Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gathering ideas

While out ice skating last week I managed to fracture my elbow - which has resulted in plenty of free time but only one usable hand. So to ease my craft cravings I've been busy over on Pinterest browsing lots of pretty things and gathering some ideas for my next project.

I'm hoping to do some small patchwork bits with a lovely pack of pretty small print fabrics that were a Christmas gift.

How cute is this hexagon Christmas bauble - would love to make up one of these! Image from a Polish blog here.

Love this mini hexagon pin cushion too - tutorial from weallsew

Also there are some super stunning patchwork purses like this little beauty (image by Brigitte Giblin)

To see more of my patchwork & other crafty pin boards then have a look at my Pinterest boards.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Yarny Kirby

My Sam's current Wii gaming obsession is called "Kirby's Epic Yarn". It is so pretty to look at with all the wool & felt detail the game has. You've also got to love a game where the main baddie has giant knitting needles with which he knits up all the other baddies in the game.

This yarn Kirby was made from the lovely free pattern from Nerdigurumi's lovely blog (pattern is here) and it works up quick and easily. For my Kirby's eyes I embroidered his felt eyes instead of painting them in the hopes they last all the love Sam gives them :-)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring time

The garden is starting to come back to life and it has been lovely to watch the bulbs start to wake up and peep out.

Our snowdrops are almost all done but there are a few pretty flowers left enjoying the sun shine.

I didn't even realise we had crocus in our garden so I was delighted to find a few pretty purple flowers.

These little narcissi cheer me up every year when they pop back up next to Totoro's tree stump.

This little daffodil is on it's way to my Mum for Mother's day - hope she likes it!

(pattern is from Attic24's blog here)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Crafty costume update

So much has happened here at Tea Towers over the last year - there has been plenty of playing, making and living. I've been meaning to get a post together for a very long time but can't seem to organise my time well enough.

My solution is going to have to be quick posts with lots of photos and to start my posting for 2015 I thought I would treat you to a few more costumes!

First up we have two very suspicious characters that look up to no good. Simple paper eye masks with black beanie crochet caps and stripy tops - robber costumes ready just in time for a party :-)

Sam was very keen to dress up as a pumpkin for Halloween last year so after a bit of panicking finally came up with the idea of a drawstring bag type arrangement with a hole for his legs to come out the bottom. We stuffed it with bubblewrap and balloons and he loved it (though did have a little difficulty getting through doors!

For the school play this year we had to dress Sam in a Christmas jumper and Santa hat, so I decided I wanted to make his light up. Rich helped me out with the circuit diagram to do this and then I sewed it all with exciting conductive thread and then added a crochet Christmas tree patch over the top.

Sam really loved it.

Last costume is for World Book Day tomorrow - Sam has been reading the "Faraway Tree" series by Enid Blyton and adores them - so here he is as the Faraway tree itself.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Costume making

Since Sam started at school it seems like there have been quite a few 'dressing up' days where he has needed costumes for some event or other. One week it was a 'cosy day' where they had to wear pyjamas/dressing gowns (Sam was excited that he also got to take in his blue crochet blanket too). 

But some have been a little trickier... like having to find a fairy tale outfit for a boy. So instead of dressing him like a knight like the rest of the boys in his class I thought he could be Hansel. Thankfully I was able to borrow some lederhosen from another mum and all I had to make was a suitable hat...

Then we had World book day and Sam's class had to dress up as characters from Julia Donaldson books. Sam decided that he wanted to be the ladybird from "What the Ladybird heard" and this time I had him helping to make his costume which consisted of cardboard wings (painted by Sam and then decorated with spots and much glitter then applied) and a ladybird mask we had in our dressing up box.

Now on to making up a Easter bonnet for the school parade...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Felt fantastic

Look at what I got in the post this morning... a copy of Laura Howard's "Super-cute felt animals"!

I can't believe that I was the lucky winner of Super Cute Kawii's recent giveaway - thank you ever so much Marceline!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wrist warming

Over this cold and damp winter my little girl has decided that she would much prefer to wear my plain and boring black gloves rather than her pretty pink mittens. Seeing as I can't fit into her mittens my hands have been getting quite cold out so I thought I would have a try at making some fingerless gloves for myself.

I pulled out of my stash a couple of balls of Artesano Alpaca yarn that I've had for years and didn't know what to do with. Then after a quick search on Ravelry found a beautiful pattern for 'Dragon Skin Gauntlets' by Aoibhe Ni (the link to the Ravelry pattern is here). I love how they turned out, pretty, delicate and so toasty warm... however I didn't want to wreck them by wearing them outside so decided to re-raid my stash and make up a second pair.

This time I used up some pretty colours of plain old acrylic yarn and worked up these wrist warmers (based on the instructions on Lucy's Attic24 blog). Ah - lovely and snug now... only problem is that my little girl seems to be taking a liking to these gloves now!