Monday, 21 January 2013

More lavender hearts to show for Handmade Monday!

Because of the snowy weather I've had a lovely relaxing weekend - other than a couple of walks out with the dog, I've pretty much stayed in. I have done [some] housework but have managed quite a few little craft projects.

I spent a couple of hours teaching new knitting skills to a very keen young lady who left my house eager to knit herself a stripey scarf. I suggested that it may not be "perfect" but she'd be able to wear it proudly, knowing that she'd made it herself. Reports suggest that as soon as she makes a little mistake she is unpicking the whole thing at the moment (although there's nothing wrong with aiming for perfection) so I may need to give her a little bit more coaching else she may never finish it!

I made a lavender heart (pictured above) for my friends first grandchild, who arrived safely on Friday night, with her initial on the front (her name is Ruby) and her birth date on the back. And I also made a couple more of the purple lavender hearts like those I made for a gift last week.

I was disappointed with myself because I had been really looking forward to making a make-up bag this weekend but realised when I came to get everything out of my craft chest, including the pattern instructions, that I didn't have enough fabric. There's a lesson here somewhere - namely, CHECK YOUR STOCK! I seem to have loads of material, some "scrap" and many larger pieces but the amount needed in the pattern exceeded the amount that I had. Never mind - I've now ordered some really nice Peacock fabric, and to alleviate my disappointment I made a dishcloth for BFF as was requested ages ago.

Generally the snow has been quiet dispruptive (in a good way) as I would not normally spend so much time crafting at the weekend (not least because I/we are supposed to be decorating) and I would be worrying far more about getting stuff ready for school (but it's shut). Consequently I'd almost be glad for the snow to stay...... almost! However it's effecting you, I hope the weather is not getting in your way too much.

Now I'm going to go over to to check out everyone elses posts for Handmade Monday!

Love Natalie


  1. The material that you have used for the purple hearts looks very luxurious. It must have been disappointing to not have enough material but at least you had a good excuse to go shopping for some more :) Hope you have a good week :)

  2. Your little hearts look very pretty. It's infuriating when you haven't quite got enough of what you need. I'm looking forward to seeing the bag you make with the Peacock material :)

  3. What a lovely gift for a new arrival. The purple hearts are really pretty. The snow does have a positive effect more crafty time.
    Ali x

  4. My dishcloth is just lovely!!! I reckon it's the best thing you've ever made me! The colours have run now that I have used it but it is now a lovely pinky colour which is fine by me!!

    1. Thats a shame the colours have run - it is supposed to be machine washable! Shall I take the rest back? It came from Florida (courtesy of Mum & Dad) - you probably need to come too to explain the problem.....

  5. The hearts are lovely, Natalie. I think one of the most important things we can do as crafters is passing our skills onto anyone who wants to learn.