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!!!

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