Tuesday, 29 December 2009

oh heck

daft as ever I was removing myself from the crafty blog - not because i'm leaving but because I'm changing my Id to Tizz me , with a different email addy ............. purely because I don't want the real world giving me grief , and in doing so i clicked on remove and removed the wrong person , either the person above or below me on the authors list ............ so if it's you can you check you're still on the blog authors , and if the blog is missing from your profile/dashboard then it's my fault and i'd like to add you back ........... christmas and colds is my excuse .
so whoever I've removed please give me a yell ........... sorry in advance
dawny xxx

Accordion Photos Box

I thought i'd post here as well to show off my work and reach more people who would be interested in this kind of craft and may be give some ideas to some of you.

I am into boxes at the moment. Still haven't finished my birthday book!
I saw the tutorial on youtube and thought it was a good idea to keep pictures in it.
I still need to make more folders, as you can see i've done only two as i need to buy more cardstocks.
I've used some thin cardboard for the body of the box and covered it with the papers i bought from my charity shop.
The picture is free from the net. I covered it with an acetate with a printed frame.
I've added some charms under each flower.
It closes with buttons and some picture hanging rings.
I think i'll add some chipboard letters on top with some sort of wording.
So it's still a work in progress!

This is the front of the box.
This is the inside with two of the folders. I wanted them to look old so i distressed the papers on the accordion.

This is the folders in front of the box.
This is the back of the box with a vintage image from the net.
You don't have to put pictures in it it could be anything, like letters or bills ;-)
Thank you for looking!

Blind and Soap

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas. x

I never got to reupholster the armchair...it was beyond beyond!!

So, next project... I am attempting to make a kitchen roman blind. Can't afford to buy new material so am going to use a funkyquilt cover that I have....at least it'll have a lining:o).

I hate people looking in. The previous roller blind must have been fitted decades ago and gave up and dropped off soon after we moved in! lol We just have manky lace curtains up at the mo. Do you think a roman blind for the top bit and a cafe curtain for the bottom bit will be private enough? I hate lace curtains, but they do have their uses. I'm just trying to 'modernise us'. lol

Any ideas?

Project after the blind is soap making. Daughther bought some honey soap from Lush and a tiny bar was £3.00. Three quid!!!! So, we are going to attempt to make some of our own. Never made this one before, so fingers crossed.

We made some earrings for pressies and I didn't have time to take piccies (last minute wrapping up and all that) When the recipients visit, I'll take piccies and post up.

I have two craft converts. Great nephew and niece...both at university... want to learn to knit and crochet. Wool , instructions and tools been handed out for practice:o) Nephew wants a knitted hoodie! Yikes. Can't find a free pattern anywhere.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Christmas crafts - love 'em

Thanks for the little jog Minnie, it's been ages since I posted anything crafty on the blog. All went very quiet during the summer, but now we're all back indoors with the fires lit I guess the craft and sewing box reappears once again! I've opened a shop on Folksy selling some of my bits and bobs. Katie, my daughter, is helping out too - we're loving it!

These are my current favourites.

A jolly snowman with all the trimmings! I made him (or her) from an unwanted Aran woolly and have used twigs for the arms. A little heart, bag of sparkling stars, jingling bell and fresh mini bay leaves finish it off.
Snowman Dec 09

I've also made a few of these dolly-peg angels and used canvas for the wings threaded with silver thread. Being dolly-pegs they'll sit very nicely on the Christmas tree.
Angel Dec 09

Katie has made this adorable mini pony, called a Woollie, from pipecleaners and wool, which makes it poseable. She's put it up in the shop complete with a cloth wallet to keep it in along with a Fimo apple, stuffed haynet, bag of shavings, rug to keep it warm and passport! It's now been sold, although we are still waiting for payment - but she's going to make more.

Thursday, 3 December 2009



It's been a little quiet here of late. What have you all been up to?

We are making Chrissie pressies, so can't post piccies up.....just in case! Shhhhhhh Maybe I could set up another blog for viewing and any constructive criticisms?

