We started this week with our annual visit to the children’s cancer ward. I wasn’t able to attend last year as I had the flu, this year I volunteered for the visit . It was such a humbling, emotional, joyous and indeed a poignant experience. I’m not sure if I shall go again although I will be working extra hard to make toys like these for donations.
Also, on our list, we donated to a local children’s assessment unit in Llandough Hospital. The unit works with children who may need treatment for controlling behaviour disorders like autism, ADHD, allergies and extreme cases off abuse, trauma and psychiatric care.
Thus, in light of recent reports and how autism plays a major part of my life, I know I will be looking to support this unit too.
So this is my huge thank you to those who have helped me, creative crafts cardiff in helping to bring one iota of joy into these blessed children. Thank you for all the yarn sent, donations and indeed your encouraging comments left on my blog. I’ll leave you with a little peek to another happy hippo for my secret Santa … Isn’t he handsome!!!
In my house at the moment. How about yours ?
I wanted to make an advent calendar for my baby niece but loved the result so much I had to make Alex one too! They are adorable with lots of room for a daily goody and more !
So easy .., just cut your boot template and stitch together. I used a simple contrasting blanket stitch. Add a little sticky lace on a tape, some numbers and finish off with a crochet chain to hang . All in all about four hours work.
And now another reveal … Remember these cheap cases I bought ?
Here is my make over!!! I loved doing the paper crafting.. It’s so relaxing.
I simply transformed them with simple decoupatch and decoupage technique which I picked up from the NEC exhibition … Plus much help from Lynn and Anne Redfern regarding advise about glue/varnish mediums.. Huge thanks
The result is amazing… I might find myself making some of these for my craft room … Only because they are a prezzy for someone, somewhere out there so they have to go.
They took me more than a week to complete .. The detail is gorgeous and the method addictive … I just wanted to keep adding and adding more pics, beads and bobbles.. It’s so difficult to stop. However, I still have a couple of Christmas things to be done …. So Boxing Day I’ll be keeping ALL my wrapping paper and starting on a project just for me this time and indeed using all my tips from the mistresses of the paper craft !
Sending you all a zillion warm cuddly hugs from deep inside my cases ….. H xxxxxxxx
It’s finished at last !
I love all of Heidi bears patterns . They all turn out looking so special and her patterns always include fab phototorials .
In-between crochet I have put my hand to some decoupage
I had a book of free craft papers given to me at the Exhibition last week so why not.
The cases were bought at a local shop for £3, so watch this space for progress on those …. Ohhh and if any of you have some handy tips then drop me a line .
Have a cosy week xxxx
The best part being at the Hobby Craft Exhibition in Birmingham.
If you were into your paper crafts then it was a heavenly but for us knitters and crochet nutters, it left us feeling a little deflated as there were only three will stalls with nothing special. I did pick up a few things for Alex’s Christmas prezzies….
And you have to see this life-size exhibit of paper people.. the dog was fab!
All the little folding and snipping.
However, one day away from home and this is what I had to contend with when I got back. I waited till Monday to deal with the post apocalyptic scene. Two and half hours later I transformed the kitchen in a beautiful place to cook, eat and enjoy being in. As normal the usual suspects have refrained from making a confession! Gremlins are getting the blame!
I just had to take a pic to prove that my house does get cleaned!
After I rewarded with a nice large mug of some hot cinnamon chocolate when splash of colour drew me into the garden.
Here is a glimpse of my beautiful rose. It was a gift from a good Spanish friend which just keeps giving.
Ahhh, the world is a very surprising, happy place if you look close.
Lots of bright happy days to you xxxxxxxxxxx
I’m on to another project for my fav charity.
This is going to be a Hippo from the brilliant Heidi Bears. I can’t praise her patterns enough … So here is a glimpse
Sending you all my best as always x
Happy to say that I have finished yet another WIP but… This pattern was awful to work with.
Has this ever happend to you?
You buy a pattern with real excitement and soon like a failed soufflé you find yourself deflated and resentful in feeling that you have to finish a project!!!
In my case I had no option as these toys were for a neighbour.
I agree as crochet items they are lovely but imagine having to sew in 32 pieces together to finish off! Never again.
Stay well, warm and snuggled up close to those you love ……… Me xxxx I’ve had my whinge xx
From Sally Stitches boooooooo
Pattern can be found free on Ravelry xx