Welcome to my blog!

I'm Lori and I love to craft. I cross stitch, knit and crochet and anything else that takes my fancy! I love to make amigurumi and other knitted and crocheted characters.
I live in the north east of England and when I'm not busy with thread or wool I love to read thrillers and watch things on the TV that make me laugh. I have a love of tattoos too and have quite a collection!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

My name is Lorraine and I'm a useless blogger!

Hello everyone and really sorry I've been AWOL for a while! I see to have had a couple of weeks with no motivation and a basic can't-be-bothered-with-anything feeling. The boyfriend has been off work this week on holiday too so I've been making the most of it and getting him to take me out, as you do!

Anyway, I'm back now and have lots of finishes to show you all :-) So lets see where do I start.....

Oh I've just realised how many pics I haven't shown you since I was last here!! This is my cake stand full of lots of felt cakes, I loved how it looked and sold a few since so need to get felt baking again :-)

These beaded mitts were for me! I saw this pattern on ravelry and decided it was about time I made myself something again and they'll be great for keeping me warm now the weather is cooler.

This is Olly and Pinky his girlfriend :-) I sold Olly at the craft fair last Saturday so I had to make another one as she looked so lonely...

A custom made mushroom for the lovely Steph. Now I admit when Steph asked me for a purple and green one I wasn't too sure about the colours but doesn't it look excellent!!

 It's a witch themed cottage so the broomstick, cat and cauldron are in the garden :-) Thanks Steph for asking me to make this!

While at the craft fair last week I sold the little elf I had on my stall and was asked to make four more too! The order was for a pink elf and three Christmas elves too suitable for hanging on a tree. These are always fun to make and look very sweet!

 Christmas elf 1....


and 3.

Finally a new Party Cottage, this was sold a few weeks ago and I've just finished ff this to replace it,

A close-up of the details......

So that's my makes for the last couple of weeks and I promise to kick myself up the backside and get back on track again with everything in blogland. I don't think I can possibly check every post I've missed from everyone as it would take days but I will be starting again from now, promise :-)

  • Have a lovely week everyone and it's nice to be back again.

Monday, 3 September 2012

It's ami swap time!!!!!

Hello everyone, sorry I've been slacking off with the blog posts but will try to get back on track now, I have a lot of blogs to catch up on so I'll be stopping by soon to visit :-)

So this has been ami swap week, just got my lovely parcel from the fabulous Steph this morning so I can reveal the fabulous pressies I got and the ami I knitted for Steph today. For those who don't know the ami swap has been going for a long time now and is fabulous, at the start of every month we send each other a parcel with a knitted/crocheted amigurumi, simple and it's so lovely to get a present every month :-) So the goodies for this month, Steph sent me the amazing Wenda Barlow!!

The name was on the pattern so we don't know why she's called that but isn't she fabulous!!! I'm so thrilled with her, thanks so much Steph :-) Inside her cute little ice cream cone purse was all these goodies too!

Also a few extra goodies, Steph had gone for a bit of a summer theme so we have a cute sun, fabulous biscornu, a reel of lovely summer days ribbon, fabulous Hello Kitty fabric and a lovely hologram sea shell bookmark.

 AND if that wasn't enough all these fab buttons, charms and embellishments too! The black cat buttons are just adorable and I love those little kokeshi dolls too.

The summer card below was from Steph and the witch card was from the lovely Laura in another parcel of loveliness I've been meaning to show you but forgot!

 More about that below but first the ami I made for Steph. This is Fizz, I loved her and had to parcel her up very quickly so she didn't end up staying with me! Fizz is a bit of a hippy with her flowers on her jeans and multi coloured bracelets. I felt she needed a crochet flower on her hat too to finish her off. She was a lot of fun to make and I'm pleased to say Steph loves her :-) Another fabulous swap then, thanks Steph I'm looking forward to next month already!

So back to the parcel that I was bad and forgot to post pics of....
Laura sent me this gorgeous fabric, which is so pretty I don't want to cut it, lol! Sad but true I have a lot of fabric that I think that way about! The embroidered black ribbon is stunning and a pretty button one too and some gorgeous beads and buttons. Thanks again Laura for a lovely surprise and sorry for being so slow to show it off too  :-)

So for the makes this week, apart from Fizz of course. I decided to add something new to my stall for the fairs, something that I hadn't seen made by anyone else at them as I sometimes end up competing with other crochet and knitted toy sellers. The mushroom cottages fall into this category but I wanted something new too. After the last fair where my stall was right next to a cake stall with the most enormous chocolate fudge cake I've seen in my life (torture I tell you!) I thought I'd have a play with making cakes from felt. This is chocolate and banana dessert, with a kiwi, wafer and little creme caramel on top!

Yum!!! It's quite large this one and ended up taking absolutely ages to make so I thought I'd go for cupcakes and these appeared......

I have a lovely two tier cake stand which I currently use for brooches on my stall but I want to fill it with cupcakes this week as I think it'll look fabulous :-) They could be used for play food or a pincushion or just a calorie free pretty ornament. I'm going to get some pinking shears today as I think they'd look good with the top of the cake cases cut in a zigzag too. Is this what's called playing with my food!

Also it was a lovely friends birthday this week so I stitched this butterfly card,

and made this piggy needlecase as she has two lovely pigs I thought it was fitting :-) 

So that's me for another week. Hope the sun is shining where you all are as it's come back here, hooray! I'll be catching up on blogs soon to find out what everyone is up to and I'll see you next week.