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, 18 September 2019

Welcome Georgie Giraffe

I hope you are well.

A few months ago I spotted this super cute image of Georgie Giraffe on my dear friend The Crafty Stamper's blog, the card Carol made with is image was breathtaking and very inspiring.  As my family were eagerly awaiting a new addition I headed to The Colour of Love's website to purchase a couple of their enchanting baby images.

My card is not anything like the one by The Crafty Stamper, but none-the-less I am very pleased with the result.

I coloured little 'Georgie' with Promarkers and picked out one or two places with Glossy Accents.  The hearts were made with a Sizzix Bigz die and the baby mobile die is by Transer.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the animal buttons are from my stash.

I made this card for the proud grandparents, in a day or two I shall share the one I made for the very happy new parents.


Monday, 9 September 2019

Oscar Rabbit

I've had my knitting needles out again, this time it is the last of my Mary Jane's Tearoom patterns by Susan Hickson.  Which is very sad in many ways, however all of the bunnies are the same pattern, so all I need do is design my own clothes and come up with a suitable name for my individual bears and rabbits.  Of course, Susan Hickson has design many more toy patterns which are also available from Ravelry, so there are other patterns for me to collect.

The last of these lovely rabbits is 'Oscar'.  Isn't he sweet in his jumper with the heat motif and his pantaloons and walking boots.

Oscar's body is made from alpaca wool, it is beautifully soft but this wool is much finer than any other Double Knit yarns I have ever use. Therefore, Oscar is smaller than stated in the pattern and all of his clothes were much too large, to get his clothes to fit, I  knit them on 2mm needles instead of 2.75mm.

All of the clothes are made in 4 ply cotton.  This sweet little stripey jumper has a heart motif and polo neckline.

If you follow my blog you will know that my sister has a thing about toys wearing underwear and she has installed into me the need to make underpants for my knitted toys.  However, the Mary Jane's Tearoom rabbits do not have underpants patterns so I have designed my own boxer shorts for Oscar.

One of the songs from Bugsy Malone pops into my head whenever I look at this photo ...'So you want to be a Boxer?  In the golden ring.'  Inexplicably it really tickles me how his legs dangle out of his shorts, perhaps it has something to do with the big boots on the other end of his legs.  

On top of is boxers Oscar has a smart pair of pantaloons, made in silver grey cotton and with the obligatory slit in the back for his tail to pop through.

Oscar's socks are made as part of his feet and legs, his walking boots slip snugly over the top of the socks.

Time for the full frontal shot, please look away if you are of a delicate nature.  I can never resist sharing the the rear view with the fabulous fluffy tail.

Now the spoiler alert .... Oscar has a little brother.  Watch out for more news of him some time soon.


Some of the other patterns I have made from this series are:-

Anaka Rabbit
Bluebell Rabbit
Bo Rabbit
Candy Bear
Daisy Bear
Donovan Bear
Dulci Rabbit
Lavender Rabbit

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Happy Bees

Wishing my dear friend Lisette, aka Mrs Beez, a very happy birthday (between you and me, it is not her birthday today but circumstance prevented me posting her card on the actual day).

Because of her nickname I am persistently drawn to all things 'bee' when it comes to Lisette's birthday.  Although, in truth, there are so many attractive things about her generous nature which I could focus on, like her love for her family, her adoration of Christmas, her natural affinity with good food - especially afternoon teas ...... and she is a brilliant cook herself, I find myself drawn to the bees.  

So sticking to my 'bee' theme, here is the card I made for her this year.

The bee images are from Digital Delights - Queen Bee and Barnaby Bee.  I coloured Queen Bee with Promarkers and used Glossy Accents to highlight parts of the crown, wings and antenna.

The card and papers are from my stash and the embossed gold paper was from Stamin' Up; it is such a shame that the camera cannot show you just how lovely that paper really is.  The large gold and pearl bee came from ebay and the unreadable sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

Barnaby Bee went on the inside of the card and I coloured him with some metallic Derwent pencils, unfortunately they did not cover very well, and I had to go over them with some other pencils, so the end result looked a little scratchy.

I am still kicking myself because, right at the very end, I managed to dab a bit of the peach ink from the Stampin' Up 'Happy Birthday' sentiment in the foot of Barnaby Bee.  So annoying!


Monday, 29 July 2019

Terrible Lizards

I mentioned the other day that I had a few Dinosaurs to tell you all about.  Well, here we are.

Naturally, I have been researching Dinosaurs, I think we probably know more about Dinosaurs than either Unicorns or Dragons because of all of the evidence that they actually walked the earth. However, did you know that there are many group-terms for Dinosaurs, for instance, a flock, a gaggle, a colony, a murder - these terms are more readily applied to the more bird-like ones? Other collective nouns are a herd, a band, a pride, and a pack - these are more readily used for the larger Dinosaurs.

The word Dinosaur is said the mean 'Terrible Lizard'. Apparently when scientists first discovered Dinosaur fossils, they imagined them to be the remains of huge lizards from the past.