But....right now....I need to upholster an armchair. which is COMPLETELY knackered in the upholstery department of things. I was thinking of maybe doing the charity shop thing and buying odd duvet bits and making a patchwork cover. Anybody got any advice on making a template?

Sorry for any typos.#

Am feeling OLD. Eyesight shot!! lol

The wristwarmers were a hit:o)

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Art Every Day Month

butterflies buttonHiya ,
Amanda has drawn my attention to a really interesting blog Creative Every Day
run by a very encouraging lady called Leah. Leah started out with Art Every Day Month seven years ago and is encouraging people to join in. She says:
I encourage people to make something every day, but my goal is to foster more creativity, so if you make just one piece of art per week or just one for the whole month, that's fine with me. The idea is to bring more creativity into your life, not to make you feel overwhelmed, pressured or guilt-stricken. Art is also loosely defined here. I mean art in the sense of anything creative, whether that be painting, drawing, knitting, sewing, cooking, decorating, writing, photography, clay, jewelry-making or whatever!
I am going to have a bit of a go at it anyway because we already kind of do that and it might be a bit of a focus for my girls too. I'll tell Leah about the Crafty Blog and if anymore of you would like to drop her a line and join in then that' would be lovely :-) we could podt things we've done on here too. I am only thinking out loud so if you don't want to join in with it that's fine too . . . .  Christmas isn't far away I know !!
Maybe some Christmas crafty bits that I know you all do anyway could be blogged?

Like Leah says no stress or pressure , just a bit of encouraging xx

Monday, 16 November 2009

Aprons & Chef Hats

A baking is such a Big Thing in our house, I spent some time this weekend sewing new aprons for the girls & made them some 'Baker's Hats' to go with them....

The gorgeous linen / cotton blend I used came from here

I slightly adapted these patterns.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Making teddy bears

Hermione has been making some simple but beautiful bears. The pattern is in Woman's Weekly. Sneak a peak here.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Milkweed Project

Finally finished my piece for this project (kept getting bored with it and leaving it to do other things). Has any one else participated? I think I initially heard about it on here - would love to see other peoples works of art!

Friday, 6 November 2009

A free knitting pattern - Cardigan for waldorf style dolls

Christina from Bambolletta Dolls has a gorgeous free kntting pattern here on her blog.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

It must be Autumn

......and the nights are drawing in so it's high time I picked up my knitting again and got it done in time to wear before next summer! What is everyone else doing?

Monday, 21 September 2009

The Autumnal Equinox

I am not sure if this is a crafty enough post for this site, but hope some families will enjoy the Nut & root children : )

The Autumn Equinox by Ric Kemp

Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox.
We are planning a fun autumn picnic, with the idea of talking about the Nut & Root Children. This is a lovely idea taken from Marsha's group. (See below)
Our cookies are made (thank you Mel!) Tomorrow we will be dipping half of each cookie in chocolate, to represent the equal hours of darkness & light of the equinox.
We will be taking them along on our picnic, along with home-made bread & butter, chunks of cheese & a thermos of hot chocolate : )

I am hoping this Equinox book will have arrived for us to read - if not, we will have it for next year ; )

The Autumn equinox and the spring equinox are the two days in the year when the hours of daylight and darkness are exactly equal.
In September as the Sun is moving southwards we refer to it as the autumnal equinox
The Sun is at its lowest path in the sky on the Winter Solstice. After that day the Sun follows a higher and higher path through the sky each day until it is in the sky for exactly 12 hours. On the Spring Equinox the Sun rises exactly in the east travels through the sky for 12 hours and sets exactly in the west. On the Equinox this is the motion of the Sun through the sky for everyone on earth. Every place on earth experiences a 12 hours day twice a year on the Spring and Autumn Equinox.
Harvest festivals are traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (about Sept. 23). In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Father, we thank you
For all that you have made.
You chose to create us in Your own image.
You made us stewards of Your creation,
For all that You are,
For all that You have done,
For all that You have given.
We offer our humble thanks & praise. Amen

The Nut and Root Children!

