Thursday, 31 March 2016

Teddy Puppet Appeal


As you know I am aiming to make at least Two Teddy Puppets each month to help OCC Barton upon Humber reach their target....

Teddy Bear Challenge 2016
By request we are running our Teddy Bear Challenge again this year! With your talent and help (and a little more time than last year!!!) we are hoping to break the World Record. We need more than 15534 teddy bear puppets to achieve our goal... a huge challenge, but not impossible.
Can you help us to spread the word and drum up support - we need your help to make this possible! 



Latest Count   22nd September........                                               

16,099!!



July Teds
Made by Maureen
June Teds
May Teds
April Teds
March Teds
February Teds

January Teds

These little puppets are so easy to make and are great for using up those little bits of stash yarn that you don't know what to do with.

if you would like to help here are the patterns..

Knitted...

and you can find the crochet pattern here


details of where to get the address to send your puppets on their Facebook page here

A great weekend project have Fun! :) 





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Monday, 28 March 2016

Stash-Buster Link Party six

Welcome to the sixth stash link party of the year, as always a big thank you to everyone who shared their lovely projects at the last link up, these were your favourites....
cute preemie top
Nata's cute bunnies
Sigrids finished blanket
Kims Baby top

Congratulations ladies and thank you for linking :) 

Now it's time to Party! remember all crafts can be included.


        Stash-Buster Link Party 6


Rules

  • Please grab the stash-buster link party button
  • All crafts are welcome either complete or works in progress.
  • Link the picture from your actual post and not your blog address.
  • Be polite and click on at least 2 links and leave some nice comments
  • Please mention the link party in your post or display the party button in your sidebar if you want to be featured.





Any LH pictures are projects made by ladies who are members of Loving Hands, clicking on the picture will show you an enlarged version, if you would like any information about any of the projects shown please just ask in the comments section. 





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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Happy Easter

Wishing all those who are celebrating a wonderful Easter Sunday and sharing these daffodils which I rescued my garden, the poor things were being blown to bits...

Sending you all a ray of sunshine :) xx
What are you all up to today?
Don't eat too many chocolate eggs!



Will see you all tomorrow for the next Stash-Buster Link Party.




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Monday, 21 March 2016

Spring Has Sprung

Hello! it's seems ages since I did a blog post and I'm really missing you guys I'm hoping to visit you and catch up with all your news just as soon I can.

It's been pretty manic here in the Crafty Corner because I received an email from one of the charities I support asking me if  I would make something for five year old twin girls so as usual when I get a request like this everything else stops so that I can concentrate on making something as quickly as I can.

Because Spring has supposedly sprung I decided to make two little Spring sweaters....

one in pink

and one in green


I really enjoyed making these little tops but then I think that making little girl things is always pleasurable.

Along with the tops I have made these little hats to go with them...


one in pink 
and one in green


with a simple spring flower to finish them off and then of course a little button to finish the flower off, you could go on and on couldn't you. :)


Along with the sweaters and hats I thought a scarf would be a good idea for our chilly Spring days...



I hope they have fun mixing and matching :)



As always when you make something for a specific age group you worry that the things you have made won't fit, I'm hoping that they do but if they don't then they will be given to other children in need.

Stats
Sweaters
I used Hayfield bonus yarn in shades cupid and petrol
Each sweater took 220 grams

Hats
I used the same yarn and each hat took 40 grams
The cute and simple spring flower was made using this pattern.



I used this leaflet for the sweater and hat pattern which I found very easy to follow although as always I had some size issues with the tension because I used different yarn to that which is recommended.

Information for the scarves coming soon.

I hope you are all having a great week!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Stash-Buster Link Party Five

Welcome to the fifth stash link party and thank you for linking all your lovely makes to the last link up.  As always there were so many beautiful projects and lots and lots of clicks, so thank you for visiting each other and spreading the love.

Here are the most clicked..
This beautiful quilt made by mrs moneypenny from Loving Hands
This lovely blanket made by Sigrid from Cat Cotton
My Cheerful Child Blanket
Creating a teacup tree made by Linda from Crafty Gardener.

Congratulations ladies and thank you for linking :) 

Now it's time to Party! remember all crafts can be included.


                        Stash-Buster Link Party 5


Rules

  • Please grab the stash-buster link party button
  • All crafts are welcome either complete or works in progress.
  • Link the picture from your actual post and not your blog address.
  • Be polite and click on at least 2 links and leave some nice comments
  • Please mention the link party in your post or display the party button in your sidebar if you want to be featured.






