Saturday, 29 April 2017

Saturday - Art-ish day

I actually managed to make something- yeah!!

It's a practical thing really - I had the idea to store the leftover printed tags for my Posh Dog Bakes - and use them for the next batch.  It works if I don't print the date and batch numbers - and I am all up for re-cycling.

I did chicken out of making the index cards - I think it would have driven me nuts - so I bought the smallest size file index cards I could - but the boxes for them were way too big.  I went and picked up some mount board scraps from the picture framers - they have a box of free left overs.

The width of the box was fixed to the size of the cards - but I wanted to lower the height of the cards so that the tags did not get lost under everything - and I did not want a really deep box.

I actually cut 1" off the bottom of the cards - so the actual box is only 2" high.  I wanted the top tabs to stand out to make it easier to sort through them.

I cut the base and sides out of the mount board and just sellotaped them together - them I went round with double sided and covered it with a thick scrapbook paper so that it was stable and pretty.

I have lined the inside too - so that the seams are covered and not vulnerable.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Projest Tuesday - pants for our dolly

I had intended to make a vest and pants set - but Mummy's little 'helper' was chewing up my notes quicker than I could work - and he looked so cute too!!!

You will need a small amount of soft cotton or poly cotton fabric – a needle and thread – a short piece of thin elastic – some paper to work out the pattern and some scissors.

The pattern is basically 4 L shape pieces with a bit of a curve.  The short part of the L is the waist part - it needs to be deep enough to reach from between the legs up to the high waist - with enough for a turning to put the elastic through.  The long part of the L shape is for the legs - it needs to be long enough to reach down from the waist down the leg to where you want it too - plus a bit for the bottom hem.  the short width needs to be wide enough to reach halfway round the doll's leg - plus the extra for the side and centre seams.  It sounds a bit of a mouthful - but this formula will work to fit any doll - and yes - you too!!!!  Just draw round the shape - cut the paper on the large side - then experiment before you cut for the final fabric sections.

1. Using the pattern - cut out 4 pieces of fabric from the fabric.  Make sure you have the fabric pattern correct so that you have a right leg front and back and a left leg front and back – and that any fabric pattern runs in the right direction.

2. With right sides together - sew together the short top sections on the tops the front and the back pieces. 

3. With the right sides together – sew the long side seams together.

4. Turn up a little of the fabric twice on the bottom of each leg to make a neat hem and sew in place.

You can make a normal small hem – or make a wider one and add elastic to make bloomers.

5. Turn over the top twice and sew round – when you get about 2cm from the beginning – slip through a piece of elastic for the waist and sew the gap shut.

Turn right side out and put on the dolly.

with a bit of practice - adult bloomers are sooo cool - and it's all the same basic pattern!!!


Monday, 24 April 2017

Cute kitten day

Monday is kitten's day off


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday - Saturday

Yips this week has flown by!!  I seem to have been running round in circles - and still have a huge to do list.

The little fella has been getting me up early in the mornings - and I don't have the luxury of telling him to wait a bit yet - we have to get up and out pretty fast.  On the plus side - I have deep cleaned the coker - had the workroom emptied out and the carpet vacuumed and cleaned - and moved the furniture around so that the sewing machine is now in the middle of the room.  It was getting awkward to work on large beds and coats tucked at the side of the room.  It has opened up the whole space so much because the big table is now tucked in the corner.  I have tidied loads of heaps - finished several projects - make some cushion covers.  Phew - shattered now.

I am seriously behind with my computer and book work - there just seems to be so much to do.  I had a big order in from Robin in the week - that's all out now - and I have been sorting out my dog treating baking stuff.  Every job I tackle seems to need something else done first - or throws up 2 more jobs


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Project Tuesday - make a dangly charm

So - let's make a little dangly charm piece - you can use it as a pendant - or make 2 for earrings.  You don't have to use these exact materials - it's more the process that you can use and reuse to make your own projects.  Once you have mastered it - you can go on to use the same process to make bigger projects - add several to a chain - or make a bag charm - multi hanger necklets - add several to a bracelet - once you can master the process - you can do anything with it.

you will need - a pair of round nose pliers - a pin with a flat base - a feature bead of you choice - a couple of small charms - a couple of small size jump rings

anything along these lines will be fine - the most important bit is the round nose pliers - that is what gives you the perfect round shape that makes your work look professional.

Personally I like to use oval jump rings - it moves the join spot just out of the way so that all the wear is well away from the join.

add a jump ring to the top of each charm

slide the feature bead onto the pin

add the charms onto the pin

use the round nose pliers to shape the top of the pin.  You will need to leave a bit of a gap before you start to shape the end shape.  Work high on the plier arm so you get a bigger ring space.  Let the plier shape the ring so that you get a good 'round' shape.  

