Team Mascots

September 11th, 2016

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Rosie is wearing the Lord Roseberry colours used by Heart of Midlothian as their away colours. The owner of this mascot also follows St Johnstone. On this occasion they were taken away for a few days to the Western Isles where much fried breakfasts were consumed and the weather was warm enough to sunbathe and paddle in the sea

 

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Next was Wee Crunchie ( I think that needs explained by the Falkirk fans). On his first outing Wee Crunchie was taken for a pre match pint and then sat beside some local dignitaries and season ticket holders for the game. Afterwards he met the real Mascot Fergus. Not quite sure what Fergus made of this impostor. Was he thinking post match snack?

BTW. a child friendly version of Wee Crunchie was made for a new Falkirk fan who is arriving soon

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Not to be out done by her work colleague an order was put in for another St Johnstone and a Manchester United for Pam’s granchildren

 

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and another grandparent ordered up a Dundee United mascot for her grandson.

 

Yarn is on it’s way for an Alloa Athletic mascot. We are shortly going international as there has been a request for a mascot for an Australian Rugby team and a mascot for the Norwegian team Fredrikstad. This has fair snowballed from a jokey comment from one facebook friend to another. It’s all be good clean fun though

p.s. there has been talk of Scotland team mascots…….shhhhh

 

 

 

 

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Into the woods

August 12th, 2016

This weeks Folksy Friday is everything woodland and forest

Fairy Forest Freestanding Decorative Sign

https://folksy.com/items/6836619-Fairy-Forest-Freestanding-Decorative-Sign

Reversible forest friends jacket 12-18 months

OOOh, to be 12 – 18 months old https://folksy.com/items/6611150-Reversible-forest-friends-jacket-12-18-months

Tiny Forest in a Jar - Scandinavian Inspired Recycled Cardboard House Model Jar

https://folksy.com/items/6860056-Tiny-Forest-in-a-Jar-Scandinavian-Inspired-Recycled-Cardboard-House-Model-Jar

Wooden Badger Forest Brooch nature woodland

https://folksy.com/items/4346862-Wooden-Badger-Forest-Brooch-nature-woodland

Sterling silver woodland scene pendant of fox and birds

I know what I Like!!!https://folksy.com/items/5260631-Sterling-silver-woodland-scene-pendant-of-fox-and-birds 

FREE UK SHIPPING RUSTIC RECLAIMED WOOD VARIGATED GREENS & COPPER COFFEE TABLE

planning a simpler version of this in garden with palettes  https://folksy.com/items/6702755-FREE-UK-SHIPPING-RUSTIC-RECLAIMED-WOOD-VARIGATED-GREENS-COPPER-COFFEE-TABLE

Copper Star Leaf Bracelet - Silk ribbon Soft Jewellery

love these colours https://folksy.com/items/6888793-Copper-Star-Leaf-Bracelet-Silk-ribbon-Soft-Jewellery

 

Till next Friday

Folksy Friday

August 5th, 2016

Now that I have found a little time to attend to my online shops I have discovered there is such a thing as Folksy Friday. You choose a topic, go window shopping on Folksy.com and share the finds you like best on your blog.

Here goes. For my first Folksy Friday I am going to see how many quirky types of bear there are out there in the handmade world.

Thread bear

https://folksy.com/items/6803821-Thread-bear these little bears just shout out that they need love!

Blackwork bear

https://folksy.com/items/4403034-Blackwork-bear Love that this bear maker uses daring colours, fabrics, and style.

Arcturina - The Bear Girl Felt Doll

https://folksy.com/items/5284011-Arcturina-The-Bear-Girl-Felt-Doll Not my cup of tea but definitely thinking out the box

OOAK An Earnest Bear by Tabbyclouds "Brienne" ( Mohair Artist Collector Teddy )

https://folksy.com/items/6670216-OOAK-An-Earnest-Bear-by-Tabbyclouds-Brienne-Mohair-Artist-Collector-Teddy- Just SO cute, but if cute is not your thing she does a very imaginative Zombie bear

SUMMER. Ted with Attitude Individually created Art Ted  With Bee earrings OOAK

https://folksy.com/items/6875369-SUMMER-Ted-with-Attitude-Individually-created-Art-Ted-With-Bee-earrings-OOAK Nothing wrong with a bit of attitude

Well, took a wee while to find these. Not many crafters steering off the safe and normal path at the moment it would seem. Have enjoyed this. Not promising to do it every week but now and then could be fun

 

 

Sweater Bears

July 27th, 2016

I have had a fascination for some time with bears made from felted knitwear. My intention was to start with a felted aran jacket I had of my own but the pattern is very intricate and I couldn’t decide which bits to use.

I have long appreciated the Burra Bears of the Northern Isles. When a textile artist I follow posted that she had sweaters she had felted was anyone interested in purchasing? I couldn’t resist a wee peek. I managed to purchase some fairisle type patterns.

I searched my patterns to determine which would be most suitable to this very thick fabric. I think I settled on the right one. They are fully jointed and as a wee personal and individual touch I have give each one a cowl scarf which is secured by large, vintage buttons. Genuinely vintage, from button stashes of previous generation.