Any LH pictures are projects made by ladies who are members of Loving Hands, clicking on the picture will show you an enlarged version, if you would like any information about any of the projects shown please just ask in the comments section. 









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Friday, 4 March 2016

Five On Friday

A Five Minute Natter

Hello and Happy Friday to all you lovely people I just want to thank you all for all the lovely comments I received last Friday and apologise to those of you who I didn't manage to visit.  I haven't been able to sit for long at the laptop this week ..

As I mentioned earlier it is a while since I have decorated and there I was climbing  up and down ladders painting the ceiling, bending stretching looking up to see what I had missed, going over the blotchy bits then on with the walls, I was relentless because you want it finished don't you? then you have wait for bits to dry so you push the furniture out of the way and start on the other side.  I bet you know what's coming! I went to bed on Friday night tired but happy with my progress when I got up on the Saturday morning my back gave way and I couldn't move!

I have spent the week in a lot of pain because of my stupidity really, I should have taken it slower and I certainly shouldn't have pushed and shoved and lifted heavy furniture. I am getting on a bit after all but really, please let this be a lesson to you all no matter what your age, take things more slowly and get help with the heavy stuff!

Because of my carelessness it has taken me much longer to finish and I will have to wait even longer before I can finish off the trims but I'm pleased oh so pleased that most of it is done.  I have always been too independent for my own good and my poor daughter despairs of me she really does. I don't know why I find it hard to ask for help but I do, I hate putting others out.  

What about you do you find it hard to ask for help? I suppose if you have men at home it's much easier of course but I always think that I should be able to do it myself.

I have been worried about getting my two large sofa's outside because the council are coming to collect them next week, they won't come into the house to get them they have to be placed in the street where you leave your bin on collection day, can you imagine! everyone having to take a detour around your old furniture.  Anyway I was mentioning this to a friend at work she got on her phone there and then and asked her partner and his son to come and lift them out for me the evening before the council is expected and they they said they would be pleased to do it, honestly I could have cried with gratitude I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, I will let you know if all goes to plan.

Have a great weekend! and for all those who celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday I hope you have a great one and that your family spoil you rotten. :) xx

Linking with the lovely Amy's Five on Friday








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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

February Review

So where did February go? these months seem to speed by but at least by setting myself some targets each month I can see that I haven't been wasting my time and there has been something constructive going on, because February was a short month and I've been decorating I really didn't think that I would manage to complete everything I planned so I have to look back to see what I actually hoped to achieve...

Make two Teddy Puppets a month for Operation Christmas Child

February Teds

These little puppets are such fun to make, I have to stop myself from making more so that I can get on with other things.  Great stash-busters too you can find the pattern here

I have challenged myself to make a sweater a month for the boys...

February Sweater


Complete the second front of my cardigan..



I managed to do that too and now I have only the sleeves to do

Make a preemie item...
Made with a few grams of stash yarn so simple and so sweet one of Marianna's lovely patterns you can find it here

start some socks
I have forced myself to stop at this point I was only going to do the rib but honestly I really love making socks and could quite happily make those and nothing else and that would never do now would it.

start some mittens
Well as you know not only did I start them but I finished them too and let me tell you I'm enjoying wearing them, these are designed by Christine and you can find the pattern here.

Finish The Cheerful Child Blanket..


I loved making this blanket and may make another in the future but strangely for the first time in a long time I'm not following a single CAL!

Although I challenge myself with certain tasks each month sometimes these have to be put to one side because something crops up and I have to devote myself to that project, either to make something for a child in desperate need or in fact in this case for a much sadder reason.  Last month a member of Loving Hands passed away, she was such a lovely selfless person and always kept us entertained with her lively personality on the Loving Hands forum. When one of our members pass away we all contribute a square which are sewn into a comfort blanket for the family.  In Maureen case we will be making one for each of her two grandchildren and one for her husband. 

These were mine...
Block 55 Centred Square 
Block 99 Baby Bow
Block 89 Spinner
All made from the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton

To do list for March...

  1. March boy sweater.
  2. Two Teddy Puppets.
  3. Complete a sock and cast on another.
  4. Make a Preemie item.
  5. Work on my totally scrappy blanket.
I hope everyone is having a great week. :) 

Linking with...



Snickerdoodle Sunday
Hookin on hump day
Cooking and crafting with J&J
Handmade Monday
Lunamon Design
Scrapability Saturday

Link and Share Wednesdays






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