Go nutting! Yup, not go nuts, but gather your favorite children, several sturdy baskets (one packed with nut breads spread with cream cheese, tiny tomatoes and mini carrot sticks, and honey sweetened steeped peppermint tea, and head for the woods.............be sure to take along the essentials for survival (matches, first aid kit, compass or GPS unit, a metal whistle, water for drinking, and a pocket knife)....in your backpack....it is also nice to tuck in a small towel for drying feet or hands, your favorite reading aloud book for a rest time, and sunscreen).

(There is such a strong need to help children connect to nature in our current culture.........in nature, we can help the children feel the living quality of the minerals and stones, as they rest on the earth, silently, the living beings who do not wander (roots fixed to the earth) and the living beings with fur or feather or scales (animals and birds) who do move about and follow the rule of Mother Earth...and really see all the complicated forms in nature, elements of the water, earth, fire and air, breathe deep in the mountains or valleys or deserts, air that is so rich with promise of new vistas and ideas.....if we can experience this feeling of being in an unplanted woods, an untended garden, a wild area, this is very very good for the health and development of the child and the of course, the adult, too. Even within most large cities, a drive of 30 minutes or less can take us into an area such as this, do find them, cultivate a knowledge of these special places, and devote your energy to bringing your children and little friends there.....)

Spend the day collecting nuts and cones. At this time of year, you can find chestnuts, walnuts, acorns, hazelnuts, hickory, and many other types, depending on where you live. Small pine or fir cones or other cones are also looked for in your search..........show the children any poisonous plants and teach them to avoid these dangerous beauties!

Keep an attitude of respect for the plants and animals, do not allow your children to tear off branches or kick away moss..........but do help them to see into the miniature world of ferns, mosses, stream beds, under roots, and behind logs.....hike around for several hours, then stop and enjoy your snack, then ask the children to rest a while and you can read aloud from your book (Wind Boy is always a favorite or the Brambly Hedge family)....what a wonderful way to spend a fall
day, outside, in the cool of the wildnerness.


Spread out your finds on a work-tarp on your table. Examine and sort all the items, identify them if you can, look at their attributes and add to them from your store of nature items.........begin to assemble some small figures, acorn heads, sunflower seed features, pine cone scales, cone bodies, small twig arms r legs, moss hair, some small dyed wool for hair, tiny noses, wings of maple 'helicopters', perhaps, and glue together. Use a clear or yellow thick wood glue if possible, and assemble a whole family. Let dry overnight........

Next Day:

Add some touchs to the little Nut and Root Children: this can be plant dyed wool felt capes or cloaks, scarf round neck, use old
felted sweaters to cut and glue on vests, slippers, berets, and more.........the personalities may begin to emerge and some children may wish to go further and glue together furniture, beds, tables, small dishes of half nutshells, and more.....a chestnut shell makes a lovely baby's bed!

Place these nature people and animals on your nature table, to enjoy and play with! What fun!

Marsha Johnson
Shining Star School
Portland, Oregon

PS, Adults like to do this, too! Invite another family along and have a grand time........roast ears of corn or sweet potatoes and
make it a regular Fall Event. I also think this event works so well for days when the working parent (often Daddy) can come, too, and can help to put together some little figures, add a root house of bark and moss, gather stones for a water garden part, and take part in the fun, too.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Wet on Wet Watercolour & Happy Accidents

For our wet on wet work this week I introduced Yellow & Red.
We started with red in the centre & I talked about how red is a bossy colour who likes to dominate & have FUN!
Then along comes Yellow! Yellow likes to play, be friendly & dance around.

I had recently had some great wisdom shared with me regarding wet on wet by a lady called Mel.
Here is what she had to say:

The purpose of the wet-on-wet method is not to create a finished product but to experience the process. To delve into the color. To learn it's nuances. What happens when I put it on heavy here? How about if I put a small bit here and keep spreading it out. How far can I take this on drop of color? Where is the light coming from in my picture? Is there warmth? Is there movement? What is it like to put the smallest bit of paint on our brush and pull it across the page? How about if we put a lot? How can we take away excess paint?

