Aurora Duckus Humongous

I have delved into the world of Amigurumi on a complete whim and in turn given myself yet another obsession!

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I found Bubbles and Bongo on etsy after DD2 tagged me on Facebook with a picture of a darling ickle unicorn stating she needed one. After a bit of tinterweb research I found the source of this beautiful pattern. A Mum and Daughter duo who design simply gawjus patterns that are super simple to follow (more on that in a minute) at really reasonable prices.

Erinna the daughter half of the duo can be found on Instagram @littleaquagirl while Mummy, Rosemary @petite_tini

My desire to get going didn’t include a rational thought process WHATS NEW I hear you cry🤗.  Wrong size hook, incorrect yarn and burning desire at hand I cracked on.

Now given how many years crafting experience I have you’d think at the very least I’d think colour themes through…..DONT BE DAFT, waaaaay to keen to make a start.

As Aurora’s head started to grow (and grow and grow) it occurred to me I may have been a bit hasty, but hey whoever believed in the act in haste, repent a leisure saying?

Aurora was getting humongous and to add insult to injury the colours (well it’s what I had available and I’m sticking to that defence) started to make her look more than a tad duck like. HH encouraged me to keep going, dang that man knows how to smooth my feathers.

I got the shivers everytime I glanced over at ‘the’ head.  It’ll be alright once I’ve seen the mane on I told myself.  She stopped looking quite so duck like and took on the form of Woodstock from Snoopy DABNABIT …… Dear Sewing /Amigurumi Gods pleeeeeease sprinkle some lucky dust over here.

Dont know what you think but I think they were listening.  Now she’s fully constructed albeit in humongous proportions I love her and more importantly DD2 thinks she’s the sweetest thing ever PHEW 😂

Ive started Emmi Lou now CORRECT HOOK, CORRECT YARN and cool colours, she’s coming on a treat, truly beautiful imho!

Can’t recommend Bubbles and Bongo patterns highly enough.  They are simple to follow with fantastic descriptions and pictures to help you along the way. I’ve already purchased 4 patterns ADDICTED!

For your perusal and amusement herewith is photographic evidence of my journey.

BTW my new yarns which arrived in a gawjus organza bag are from the Drops Cotton Light range at a mere 95p per  ball. They are 50% cotton and 50% polyester from

Wool Warehouse

 

2 in 1 day …..

Well here I am again doing my creative therapy.

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I’m not given to bad moods and/ or temper tantrums apart from when it’s hot, wet, cold, windy, daylight, nighttime, breathing etc ! I jest a ickle bit, I am a pretty even tempered sort

BUT today proved too much for even me the Ghandi of Bedfordshire. I will learn to stick to tried and tested methods when sewing. I was taught by 2 awesomely talented women, my beautiful late Mum and the very elegant Miss McGarry my needlework teacher at senior school. They taught me the ‘proper’ way. You know, the way that makes it a craft, a piece of art.

I let the technology of my over locker seduce me into cutting corners on the making of my gypsy skirt with its fan-dangled gathering foot. At first glance it was pretty clever and lightening quick. Head down like a seasoned Formula 1 driver, I revved the machine and threw myself headlong into the make.

Let me tell you, hung ho and horribly fool hardy, the finished garment is so far from the standard I would expect from myself.  The skirt photographs ok and will be perfectly functional for work but on close inspection the gathering is uneven and not full enough for my liking.

Enter Oscar award winning tantrum as I threw my toys out of the pram in a most spectacular fashion. Good job HH has been with me for 32 years, he knew exactly what noises to make, faces to pull and then soothe me back to a near state of sanity.  Tear stained, sweating and sweaty mary female was not a good look. Lesson learned. Stick to the true, time consuming and beautiful craft. No more short cuts for me. Back to the 2 rows of loose stitching lovingly and carefully gathered to perfection, pinned and sewn into place.

