Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Ok I give in, icy weather pictures and Christmassy sparkles!

 I love, in fact, absolutely insist on utter tacky ,glitzy ,sparkliness on my christmas tree.This one is mine, all red, gold and green.The children's one started pink, then purple and now is also silvery and blue, over the years and whims of the kids. I always give the kids a new ornament each every year, and will until they leave home, then their decorations go with them, and they will start to give me one each year.
 I feel I should write the rest in blue on account of that being the colour of my fingers after about 10 mins outside taking these pictures! The above one is my melty hand print on the trampoline net. I wonder if the gap is the dent my wedding ring has worn over the years.
 How cold does it have to be for an icicle to frost over again???
 Oh my what a lot of spiders my garden fence invisibly  houses most of the year .I was blown away by the frosted web with festive frosty ivy behind it. Sorry spider, I hope you are tucked away somewhere!
 My shed is on its last legs, slats are falling off ( not helped by a summer of boy den making in there) it is so skewy that there is a big triangular gap above the door and a gap above the window but the ice on the window yesterday was astonishing.Look at the detail nature puts into it. It could be a moon photo or arial shot of some deserted artic region!

 Just a tree 2 doors down- Christmas cardish eh?
Proof that all sized feet kids were out! Although these prints do all appear only to point away from my door, I did in fact let them back indoors! ha ha
 Lastly one of those inadvertent pics which turns into a favourite! I clearly moved the camera while taking a tree shot, but hey, if I get tons of light candy canes then who am I to argue? no calories but extra sparkles- oh yeah!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Littlest is 5!

My youngest (AKA the "last of the littles") has not long turned 5. I like to think I am a bit of an all round crafty goddess(!)...yet slightly less fabulous at cake decorating!Errm to the point of a bit rubbish in the goddess stakes!
But that doesn't stop me producing a sweet something for the littles on their birthdays...because ,frankly, my experience is that birthday person squeals recognition at the picture for a split second, then asks to have a slice with mostly icing( and deftly avoids all the actual cake in said slice). This means I feel justified in my hatred of overpriced supermarket additive cakes...I could rant about promoting unhealthy foods to kids but given the level of food colouring in this latest creation, I will shut up and show you a picture!

Skeleton pants become...

So school had a roman day, I decided to make spats style overshoes as even Romans would be cold in sandals in November in the UK
But DD decided they looked like skeleton pants- what do you think?
But they did look pretty good when I had finished them
The whole outfit
 Errm yes, I am aware how messy the room is...just lots of projects and a peek of NEW SHOES in the background...sorry I  get excited about new shoes!

DS2 funny

My youngest made me giggle this afternoon; he told me he had drawn 3 pictures in reception class today, so I asked him what they were of. He paused and looked puzzled for a bit then replied "paper".. lol, I meant what were the pictures depicting rather than what they were made of, but you can't fault his answer!

Sunday, 28 November 2010

What no pictures?

Ooh I am really happy with my last two makes..but I am planning on giving them as Christmas pressies so I can't show anyone them yet!
I can say they are sewing/embroidery projects!
Anyway busy busy with school governor stuff and sickly people stuff...in the house right now we have 2 little fellas with diarrhoea( they are surprisingly well really ,but have to be off school next week for infection control reasons- harrumph, will have to find some seasonal craftiness to keep little fingers occupied) ,one broken foot bone( got off lightly for a motorbike accident, but still hobbling for a good while yet I expect!) and a chesty cold- that would be me!
Oh and a slightly poorly computer ..which I am most worried about. BUT it is keeping me on my toes by there also being a crumb or something under a key..couldn't type "o" this morning and now an odd "u" doesn't come out...I think it want attention myself!

HA HA HA I just got corrected in spell checker- who knew HARRUMPH had two r's???

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Catch up

I am giving you a pic fest today, partly to get you caught up on some of what I have been making recently, but also because my camera seems to be playing up- the batteries won't last more than a shot or two...maybe it is the batteries?? Oops, I have revealed my techno idiocy!!Well ,it was bound to surface sooner rather than later! BUT I am starting a computer course on Tuesday, so I am sure I will be dazzling you with my technical brilliance soon...possibly...or not!

 Ok ,looks bonkers eh? BUT it is a cushion cover for my Dad who went to see the Joan Miro Foundation collection in Barcelona and was really struck by The Foundation Tapestry so if you have a look hopefully it will make sense. The original piece is huge "750x500cm" wow, I can see how something just that size would stay with you.

 Some braids I made a good while back

They are mostly Kumihimo- a Japanese emmensely complicated and fascinating braiding system (which can be made in a simple way with a foam board) .I find it amazing that you can just alter the order of the colours and make ace patterns...see the hearts? and the daisies? and diamonds? (All done with instructions, please don't give me all the credit!)

 One last one, I had forgotten about these until a conversation with a friend yesterday about Christmas decorations, she still uses these every year! They are leather and beaded celtic knotted tree decorations.Fiddly to make, but I love how they turned out.

Will that do for a bit?

Saturday, 30 October 2010

As I am in a sharing mood today, here is a crocheted ammonite I made a while ago- I popped a piece of felt in the middle to show up the pattern better.I was just struck by how much the back/outer shell of an ammonite looked like dc stitches!

Knitted loo roll

This is a loo roll cover I knitted...in the shape of a loo roll!  Inspired by Anna at  Mochimochiland  Check out her free patterns, and ,of course, her other ones- fabulously fun and imaginative!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


So , here I am writing a blog. I expect it will be full of things I make- which are many and varied- but I wouldn't be surprised if some children related stuff creeps in...but that's what I do, I make, I parent and I sleep!

Oh and of course I eat chocolate...or should that go without say?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.