One was given to Parkinson’s UK for an online auction in Aberdeenshire. One is in my Folksy shop (link on right of page), another is In Hellygog at Logie Steading, outside Forres. The 4th is still here with me. I have another two cut out ready to assemble.

I would like to offer this as a service to anyone who has accidentally washed a loving sweater at the wrong temperature. If you would like to turn a ruined sweater that lurks at the back of the cupboard into a living, cuddly object, get in touch.

 

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Some update pictures

May 20th, 2016

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New Venture

May 31st, 2015

IMG_20141103_174916At a Christmas craft fair last year I discovered a charming and whacky business called Hellygog. In 2 days of freezing cold in a garden centre we chatted a fair bit.

A few weeks back I was contacted by Jude of Hellygogs. She and her husband were opening a shop at Logie Steading visitor centre (IV36 2QN) near Forres. A well established centre offering shopping, eating, heritage centre and riverside walks, this was a favourite with us to take the parents to when they were up visiting. It therefore was an inviting prospect for me to participate.

Jude was hand picking items from the crafters and artists she has met over the years. She had fallen in love with a crochet dragon doll I had on my stall last year. So much so that she eventually bought it.

She asked if I could possibly provide some crochet dolls and some bears. While pondering what fabrics to use for the bears I received an email from Johnstons of Elgin to say that they had placed bundles of end pieces of fabric in the shop for sale. As we were going to Elgin anyway that day I persuaded husband to go round that way. One touch of the cashmere bundles and I knew the bears for Hellygog just had to be made in cashmere, it’s so soft and tactile.20150526_194022

So, 4 completed bears and 4 dolls later and we take a trip through to Logie Steading. What a wonderful place Jude has created at Hellygog. Although the crafters rent a space she has mixed everything up so that everywhere you look in the shop there is a feast of creation to view. Even on the third time round the shop you are noticing things that you didn’t pick out on the first two walks round. I really do wish her all the best with this shop. If you ever find yourself on the Forres to Carrbridge road please pop in. In fact if you are up this way on holiday it would make a good day out doing the walk, take a picnic, browse the shops in the steading.

Saltire Ensemble

March 24th, 2015

saltire cardigan and bag 003I bought this wool on a visit to New Lanark Mill. I purchased what I thought I needed to knit my Saltire dress, using the Rowan pattern for the Union Flag dress but only using the Saltire section. Anyway, somehow I miscalculated (not on purpose, honestly) and after knitting the dress discovered I had bought twice as much as I needed.

The plan then was to knit a cardigan but I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked. I am now at that age where I have discovered the joy of 3/4 length sleeves and loose necks. Fell in love with this Drops pattern (www.garnstudio.com). It had more fairisle pattern than this but I took some of it out and left what looked like Saltires.

With the left over wool I just had to have a new bag, as one does ;)

Mothers Birthday Card

March 21st, 2015

mothers flower shop 001 First project from the book purchased at the quilt show last month.

Mother knows I am knitting a garment for her and she picked the shade. No matter how fat I knit though it will never be ready in time.

So, rather than go buy a card I thought, ‘why not make her one of the buildings from the book?’

I swithered about which one to do as there was a hat shop and she does like hats. However, being that it is a birthday I reckoned a flower shop might go down quite well. The top window is a bit squint but it really is not easy turning under and appliqueing such small pieces of fabric. The fact I picked tweeds to work with didn’t help with the bulkiness. On the whole I’m quite chuffed with it

A Trio of Bears

March 21st, 2015

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Last year friends of ours were going out to the U.S.A. to see their son married. They were also meeting extended members of daughter-in-laws family. Knowing there were 3 wee girls to meet they asked if I could make 3 bears the same but in different tartans. As you can see in the first picture they were a little unsure what sort of creatures they were. They soon worked out that they were Scottish bears though.

Had forgotten to add these pictures (parental approval gained) till I was asked to make another bear for the soon to arrive first child of the best friend of last years groom. It’s always lovely to see pictures of the bears new homes.

Spring Inspiration

February 23rd, 2015

Took my mother to the Spring quilt show at Ingleston on Friday. Given that she has had a recurring virus over the winter, we decided not to battle with the morning rush. We got there late lunchtime and found a place in the canteen to leave the chauffuer, otherwise known as my husband. Bought him an overpriced cup of tea and left him in the company of some quilters with his book and newspaper.

Didn’t find the exhibited quilts terribly inspiring this time. It happens, we can’t all like every technique. I did find some seaside fabric which can be hard to come by. There is no firm project in mind but I get an urge every so often to do something So couple of fat quarters added to stash.

Thought I was being rather frugal, even when I found the bookshop. Then, right up on the top shelf was a book I just had to have. SO many projects that I wanted to do. That led to purchsing needles and some hand dyed embroidery threads.

First project has been chosen. I find paper piecing frustrating at times but the category I am entering in the local craft competition calls for patchwork and/or quilting. This project fits the bill. Scraps of fabric looked out. Diagrams drawn and numbered. Just got to get started now.

 

 

 

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