Sabrena’s birthday cake

mini birthday cakeI made this little cake for Sabrena’s birthday a year or two ago.  I got the pattern from ravelry.  It was free.  It only took a few hours to finish and it just so cute!  I love it and Sabrena did too.


6 March 2018. birthday, crochet, present. Leave a comment.

Turtle blanket for Emily

My last post was about a gift for baby Grace, who is now almost four, so I thought it sensible that this post should show the gift I made for her new sister Emily – now about six months old.

turtle blanket

I saw a facebook post about this blanket a few years ago and loved it.  I couldn’t find a pattern so decided I could make it without one.  As a result it took nearly two years to complete it.  I managed to make the blanket part easily.  Just a change of colours on a wavy pattern.  And then I started on the turtles.  The version I came up with was terrible.  So I gave up for about a year.

turtle blanket 1

I ended up finding a pattern for the turtles and the eggs through ravelry.  I had to buy it but I wouldn’t have finished without it.  I scrapped all my previous efforts and used the pattern.  I didn’t worry about changing colours as this seemed to overcomplicate things.  I also made half a turtle so one is diving into the sea.

turtle blanket 3

The little guy emerging from the egg was a bit tricky and didn’t turn out very well but I didn’t have the will to make another attempt at a better one.

The blanket is very cool, but pretty impractical really.  All lumpy with turtles.  However I’m hoping when she’s a bit older, Emily will like it all the same.

I’m glad I put the effort into finishing it.

28 February 2018. baby gifts, crochet, finished project, turtles. Leave a comment.

Felt monsters for Grace

I’d been pinning a lot of monster softies on Pinterest and a reason to make some arose with the imminent arrival of a friend’s baby.  The baby turned out to be a girl called Grace.  Grace is now about to turn four so this post is a long time coming.

monsters all three

I made three monsters all “inspired” by those I’d pinned.  I used wool felt and embroidered the details.  Years ago I bought some “Made by Eleanora” fabric tags and because this was a sewing project I could use them.

monster 2

If I made any more I wouldn’t use felt.  They get washed on a regular basis and it looks great at first but has pilled terribly.  I thought it would have been a bit more hardy.  Not that Grace cares about pills, she loves them.

monster 3

monster 1

This guy is my favourite

7 February 2018. baby gifts, Embroidery, finished project, present, sewing. Leave a comment.

Battle armour for Rick’s kittens

A have a friend, Rick, who has two cats.  They go by many names. My favourites are Stormtrooper (for the black and white cat) and Imperial Officer (for the grey cat).  They have a ridiculous amount of toys, beds and scratching posts.  For a couple of rescue cats, they have definitely made good.

Rick and I like to exchange joke presents for birthdays and Christmas.  I saw an article about this amazing leather battle armour for cats. You can buy it on Esty at a shop called Savage Punk if you want to have a look.  I decided to make Rick a cardboard version.

cat battle armour

I halved a plastic bottle and stuck the scales on with hot glue. The hats were made from the bottom of the bottle and a cardboard cone.  I had the jewels, pom poms and pipe cleaners in my stash.

cat battle armour 1

cat battle armour 2

I’m not sure Rick really appreciated them, but I sure had fun making them.

I’m still waiting to see photos of the cats wearing them…

23 January 2018. cats, craft, finished project, present. Leave a comment.

Peg people and a beer house

I have one niece (Scarlett) and one nephew (Darcy).  They live five hours away from me so I don’t see them often.  To compensate they come to visit me for a week over the school holidays.  My niece loves to make things so I plan lots of projects.  It’s basically a great excuse for me to make fun things.  One of those projects was peg people.  I’ve always loved them.  We made a family.

peg people

girl, boy, (disco) dad, mum

Over many niece visits and projects, I’ve found the hot glue gun to be very useful.  In this case to attach hair and arms.  I used a macrame method I learnt in primary school to tie the lady’s tops and the boy’s belts.  And that was it really.  I particularly live the dad’s afro which is a pom pom stuck on his head.  Not sure how the children ended up blond – maybe they are adopted.

Scarlett came up with the idea of making them a house.  It was a spectacular two story number made out of empty beer cartons.

beer house front

So much fun fitting it out! It had a kitchen, bathroom, lounge room and beds.

beer house

Only two of the family remain.  The other two came to a grisly end – being chewed up by the dog.

3 January 2018. craft, finished project, toys. Leave a comment.

A noodly Christmas

flying spaghetti monster

All hail his noodly appendage!