Rather than telling them NOT to paint or draw a picture, help guide them through a deeper experience. These are as much soul exercises as much as they are intellectual and physical.

Keep at it - it will happen. Watch for the shift of understanding and connection in yourself and your children.

I found this helped us today hugely! No-one (much to my great surprise!) tried to paint 'something' they just explored with the colours.

My first grader put down her brush mid-way & stated that she had had enough-she didnt like her work & wanted to start again. Hmm..
I suggested that once I was done with my own painting, I would get out new paper for her. She sat for a while & then picked up her brush again. she finished her work & was happy with it. We talked about 'happy accidents' :)

When we had finished clearing up, I noticed my painting had been splashed with water -effectively lifting some of the colour. "It is pretty, mummy" said Elianna. "A happy accident!"

Elianna's work:

Rose's Work:

My own Work:

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

A new Calendar

I i have been thinking a lot about this beautiful calendar. It comes from Toy Spectrum, but is completely out of my budget. Also, there were a couple of things that were not 'just right' for me. I wanted it to be perfect!
The original is based on Johanne Itten's 12 part colour circle 12 parts - perfect for the 12 months, but I wasnt happy with how the colours would be matched up to the months. I also wasnt happy with the choice of wooden figures that came with the calendar.
So I thought & though & decided to make my own felt version.

I think the colours correspond nicely to the months:
January: Mid blue
February: Pale blue
March: Green
April: Spring green
May: Lime green
June: Warm yellow
July: Yellow
August: Corn yellow
September: Orange
October: Red
November: Violet

I have used the rainbow as a guide & tried my best to match up the months to a seasonally appropriate colour.
Each month will have a felted object to represent it. So, as we are beginning today with September, we have a sweet little Fly Agaric.
The bowl in the centre is home to our markers - currently we are using some apple-wood buttons I had on hand. So, as today was the first week in September, a marker was placed in septembers part. We shall be doing this at the beginning of the week in future - either Sunday or monday - not sure which. I will have to see what natural place in our rhythm this takes. I am thinking possibly mondays, after breakfast. (we are late this week, as this was whipped up late last night, but it fits nicely with the first day of September)

I think this will be a lovely visual reminder for them of the passing weeks, months, seasons & years (for me too!)

Happy September!

Saturday, 29 August 2009


I couldn't resist posting about this . . . .a charity article on Lion Brand website, I think you might need to register (it's free) to be able to read it, a lovely lady has started a scheme crocheting soft plush hats for cancer victims to wear. A friend of hers had cancer and said how lovely it would be to have a soft hat at the end of the day to relax in. you can go and read it here
What a yummy soft lovely thing to do . . . I read about another charity the other day Bonnie babies who making prem baby clothes for baby units and families who need them. I really must push myself to do more than just be inspired!

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Knit and Natter

Ok Min mentioned Knit and natter :-) I don't know what this is like but there's a Knit and Natter group every Thursday in August at 2:30pm at The Central Library in Derby and again every Thursday in September at 2:30pm.

On the website it says :
Knit and natter meets weekly. Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, tatting or whatever you are working on. Free tea and coffee is provided and a staff member is available to offer what help they can. There will be a wide selection of books available for library members to borrow.
The meeting is free and we even get a cuppa.

If anyone would like to come along with us please stick your name in the comments or just edit your name onto this post.
I will have to start going next week, not this week because my mum is taking the girls for a couple of nights so me and hubby have a thursday all to ourselves !! goodness haven't a clue what we'll do with it , maybe sleep lol

dawniy xx

Monday, 24 August 2009


I managed to crochet a perfect hexagon last night:o)  Yay!

Camera is playing up so I can't put piccie up, but you get the idea.

