Rag Dolls

So I spent most of today making cake for Emily's birthday party tomorrow. I just need to assemble and decorate it in the morning.

I've only done a tiny bit of sewing over the last few days. One task was to see faces on all these doll bodies.

Now I have to make them some clothes.

But first a coffee break!


Lots of Toys

So I'm still a bit quiet with the blog, and I'm still in a bit of a creative funk, but I've been quietly knitting away.

Up in the corner is a variation to my 'Anna-Beth' pattern. I will put the pattern up - eventually!


Finished Mug Rugs

I'm quite pleased with these. Especially the machine embroidery - I had good fun doing that.

The backing fabric was the starting point colour-wise - it's coffee themed so it was perfect for this project.

Now I just need to buy some 'sweet treats' to go along with the mug rugs.

Machine Embroidery

My first attempt at machine embroidery, inspired by a Poppy Teffrey book from the library.

I think I may be doing a lot more of this in the future!


Mother's Day Mug Rug WIP

I'm thinking ahead for Mother's Day today. My Mam got a fancy coffee machine for Christmas, so I thought some cute mug rugs would be a nice idea for a gift.

This is the work in progress so far.


Reversible Bag

Emily has a party to attend this weekend, so I decided to make a little reversible bag for her friend.

I almost got it finished in the time Oliver was at playschool. It took a bit longer as I broke a needle - I always seem to when making bags. After that the machine wouldn't work properly. I tried re-threading a few times, changing the needle, cleaning out the lower bobbin case. 

Last chance saloon was a final go at changing the needle and tightening it up a bit more. Finally it worked. I was close to crying and checking out new machines on the Argos website.

Hopefully I've no more drama with it for a while!


Winter Illness Season

I feel like I just lost a few weeks of my life!

First I got the flu. Then a very chesty cough. And then a tummy bug. And in the middle of that DH was abroad for a few days so I was looking after the kids alone, and very sick. It's one of those times when it would be nice to live closer to my family. 

So all the crafting I'd done since Christmas ground to a halt. There were days I was too tired to even hold knitting needles. That doesn't happen too often!

Now I'm back to the dolly dresses. 

And I'm working on a variation to my Anna-Beth knitted doll pattern. I'm not sure yet if I'll make a pattern of it. Or maybe offer the variation as a freebie.

It depends if it looks nice once done I suppose!