Sunday, 21 June 2009


I've a scaphoid fracture - crocheting is torture! Going to clinic tomorrow morning for more scans and to find out if it's healed enough before discovery, or if i need this cast for the rest of the summer, or worse; surgery.
Really fed up now and need to find something crafty to take my mind of things.

Thursday, 18 June 2009


My hedgehog mutated into a bear! The initial little hedgehog shape became a little head, which then found a whole body and accessories!
Grey bear is quite little and I'm out of embroidery thread so he doesn't quite look like I want yet. I had to make him a nice warm scarf to give him some comfort until he gets a face! (He looks like Rupert the Bea now).
I'm currently making a bigger version which I attached eyes too but I have a feeling that this one isn't going to be right either and I'll wish I'd embroidered eyes instead.

Back in the hedgehog realm, I had a look at various other toy hedgehogs. There's a lot of fake fur involved generally and cute though they are they are all too similar. I am hoping my idea works so that my hedgehog is definitely original but definitely still a hedgehog.
I'll need to finish bear 2 first as I'm determined not to have a pile of half done things any more. (Ha!)

Butterbur Owl

This is owl mark 2 and I'm now happy with the pattern. This one can be stuffed like normal instead of having to make an inner piece, he stands up just fine and his eyes are very expressive; with just a little manipulation he goes from grumpy, to worried, to happy.
Now he just needs some owly friends to keep him company before he goes to Folksy.


I love my camera! :) Snails must be the perfect wildlife to photograph, you can get right up close and they don't run away!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Snails Are On The Menu

Yummy snails available on my Folksy page :) Click the link at the side of the page.

What Time Is It?!

3am saw a cup of Horlicks in an attempt to get back to sleep.
By 4am I gave up and put the kettle on for coffee!
However, I think really early morning is my most favourite time of day. The world that everyone else doesn't see is out there moving around, living and just a fleeting glimpse into that world makes the whole day worthwhile.
It was a little hedgehog this morning that took Sky and I by surprise. He just sauntered across the path right in front of us. No rush. He almost looked like he should have had the morning newspaper tucked under his arm. :)
So, a hedgehog is now next on my list of things to make.
I haven't even done any sketches yet though as I've only just finished the first owl I'm happy with. Now I just need to hope that I can understand the scrawled notes I scribbled down in the process. :/

Monday, 15 June 2009

Better Late Than Never

I meant to post on Thursday after Joseph and I dropped more toys in Stirling (check The Toy Society page - it's been a busy few days around the world!) but I have an excuse in that I didn't want to type one handed!
Joseph somehow managed to knock me over while we were playing football and I've sprained my wrist. So both mother and son now have matching bandaged left arms!
It's not so bad this morning thankfully and he's gone off to school without his sling (no doubt on purpose).

Back to crafty things, I refound a site I loved -; it's great for learning more unusual stitches and patterns.
I'll be trying some later to decide what texture to use for my owls, although I did scribble down a pattern as I went along yesterday, I'm sure it can be improved upon.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Deery deer

Finally got a few pictures of mum and baby this morning too. Pity they were so far up the hill and I had my hands full of dogs! 

Lots of Toy Drops

The Toy Society: Drop # 387
Dropped some peas off at Falkirk Wheel, a panda at the other side of the tunnel, and then today I added some owls up at the High Station and some elephants when we were on our way back from Stirling.
Hope the toys have all been found and didn't get caught in the rain. I have 3 more lots bagged and ready to drop somewhere, just need to decide where! :)

Friday, 5 June 2009

Finally Cracked the Snail

After several nights of toying around trying different crochet stitches, I finally found the combination that I was looking for.
They are very quick and easy to make and it's nice doing something other than single crochet too. I've wrote down the pattern this time so I can make more another day.

Monday, 1 June 2009

The Toy Society

I've decided to get going on the gift drop. I have my freezer bags and I can give away those protypes and things I just made because I wanted to and are now accumulating in a box under the bed! 
 I just need to pick up some labels and we are good to go. 

Goats, Fawns, what next

Since we've seen a pair of little ones early every morning recently, a deer was next on the agenda.
I'm not 100% happy with him, so bambi mark 2 will be take better shape hopefully. 
I'd like to do a series of Scottish wildlife in natural colours and see how wool/acrylic compares. I love how acrylic keeps it's shape so well, but wool feels so much nicer to work with. Maybe a blend is the answer. 


And a stray goat......

Blue Fox

I gave up on the 'fox' and made my own pattern up. I think he turned out much better. 
I'm going to make him a bit bigger next time, that way he should be much cuddlier and easier to give some character to.