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!

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Sunday, 5 April 2020

The Train Now Leaving Platform Seven

Do you even have a bright idea what doesn't work out exactly how you imagined it?  This project did not go how I thought but I thought I would nonetheless share it with you.

A few weeks ago, I saw some kits on the Hunkydory website which I thought might make fun cards for the young boys in the family, the series was called ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’.  Part of my problem was that I assumed that they were ‘cards’, I had imagined that you had to put them together in such a way that you could flatten them for posting and there would be a certain amount of self-assembly required by the recipient.   Wrong, the little steam train I decided to send to my nephew had to be fully assembled, it was difficult to do, my old eyes found the print size of the instructions was too small, I found it impossible to push the tabs through the slots and, when complete, there was nowhere to leave a message.   Oh, and there was no envelop or box to put the finished project in.  It does not really resemble a card, more a press out and assemble kit of a train but, in truth, that was my mistake.

There was much to say in its favour, it was made of good quality card.  It was printed on both sides, even the pieces which you would not see once the kit was assembled, and it was foiled.

I decided to make a simple paper box to send it in, it was being hand delivered* so the box did not have to be too sturdy.  I also had to write my message to a Post-It and attach it to the underside of the train. 

I am very tempted to pop another of the kits into my nephew's birthday present so he (or rather his mum) can experience the 'fun' of making one for himself!

Stay safe and well my crafting friends.


* Now we are 'staying home' and self-isolating, I will have to leave his card and present on the doorstep, ring the bell and walk away.  The world has got very strange.


  1. Might not be what you thought but a great result -looks realy good-love the comment about experience the fun of making one himself-his Mum will love you lol
    Carol x

    1. Thank you Carol, luckily his mum inherited her crafting genes from me - at one time she even had a blog, but that all had to be set aside when the children came along. However, I found these kits to be a little tricky and I'd love to see how someone else got on with one.

      Dionne x

  2. It looks great and I hope he lived it. The box is fab too. Annoying that it didn't come with something to post it in x

    1. Thank you Lisette. My nephew says very little about anything, but his mum loved it, typical boy! The box was really easy, I remembered a school friend could make boxes from a sheet of paper - the lid was the same size as the base. So I looked it up on Youtube and easy peasy.

      Dionne xx


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