Monday, 25 February 2013

New Pattern: Miniature Bunting

New Crochet Pattern just published: 'Miniature Bunting Crochet Pattern' £2.25.

Just listed in the following places:

** Don't forget ~ To get 25% OFF EVERYTHING in my Etsy Store, for the remainder of February 2013, please use the Coupon Code: 25FEB2013 at checkout **

Also, please follow my New Blog here:

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

New Blog on my New Website

Hello all!

I haven't been here for a while, sorry! I have been making myself a new website and it has a built-in Blog facility, so have decided to move across to that instead of being here for the time being.

Here's the link to my new Website:

And here's the link to my new Blog:

I have been doing lots of new crochet projects too!

Here's the link to my new Gallery where you can see a selection of some of the things I've been making:

I also have a Website Shop too:

I'm still keeping my Etsy Store too, but would like to have most things in one place, on the website, as it's easier for everyone!

Oh yes, I've also been making a new baby too! We found out that it's a boy and is due on 23rd May 2013!!

I hope you can all keep in touch with me, either via my website or Facebook.

Bye for now,

Jane xx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Help Give These Baby Alpacas a Home + Great Holiday Gifts

I would like to share this wonderful venture with you all: a friend of mine - Beth Beal - and her husband, Kevin, are currently preparing their land for the arrival of a beautiful young herd of alpacas in Virgina, USA. They desperately need help with funding this and have set up an Indigogo funding page for anyone who would like to make a contribution in exchange for some fabulous perks for your contribution.

Some of the perks offered are:

  • For $15 'Bird Nesting Kit': Eco Friendly Bird Nesting Fiber Kit filled with Llama and Alpaca Fiber. We take a suet basket and stuff it with fiber and you hang it outside to help the birds line their nests. This particular fiber mix is extremely lightweight and possesses moisture wicking properties, which helps keep the birdy babies warm and dry. This bird nesting fiber kit makes a great gift for any occasion. International purchasers add $10.00 for shipping.
  • For $50 'Sponsor an Alpaca': This is the perfect gift for the nature lover in your life. You will receive a certificate with your Alpacas name and an 8x10 colour photo of your Alpaca, a hand written thank you on one of our note cards, and a grocery bag! Your sponsorship will help with animal care; not only their food (grain and hay) but pasture maintenance and medical needs.
  • For $105 '3 Month Yarn Club': 3 months of yarn from our very own Old Cedar Knoll Alpacas! Each month will include enough yarn to complete a pattern appropriate for the yardage, weight and blend - if blended and the pattern will be included. International purchasers add $15.00 for shipping.
  • For $200 'Fiber and Handmade Basket': A handmade 'Paca' Purse basket full of natural un-dyed fiber, roving and mill spun yarns. If you know a fiber lover, this would be the ultimate Holiday gift! For more details, see our story. Not available for International shipping.
All purchases will arrive on your doorstep beautifully packaged ready for gift giving just in time for the holidays!

Here's a quote from Beth and Kevin to explain further:
"Over the past few months, we have been in the process of re-fencing our upper pasture and rebuilding our old barn to accommodate the needs of the Alpaca breed. And since we decided to purchase the entire herd to keep them all together, we are getting 4 males we hadn’t planned on! The males need to be kept apart from the females, so we are renovating a new section of our acreage just for the boys. This includes the installation of fencing and a second shelter with water and electric. In addition, we need to purchase some new tools to process the fiber including a large drum carder for blending or turning those fleeces into batts for spinning and felting, various wool combs and hackles for blending the fibers, a second spinning wheel - a Schacht Ladybug - and a Woolee Winder for that wheel to help the spinning go faster!

We're down to the last few chores and hope you will support our efforts and take a look at our offerings and maybe even do a bit of your Holiday shopping with us! If you are looking for that special One-Of-A-Kind gift, I think we can help! Beth is an artisan working in all mediums, but beautiful baskets and signature jewelry pieces are her favorites. As a matter of fact, she has been making baskets almost as long as she has been knitting and that’s a long time!"
Please click on the image above for a video of Beth talking more about what this venture is all about, what it means to them, and some beautiful film of some of the babies they will be housing on their land from November 2012.

If you love giving unusual Holiday gifts this may be the solution you're looking for. I hope you can help, as I have done. If you are unable to make a contribution, but would like to help in some way, please share with your friends as they need all the support they can get - thank you!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Day 5 - Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

Today's offering was found on the 'Small Home Big Start' blog, for Pumpkin & Chocolate Chip Brownies - yum!!

Click on the picture to go straight to the recipe. Let me know if you try them, and what you think!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Day 4 - Pumpkins Made from Sweaters

Here are a couple of links to some fabulous pumpkins made from old sweaters. 

I found the first one on the beautiful blog post 'Pumpkin LoVe!!!' from Dawn Sparks of Fiddlesticks, and from there follows a link to the instructions on how to make them from 'Small Fry & Co.' - the 'White Sweater Pumpkins Tutorial'.

You can click on each photo to go directly to their relevant blog posts.

From 'Fiddlesticks' Blog

From 'Small Fry & Co.' Blog

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Day 3 - Free 'Little Pumpkin' Crochet Pattern

I found a link to this beautiful 'Little Pumpkin Pattern' today; here's the link to the original pattern from Petals to Picots. You can also click on the photo to go directly to the pattern page.

I think this is beautiful and will have a go at making one of these myself. Let me know if you do too!

