Monday 26 April 2010

Dog Walking

Have to admit had a touch of the grumps recently so when a friend asked me to do a little bit of dog walking this morning I thought that was probably a good idea, let the wind blow away the cobwebs (and the blues!) It was impossible not to smile when watching Alfie literally jump for joy!

Thursday 22 April 2010

Bird Houses!

I saw these wonderfully cute birdhouses on a brilliant blog... (the original design is by Nichole Heady - Papertrey Ink). I just could not resist having a go at making a pair. I'm planning to give them to my parents for their Wedding Anniversary this weekend - I think they will have pride of place at the dinner table! :-)

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Teddy Bear!

I am very happy and very proud of myself! I have handmade a mohair teddy bear. This gorgeous creature came in kit form and was a gift from my parents last Christmas and I was determined not to let it sit at the back of the wardrobe, it just had to be made.

I embarked upon the 'bear adventure' with a lot of trepidation - I can sew, cross stitch etc but it is very different to making a toy. This bear kit was featured on Kirsty's Homemade Christmas, Channel 4 - last December and can still be purchased at

So starting off you cut out the bear body parts, snipping as opposed to cutting is the done thing with mohair! Assembling his head is tricky but possible - the finished head looks a little macabre especially as I put him in a spare flowerpot while he awaited his body! Once his eyes were in place I panicked over stitching his nose and mouth - but finally he had a character and I instantly loved him. Being a dab hand with pliers (all that jewellery making!) was a big plus as his joints are made with 'cotterpins' - all new but interesting.

Finally, two days later and being an absent mother for a couple of meals he was finished. He now has pride of place on top of the bookcase and I will treasure him always. Thanks Mum and Dad - probably one of the best gifts I've ever received. :-) xx

Tuesday 13 April 2010

Creative but in a different way!

So what have I been doing??? I've immersed myself in the wonderful world of playing with paper! Scrapbooking - it is heaven. I've just returned from a long weekend away - Scrapbooking Retreat (or rehab as my son likes to call it!) I've spent a few days with wonderful people making beautiful things. It is SO addictive. If you were ever one of those people that adored stationary, card marking etc you just have to have a go. So guess what I'm doing today - taking tons more photos ready to scrap! :-)
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