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In April & May…

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…I had more fun with Turtle Tales. (See the full story here, here, here, here and here.)

Apr 2013 turtle tales

…I made pompom animals with lots of children at an Easter family event.

Apr 20131 pompom animals

…I made a cute cardigan as a birthday present for a cute little girl.

Apr 20132 cute cardigan

…I had some lovely things in the post from Tamara and Jane.

Apr 20133 giveaway goodies

…I finally showed you the Riverbed Blanket.

May 20131 riverbed blanket

…I enjoyed bright splashes of colour as spring arrived – at long last!

May 2013 flowers

…I spent a bank holiday with a lovely friend and a crazy cat.

May 20132 bank holiday 1

…I had some lovely presents for my birthday.

May 20133 birthday presents

…I revealed the winner of my birthday giveaway (and even managed to send it before the month was over!)

May 20134 giveaway winner

…I spent my half-term holiday making granny bunting.

May 20135 bunting triangles

May 20136 bunting triangles 2

That’s actually a whole lot more than I thought I’d done! I think it feels like I haven’t done much because I haven’t been blogging much, but perhaps that’s not the case…

The best laid plans…

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I had a great post planned for today, full of colour and all the things I’ve been busy creating. It was going to be simply amazing. But when I switched the computer on…there was no internet connection! I’ve been very helpfully told that ‘yes, you might not be able to connect for a couple of days’.
And since I can’t face writing a huge long post on my phone, all my amazing and colourful updates will have to remain unwritten for the time being.
But I couldn’t leave you completely devoid of colour, so here are the buttons I’ve just added to Tamara’s cushion cover. (I’m getting my act together very slowly, but should be ready to get everything in the post really soon!)
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#200b

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Here it is, the real 200th post! (Unless you count the 200th post from yesterday. Which I don’t.)

I’ve had a lot of fun with this blog and it’s been great ‘meeting’ others who enjoy all manner of craftiness too. Thank you for all your comments and inspiration – I love being part of this online community!

I thought I’d have another giveaway to celebrate and this is what was on offer this time:

– either a five point star or a hearts desire doily…

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– a custom made crochet and wooden bead necklace…

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– and the final mystery gift…

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a crochet cushion cover!

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I used the wonderful Lucy’s Summer Garden Granny Square pattern – so easy to follow with fantastic colourful photos for each step.

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(Please excuse the ends poking out through various holes – I only just managed to finish it yesterday and I haven’t had time to sort out all the ends yet!)

I employed my usual high-tec name generator – names in the hat of wonders!

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Here they are all folded up (so they don’t stick to each other!)

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And the winner is…

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Congratulations Tamara! Let me know which doily you’d like and the colour you would prefer. And I’ll email you with options for the necklace 🙂

Sorry to the rest of you, but keep your eyes open for the next giveaway – I’m sure I’ll feel the need for another one in a month or two!

I’m back!

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Hello! How are you? Have you enjoyed the summer (or at least survived all the rain)?

You may have wondered where I’ve been the last few weeks. In actual fact I haven’t been anywhere. Apart from my week camping (in the rain) my holiday has been spent at home (in the rain with brief moments of sun). I had so many creative ideas buzzing around in my head and the holidays persented the perfect opportunity to start making them.

But when it came to it, I didn’t really feel like making anything at all. I had so much time on my hands and not an ounce of inspiration. So instead I spent my time with friends, taking trips to the beach and reading.

How cute are these beach huts?!

And even though these were lovely things to do I thought you’d probably get pretty bored reading about it all, so I decided to have a little blogging break. Every now and then I found myself writing a blog in my head (does anyone else do that, or is it just me?!) but on the whole I’ve enjoyed the break.

But I’m also really happy to be back! Although, with the new term just around the corner I don’t know how often I’ll be able to post – we’ll have to see how things go.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Let me quickly show you the very little I’ve made over the last couple of weeks.

A friend wanted a baby blanket, and asked if I had any. I had 3 which were part way through, so she came and picked her favourite.

I managed to finish it fairly quickly (I only had a few rounds left to do) and edged it with Jacquie’s Double V Edging.

The finished blanket measures 29iches/75cm.

The same friend has also commissioned me to make a blanket for her Nan for Christmas. More of that when I’ve made some progress!

I went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago. It was in a beautiful old village church and the hall where they held the reception was liberally festooned with bunting – I was in heaven!

They also had really lovely table decorations, my favourite being sweets in teacups. Such a simple idea, but just lovely.

I loved the favours too – beautifully decorated mini jars of jam. Yum!

The bride and groom asked for gift vouchers rather than presents, as they already had most things they needed. However, I decided that I wanted to give them something a little more personal. So I made them a cushion to celebrate their marriage.

I was really pleased with how it turned out – I hope they like it too!

Cable cushion cover

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Hello everyone, how has your day been? My day has felt pretty good because a) it has been sunny nearly all day and b) I finally finished my cable cushion cover! And just in time too – it’s my Aunt’s birthday tomorrow – phew!

Here it is, all knitted up and ready to be sewn together.

The button holes went a little squiffy – I’m never really sure how to do them, even when I’m following instructions (in this case my Mother’s advice), so end up just kind of guessing and making it up.

But after working blanket stitch around them they look a lot neater! And thankfully the buttons are pretty big, so they will hide any messiness 🙂

Here’s the bottom flap sewn together…

…and the whole thing. It looks so skinny against the cushion!

It’s always at this stage that I start wondering – is it really big enough? But thankfully it was!

And here’s the back.

