Under the tree

This year Christmas was rather quieter than usual, with all the social distancing and government recommendations/restriction.  We did have guests for a few days though. Eldest son and parter (whom I’m renaming Mr & Mrs Tattoo for blog purposes) came to visit.   It was so lovely to see them!  Anyway, to make up for the lack of socialising and the fact other family members couldn’t visit, everyone made sure to send lots of pressies this year.  I had a very impressive haul.  One very spoiled lady I am . . . and today, I come to show you.

First, from sister-in-law and brother-in-law.

A crochet kit, with all the necessary to make a striped kitty,  a rotary cutter with lots of different gadgets to do different paper cutting and, a vintage toy sewing machine!  I haven’t been able to date this yet but estimate it to be 60s or 70s.  It’s hand-cranked, sews a chain stitch, and can also take a battery for the little light (needs new battery & bulb to see if that actually works).

From Mr & Mrs Tattoo

A big bundle of DVDs because this is the kind of stuff I love to watch when crafting.  English-speakers will be surprised to see the cover of a recent Disney sporting the title “Vaiana” instead of “Moana” . . . that’s perfectly normal.  Disney had to rename the film & heroine for copyright reasons on the European market.

From Mr & Mrs Lindashee

a lovely bundle of “Forest Friends” fabric by Makower. One panel and 3 other pièces, 50cm x bolt width and . . . oooooh Lindashee had been doing some secret stitching this year!  I am now the proud owner of my very own Christmas stocking.  Beautifully stitched, and I just love those owls!

From Mr & Mrs Viking, and from my sister

The crochet book, from Mr & Mrs Viking with lots of fun dinosaur and other prehistoric creatures to crochet (future crochet projects for Little Miss Viking?) . . . and a pretty tin box, containing Clarins creams & mirror from my sister, with 2 little cross stitchings.

From my good friend, Avis

a rainbow coloured cardie, beautifully knit by Avis for my Sylvia Natterer dolls . . . an equally beautifully knit pair of fingerless mittens to keep my hands nice & warm, and “Zoomigurumi 8” because Avis knows I’m collecting all the books in this series!

And last but not least . . . there were also two very large parcels from Father Christmas!  The first, a Tiana Disney Animator doll (second hand from eBay but in lovely condition)

And

An Antonio Juan baby doll.  Antonio Juan being a Spanish doll manufacturer.   This is the model “Alejandra” and measures 52cm.  Photo doesn’t do her justice.  She has a gorgeous expression and her outfit is exceedingly well made.  This is the only photo of her you’ll see on this blog, but I will be gushing about her over on my Claire’s Collections blog.  And still haven’t decided on her name.

secret xmas crafting revealed

Christmas has come and gone . . . I can now show you a few photos of some gifts I made this year, for family and friends. I realise I didn’t take photos of everything but not to worry.

YipYip were something that made me smile while making, and I made a couple, with rasta crocheted hair, rather than pipe-cleaners . . . in bright green for Toddler Viking

In turquoise and shocking pink for our neighbours’ daughters.

A very last minute sewing project with a length of cotton found in my stash (something the MIL bought years ago, and I wonder what on earth for!)  . . . which seemed perfect to sew up as a pair of Wendy house curtains.

Not sure I’d want these in my house, but they’ll look lovely hanging in 3-year- old Mona’s play house this summer!

Sewing and knitting, in doll size next, with a summer dress and bolero cardigan for Lindashee’s 57cm BJD doll.

I did also knit two sweaters for her male 67cm doll, but forgot to take a photo.

And, last but not least . . . a little blackwork scissor keep for sister-in-law.

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #7

Hope everyone had a good Christmas, and that other SAL members managed to find time to do some crafting over the last 3 weeks.  I did.  Here’s where I was last time.

with my ever-growing blackwork sampler “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond.  Since then, I’ve added another row of green squares.

Still a long way off from a finish on this, but having lots of fun along the way.

Let’s pop along to see what other SAL members have been up to.  Anyone having a happy dance this time around, I wonder?

