Crafty days make for much happier ways!

Hello! I document here news, events and makes. For the love of all things handmade especially; crochet, hand embroidery, sewing, patchwork and dressmaking.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Sew Saturday 15th October 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are taking part in this years "Sew Saturday" campaign launched in association with SEW Magazine. This is a nationwide campaign which aims to support little high street shops like me. On the Saturday 15th October 2016 we have the following events;

SEW Happy Saturday Sewing Sessions Workshop - 10.00am to 1.00pm – 2½ hours
Price: £10.00
We shall be holding a "Sew Happy Saturday Sewing Session’. During this workshop you will make SEW letters, which will be the prettiest addition to your sewing room or sewing station. Notions required: A selection of 3 fat quarters, your sewing kit, your sewing machine, cotton thread, 250g filling.

SEW Anyway Tea Party - 2.00pm to 4.30pm
Price: £3.50 (proceeds going to the Dogs Trust)
We shall be holding our popular Sew-Anyway Tea Party", promising to be filled to the brim with lots of sewing superness. Our 'Sew Anyway Day' encourages you to bring along any project whether it be sewing, knitting or crocheting, which has been hanging around in your WIP's pile. Hopefully you will finish the pesky project to then enable you to start a new one! We will also have a ‘make and take’ project that you can have a go at on the day! To celebrate Sew Saturday we shall also be holding a 10% sale* upon our haberdashery and giftware. On the day we have free patterns to give away. So come and sew anyway you like, sup a cuppa, chomp on cake and meet like-minded crafty people and most of all be happy and sew! Each happy sewist shall receive a free goody bag on the day. Spaces are limited, should you wish to join in any of our Sew Saturday Celebrations please telephone us upon 01785 259587, e-mail, or pop into the shop. *excludes gift vouchers and workshops.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A bit of mid-week making . . . . .

Happy Wednesday! For this weeks making in the midst, I am in the middle of a new Stylecraft pattern, a pretty floppy bunny. It should be in variegated yarn. I however have decided to free-style it and go with a random stripe combination, it is a lovely pattern and think it is very apt with Easter upon our horizons. Hope you like and keep making xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

In the mood for a mood blanket . . . .

For the past year, well the 5th January 2014 to the 5th January 2015 to be precise, I decided to take part in the mood blanket, you may have seen these around on the internet. I found mine on facebook, it is amazing to see where about in the world this reaches.  The internet is a fabulous, amazing place really, even if we often moan about it, well I do!! 

I stumbled across this crochet along and decided to take part, mainly for myself to see if I could stick it out. The main aim of this is to crochet or knit a square or stripe each day of the year, in the colour/style which best reflected your mood on the day. Then by the end of the year, you have a lovely blanket to remind you of your moods throughout the year. Fine in principle, I must admit I really struggled with this; felt bit depressed on the first day, with all the Christmas decorations being taken down so I chose a beige colour, felt a bit giggly on the next day so a bright pink, then I felt happy as the sun was out so yellow and then I became stumped! All this thinking about my mood and colours, I spent more time trying to think of a colour to reflect my mood, than actually crocheting the square. You could start the day happy as Larry and then something happen throughout the day and be as sad as Sid! I admit it, I was overthinking!  So my strategy changed, I went against the grain, I decided to do a, wait for it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MY WAY HAPPINESS BLANKET!!

I was off like a shot, colours flying and flinging in all directions. I crocheted my square according to the colour which made me happy on the day.

I always wanted to do the Sun Burst Granny Square blanket, but never really got around to it so I have changed the pattern slightly to suit me. I can jot down the pattern if anyone wants it. They are really quick and easy to do.  Here is my blanket bursting with happiness.

There was no stopping me I crocheted in the spring . . . . .

summer . . . . . .

autumn . . . . .

and winter. . . . . 

My plan for 2015

I am going to start a “Happiness Blanket Happy Knit/Crochet Along”. The conventional way to do the Mood Blanket is to start on the 1st January and finish on the 1st January of the following year.  I don’t wish to be conventional, I think that we have too much to do over Christmas and New Year, therefore my way gives you a little bit more time. So I am going to commence mine on the 12th January 2015 to complete on the 12th January 2016. I am now ready to begin another, with a glint in ones eye, I think in 2015 it is time for a bit more sexy hexi. If you want to join in, our mission is;

Choose a pattern - this can be either a knitted or crocheted square, shape or stripe. One thing to remember is that if you do a square etc, everyday you will have 365 squares. Of course in my Happiness Blanket Knitty/Crochet Along you can do one every other day, every month if it is a big square of huge stripe. It is up to you, the main thing is that you work on your blanket all year long and it makes you happy. 

THEN choose your yarn in which you are going to do a blanket. I used all my odds from my stash, then bought the cream for the edging. 

THEN happily knit or crochet along in the colour that makes you happy on the day. 

