Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Morning Chorus - Day 15

Happy Christmas Jumper Day.  This is an initiative to raise money by Save the Children.  Donate a £1 and make those around smile for a day.

I discovered a weird coincidence when I was setting up this post last night, last summer, when I posted the dresses I made for my niece's Christmas Elves, this design was 'day 15' then as well.

Made in different colours and different materials this dress looks so different from the other version.  The dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern, called 'Morning Robin'.  It is made of 4 ply cotton and I added a tiny, tiny black bead for the eyes of each robin.

Wear your Christmas jumper with pride today.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Walkin' the Dog

I have a feeling that last night's little expedition was inspired by every little boy's sense of humour.  Our little elves took Pom for a walk, but he appears to have disgraced himself!

I bet Ryan found this scene hysterically funny.  Boys!

However, if you look very closely, you will see that Louis came prepared with a plastic bag to pick up that tiny mess (I hope my niece remembered to wash her kitchen floor this morning!)

I understand that Louis is going to school with Ryan tomorrow for Christmas Jumper Day, I wonder which of his jumpers he will wear?


Antoher Nordic Snowflake - Day 14

I found patterns for several different Nordic style snowflakes, this is the third one I wanted to share wih you.

This dress is made from 4 ply cotton and is based on the Julie Williams basic dress pattern, my problem is that I cannot remember where I found all of these different snowflake designs, it may have been one of SuzieMarie designs.


Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Campfire Fun

It's time to find out what mischief our little elves got up to last night.  My goodness they built a campfire on one of the cooker rings!

I have just realised that the are cooking marshmallows in their campfire.  

It was not quite as cold last night but our elves are taking no chances, they both have lovely warm scarves on, I wonder who knitted them?

As you can see, the marshmallows are toasting nicely .....

and someone has made them lovely logs to sit on, even Pom has one.  

These elves really are spoilt.


Cherry Ripe - Day 13

I love all of the winter scenes created by the amazingly talented Julie Williams and SuzyMarie but I am beginning to think that their food designs are my favourites, each design is so clever.

 This dress is another of Suzymarie's variations of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses'.  Suzymarie has called this design 'Cherry Pie'.  

Every time I knit this pattern I am struck by what a great design for a cherry pie this is, with all the cherries and the lattice pie crust.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Smile Please

I am beginning to think that the elves that live with my niece and her family live a very good life, every day is an adventure for them.  On the other hand, my niece is so lucky tat her elves do not play wicked pranks on her!

Just look what they got up to last night .........

Louis' girlfriend is a pretty good artist, she certainly has all she needs to pursue her hobby - including a willing subject.

I wonder, if we asked her nicely, whether she would paint Ryan and his sister.  I think that would make a wonderful Christmas present for their mum and dad.

I have just spotted the tiny rag she has cleaned her dirty brushes on and look at her palette.

and it really is a good likeness of Louis.

Oh, and Louis' girlfriend wanted to show you her dress today, it is one of her favourites.

See you soon.


Bright Nordic Dress - Day 12

This stunning Nordic snowflake pattern is another pattern variation by SuzieMarie called 'Nordic Dress'.

The basic dress design is by Julie Williams and can be found ine her 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet on Ravelry. These patterns were designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.

I knitted this little dress in soft 4 ply cotton.