Reading blogs, getting inspiration and seeing others work always gives me a buzz, there are so many talented folks around
I was directed to a new to me blog recently. Jacquie at Bunny Mummy has some amazing craftwork tutorials and posts on her blog. 16th May was a very inspiring post, she made a beautiful bunny out of an old jacket belonging to one of her children.
Sometimes reading blogs sparks off an old memory, does it do that for you?
Jacquie's 'make do and mend' post reminded me of my late MIL, she was a whizz with using up old things. Cupboards, wardrobes and such were full to the brim with old things that she might use one day. She would unravel knitted items to re-use the wool and still turned the collars on dads shirts until he retired!
Here's one of the lovely projects that MIL made, a lovely embroidered tablecloth that we now use. I have lots of them and other handmade things of hers.
She was never without wool, thread or fabric in her hand and a new projet on the go. I often wonder where she got her inspiration for things from as she was from an age before computers.
A vast collection of patterns and those little Patons Bazaar books that you used to be able to buy to make items for bazaars and craft sales were something she had plenty of, i guess that was where she found ideas. I've inherited a lot of them and they are fun to look through. Anyone remember the knitted or crocheted dog spare toilet roll covers!!
Toy making has been happening here this week.
Here's my very first amogurumi crochet toy. Ballerina bunny was from Love Knitting for baby ~ Spring 2011. The wool used is Debbie Bliss DK cotton, it's really soft and i'm so pleased i was able to locate the wool asked for.
The pattern was quite easy to follow and i think she's turned out well for a first attempt. She just needs a name, i'm sure Amy will come up with something suitable.
A little stitching on Shores this week too.
Block 4 doesn't have so much as the last one so hopefully i'll be able to finish it before the end of the month to be on target for a block a month.
Next month we are house building again so another biggie block with plenty of brickwork to keep me busy
Mrs Tapemeasure has been received by Lindsay at the weeekend and has settled in happily, although Lindsay did she was wasn't too happy with the journey with Royal Mail and did feel a little sick at times .... we do have fun with these little bunnys LOL
Posite called on me too with a little surprise giftie.
Barb had attended a local craft sale in the church and come across this delicately crocheted pansy bookmark and thought i might like it. The stitches are so teeny tiny and it is so perfect. A big well done to the lady who made this beauty.
We've both read the books Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson both of which we enjoyed. The book Barb enclosed is called Flowers on the Milkstool - the diary of Mary Lawson. i'm looking forward to reading diary entires from 1871 Kansas.
Have a lovely week, happy crafting ...