Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Everything Back To Normal

After all the time I spent trying to fix the blog posts I was told how to sort it out very quickly. If the photos had been deleted in the last 60 days (mine were), go in to the account where the photos are stored, retrieve them from the trash and they all go back on to the relevant posts. Sounds really obvious now. 

This week I finished knitting a new outfit for Little L's doll. The pattern I used for this was a Daisy May pattern (No.287) which I purchased from Ebay. The outfit below, also a Daisy May design (No.279) is one that I completed just before Christmas and didn't get around to posting.

These are a few small speedy items that I have made using some free patterns which I found.

This crocheted fox key ring for Little L's school bag,

a felt guinea pig ornament for my Mum

and a little monster ready to give to Little L on Valentines Day.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Vanishing Photos

This weekend I spent most of my time putting photos back on the blog that I had accidentally deleted. Photos from the past few years were stored on a USB stick and any that were older I retrieved from my Flickr or Cut Out And Keep account. Very boring and time consuming. I went through the blog month by month making a note of the ones I'd corrected. When I'd finished some more photos had disappeared so I'm back to square one. I can't understand how they can just vanish. After doing a search I found that photos vanishing is quite a common problem and as yet I have not found a way to stop it.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

I Do Some Daft Things

While I was clearing out rubbish from my tablet yesterday I deleted all the photos and it was only when I previewed my last blog post that I noticed my template had disappeared along with a lot of photos from blog posts. I'm now in the process of putting all the photos back on the relevant posts. It may take a while. I could kick myself at times. 

A New Cookbook

Yesterday I received this book, The CRUMBS Family Cookbook which I won through the book give a way on Cut Out And Keep. Its the kind of cookbook that I like. No long lists of ingredients or instructions and after looking through the recipes I found that a lot of the ingredients I usually have in the house. I do hate buying ingredients for one recipe then for it to be left languishing at the back of the cupboard never to be used again.

The first recipe that I have tried from the book are these banana and honey oat cookies which have almost gone already.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015


.. I hope that everyone had a great Christmas ( seems a bit daft saying that so far in to January ). Anyway craft wise I've not been up to a great deal. I've crocheted a couple of things, nice and simple patterns that I've been doing while catching up with Sons Of Anarchy and watching American Horror Story.

Little L received a new baby doll for Christmas and asked me to make a new blanket for it. She chose her own colours and she thinks its fantastic. The orange colour is shocking. I don't know what I can use the left over wool on.

I also made this neck warmer using this free Silver Shells pattern from DROPS Designs.

I never make New Years resolutions simply because I never can stick to them and if I really want to do something I can do it any time of the year. I have been looking at challenges mentioned on blogs though. There seem to be quite a few reading challenges about but I think a decluttering one would be more beneficial in our house so over this year I'm going to try and clear out 365 things. It does sound like a lot of stuff to get rid of but I'll have a good go.

Friday, 19 December 2014

A Surprise Present

A couple of days ago I arrived home to a lovely surprise package. I first thought maybe it was a Christmas gift that I had ordered but had forgotten about, had a good prod and poke before opening it and found I had won a tote bag. Recently What Katie Did asked for votes to chose their new bag design then gave away 25 of them. These bags are not available to buy so I feel really lucky to have received one. Isn't it gorgeous .. I think the hair and gold colour give it an Art Deco feel. My favourite design period.

What Katie Did sells vintage inspired lingerie from the 1940s and 50s. It was my love of vintage underwear which soon led me to WKD years ago. I'd bought some new Lady Marlene pieces from US Ebay but soon I noticed the prices rising, not as many listings appearing then saw the company had ceased manufacturing. Then I found WKD online. ( I think it may have been before their London shop opened ) I've purchased several items, all of exceptional quality and arrived quickly, beautifully packaged. There is always something I'm drawn to, currently 6 strap garter belts. When we married in 2005 I wore a WKD under bust girdle under my 1940s style dress. 
The designs below are on the bags that I have bought from What Katie Did previously. ( my teenage boys are never too happy if I ask them to hold one of these in public )

My Mum and Gran both think it hilarious that I love vintage style underwear. My Mum has seen my things drying and said 'Come on !, I bet Anders thinks he's married to an old woman '. Actually my husband prefers vintage style to modern underwear so that is not a problem in our house. My Gran ( who is 91 years old ) told me that she couldn't wait to get married and move out so she could wear a garter belt because my Great Gran would only let the girls wear lace up corsets. When I asked about lacing up, she shared a bedroom with two of her sisters so they laced each other up. 
I have to put this in about my Grandad who has now sadly gone. Before I married I rang my Gran and asked about what she wore, the subject on moved to underwear and French knickers. My Grandad shouted down the loud speaker on the phone ' You don't have any do you ?' .. I replied that I had ... He started chuckling then said ' Well aren't you kinky. In my day we called them easy feelers '. I'd never heard that before nor been so embarrassed by my Grandad for that matter.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Christmas Jackalope Ornament

Today I've been making some Christmassy jackalopes to hang from our tree.

I drew a silhouette of a rabbits head using a photo then added some antlers. The head and antlers were cut from thin vinyl taken from showroom sample books.

A hole was made with a hole punch in the top of the head and the antlers were painted. I didn't have any metallic paint and wasn't keen on Little L's glitters so I painted mine using nail polish.

When the paint (nail polish) had dried, the antlers were then glued on to the head and a length of thin ribbon was used for hanging up the ornament .

This is the template that I made to make the jackalopes.