Be Mine

  Having eaten countless packets of Love Hearts over the past few months to satisfy pregnancy cravings, I was staring at the packaging and thought about making something similar out of felt and thread. Starting with yet another roll of the sweeties, I ate all the ‘cheesy’ lines (“text me” being one of the first) and decided to work on what was left. These little sachets are filled with dried Hitchin Lavender (grown about 4 miles down the road from my house and picked up on the way to get my son from nursery so minimal stitching footprint) and each … Continue reading Be Mine

Our House, in the Middle of Our Street

A good friend just moved house, and instead of the usual card, I thought I’d send her an actual diddy house. Tag on the top means you can attach the keys you always lose (the ones for the windows, we have several, none of which are for the home we currently live in), hook it on a door handle or hang it on a tree…well, why not? You will need:House coloured felt (really there is no form for this, fairies live in pink houses and astronauts like silver…)Selection of threadsNeedleToy stuffing (the old bag of cotton wool will do)Ribbon for … Continue reading Our House, in the Middle of Our Street

Hot Under the Collar

Apparently I look like anostrich to the rest of the world… Inspired by this month’s Mollie Makes magazine, I wanted to cheer up my old knackered denim jacket with a fake Peter Pan Collar. This jacket is at least 13 years old and probably deserves a mini Jubilee in itself for the service it has provided. But it is a little love-worn and is starting to go in places, so I hoped perking it up might make it last a little longer. All you need: Poor old jacket… Strip of pretty fabric big enough to cover the collar;Equal sized strip … Continue reading Hot Under the Collar

Taking a Basket-Case to the Rodeo…

So, the big blue plastic laundry basket had to go… I’d picked up a Lloyd Loom basket a few years ago, slapped a new top on it and forgotten it could do the job perfectly until this weekend. This is a perfect afternoon project requiring little skill and the pleasure of thwacking stuff with a hammer. A patriotic yet weary box. I always take furniture on a night out… First, gather all the stuff that you need and bung it on a clean surface -this saves buggering about running to the garage/shed for pliers etc. Tools I find essential are … Continue reading Taking a Basket-Case to the Rodeo…

Three camels, a pirate and and a pink tractor…

  Sometimes you bump into the unexpected. At the Young Farmers Essex Show (I know, more muddy than crafty), I met three lovely racing camels. Not the most normal thing to see in an Essex field, and it being Essex there are usually plenty of options in that department…The camels themselves were very chilled -not a hint of spitting- but what really caught my eye were the multi-coloured tassels on their bridles. Really rich, deep tones, much like a blanket I’ve been working on for about 4 months. My crotchet blanket uses up all the odds-and-sods of wool that aren’t … Continue reading Three camels, a pirate and and a pink tractor…

Flotilla-the-bun…

The cheap shot at humour is needed to make up for the icing on my cakes. It would be fair to say that is was more Black Hawk Down than Hummingbird Bakery, but hopefully you get the idea. Whilst my Dad has one ticket to sail in the Jubilee Flotilla, the rest of us are going to have to make do with inflating the dingy usually reserved for grey days at Cromer in July and sitting in the middle of the living room pretending to paddle said dingy. To add to the sense of perspective provided by hundreds of boats … Continue reading Flotilla-the-bun…

Jubilee Baby-Bunting

Jumping on the Royalist band-wagon, I used up some tiny red, white and blue felt scraps cut into triangles (the weren’t perfect, measuring requires patience), added buttons from my jam-jar and threaded onto some sturdy blue thread. A little over and hour and a metre of thread later, I have a pretty string of miniature bunting. It made it’s way onto my shiny red telephone, crept over the Sweet Williams on the dresser and finally stopped atop the glass dresser doors. Perfect on white roses, cake stands and maybe and iced fruit cake for the holiday weekend. Happy. Continue reading Jubilee Baby-Bunting