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.


Monday, 8 May 2017

Little Cream Outfit

Good morning, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

A couple of weeks ago my husband came down with a bug, a nasty cold which turned into a chest infection, being a generous soul he shared it with me.  We are both totally fed up with this cough and cold now and we are looking forward to it going, however, my husband gave the wonderful news yesterday that the people he works with are complaining that after six weeks they are still coughing.  I am sure you can imagine how happy I am at this news!

Today I have another of my old projects to share with you.  I made this jacket with matching beanie and mittens for my tiny niece (well  not so tiny now as she is seven months old).

I bought this pattern from ebay, unfortunately it has no brand or number reference on it to identify it.  I made it in cream Double Knit yarn, so it is lovely and soft and cosy.

I am very unhappy with my attempts to photograph my knitted projects and if anyone out there has any tips on how I can show my knitting off better, I would be incredibly grateful to hear from you.

Have a lovely week.


Monday, 1 May 2017

Donovan Bear

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  This year, in the UK, the Bank Holidays are coming very close together at the moment, we have just had Easter and at the end of the month we shall have another.  You could be forgiven for thinking that we have a lot of  Bank Holidays (Public Holiday) in England but it is not so, after this month we have just three more this year one in August and then Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December).

I had a little time earlier today to put together another project to share with you.  You may recall Romeo, the fabulous Mary Jane's Tearoom bear I shared with you in March.  I was so delighted with how he turned out I decided to make one for my BFF's birthday.  She decided to called her bear Donovan.

Donovan and his clothes are made of beautifully soft 100% alpaca wool.  He is so soft and squidgy it is very heard to get him to sit or stand up (he isn't drunk, honest).

His body is made in grey with cream coloured socks.

I decided to try glass eyes for this bear, I thought it would give him a more traditional look.  However, it is difficult 'pull' the eyes into the head when they are made of glass.  Mind you, I think my nose stitching is getting better with every bear.  

The turn down on his boots is lavender and I could not decide on the matching colourway for the jumper ie lavender with black and grey highlights or cream with lavender and grey highlights.  In the end I made both and left it to my friend to decide which she likes best.

Once again there is a small heart embroidered into one of his ears.

As you can see from this photo the design on the jumper is hearts and crosses,

and little wooden buttons trim the boots and trousers.

No time to focus this photograph, he went sideways a moment after the shutter did its thing.

Enjoy the rest of the holday.