Only 195 to go for my hexy blanket!!!  lol

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Knit and Natter

I think that I've said before that we belong to our local church Knit and Natter. At first they were not very welcoming, although they seem to have accept us now. Some old friends of my parents both knit and told us about another knit and natter group at Corfe.

They do workshops for children during the holidays. Some of the ladies make these.

Can you guess what they're made of?

I've been knitting this for a friends little girls birthday

In Africa if the children don't have a uniform than they can't go to school, my Mums old friends, Joe and Peg are knitting jumpers for them. Unfortunately Joe is the only one knitting them because the other members don't like knitting with such dark wool, so I said I would knit a few for him.

I started No 4 last night, we've still got quite a few to make!

Monday, 3 August 2009

This year, we are having help with our maths....

Meet the maths gnomes

& King Equals

We are going to have some fun this year ;)

Cross Stitch

Hello everyone! My first post is my first cross stitch projects.

This one for my god-daughter...

This one for my son.

Clare :)

Friday, 31 July 2009

Fimo candle holder

I love this and just wanted to share :-)

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Watercolour kits

We officially 'go back' to home school next week, so my home has been buzzing with plans & preparations.
A huge part of our lives is Nature Study &, as such, watercolour & sketching. This book is hugely important to our study & creativity.
We are all furnished with new nature notebooks, the girls have new watercolours, & the pencils are all nicely sharpened. But how to store everything?
We have a nice big art cupboard, in which I keep all our paints, glues, collage materials etc; and last year & put each person's nature study watercolour & sketching supplies in their own backpacks, which hung at the ready from the dining room door handle, ready to grab when the need arose. The backpack thing didnt really work out. They were just too large for my little girls to realistically take out on nature walks. They were a handy way to keep everyones supplies at the ready should they spot something out in the garden, but on walks, I would always shove all their things in with my own.
So what to do this year?
This perfect inspiration was most timely.
Here is a picture of our kits:

It shows the little 'lunch' bags I picked up from Tesco; which are just the perfect size & £2 each. Waterproof inside & out, with a wee handle they are just the job. Inside go our pencil cases, paints, nature notebooks & small rectangles of watercolour paper - perfect for creating those mini-masterpieces. Not show are watercolour brushes, tiny water bottles & little cloths for wiping, dabbing & generally mopping up.
Roll on nature study...


Got the pattern for these out of Let's_Knit magazine. Very soft and cosy :0)

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

A proud mummy Post!

Do you remember this picture?

Well, here is the result:

I am a very proud mummy!

E is now busy spinning a grogeous baby cake (batt) from Loop. These things are seriously beautiful! However, my daughter has caught the 'how thin can I spin' bug & has decided she needs to save up to buy a new, lighter spindle.
Thats my girl ;)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Tea Cosy

I'm trying with this tea cosy thingy, but it's driving me mad!!

Arthriticky fingers that won't work are driving me nuts..  Plus, I have to make it difficult by wanting the knit and purl to be different colours.  Knit two one colour,  purl two the other colour.   Vertical stripes...if you see what I mean?

I showed Mother what I was attempting to make (total useless pile of rubbish so far) and she showed me HER way (it looks cool, but for the love of God, can I remember what she did!!)   but she has a 'made up her own'  knitting technique......plus she's left handed.  I seem to remember as a kid that I sat opposite her while she knitted and copied.  But I still don't knit like 'normal' knitters.  I knit right to left and purl left to right.  I don't turn my work round for the purl bit.  No wonder I had more success with crocheting!  lol

I may be a while with this project.  Just in time for winter.  lol

vest top

Hello! This is my latest finished project - and my first attempt at intarsia. The pattern was the 'Mud Flap Girl Tank Top' one from Stitch'n_Bitch_Nation, but A didn't like the design so I adapted it to make the two hearts. She now wants a jumper with skull and cross bones on it - eeeek!

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

crafty stuff needs good home

I've been having a major sort out recently and have decided to donate some of my craft stuff to others who may be inspired to finish what I haven't been able to start. There are a few cross stitch kits, complete with threads, and some charts. There's probably more stuff but I've forgotten what I've put in what pile. If anyone's interested give me a shout. I can put some pictures up when I've worked out how.


