Friday, 26 November 2010

my creative space

Is a little full.

In the middle of this...

...making a waterproof cover to keep Little Missy's legs warm and dry in the pushchair and adding loops and tabs to keep it from falling off and getting tangled in the wheels...

... a scarf for the little one out of odds and ends...

...and great plans to turn this into 24 mini stockings as an advent 'calender'... (how many days do I have to get this done?)

And countless other projects that are unfinished - over ambitious as always. Do you have more projects on the go than you can handle? Please, tell me you do.

More creative souls over here.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

gorgeous hat - photo hell

A while back I won my first giveaway - Kelly was very generous to offer to knit the lucky winner (me) a hat, I got to choose the pattern, she got to choose the yarn. Fair deal I say.

Look what I got...  

Isn't it just gorgeous?

I love the colour, it's delightfully soft, it's perfectly slouchy.

Way better than I could have imagined. And to my un-knitting eye looks very complicated (sorry Kelly).

It arrived this afternoon and I wore it on the school run, my girls were very jealous - not often Mum gets something special. It feels good.

I think it's fair to say that I LOVE it. I've been smiling to myself all afternoon.

Almost all afternoon. It did of course mean that I had to photograph it, and I thought it only fair that it should be worn. But that meant a picture of me. 
I hate having my picture taken, just like I hate hearing my voice recorded, it makes me cringe. 

Over at Lola Nova she recently set a challengeTo take self portraits and put them out there for all to see and encouraged us to take part. This made me physically squirm. I instantly dismissed myself from this as it just seemed like torture to me. But it keeps creeping back into my mind. 

Maybe I could conquer my hate of the camera on me.  
Maybe I could learn to look at myself and not pick out all my flaws. 
Maybe I could do this.

So this is my only contribution. I took 92 pictures, I hate most of them. But I did learn that there's a remote control for the camera - and that was fun!

So a big thank you to Kelly, it's perfect, I will be wearing this all winter.

Monday, 22 November 2010

a tiny home

My stitched postcard made it to it's new home in America. It landed on the doorstep of Sonya, so now I get to show you what I made.

The theme was 'home', which was perfect for my need to sew little houses all the time.

I used tiny scraps of fabric, an old dictionary, some linen that's been in my stash for years and my lovely vintage typewriter.

I loved doing this and it's inspired me to do some little wall hangings (once I get to the end of my 'essential' to do list).

Thanks Beth for hosting the swap -  I hope there's another one next year.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

a parcel of goodness

Yay my swapped Christmas stocking arrived today, all the way from New Zealand.  It's so great to receive something handmade, all those stitches, all that time and thought - so precious.

Very Christmassy, with a gorgeous dyed doily and vintage trims and the best stripy lining! It came full of goodies too, a sweet fairy decoration, some fabric to do something gorgeous with, a lovely purse full of pink bells (not sure I'll be able to keep the girls off them) and a handful of vintage buttons (heavenly!) 

Thanks Deb - it's a wonderfully festive parcel. 

Thursday, 18 November 2010

my creative space

Having made many crochet flowers, the next question is what to do with them?

Add a hairband and a few french knots and you have a sweet little hairband. 

These will go into the children's lucky cups for the school Christmas Fair - much better than sweets don't you think?

More creative spaces over at Kootoyoo


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

country living in the city

Last week I snuck out again and went to visit my friend who was exhibiting at the Country Living Christmas Fair. I have long thought "I'll go there one day" but never got around to it. So when K said she was launching her gorgeous line of leather bags there I thought it was the perfect time to make the effort and go.

Wow, it was massive, and packed with women on a mission. It seems everyone was buying everything they need for Christmas.

I found my friend (eventually) and had a good feel of all her bags  (she does encourage it), supersoft Italian leathers in the most practical designs and stylish tote bags to last a lifetime which will age beautifully.

Just gorgeous - but I know the pictures I took on my phone don't do them justice so pop over to the St Leonards shop and have a better look. Oooh you'll be drooling, and if you're very good Santa might treat you!

I was a little overwhelmed by the size of the show - but managed to get around all of the stands (I think), I bought several Christmas gifts - which of course I can't show you and I found lots of things to add to my Christmas wish list, I'd better be a good girl now.


Thursday, 11 November 2010

my creative space

A little peek at the finally finished postcard I've made for the great big stitched postcard swap.

I will show you all of it once it's reached it's new home.

And remember the Christmas Stocking Swap?

Well my partner has received it, but she's waiting until (at least) December to open it - isn't she good! Once she's opened it I can show you the whole thing.

Hoping Mr Postman will bring me a some stitched happiness soon, x

More creative spaces over here.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

the magic number

This week has seen Little Missy turn into a big girl. Now she's 3 she can do everything you know, "I'm a big girl now Mummy".

How quickly she has gone from a tiny sleeping newborn to a confident, funny, cheeky, happy, thoughtful, caring, bundle of fun. She wants to have a go at everything, talks non stop and loves to pose for the camera.

The weekend was packed with family, friends, party, fireworks, laughter, dancing, dressing up (three new costumes = one happy birthday girl) and of course birthday cake -  lots of cake.

Happy Birthday Little Missy - I love you, x

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

when Miss became a Mr

Oh I know it's been a while, these days I just don't seem to be able to find the time to blog at all. Do you have days / weeks like that? Missy Big headed back to school today after the half term holiday so we've been knee deep in crafty goodness and playing with friends that we haven't seen in far too long.

And of course Mr Pumpkin had to be carved, and to my surprise Missy Big got all ghoulish and ditched the 'eyelashes and earrings' and decided we'd go a little spooky (but not too much).

I love the autumn and to watch the wonderful colours emerge, and then to wade through the leaves as they fall to the ground. There's something about the skeletal trees that is a little haunting and yet fascinating to gaze at.

I love that I get to wear boots and wrap up in scarves and pile the layers on. And the cosy days spent inside, cooking, making, eating, reading.


Roasted pumpkin seeds - yummy, must remember to share them though. 

Well I'd better get back to what I should be doing, Little Missy turns 3 in a couple of days - heaps to do!

See you next week, when I can read a few more of your blogs! x