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.


Friday 30 June 2023

Tiny Cardigans for a Doll

 Can you believe it, that's June over!

I have more dolls clothes to share with you today.  The pattern for these cardigans is from Dolliebabies, this one is knitting pattern 001 classic baby cardigans.  Made in the 3 ply yarn my sister gave to me, these cardigans are really very small.  As you can see, I made one in each of the colours, some of them have round necks and others are 'v' necked.

This garter stitch cardigan is another Dolliebabies pattern (but I do not recall which one).  Garter stitch can be very unforgiving and any tension changes or caught threads really show up.  I had a few snagged threads, which really jumped out of the finished cardigan, so I came up with the idea to cover them with tiny buttons - plus I added a few more to make the random use of buttons look intensional,

I still have a few dolls clothes to share with you.  So, as they say, I shall return .....


Wednesday 28 June 2023

Peony Card

 I have a very quick and simple card to share with you today.

I have had this kit so long that I cannot remember which shopping channel I got it from or who made it - it may have been one from Kanban Crafts.

It is a very simple design.  I made a DL card and turned it on it's side.  I then used some 3D foam pads to raise the decoupaged sections of the floral image.  Finally, I popped on one of the sentiments from the kit.


Monday 26 June 2023

New Dress for Dolly

I am afraid I have not had the time to photograph all of the premature baby clothes I recently told you about (I am sure you are all aware how other things happen to put pay to your plans).  However, I did photograph some dolls clothes I more recently made for my small niece.

This pattern is one of the many patterns I have recently purchased from the Dolliebabies website, this one is Knitting Pattern 111 - Jumper Dress.  To make my dresses more doll size I knitted these patterns using some 3 ply my sister had given to me and which I had no idea what to make with it.

I made the dress in both the short sleeved pattern ...

 ... and the long sleeved version.

I just had to show you the buttons I used to fasten the lavender coloured dress.

Aren't they cute?  I got them from ebay quite some time ago but this is the first opportunity I have had to use them.

The 3 ply my sister gave to me had originally been for a knitting machine and came on spools, there were 5 colours in all, so I made an awful lot of dolls clothes to use it up!


Friday 23 June 2023

Little Westies

Friends of ours had a West Highland Terrier, he was a really sweet, friendly and affectionate, a real bundle of fun.  This little guy reminds me of him.

The image, tartan backing card and and graphite card are from an old Kanban Crafts kit purchased from QVC way, way back when.  You may recall another card I recently published using this image.

The black card and sentiment are from my stash.

Thank you for visiting today.


Wednesday 7 June 2023

Panda Bear

From time to time I enjoy making knitted toys, most of them for my little niece and nephew.  At Easter I shared a bunny I made my niece.  At that time I made this panda for my nephew.

He was made from some left over sparkling grey and black yarn.  This yarn was stiffer than the ones I usually use for toys and, as a consequence, he stands and sits really well.

I also bought some fabulous glittery buttons for his eyes but I forgot to photograph them, this is the best I can manage.  You may just be able to make out that there is a raised centre with a black ring around it.  They are shank buttons, which I was able to pull into the padding to create eye sockets.

Both the rabbit and the panda patterns are from the Knitables Collection, over the years I have made a few of their knitted toys:

Easter Bunny
Fairy Elephant
Red Cat
Super Giraffe
Supergirl Giraffe
Thank you Bears

Thank you for stopping by.


Monday 5 June 2023

Toot, Toot, Tootsie!

 Good morning, I hope you had a good weekend.

I have a new baby card to share with you today.  Whilst I had my new baby bits and pieces out recently I thought I may as well make one for a baby boy while I was at it.

Like the other card, the elements for this new baby card came from a very old Kanban Crafts pack, which I purchased from QVC many years ago.

I hope you have a good week.


Friday 2 June 2023

Sweet Lilac Baby's Cardigan and Beanie

I have recently been sharing with you some cardigans sets I made for my nieces sister-in-law, who was expecting her first baby.  Baby Alice has now arrived, she is fit and well and as pretty as a picture.

In all I made little Alice three outfits and this is the last of the new baby cardigans I made for my niece to give to her sister in law (the others were a pretty pink outfit and a lemon one.)  This cardigan pattern is from Snuggly, pattern number 3838. which I made in a pretty lilac baby double knit yarn by James C Brett.

This pattern does not come with a matching beanie hat, but I have made a few of these now and it was not very difficult to place the cardigan pattern onto one of the plain beanie hat patterns.

I hope you are having a lovely day.