Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
There are 4 lovely patterns to choose from - this is the flower pattern and has just 4 rows. I sort of 'winged it' to cover the sides and base of the pebble, using a series of chains (3 or 5) and trebles to create a sort of open lace, decreasing in bits here and there - it just seemed to sort of work, but only AFTER I'd followed her lovely pattern! (I made an additional round of 'all trebles' in between rows of chains/trebles)
I used a 3 mm hook and Puppets Lyric Cotton (8/8) for this one and it worked really well. I'm going to try using some of my hessian string I think and some other yarns from my stash to make some of the other patterns. I was surprised I managed to cover the sides and base using my own 'methods' but I think with a little crochet knowledge on decreasing and shaping, it's possible! You CAN do it - just try it :)
The last image is of the base of the pebble - I think it looks OK for a first attempt :)
When I showed the boys my crochet pebble attempt (rather proudly I must say!) Teenage son said 'Hey, you've wrapped a rock!' - quite a cool response I thought :) 'Little S' was slightly less enthusiastic and said 'What have you done to that pebble??? You've put it in a 'straight jacket'!!' He seemed to think it was rather cruel - as if I'd trapped it forever, inside its crochet-harness!
Anyhow, I love the idea - they would make lovely presents, paper weights, ornaments, etc. and are SO satisfying to do! Off to find some more pebbles now :)
P.S. Here is a link to one site for making a magic adjustable ring which this pattern uses - it's the only one that made sense to me when I was trying to learn it a few months ago :)
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I decided after packing up a little custom order in the morning to make a cosmetic bag as I'd made one the week before for a lovely customer. Teenage Son and I scoffed some nice homemade lentil soup - he went off to do his studying (well, that's what HE told me, hehe!) and I got started on my cosmetic bag . . .
. . . I only have a small amount of this tweed - but, heck, what am I keeping it in reserve for - better weather, hehe!??, and I decided to indulge my taste for cute Japanese fabrics and out came this fab designer print cotton from my tiny stash - tooooooooo cute!!!! :)
Little tin-soldiers, toy box themes, finished off with a gingham print edging - what's not to like???! The stage was set . . . I got to work :)
It all came together, my sewing machine decided to behave - no naughty tantrums or jams, and I was feeling nice and chilled as there was no rush to reach a deadline, just how we crafty folk all want to work in a 'perfect' world - how often does it happen tho!!!??* Here's how it turned out . . .
I finished it off with a little matching 'tweedie' gift-tag.
There should be more days like this :)
I've decided to keep Teenage Son at home as a good luck charm and NEVER to send him to school again!
More creative tales over in the fab new space :D
P.S. I was on a roll, and made a SECOND cosmetic bag later in the day - they're now both in the shop - Hurray!! :D
Thursday, 10 May 2012
The teddies and the dinos always seemed to be reasonably popular, but I decided to add a slightly new design, just for my own satisfaction! These 'sleepy' birds did the trick for me, and it was lovely to add something a little different - whether they will agree with that in the shop, I don't know yet! The boys gave me a little advice, which actually made quite a difference to the end result, hence the 'sleepy' birds came into being . . .
They're very tired after their long flight, hehe :)
Just look at this cute pair who were waiting outside the house this morning - they were visiting in our garden last night, so we had to close the gate but they were obviously enjoying eating the grass and decided to stay the night - a bit of Bed and Breakfast, why not, hehe! . . .
Just love the little lamb, with his floppy ears - they're a completly different breed to the usual 'black-faced' Hebridean sheep, but I've no idea what they are, apart from the fact that they look very funny and cute (the wool looks pretty good though, hehe!) . . .
The 'grannies' are a work in progress of course, and this is as far as I've got but I'll continue with it as a chair throw which I hope it'll be (4 squares in width) . . .
Joining in with my 'Creative Space' again today, although my laptop is being a little naughty, or perhaps it's the owner who has been a little naughty and it just needs a good hoovering out - ooops! :)
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
The two red blobs are my Other Half and 'Little S' :)
There were so many people on the beach, you could hardly move hehe! . . .
I had an alterior motive of gathering some driftwood for some artpiece or other, another garland perhaps (but maybe just for me!) . . .
. . . mission accomplished.
I love how the edges have been worn and smoothed out by the motion of the sea, who needs a sander when mother Nature can do the job just as well ;-)
It's back to work for me today and I'm finishing up my small stock for my local Art Gallery shop - I'm really pleased to be having some stock in a retail outlet, particularly this one which has worked quite well for me in the past. I'll show some pics later in the week :)
Hope you had a good holiday weekend if you had one, we're back to rain and cold today, never mind - good crafting weather :)
Teenage Son is on study leave this week, so I'm on 'tea-duty' - better get the kettle on! Bye for now :D
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
I'm thinking of drilling holes in these shells and incorporating them into my 'tweedie' garlands - well, experimenting with them at least :) OK, I'm thinking of getting my Other Half to drill some holes in them - got to keep him busy, hehe!
'Speak' soon :)
P.S. Here's the beautiful drop-back of Broadbay this morning, as taken from the top of the rickety old den . . .