Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tabitha a cloth doll






It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here and I have been doing some Christmas crafting for presents. I was lucky enough to be chosen for pattern testing again from Lisa at biglittle this time for a vintage inspired cloth dolly. Lisa has released this pattern in her Etsy shop. She is a lovely project to complete during these long, cold winter nights gently stitching by the fire. It's a simple project but has lots of elements like the embroidery and clothes. It's not something you could complete in a day it's nice to take time over it but then again it isn't too challenging. You can also make some beautiful clothes for her perhaps to match your child's clothes like I did.
I really enjoyed this project and I love the doll now it is finished. She will be popping out of my little girl's stocking on Christmas Day and I am so excited I am sure she will be an instant hit

If you want to have a go at making this heirloom doll or gift the pattern to a crafty friend you can buy the pattern now with 15% discount until Saturday. You can also have a look at all the other dolls the other pattern testers have made in the flickr group.

Purchase the pattern as a gift for a crafty friend, or make your own Fleur doll for Christmas!
Use the code FLEUR15 at checkout to receive the discount.
Click HERE to get Fleur with 15% off

A fellow pattern tester Aimee from Small Steps Big Noises has made another doll valued at $250 which she is gifting to a deserving child this Christmas!  All you have to do is nominate a child you know to receive this special doll and tell us why. Join in here

Merry Christmas xxx

Thursday, 20 November 2014







Where do you start with blogging again after a year of absence....
I have had a busy year getting on with our building work and preferring to be sewing and making rather than wrestling with technology that doesn't want to make blogging an easy process.

Well I hope to be able to be better at this but I can't promise but I have loads to show. I have had a very productive year of sewing clothes for me and my children which I would like to share.
I'll start with this Anna cape that I was a test sewer for BigLittle .
Lisa has a knack for creating simple, magical clothing patterns for children. I have sewn many of her patterns in the past- pixie coat, pixie cape, and a simple waistcoat. I loved sewing all of them and the instructions are very clear and illustrated step by step so as a beginner they were easy to make.
This simple cape was inspired by Anna's clothing from Disney's Frozen. It came together beautifully. I made it from a pink wool mix and lined it with a pink faux fur which is super soft. I had the perfect pretty silver catch to finish it off. Unfortunately my little model wasn't happy the day that we could take pictures she wasn't her normal posing- self.

Bye for now
xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Twas the night before Christmas



'twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse
 

 

The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas
Soon would be there


 
The children were nestled
All snug in their beds
While visions of sugarplums
Danced in their heads


And mamma in her kerchief,
And I in my cap,
Had just settled down
For a long winter nap


When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed
To see what was the matter.

When, what to my wondering
Eyes should appear,
But a minature sleigh
And eight tiny reindeer

 



With a little old driver
So lively and quick,
I knew in a moment
It must be St. Nick.
 
 
More rapid than eagles
His coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted
And called them by name:


"now Dasher! now Dancer!
now, Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet! On, Cupid!
On Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch,
To the top of the wall,
Now, dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before
The wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle,
Mount to the sky,

So up to the housetop
The coursers they flew,
With the sleigh fullof toys,
And St. Nicholas, too.

And then, in a twinkling,
I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing
Of each little hoof.

As i drew in my head,
And was turing around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas
Came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur
From his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished
With ashes and soot

A bundle of toys
He had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler
Just opening his pack.

His eyes - how they twinkled!
His dimples- how merry!
His cheeks were like roses,
His nose like a cherry.

His droll little mouth
Was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin
Was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe
He held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled
His head like a wreath.

He had a broad face
And a little round belly
That shook when he laughed
Like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump,
A right jolly old elf,
And i laughed when i saw him,
In spite of myself.


A wink of his eye
And a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know
I had nothing to dread

He spoke not a word,
But went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings;
then turned with a jerk,


And laying his finger
aside of his nose,
And giving a nod,
up the chimney he rose.


He sprang to his sleigh,
to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew
like the down of a thistle.


But I heard him exclaim,
ere he drove out of sight,
''Happy Christmas to all,
and to all a good night!''
 
 
-Favourite Christmas stories
by Clement Clarke Moore
illustrated by Elizabeth webbe.



Friday, 29 November 2013

Sew cute

A Christmas coat to keep my little pixie warm









I love these patterns from Biglittle, next on the agenda is a little red riding hood cape and a pirate coat for my little man.

Happy weekend!
Sarah



Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Busy bee

Goodness... I didn't mean to leave it this long since my last post. I get so busy, and forget to blog. I have bought some lovely books lately and they have been keeping me really busy.
This is Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen, I have admired her work for a few years now but was never confident enough to make anything but this book is so beautiful I had to get it and try a few things. Actually the patterns are really simple and I regret not doing any sooner. I especially love her Hexy puff pattern which isn't in this book but I have now bought the pattern from Ravelry. It's so beautiful but it's a long term project.
Here is a sneak peek at the book for those of you who haven't seen the book.
 
Can't rotate this picture it's actually driving me mad it's the only one I can't change, grrrrr
 
 
I have made this but I have put my antlers on yet, or taken any photos.




How gorgeous is this scarf a foxy teddy bear cuddling you all day.

 
 Amazing wings, I think of lots of little girls' who would love these.
 
I am planning these next

 
And this is my first project from the book the Dragon Watcher's hood, I have an elf hat!! I love it and it's my first raw fleece to finished object project which makes me really happy. All my hard work and I have something to show for it.

Its a really beautiful book printed on lovely paper and the photos are so atmospheric and the pages so beautifully decorated, I can't recommend it highly enough. I want to make everything... if only I had all the time in the world to knit...
 
My next book is Crochet at play by Kat Goldin, but you will have to wait until next time.
 
Happy week to you all,
Sarah

 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Woolly adventures!


To coincide with wool week I have been playing with my fleeces that I bought earlier in the year. I found the picture at a boot sale it was an educational school poster, I have a bit of a thing for old school posters. I don't know what it is the colours, the themes or nostalgia? We have lots in our house and I keep adding to our collection, I'll show you some more one day. Also just mentioning that Annie at knitsofacto has a fantastic giveaway to enter so head over to have a read about Wensleydale sheep.
Anyway on with the wool....





washing, drying in the lovely sunny days we have had over the last few weeks and storing in old pillowcases.





dyeing
and spinning...

 From Pinkipunki on Etsy- teeswater locks for extreme tail spinning, yet to be extremely spun.
                                     






I love wool.................... soon I will show you my lovely new knitting book from Tiny Owl Knits. It's ammmaaazzzziiinnnggg. Ohh and my first fleece to finished item project if I hurry and finish it,
Have a great week,
Sarah