Saturday, 12 March 2016

Bats in the belfry!

I don't think I've seen a real life bat....ever. To remedy that, on my todo list was a 'fake' one. My daughter beat me to it and made me a super duper bat of my own! Here she is hanging onto the curtain pole while eyeing up everyone.
Now, doesn't that look real! This gorgeous bat has leather ears, wire and material wings so they can be closed or opened and the body has been needle felted.

The dogs were rather scared of her at first but as she is very friendly they overcome their initial fears and had a good sniff, sensing no danger they were pleased to welcome Gertrude into the family!

Here Gertrude is with her wings closed and trying out this shelf to see how comfy it is.

    The fireplace was the end she decided on settling on the bookshelf and that is where she waits for unsuspecting visitors and makes them jump....not because she says booo but they think we have a real bat in the house!!
(My daughter does make them similar to order)

At last Flo has been lifted off the shelf (after being there for a couple of years) and joined by a never know they might get finished some time soon! I just get sidetracked by other crafty bits and bobs.

We were very lucky to have about 3 days of continual sunshine (yes, we were amazed as well!) and although cold, it was a good opportunity to go out and about and breath in some fresh air. This is going to be the dogs best walk in the summer as they will have their own swimming pool!

See you again soon.
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Budgie picture and K9 jacket

Greetings folks. I have just about finished the budgie mixed media picture that I've been working on off and on for the last couple of weeks.
Here she is getting her crown made to measure and adding some applique flowers to make her perch pretty.

Not the best of photos unfortunately cos of the light being pretty dismal at this time of year.
I've added a little inspirational quote which reads; Put on your crown, take a deep breath, and step outside. Today is a New day. (not by anybody famous, just little ole me!)
I've put applique flowers with lace middles cascading down the side and added some more applique flowers to the perch and then embroidered the middles. If you notice the last one hanging down is a heart.
Few more bits of antique lace added and there you have it....a budgie with a crown! What more could you want in your life!!

Here is Bobby with another coat for chilly days. Made once again from my old raincoat and the backing is cut from a some old pyjamas, recyling at its best lol.

We can now be assured that our little hamlet is safe and secure in the knowledge that Bobby has passed his exams to be a K9 and he takes his duties very seriously barking at anything that moves from his (and Archies) table perch in the porchway. We can now all sleep soundly!! haha

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Sunday, 17 January 2016

Cosy, stripey blanket

Hi there folks from a rather icy far north. I had to clean out the freezer and as it was bitterly cold outside I just put the food outside! I tell you, all the food froze even some more and came back inside to a nice warm freezer in comparison haha.
The dogs think its excellent fun all the crunching and leaving little footprints in the snow/ice. We have lots of wood so we are nice and cosy and I'm on the last leg of knitting my rather large stripey blanket.
It had to be knitted into three sections as there was so many stitches on the needle. Just knitting the last edging and then I will see whats what. I think it's probably single bed size.

Look at all those ends but as I weaved in as I went along it was just snip, snip and all those ends were gone.

These stripes make your eyes pop open don't they haha.

This is the same pattern used to make a scarf, just right for those dark, winter days. Archie thinks its pretty comfy!


                                                                                                                                                                  Thats all for this week folks, stay warm!

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Knitted Budgie Budgerigars

Let me introduce you to Chips the budgie. He is busy having a swing on his perch and chirping merrily away, whilst admiring the flowers that bedeck his driftwood perch. This is a no mess pet, double clearing up!
 Now, have you ever seen a pink budgie....I've got news for you, Chips has a lady love who is pink, oh yes, indeedy!
This is Trixie, who as you can see, has a flower be-decked perch as well. They have flown off to their new home now and are living happily together with their new owners.

Still on the budgie front. I have started this embroidery, now I'm not sure which way this is going to go, maybe a picture, or maybe part of a cushion. Hmmm decisions, decisions!

We are keeping cosy here as you can see during the winter months when the days seem to be so dark. As usual the doggies hog the best place when its howling a gale outside. Nikki is on guard in case there are some treats going around so she can alert the others!
That's it for now folks, will try to keep the updates a bit more regular.

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Winter doggy coats

After the very mild autumn we have just had, it has turned very nippy and today there is a sprinkling of snow on the ground. The sky is a rather heavy grey so I wonder if there is some more to come down......better than rain anyway (which we have had enough of) So on that note, and, as it gets rather chilly in the wee hours of the morning, thought that Bobby needs a few coats to keep the chill off.

This month I have been mostly making winter warmers for the two dogs, Bobby and Archie. Here is Bobby in his first pair of winter pyjamas. Nice and cosy and you can see he has grown a bit since my last posting.

He does love bones!! This one is made from the back of an old sweater and lined with a piece of bright blue cotton.

                        Small dog with a BIG heart! Knitted with an aran mixed yarn.

                             Sorry Archie is just wont fit no matter how tight you want to fasten it lol!!