Sunday, 28 June 2009

granny squares

Just pop in here and have a look at this lady's patterns , it is on Ebay and I'm not advertising or selling stuff for her , I just found it interesting . Her pattern books are over in america but i'm tempted to send for one. 

Friday, 26 June 2009

Tea cosy for Minnie

Knitted Tea Cosies

Cabled Tea Cosy

Ribbed Tea Cosy

Prime Ribbed Tea Cosy

1940's Tea Cosy

Crocheted Tea Cosies

Rosy Posy

Scallop tea cosy this is my fave one

daisy cosy

here you are Minnie darling - some lovely tea cosies lol crochet and knit :-)

I'm wanting to see the pics when you've done . . . . . . I might just make the scallop one myself , it's luvverly.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

made a hat - crochet

Made a hat, mainly single crochet(double uk), double knit yarn, size 3.5 hook, hat or tea cosy, not quite sure lol. the colour is actually nicer than it is on here.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

primrose design

just to let you know i've found another brilliant craft blog, Primrose Design . . . i've linked to it with a little button in our sidebar.

I've had a broken internet and it is SO cool to be back!
I'll be popping some pictures on later today :-)

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Do you fancy

having a go at submitting for a place on a creative team. You're all crafty, that's why we're here isn't it, and it's only a couple of posts a month to commit to.
What am I on about?
Have a look at yesterday's post on IACW, here.

Just thought I'd mention it.

And because I can't post without a picture, here's a bag I made a while back, one of the most awkward, annoying and not worth the effort things I've ever made. Seemed like a good idea when I saw the fabric in Dunelm Mill, but it's a cotton backed pvc which WILL NOT go through the sewing machine without blood sweat and tears, and yards of tissue paper and frayed thread and frayed temper to boot. Anyway, here you are:


Monday, 1 June 2009


Listening 2 Green Day, making hearts

gorgeous weather here :0)

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Friday, 22 May 2009

Another award!

I have another award for anyone wishing to get it, just come and grab it on my blog and put it on yours, anyone is welcome!
Hugs xx


so far 2 of the above colours.... any preference or shall I send them out at random?

Saturday, 9 May 2009


I have an award for Dawniy on my blog, so hurry and come to pick it up :)
Pat xx

Hello A Crafty Blog Team,
I would like to say thank you to Pat
for sharing this award :-)
I have to pass it on to eight lovely blogging friends; now how on earth can I choose 8 of you when you are all so lovely?
So I'm going to bend the rules and present this award to all of you our crafty blog team authors because you really are lovely people who I think a whole lot of :-)
please take the award and put it on your blog x x x

Friday, 8 May 2009

Everyday in May...

Remember this...... Its a gift bag ;0) filled with little goodies from lush.
Its for my friend as a Birthday gift.

hand knit pattern - bag

came across this little bag on you tube , the pattern is here

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Fabric giveaway

This is cotton, and measures 46" x 65".

I bought this material a few years ago, when my daughter was a sweet little girl who loved fairies, ballerinas and anything pink. Not sure exactly what I intended making out of it for her, but seeing as she is now into skulls, Avril Lavigne, and detests pink - I don't think anything in this material would be appreciated!!
If anyone can make use of this for their own little ballerina, I'd be happy to pop it in the post. The first person to respond in the comments can have it :0)

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Egg cosy

An egg cosy as requested by his mini lordship - who incidentally doesn't even eat dippy eggs. He's prepared now though if he does ever want one.
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Look what I been making.....

This is my first post on here, so be gentle......

On holiday last year, I saw lovely bunting for sale in some of the craft shops in Cornwall. I wasn't going to pay their silly prices so I decided to make them myself and I finished them last night. I am so chuffed with myself, as it is the first time I have used my sewing machine on anything other than my scrapboking layouts. I have made them for DD2 room and bow I need to source some material for my other daughter.