Making Bonding Squares

Yesterday one of my friends social media posts was about a hospital running out of bonding squares and they were asking for knitters and crocheters to make some. I have knitted tiny hats and mittens for premature babies in the past but I've never heard of bonding squares before. They are 5 inch squares, made in pairs then one is placed with the baby and the other is given to the parent.



I thought they were an ideal way to use up spare wool and I made five pairs last night.
Information and the address to post the squares to can be found here



Marbury Country Park

At the weekend we nipped over to Marbury Country Park. It's a lovely place to visit especially at this time of the year and as it is local I have been many times though it has changed considerably since I was a child.  


I was surprised at how quiet the park was considering the weather wasn't too bad. The park is extremely busy during Summer and there is always some kind of activity on the mere. 



Marbury Park was originally the site of a grand family estate until it was sold in the 1930's. The hall then had a number of uses including a country club (the open air pool is still there and in use) and during the Second World War, a military camp and prisoner of war camp. The last hall was demolished in 1968 though stonework and steps which formed the raised terraces in the formal gardens still remain. The walled garden now houses a garden centre.



The first ghost story I ever heard (passed on by my lovely cousins) was about the Marbury Lady. The version I was told is that she could be seen in the park on a horse but I think this is where stories have been a bit mixed up. There is a legend of a ghost horse, The Marbury Dun, but I think they are separate stories. Anyway, I've been there lots of times at night during my youth and never seen a thing.
Our main reason for going was to try and encourage Opie to walk.


This photo shows how he behaves when we take him out. He stiffens his body and backs up,very reluctant to move at all (Never have I seen a dog to be so pleased to return back home, he runs around and rolls about like crazy). We know that he's not too keen on pavements but discovered he likes to walk through leaves. Opie actually seemed be enjoying himself. We'll have to take him back while there are still plenty of leaves on the ground.

The photo of Marbury Hall is from The Friends of Anderton and Marbury

Folksy Friday - Christmas Cards

This is my first Folksy Friday post and my chosen theme is Christmas greeting cards. There are so many different styles available, all tastes are catered for. These are just a few of my favourites.


I love the cuteness and humour on Sally's cards


This card set has a traditional British look to them.


A great craft theme card


These personalised colour in cards are ideal for keeping children busy on the lead up to Christmas


I don't think that I could chose a favourite from this set of hand drawn animal cards

I hope something caught your eye from this small selection.



A Busy Few Days

Recently I made the decision to plunge in to the world of selling online. Its something my friends and family have been encouraging me to do for years and it is something I've thought about but that is as far as it got, just thinking.
I made this Boston terrier plush last month which was inspired by vintage plush toys with disproportionately long limbs. Not seeing anything like it around and knowing how many people love this breed of dog I thought that maybe it would be a good thing to begin with.


I've made a few variations since making my first one


 and some Christmas decorations.


Coming up with a name for a shop was more difficult than I thought it would be. I didn't want to use any words such as felt, crochet, knitted, etc as then I'd be tying myself down to one specific product. I tried using the children's and pets names but nothing sounded right. Next I tried an online anagram generator and popped my name in. Using one of the results, I knocked off a couple of letters, added a Y and that is how I found the name, Molly Moochins. Everyone seems to like it  (I searched google and social media sites to make sure no one had used it)
I was ready to make a seller account so signed up on Etsy. Everything was going fine until I got to the verification stage where I had to photograph a driving licence or passport. This is where I got stuck because I have neither. I contacted customer services and if you have ever tried to get in touch, you will know that they don't rush. It took four days to get a response regarding verification but they accepted a utility bill and birth certificate as proof instead.
Next I made a shop on Folksy and made accounts under the Molly Moochins name on Twitter and Instagram. (My eyes have been killing me the past couple of days by constantly looking at screens) I'm not sure about making a page on Facebook yet. I keep my account private, just as a way to keep in touch with my family.

These are the places I can be found -

If anyone reading has experience selling online I would be grateful for any advice you could give me. I've been reading lots of tips but I'm sure I've probably missed something.


Dog T-Shirt

Our pup seemed to find it a bit cold in our house last week and while he didn't mind being bundled up in a blanket and be carried about like a baby, it's not very practical. At one point I even put the central heating on for him. I knew that Boston terriers feel the cold, that's why there are lots of photo's online of them wearing clothes and while I don't think it is chilly at all yet, Opie was shivering. 



We bought him the smallest t shirt that we could find in our local Pets At Home but the armholes were too big so his legs slipped out and he got in a bit of a taggle. Also he wasn't keen on the hood.
  

I looked online and found this free dog t shirt pattern and I made him some today using a couple of old t shirts. It fits much better than the one we purchased and so far he hasn't tried to pull it off.







Painting, Poster & Pup

Last week I painted our bathroom, the only room in the house I don't mind decorating as it is that small it only takes me two days to do from start to finish. Its gone from green to grey though when my Mum had a look she thought we hadn't changed the colour (now I know where I get my excellent observation skills from).



We put a new blind up though Anders thinks it is too bright but I thought it needed some other colour in there because it reminded me of a dentist waiting room.
Then I caught my eldest boy's cold germs so I've not felt great for the rest of the week. 


On Friday though I had a delivery that cheered me up, a signed poster of the film Dogged which I had won via Twitter. Dogged is a UK based folk horror film. It is being shown at lots of film festivals at the moment and from what I have read it has had great reviews so far. This is one I can't wait to watch. I've popped the Dogged trailer below.



Sunday we picked up our pup, Opie. The journey home takes around an hour and a half with good traffic and as he had only had a short car journey to the vets before I was expecting a bit of upset or sickness but he was fine and slept most of the way home. 



Basically he has slept most of the time we've had him because he is only 8 weeks old. Little L was expecting a playful, boisterous pup and everyone who has seen him has said 'Oh, I thought he'd be bigger than that' but he has plenty of time to grow yet. He has settled in quickly and loves everyone making a big fuss of him.







New Family Member (and it's not a dog)

Last weekend we took Caleb to pick up his new pet, a crested gecko.


 He didn't want to buy one from a pet shop as the gecko's he had seen had no tails. (I thought they would grow back as they do with most lizards but once they drop off on this species, that's it). He found someone who breed them from their home and arranged to collect it. We already had a vivarium stored in the loft from when we had anoles and geckos years ago.


The gecko is female and has been named Tig. I think she's quite cute. She has little spikes just above her eyes which I think look like false eyelashes. She has been handled every day so is very tame and usually just crawls about on your arms though you have to be ready for the odd jump. Caleb's had her sat on a stool feeding her banana from a teaspoon. (He has his own separate spoon for this. I like lizards but I don't fancy sharing my cutlery with one)


My lovely next door neighbour popped round with these this week. Yesterday I made apple cake and applesauce cookies. Today it will be apple crumble then I'll stew the rest to put in the freezer.


I made a start on making Christmassy things this week, two stockings for dogs. The Molly stocking is for my cousin's Shih Tzu pup and Opie is for our dog when we bring him home. I used this free pattern for the bone shape.


It was so hard trying to think of a name for the dog. The only one most of us agreed on was Opie. Now Caleb has named his pet Tig it looks as though we're choosing characters names from Sons Of Anarchy ... but we're not.