Friday, 7 December 2012

The Travelling Craft Box

Hello everyone.

I hope you're all very well and getting into the Christmas swing?!?

I've been meaning to show you this one for a while.
Better late then never hay?

Anyway, earlier this year I joined in with Laalaa's Travelling craft box.
I'm sure most of you are familiar with this swap, if not pop over to Lynda's and have a peek.

My time arrived to receive the box (it was a pleasant surprise, I had forgotten all about it!)

This is what I chose.

The box has now been sent on to Faye.


Before I go I just want to welcome all me lovely new followers.
Nice to "meet" you!
As soon as I can i will pay you all a visit.

There's lots of Christmas crafting happening here, I intend to show you all in due course.

Have a wonderful weekend,



Friday, 16 November 2012

Doggy draught excluder

This week has been a funny one.
My son has been poorly. He's been off nursery and I've been off work.

A lot of messy nappies have been changed (Charlie's not mine! lol) and a lot of films have been watched.

At the weekend my Husband put up some curtains at the front and back doors, Red ones.
We've been meaning to do it for a while, but once they were up, I felt the doors needed a little "dressing".

I plan to whip up some tiebacks from red gingham to complement the curtains.
Then I thought ... Draught Excluder!

We live in an old house, which is very draughty to say the least.

I love the grey, red, white colour combination.
The red gingham would match the tiebacks, the crocheted collar would match the curtains.

Hay presto!

An old pair of tights and a few buttons later I had myself a draught excluder ...

... and I'm quite pleased with him.

The body and ears were from the legs of the tights and the tail from the gusset!
(I've currently got the waist band on my head, as a hair band!)
I whipped up a little bow for the collar to finish it off.

And that's that.

Curtains + draught excluder = Happy Katie!

I've still got a little "leg" left over, I thought I might make a flower for my new head gear!

Happy weekend, Girlies.

Love Katie

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Makes for Birthdays

Recently a lot of my makes have been for presents.

Most are for Christmas and swaps (So no peeking yet I'm afraid!), but it won't be long before I can show you some will it?!

But here are a few little ones I've made for Birthday presents, for some of my favourite girls...

... For my sister-in-law, Bec.

British Bunting, Needle felted Lavender Union Jacks and a Russian Doll Birthday card.

Toffee Apple Cake for Bec.

... For my sweet friend, Jodie.

Fingerless Mitts.

... And for my Big Sister, Tina.
(I hope she doesn't read this yet!)

A cosy scarf.

I've not tried making a scarf before, so this was a first attempt.
The pattern was from here, Cute and Easy Crochet.

Any anyone else tried making this scarf?
my finished scarf does not look like the one pictured in the book!
Have I made a boo boo?

I hope you've all been having a super week.

Be back soon.

Love Katie


Monday, 29 October 2012

That's so Pinteresting ...

I finally did it.

You will notice a new little page has been added to my blog.

If you're "Pinterested", pop over and have a peek.

Happy Monday.

Love Katie

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Market Day

Today I had a stall at a local Craft Market.

It was a fun day (albeit a wet and windy one!)

... A few stall photos ...

... A few recent Craft Fair makes ... 

  ... Christmas Decs ...

... Keyrings ...

... Brooches ...

... Spectacle Cords ...

... As well as my crochet goodies, I took a few of Dad's Makes along to sell.
My favourites are his "Norfolk Produce" crates and Shaker Pegs (like these one pictured above in my bathroom!!)

I brought this tatty letter holder recently at the Scrap Box. With a lick of paint and abit of TLC I transformed it into a greetings card stand.

Did you spot it?

Over the next week I hope to find the time to catch up with all of your lovely blogs. Time seems to escape me.
I haven't forgotten about any of you!!!

Thanks for sticking with me.

Lots of Love



Monday, 22 October 2012

Tutorial : Christmas Tree from milk bottle tops

O.k Ladies, here goes ...
My first tutorial.

This Christmas Tree decoration is really easy to make. My Nan made one of these for me a few Christmas's back and I really wanted to share this with you.
I hope you like it!

First things first.

You will need:
Green and red felt (or fabric)
26 plastic milk bottle tops
A scrap of card
A pencil and compass
Soft toy stuffing
A needle and strong thread
Hot glue gun
Buttons and twine for decoration.

Draw a circle measuring approx. 9 cm across, on your scrap of card.
Cut this out, it will be your template.

Using your template, cut 21 discs of green felt
5 discs of red felt.

Tie a knot in a length of thread. Using a running stitch, stitch around the edge of one disc.
Keep the needle attached, you will need this to sew in the ends.

Take the first bottle top and fill the middle generously with soft toy stuffing.

Place the filled bottle top upside down in the middle of your disc.

Pull the thread end tightly, to close up the disc around the bottle top.
Sew a few stitches over the opening to make it tight and secure.

Repeat this process with the remaining discs and bottle tops until you have 26 completed "puffs".
You should have 21 green and 5 red.

On a piece of green felt, lay out your puffs using the picture above as your guide.

The discs now need to be glued in place, using your hot glue gun.
Place your glue on the base of one disc and press it firmly into position. Take the next disc and do the same, but as you go, place a little blob of glue on the side of the disc already glued in place, to stick the puffs together as well as to the felt. This will help your finished decoration to be a little more ridged, otherwise it will be all floppy when you pick it up!

Once all the puffs are in place and the glue has cooled.
Cut around the Tree. This is usually easier to do from the back.
(Take care not to cut into your puffs!)

By now you should have your completed tree base.
Now It's time to decorate.
I've used buttons for baubles, secured in place with hot glue.

If you have one, thread a star button onto a length of twine.
This will be your hanger.
Knot the twine securely at the end.

Again, with your hot glue, secure the twine to the top, back of your tree.
Take a scrap of green felt and glue over the twine end.

Now your tree is complete and ready to hang.
I also wrapped a long length of twine around the red base of the tree and tied a bow in the front to finish.
(see first picture)

Advent Idea
This tree uses 26 puffs, but I did think it would make a nice advent calendar. Stitch a pretty design on one disc of green felt and embroider the others with numbers 1 - 25. Make up the puffs and secure together to make your tree. Use a decorative brooch or pin to count down the days.

I hope someone finds this useful. Start saving your milk tops!

Have a lovely week.

Love Katie

Monday, 15 October 2012

A Celebration Post ... A year ago today ...

... Our wedding ...

... It was sunnier and warmer then ...

Thanks for being here.

Love Katie


Friday, 12 October 2012

Hedgerow Harvest ... Tastes of Autumn

Hello Ladies.

Lots of pictures today, so I'll keep my waffling brief...

Recent Hedgerow Harvests
(two trips down the lane)

Blackberries (destine for Bramble jelly)
Rosehips (soon to be Rosehip Jelly)

Blackberries for "Bramble and Apple Jamming"

Beautiful beginnings, Bramble Jelly.

Smooth and Glossy, Bramble Jelly.

"Chuck it all in", Rosehip Jelly

Plenty of jars, in "jewel like" colours.

... What does one do with 14 jars of jam?!?!

Homemade Bakewell.

Dainty Jam Tarts.

And Gingerbread.

Gingerbread?!?!? I hear you cry!

Yes, Gingerbread was on the cards, but alas no Golden syrup!
That's when that cupboard FULL of Rosehip Jelly comes in handy!

Worked well. Tasted yummy.

And last but not least ...
Did you notice my teaspoons?

Charity shop of course.

Blooming cute.

Thanks for being here.

Lots of Love