Another Mile On The Clock!

Well folks, I’m a year older and it was a lovely couple of days transition!
On Saturday Hubby took me out shopping. That may not sound very exciting, but believe me, to get him and Josh anywhere near the shops is an achievement, let alone traipse and after me for three hours!
We went to Lewes which isn’t too far from us but I had never been there before. It was lovely. It’s an old town with a very steep hill (I whizzed around on my scooter) and I could easily spend a day there just absorbing all the history. I found this plaque particularly interesting.

It was on the wall above this plate of glass set in the pavement where the steps lead down to the prison. You would have to lay down to fit through the opening halfway down the steps.


As well as the history there were a couple of street stalls, one selling ethically made clothing which was all on sale so I grabbed a couple of bargains ūüôā

Then Hubby actually pointed out a craft shop to me and patiently waited while I browsed! 


It had a little of everything from art supplies to yarn and buttons. And I spent less than ten pounds!! 

Then it was lunch time but the town was heaving and everywhere was packed so we headed off to another town to find a bakery. When we got there the bakers were just closing so we opted for fish and chips. 

It was one of those times when there is a purpose to our plans going wrong. In the chip ago we bumped into’Aunty’ Helen. She isn’t a real Aunty but she was Howard’s neighbor for the first seventeen years of his life. They are the most amazing and kind couple and did so much for Hubby and his sister when their Mum died leaving his Dad with two preschoolers.  They looked after them for hours  at a time and were always there for the family throughout the years.

It was great to see her and she invited us to eat at their house and to visit her husband, Derek, who had fallen and fractured his scull out in Australia over Christmas! He had to spend six weeks in hospital and rehab. At one point they were told that if he didn’t come round in 24 hours, he wouldn’t make it. Thankfully he did and is doing amazingly well, although there are some lasting effects he is struggling with! 


Derek is the sort of person who cannot waste anything and Josh is fascinated with his garden! 


He used to have disabled children come for the afternoon to explore and play in his garden and see the animals but sadly that has had to stop because of health and safety! 

But he still has one sheep left which according to Josh is more like a donkey! 


So that was our adventure at the weekend. 

On Monday, my actual birthday, Abz treated me out to a coffee. We tried out an adorable little cafe in a little old fashioned village store.


I pigged with pancakes, maple syrup and fried banana! 

Then we rounded up  day with Abz cooking me dinner and a lovely creme egg brownie birthday cake! 


It’s so beautiful when everyone makes you feel so special and loved. It is certainly in the little things that love really is! 

Have a great and creative day and weekend friends! 

Sharon xx

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Up-cycling and Rejuvenating!

Abi and I love second hand shops, charity shops, Junk shops etc.  In a word we love a bargain.  In sorting through the craft room we unearthed these!

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Photo bombed by Abi ūüôā

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We will often buy something because we love the fabric and then alter it or cut it up for fabric for other projectsWe hardly bought any new fabric for Abi’s four years of textile work, we could usually find what we needed second hand. Most of this pile are clothes that Abi has not yet had time to alter, due to being so busy with her¬†textiles and photography coursework that she hasn’t had time to¬†make things for herself but there are a few bits for me that I had¬†forgotten about.

Firstly I wanted to rejuvenate a rather boring denim skirt

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by adding in fabric from this £1 dress.  It is a sheer patterned fabric with a plain lining.

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I cut the triangular panels out of the denim skirt and filled them in with the sheer outer layer of the dress using the existing hem.

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Then to add a bit more interest I made a flower and some leaves with both layers of the dress (outer and lining).  I appliqued these onto the denim using a very narrow zig zag and trimmed away some of the fabric so that the lining showed through and frayed the edges changing a plain skirt into something a bit more special.

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My next remodel was to make Abi’s skirt that she wears to work wearable again. ¬†It is rather stained (she helps out at a garden centre during the busy season) and worn but one of those comfy, love to wear skirts.

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The front V panel had ripped and there were a couple of holes.

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I replaced the V panel with a slightly gathered floral panel to give her a bit more room to stretch and patched the holes with squares of the floral fabric on top and on the inside of the skirt, a denim patch to strengthen it.  I then over-stitched the patches for decoration giving the whole skirt a new look as well as a new lease of life.

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My third up-cycle was from this charity shop find.

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I only paid ¬£1 for it and when I got it home I realised why! ¬†It had all been sewn inside out. ¬†Seeing as I had only bought it to use as fabric it wasn’t a problem. ¬†It is woolen so I put it through a hot wash to felt it.

I then cut it to size and blanket stitched the edges to make a book cover and added embroidery to pick out some of the V stitches and now I have a lovely soft cover for my Bible.

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I have really enjoyed these makeovers, there is something in me that gets great satisfaction out of taking something unwanted and creating something new. If you get the opportunity I would encourage your to scour your local second hand shops, there is so much great fabric out there!

I was recently interested in the dress made by Beth of After dark sewing, using a top and a shirt!  There really are some great up-cycle ideas out there.

Before I go here is a little peep at the stocking pressie I have made Josh this month.  I have used lots of scraps of fabric, part of a sheet and a shirt!!

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More on that at the end of the month all being well.

I hope you all have a great weekend, thanks for dropping by.

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

Another Gift made and My First Attempt at a Pattern!!

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It was my nieces birthday today. ¬† For Christmas I gave 6 of my little nieces a doll I had crocheted from this¬†fantastic book called My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessdjian. ¬†The dolls are just so adorable and practically everything is made using double crochet (single crochet US). ¬†The terms are in English but as it is mainly all dc (sc) this shouldn’t be too much of a problem for those using US terms.

