Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Crochet fun...

I have had some fun reinventing the past with some crochet.  It has been years since I have hooked.  I have started with this cute bloom necklace from a book I posted about here called Crochet with Flowers.


I love the look of crochet and really hope this time I can master it.  In past times I have felt my crochet has been uneven so let's hope I can work it out this time and deck out my house in crochet.

Do you crochet? If so, I would love to hear from you…
                                                                  Jan x

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Crochet craft book...



I eagerly spent my voucher today on this treasure: Crochet with Flowers by Nicki Trench. I am determined to improve my crochet this year.What a delight to spend a book voucher on craft books. I have a beautiful and growing collection.


I fancy myself in this necklace. Watch this space…
                                                                       Jan x

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Cardboard Car Park...

I found this idea on Pinterest and immediately knew Tom and I had to make it. The original source is from B-inspired Mamma Tom enjoys cars and he loves numbers so the combination of the two kept him busy for ages.



First we found a large cardboard lid and drew on car parks with a black text. We numbered each car park. We found 10x cars and labelled each car with a white sticky label.


The photos say it  all!

Thanks for playing craft with me...
                                            Jan x

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Christmas Star Bunting...

Three year old Tom and I had fun making this star bunting to use as a Christmas decoration.  First, we stamped Christmas images onto muted patterned paper by Studio Calico.

Then we cut the paper into star shapes and punched a hole in each one. Then using a tapestry needle we strung them onto yarn.

We love the effect and it was all achieved in 20 minutes! There is nothing like a quick craft with a little one as they don't lose interest. Tom loved threading the yarn through the stars and was very good at it.

Jan x

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Knitted Christmas Stocking...

My Grandma, who was a crafty genius with the Country Women's Association, knitted hundreds of these stockings. I have many she has given me over the years to adorn my Christmas tree. As I put them on the branches I am reminded of her love and grateful for passing on her crafty genes to me.


My Mum and I have followed suit and knit them too.  They are cute, small gifts especially if a chocolate is poked in the top. I have knitted them for craft stalls.  In fact, I am knitting some in black and will embroider my daughter's dance school initials on them for a dancing school stall next week.

The stockings knit up in about 20 minutes and take about 15 minutes to sew up.

Here is the pattern:

Knitted Christmas Stocking
What you need:
Use 8 ply yarn (in chosen colour/s) and knit with Size 4mm needles. Crochet hook needle to make up.

Pattern:
Cast on 23 stitches.

Garter stitch (plain knit stitch) 8 rows.
Knit (K) 13, K2 together (tog) and turn.

Switch now to stocking stitch.
-Purl (P) 4, P2 tog, turn
-K4, K2 tog turn

Repeat the above two rows until you have 17 stitches.

Stocking stitch 12 rows.

Change yarn colour now if you desire a two-coloured stocking.
Garter stitch 6 rows.
Cast off leaving a long piece of yarn.
Using a crochet hook chain chain 20 to form the hanging loop.

Make-up:
Fold stocking in half right sides together. Mattress stitch the foot and back of stocking.  Sew the other length of chain to the top of the stocking to form a loop. Filling with chocolates is optional! Make in other colours. Green looks good too. 

Have you inherited a crafty gene? I would love to hear about who you might have inherited it from.

Thanks for playing in my garden...
                                              Jan x

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Car run...

Tom and I saw a cardboard ball run featured on a happy wanderer  and delighted in the simpleness of it.  We made one for his small  toy cars using a pizza box cut open and cardboard rolls cut in half then taped on. We had to have a trial run as we stuck the rolls down to ensure the cars went from one level to the next.


There is nothing like cardboard and sticky tape to while away the time with a child.
                                                                                                                  Jan x

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Didn't Get Time to Carve a Pumpkin this Year?


Here is the 5 minute solution!  I discovered this fabulous crafty idea on this blog.  What an effective little "pumpkin" was born from a mandarin using black cardstock, double sided tape and and stick for the top.



Happy Halloween!!!

               Jan x