Sunday, 5 August 2012

Creative Update ....


Well, I am off work ill today due a lovely virus, it not only made me sick but left me feeling like I had been hit by a cricket ball all over - lovely.   They always come just in time for the school hols these bugs don't they!    To make myself feel better I thought I would post a blog about my recent creativity :-)

Since learning to crochet and how to use my sewing machine I have had such a lovely creative journey.   I have made lots of new creative friends and really do feel a sense of calm when I can sit and create something I love.

Here are a few of my recent makes:


These elephants really do make me smile when I make them, I especially love creating them from vintage fabric.  The one right at the top of the blog is created in a lovely vintage Sanderson Pippa fabric (and she is mine ALL MINE :-)), I so wish I could find some more of that fabric, it was such a lovely fabric to work with.   I have worked out (with the help of a lovely creative friend) how to add names to ribbon which adds a lovely touch, it makes these elephants even more personal :-)


Since learning to crochet last year I have really enjoyed trying out different patterns.  Whilst on my last holiday I set about creating a rose, to my astonishment it worked!  I was so happy with the result and so surprised that I had worked out how to create it.  I turned them into rose brooches and made some leaves out of a felted green woolen scarf, the two textures and colours work so well together.  I also made the school teachers some crochet cup coasters as part of their leaving gifts from the children, I backed them with felt to make them feel sturdy.  In that photo you can also see a birdy created by the lovely Linen Cat and a gorgeous cup that I found in TK Maxx)


I recently created some cute little crochet flowers too, not sure what to do with them I decided to make them into a garland for little Sweetpea & middle Sweetpea's room.  I added some crochet leaves to each end of it - another crochet learning curve :-)    Of course there had to be some felt creations in my creative mix, I have been making some more of the popular rose hairbands and daisy clips (which are now my signature piece :-)).

oohhh I have made cakes too, crafting get togethers (well in fact, any get togethers) aren't as much without cakes being involved :-)


Now before I got I wanted to share with you a lovely, lovely, oh so lovely gift that arrived in the post for me a couple of months back.  The gorgeous creator of the MuffinPies dolls, Monique at Blueberries in the Fields sent me my very own MuffinPie!  How generous and sweet hearted she is, she knows I love her creations and after buying the children their own MuffinPies I longed that one day I would own my very own so I was so touched when Monique posted me one to live here.  She is settling in well with my retro elephant as you can see :-)  Thanks again you gorgeous person Monique xxxx

Take care
Zoe x

22 comments:

  1. Get well soon! Those creative makes are beautiful. Would your friend perhaps share the skill of adding wording to ribbon? I'd love to be able to do that.

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  2. Blinking cricket balls.
    Hope you are managing to watch some goldness and that you are feeling a bit perkier soon, Ax

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  3. I hope you feel better soon, Zoe. Your creations are so gorgeous and I am totally in love with those cute elephants!! They made my heart melt!
    I love your hair clips too. Oh, what the heck, I loved everything!! :D
    Big hugs!
    xx

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  4. gosh you have been a busy bee! love love love your little ellies, they are so cute.
    I hope you ar efeeling better very soon x
    love jooles x

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  5. Get better soon. I love your garland and the hair band and .. Everything actually!
    X

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  6. Well, look at that. I managed to get a comment through .. That's the iPad for you!

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  7. I do hope you are feeling better soon we all had that virus recently mine started on a camping holiday, awful anyway all better now and you will be soon, love your sweet nellies and everything you have created just gorgeous.

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  8. MMmmm loving all your work. Those elephants are soooooo cute and the fabric just makes them even more beautiful.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    Helen xx

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  9. You have been busy! And I love everything!! Especially the darling elephants. And your very own MuffinPie Doll, what a treat :D

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  10. Oh those elephants are too cute! Lovely things you have made am very impressed. Lolo xx

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  11. I do hope you are feeling better soon, doesn't it ALWAYS happen over the school holidays!

    Lots of lovely work in this post, I really do like the elephants and the crochet brooch. Thanks for the mention, much appreciated :) Bethx (the linen cat)

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  12. Such lovely makes! I love those elephants, it's such a good pattern and the fabrics you've chosen are great. Love all the crochet too.

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  13. What lovely makes- your elephants are so sweet- I think their little personalised tags are fab!
    And gorgeous crochet roses too!
    What a busy gal you are!
    Hope you're on the mend!
    Xx

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  14. Hope you're feeling much better now and have been enjoying the Olympics! Your makes are fantastic as always, great fabric choice for the elephants. The little Muffinpie doll is gorgeous too, how sweet of Monique to send you one of your very own! :) x

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  15. I love all the handmade crafts you have done... so pretty.... please take good care of yourself and hope to hear from you again with more new handmade stuff...

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  16. Hello Zoe...I hope you are feeling much better now...I think this damp Summer has been the cause of all kinds of nasty viruses.
    You have been on a creative journey haven't you?...So many beautiful makes here and I love Monique's dolls..they are adorable,
    Hope you are having a happy week,
    Susan x

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  17. Hello Zoe...I hope you are feeling much better now...I think this damp Summer has been the cause of all kinds of nasty viruses.
    You have been on a creative journey haven't you?...So many beautiful makes here and I love Monique's dolls..they are adorable,
    Hope you are having a happy week,
    Susan x

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  18. Love these little elephants! And my mum is so sweet isn't she? Hope you will get better soon!

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  19. Hi Zoe,
    I hope by the time you get this message you are feeling back to yourself again : )
    I LOVE all your darling creations. The elephants are so darn cute. I think it is amazing to think of you sitting and crocheting these lovely little flowers. I bet your little girls love their new banner. So cute! And of course there had to be cakes!!!!!!!
    Your new little Muffin Pie is adorable too.
    It is always so much fun to visit your beautiful blog my sweet friend!
    sending hugs...

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  20. Love it all, lovely makes and gorgeous photos. :) Such a sweet little stop online. I'm bookmarking you immediately. ♥♥

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  21. Hello!

    Just a note to let you know I tagged you on my latest blog post, no pressure to complete it but just thought I would let you know!

    http://rebeccabk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/11-questions-tag.html

    xx

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  22. I love all your makes but especially your elephants...they are totally GORGEOUS.....i love using vintage fabrics too and am in the process of planning a quilt with a load of vintage fabric I've been collecting :) Can I ask what pattern you used for the elephant, my daughter loves them and I have some yummy Liberty fabric that would make a nice one :)

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