There is nothing finer if you have had a bad day, when nothing goes your way, get yourself off home, make a cup of tea, choose a happy colour that makes you smile, crochet/knit your square it makes you feel happy that you have done something right on that day!! If you are having a good day, then crocheting/knitting your happy coloured square will enhance your happy mood. It is win, win, win. At the end of the year on 12th January 2016, we will all have a ‘Blanket of Huge Happiness’ to snuggle  up with and have a well deserved cup of tea (with a sniff of what you fancy), a biscuit and feel extremely pleased with ourselves in our achievement. You can share it on my facebook page if you wish.  Who is in? 


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Autumnal Arrangements .. . . . . . . .

Over the past few months, I have been a whirlwind of making. It has been one project following another. Our window display changed to an Autumnal theme. This only lasted a couple of months and it is now time for Christmas! Where does time fly too? 

 Window display 

 For my autumnal theme I went quite traditional, with bursts of colour and little characters galore. I played with ribbon to make an autumnal ribbon garland; 

I also made a funky fox called Derek who is a handsome chappie with a top hat and bow tie, love his colours. 

 He sat in the shop and kept giving the customers the eye. Felt he looked a little lonely, so I made him a “foxyfriend”, Doreen! 

 She is very pretty, with a pretty vintage clip in her hair. I think they make a handsome couple! 

I have become obsessed with autumnal colours, I went on another crochet rambling of round, around and around with a Autumnal giant Mandala, and this became my perfect backdrop! 

Love a perfect edging too. 

There were Pumpkins too and fallen leaves. 

Also a lovely, friend made Hoggly the Hedge pig. 

 Soon enough another Hedge pig joined in the party with the arrival of Mr Hedge.  Think Hoggly is a little shy hiding under the leaves peeping out  wiggling her nose at Hedge!  He is ahandsome devil. 

 We have lots of romancing going on at Miss Millicent. I am sure when the lights go out that things come alive!!! I may leave a note and ask if they will make themselves useful and do some of my making, you never know it may work. 

I am now working on my Christmas display which is due to be put out this week! It is all go with this making malarkey, no moaning, just keep going luckily the weather is becoming colder, perfect to get up to so cozy craftiness. Hope you have a good week and keep crafting xx

A bit of Mid-week Making

For this weeks Mid-Week Making, I have been slipper sock crocheting, using a glorious Stylecraft pattern and for once I am being good and using the correct yarn, specified in the pattern.  I don't always do that I like to experiment, then you never know what it will turn out like.  Your twist on things, it's good for your crafty soul.  

The yarn is Stylecraft  Classique Cotton which is lovely to use.  The pattern uses two strands and produces quite a sturdy slipper sock.  Can't wait to try them on!!  

Have you noticed, I am very colour co-ordinated too with my blue hook!! This was quite by accident.   It's lovely to be co-ordinated!! 

Have a good week and keep crafting xx 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Catching my tail on Mid-Week Makes'

A bit of a catch up for the last couple of makes in the midst, this week showcased knitting, yes I definitely said knitting!! The lovely art of sock knitting, it can be addictive this going around and around, and using four double pointed needles keeps the mind very occupied. 

This  lovely sock yarn is Wendy - Happy it contains bamboo to let your feet breath.  They will be a Christmas present for my Dad, he has a thing about socks.  Mind you he may only get  one for Christmas and the second for his birthday!!  I have given myself half an hour a day,  but fear it is going to be one of those projects that on Christmas Eve,  I am going to be there frantically knitting in the round with a schooner of sherry at my side!! 

For my next 'Mid-Week Makes' I am in the throws of making myself some fingerless mitts.  It has been on my to do list for 2014, to make myself two crocheted items to wear; one being a cowl and the other some mitts.  I am terrible when choosing colours as I just 'willy nilly' choose away with total disregard for what items are in my wardrobe, so I have decided that multi coloured is the way to go, they will go with everything.  I am using Katia Basic Merino which is so lovely to use and comes in a an array of happy colours.  

I am now in full swing making for my new Christmas Window display, so lots of Christmassy makes in the midst.  Hope you have a good week and keep crafty xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Cheery Cheeky Chevron blanket . . . . . at last!

"At Blooming last" the little voice inside my head says!  A couple of weeks ago I finally finished my 'Cheeky Chevron' blanket, which has been a pick up, put down project for about a year. I like those sorts of projects as you feel like you have climbed a mountain when they are finished, I feel really chuffed with myself too. 

 This project was a constant face in my work in progress bowl! 

Works in progress - January 2014 
Works in progress - June 2014 

One of my favourite colours is duck egg blue, so this was definitely going to be used. I did not want to do all different colours, I wanted a colour scheme for this little beauty.

Sure you would agree that the cheeky chevron blanket definitely lends to a colour scheme. I did not have the sun, sea and sand in my mind when choosing the colour scheme in fact is was quite by accident, as my mission when I started was to use my scraps of wool, which would mean it would be a blanket of multi colours.  Following much pondering, this little colour scheme was born. 

 I love a nice edging, so for me it had to be a bobbly one, and most definitely in sunny yellow.  It reminds me of the sea, sand with the sun poking through fluffy white clouds. 

 Hope you like keep crafting! Xx