Friday, August 17, 2018

Cooling down

Our super hot Summer weather has quickly become rainy and overcast... however that hasn't stopped my Emily from very much wanting me to make her this little cute crochet ice lolly.

Pattern is from the latest issue of Simply Crochet (#74) and is written by Susan Yeates. It worked up super quickly and was perfect for gratifying the demands of this little bossy girl.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The dark side of crochet

I'm really excited to be showing off this little stormtrooper made from the Star Wars Crochet kit that I've had sitting waiting for me to start for years. (Star Wars crochet by Lucy Collin)

Well now I've made a start and created this little guy I think I shall just have to keep going and see how many of these fantastic characters I can create.

The patterns are fantastic - detailed, clear, well thought out and easy to follow. I love all the detail that has gone into this little guy, especially his chubby cheeks!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Dancing Darcy Dog

Latest quick make from Simply Crochet magazine, my son Sam saw this come in with my magazine last week and was very excited so I quickly whipped it up for him.

It's so lovely to be on Summer break and be able to finally get through all these little projects I have tucked away!

Friday, August 10, 2018

New to the herd

After much stabbing with a felting needle I have managed to turn some unspun into two rainbow fleeced sheep, and I simply adore them :-)

Needle felting takes a surprisingly long time, I must have spent 20 hours stabbing bits of wool to create my sheep, however it becomes quite addictive and it is fantastic to sculpt with wool.

This little guy had even more yarn adding to him to make him extra cuddly and colourful.

My sheep crafting kit I bought from Yarndale last year and if you fancy a go too they have an online shop where you can get kits like this one designed for complete needle felting beginners.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Pixel cross stitch

You may remember that we have a bit of a Space Invader theme going on in Tea Towers (if not then check out my post on laptop cases), if so then my latest make will be no surprise...

This cross stitch design was from a lovely little kit by mouseloft ( - these kits are simple, cute designs which are the perfect size for an evening of quick cross stitch.

I bought some black aida to use instead of the light blue it came with - this really shows off the design and makes it feel more like the graphics from the original game. 

With a little bit more sewing it has now transformed Rich's new bag.

I'm now itching to add some cross stitch to other items about the house, I had best go and buy a few more kits from the lovely Mouseloft designs!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Christmas llama

I'm still cracking on with the backlog of Simply crochet kits that I've amassed, here is the latest off the hook - Fa-la-la-llama by Erinna Lee.

Quite a fiddly make to do, lots of small pieces to crochet and then join together including some tricky embroidery on the face using separated yarn... which ended up pulling apart so had to make do with some doubled up thread.

When I made up the sequined reins I decided to crochet them straight into the chain which I think gives them a much neater finished than the method in the pattern.

Pretty pleased to have him finished, and also glad to crack on with some other exciting projects I've been keen to start... more on that soon :-)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Have a look at the pots I got to make at a friend's hen party, they've been glazed and fired and thankfully survived coming up from London to Croatia and then to us here in Manchester.

This little one was my first try at using the potters wheel and turned out much better than I imagined.

It was lovely using the wheel and feeling the clay take shape, would love to try it again some time.

We also got to spend some time forming a pot by hand. This took a much longer time with much smoothing out and slowly shaping.

My pot had a torn edge effect that thankfully meant I didn't need to try and create an even brim... it may well have driven my fussy nature crazy!

I'm not as keen on the outside of my pot with the striped look from the glaze... I had thought it would be coming closer to the base than it did which would have just left the light blue showing at the bottom.

I love my two pots and am so grateful to my friend for having such a lovely crafty hen party :-)