Sunday, 31 October 2010

Little Black Crow designs and A Christmas Craft Fair

This is the little heart that I made using the sketch from Little Black Crow's blog, which featured on my last post below.
I think it will end up on daughter M's Christmas tree which is why I stitched bright pink wings for my "little arty crafty crow" angel.
It is the last day of October today, so, hightime I started planning and making a few Christmas items.

Wipso and I have decided to help Tina, from Indigo Moon in Montgomery, to stock  her tables for the Montgomery Craft Fair. It's on Saturday 27th November in the town hall. So, if you fancy splashing out on a few fab hand crafted Christmas gifts then come along and see what we have been up to!!
We already have lots of gorgeous things to put on the stall - most of which are already in our blog shop here. 
However, I think Wipso and I will be spending our "funday" Mondays from now on making a few more gifts and certainly some Christmas cards so watch this space for new additions!!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Yo! We are WOYWW!

We have taken over the desk today!
Sorry, but we spilled buttons all over as we were lining up for our photo call!!
Betsy mooched over to her new friend Max, and stood with her hands in her pockets, while the others got ready. Snow bunny was worried that his ears looked big.
Scruffy pulled his shorts up 'cos Betsy said she could see his builder's bum.
He slung his bag over his shoulder and smiled for the photographer.
He sat on a pile of new socks - they were warm and comfy and strangely familiar.
I am Ziggy Zebra and I am supposed to be in charge, so she put me up on the window sill with the mad rainbow chick. Check me out here if you want to see what I look like.
That little sketch looks cute - I bet its something that brill artist from Tasmania drew. She makes fab pics of those cute little dolls - Little Arty Crafty Crow - I think she is called.
So, what do we all do now.
I suppose a bit of tidying up would be a good idea.
That check fabric is nice - maybe she will make something exciting with it.
She is always busy with something.
Oh well here goes....
" Right you lot - start putting those buttons back in the jar!"
Oh, I nearly forgot - I need to nip over to Julia's blog and put Twiglet's name on Mr Linky.
Pop over if you want to see what the others are up to.
See ya!!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

WOYWW after a few crafty activities

Good morning all - I hope you are all feeling fine on this wonderful Wednesday!
Lots to look at on my table today....
On the right is the gorgeous pure wool sweater which I bought from our local car boot and  felted in the washing machine. Below it you can see some little brooches which I am making from small squares cut from the sweater. Also I have made a little purse for my camera.

In the middle is the pale turquoise hoodie that I have been knitting for P. I just have the zip to put in and then I am going to embroider some cream daisies down the front.
I also decided to knit another shrug using Sirdar Crofter - I love the colours.
The little lilac brooch was made using woollen fabric and yarns with a beaded centre.

And finally.... this is the little bag made from the lower part of the re-cycled sweater. I love the colours and patterns and think it looks great with the little wooden handles. It will probably go in the blog shop with my other bags.
So, another busy week and I have even managed a shopping trip with daughter M. and a fun day Monday with Wipso!

Hope you have enjoyed your weekly snoop.
If you want to see more WOYWW exposed then hop over to Julia's blog and join in the fun!

PS for a close up of my sock dolls on the window sill, check out the post below!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Meet the new creations!

Ziggy Zebra would like to introduce you to two new sock dolls.
Rainbow Chick is made from two toe socks. Little Betsy, who is just mooching round with her hands in her pockets, is made from short sockettes or trainer liners.
I think they are fun and I certainly enjoyed making them.
They are filled with polyester filling and trimmed with buttons etc.
They make fun collectables but, because of the buttons etc, would not be suitable for tinies.
They might go into the blog shop or maybe help to stock the stall at a our local craft fair.
I have lots more socks to create with so will be busy over the next few weeks!!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Good morning to all you kind folk who visit this space every week. It's lovely to share my desk with you and thanks for all the great comments you leave. It really does inspire me to keep craftily busy!!!
Last week you may remember seeing the Sock Doll book on my desk. Lots of you said to make sure I showed you the ones I made so, of course, I had to get cracking and make some!!!
On top of my machine is Ziggy Zebra made from two of the socks you see in the middle of the picture.
In front of the machine is Meow - I gave him to Wipso's GD little P. and she loved him!
I now have a box with left over bits of socks which I have to save for ears etc!!!!

The little pink book was sent to me from Stitch magazine as my name was drawn as a lucky winner!!
It's called Stitch Divas and is written for youngsters to encourage them to make, create and decorate. The ideas are well set out with clear instructions for lots of simple, quite funky ideas. It's a fab little book which would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Below, you can see the gorgeous card and gift sent to me by the lovely Paula. Knowing how much pain she is in, I can only imagine how long it took her to make and I send a huge hug and a big, big thank you. They are beautiful and I will treasure my little picture.
Today I am going to bake my Christmas cakes!!!!
I put my fruit to soak over night in sherry and have all my ingredients ready. ( They were on special offer this week at my local supermarket). So if you can smell that gorgeous, buttery baking aroma as you read my blog you will know what it is! (Nigella's recipe)
Right - I am off to Julia's blog to put my name on Mr Linky - see you all later I hope.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Crafty inspiration!

It was a damp and gloomy morning so daughter M. came for a ride over to Montgomery for a little crafty inspiration at the lovely Tina's craft and vintage shop - Indigo Moon.

M. had never been before and was really surprised to see what a wonderful job Tina has done in setting out her shop. It is a real Alladin's cave - full of wonderful, gifts, craft, artwork and vintage bits and bobs. However, it's bright, fresh and spacious and is just a delight to browse in. I am sure I shall be popping back, alone, to Christmas shop!

Tina had, in the past, suggested that I take one or two of my needle-felted pictures to sell in the shop. So, today I took my peacock and bullfinch pictures and was really thrilled that Tina was happy to put them on display. 
M. has always been a talented artist and has made gorgeous cards and pictures in the past. She has had little time or inclination to craft recently, however, as we left Indigo Moon, she was bubbling over with ideas and suggestions for things "we" could make. So, I guess she will be reclaiming all the stash of craft materials I have been so kindly "storing" for her!!

If you would like a sneaky peek inside Indigo Moon, then follow this link to Tina's blog.

Friday, 8 October 2010

One lovely blog award!

How lovely of Michelle of to send me this blog award!
Blogging is just an easy way to let folks know what I am up to ( well some of it anyway!!). I am always so surprised when they think its worth an award! I love to share my craft work and my photos and I am so glad folk enjoy sharing them.
So I will blog on sisters! (Oh and any blog brothers too of course!)
Have a great weekend. I hope we get the warm weather that the weather men are predicting - its a bit gloomy at present.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010


I was a birthday girl yesterday so my table has lots of cards and pressies on display as well as the little grey skirt that is nearly finished for M.
I know I still have more to come but thought I would share a few with you.
My books are from Wipso - you know-  the next poet laureate!! (See her lovely poem here!)
We think we will enjoy making sock creatures. She made the fab card too and yes - even put a sock in it ( is she trying to tell me something!!)
I had two fab necklaces, a scarf, perfume, chocs and wine so I am feeling very spoilt.
Do help yourself to a Thorntons before you go!!
The other two pics were taken on Monday - one in the morning and the other in the evening. So nice to see blue sky and sunshine after all the rain.

If you want to join in and show us Whats On Your Workdesk on a Wednesday then pop over to Julia's blog and add your name to Mr Linky's list.
Thanks for calling - hope I get to see a few of your desks when I get back from M's later.