© Copyright 2012 by Petals to Picots.
Please refer to her Terms of Use for copyright details.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Day 2 - Halloween Party Banner - Crochet Pattern

Now you can make this cute Halloween Party Banner from Red Heart by clicking on the picture above, then   downloading their PDF document

You will need: 
  • Crochet Hook: 4mm [US G-6]. 
  • Yarn needle, polyester fiberfill, stitch marker, sewing thread and needle, ten 5mm black buttons for eyes, two 9mm safety eyes (or buttons).
  • Bat measures 4½” [11 cm] high x 8½” [22 cm] wide. 
  • Pumpkin measures 4” [10 cm] high x 4½” [11 cm] wide. 
  • Skull measures 5” [13 cm] high x 4½” [11 cm] wide.
Have fun!!

Monday, 1 October 2012

It's October 1st - The Countdown to Halloween Starts Here!

I've decided to start a list of pumpkin- or Halloween-themed crafty blog posts again this year.

Today's post gives you a link to make PomPom Pumpkins for Fall with the kiddies, from

I think these look really cute, and are simple to make. Let me know how you get on!!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Daisy Disco Dancing to the Muppets - Video

Here's our cute girlie dancing to the Muppets' song 'Mahna Mahna' at David's brother Jamie, and his new wife Jess' wedding on 30th June 2012. This song is really popular at our house so she loves to dance to it all the time. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Beautiful Beach Huts

My thoughts have been turning towards beach huts lately, as I've been thinking of making some crochet beach hut coasters, so today I've done some research online and have created a Beach Huts board on Pinterest.

Here's a small selection of today's inspiration - aren't they lovely? Just click on each picture to go to their original source:

Molly Blooms Rubber Stamps - Seaside Beach Huts

Beach Huts For Sale - Martin Wiscombe - Art Print Cushion

Girls/baby organic Beach hut T shirt Handmade in Britain

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Funny Daisy and New Yarn Waiting to be Used

Here's a photo of Daisy doing a funny walk with her trousers legs pulled up. I was standing in the kitchen talking, and all of a sudden Daisy appeared in the doorway, exactly like this, and said "boo!", I thought it was so funny I burst out laughing - what a cute, funny girl!!! She did it again in the front room and I was lucky to get a photo of her this time. She's teething at the moment - her canine teeth - so is doing a lot of dribbling which you can see on her top.

I bought the yarn in the first and third photos from my local market - not too expensive, and really nice. The pastel shades in the middle photo I bought today from Hobbycraft - very soft baby yarn.

I wish I had a camera that could get colours to show up properly on the computer - they just don't seem to be right somehow.

Bright neon yarns  - these are actually MUCH zingy-er in real life - MUCH brighter! 
Pastel shades - don't you just hate it when you get them all home and notice that one is 4-ply, not DK, like the others!?
I'm not sure what to do with these ones yet, but I like them anyway!

Monday, 16 July 2012

I'm back!!

Here we all are, photographed with the Olympic Torch yesterday - I got to hold it too!! 

Well, I've neglected my Blog for a while, and I think I should get right back and start blogging again, so here I am!!! I've been keeping my Facebook pages updated regularly and that seems to have taken up a lot of online time rather than getting Blog posts done. My Groovy Pumpkin - Decorative Artist Page is HERE 

Crochet Baby Hat - Preemie - 5 to 6lbs - For Sale in my Etsy Store

Some things I've been making include a couple of hats in aid of The Big Knit from Innocent Smoothies, where 25p per donated knitted hat goes towards Help the Aged here in the UK. Click HERE for more details. Also, HERE's a link to The Big Knit Pattern Booklet (pdf document) with 3 knitting patterns for miniature hats to knit if you wish to join in.

Crochet Wash Cloth - 100% cotton - Basketweave Stitch

Lately I've started a Knit and Natter group at my local library which has just had its fourth meeting on Saturday, and we have got several regulars who have been coming and learning crochet from me. I'm proud to say I am now a Crochet Teacher!

Daisy playing on the floor - photo taken by Jay

I'm also in the process of crocheting a tea pot cozy, and the pattern to go with it, which may be for sale in my Etsy Store in the near future - depending on how much time I can devote to getting them done. 

Jay holding his Head Teacher's Award, and wearing his crown  - school assembly

Jay wearing face paint after an activity afternoon at the Itchen Valley Country Park

Jay has had an amazing school report where he has been 'exceeding the National Standards' in reading, writing, mathematics and science. Wow - I'm so proud of that little man! He still gets one-to-one support at school and will still keep the same support worker when he moves up to Year 2 in September. I'll get to meet his new teacher a bit later this afternoon, so this will be informative.

Our entry in Jay's School 'Summer in Bloom' competition - the theme was 'Growing for Gold' 

Daisy is coming along really well, she's 17 months old now, doesn't the time fly?! She's beginning to say quite a few words and I'm amazed that she can recognise a few letters and numbers - I think we have another brainy kid amongst us.

Crochet coasters - set of four - my latest addition to my Etsy Store

Thursday, 17 May 2012

New Mug Cozys Just Listed on Etsy

Hello all, I gave up on the Story a Day for May. I just didn't have the time and found it quite stressful trying to get it done every day - it was too much like homework! I may have a go at writing more in the future, as I've got some ideas bubbling around in my mind, but at my own slower pace.

I have been wanting to get my Etsy Store re-stocked though, so here are 3 ready-to-ship mug cozys with built-in coaster that I've just listed. They are £6.50 each, and 100% wool.

I've also listed the pattern for these if you'd prefer to crochet them yourself, it's just £2.75.

And, if you place an order via my Facebook Etsy Shop you'll get 15% off, until further notice! Woo hoo!!

Friday, 4 May 2012

Number 2.2

Day 4 of my Story a Day challenge: HERE: 'Living the Dream' - Part 2.


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