Friday, 27 February 2015

Latest Creations

Hi There,

The past ten days have been very creative indeed.
After counting and stitching poppies onto panels and making endless little blue squares I thought it was time for a little colour.

So I took to making Mandelas. I made a couple last year and enjoyed it so much it was time to make a few more...well seven more! The large one on right I had made previously.  It was loads of fun and just the little break I needed.

The little people liked them so much too they have gone and put them on their bedroom walls.

So now I got my fix and it is back to the never ending blanket...More little blue squares BUT only six balls of wool to go.  Surely I can crochet them all by next weekend, surely?



Hi There,
Last Sunday my Littlest Lovely asked after watching Coraline,  "Would it be very hard to make a rag doll Mum?"
"No," I replied.

And so started the journey.

We found some calico in my sewing stash.  Then found a basic rag doll pattern on Pinterest and went to cutting out the shapes.  I made LL sew the legs and I made the body then I got her to patiently sit and stuff it.  She did a great job!

LL then decided that she only needed eyes.  No mouth necessary Mum! Easy.

We discussed hair colour for a while and then settled on two shades of red.  It gives it a nice depth I think.  The dress was the challenging part of the whole process.  Why I couldn't figure it out I don't know.  I had to add a little piece above the arms for the dress to be able to fit around to the back.  A little bit of a nightmare.  I got there in the end and it seems to be OK.

There are a few things I would do differently next time, like making the arms sit down as opposed to sticking out.  I think also I could make the dress better BUT at the end of the day my Littlest Lovely squealed with delight when she saw her and really that is all that matters.  If she loves it then I have done a great job.

Pretty contrasting sash

Vintage lace added

Name?  What do we call this creation...I wanted Abigail or Isabelle or another super cute girlie name...but LL had that all covered...

"I will call her Blaze because that is cool and she has red hair."  Can't argue with that!

So meet...BLAZE

Then..."Mum do you think you could make another one with Blue hair?"

Oh Boy!


Wednesday, 4 February 2015


Hi There,

My little people went back to school last week. My OL (Oldest Lovely) is in his last year of primary school.  So a special year for him.  Both have settled in nicely to the school routine while I madly do little jobs around the house before work starts again.

This week has been a very busy one with me counting over 1,000 poppies and tidying up some poppy panels and then packaging seven up ready to go to Christchurch to be displayed at the Airforce Museum for Anzac Day this year.  

One panel - beautiful

Rolled and almost ready to send

Display of three panels at Glenfield Library

We now have over 23,000 poppies!  It is crazy to see how massive it has become.  I am really looking forward to seeing all 23,000 poppies displayed in one place later in the year.  The effect will be breath taking.

On the crochet front I have managed to make a few things too!



 The newest Imp to the Imp Family.

Apparently she is the girlfriend of Limestone.

L-R: Pearl, Indy, Limestone and Emerald

These four Imps are very mischievous together and play some pretty creatively made up games.


These critters aren't my favourite to make but the little people like them so of coarse I am obliging and make them.

So that I feel is everything that has been happening here in the cupboard this week.  It is almost time to go make tacos and tortillas for dinner along with a banana loaf for school lunches.

I hope you all get to be a little creative this week.
Take care,