Sunday, May 11, 2008
And now the day is drawing to a close, the air is starting to chill, the light is fading...Miss 2 wants cuddles, Baby is trying to eat tissues from the tissue box, I have a roast on and the dogs are pestering me to be fed.
Ah motherhood, would I swap these experiences for more sleep, quiet dinners out, no nappies, no vomit..? Are you kidding? HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Hubby came home and did another quick search. Nothing. Conclusion: she escaped and was living the high life or a neighbours dog got to her...
The next morning I went outside to let my girls out of their hutch when I saw Ginger running around in the pool area - where she had obviously spent the night. I was most relieved! Needless to say, as soon as hubby woke up, the chickens has their flight feathers snipped.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Anyway, here is a preview of Sheepish Shaun. He still needs another arm and leg, and a tail. Not sure whether to put a top knot on his head. Will have to make one and see what it looks like
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Download pattern (pdf) here
I have started to fiddle with a hen, gaining so much inspiration from
Crochet Animals by Annie Obaachan (I feel like a big sponge at the moment).The shape of the hen is a basic egg shape. The comb is a chain of shells -inspired by Annie's Lion's Mane.And the wings are from her penguin. I love the wings...shape without bulk (tried cone but too bulky for such a small
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I guess if I am known for one thing, it is saying, "oh I love that pattern, I have to make it. Except I would change..." and from there the tweaking and adaptation starts...In this case I couldn't find a complete pattern that I was happy with, so bits came from here, and there, and bits were tweaked and then I ran into a problem. I wanted a particular type of back leg, but couldn't understand the pattern. So now I have to thank a wonderful lady: June from PlanetJune. I sent an email asking her for help, thinking that she would send me a site with a tutorial. Instead she crocheted a section for me and sent me some photos. Once I knew what the section was supposed to look like, I could fiddle until mine looked the same. A BIG thank you.
And so here she is, "my little kangaroo."
She stands about 7.5cm (3 inches) from head to base (not including ears). I used 3 ply acrylic baby wool and a size 2mm needle. The pouch is corduroy. I used 4mm onyx beads for the eyes.
My little mama needed a baby. So using 3 strand embroidery cotton and size 1 mm needle, the joey was born.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Unable to draft my own pattern, I set about looking for one on the web. I found the perfect pattern (cute, easy and quick) at PLANET JUNE. These are the cute acorns that inspired my CHICK-A DEES.
With my creations in full swing, I showed my husband, who questioned why the acorns had yellow caps? After adding eyes, he said that they looked like evil acorns. Undeterred, I continued and added beaks. I would have preferred to use button eyes, but given the age of my target audience, I embroidered them instead.
Given that I have been crocheting less than a month, I am happy with my first project.
Monday, March 24, 2008
After making teddies and other soft animal toys from a variety of woven back fur fabrics, a friend introduced me to the world of SOFTIES. I fell in love straight away. It was a little daunting - I am not used to sewing with regular fabric.
I decided that my first project would be the "Owl and the Pussy Cat" . I found so much inspiration on the net. In particular, I love the range of animals at LucyKateCrafts. However, I also really like owls that are made so that the back fabric forms the front peak of the owl. This would also look good with my matching cat. With all these ideas in mind, I set about drafting some patterns.
Once I was happy with the designs, and I had chosen my fabric, I set about hand sewing my creations (I hand sew all my toys). While my toys are NOT in the league of LucyKateCrafts. I was happy with my attempts. And then I stuffed them.
OK so now I confess to a blonde moment. It just did not occur to me that the lovely pink striped fabric I had chosen was a stretch fabric. So my creations are a little rounder than I had anticipated. Well, not one to abandon a project half way through, I put it down to experience and pushed on.
And here are the finished duo, with the back details showing (again inspired by LucyKateCrafts. ). Despite all their flaws and foibles, my daughter loves them!
One day I will redo them in non-stretch fabric...but at the moment, enjoying dabbling with other patterns, designs and techniques...