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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hot or Cold

Good Evening Peeps, another beautiful day here in Cheshire. Sadly our gardener, aka #2 Son, had to go home today, but while he was here he managed to clear the garden of weeds, and wash my car. He also managed to empty the contents of our kitchen.....
I just wanted to share some piccies with you of these rice bags I've made in anticipation of selling at future craft fairs. So simple to make and brill for using up scraps. The top 2 have been backed with material from a re-cycled t-shirt so they would be nice and cosy if they were heated.
These last 2 are just in a 100% cotton so would probably be more practical as cool packs.

Either way they are great for soothing aching bones and joints.

Back soon with some knitting, x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Make do and Mend?

The reason for the question mark at the end of my title is, do I class it as a make do and mend or is it something else.

Well what it is, is a pot holder. However, how it came about was from a piece of knitting that didn't go according to plan. So I backed it, added some wadding and a ribbon and made a pot holder for DH to help him in the kitchen.

What do you think?

Waste not, want not, as my Mother used to say.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Look Who Arrived and LOOK what they did!!!

Well, just as I had managed to get the previous wee chicks fledged and off to Scotland to deliver their Easter goodies to the Scottish grandees than these wee critters arrived...

Well if that wasn't enough, they spied my mini Easter basket which I had crochet and lo and behold...
 This is what appeared....
 Now, what am I supposed to do. Wait for these to hatch?????
Or eat them???

Decisions, decisions.....

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A Floral Surprise and Woodland Friends

Aren't these just a beautiful arrangement of floral goodiness. Without allowing my blog to slip into a depressing pit I haven't been too well recently and last week had to have a short stay in hospital. Hence the gap in recent blog posts. Anyway, the lovely ladies of our monthly rubber stamping group came up trumps and one of them, along with her hubby, popped round yesterday with this beautiful arrangement.
To get this view I stood on the dining chair, not a good idea!!!
Anyway, I wanted to share their beauty with you all and to let everyone know how much I appreciate their loveliness and the kindness of others. Thank you ladies.
 However, not one to be sat idling my time away, and oh boy have I loads of that, I am continuing to sew, knit and crochet. This little bunny was almost completed on the morning I was going into hospital.
Mr Owl was completed today. Both of these are from the Simplicity Pattern which came with last month's Sew magazine. So easy peasy to make and it looks like I already have homes for both of them.

More stuff to show you but I'll save it for another day.

Hope you are all well in blogland, x

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Crazy Little Projects - Sew March Challenge

Well, this is a first for me. A Sewing Challenge. I'm trying to keep the little ole grey cells working by challenging them, and seeing as I'm new to sewing, what a better way to do that.
If you hit the link in my sidebar it will take you to a wonderful blog where this extremely talented and versatile lady challenges us every month to produce a sewn item. This month was 'bags', and I chose to make an adult's messenger bag with the help of her tutorial.
 It didn't quite turn out as well as I would have liked but I did manage an internal pocket and magnetic clasp (these must be my new fav thing).
However on the positive side it didn't really cost me much. All the fabrics I've had for probably well over 10 years, so I was using up stuff. Which meant that the only new purchases were the clasp and thread, oh and the fusible interfacing.
So now I have a smart bag ready for the summer.

Suggest you hit the link in the side bar while I try and remember how to incorporate it within my blog post. See......the old grey cells aren't that good.

Happy Mothers Day to all you lovely Mummies out there, x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Ta Dah! A Finished WIP

 Ta Dah!. The Finished Work In Progress - Little Lady's bag for the disco. You may remember spotting it the other day with some yarn I was also showing. Well I got it finished.
 I had intended to stitch some little beads along the bottom edge of the flap but time ran out.
I've put one of those brilliant magnetic clasps under the flap to secure it. I actually took photos of the whole making process with the intention of writing a tutorial but in the end I wasn't entirely happy with the handle/strap so I will make another bag using this method, make changes to the handle and will try to do a tutorial.

Meanwhile Little Lady loved it and immediately popped her tissues, purse and lipsalve inside. Quite the little Fashonista. And then spoilt the image........

By swinging the bag around her head by the handle. 6 year olds!!!!

Hope you're having a good weekend, x

Friday, 28 March 2014

Easter Bunny or Easter Lamb???

Good Morning Folks. Sometimes I don't sleep well and therefore am awake at the crack of dawn...Othertimes I don't sleep well and therefore can't get up at all. Today is the former! Not sure if that's my general health at the moment or the steroids, but in either case I am just grabbing each day as it comes and making the most of it.
This is another of these really cute Topsy Turvy toys from the book written by Susan B Anderson. An amazingly talented American lady. A little tricky if you're not used to knitting on DPNs but extremely satisfying when it all comes together.
I'm not sure if my little bunny is being whimsical or has been on the sherry??? But I think he's rather cute.
 Stick your hand up his bottom!!! and he turns into a cute little lamb. Ah....
Here's the overall effect. So for any little kiddie they are getting two toys in one.

This one will be going to my beautiful God-Daughter for Easter.

Have a good day, x