Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!!

A couple of days ago I was searching through the bottom of my wardrobe when I came across my old knitting bag and lo and behold in the bottom were some Webster's needle punches. Let me explain, when I was first married, many moons ago, I made all my own clothes and knitted my own jumpers and then Emma came along and I saved a small fortune. When Emma got to 5 she suddenly became "picky" about what she wore and decided she wanted jumpers with appliqu├ęs on, hence I bought the needle punches. Having found them I resisted the urge to go and play with them, as that is fatal because I lose track of time. 

Steve has gone up to The Lakes today with Bramble, to go on the shoot, so I'm having a mini day. Out came the punch needles and embroidery hoop. I thought I better start with something simple as it's been a long time since I used them and after a few false starts I soon got into a rhythm Just under an hour later and I was nearly finished..

Can you tell what it is yet?

Another half hour and I had really got into my stride and it was finished! I can't tell you how therapeutic it is stabbing a needle in and out of a piece of material. If you had a bad day at work you'd make up pieces in no time :-) 

A quick and easy Bath mat.

I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year

See you later....

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Update.

Well I'm glad to say I am all sorted for Christmas, whey hay! or should that be, if I haven't got it by now we can do without? With all the Christmas preparations not much mini-ing has gone on, apart  from one, which I am rather pleased with. A couple of months ago I bought a bulk order of strip LED lights off E-Bay, they were at a price too good to resist, as you do! and apart from installing some in my dollshouse to compliment the lights already in there, they went in my stash and were largely forgotten, until that is, I got my Christmas decs out. A couple of years ago I made a Christmas box, well to tell the truth I made 2, one was for Emma, and when Steve got it down from the  loft I realised it would look better if it was lit.Out came the LED's and  in they went. When I ordered the LED's I also ordered some battery  packs, £8.99 for 5 with free p&p, you can't go wrong at that price can you? only problem was they were coming from Hong Kong and I know from past experience they can take a while. With the Christmas post etc. I wasn't expecting them this side of Chrimbo but lo and behold they arrived on Tuesday. I think lighting in a dollshouse or room box brings it to life.

And of course, Santa and his sleigh are parked outside my dollshouse.

See you later....

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Merry Christmas to all my followers. Looking forward to a prosperous 2012 and may all our troubles be mini ones!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Santa's Finished!!

And so to the dressing... His trousers were made and went on with out a problem but then to the jacket, it wouldn't sit right. I fiddled about with it for a full night and even an "O" Level in dressmaking, earned a long time ago at school, wasn't much help. I knew the problem but rectifying it on such a small garment seemed an impossible task and so he was relegated to the dining room windowsill where he has stood, he stands up by himself without the need for a doll stand, glaring at me for over a week although how he can glare when he was headless I don't know but he did. When we got back from the Lakes last night I knew I had to get on with it but I was procrastinating and then Elly left a comment and it spurred me on. Two hours later he was finished. OK, so he won't win any awards, and compared to the dolls out there made by doll makers, he's a non starter but I'm not selling and he's only for my enjoyment and I'm really pleased with him.

See you later....