Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Dolly Carrier

At a recent fair I was asked if I made dolly carriers for a little girl to put her dolly and teeny accessories in. So, after some research and consultation with Pickle-Lily herself, I have now come up with dolly carriers!
Dolly carrier

The perfect size for a dolly or two and accessories to travel about in, unroll and then ready for action! They are available empty - if you already have lots of dolls, or with a dolly and tiny friend (the dollies will vary).
Please come and play with me!

The outers are made with this lovely button fabric from Moda with a wool felt inner - flower colours vary!
dolly carrier rolled up

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Lovely ladybirds

Ladybird goodies

Over the past few weeks we have been on ladybird or ladybug watch. We found several trees covered in hundreds of these gruesome looking bugs - and when I told the children they would grow up to be ladybirds, they just didn't believe me! So we watched!
I'm going to grow up and be a ladybird???

The gruesome bugs became strange looking cocoons - they did look a bit like ladybirds.
ladybird cocoons

And then last week, by precise timing by me (actually complete luck) we watched a ladybird hatching out of it's cocoon and found a newly hatched one sitting in the sun! I didn't realise how lucky we were until I went back the next morning to take better photos on the camera (as opposed to my phone) and couldn't find any at that stage, let alone two different stages. So apologies for the fuzzy photo!
I've been busy making some ladybird goodies after watching these amazing creatures - so I now have ladybird key rings and badges, as well as ladybird mini bunting and bug mini bunting including ladybirds. I just love ladybirds and we are going to have lots this summer!

hatching ladybirds

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Teacher thank-you gift

... or I should also add Teaching Assistant gift!
Tissue holder

I haven't done a tutorial recently, so I have decide to do one! It's a simple tissue pack holder and can be adapted for any occasion, not just as end of year present for teachers. Thinking about it, they could also make useful wedding favours!!You buy little tissue packs, which are very neat until you open them to use one, the rest get tatty in your bag so you throw them away. But now you can keep them tidy!
Cut two pieces of fabric 19cm x 16cm, one to be your lining and the other to be the outer.

Iron a 1cm hem along the long side on both pieces.

Decorate the outer with ribbon as I have, or ricrac or even use some of those fancy machine embroidery stitches you never use. Remember the pressed hem is the bottom of the holder.
Make sure your decoration is right way up!

Put right side to right side, pressed hems at the bottom and sew along the sides and top edge.
Sew along sides and top - leave pressed hem open
Turn right side out, push out the corners and press.
Open pressed hem is the bottom

With right side in, seam the two sides together. I leave a little at the top to allow give, as tissue packs are different sizes, before I start the seam. Remember the pressed hem is the bottom of the holder.
Move the side seam along until it becomes a back seam and press the seam open (see photo).

The side becomes the back seam

Seam across the bottom seam now.
Seam across the bottom

Turn right side out!
Finished tissue holder - it will fit all the way inside!

I have even made a little card to go with it - as teachers get through lots of tissues! I will put some of these in my Folksy shop if you would like to buy one rather than make your own. It'll come with a card but no tissues, less postage like that.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Super Sunday

Yesterday, P and I went to The Frome Independent (in Somerset), their tagline is 'More than a Market' and they proudly proclain 'You can't but happiness (But you can shop at The Frome Independent and that's pretty close)'.
Flowers everywhere

If you enjoy going to markets you'll love The Frome Independent! A craft market in the Cheese and Grain, a lovely cafe and clean toilets!
Flea Market

 A flea market in the car park, and yesterday they had set up a village green. In July it's going to be Alice in Wonderland themed and August in becomes Frome-on-Sea.
A free park and ride is available - check the website.

The streets of Frome are filled with food and craft stalls of all shapes and sizes and contents, from cheese to cupcakes to belts made from bicycle tyres. Everywhere you go there are stalls.
Plants as well

Be warned though by lunchtime many of the cash points were empty!
These are muffins!

Catherine Hill has many vintage shops, Millie Moon (fabulous fabrics), Marmalade Yarns and the Suitcase Stalls - mini stalls set up on a suitcase, a wheelbarrow or tiny table.
Catherine Hill

We had a fabulous day browsing and may have returned with a few bags!
Extremely well organised and busy!

Friday, 29 May 2015

d is for ... dinosaurs

dinosaur roll

I have been trying to make some more things for boys lately and so my dinosaur range has hatched! I know girls like dinosaurs too, so I am hoping they will be popular.

pop in a bag or pocket and ready to go!
There is cute dinosaur mini bunting ..
mini bunting

and a pocket purse in the same fabric.
A cheeky dinosaur note book made from felt.

Finally a dinosaur carry roll, complete with six dinosaurs but you can always add more.
dinosaurs rule!

Monday, 4 May 2015


This week seems to be all about Work in Progress, with lots of projects on the go and as usual I think I've got rather carried away with what I've started! I am definitely not one of those people who start a project and work on it methodically to the end. I've got mini bunting waiting for the blue thread on the sewing machine ..
Mini bunting
Car carriers started to replenish my stock for next week-end's event
and why I then started on dinosaur carriers as well!
There's a bunny waiting to be made up using Rowan pure wool, so lovely to knit with and snuggle ...
And finally one thing I finished yesterday afternoon, a new owl design! I love mixing all the colours together for his tummy and this will make each one even more unique, but the problem is I feel like casting a new one on now in lots of other colours!!!

And a big pile of big bunting to sort out too!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Mother of Dragons

All my babies!

Recently, I was asked to make twenty different baby dragons, to be used in a dragon hunt for St. George's Day. Our town was having a day to celebrate all things St. George and part of that day was to find twenty dragons in shop windows and solve the puzzle.
To make the dragons I used a super pattern mash up from Jellybums - of a crocodile with spines down it's back and added a pair of felt wings of my own creation.
My favourite colour combination - teal body with orange wings and spikes!

Each dragon was different - different faces and different body, spike and wing colour combinations. I'll be honest it was a labour of love, and on the final day I was up at 5am knitting, knitted during my lunch break and then up to 1am! But they are finished - and you can see a few of them in use on this web page here.
Some of my babies ...

... and some more!