Let me start this post by saying up front – I’m an atheist.  The main reasons I like Christmas is because I get a week off work in Summer without having to take any leave.  And I love putting up my Christmas tree. I love the lovely decorations on offer and I buy some new ones each year.

I’ve had a few different toppers for the tree over the years.  I bought a lovely home made peg lady angel from a market 20 odd years ago and for a long time this served as my Christmas tree angel.  Some years later, a beer company had a promotion offering a plastic David Boon figurine.  I tied some wings to his back and my Boony angel was next to top my tree.  He did a great job.

And then about two years ago, I saw a photo on good old pinterest of a crochet’d Flying Spaghetti Monster.  For those of you who don’t know of his noodliness, he is the deity of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.  The followers of the satirical church believe humans evolved from pirates and they wear colanders on their heads.  Read all about it at the link.  It makes as much sense, in my opinion, as other religions.

Anyway … I made a spaghettti monster for my tree and it’s awesome.

flying spaghetti monster with cats

Tree with wise ginger men in position

10 December 2017. Christmas, crochet, finished project. Leave a comment.

Crocheting for marriage equality

WARNING: mildly political post

In recent months, Australia has been in the thick of a debate about marriage equality.  It has been a politically driven horror show steered by the right wing.  To show my support for those who where/are hurting because of the hatred and bigotry I did some crocheting.  My first effort was a rainbow sock for my letterbox.  On the day before the postal vote closed I came home to a thank you note stuffed in the top of the sock so I’m glad I impacted at least one person.

letterbox rainbow sock

I love it!  It will be staying up for as long as it holds up.  I’ve always liked the idea of yarn bombing.  Not sure wrapping your own letterbox in a sock could be classified as yarn bombing, but it’s a bit of a start.  I saw a newspaper article a few years ago about a 90+ year old lady who was yarn bombing in some Scottish town.  I hope I have a similar story.

I walk my dog Queenie every day.  She always has a crochet’d flower on her colour.  She’s a bulldog and for some reason people assume she’s a boy so I like to have some pink or other girlie colour on her.  I bought her a new purple collar and crochet’d a rainbow flower.  I made a few extra of a lady at work.

Queenie rainbow flower

We are at the end of the story now.  Tomorrow parliament sits for the final part of establishing marriage equality.  The people voted yes, the senate voted yes, now it’s the lower houses’ turn. No doubt there will be a bit more hate to come.  Which is a pity really.  Because in the end….

….Love wins.


3 December 2017. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Rainbow dog and pram blanket

A lot of the projects I make are prompted by impending births by my friends.  Sometimes the babies are born and the projects aren’t finished.  Sometimes I get all motivated and actually finish them in time.  This project was finished on time for a dear friend’s baby who is now four years old.  That’s how long it’s been since I blogged!

rainbow dog head

The dog is from the Knitted Odd Bod Bunch by Donna Wilson.  I’ve made a few things from this book and they have all turned out great.  They can be a bit fiddly to sew together and finish off, but then I always find it hard to motivate myself to finish things.  And I made the dog a bit longer than the pattern, I wanted the stripes to be dramatic so the extra length helped with this.

The blanket is pram sized.  Bub was born in June so it got some winter use.  And I’m happy to say that the dog is still being played with.

rainbow dog and blanket




1 July 2017. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Easter bunny goodie bag

I came across these little bags on pinterest.  They looked quick and easy and I had everything I needed in my stash so I made some for my niece and nephew for Easter.  I’m not sure my 7 year old nephew will care much but my 5 year old niece should like it.

ImageMy ancient sewing machine makes sewing a bit unpleasant.  It can only cope with straight lines and thin cottons so the felt was difficult.  I’m not sure it’s worth the investment for a new one given the limited amount of sewing I do.  It’s one of those conundrums i guess, if I had a better machine I might sew more.  I’ll keep thinking about it.

ImageRegardless, the bags are very cute.  Just a bit fiddly but as always I enjoyed the embroidery.  “Probably actually” says it only took her 10 minutes for each bag.  It took me about an hour each bag.  I guess I’m not very efficient!  I won’t be seeing the kids at easter so I posted them today.  They may not care about the bags but they will definitely like the eggs inside them!

25 March 2013. Easter, Embroidery, finished project, sewing. 1 comment.

Felt bird garland

Once again, Pinterest has inspired me to make something.  I pinned this cute bird garland ages ago and thought it would make a nice christmas decoration.

As you might imagine it was really quick to make – it only took me an afternoon.  And it has looked nice hanging from the side of a doorway over the Christmas period.

30 January 2013. craft, finished project. Leave a comment.

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