Attempt 2 tomorrow for DD1 minus tantrums, hiss fits, diva fits or whatever you prefer to call them. Yes it will take at least twice as long but for me, that’s where the love and satisfaction lay, producing something to be proud of rather than the constant reminder of being a lazy old corner cutter 😳

Now to sink into a gorgeous bubble bath, listen to some music and turn the mare into a dim memory.  Ohmmmmmmm 👌🏼

Goose Feathers & Fans!

Its been an absolute age I know!

Please bear with me, I promise to get to the point but a minor purge first…. Past 3 months have been some of the most testing in a while (I know many are having very trying times so I’m not saying I’m special in any way).

HH and I were on our fantastico holiday in Aruba and can safely say the best so far, new area in new to us apartments and it was a total dream until the last day.  DD2 contacted us before we saw on Facebook to let us know her dearest friend and first love had been tragically killed in a car crash at just 22 tender years. I have no doubt you can imagine the devistation this caused our family let alone watching our dear friends go through that thing every parent dreads. Suffice to say that alone was enough to throw us into the doldrums. To add insult to injury my osteoarthritis built up a head of steam attacking my thumbs but in particular my right and I am a right handed … DABNABIT!

Any inckling of creative mojo bit the dust with mind unprepared to reenter ‘normal’ life and thumbs causing such agro that even doing up a button has become a challenge. This is where our NHS really comes into its own…. Thank the Lord for the NHS. I’ve been popped on the waiting list to have a thumb joint replacement ….. Who knew such wonderful things can be done, I am so excited and must now employ some patience as it will take a wee while to get it done . Nevertheless something to really look forward to 👍🏼

Despite the pain in my hands I bit the bullet yesterday and started a bit of crochet after reading an article on the importance of keeping your hobby alive. It resonated very loudly with me as I really could feel my emotional well being suffering along with many of the other ‘side effects’ of letting your hobby slip away.

So what I hear you cry has this to do with goose feathers and fans???

Those of you in the UK know that winter has failed to arrive thus far. Biblical rains devastating the North of our beautiful Isle but not one solitary frost here in the middle of Blighty.  No need for coats, gloves and scarves so late in December, it’s crazy mad!

That said HH and I needed a new duvet and having seen a goose and down on a very special offer I went ahead and bought it. Neither of us have had feather since childhood and we had certainly forgotten how damn hot they are😳 PHEW! Which of course if winter had arrived would all be hunky dorey BUT being menopausal mauve as well night time has become tropical to say the least. I dug the summer fan out, set it up and felt very pleased with myself thinking a good night awaited me.

WRONG … it rattled and knocked to the point I seriously thought HH was going to do extreme and irreversible damage to it and anything in the near vicinity . So to avoid potential violence to an inanimate object I’ve just had a jolly good root through my drawers (wooden sliding storage type) on the hunt for the screw on doobrie firkin that I knew would tighten the flappy blades up. During said root and rummage I came across the utterly wonderful pattern the gorgeous, wonderful and splendiferous Dellis sent to me in the summer for my 50th.

This immediately triggered the memory of dragging HH down to Walthamstow very soon after getting it, to buy fabric. A first in life for me is that I have laid my hands on the fabric without the usual hiss fit of emptying every cupboard in sight. ITS A SIGN!

So I am cutting the paper pattern tonight, pinning and cutting fabric tomorrow (bank holiday here) and sewing at the end of the week. I think if I pace myself the thumbs should hold up 😀. The fabric is a very heavy jersey knit as I had it in my mind that I want this to be a super functional winter item. Not a coat, not a cardi, not a fleece but a bit of everything so I’m thinking I shall call it a CODIF 😎.

Along with my pictures I’ve also attached a couple of shots of DD1 Christmas offerings, a dream catcher made with some of my precious button stash and a Tree of Life. Both made with her own fair hands.

Oh and yes the fan is now fixed, smooth as silk so I await a perfect nights sleep.

