I still have to make her a llama as she has seen the WIP photos an fell in love!

But before that I have got to finish the canal picture for my smashing Aunt...
But not this weekend; this weekend I shall be working! Hope you all have a good weekend and get time for some relaxing and crafting

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sewing & Forgetfulness

I've been particularly busy at work lately as the go-live date of our big project looms ever closer, but I have managed to get some crafting done

What I am not so good at is remembering to take photos! I forgot to take photo of what I made from sari ribbons (it was a mug-rug and turned out rather well; luckily it was for a chum at work, so I shall snap a piccy of it to show you soon!). Then a lovely friend asked me to upcycle a summer dress in to a skirt for her. My first sewing commission in many a year... nervous? Me? Yup! Well, I forgot to take a photo of it as a dress!

But here it is as a skirt...
I was relieved that it turned out rather well
As she has a cat that I am very fond of, I knocked up a quick catnip mouse too
 
She likes it!

While I had the catnip out, I decided to knock up three more mice as I shall be cat-sitting three moggies for a fortnight in June. Well, one wants to make a good impression on them doesn't one?! 

They are all made from samples of delicious John Lewis fabrics and finished off with tails made with cord from my stash; most of the cord is saved from posh little carrier bags... I just cant throw anything away - you never know when it will come in handy!

Righty-ho; I'd best crack on as I am hosting a murder mystery party for ten people this evening and I still haven't finished making my evening dress... eek - talk about last minute!

Hope you are all having  a lovely weekend whatever you are up to

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A Sari State to be in!

I have had a few saris kicking around in my fabric stash for a while now and when My Lovely Mum treated to me some dress patterns for my birthday this year, one of them seemed perfect for this one
A few hours later and yes, for all for you fellow Sewing Bee addicts; its is the walkaway wraparound dress. Now, the pattern is supposed to be 'very easy'. Well, I'm sure it is if you opt for a sensible fabric like lawn or polycotton. Not so much when you have a lightweight almost chiffon-esque fabric though. Cue a whole lot of swearing and faffing about!

I think it will be ok in the end though, but if not, I will end up with a pretty summer skirt at least!

On the subject of saris; one of my crafternoon chums very kindly gave me a couple of bags of sari ribbons. I'm not a jewellery maker and as that seems to be all I could find to do with them on Google & Pinterest, I decided to attempt something different. First up I had to press my chosen ones, which took quite a while!
It's going to be a present and as soon as I have finished my cunning plan I'll post some piccies... any ideas what I'll be making?

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Crafternoon

One of the loveliest things about crafting is is getting together with fellow crafting chums

This Saturday two super ladies came round to learn how to needle felt

We had a splendid afternoon stabbing away at fluffy wool tops, drinking tea and eating cake!


Not bed for her first attempt, eh? Isn't she cute?
I'm looking forward to lots more arty farty crafty afternoons this year with assorted friends. It will be great fun learning new skills and crafts from each other

Friday, 27 March 2015

Mug Exchange & Birthday Shenanigans

Hallo my lovelies

It's been a busy few weeks for me with (yes, more!) social life, work, my birthday and a super swap hosted by the lovely Stephanie of Enchanting Rose. Thank you Stephanie; I really enjoyed this swap :)

First up... the swap. I'm a mug kind of gal so opted for that rather than a teacup

Luckily my recipient likes pink, so I gave her a pink mug and rustled up a little coaster and since Easter is just around the corner popped in some chocolatey yummies
We didn't swap with each other and I received a beautiful mug with a lid, how cool is that? And some scrummy hot chocolate and little hugs to nibble on
As for my birthday... the celebration started off with Beloved Son, his Spiffing Girlfriend and chum or two in the best pub in norwich; The Fat Cat. It ended up with over 20 fabulous friends and a few cats ears. I made the cat ears of course and although we only had half a dozen pairs or so, most people wore them at some point! I came home with only my pair, so I guess they were pretty well received!
The best part? When I arrived, Beloved Son presented me with the most gorgeous cake made by Spiffing Girlfriend
And to end... here is a photo of Spiffing Girlfriend baking brownies with her lovely daughter!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Going back to my roots

One of my giveaway prizes was to be a felt flower brooch; so I dug out my wool tops and barbed needles...

I enjoyed making it so much that I rustled up a little mouse, a postbox and a tiny heart...


Coincidentally, whilst I was busy stabbing away, my eldest aunt (one of Lovely Mum's Smashing Sisters) asked if I could make her a felted picture. 


As my stash is of quite a size I have everything I need to get started





Fibres laid out ready to wet felt
(it's supposed to be a  canal scene!)

Dry and ready to work with needle felting for detail
Some detail added, but I need to do something with the water as
with this perspective it looks a waterfall rather than a canal!
I have not tried to make a felted picture before, but I am feeling inspired and looking forward to trying something new

Such fun getting back in to a favourite hobby!