Sunday, 31 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Today we went for a walk across the fields. It's incredible just how blue the sky has looked the last 2 days! On the way back we stopped at the park and bought ice cream when the ice cream van came by. We're just waiting for my sister to arrive to watch Alex while we go and have some grown up time at the cinema. We're going to watch "X-Men Origins - Wolverine". Two absolutely perfect days with my lovely family, and tomorrow we're taking my Nana and Grandad to the Cotswolds. Bourton on the Water and Broadway to be precise. Can't wait!
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
The stitching on the blue duck tag is a little wonky (Ooops!) but it was my first attempt. I just hope that the Mummy to be doesn't mind too much! The insides of the cards and backs of the tags are lined with matching pink or blue card. So what do you think?
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
She absolutely loves making, drawing, sticking and anything else creative. She's desperate to try sewing, but she doesn't quite have the skills yet to manage it. We've both been card making as well because it's Grandma and Grandpa's (my Nan and Grandad's) 64th wedding anniversary today (yes, really, that long. They are both nearly 84 and going very strong). They only live a few doors away, so we already dropped in for a visit and we'll be going back for dinner later. *EDIT - Alex swears that her card is a picture of a bus. I can see where she's coming from, but I think it looks an awful lot like Tick Tock from Return to OZ!*
Furry costumes are coming along nicely and I've sent 6 into the school already (that should please Mr man). I have now completed the leopards, the giraffes, the lions and the monkeys. (We already had existing giraffe, lion and monkey heads though). I'm hoping to get either the tigers or zebras finished this week too while Rob's away. The little tiny fluffy bits off the fur fabric keep blowing across the laminate floor and making me think it's a spider! With no Rob here to save me, I'm a big wuss.
I've been playing around with tiny cross stitch too. No particular reason other than I wanted something to do sitting watching telly and give me a break from the mountains of fur! I wasn't sure what to do with them, but I think I'll turn them into cards and gift tags for those new arrivals on the way. What do you think? I have another idea for the little tea cup, but you'll have to wait and see.....
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
So, I've started getting all these big ideas for cakes and invites and costumes (because it's got to be fancy dress) and goody bags. It also means Rob will get one of his big wishes too, a pinata. (He's been trying to convince me since her 1st birthday that a pinata is what she really wants.)
Now I've just got to finish all of these fur things so that I can move on to piratey things without feeling all that guilty. Watch this space!
Saturday, 9 May 2009
I didn't really have as much time as I'd have liked and I kind of made it up as I went along, but I was OK with the end result. I used a teal coloured cotton with a patterned cotton of a slightly paler shade for lining. I was going to put a zip all the way down the side and bottom, but didn't have one long enough, so it's just down the one side.
Once it was finished, it didn't really "look finished, so I added this little chain stitch heart with a pink heart button, then tied a sheer pink ribbon to the zip pull.
Sorry for the bad pictures. By the time I'd finished the light was nearly gone. It's made the colour look a little odd. He's all wrapped up now too, so I can't get any better ones in the morning. Oh well.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! x
Friday, 8 May 2009
Now, just because the day is busy, does not mean there was no crafting at all. I've started another crochet project, this time a blanket (yes, I forced myself away from the teeny bags) for a friends baby that is due in the summer. Hoping it turns out like the picture in my head (it's a very simple idea), but we'll see.....
Alex has a double birthday party to go to on Sunday too. I got a badge maker for the older girl (7), and a cute squishy teddy for the younger girl (4), but I think he needs something. I was thinking something like a sleeping bag, or dressing gown and sleepy hat but the idea hasn't really evolved yet. I'll show you when I've worked it (which had better be soon with the party less than 40 hours away!)
It's Rob's turn to put Alex to bed, and already feeling like a sleep zombie (made worse by knowing I need to be up at 5am) I'm going to put myself to bed.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
- black bears
- brown bears
- panda bears
Not too many then! Up until now, I've mostly been sticking to fur tabbards for the bodies, and avoiding starting anything that resembles a head because it's far more fiddly. Today though, I have been sewing the leopards heads. Well I had to start them at some point and I've already made the leopard bodies so at least it will mean 2 completed costumes. Alex thinks it's great because the living room is filled with fake fur, Rob is thinking it's not so great because our living room really isn't very big.
Added to the mounds of fake fur are piles of DIY tools and materials. We only moved to this house in September and we've been giving it a major overhall. When I say we have been giving it a major overhall, perhaps I should clarify, I mean Rob has been giving it a major overhall, whilst I have been planning the next big job and generally getting in his way! The house is very different to when we moved in back in September, and it's a huge ongoing project, so you may hear more about that now and again.
I've been playing with a bit of crochet too. I haven't been crocheting for long and I'm still learning really, but I do enjoy it. I find it relaxing. So, to wind down or fill little snippets of time recently (I even keep an ongoing one in my work bag just in case!), I've been making little bags for Alex. I don't see any reason why she would need as many bags as she now has, but I don't seem able to stop! The first thing I ever crocheted when my nana taught me last year, was one of these little bags. My bag crocheting might be getting a little out of hand though. Rob keeps calling me the bag lady.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
My main reason for wanting to start a blog is to share. I don't have many friends that are into anything crafty, and my husband bless him, encourages me, gives me constructive criticism and trawls around markets and crafty places with me to buy supplies, but sometimes he just doesn't "get it". Do you know what I mean? He tries, but he just doesn't understand the fuss of finding a gorgeous fabric (that I have no idea what I'm going to make from it, but will buy some and think of the details later) or the excitement when a project is finished and has actually turned out how I planned. He lovingly refers to my piles of fabric, felt, wool, embroidery threads, pretty papers etc (this list goes on) as my "craft junk" but I know he wouldn't have me any other way.
The title of my blog is from my daughter. She's a very grown up 3 year old, and her name is Alexandra.
So, here I am. Craft obsession and felty hearts on my sleeve. I look forward to any and all comments. Tomorrow, I'll let you know what I'm up to at the moment......