Posted By on November 4, 2011

November is NaKniSweMo. This stands for National Knit a Sweater Month. I have never done any of these month thingys. I thought I should give it a go. I have decided on the vine yoke cardigan by ysolda.

In the mean time, I have been more active at plushies by laurawhere you can see what all I have been up to recently.

Normal Service

Posted By on May 18, 2011

Normal service will resume shortly. Once I get my mojo back. Life has been throwing a few curve balls recently and the start of 2011 hasn’t been the best time of my life (quite the opposite, in fact) but I have been crafting, have wonderful new gadgets to share and possibly my most favourite finished object ever.

I will get my bum into gear soon. I promise. Lets just get the next couple of weeks out of the way first.


Posted By on April 18, 2011

Ooh, I have an iPad. I am just testing the new wordpress app that I have just downloaded. I am rather excited!

Lovin’ The Holidays

Posted By on April 15, 2011

Oh my goodness! I am loving the Easter holidays! I am being really busy and Niamh is being really busy too. This morning we did more crafting. And it was really fun. Even though it was at 7.30am. Eeek.

She had lots of fun and that’s what matters.

I’ll show you what we made tomorrow, if I can get a good picture 😀

FO: Raggedy Quilt

Posted By on April 14, 2011

I have a finished object to show you! I did have others but I couldn’t get a decent photo of them so they will have to wait.

So yes, a while ago I posted this entry about a ragged quilt after seeing the one on Amanda Jean’s blog. I had some squares already cut out and I decided to try and do my own. And I did 😀

And I am so pleased with the finished results. Each square started off as 15cm, and the batting was 12cm squared. It is 15 squares by 12 squares which has made it the perfect size for my sofa. My sewing machine broke halfway through so I thought that I was going to have to leave it for a while until I purchased another but a friend lent me hers and I was away.

It didn’t take long to make. The longest part was snipping all the seams. That took ages and my fingers hurt afterwards.

It shed loads. And is still shedding, but that’s ok.

I am so so so chuffed with how it looks. I love it. And now I have caught the quilting bug. There are lots that I want to try out now. Eeeeek. I need a sewing machine first, though. Hopefully I’ll have an update on that soon.

Oh, and Suzy seems to approve of the quilt. I’m not sure I do …

Start Them Young

Posted By on April 13, 2011

It is the Easter Holidays and I am taking full advantage of it. Today I took Niamhy to Fired Arts for a spot of pot painting.

She had a blast. She got very messy and had such fun.

And our finished projects? A strange looking cupcake and a mismatched pot.

We pick them up next week. Can you guess who painted what?

I have some fabby FOs to show at some point. I just need to photograph them.

Sore Fingers

Posted By on April 7, 2011

I have snipped and snipped and snipped tonight. Hopefully by Sunday we will have another finished object to show you. If it survives the washing machine phase in tact! We’ll see.

The Sunflower Project – Week 1

Posted By on March 24, 2011

The last couple of weeks have been rather busy in the purple household. I have been trying to sort out our ‘junk’ room so that I have a nice little crafty room. I’m not sure if it’s big enough but that’s a whole other story. Niamhy and I have also been doing a little bit of planting of seeds. I have purchased for her a watering can and her own little trowel and we have been having lots of fun planting lots of seeds in pots. I’m not expecting much from some of them but she is enjoying watering them and had loads of fun planting them. And that’s what it’s all about.

I don’t often post lots of pictures of my daughter but these were too cute to resist. She had such fun.

Anyway, the *real* reason for this post!

We planted some sunflower seeds and after one week they have already started sprouting. I am well impressed. So, I thought it would be quite good to see the progress, on a week by week basis, in pictures. I’m not expecting too much as I am *not* a gardener. At all. But, anyway, here is week one:

Petite Purls

Posted By on March 22, 2011

I recently discovered Petite Purls which is a fantastic website filled with free baby and children patterns. And they have just released this season’s addition which is full of fantastic goodies. I can see my needles being rather busy.

I particularly love Cloverfield and can see one of these on the horizon for Niamhy. As is Nova. I’ve got a thing about knit-style dresses just now. Chompers is a particularly cute pair of trousers and Flora is such a versatile cardigan that Niamh would wear over and over.

All in all, a feast for the eyes and a problem for the bank account. Whoops. If you get a chance, look through some of the back issues. There are some real gems in there.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Posted By on March 19, 2011

I have Amanda Jean on my blog reader list. She is fantastic and makes such wonderful quilts. On Wednesday (I think) I read her blog entry and she had made a simply beautiful rag quilt. And this got me thinking. A year ago I started making a quilt so that my not-yet-crawling daughter could play on it instead of the hard floor. However, she grew up waaaaay before I finished the quilt and the squares that I cut for it lay unused.

A couple of days ago I fished them out. And have added considerably to them. I am going to make my own rag quilt. I have cut all the squares for the front and back. The front is going to be all patterned and the back is just going to be plain cream. It doesn’t need anything else, IMHO. I finished cutting all the squares today and couldn’t resist taking a photo of them all stacked up.

There are lots of different styles of squares, lots of funky fabric and just lots to smile about in that photo. It should be rather bright and cheery.

It has reminded me how much I love playing with fabric. I would simply love to create a spiderweb quilt at some point. I’ve had that link favourite-ed for years. Gorgeous. They are simply beautiful. Here is Amanda Jean’s version. Absolutely stunning. One day …