It’s glorious and sunny here at the brand spanking new toadstool and I have something quite exciting to show you. Well, I have yearned longingly for a little space of my own to while away the hours crocheting and sewing and ‘fiddling’ to my hearts content – just reorganising wool has been known to occupy me for quite some time. So imagine my delight when we moved in to find this:
Yes I know … a room of no specific purpose! Well I hatched a plan – whilst Mr Toadstool was talking about ‘ideal server rooms’ and the like ( whatever does that mean??!) I thought to myself … that would make a handy dandy room for me – oh yes it would, it really would. Every time someone was shown round the house they told Mr Toadstool of the need for me to have ‘a room’ and what do you know, he agreed! I do have to put up with some computery kind of stuff being stored in the room but I am a master of disguise and I was sure that I could fully disguise these little necessities! So first thing (before he could change his mind!) I moved in ‘ the yarn’
Next was to prettify the shelves (still not completely finished – I’m thinking crochet edging – it’s on my ‘to-do’ list!)
And then finally to actually work in ‘the room’. This time a little sewing was in order. It is Little Miss H’s birthday party soon and she decided that each guest had to have their own hand made bespoke party bag … I know! I think it might be a girl thing? No 1 Son was never bothered! So out came the Calico (how I love to make things with Calico – I think I may have an obsession!) and the sewing machine. (You’ll notice that boxes of ‘stuff’ still feature in ‘my room’ but I am slowly sorting them out -which generally means finding them new places to live!)
Little fabric bags were made and decoration was added
I am a little bit of a haphazard sewer but I love these little bags – quick, easy and cute for boys and girls. I’ve bought some thin ribbon to add on for handles … only sixteen more to make!!
Then it was on to finishing off crochet goodness! Now several lovely ladies at work are just about to have gorgeous babies at the moment – so my hook has been very busy! The first lovely lady has now been gifted her blanket – you’ve seen the beginnings of it and now here is the finished article (pre blocking – I’m so impatient!)
Sorry the photo is dark – this was my only opportunity to photograph it before it had to leave me for it’s new home. The lady in question loved it (phew – isn’t it always a relief when you know that someone loves it as much as you do?)
And then I started work on the next baby blanket! This lady has decorated her nursery in very pale grey so I am making a sampler blanket using blocks from Jan Eaton’s fantastic book
I can highly recommend this book – easy to follow and produces large, beautiful blocks. I’m thinking of edging it with something lacy and will show you the finished blanket when it is all done and edged!
Anyway, Why ‘Dream a little dream?’ – well it is not because of the ‘room’ (that is an extra bonus!) but because long ago when Mr Toadstool was despairing of my crafty nature I thought to myself ‘someday I will make things that people want, someday I will maybe even be able to eke out a little living through making pretty things’ now this is a big deal for me. When I was at school I was told that my work was (in the exact words of my art teacher) ‘too twee’. Well now, these words may have put me off for life from having a go at anything – just think they were said to me twenty years ago and I still remember them which shows the power that they could have held. But no – despite being ‘too twee’ I embraced my crafty nature and have attempted all kinds of different crafts – some successful – some not so much. All of these experiences I am grateful for as they have shaped my tastes today and brought me to the craft that fits me best – crochet. A little bit of ‘twee’ in crochet is not a bad thing – sometimes it’s a good thing. Meetings with all kinds of people have shown me that I do indeed make things that people value and whilst not making a fortune from making pretty things I have a jolly lovely time when I am – money is not the point – the experience and the love for what you are doing is the point. So to my former art teacher I say ‘PaAaA’ and will continue to make things from time to time that are ‘too twee’ and enjoy making them too and to everyone else I say ‘Follow your dream – you never know where it might take you!’
On my crafty table today are these eclectic bunch of lovely things (belonging to both me and Little Miss H!)
Ahh, sunshine, colour and a smattering of crochet – that’s better!
Thanks as always for listening to me rabbit on about ‘stuff’!
Until next time, keep dreaming!