Saturday, 19 December 2009

Aye aye Cap'n!


Pirates are a big theme at the moment, have they always been? Dont mess with anyone wearing a patch. They mean business.

Made-up childhood rhymes


These are some more cushions, that i made for my sister. A pair which i covered with one of her made up rhymes. She did make up an awful lot of nonsence...but that is why she was so special, er... and still is. I'd say she was a little embarrassed by them as they posed a constant reminder of her former 'crazy'!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Yup, i decided to copy my Mother and make some wreaths as my Christmas decorations, note, my only decorations. They are all on the outside of the house so the inside looks positively un-festive. They may well get nicked by the roaming rebel kids, thrown frisbee style at each other but for now no one has complained about or trashed them. And i can rest in peace with the thought that i 'made an effort' for my daughters 1st Christmas, even if she cant exactly see them and is not exactly all that bothered! Hopefully i get put on Father Christmas' 'good' list now.

More tree decorations

And so, with this theme of using up old materials due to not having money to buy new ones. More of my mis-matched/mis-placed items are in manufacture. These baubles i made for Jo. So her little Marlo would have fun pulling them off the tree.

Daft Christmas presents




The other day i got really excited, i got an e-mail from the National Lottery saying they had some exciting news for me. I had actually purchased a rare online ticket, so i knew this wasn't a scam. I followed the links with bated breath thinking about how many millions might be coming my way, What size house i would by and would i choose carpets or floorboards with under floor heating, yes probably floorboards........... .
It was so hard to find the amount of my winnings and when eventually i saw the £8.70 credited to my account. I sank back into my chair and thought 'great'. So deciding what to do with my winnings was not really all that hard. Either use the money to buy more materials for sewing, (which quite frankly would get me very little of the gilded cord I've been eyeing up) or put it back into the pot and re-submit some numbers. And that's exactly what I've done. So until i finally get my windfall, im back to making some of my rather daft Christmas presents for people who are possibly not expecting them.
This is my freaky glove for Rowan who wears a (somewhat Michael Jackson Tribute) white cotton glove to keep eczema at bay. I thought id give her some options. Poor girl, there are more in the pipeline too. You better all hope i win the lottery soon, or the odd crafted gifts may unfortunately be headed your way.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Festive feelings and missing my Jess.....

So Jess is in New York and ive not seen her since the Summer. I cant afford to fly out to see her and i miss her dreadfully. As we cant sit on her doorstep, with tea and cigarettes and exchange gossip, i thought id make her some sparkly decorations and send her a pre-christmas parcel of cheer. So whatever she gets up to, she knows im still here and very much insane with the craft bug but most of all miiiiiisssssssssssss her!

Last year i made my Mother some decorations for her birthday, here they are in the making...

I made them at the same time as the teddies and the doughnuts in December 2008 (see previous post) This is the first design made up:
They are slightly flatter than spheres as i stuffed them with toy stuffing to be light and tactile. I wanted to make some more, similar to these but using whatever i had in my flat.

Some old jumpers, curtain hoops, decorative braids, old buttons and silk tassels......

And these are the three sets i will send her.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Birdcages- insanity, 8

These will be Jazz's Christmas presents. Rather strange, or kitsch wall decorations that i made from the leftovers of some fabric that i made into a load of bags. Rosie has assured me that they are fun, though i was a little unsure at first. Jazz will have her very own play room in her new house, a little jealous, as its a dream that wont ever materialise for us. But that's fine, i'm just carrying on crafting while i pretend its all happening in my own life, that's almost real, well real enough for now. Anyway playrooms need to be full of bright colourful toys and objects and i cant resist experimenting. Hope Nissa is not anti 'birds in cages' as a theme. She likes the quirky things i'm sure. Fingers crossed.

Superhero cape- insanity, 7

A cape for Ayane who's alter ego is 'Ninja dog'. As i have no drawing skills whatsoever it had to be a simple logo. Was hoping Paul could to draw me an actual ninja dog but it was a tall order for a last minute request. Maybe this was best. Simple and not too fussy. She hasn't taken it off, i think it did the trick. Go Ninja Dog Go!







