When A Random Idea Actually Turns Out OK

As you may or may not even care I’ve been having random thoughts towards next years craft fairs and trying out variants on a theme – it seems I have a slight reputation for rabbits …as if !! yet I’m working on keeping my stall ‘fresh’ if you know what I mean, Anyhoo as a lover of vintage I thought I’d give something retro -ish (not a real word but if it catches on you know who was throwing it about lol) So here is what I came up with

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Yep just a regular half apron/ pinny

I  do love an apron/pinny they are just sooo COOL, what has this to do with rabbits ? well ….

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A simple little cross stitch panel of rabbits with flower button details ~that’s what 🙂

I think this random thought adds just a little rabbit interest that my stall could may well accommodate

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While this is a ladies half apron how darn cute would a toddlers look 🙂

There is only one problem …I want to keep it for myself !!

 

 

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Time for Crafting

OK who has messed with my admin page here on WP it’s been updated again hasn’t it !!!

Anyhoo I’ve been lucky enough to have a few days off work, firstly I spent Saturday running the cafe at the village craft fair instead of having a stall ~ raising a total of £98 .00 which was donated to the ‘Memorial Hall Fund’ I have also taken full advantage to spend a fair few hours crafting …gosh I’ve been a whirlwind of activity, fabric combinations have been been scattered and judged on their merits

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Prototypes for next years craft fairs have been trailed

I even took most of one day designing and making a 1950’s inspired dress for my latest rabbit Sadie

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After spending nearly all day on this project I didn’t allow quite enough ‘ease’ on the sleeves, and Sadie’s ears were placed a little too far forward hey ho
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I’ll just tell the little girl she is intended for that Sadie is shy ~ which is why she hides behind her ears so, as for her dress being just a tiny bit snug on the arms that is what happens if you don’t go out & play while you can …you do think she will fall for the little white lies ??

I have a couple of days left to my own devices …and other project in the wings, I’ll keep you posted on my latest makes as and when they see the light of day  🙂

Can You Give Me A Name ?

I’ve been yearning to try a little something different on the crafting front … I’ve not worked with felt for …well for years !! I spent many a happy hour sourcing just the right fabrics

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Ooooh look ~ lush premium felt and such pretty cotton prints

I’m soooo excited by this new project, it a 90% hand sewn ‘Secret Santa Christmas Present’ ~ don’t worry the recipient doesn’t read my blog so I’ll be able to show you sneak little previews as I go along

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It’s coming along ~ any wild guesses as to what on earth I’m making
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The legs were no help ?? what about now ??

Why haven’t I used felt for so long ? it’s lovely to work with. Anyhoo fast forward 30 hours of hand stitching and trying to master dressmaking skills in miniature and this is who is awaiting a name ~ any suggestions anyone ??

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Her inner ears, dress … with detachable bow brooch and paw pads all match 🙂

Yes I know it’s a rubbish photo but it’s done nothing but rain for the last couple of days and I kinda wanted to show her off a little

A Winner And Sickness Etiquette

The lucky winner of the bright red crochet bag and primitive folk art rabbit

Congratulations Kate
Congratulations Kate

is …. Kate at Kateclippings   if you could be so kind to e-mail me your address, and I’ll get it posted to you

This time of year at ‘The Workplace’ is when colds / flu / norovirus and chest infections rise their ugly head, before long the staff take a hit, normally I either forgo the diseases or am the last to succumb .. this year I thought I’d take the opportunity to get in there early 😦

Obviously for this blog post we will all pretend I look like the one of the left OK
Obviously for this blog post we will all pretend I look like the one of the left OK

Now not many folks are aware there is an etiquette to illness let me explain

At the first sign of any illness take the bull by the horns and stock up on tissues, cough medicine, cold, flu pills or anything else that you will be requiring, take said medication then drape yourself on the sofa, this is the time you need to decide on which cult 70 -80’s TV show you will watch back to back – I’m undecided between The Love Boat and Fantasy Island both of which would normally never see the light of day on my viewing schedule

Take care only to sleep fitfully during the night, include lots of tossing, turning, deep sighing and add the occasional cough if you deem this to be appropriate, this will prompt  your nearest and dearest to put you out of your misery, on a cautionary note the judge will possibly take your partners pledge of not guilty, at which point your Beloved will be living it up on the insurance payout.

After hardly eating for a couple of days now is the time to have cravings for either soup or mash and gravy, after your loved ones has created your meal have 2 spoonfuls before declaring you are full and can eat no more, it is also perfectly normal to fancy something you don’t particularly like, when you try said food you realise you still don’t like it

The day before you fall ill make sure you buy something on-line that is just a smidgen too large to fit through the letterbox, that way you can drag yourself from your pit to answer the door to the Postie, you can answer the door clad in pj bottoms, a hoodie, socks, and fluffy dressing gown, a scarf is optional depending on how cold you feel OR if you are having a hot sweat you have the choice of a second outfit which will be a pair of socks, old lady pants, and vest top – a stain from your 2 spoonfuls of option at lunch is mandatory

The husky voice you are now the proud owner of .. you know that one you are wondering if you could take a job as a 0800 ‘Lady Of The Night’ call line operative isn’t as sexy as you imagine it to be – you actually sound like a 90 yr old sucking a lemon