As with both the Unicorn pattern and the Dragon pattern, this one is from 'Knitting by Post' and this one is called 'Dinky Dino Dinosaur' and is also available from Ravelry.  All of my Dinosaurs are made in Double Knit yarn but some have come out larger than others.

I know that I have taken liberties with the colours but no one really knows what colour they were, although probably not peach or violet!

This green one with yellow spikes was my first attempt.

This violet Dinosaur is much smaller than the rest, I think he is quite sweet.

I could tell that I was running out of grey yarn so I gave this one a peach snout to match his spikes, I think he has pulled the look off.

Although my photographs do not give you a clear back view of these dinosaurs I have made mine slightly different to the pattern, they have a double row of spikes down their back so that they more closely resemble a Stegosaurus, as this particular Dinosaur is a favourite of my niece Lucy (can you guess which one she has?).  The remaining Dinosaurs have been put away for Christmas.

I also added nostrils to my bunch, I think it gives their face more character.


Monday, 22 July 2019

If You go Down to the Woods Today

Recently I went away for a few days, although I took my knitting bag with me, I was not expecting to have mach spare time, so I did not pack a lot of yarn.  However, the weather was not very good and I found myself at a loose end and these guys were the result!

Four teddy bears from 'Little Cotton Rabbits stable, they were all based on their 'boy bear' pattern, which is available from Ravelry.  I used odds and ends of Aran yarn to make the bears and DK for their clothes.

As you can see from this strange black and white bear, I did not have enough of some of the yarns so I mixed and matched.

I tried to create a heart on this jumper by alternating the colours in the stripes. 

This little bear has an Aran style jumper with a bear-head button.

Sadly my photograph does not do justice to this pretty lilac butterfly.

Not bad for a few rainy days!


Friday, 19 July 2019

A Single Yellow Primrose

You may recall that at the start of the year I shared a Mary Jane's Tearoom rabbit called 'Primrose', which I had made for my 'bestie'.  I have at last got around to showing you the 'Primrose Rabbit' I had made for myself.

My friend named her Primrose Rabbit 'Dulcie' (here she is with my Primrose Rabbit).  They look so sweet together, don't you agree?

Where Dulcie is dressed in shades of pink, Primrose is all in yellow, from her hair slides to her Mary Jane shoes.  

As you can see, I made three of the knitted flowers so she can wear them in her 'hair' or as a brooch or pin.

  All of her clothes are made of 4 ply cotton.

The jumper has a sweet primrose design on the chest and a darker checkered boarder around the cuffs and waist.

(I took a close-up so you can see the flower better.)

Her knickerbockers have a picot edge and a slit in the back for her tail to go through ....

 ... as indeed do her knickers.

I had one of my little artistic moments with her knickers and added a small floral motif around the legs.

Her Mary Jane style shoes have a strap and matching tiny button fastening.

The hair slide/brooch has three pink seed pearls at the centre.  I stitched each to a pin so they can be moved around - I currently have one fastened at her waist to stop her jumper riding up.  I am sure I do not know what they get up to when I am not looking but every time I turned around her jumper was halfway up her chest!

She is made of 100% alpaca wool and she stands approximately 15.5 inches high (40cm) in her stocking feet ...

... and has a great big fluffy tail.

You probably spotted that Primrose also has stripy stockinged legs, these are made in double knot cotton..


Some of the other patterns I have made from this series are:-

Monday, 15 July 2019

My First Flight

Do you remember my post about Unicorns, where I explained that the collective noun for a group of Unicorns is a Blessing? Well, today I have a group of Dragons to share with you and I have discovered that I am spoilt for choice as to what to call them. Among the collective nouns for Dragons we have a flight of Dragons; a weyr of Dragons; a school of Dragons; a doom of Dragons; and a wing of Dragons. Also, baby Dragons are called whelps, and are born in nests known as roosts. When they reach adolescence, they are called fledglings. Who knew that there is so much information out there on something which is mythical?

You may have spotted that this my dragons have a striking similarity to the Unicorns, that is because the knitting pattern is from the same website - 'Knitting by Post' .  This pattern is called 'Dave the Dragon' and is available from Ravelry.

As you can see from the dark red dragon, the dragons in this pattern, have a rather silly looking sticky out tongue, which, between the two of us, I did not really like ...

So, I tried making the tongue on my next Dragon slightly shorter, but I was still unhappy with the look.  What do you think?

In the end I dropped the tongue and added nostrils, as you can see in this mint coloured Dragon.  (I quite liked the nostrils, so I went back and added them to the dark green and red Dragons.)

I next made a yellow Dragon with black spikes.  After all, who can say what colour Dragons should be?

Finally, my favourite, a baby blue Dragon with dark blue spikes and sparkly white wings.

I almost forgot to tell you that I made the Dragons because I felt that little boys would probably not want a Unicorn for Christmas.  So all the young boys in the family will be getting either a Dragon or a Dinosaur (spoiler alert) for Christmas .

I hope you have a great week.