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.


Monday, 11 December 2017

Go Hide and Seek

Have you missed our little elves?  Well, this weekend our elves took advantage of Ryan visiting Grandma and they went to the North Pole to file another report on Ryan and his sister.

Due to all of the snow yesterday Ryan had a snow day today and was not at school, so the elves decided that it would be fun to play Hide and Seek with him.  The game lasted ages but he eventually found them hiding in the linen basket.

Once the game was over Ryan and his mum played Snap with a pack of giant Snap cards the elves bought back from the North Pole.  Everything went really well until Ryan's little sister decided to throw all of the cards in the air and they landed all over the room - she is only 15 months old and I guess he did not quite understand the rules of Snap!

Fun for everyone.


Deep in the Forest - Day 11

There is something about this stripped back pine forest which I find very attractive.  I am sure some people will feel that is represents the aftermath of a nuclear winter, with the stick trees and golden sky, but I find the design compelling.

It is another pattern variation by Suzymarie  called 'Winter Woods' based on Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet.  As with many of the dresses in this series, I have knitted it with the fuller skirt option - I think I prefer it to the tighter sundress design.

I have made it in soft 4 ply cotton.


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Afternoon Tea? - Day 10

I think this is the perfect dress to go out to afternoon tea wearing, isn't it fabulous?  Just look at that huge cherry on the top of each cake.

This cup cake pattern is a suppliment to the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet and can be found on Ravelry as a free download

I have made the dress with a fuller skirt to accommodate our bunnies fluffy tail.  I just love this airforce blue colour, isn't is wonderful?  As always, I have used 4 ply cotton to make this dress.


Saturday, 9 December 2017

Paper Chains - Day 9

I have another festive dress to share with you today.  As you can see my glamorous assistant is modelling this fetching little number in blue and pink.

This is another pattern from the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' leaflet. This design is called 'Little Waves', but I think it looks a lot like the paper chains we had when I was a child.

I added a few baubles to complete the Christmas effect.


Friday, 8 December 2017

Gone Fishing

So where did our little elves disappear to last night?  A quick look around the house and they were no where to be seen in the lounge or the kitchen.  They were not in their own little house either.  Perhaps this note will help?

So where are they?  Well here they are in the bathroom - fishing.  They have even bought Pom along.

Oh look, they have even caught something on their tiny fishing line and Louis is trying to get into the net.

It is quite surprizing how many fish you can find in the average bath!

Let's have a closer look.

It's a long way down, they better be careful they do not fall in.  I wonder how good elves are at swimming?

Let's see what kind of outfit the fashionable elf wears to go fishing these days.  They look very cosy.  Good job too, it's been really cold here today.


Snow Flurries - Day 8

After warming right up earlier in the week it has turned much colder today and they are threatening snow, the real stuff this time.  Rather appropriately our dress pattern today is called 'Snowfall Dress', it is by the very talented SuzieMarie.

The dress is another of SuzyMarie's variations on the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' pattern. The original pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys.

I knitted this dress in 4 ply cotton.  With all of these snowflakes I think this is another wonderful design.


Thursday, 7 December 2017

Open House - Welcome to the World of Elves

I am not sure whether all elves live in a toad stall, what do you think?  My Niece Katie has managed to get some more photographs of the inside of the home of the elves staying with her and her family.

After a night of making mischief the two of them were tucked up in bed before the family awoke.  They seem to have made themselves at home, I think they must have bought more stuff back with them after their visit to the North Pole earlier this week.  I can see a tiny skateboard and one of those globe nightlights.

They look amazingly cosy in their bunk beds.  Is that a black cat curled up asleep on the floor, or perhaps it is a small rug?  Emm, not sure.

Oh look, another picture of Santa and it looks like someone has been reading again.

I thought the elves had cheated and managed to get their Christmas stocking filled before December 25th, but apparently they contain yummy gifts for Ryan and his sister.

It looks like our elves found time to decorate their lounge and I love their new rug and the throw on the sofa, they look so festive.

I just love the bunting and the tiny snowflake decorations.

What is this, an elf bathroom.  Trust them to put up decorations in the smallest room of the house.  I have just spotted one of their new jumpers in the laundry basket.

What is this on the seat of the lavatory, a message saying 'Do Not Open'.  What can be going on here? ......Oh look at that tiny loo roll!

Now, that really is what I would call too much information, chocolate elf poo.  (I wonder what happened to the rest of the pack ....... Ryan?)


Heartfelt Best Wishes - Day 7

Perhaps this dress would be more appropriate for Valentine's Day than Christmas Day but it is far too pretty to leave out of this collection.

This lovely design is one of Julie William's Season Dress Designs for her Little Cotton Rabbits range.  It is made with 4 ply cotton on very fine needles.

I will be back tomorrow with another lovely dress.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Snow from the North Pole

Our two little elves have been back to report to Father Christmas and they bought back a little present for Ryan.

Snowballs.   However, they very cheekily suggested that they were to throw at his mum.

I understand that he took every opportunity he could take to do that today, I think he had a great deal of fun

........ I think his mum did too!