Time you illness to coincide with your days off so as not to inconvenience anyone, that way you can look forward to your long stretch at ‘The Workplace’ safe in the knowledge that you have the housework to catch up on and it will be probably cold – raining the next time you are off

Follows these simple rules and your few days of fly by … at this moment in time I’m at the first stage, oh I have also have the foresight to place my on-line order, I’m popping pills in the attempt to ward off the inconvenient lurrgy

 

 

A Pay It Forward Give-Away

Quite a while ago I ordered some yarn from an on-line company I use quite regularly, they sent me part of the order saying to expect the rest shortly, a couple of weeks went by, nothing, so I dropped them an e-mail, they said it would be here in the next day or so, again nothing, I waited a couple of more weeks then dropped them another e-mail, oh yes it will be with you soon they said. All in all 2 months or more went past, by now feeling quite fractious I e-mailed a terse correspondence, the yarn arrived a couple of days later along with 7 balls of yarn as way of an apology – the ‘extra’ yarn was 1 ball of purple and 6 balls of in your face bright red … not sure if this ‘gift’  really was an apology or a take that Mrs P !!

Any-ways I got to thinking what on earth I could craft with my ‘bonus’ yarn so I made a start on this

Mmmmm when the yarn was in the package it looked a little more subdued, now I've started to crochet I'm not so sure it was a good idea !!
Mmmmm when the yarn was in the package it looked a little more subdued, now I’ve started to crochet I’m not so sure it’s a good idea !!

I’ve started so I’ll finish, oh my giddy aunt it’s going to be a tad  how shall I put it …vivid

So by you are possibly wondering where on earth I’m going with this ??  my idea is because I got this yarn for free why not craft a give-away, and here it is in all it’s *glory*

Mmmmm not everyone's colour combo granted
Mmmmm not everyone’s colour combo granted, this little gem could be used for a yarn/fabric storage ?? a gift for a child ?? I’m sure your toilet rolls will be quite at home interned in this creation  or you could just hide the darn thing away

This isn’t enough ?? well I also took the advantage to craft a primitive folk art rabbit,

This is Robin Rabbit, I'd like to think his simplicity and little heart button will creep into your affections
This is Robin Rabbit, I’d like to think his simplicity and little heart button will creep into your affections (the red is a better representation on the rabbit than on the bag – so you may be needing your sun glasses !!)

If this is for you leave me a comment and I’ll but the names in said bag and Beloved will draw out the winner on Saturday 17th October

Good luck …I think that’s the phrase I’m looking for 🙂

How Delightful

Oh my, I’m full to the brim with excitement, all due to the delivery of yesterdays package from the super talented Mrs T take a look at this

Isn't this just adorable, Caren has captured Wallis and Lamb to perfection
Isn’t this just adorable, Caren has captured Wallis and Lamb to perfection

I’m over the moon how the ‘Heritage Workhouse Rabbit’ Wallis (and Lamb of course) have been saved for posterity – just for me !!! if that wasn’t enough there is another pencil sketch of the duo

The drawings are so life like !!! I could just scoop the woolie due up off the page
The drawings are so life-like !!! I could just scoop the woolie duo up off the page

Unbeknown to Caren at the time when she offered to gift me the drawings, I actually collect art – so she was under NO pressure whatsoever 🙂

These little beauties were originally destined for my crafting den…but on careful reflection how cool will they look propped up on the mantle in the master bedroom with a back drop of my William Morris Brer Rabbit wallpaper, even the mounting is an exact colour match …which actually makes me wonder if there is a spy camera in operation…goodness I hope not the last thing the internet needs is an image of me shaking my booty whilst ironing !!!

Caren you have excelled yourself, thank you so very much,

PS I do hope Wallis & Lamb are settling in

Home Improvements And Knitting

Beloved & I have just had a weeks holiday – and I use that term Very loosely, Beloved has been pottering on with the renovations, and as the weather was nice we actually got round to hanging our new gates…

Let me tell you these were very darn heavy, Beloved is a great believer that I'm 20 yrs younger than I am and twice as strong !! not to disappoint I rose to the challenge to help carry them from his man cave and help hang them
Let me tell you these were darn heavy, Beloved is a great believer that I’m 20 yrs younger than I am and twice as strong !! not to disappoint I rose to the challenge to help carry them from his man cave and helped hang them

While not being at Beloveds beckoning I did manage to sneak a little knitting in as I have an order for 2 rabbits wearing little Aran Jackets

I was asked for pink coats as the rabbits are intended for home décor pieces in two seperate girls rooms
I was asked for pink coats as the rabbits are intended for home décor pieces in two separate little  girls rooms
Although the coats will be the same I'm going to use slightly different yarn for the rabbits to make them individual
Although the coats will be the same I’m going to use slightly different yarn for the rabbits to make them individual, one knitted one to go

Also the commissioned buttons I ordered for my ‘Button Bunny’s’ have arrived

Commisioned buttons

These wooden buttons are just too cute, hand crafted and a delightful addition to the ones gifted from Caren

Mmmm I wonder what this week will bring 🙂