11 June 2021


This is Horace who has joined my 'zoo of many creatures'!!!!  

Next project will be - well you'll have to wait and see!!!!!

10 June 2021

They came and they went!!

Two of these little critters arrived in my shop yesterday and the elephant the day before.  BUT they flew away almost immediately!!!  There - the secret’s out - elephants fly too just like pigs!

I’m going to make them again as soon as I’ve finished the latest one I’m working on - which you may get to see tomorrow.  I love being kept busy as it means I don’t get into any trouble.  Well, in theory.  

My life seems to be strange in that I don’t honestly go seeking ‘trouble’ but it seems to find ME very easily.

8 June 2021

Maybe my next sewing project?

I made a few of these bobbin holders last year when I realised that the Dreamlit shuttle was here to stay in my life.  I really do like this shuttle as it holds LOADS of thread and works well.  Brings back memories of my teenage years as that was when I last used a post shuttle.  As you know the post shuttles came before the bobbin ones and they weren't in the shops until I was probably in my late teens/early twenties.

Again the age old 'problem' with bobbin shuttles is storing the 'not in use' bobbins without either losing them (which is what I'm SO good at) or without ends of threads tangling (I rarely leave excess thread on shuttles - I always wind those bits back onto the ball.  In the bottom photo you can see one bobbin with thread on and I usually leave a little of it sticking out when I close the holder - just cause I'm lazy and can readily see what colour is on the bobbin.  

Anyway I've shown you the bobbin holder I made for them back in May last year but now I'm thinking of making more.  What do you think?  Should I make more? They are fiddly to make and it's a pain sewing on the press studs but I think they work much better than velcro.  

7 June 2021

Well, well, well

The Etsy shop has been busy and I'm pleased to say that I've not got into any mischief for a week or three!!! Well nothing I’m admitting to!!

I'm busy re-stocking again at the moment and one lovely customer suggested that the elephant should have his trunk facing upwards because it was good luck. So as I’d never heard of this I had to ask Mr Google! Here's what I found.

"Predominate superstitions in Western cultures indicate that the trunk of an ornamental elephant should always be facing upwards and in Eastern cultures it should be facing downwards for it to bring good fortune on the house in which it resides."

As there was no real consensus of opinion I’ll go with ‘up, down, turn it all around’!!!

This is what I came up with and I must admit I ‘fiddled’ with the original pattern a little to get (I hope) a more handsome hephalump with his trunk facing upwards!!!

3 June 2021

Roly Poly Tat Bags

Are now live.  

There are 24 of them and they're all on here.  I'm thinking of another project which I hope to run by you tomorrow.  

More of the ones I have for sale.  

2 June 2021


Felt almost normal as we had our first meeting of Neighbours and Needles which we held in Lifeways garden.  A gloriously sunny morning with lovely neighbours.

We started this group a few years ago just so we could get together and have a chat over tea/coffee and biscuits.  Well that’s not the real reason.  

Bunting was the first thing we did and that was for a street party we were going to throw.  As we had such fun doing that the Tuesday morning meetings continued with all sorts of things being made for many charities.  

We set ourselves the task of helping out local groups with things that they might want or need.  It’s been great fun so getting back together today we had our first new task - leaves!!!

We made some before (probably two years ago) and they went to Anne Hathaways Cottage.  The lady who we’re doing them for is a well known local artist - Ros Ingram and a great person to help.  She does a lot with the community too.

Here’s what we achieved yesterday.

1 June 2021

Slowly, slowly catchee monkey!!!

Love that phrase although I’d never want to catch a monkey in the first place!!!
I’m talking about the Roly Poly Tat Bags today.  In spite of the washing machine and then some big gardening tasks - like removing rotting planters - I’ve managed to complete the 24 bags.

When I say complete - I mean I’ve finished sewing them.  After that I had to add the tags to them which you’ll see tomorrow when I show you.  

I’m stringing out listing them a while longer because I like to get the packages weighed and priced at the Post Office before listing so that I’m not over or under charging on postage.  The Post Office was closed yesterday as we had a Bank Holiday.  I’ll be going down this morning to mail another package and will check the price of mailing the bags then.

Meanwhile - here’s a ‘taster’ to whet your appetite!!!  

31 May 2021

Twirly doily finished

I’ve finished the twirly doily even though I kept getting distracted by life.

Boring things like the washing machine becoming terminal just when I’d got two loads to do and then when the new washer was delivered the electrics decided they just weren’t going to make the new washer feel at home.  

Wobbling on a pair of steps in a dark passageway isn’t my favourite place to be on a Friday evening but I got it sorted.

28 May 2021

DANGER. Woman at work!

Good progress was being made on the new batch of roly poly tat bags until I had some welcome interruptions.  Well the first wasn’t welcome but it was expected - the death of the washing machine!!!!  That took time to find and order a new one.  

Whoever knew that buying online could take almost as much time as physically going to a shop - remember those?

Then there was the friend who decided she definitely needed a mobile phone.  She’s been talking about one for years but now was the time.  I went with her to choose and help her spend her money on Tuesday (I like spending other people’s money!)and then we’ve spent time together while I set it up and taught her how to use it!!!! 

Here are some pictures of the ‘woman at work’ and the roly poly bags may even be in my Etsy shop by the end of next week - after I've caught up with the huge pile of washing waiting to be done!!

27 May 2021

Leaves for Nita

Now my friend in Tasmania mentioned she'd got a worn patch in her trousers (that's pants in American!) so I asked her if she'd like a 'tatty bit' to cover the worn place.  These two leaves are on the way to Tasmania as I blog!!!  

I used a suggestion from Judith Connors over making these (I didn't use beads, though) and that was to put  split rings down the centre and that works REALLY well.  Thanks, Judith.  

The original pattern is from a Ruth Scarf's book and she kindly allowed this blogger to share it back in 2012.  I was disgusted to see that a person on Etsy is SELLING this pattern.  That makes me MAD.

26 May 2021

Progress on my zoo!!!!

I keep making small critters for my Etsy shop and they keep wandering off!!!!  I must admit there's something about making things that are appreciated by others and bought by them, for whatever purpose, that keeps the aged hands tatting.
Many times I consider giving up on making things and then something like the shop happens and off I go again on a roll!!!!

I do have another reason to keep going and that's a good supply of thread and beads!!!!  I'm trying not to leave too much 'stuff' for my kids to sort out when I'm no longer around!!! 

Here are some of the critters that may still be in my shop by the time the blog post goes live or may not!!!

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