Sunday, 24 July 2016

Fandango Heart

For some reason it took three attempts to make this heart, the first one I miss-read the pattern, the second one I tried to be clever by adding the bead but put it on the wrong bit. Third time lucky and by then decided to use Martha's version.  You can find the fandango heart that Jane designed here.

This is a notice in a shop that really amused me, although it is very old and worn the sentiments seem to be very true these days when it comes to customer relationships!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Belated Birthday Present

I met up with a friend last night who had been to Italy on holiday and she gave me a present.  When I opened the packet I was so surprised to find a tatted bracelet.    Apparently she had discovered the bracelet in a shop together with other tatted items and of course knew exactly what craft it was!

There is no name of the person who tatted it only the name of the shop.  It would be fantastic to know who made this little bracelet as the tatting world is not that huge!

This morning I went to see a girl who is getting married in a months time to look at her wedding dress. The reason being she was worried it was too long and could I help to shorten it - yikes.   When we got there the dress had three layers of lace and it did fall over the underskirt but the task of shortening it was going to be too much and anyway it looked fine.   I took along the tatted white necklace I had made and have said that if she wants to wear it on the day, then she is very welcome.  I will not be offended if she doesn't, although it looked fantastic with the dress, should have taken a photograph.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Stress Levels

Can't believe that it is almost half way through the month and this is my first blog post of July.  My stress levels are really high at the moment as we are going to have a new kitchen fitted, only not exactly sure when!   The process so far has been long and arduous, confounded by the fact that so much other work needs to be done in the room, apart from the actual kitchen cabinets.   At this very moment a heating engineer is fitting a new boiler as it needs to be on a different wall.  A really good thing because where the other boiler was we spent 8 years hitting our heads on it!   But it has also meant that half the kitchen has been already stripped to accommodate the beast.

Amazingly I have managed to continue with the square fandango doily and decided to stick to the colour blue.

Whilst sorting out cupboards I found lots of interesting items, most have now been thrown away or given to charity shops.   This interesting shaped bottle I kept and put some fresh lavender in and filled with olive oil, eventually it will be either used for a dressing or to marinate meat.  In the meantime it looks so attractive.

Also don't be fooled about the sun light in this picture, because this Summer we are only getting a very fleeting glance of the sun.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Cutlery Holders

'Im in the Garage was asked by the owner of a restaurant if he could make some bespoke cutlery holders.   No particular design was given only that they should not look like wooden boxes,  rather that the cutlery should fit snugly into small compartments.

This is the result and we went to the restaurant for a meal a couple of weeks ago to see them in use.  

They are made from the Cedar of Lebanon tree and look great on the tables

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Blue Square

Just started Jane's Fandango Square Doily,  but could not decide what colours to use.  At the moment sticking to blue, but that may change!  The colour probably reflects how a lot of the country is feeling after voting to come out of the European Union and the English team knocked out of Euro 2016 (football).

For a long time now I have wanted to crochet an "Amigurumi". The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.     

On my travels yesterday I picked up this book.

Now to find time to actually make one!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Crocheting for charity

A colleague of mine who is a Mental Health Chaplain has sent out a request to the church community asking if there are people who could crochet flowers to be made into fridge magnets.    Having already made some crochet brooches I asked her if she would like them too, as they are being sold in aid of a mental health support group.  The group meets in a coffee shop on a Monday afternoon.    I then began to wonder what else would look good crocheted and was quick and easy to make.    I came up with paper clip butterflies which you can see in the picture, only made two so far but plan to make many more.

The other news is that the next batch of pop-a-bobbin shuttles will be in Jane's shop tomorrow Wednesday, there is a lovely selection of woods as you can see in this post

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Fandango Doily finished

It has taken me weeks to complete this doily because I have had so many other things to do, and sadly not enough time to sit down and tat.   Off to see Jane this week for a few days and need to take some tatting with me, but can't decide what.

My son and his wife from Singapore are also with us at the moment, which is lovely as we rarely see them.    It has also given us an opportunity to visit many interesting places. The weather is at the moment typically 'British' a lot of rain and a little sunshine.    This is what one city did to decorate their shopping area.

It looked fantastic