Archive | May 2012

Hello Friends
I thought you might enjoy this interview with Katie from My Small World. She is the Craft Britannia shop-of-the-week and a very talented lady. A must if you are a fan of hand sewn bears.
Until next time, with love
Tracey

Craft Britannia

This week’s CraftBritannia Shop of the Week is My Small World, and today we talk to Katie, who makes hand sewn bears, freemotion felt and fabric pieces, felt cases, jewellery, badges and much more!

When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?

Oooh there are far too many things to mention in such a short space, but here’s a sample of what I get up to….

Blythe dolls are my main obsession, and I got into the hobby about four years ago. I know that some (OK, quite a few!) people find the dolls weird, and the concept of collecting them even weirder, but I’ve made so many lovely new friends with the hobby. Some of these friends I’ve met in real life, including one who travelled from the USA to last year’s annual Blythecon UK (which was held as a charity event in London)…

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Its finished!

Hello friends

Benny’s blanket is finished 🙂 I’m so pleased with it and, more importantly, so is he 🙂 I completed the 24 smaller squares of 10 rounds each and then came my least favourite part…sewing in the ends!  Here’s the pile of them (saved for stuffing of course).

Next came the best bit, crocheting it all together. I crocheted each square together using a double crochet stitch to create a raised seam on the right side.  To do this you just place the pieces wrong sides together, line up the stitches and crochet through 2 stitches at once…simples 🙂

 

Finally I added a single round of white to finish it off and one small and very happy boy 🙂

 

Other news 🙂 Jack wants a blanket too (of course) so I have made a start on that already.  He decided his colour scheme should be purple and blue with a hint of green.  We have gathered all the wools and this will be the subject of my next blog post.

Finally, I’ve also made a start on a tutorial for a purse kit I am selling in my online store http://www.bekaboocrafts.com/ourshop/prod_2002045-Japan-Crafts-clasp-purse-kit.html. The instructions are great and its been easy to follow them but I always find it easier to follow photos.

Until next time, with love

Tracey

Blanket progress and more seeds

Hello friends

It’s been a busy week for me.  Lots of ‘real’ work as well as lots of time spent on my new website, listing items and making plans 🙂 Very exciting for me 🙂 Today I thought I would update you on the progress with Benny’s blanket as plans for this have changed!  You will see that this happens alot as I love to let projects like this just evolve in their own way.  So far I have completed the 6 large blocks of 20 rounds each.

 

Originally I had planned to mix these with a whole series of smaller blocks but when I laid them out together they looked just right and so I have decided to add a border of smaller blocks.  Each of these will be 10 rounds and I have stuck to the same design for each but different colour combinations.

  

What do you think?  I am so very happy with it and Benny can’t wait for it to be finished.  It is supposed to be for his bed but he wants it for his ‘tv blanket’ as well so I can see it is going to be well used and, I hope, well loved.  I already have plans for Jack’s blanket and have decided to let him choose his colours and perhaps help to make it as well 🙂

I shall finish by updating you on the seeds we have been planting.  The sunflowers have been repotted and are hardening off outside now.  After last year when the slugs got ALL of them, we are going to wait until they are nice and big before planting them in their final position.

 

We now have 4 strawberry plants and our little cuckoo is doing well.  Still no idea what he may be 🙂

Finally, we have planted peas, beans and sweetpeas indoors this week, all of which have started to germinate.  Its just beautiful to see the joy and amazement on the boy’s faces, I love them so very much.

  

Until next time, with love

Tracey x

Benny’s blanket and a cuckoo in the nest

Happy Wednesday Everyone

I am unashamedly skiving for half an hour this morning as I just couldn’t wait to share my latest news with you all. One of the perks of working for yourself 🙂

Firstly, I wanted to update you on the strawberry seeds the boys planted a couple of weeks ago.  We got all excited last week as something had germinated but a bit sad as it was just one from a whole pack of seeds.  Well I am now beginning to suspect that this cheeky fellow isn’t a strawberry plant at all!  He’s just too big.  We now have three more tiny germinators and they look much more like strawberry seedlings to me.  Still, I can’t help but be excited to see what exactly our little cuckoo will turn out to be.  We will keep you posted 🙂

            

The other news I wanted to share was my newest crochet project.  This one is a granny square blanket for Benny’s room.  We recently redecorated his room for him to celebrate his move from a toddler bed to his  ‘big boy’ bunk beds.  Blue was the order of the day so we picked out some gorgeous ‘mini’ wallpaper and an ‘Italian job’ print for him.  These are the inspiration for his blanket.

            

Here are the colours I’ve chosen.  The bright, turquoise wool came to us from Scotland after my Mum and Dad’s latest trip.  Hand dyed and pure wool, I’ve been waiting to use it in a special project and I think this is it 🙂

The design is based on the traditional granny square but I’m experimenting with combining squares of different sizes.  I’m first making 6 large squares  of 20 rounds each and will then make 18 squares of 10 rounds and 24 squares of 5 rounds.  I have a rough plan which I’ll share with you when I’ve transferred it from the back of the envelope it is currently on to a proper piece of paper 😉

           

With love until next time

Tracey x