Jazz's bag- insanity, 6




Jazz's bag. A first birthday present for a little girl who likes to run off with her mummy's handbags.
I made it clear one side so it has this hide-and-seek quality to it. You can see the treasure inside, which is sometimes important as a girl needs to know what shes got inside there. Nyah filled it with treasure for her birthday. I have added a webbing strap so it is a proper bag and can be carried over the shoulder.


Golden acorn- insanity, 5


I cannot afford a real gold acorn charm for Rosie, so ive made a few pigment coated ones for now- er until im rich enough and can afford a real one. (dont wait around for it Rosie!)

Pandora's elephant- insanity, 4

When i was younger my sisters and i had one of those giant sit on toys, very popular in the 70's i think they were. We had a giant felt tortoise. I really wanted to bring the magic of these things back to life. So far only elephants have been made. This one is for my new God daughter, Pandora. Next i want to make a pony with a little leather saddle. Id make tons if i had room in my house but i barely have room for one in our little dolls house so i will probably have to stop after that - tragic. I need a mansion house to contain all my crafting. Not having a home is sad sometimes. That's why crafting has become my obsession. I can craft and dream and transport myself into a world away from my reality. Woe is me, ha ha.


recycling old furniture- insanity, 3


Revived an old sofa someone gave me. Went a bit wild on the stripes and patterned fabric. Its fun to look at, just not so comfy. Like to try my hand at proper upholstery next. Need to find an unwanted sofa next. Never be able to afford one unfortunatly.

thank you- insanity, 2



I made this as a thank you for the kind lady who gave me her old high chair and delivered it to my front door. For nothing!- thats kindness. Anyway, recycling is the vibe, crafting for cheap. Single mothers dont have money for materials, so they have to find them somewhere, somehow. Or not eat too much that week and save pennies for fabric instead. A combination of this and a scavenger mentality usually works.

No internet equals more crafting and a touch of insanity


Tapestry Butterfly-
the idea: attractive, bright colourful toys that you dont mind having in your house. individual, one of a kind and fun.
the reality: hours of labour, had to eat entire bag of kettle chips for the crinkly inner, baby more interested in actual packet of crisps- doh!


Sunday, 5 July 2009

Is this a bit obvious?


Not the most imaginative but once it was stitched i had to test it out. Those chubby cheeks fit inside so well. My little monkey...oh great, she's woken up, screeching, i have to do my midnight calming routine......

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Pink me...

Make me vibrant, make me happy, make me pink.

Re-tro Re-make

More felted wool with stripes and ribbing for a simple retro look. Slowly more are being made but they seem to be taking longer, or time is speeding up...something isn't going quite how i planned. Hand sewing, a joy to the patient and un-busy.

Kitty, Teddy, Bunny

Some new animals in the family

Things i will miss.


Now known as the 'Emin effect'. Vintage printed fabrics appliqued onto plain backgrounds, create a striking look. Anything can be written and any colours can be used. Perfect for lovers of colour, texture and a bit of the personal touch. Thanks Will and Sofka. x

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

and finally...


After goodness knows how long, maybe four, five months from the initial thought, the blanket is finally finished. Its quite thick due to the wool and turned over seam allowances, it also has a wadding layer and a cotton backing. Im thinking a playmat or a picnic rug. It has a lovely cushion-y feel to it, making it really tactile. I wont be making anymore though, as it took so long just to gather the knitwear. Good if you happen to have a stash of old knitted goods but i think ive already exhausted the resources. Booo to that but hooray for knitwear!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Another thing on the list...


Little tiny one, the last thing i made. She popped out a week early, on the 26th December. "Bring out the knitwear!" I know its too big but I couldn't wait. My best friends Grandma, Marlene has knitted up a supreme assortment of unique little numbers. Can't resist a squeeze....!