Collaboration and a treat for me!

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s the weekend – yippee! Hope you have all had a good week. Mine has been productive (mostly!)

Just before Christmas my gorgeous sister-in-law and I embarked on a collaborative woolly project . Namely to make granny squares for a blanket to be sent to … well our granny! So we chose colours – originally pastels which then developed into muted pinks, greens, purples, browns and creams (sounds revolting right?) Then when we had finished our ten squares each I collected them all up and tried to suss out a pretty way to connect them. Here they are laid out on my floor pre-joining.

DSCN3348The colours in ‘real life’ are not quite that bold. Can you see my original stripy crocheted one? I wasn’t happy with them – no not one bit. So I put my thinking cap on. How to attach them to help the knitted and crocheted squares blend? An idea formed in my mind of a cream border round each square which when put together would mesh all the colours and help them to work together instead of fighting with each other. Here’s the (nearly) finished product!

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DSCN3381Still a bit more sewing to do to finish sewing all those squares together but getting there. Then there is the ever present question of the edging. A bit more thinking to do on that. I’m thinking wide and lacy to finish it off.

My treat as mentioned in the title is this glorious creation.

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Isn’t it perfect? It is from the very talented Baxter and Snow. Her beautiful wine box based creations are stunning. I could quite happily order everything in her shop – I am trying not to!! This ribbon stacker has reformed my old piles of messy ribbon into an organised pretty little area in the corner of my teeny tiny studio (which is freezing cold at the moment!) along with my cheery bunting, pastel lidded storage jars and a few items of Cath Kidston (both presents – I love anything Cath Kidston!) You can just see a few happy stars attached to my mood board if you look really really carefully. Can you tell I love it?

DSCN3366There you go – a closer look! AaaAaRrHhhhH! Organised, tidy, bliss. (Possibly the only part of the room that is!!)

Better be off to finish sewing in those ends, adding edging and then sending off the blanket to my lovely Gran who has been waiting for it for an age!

Until next time, I’ll be finishing those pesky WIP’s!

Emma x

 

 

 

 

Lovely walks and crafting!

 

 

Hello all you lovely folk!

Hope that you all had a wonderful week – Half Term Holidays, I love them! Time to chill, walk, read, crochet and craft with my gorgeous children (well one of them at least!)

This is a little creation that I made a while back – hearts and roses. The little sign says ‘Grandchildren Spoilt here’ – I think it needs to be a little bigger really but I liked it non the less.

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I finished the small stripey hottie cover this week too. Here it is looking squidgy!

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Although not sure at first it is growing on me and I am very happy with it. I hope the lovely lady it is destined for likes it. The back is different to the front so if she reads this at least one side will be a surprise!

We decorated paperclay stars – if you haven’t tried paperclay it is amazing stuff! Lightweight, durable and easier to mould than other air drying clay.

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There was a lot of this during the week:

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Aaaahh – lovely St Ouens. Every time I set foot on this beach my body zings (it is usually very windy!) my soul sours and my heart sings. All my niggles are left in the car park and I think, not for the first time, how lucky I am to live on beautiful Jersey.

My lovely friends stayed in a Heritage Property for two nights over the weekend. Kempt Tower. It was stunning inside but I only managed these shots through the window!

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Don’t worry – It wasn’t damp anywhere else but these window ledges!

Whatever you’ve been doing over the week I hope you have had lots of fun.

Until next time, I’ll be finishing another WIP!

Emma x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fascinators and a little stripeyness!

Hello all in blogland. I hope you are all keeping warm and snuggly on this grey rainy day. I have the lurgy so am feeling very sorry for myself. Lots of honey and lemon drinks, fireside snoozing, crochet and a film with Little Miss H is on my agenda for this afternoon.

In the meantime I wanted to pop on by to show you what I’ve been up to recently. A lovely colleague of mine recently gave me a challenge. She was off to a wedding and was wearing black and cream. She had a black fascinator which she wanted to add some cream to and with me being a crafty sort of gal thought I might be able to help.

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Here it is looking pretty in black. I tried many (many) ways to attach the little cream feathers. But first I sewed around the bases to give me something to ‘grab’.

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I attached them to a piece of black embroidery thread before winding the thread round the base of the net rose and tying it off – this way the feathers were secure but would also be easy to detach. – phew!

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It was tricky to get a photograph of them – so here’s another one for you to peruse! I was quite pleased with the finished result.

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On my hook at the moment is this little stripey cosy. I love the grey and the bright colours – no pattern – just random stripes whenever I feel like them.

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This shot was taken on a day a lot sunnier than this one!! I love daffs – they instantly cheer my house up and make me smile. Here’s another little shot of the stripes – just rows of double crochet measured to fit – looking a little wonky but infinitely cheery!

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Now I’ve shared I’m off to locate that hot honey and lemon, whack another log on the stove, grab a snuggly crochet blanket and watch something lovely with my girlie!

Until next time, I’ll be keeping snuggly!

Emma x

Pootling and pondering!