On a different note, here is a super small house, perched on top of a cotton reel. There is smoke coming from the chimney so someone is at home. 'Home is where the heart is'

Thats all folks till next time.....with some more doggy coats!

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Jolly winter scarfs

Well, Oct sped past extra fast and no blogging! Oh dear, and this is why.....

Little Bobby has joined our family. He is a chihuahua with a sprinkle of Jack Russel. Isn't he just the cutest little thing? So he has been taking up a lot of my time just now as you can imagine! But before he arrived I did knit this doggy scarf for when we go out and about doggy walking in winter weather.

I added some googly eyes just for fun and a little red collar. The edging is a two row lacy crochet edge.

And here is Archie trying it on for size, cos you never know when he might need a neck warmer! He looks nice and snug. (although you can see the sun out in full force haha)

 While I was thinking of winter and maybe snow, this is another one that I knitted up. Multi coloured stripes so nice and cheerful for dark days. My wool stash is very slowly going down as I'm also still knitting a multi coloured blanket out of my woolly bits and bobs.

Archie thinks its a rug for him to sit on.
Until next time, happy crafting.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Seagulls and wood piles.

Need a new cupboard door knob, don't buy one, paint it! I had a plain wooden knob which had been the leftover from another project from years ago and we needed a handle for the bathroom cupboard. I went with a seagull not sure why, cos they nick your chips if not careful!!

While I was had a painting urge, I also painted this small canvas with another seagull. Isn't he handsome haha. He has his beady eye on whatever you're eating. so beware!!

Everytime I opened the craft cupboard I was met with a stack of interesting wood cuttings that tumbled out, they had been rescued from the fire. Hubs brings in the wood he has chopped and then I stack it. I'm going to have to stop looking at them before I chuck them into said fire, as my pile was getting rather too big. So have now whittled it down somewhat by making some 'quirky' houses. These were two old paintbrush handles, used as a base, now made into a scenic woodland walk and a coastal stroll!

I love a bit of upcyling!

Little Nikki is looking to update her winter wardrobe with a cowl!

Son Logan is fed up with it all.
He's not sure about the colour and the way his ears have disappeared!

All Logan wants to do is give his dad, Archie a kiss.

See you all next time.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Pansies, shelves and a bear

I do like pansies a lot, but have never been able to grow them (they looked wonderful in the shop but as soon as I re-planted them they took umbrage and died) This year we were drawn in by the vibrant orange ones, big and blowsy and the best bit reduced to 99p for a big tray full, so ever hopeful, they were purchased and planted......guess what they actually grew! First time ever. 

I painted these little watercolours a number of years ago and they were the only ones that didn't die on me. haha. 

 Little blue ones in a blue frame, not the best paintings but there ya go! Might have a go at painting some more sometime.

We have had this box for a while and thought it would make a nice shelf in the kitchen as we don't have space for a dresser. So the inside was painted white and then creased up tissue paper added and painted green, when it was dried I gently dragged a red pastel crayon over the creases to give it a bit of depth (doesn't show up very well in photo tho)
Then some brightly coloured bits and pieces were added and there we have a shelf 'dresser' which fits nicely over the radiator.

Be careful when you go down to the woods, you might find a bear minding his own business. Good thing he is friendly and Nikki thought his head made an excellent lookout post!

OK chums till next time and hopefully not so long in between posts. Bye.

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Colin the Crow

This funny shaped piece of wood was destined for the wood burner. Just as I was going to throw it in I had an epiphany....that looks like a birds head and yes it was, cos it turned into Colin the Crow!!
                                                     He can't see yet.......

                                                      Eye, eye

                                                          Here he is in his box.

The background is crumpled tissue, painted a gorgeous blue and then the creases gently rubbed with a red oil pastel. His feathers are some black paper cut into the shape of feathers and stuck on one by one. He is not quite finished yet but he looks quite comfy looking at me with his beady eye!

                                          Archie thinks he's more handsome than Colin....which of course he is!

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Shabby coat hangers and doggy biscuits.

Last week I was making some coat/key hangers from some wood I found in the shed. This one has a trompe l'oeil key hole with an old key insert, to hang our keys on! I hand painted the ribbon and leaves and the flowers are decoupaged.

Three more with vintage hooks. Decoupaged flowers and painted ribbon.

                                   The shabby chic look with a vintage little lace and cotton dress.

This blue robe/towel hanger is for my daughter who wanted one for her bathroom. In her favourite colour. The wood is a piece of cut down shelf and painted white and then decoupaged and 3 hooks added and 2 screw fixings added either side.  She is delighted with it, phew!

Archie has been busy as well.....making healthy doggy biscuits! Him and his mates think they are rather scrummy. They are made with peanut butter, carrot, apple, egg and porridge oats and then baked. They last for quite a while in a air tight jar, no actual measurments, just a bung it together recipe!
                                                    Haha, the label goes on the jar Archie!

                                                    That's better!!

If there was some added sugar they would be quite nice for humans!! Anyway they are all gone now, need another jar full so he can share with his chums.

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