Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Red Nose Day Dolls Comic Relief Auction

I was tickled pink when Ros Badger asked me if I would make a bag for each of the Red Nose Day Dolls namely, Maisie, Mac, Poppy and Blossom. Each bag has their name monogrammed onto the front. I am now thinking I should have made them 3 sizes bigger as I never expected that they would have so many wonderful  goodies to fill them with. Here are just a few of the fantastic little accessories and all will be auctioned for Comic Relief, as soon as I get a picture of the four dolls together will let you see and they are adorable believe me. Pop over to their page and you will see lots more wonderful handmade items, if you can like and share the page that would be just fantastic. xx

Monday, February 25, 2013

Lacey Vintage Hairband & Flower Tutorial

Thanks for your lovely comments on my lace hairbands and as requested here is how I made mine. 

You will need a 43cm (17") piece of lace for the head band ( if your unsure measure from the base of one ear over the top of your head to the base of the other ear to get an accurate measure) and a 25cm (10") piece of lace for the flower. I used a scalloped edge lace for this one, a piece of round or flat elastic (I prefer round elastic)  13cm (5.1/4")  long, a needle & thread, scissors and a button of your choice. Thats it are you ready...
fold over one edge of the lace as above 
 then fold one edge to the centre

then bring the other edge over the first

insert your elastic and stich 

repeat for the other side, how easy was that? your headband is done but lets add a lace flower
take  the second piece of lace and stitich along the none scalloped edge and gather as tightly as you can and then stitch together to form the flower.
add your button and place flower where you  prefer on the headband

This one I made the same way as the single scallop but used two strips of scalloped lace (just join them together by stitching down the centre line) to give a double scallop, sorry about the lack of head but dont have a spare one around today.

Would love to see yours.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blue Moon Attic

Once in a Blue Moon, we get to step into a time machine and journey back to our childhood, or even our grandparents' time of youth. Sometimes it's a tune or a fragrance that whirls us back. We might pick up an object and fly again to a time long ago. 
Some great treasures to be found in this lovely named shop Blue Moon Attic, bringing back those precious memories that may show up in our hearts...once in a Blue Moon. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Febuary Fun Four Giveaway ...Value $188

Well look what we have here! Four prizes, four lucky winners. How about this gorgeous Hot Tamales Cachecol handmade by Louise from Scarfitup this is  irregularly shaped and stitched neckwrap, intentionally asymmetrical, in wool with a handmade creamic button and fringe. Love the colour of this.

Value $45. (£29)

And from Becky's Crystals we have this beautiful silverplated root chakra bracelet. 
Value £10 ($16)

A beautiful vintage scarf with abstract geometric design in pink. orange and beige from Margaret at  Artizania.  The scarf has a label showing "scarves by Vera" The content is 100% acetate.
Value £16 ($24.99)

From Inken at FeltedArtToWear we have a stunning  felted scarf made from finest Australian Merino wool using the wet felt technique. The main colours are purple,lavender and grey which is one of my favourite colour combinations.
Value £49.99 ($78)

Easy to enter using Rafflecopter and four winners will be picked by Random.org on the 28th Feb 2013. Good luck and a huge thanks to our sponsers. This competition is worldwide.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Jung Hwa Yoo

Jung Hwa Yoo  ... a knitting/crochet and textile artist  with totally  ingenious and stunning designs, so really this is a keepsake for me. There are a couple of things I would wear and a few I wouldn't dare but love her designs. Which are your favourites?

Knitwear Unhyungung Studio of Oll-llO,
knit Designer & Knit Artist &Textile Artist, Knitting machine Designer, knit-academy, Hand knit(knitting, crochet, afghan), knitting-machine Silver Reed SK-840,DK-7,Lc-580,SRP60N, Oll-llO yarn desings ,fashion knit wedding-dress,textile art.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Shame on you Mr Cameron..

Dear Mr Cameron

I heard you in Prime Minister’s Questions say you would look at individual cases on the bedroom tax.
I am 59 years old, David (my husband) and I have both worked since we were 15, paid taxes, did our bit.
We have never been well off but we both did worthwhile jobs.
Five years ago David got melanoma.
He had excruciating treatment and, although still not well, returned to work as he thought it was his duty.
Four years ago he got bowel cancer; he had an irreversible colostomy.
Six months later he returned to work. Two years ago he got brain cancer. Seven weeks later he died.
Throughout all this I was advised I could get care allowance, but I rejected this: he was my husband, it was my duty to care for him.
We lived off the little savings we had until we could return to work.
When he had the colostomy we were allocated this home as David could not climb stairs any more and I struggled.

His ashes are buried in the garden under the rose bushes that friends gave me instead of wreaths.
Mr Cameron, my husband and I were the hard workers you claim to support, we never asked for anything.
I would give everything if this had not happened to us.
Because we were on benefit and sick, you and your government said hateful words against us.
Words that made acquaintances look at us with contempt.
The most powerful men in the country imply we are scum so we must be scum.
You and your government call us scroungers, next door go to work while our bedroom curtains are still drawn.
My curtains were still drawn at 11am as the light made David scream with pain.
Do you not consider that I would give everything for my husband to be alive, me to not have incapacitating pain and we could both be the hard workers we once were?
I live in small 1 1/2 bed bungalow that was built for older people.
It is supported elderly living so I feel safe. It could not house a family as under 55s are not allowed.
You now want to take my home from me. The home that literally made my fingers bleed cleaning as it had been neglected for 20 years when we moved here.
You want me to leave my husband’s ashes, my neighbours who take me shopping and give me some form of social life? I have no family, we could not have children.
I am living without heating at present so how can I pay what I do not have to stay in my home?
Have you any idea how that affects my fibromyalgia?
I eat one meal a day and am in constant pain which is exacerbated by the cold.
I may get Discretionary Housing Benefit. But we both know that is only for 13 weeks at a time and when the pot is empty, it is empty.
I have considered moving but the only property available is far from shops and bus stops and costs £98 per month more than where I am at present. I would be living in isolation.
You say you are building more social housing, but it is too little too late for many of us.
You may blame the Labour policies, but it was your government who introduced this law so I have to hold you responsible.
Mr Cameron, I do not believe you or your MPs are evil men at heart, I believe this is an ill-thought-out plan and you did not understand the consequence of your action.
I ask you to take a step back and look at this again.

Yours, Julia Jones

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