I did adapt a couple of the patterns to make a skirt and a short sleeved version of the sweater.  If anyone would like the pattern alterations let me know and I will be happy to try to write them out.  Here are some of the Christmas dolls.

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My niece takes her to bed with her so I adapted¬†a pattern for a nightdress to match her. ¬†I then crocheted a little sleeping bag (it ended up being a bit of a tight squeeze as I didn’t have a doll to measure). ¬†I lined the bag with some velvety fabric and put a little zip in. ¬†I had limited time so I used a large hook and three different colours of dk at the same time. ¬†It is certainly colourful!

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I thought perhaps the doll might want a teddy to cuddle in bed. There is a pattern in the book but I decided to attempt to make my own pattern for a Bunny.  I have called him Benjy and I am quite pleased with the end result. (the photo is a bit dark as I took it in the evening.)

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She was really please with it and dressed her dolly up straight away and put her in the crib her parents had given her.

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I don’t think I need to make any more gifts this month so hopefully I can focus on my one a month challenge¬†for February.

The pattern for Benjy Bunny is below if anyone would like to use it. ¬†This is my first so sorry if there are any mistakes or I haven’t explained very well!!

Happy Crafting! x

Benjy Bunny Crochet Pattern

 

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This pattern uses English crochet terms.                                              Crochet terms

dc = double crochet

Materials needed                                                                                      fdc = foundation double crochet

A small amount of yarn in two colours or shades                                ch = chain

3mm Crochet hook                                                                                    sl st = slip stitch

Stitch marker                                                                                              dc 2tog = double crochet two together

Scissors

Yarn needle

The head, body, tummy pad and tail are worked in a spiral so you will need a stitch marker or a piece of contrasting yarn to mark the starting stitch at the beginning of each row.

For a magic ring I make a very loose reversed slip knot (so it slides on the short thread) and work into that.

 

Head

Make a magic ring and then work 1 ch, 9 dc into ring, tighten ring.  (9 dc)

Round 1           * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat this pattern to the end of the round.  (12 dc)

Rounds 2 ‚Äď 4 ¬†¬†1 dc in each dc round.¬† (12dc)

Round 5            *1 dc in next dc, dc 2tog* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (9dc)

Rounds 6 + 7     1 dc in each dc round  (9dc)

Now stuff the body.  (I used the end of a larger crochet hook to push the stuffing in)

Round 8             dc 2tog , repeat to the end of the round. Sl st into next dc and fasten off leaving a long enough tail to

attach head to the body.

 

Body

Make a magic ring, 1ch and 10dc into magic ring, tighten (10dc)

Round 1          * 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc* repeat this pattern to the end of the round (15dc)

Round 2          * 1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc,*  repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (20 dc)

Rounds 3 ‚Äď 6 ¬†¬†¬†¬†1 dc in each dc round (20 dc)

Round 7           *1 dc in next 3 dc then dc 2 tog* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (16 dc)

Rounds 8 + 9     1 dc in each dc (16 dc)  Stuff.

Round 10           * 1 dc in next 2 dc, dc 2 tog* repeat this pattern to the end of the round. (12 dc)

Round 11           1 dc in each dc (12 dc)  add more stuffing if necessary.

Round 12           dc 2 tog until the hole is small enough to sl st tog and fasten off.

Paws (make 4)

Row 1¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 4 fdc, turn. (4fdc) ¬†(alternatively ‚Äď 5 ch, 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in remaining 3 dc, turn)

Row 2                1 ch, dc in first dc, 1 dc in following 3 dc (4 dc)

Fold in half lengthwise and sl st tog, fasten off leaving a tail long enough to attach paw to the body.

 

Ears (make 2)

Outer Ear

Row 1                 6 fdc, 3 ch, turn.  (6dc,3ch)

(alternatively – 7 ch, dc in second ch from hook and remaining 5 dc. (6 dc) 3 ch, turn )

Row 2                 1 dc in 2nd and 3rd chains from hook, 1 dc in each of the dc of the foundation row.  (8 dc)

Fasten off leaving a long enough tail to attach to the head

Inner Ear.    Using the contrast colour work …

Row 1                 4 fdc, then 1 dc where you would have made the next fdc. (5dc) Sl st and fasten off leaving a long enough

tail to attach to the outer ear.

(alternatively ‚Äď 5 ch, 1 dc in second ch from hook, 1 dc in next two dc, 2 dc in last dc, sl st and fasten

off leaving a long enough tail to attach to the outer ear)

Sew the inner ear onto the outer ear.

Tummy Pad   Using the contrast colour …

Make a magic ring and then work 1 ch, 9 dc into the ring.

Round 1               2 dc in each dc (18 dc)

Round 2               *1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc.*  repeat this pattern to the end of the round.

Round 3               *1 dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in the next dc.*  repeat this pattern to the end of the round, sl st into next dc

and fasten off leaving a long enough tail to attach pad to the body.

Tail  Using contrast colour…

Make a magic ring and then work 9 dc into ring.

Round 1               2 dc in each dc (18 dc)  sl st to next dc and fasten off leaving a long tail.  Fasten off the centre but

don’t trim, use this end to stuff the tail.  With the long outer end make a running stitch around the

edge of the circle and pull up tight, sl st tog.

All  that is left now is to assemble your Bunny.