Make It Monday: String Letters

As Summer in the UK, you can never tell what the weather will do. One particularly dull day, I was trying to think what to do with the assorted ends of my knitting. As part of my ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ pledge for Earth Day, I normally add them to the ‘rag bag’ which I donate to the local charity shop, but suddenly inspiration struck, the Lamb and I would turn it into art!

This was possibly one of the easiest, although muckiest, projects we’ve undertaken and the results were as fun as the making!

We started off by drawing an outline of our chosen design on greaseproof paper, an ‘E’ for the Lamb and I thought I’d get a head start on some of our Halloween decorations so I wrote ‘Boo’.

Then came the fun part! We soaked the assorted wool remnants in the glue water, then draping it around the paper. I wrung the wool a little, while the Lamb popped it on still dripping. Aside from excess liquid, neither method affected the final result. Longer pieces were used to create an outline while the others were layered inside. We both really liked the blends of colours.

And here’s the final result! Super spooky!

 

Meet the Maker: Sketchbook

You can never tell when or where inspiration will strike! however, i can guarantee I won’t be able to find a pen so here i was trying to write a pattern for a scarf for the toddler – on a Paw Patrol etch-a-sketch!

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Meet the Maker: Time to Relax

I had to chuckle when I saw this theme for today’s ‘Meet the Maker’ on Instagram. I was recently asked what I do for a living. ‘Writer and crafter,’ I replied. ‘And what are your hobbies? What do you do to relax?’ they asked. ‘Um, writing and crafting…..’ was my answer. Yup, I’m very blessed that for the most part what I do is also very relaxing for me. However, I suppose my knitting is my ‘hobby’ as I’m such a slow knitter, I don’t sell any of my creations and what I do to ‘relax’ (I have a beagle and a toddler, what’s ‘relax’ mean??). Also, a good brew is ESSENTIAL! IMG_0031.JPG

March Meet the Maker: Where

Today’s theme for the Instagram #MarchMeetTheMaker is ‘where’. Follow me on Instagram (@bluebeaglebaby) for more.


I’m really lucky to live (and love!) in Devon. Hubby and I travelled quite a bit before returning to the UK and after a few false starts, found our home in the West Country. We’re not too far from Dartmoor, filled with history and stunning scenery. It’s perfect for clearing the head and working (or walking) through any plot or creative issues. The pup adores it too ❤🐶

March Meet the Maker: Raw Materials

Today on Instagram’s #MarchMeetTheMaker we’re looking at raw materials. It’s a running joke in our house that I’ve got far too much craft materials, but frankly you never know when inspiration might strike!

Below is a selection of raw materials. On the left is an old sleep suit of my daughters. Ironically it’s probably where inspiration for @bluebeaglebaby came from as i loved the material so much I couldn’t bear to get rid of it when she’d outgrown it so decided to upcycle it into a bib, teether and dummy clip. The response from friends was so positive that I decided to start making more things and it’s definitely grown since then! The bucket on the right is a selection of the fabric stash I keep around

The middle picture is balls of beautiful alpaca wool. I treated myself to them with my royalties from ‘Weird Wild‘ and ‘Tales of the Nun and Dragon‘. However, I can’t decide what to knit with them! I’ve so far tried two patterns but I wasn’t happy with how either turned out so have frogged them and will reknit. The wool feels so soft to knit with, I may just keep changing my mind as an excuse to keep knitting!

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March Meet the Maker: Tools

Instagram is running a #MarchMeetTheMaker and today’s theme is ‘tools’. I use a variety of tools in my assorted crafts (from a sewing machine, felting needles and blocks to basics like scissors and glue for cards) but my main ‘tool’ is definitely my notebooks. Like so many people I’m a complete stationery addict and generally have a new notebook for different writing projects. I also have a notebook for my sewing projects & designs, knitting patterns and assorted recipes (including my new endeavour of making my own toiletries!). So while I may use knitting needles, moulds, patterns and more, I’d never do without my notebooks!

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