Sending you all love and hugs over the Christmas season but an especially big squeeze to you Dellis.  It’s as though I could hear your voice as I spotted the pattern and a little spark of mojo popped back in 😍

A Strange Time …..

I’m pretty sure we all go through times in our life when we feel clueless about life no matter how experienced we thought we were. My personal roller coaster has been being out of work following a life changing experience, many ups and downs with some days being horribly dark (you know the type)  have culminated in my starting a new job last week wth a company who have been on my radar for many years and for all the right reasons. To be honest I would have choked on my cuppa had I been drinking one when Jane my new boss called me the day after my interview to say I’d got the job and how excited they were to have me coming on board. ME, silly, crazy, (apparently funny), quirky I’m an artist don’t you know darling me!!!!

No warmer welcome could have waited me and now 2 weeks in my roller coaster is on the rise. I am working with my most favourite client group lovely reader.  I am a pretty highly qualified support worker for vulnerable people but my specific group now is Older People.  I LOVE LOVE the group. They are funny, talented, rude, intolerant and just gawjus!  If that weren’t enough for me my ladies will sit and talk all things crafty till the cows come home HOORAH!

This group of people in our society are so over looked time and time again in the UK.  The wealth of knowledge sitting inside their heads just waiting to be shared with any one of us who cares to ask leave me humbled.

In just 2 weeks I have seen works of art made by their very own hands, some many years ago and some only last week. I have noticed the ones who have art in their life, be it sewing, knitting, gardening, baking or the likes are the ones whose emotions sit closest to the surface but also have the most life about them.

Maybe us young pretenders with our strange roller coaster lives have that to look forward to.  Being the ones who are more ‘with it’, ready to share, love and laugh.

For me in summary, being a creative has what I thought was its cross to bear – being an emotion pendulum but now I know it’s that very cross, that funny type of madness we share that will ensure our future will be wonderfully colourful, vibrate, textured and just down right FUN!

Even when I’m in ‘mad’ phase I can squeeze out some creativity. For beautiful Amelia the newest addition and first of the next generation in our clan, Great Neice an Auntie Samantha blanket 😍

Father Forgive Me For I Have Sinned ….

… And keep on sinning! Bad Gal 😦

Here dearest reader I lay before you my confession for the day, the week,  ok the year!

In the workplace I am a highly disciplined person. To do lists that are tackled by priority, meet targets and deadlines as NT would I believe attest to. So how come in my home life does chaos rein?

Could it be the Gemini in me? That old two-sided personality … Or maybe the only child syndrome?

The attention span of a gnat quite frankly. Well in truth if things are going well I see it through to the bitter end BUT I can be given to tantrum if things go against me. Not the stamping, hissing type of a teen but the obstinate, petulant sort of a toddler!

Case in point … Hidden in the airing cupboard is a real kimono that I know Del will remember as she offered words of wisdom when I hit my wall.  I miss calculated on the belt, as a result just couldn’t turn it through (fabric isvery very old and quite delicate). Rather than be a grown up and listen to my buddy by Re cutting a wider version I hid it! There it has sat for a year … OMG a year!  It’s so close to finished but oh no Mrs cut off her nose to spite her face, there it still sits.

Fragile package by the cupboard in which NOBODY is allowed to go is a couple of cork boards to decorate as Del did.  So loved the effect I thought YEP I’m going to do a couple of them for DD2 for her photos BUT because I couldn’t find my staple gun, there they sit wrapped …. This one in my defence is just a couple of weeks old.

On the wardrobe door is the DD1 blanket which is a work in progress, as is the one hour kimono whose neckline is driving me berserk.  Theres the tantrum talk again 🙂 All I need to is bind the neck and front edge. Sewing machine is set up, have lovely satin bias from Walthamstow BUT it annoyed me so can’t bring myself to touch it.  What’s that all about LOSER!

