Friday, 16 November 2012

The Heart of Christmas

Here's some quick Christmas decorations that can also be made for use all year round (minus the snowflake!)
I don't sew much, so this was quite a challenge.

I started by marking out a heart shape on the felt using a self made template. I like that the template was hand drawn, as it's unique.
I then embroidered a snowflake onto the centre of one of the hearts. I busked this, though you could use a tissue template for guidance.

I wasn't very happy with the embroidery on the red heart, so I covered my 'mistake' with a button!
Using blanket stitch (I just 'Googled' how to do it!) I joined the hearts together, packing with soft toy filling as I went along. 
The final pieces are now ready for the Christmas tree...
I think the burgundy one is my favourite, despite the button cover up!


Last week a friend asked me to crochet her an iPhone case (she used the word "commission" - how posh!?)

Well I had a 'Google' and eventually looked on Ravelry for some inspiration and here's the final piece...
My friend loves purple and it really didn't take much wool to make. A large glossy button finished it off.
I used this pattern to start off with and then busked the top bit where the loop is. I used 4.5mm hook and chunky wool - keeping the stitches tight. 

It came together very quickly.
This idea could be used for so many modern gadgets even a cushion cover!

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Hit the road, Jack...

After a short hosptial stay, I needed some time to recuperate and a change of scenery.

So we decided to go to Cornwall on a short road trip
We headed to the Newquay area in our rented motorhome, affectionately referred to as 'The Beast'
Our temporary home
Over three days we visited Watergate Bay
Falmouth .... the 'harbour view' as we ate freshly caught mussels
Our rainbow view from our motorhome the following morning
Then to Praa Sands, home to our friends Cayte & Drew (aka Pisky Cove HQ)
Our morning cuppa view
We loved our motorhome and hopefully, God willing, we'll do the same again sometime next year!

Curtain Ring Ding A Ling

Curtain rings, not much use when you have eyelet curtains!

I have bags of them around the house begging to be used for something...
A bit of wool, some SC and DC crochet stitches and Bob's your uncle...
Quick Christmas Tree decorations
and very little fuss
Inspired by Whiskers and Wool - head over to Doni's blog and have a look!

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