Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Toy swap

Now that Margy of Hmmdesigns has received and blogged about her gifts, here are my photos of the little toys I made for Baby Ruben.

For the swap organised by Chloe of MeeCrafts, Margy told me her baby was due about the same as the swap was organised. She had decorated her nursery and had a preference for red/ white and perhaps toadstool items. So........ I crocheted a little baby cushion with the letter R, a toadstool rattler and a little bunny companion. Hopefully I got the colour combination right for Margy?

Thursday, 17 July 2008

School crafts

I don't know if I emntioned before I help out with the 'arty-crafty' sessions at my sons' school. Well for the last few weeks his teacher and I have been helping the kids to create 'travel cushions'.

For this they first of all drew a design with fabric pens/crayons onto the top sheet, this was ironed to set the design. Next wadding was attached and they stitched around parts of their design - it helps to remember they are 7 year olds- in colours of their choice = lots of threading of needles!
I then had the pleasure of bringing them home to turn them into cushions with the help of the trusty sewing machine. I attached a bright backing fabric, cut them to tidy up the shape and stitched all around bar about three inches.
The children are going to do the final sewing up of the seam.
The look very cute - sort of naive in design. I love them!

My matryoshkas

After seeing lots of these cute little dolls around the blogging world, I thought I'd have a go at creating a couple.

A word of warning ..............they can beome quite addictive as you can let your imagination for the detail run riot.

Monday, 7 July 2008

So many projects........

So, so little time. But somehow, somewhere I will just have to find it.


I saw this pop up on a few blogs that I read and had to order it for myself just for the front cover! But inside, although it is in Japanese, the diagrams and instructions are pretty easy to follow.

These three are a must have for any crafters book collection. The makes inside are all adorable and could be created in so many different ways.

ISBN-10: 1-58008-858-9/ISBN-13: 978-1-5808-858-9

This book is hot off the presses and I knew as soon as I saw a write up on it that it had to be mine. All I can say is WOW! The projects in this are the sort that make you go all tingly just looking at the photos. The author has used natural fibers for these makes - raffia, jute, kitchen string, sisal leather cord and felted jumpers. There are contemporary looking vases, fabulous crocheted bags and crocheted/felted bags! All simply scrumptious.