Well hello there all your gorgeous people out there in blogland. I hope that you are having a happy day. I have some very strange free time this week due to my girlie being poorly. She slept for two hours yesterday .. in the daytime … and then slept all night too. Let me tell you that this is most unusual! She’s now absolutely fine and pootling around the house happily with small plastic objects being distributed all over – mostly cars!

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I took advantage of the peace and quiet, not to mention being home in the daytime, to do just a smidgen more hood creation. I started this one as a ‘Hello Kitty’ experiment but let me tell you that starting in the dim light of the lounge led me to choose not white, but cream yarn. By the time I’d discovered my mistake it was too late to turn back so I kept going and waited for inspiration to hit.

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Is it a furry bear/ is it a white lion? who knows. But I do know one thing – I love it! I’d forgotten how much I love using wool as a fringe. Oh the happiness.

My next mission is to make a hot water bottle cosy for a lovely aunt who nagged requested me to make one for her after seeing this creation of mine.

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So of course I will oblige. What colour to make? Hmm tricky! I eventually decided on stripey! A piccie of the finished cosy will follow – soon I hope.

I haven’t made a blanket for a long time – over the years I’ve made a few – here are my favourites

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Oh the spotty, the stripey and the rippley! I love them all. The top one was made for my new nephew (over a year ago) the second – well that’s mine! and the third is my son’s ripple which forever resides on his bed. I can’t decide what I want to make next – suggestions would be welcomed.

I will go and ponder and see where my pondering leads to!

Until next time, happy making!

Emma x

Absences and Opportunities

Hello everyone – many apologies for my long absence. I would like to say that I’m travelling around the world or having an amazing time at an artists retreat but the honest truth is I just don’t seem to have had any time to post. I know – rubbish! Anyway now I’m back and here is some of what I have been up to.

Firstly, just before Christmas Little Miss H and I were trying to wrack our brains for a ‘different’ present for her gorgeous teacher. This is what we came up with – personalised notepad number one. This is the very beginning rainbow stage. We then stuck on some silver alphabet stickers to spell out her name and stuck some sticky back plastic over the top of it all. We were very pleased with our labours and I think that her teacher liked it too.

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Next there was more animal hood creating.

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Another bear hood with button. Please excuse the messy table!

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Funny light in this one! Little bunny hood – it had a pink button added to the top and a pom-pom for the tail! This one was for Little Miss H – she was delighted. And just in time for the wintry weather.

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And just because I’d experimented with one pom-pom I thought that I’d add them the next bear hood I made – I delivered it today and the lovely lady was thrilled.

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Now I didn’t actually make this – I ordered it from a very talented lady in Jersey for Christmas. I loved it so much that it is still in situ (as are the fairy lights! – couldn’t bear to take them down – we all need a little sparkle in our lives and this is mine!)

Now for the opportunities. I have always loved history and pay regular visits to our magnificent castles and other historical sites (Hamptonne Country Life Museum where ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ was filmed and a dolmen called La Hougue Bie being among my favourites). I was given the opportunity back in September to join a medieval reenactment group in Jersey and jumped at the chance. My role was as a spinner – now I have never properly spun anything before but my Mum used to and I thought that I could always ask her for tips. Well it turns out that I am spinning on a ‘Great Spinning Wheel’, also known as the ‘Walking Wheel’ which is actually bigger than I am! Instead of sitting spinning you turn the wheel by hand and feed the wool at the same time. Now I didn’t have time to get any photos at the end of last year as the season had finished but when the new season starts I’ll post some pictures. How could I refuse this fantastic opportunity – two of my loves (history and yarn) at the same time! Since then I have been driven to find out more about traditional crafts and so for Christmas asked for a lace making kit.

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Here are my bobbins all ready to be ‘spangled’ – I think that is the right term! This gives weight to the bobbins and stops them moving around too much when you are lace-making. I am using the bobbins and the wire and beads from the pack – all of which are plastic. In time and when I have practised with these maybe I’ll invest in some wooden ones – especially if I am using it in reenactment – plastic is not really the look I want!

The only thing that I have made from scratch is my bolster or pillow. The pack came with a cardboard thing and a bit of polystyrene and I didn’t think that I could pass that off as anything like traditional so I searched, and I searched and eventually I came up with something that I am happier with. This is my bolster pillow (stuffed with woollen felt). The research that I did revealed that there is a huge amount of pillows and bobbins that have been used through the ages but that the bolster may (I’m not claiming to be an expert on this!) have been the one that was used from the earliest date. I have stuck to the pattern that I was given with the kit – we’ll see how I get on!

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I’ll keep you posted with details of my progress. My first job is to attach the spangles to the bobbins – very tricky – trying to do this with my bare hands did not go well!! So I will raid hubby’s tool kit for an appropriate implement!

I love it when life throws you something unexpected! (well most of the time anyway!!) and new opportunities open up that previously you would not have thought possible.

Until next time, I’ll be grabbing opportunities with both hands!

Emma x

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