I’m working on writing out the pattern, but it may take a little while – I’ve used lots of my own random shorthand, which actually doesn’t mean much to anyone (even me when I haven’t looked at it for a while!) But I’ll let you know when it’s finished 🙂

Cable cushion

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The last few days, as well as trying to dodge the rain and coping with a class full of small children who have been cooped up for way too long, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. I’ve not done much knitting since Christmas, mostly because I fell in love with crochet. But last week I picked up something I started way back at the beginning of the year. In fact, I even mentioned it in one of my very early posts – and have not worked on it since!

This is the cushion cover that my Aunt and Uncle asked me to make. I made one for them for Christmas and they asked for a matching one. Well, I lost interest (as I’m sure you can guess by the fact that I haven’t worked on it for so long!) but Mum asked if I’d finish it for my Aunt’s birthday – which is next week! So I’m frantically trying to get it all done in time.

I’m making good progress though – I have got half the back (which was nearly finished anyway) and the whole of the front done and I’m nearly halfway through the second part of the back. Hurrah – the end is in sight!

I’m really hoping that I get it done soon so I can make more goodies in time for my stall in a couple of weeks…

Made in May

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Hello people of Blogland! How are you all? Did you have a lovely weekend? I had a great time away (more of that later) but halfway through the weekend I realised I hadn’t done my May summary – so here it is!

In May I have…

…crocheted…

…recycled a skirt…

…played with fabrics…

…celebrated my 30th birthday with a giveaway…

…spent some time baking with a lovely Little Girl…

…spent some time creating with and for some very special Little People.

I hope your month was as lovely 🙂

Time for a change?

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I’ve been playing around with my blog background this morning. Whilst I love the buttony background it seems like it might be too ‘busy’. I looked at different themes, but didn’t come across any with all the features I want in the style I want, so decided to stick with what I have but play around with colours. I wanted to show you the different options, but for some reason it’s not letting me copy the pictures onto here. So you’ll have to use your memory and imagination! Think back to how it was before, with the buttony background. Have a look at how it is now. And try to imagine what it would be like with pale blue.

What do you think? Which is the best option?

Anyway, while I’ve been pondering I’ve also been sewing. You remember the skirt I found in a charity shop last week? Well, this morning it’s transformation was completed and it’s now a beautiful cushion cover!

I had planned to put lace where the ric rac is, and even got as far as bringing some home from the shop with me, but when I laid it out it just looked a bit too over the top and fussy. So I decided to stick with ric rac – much more simple but still adds a little something.

Here are the buttons – 2 on the front (the ones on the left) and 2 on the back (on the right). The ones on the front are purely for decoration. The ones on the back are to hide the ends of the ric rac.

And here it is properly filled out. It fits an 18 inch cushion – it’s a little snug as the cover is actually slightly smaller than 18 inches, but that just means that the cushion looks plumper.

 

 Just before I go, let me remind you about my giveaway – only 10 days to go! If you haven’t entered yet just leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Edit: Ok, just a quick update – I’ve just entered an amazing giveaway! Have a look here, at Mary Jane’s Tearoom. There is a chance to win either fabrics and ribbons…

or yarn and buttons.

Yummy or what?! I went for the fabric and ribbon option – it was a tough choice, but I figured that I could always make some of my own buttons with those beautiful fabrics. Have a little look – the deadline is 11th May 🙂

Birthdays

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It seems like a lot of people were born on 25th April. I can think of at least 6 people without even trying. But of all those, only 2 got presents from me. I have just popped round to my friend’s house to drop off Bun Bun for Little Girl. And I think she liked it (although she’s pretty overtired, and her brothers are completely hyped up!) – the first thing she did was start playing with the buttons and poppers. Mum and Grandma loved it too – I may have to make bunnies for them too!

The other person to get a present is my lovely friend Helen. She has fairly recently bought a brand new house, so I decided to make something pretty and practical – a pin board!

Her favourite colour is blue, and her kitchen is full of blue and white spotty things, so the white/cream buttons seemed like a good idea. The board will take pride of place in her kitchen next to the sink, just right for pinning up all those odd bits of paper that need to be put somewhere.

It is a completely wet and windy kind of day, but Helen and I decided to brave the weather and go to the beach. We headed to Lyme Regis, where it was surprisingly sunnyish (for an hour at least). Sadly I forgot to take my camera – there were some truly spectacular waves breaking over the cobb. We weren’t brave enough to actually walk along it, but as we saw some people get very wet I think that was probably a good thing!

We also found a lovely little cafe called Aroma which has amazing gluten free cakes – they were completely yummy! We also had a little potter around the shops. There are so many pretty shops in Lyme – it was complete bliss. I was fairly self controlled though, and only came back with a skirt – a bargain find in a charity shop. It’s fairly thin cotton, but beautiful patterns and will make a very nice cushion cover. I’ll line it with plain cotton to make it stronger and probably add ribbon or lace in places too. And there will probably be enough over to make a few other pretty bits and pieces. I can see it very clearly in my mind, but whether or not it turns out like that is anyone’s guess. Anyway, have a look…

And some close ups…

I especially like this panel with the writing. 

Pretty isn’t it? Hopefully I’ll manage to actually make the cushion cover, rather than just plan it in my head!

Oh, and on the subject of birthdays, don’t miss your chance to enter the Big 30 Giveaway in celebration of my 30th – you still have a couple of weeks 🙂

Pegs

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It’s a crazy foggy day again. I know I said I kinda like the mysteriousness of mist? Well, that does not apply to heavy fog. It’s so thick that driving was actually quite scary!

But it’s the perfect day for staying in a making things! I put on an Ally McBeal dvd and got cutting. And sticking. And trimming. And this is what came out of it.

(These are my favourites because they have buttons on them!)

You can also find them listed here on Coriandr. Along with my Granny Square Cushion Cover 🙂