Then you will need to use the pliers to pull the wire end really tightly around the wire close to the added charms.  Give the end a couple of wraps round the pin to really secure the loop and snip off any tail.

Slip onto a chain.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday Cute Kitten Day

Monday is kitten's day off
and I NEED sleep


Saturday, 15 April 2017

saturday - no art today

I am very sorry - my Saturday art today is on hold.

I am completly exhausted - and still trying to get back to normal.  I have got way behind with all the online work - and I want to spend today catching up a bit.

Hoping to get back to some sort of routine soon!


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Project Tuesday - Knitted Square - long cross stitch

You will need;
1 strand of double knitting to be worked on 4mm knitting needles – about 12g
Or 2 strands of double knitting (equal to chunky weight yarn) to be worked on 6mm knitting needles – about 20g

·         If you are using the double knitting weight of yarn, then use 2 strands together throughout.
·         If you are using the chunky weight of yarn, then use 1 strand throughout.
·         Remember to count all the rows as you work up the square.

Cast on 29 stitches.
Row 1: *(knit 1, purl 1) –  repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 1: *(purl 1, knit 1) –  repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Work row 1: and row 2: again

The pattern:
Row 5: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit to last 4 stitches, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 6: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 3, purl 6 wrapping the yarn twice round the needle for each stitch, knit 3, purl 6 wrapping the yarn round the needle twice, purl 3, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.
Row 7: knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1,  knit 3, slip the 6 purled stitches onto the right hand needle dropping the extra wrap, put these same stitches back onto the left hand needle and lift the last 3 stitches over the top of the first 3 stitches to cross them over – keep them in the crossed over order on the needle and knit these 6 stitches, knit 3, slip the 6 purled stitches onto the right hand needle dropping the extra wrap, put these same stitches back onto the left hand needle and lift the last 3 stitches over the top of the first 3 stitches to cross them over – keep them in the crossed over order on the needle and knit these 6 stitches, knit 3, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1.
Row 8: purl 1, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl to last 4 stitches, knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, purl 1.

These last 4 rows make up the pattern – work them a total of 6 times
Row 28: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 29: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Row 30: *(knit 1, purl 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1.
Row 31: *(purl 1, knit 1) – repeat from * to last stitch, purl 1.
Cast off.

I use Robin double knitting 100% acrylic yarn for all my knitting work.  If you are using pure wool, or a wool mix you will need more as the yarn is heavier.

**** This is my own original work.  Use it for your own use or for charity selling.  Use it to inspire you, and to lead you on to other projects.  But, please do not resell the pattern as your own workings.  It takes me years of learning, and months of work to produce a final pattern.

The Kitten and The Goat

9, New Shambles, Kendal, LA9 4TS


Monday, 10 April 2017

Cute kitten day - hijacked by a dog!!!!!

It has been a really tough few weeks - and I apologise for my lack of posts.  Basically my little dog got really poorly and I suddenly lost him.  I was totally shattered - so the old goat hoiked me off to the shelter to find a new friend to love.

This is Alfie

He needs a huge amount of work to socialise him - but he has the sweetest nature.  He will be in the shop with me - but he won't be out to meet and greet for a couple of weeks until he gets used to being out and about.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Bring on summer

Have you noticed how much heat there is in the sun? - well when we get a peek of it.  I am hoping that it is a good prediction of a lovely summer on the way.  I think we are due one - and my system really, really could do with a bit of dry heat.

The weekend was so lovely - I actually got a bit of outside work done.

I got the doors, windows, pitch boards - and the one left standing veranda side wall all painted black.  I might actually go back and paint the beams black so that it matches the inside.  then I got a bit of moving pots, shifting junk, and sweeping done.  There is still loads of wet hanging about so it should be a good start to the growing season.  


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday - project day

It is the first Tuesday of the month - I think that's new kit day - scrambled eggs for brains at the moment!!

As it is spring - and the sun seems to be waking everything up - this month I have created a kit to knit a couple of bee hangers.  It is worked up from an old favourite thing that I have been doing for years and everyone has always said - you should write that down - so I have.  xx

I have included enough yarn to make 2 bees - and they look so cool hanging together.

You can get the full kit - or just the pattern - HERE


Monday, 3 April 2017

Cute kitten photo

Monday is kitten's day off

We are off to the shelter to register ourselves for rehoming and start the search for another dog.