This moment

{this moment}. A single photo – capturing a moment from the week (…well, okay, the week before last). A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.

“Bear Hunting”

Bear Hunting

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So yesterday, I decided to break the blogging silence and wrote a long(ish) rambling post about how my projects only get finished when there is a birthday or gift giving deadline to be met…and how I have resolved to tackle the large box of unfinished projects which stares at me reproachfully each day.

However, when I uploaded a photo of my most recent finished project – a Princess and the Pea playset for Bean’s best friend, I helpfully deleted all my writing…awesome.

Basically, the idea is that every* Friday I’ll post some pictures of a finished project…so, we’ll see how long that lasts then!

Here are some more pictures of the playset (which apparently has been played with lots since…hurrah!)

The set consisted of a princess doll, adapted from the ‘Mary’ pattern in Knitivity by Fiona Goble. 9 little mattresses, pillow, cover and a needlefelted pea…

…All packaged in a simple little bag

Happy happy!

Has anyone else been working on any unfinished projects?




Princess and the Pea

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual (ha!). A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week (last week actually – but still more recent!). A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.

This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama.

Yes, I know I am not likely to be accused of being a ‘frequent blogger’ but I do have rather a good excuse this time…but firstly I’d like to share with you the contents of the Fall craft swap. It’s always exciting to receive post when you know it’s not a bill…especially when you know it’s going to be full of crafty goodness!!!

Excuse the less than fantastic photo but I had to take it rather quickly as Bean was so keen to be playing with all the lovely things I couldn’t even get a picture without her in it!

There are some truely lovely things that participants have made, some complicated, some wonderfully simple – all beautiful. We were very pleased to have been a part of the swap.

For reasons later explained, we were sadly unable to take part in the winter swap – I’m really looking forward to seeing the items created when they are revealed over at One Hook Wonder. I’m already planning my contribution for the spring swap which I hope Nicole will be hosting. I’m thinking chick finger puppets or felt eggs, something along those lines…

Anyway, the reason (okay, who am I kidding…) one of the reasons for my lack of postings has been due to a delivery of another kind. In mid November we were thrilled to become a family of four, thanks to the addition of little Logan…

He’s not exactly what you would call a good sleeper…but I guess that can be said about most newborns, I spend my days in a constant state of exhaustion and happiness, frequently reminding myself that these sleepless nights will not last forever, even if it feels like it right now! Bean is, thankfully, a born mother and is nothing but wonderful with him, adoring him from the start, which only makes me love her more, which I hadn’t thought was possible.

Something else, which helps during the night feeds is this lovely poem…sadly I can’t recall where I read it…

“Cooking and cleaning can wait ’till tomorrow,

for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow,

so quiet down cobwebs and dust go to sleep,

I’m hugging my baby and babies don’t keep”

Too true.

One of the things I struggle with most when crafting is actually finishing a project. As ridiculous as it sounds I frequently get 95% of the way through a project and then abandon it for another. Often this is because I really really hate sewing up items and will try and put it off at all costs but sometimes deadlines come calling and must be met.

So, in the midst of summer, I was to be found knitting nativity characters* (well, naturally). The idea being that if I started that early in the year they were bound to be finished by Christmas, right? Er…wrong. I got so far as a Jesus, Mary and a bald Joseph before being distracted by a post at the brilliant One Hook Wonder about a Waldorf inspired craft swap. I was too late to join in the summer one as items had to be posted to the USA but I figured that if I started on items for an Autumn/Fall swap then and there I would have them finished in plenty of time – not only that but it meant I wouldn’t have to carry on sewing up the ridiculously fiddly nativity characters – hurrah!!

For those of you who, like me, hadn’t taken part in a craft swap before, the idea is this…sign ups are capped at a set number. You make that many identical items, of a certain value and theme and post them all to the swap organiser by a certain date. Once all the items are received they are repackaged and postal prices calculated. Postage was handled (in this swap) through paypal and the package is then dispatched!!

Since this swap was for items for an Autumn themed nature table I turned to my old favourite of incredibly cute and fiddly-footed hedgehogs from a pattern by the ever-talented Julie at Little Cotton Rabbits. I made ten of these for party bags for the Bean’s second birthday, last year, so what was another 15 between friends?

In case hedgehogs weren’t common in the recipients country, I made a little fact sheet to go with each hedgie.

So off they went…as it turned out it takes less than a week for the package to get to America (not the 3-4 weeks I was expecting…apparently they travel on some sort of new-fangled winged contraption, rather than having to swim there themselves).

So, then the wait began for the return package…but that’s another story… :)

*I had left a couple of figures on the top of my knitting bag and the Bean brought them out to me, saying, very matter of factly, “You very good at making these. Now, I must put them away as there is a spider attack coming” before walking off purposefully…you’ll be relieved to know we all survived.