Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Campfire Fun

It's time to find out what mischief our little elves got up to last night.  My goodness they built a campfire on one of the cooker rings!

I have just realised that the are cooking marshmallows in their campfire.  

It was not quite as cold last night but our elves are taking no chances, they both have lovely warm scarves on, I wonder who knitted them?

As you can see, the marshmallows are toasting nicely .....

and someone has made them lovely logs to sit on, even Pom has one.  

These elves really are spoilt.


Cherry Ripe - Day 13

I love all of the winter scenes created by the amazingly talented Julie Williams and SuzyMarie but I am beginning to think that their food designs are my favourites, each design is so clever.

 This dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses'.  Suzymarie has called this design 'Cherry Pie'.  

Every time I knit this pattern I am struck by what a great design for a cherry pie this is, with all the cherries and the lattice pie crust.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Smile Please

I am beginning to think that the elves that live with my niece and her family live a very good life, every day is an adventure for them.  On the other hand, my niece is so lucky tat her elves do not play wicked pranks on her!

Just look what they got up to last night .........

Louis' girlfriend is a pretty good artist, she certainly has all she needs to pursue her hobby - including a willing subject.

I wonder, if we asked her nicely, whether she would paint Ryan and his sister.  I think that would make a wonderful Christmas present for their mum and dad.

I have just spotted the tiny rag she has cleaned her dirty brushes on and look at her palette.

and it really is a good likeness of Louis.

Oh, and Louis' girlfriend wanted to show you her dress today, it is one of her favourites.

See you soon.


Bright Nordic Dress - Day 12

This stunning Nordic snowflake pattern is another pattern variation by SuzieMarie called 'Nordic Dress'.

The basic dress design is by Julie Williams and can be found ine her 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet on Ravelry. These patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.

I knitted this little dress in soft 4 ply cotton.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Go Hide and Seek

Have you missed our little elves?  Well, this weekend our elves took advantage of Ryan visiting Grandma and they went to the North Pole to file another report on Ryan and his sister.

Due to all of the snow yesterday Ryan had a snow day today and was not at school, so the elves decided that it would be fun to play Hide and Seek with him.  The game lasted ages but he eventually found them hiding in the linen basket.

Once the game was over Ryan and his mum played Snap with a pack of giant Snap cards the elves bought back from the North Pole.  Everything went really well until Ryan's little sister decided to throw all of the cards in the air and they landed all over the room - she is only 15 months old and I guess he did not quite understand the rules of Snap!

Fun for everyone.


Deep in the Forest - Day 11

There is something about this stripped back pine forest which I find very attractive.  I am sure some people will feel that is represents the aftermath of a nuclear winter, with the stick trees and golden sky, but I find the design compelling.

It is another pattern variation by Suzymarie  called 'Winter Woods' based on Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet.  As with many of the dresses in this series, I have knitted it with the fuller skirt option - I think I prefer it to the tighter sundress design.

I have made it in soft 4 ply cotton.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Afternoon Tea? - Day 10

I think this is the perfect dress to go out to afternoon tea wearing, isn't it fabulous?  Just look at that huge cherry on the top of each cake.

This cup cake pattern is a suppliment to the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet and can be found on Ravelry as a free download

I have made the dress with a fuller skirt to accommodate our bunnies fluffy tail.  I just love this airforce blue colour, isn't is wonderful?  As always, I have used 4 ply cotton to make this dress.