- cockney blonde
- 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.
Saturday, 31 May 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
Hope you're managing to last through the photos, x
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Back to crafting and a couple of summer tote bags I wanted to share with you.
I picked up this remnant in Ikea, a bargain at £1.29, and rustled up two tote bags in no time at all. The webbing for the handles was extra, of course, but still a very cheap project.
I thought these would make great beach bags. Just enough for a towel and flip flops, and your costume, of course.
Above is the single handle version, and below the double handle.
Hope you like them, x
It looks a little like a ghost town but that was because we got there for when it opened. It wasn't so quiet later on.
Friday, 23 May 2014
First some views of the river flowing beneath the Ironbridge. This was looking over one side of the bridge and if you zoom in you can see a very industrious lady mowing her lawn.
Bye for now, x
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Back soon, x
However, those crafting buddies had other ideas and the little group I sat amongst
We were making a wall hanging under the expert tuition of Lorraine Crosby which involved a lot of mess, inks, paints, sprays and a gunky concoction involving talc and PVA glue. Basically a lot of fun.
The top picture is the finished hanging with the bottom two being close ups of the top half and bottom half.
I hope you like it.
Next up.......a short trip to Ironbridge, x
Friday, 16 May 2014
I downloaded this pattern and I must apologise that I can't reference it to the clever person who devised it as I can't find the details. So if anyone knows who came up with this pattern please let me know. It is so so simple to make. A basic crochet circle with a little extra to form the head.
Then before you finish sewing it together add some stuffing and you have one tubby little owl.
Cute or what?
Hope you've been able to enjoy the lovely weather today and have a good weekend, x
Add - thanks to Maria who pointed out it was Jacquie at Bunnymummy's blog that provided the pattern for the owl
Sunday, 11 May 2014
I wanted to share a couple of novelty doorstops I've made this week. First of all Mr Owl, crocheted and then weighted with playsand. I decided to crochet his eyes rather than use felt, and then added buttons to finish. That was a fiasco, as I could only find two matching buttons in the size I wanted and promptly dropped one, never to be found again.....until this morning!!! So I had to buy another pack of buttons just for him. No doubt I will use the rest.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
However I've since learned that our neighbours have seen him/her several times since, so he's obviously a local.
Fabulous sight so he's forgiven for making the din.
Hope you've enjoyed the change from the normal crafting photos, x
Monday, 5 May 2014
The final result was the same albeit for a few choice words.
Hope you're all enjoying the extended weekend here in the UK, x