3.02.2015

Finished Mug Rugs

I'm quite pleased with these. Especially the machine embroidery - I had good fun doing that.


The backing fabric was the starting point colour-wise - it's coffee themed so it was perfect for this project.


Now I just need to buy some 'sweet treats' to go along with the mug rugs.

Machine Embroidery

My first attempt at machine embroidery, inspired by a Poppy Teffrey book from the library.

I think I may be doing a lot more of this in the future!

2.28.2015

Mother's Day Mug Rug WIP

I'm thinking ahead for Mother's Day today. My Mam got a fancy coffee machine for Christmas, so I thought some cute mug rugs would be a nice idea for a gift.

This is the work in progress so far.

2.26.2015

Reversible Bag

Emily has a party to attend this weekend, so I decided to make a little reversible bag for her friend.



I almost got it finished in the time Oliver was at playschool. It took a bit longer as I broke a needle - I always seem to when making bags. After that the machine wouldn't work properly. I tried re-threading a few times, changing the needle, cleaning out the lower bobbin case. 

Last chance saloon was a final go at changing the needle and tightening it up a bit more. Finally it worked. I was close to crying and checking out new machines on the Argos website.

Hopefully I've no more drama with it for a while!

2.25.2015

Winter Illness Season

I feel like I just lost a few weeks of my life!

First I got the flu. Then a very chesty cough. And then a tummy bug. And in the middle of that DH was abroad for a few days so I was looking after the kids alone, and very sick. It's one of those times when it would be nice to live closer to my family. 

So all the crafting I'd done since Christmas ground to a halt. There were days I was too tired to even hold knitting needles. That doesn't happen too often!

Now I'm back to the dolly dresses. 


And I'm working on a variation to my Anna-Beth knitted doll pattern. I'm not sure yet if I'll make a pattern of it. Or maybe offer the variation as a freebie.

It depends if it looks nice once done I suppose!

2.12.2015

Doll Faces

What a difference a change in scale can make. Both these doll faces are essentially the same design, but the one on the right has larger features. 

It creates quite a different look. I'm not totally sure which I prefer.

2.10.2015

Flu!

Last week I was struck down with flu, and it got me pretty good. So all the creative momentum I'd built since Christmas had to be paused. Which was very hard for me.
Now I'm over the worst , and just have a bad cough and runny nose. Oh the joys of the head-cold.
This week has been mostly about tidying up the house and getting back to normal. 
I made some cute buns for the after-school snack. Pink icing, cherries and sprinkles- what's not to love about them!


And I've slowly been getting back to creating. My new large rag dolls have finally had their arms and legs attached.
Now I'm working on knitted hair and a more embroidered face.