How shameful is it that I have stash taking up valuable space in DD2 bedroom? Big bottom drawer MINE, top of wardrobe MINE ….. Drawer is Walthamstow, wardrobe is the carefully collected vintage fabrics. Not sure what caused that particular fit of sulks…. Think my brain finds it too painful to deal with so has erased the memory 😉

Attention span so pathetic I even meandered off from the actual pics you need as evidence and took pics of bling and stuff just because they please me.  Whilst I say I like order and method me thinks I am also a serial liar (to myself) if I spot a bit of blingage or a doobrie that makes me smile I have to fill a space and believe me, space is limited in my little piece of England.  Praise the Lord I married a man who accepts my foibles else I would have been a divorcee time ago!

The crochet heart thing started last night. DD2 has a much-loved cardigan that she just won’t bin so I started some granny square mid DD1 blanket action …. They are cool but then I thought what else could I do so You Tube got it.  There I found my desire, very quick but super effective crochet hearts. 7 in half an hour and more have followed this morning. Started stitching to the dying cardigan and at this point am very happy with the result, just a few more to do. Then it popped into my head, ENT kimono, sitting cut out in my living room. Now I love this lady like a sister so should be highly motivated to get it done so why the failure …… It’s Georgette like the kimono of failed neckline!

I lay before you my confession to being a serial starter and non finisher IF things don’t go my way.

Have fingers and toes crossed that I don’t stand alone in this affliction? I seek your absolution dear reader. Am I forgiven?

Happy Sunday x

Update picture .... The hearts and granny squares start the rescue :)

Update picture …. The hearts and granny squares start the rescue 🙂

 

Definately Miscellaneous

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A hugely random post but hey ho 😉

I bought HH a poptastic professional camera for Christmas and lo and behold it has found its way into my sticky mitts!

Here where we live in Bedfordshire, England we do enjoy pretty spectacular skies as we have an uninterupted view across the rolling Chilterns (lucky us, I know). For this reason we are all a bit sky crazy and I thought I would like to test the camera. It has so many doobries, ooger-ma-flips and thingumy bobs, didn’t have a clue so rather than do the grown up bit and read the destructions I just went for it, twisting buttons and I was pretty pleased with my first attempts.

I must read the destructions though….. this super duper camera would be perfect for me to make some video tutorials for sewing …. that’s something I do know how to do 🙂

Aim: How to attach camera to tripod, how to video, make video tutorial on my very favourite to start with, French Seams. If that goes ok then I may branch out to other sewing techniques. Before all of that I need to let my nails grow again. Spent entire day clearing my late Dad’s apartment and have successfully broken every nail and now have man hands (short, square little things) eeeeew!

Hope you like the pictures AND keep watching for my video tutorial debut coming here very soon.

xx

Well here goes …

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It all started 44 years ago as a child. My hugely talented Mum taught me to sew. First creation was a pencil case and graduated on to clothes for my Sindy doll. By the time the 1980’s hit i was a groovy, shiny thing with very firm ideas of how my fashion sense was forming and none of the UK high street shops quite gave the twist I was looking for so I returned to my Mum’s machine. The really fun stuff started here. Pencil skirts and jackets with yes the obligatory shoulder pads but the difference being, mine had the funkiest linings EVER!

Cupids arrow got me good and proper in 1984, by 1989 a wedding on the cards. Mum and I made my dress. We used a Vogue pattern but changed all the bits we didn’t like and so I walked down the aisle thinking I looked the bees knees! Every stitch was put in with love. Now my darling Mum is no longer with me I can look at the dress we made together and I have a physical as well as mental memory of that precious time. She taught me in the old school style which was complimented by the utterly fantabulous Ms McGarry my needlecraft teacher at secondary school. To this day i can hear them in my head when I’m tempted to cut corners for speed. Yes sometimes I ignore them but rarely.

Once bitten by this sewing bug, be prepared to turn your creative life over to it!!!

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