And back again on January 17th with our next update.

 

Advent calendar – 16th – 20th

Days are ticking by, and Christmas is looming closer.  Today’s photo to share with you, what surprises my sister found in the advent calendar I sent.  16th – soluble canvas.  17th  – wooden butterfly thread sorter.  18th – packet of brightly coloured butterfly napkins.   19th – DMC blue serviette pouch with aida band on flap to be stitched.  20th – roll of adhesive lace ribbons.

more knitting (Little Avery)

Knitting needles have been flying, as I finished an orange version of the “Little Avery” baby cardie, then had a go at knitting two hats.

I added extra ribbing on the orange hat to give it a turnover cuff, and because second doll is slightly bigger, with bigger head.  Enjoying knitting (and playing with my dolls) so much, I’ve already cast on again in pink because Father Christmas is bringing me a new baby doll this year – yay!

ScrapHappy # December

After the fun I had making gift tags last time just out of a piece of pretty card . . . for this month, with Christmas in mind, I made some more tags.

A perfect project for using those small bits of aida that never seem big enough to work on a “proper” project . . . and very little thread.   I stitched lots of little squares, using patterns from the “Tiny Treasures” blackwork design by Elizabeth Almond (see link in my blog roll –  Blackwork Journey).

Each little square was then trimmed and fringed.  And, using double sided sticky tape, stuck onto card (that wasn’t strictly scraps but I had a few sheets in my stash and it was a quick mounting option).

And voilà!  37 little pretties, in festive seasonal colours that can either be hung in the tree as décorations or used a gift tags on présents!

I’m linking with a big bunch of ScrapHappy members.

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann and Kym

Advent calendar December 6th – 10th

Today, being December 11th, I can show you what was inside the advent calendar I made up for my sister for the past 5 days.  I don’t know who’s enjoying the unveiling most: her or me lol.

6th – a little bag of sweeties.  7th – packet of paper napkins with butterflies to make packed lunches more civilised. 8th – 4 skeins of DMC.  9th – a white cotton tissue box cover with band of aida so my sister can personalise.  10th – a plastic coaster, also for my sister to personalise.

knitting for baby dolls (with Little Avery)

Like many other crafters, the cold weather and dark nights, make me want to spend more time, by the radiator, with a knitting project.

I decided on a pattern for a baby cardie: “Little Avery” by Taiga Hillard Designs, a free download on Ravelry . . . and picked up a ball of yarn the husband gifted me for Christmas last year.

Pattern is a very easy to knit “top down” project.  It starts out being knitted on straight needles but then requires DPNs for the sleeves, which are picked up once the body is complete and knitted as tubes.  I got this far, and then had to wait a few days because I didn’t have DPNs in the right size.  As soon as the postie delivered, I was off again, on another learning curve knitting those sleeves, and trying to match the colour changes in yarn so I would end up with matching sleeves.  The great thing about this pattern was a) the instructions, which were very clear with just knits, purls, increases and button holes and b) there was no sewing up to do afterwards. There were a few stitches needed to close up the underarm bit, where yarn was rejoined for sleeves, but everything else, including button bands, was knit all in one piece. Very clever!

Sleeve colour matching worked, more or less!  I was thrilled to then find four plastic cat face buttons in my button box . . . so they’re what I used to finish off this cute cardie.

I knitted this one in 0-3 months size, but using slightly smaller needles as I wanted it to be very small, to fit my baby dolls.  And was so pleased with how it turned out I  immediately cast on in a different colour and have started knitting a second one.

So more colourful knitting to keep me amused and out of mischief.

SAL “Tiny Treasures” #6

This was the update I showed you 3 weeks ago, of the very pretty blackwork design “Tiny Treasures” by Elizabeth Almond ( link Blackwork Journey).  Over the last 3 weeks, it has grown nicely, and here’s what it looks like.

Four more squares filled in plus borders already completed for the next stage.

Time now to do some blog-hopping and visit other SAL members to see what they’ve been up to.

And we’ll be back on 27th December with the next update!