Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Crochet Teepee (from Let's Go Camping! Crochet Your Own Adventure)

 Here is a photo taken of the teepee for Let's Go Camping! Crochet Your Own Adventure before everything was parcelled up and sent off to England for the photo shoot.
How much would you love to snuggle up with a book and read in there.....
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx

Sunday, August 23, 2015

When Sewing Hurts.....

 I made my first squab for the caravan yesterday, four more left to do and a back that is already saying "no more". Because of the length, I have to do the measuring and cutting on the floor and my muscles are screaming today. There must be a way that I can get Archie and Hugo to do the work for me surely.
This is the fabric I will be using for curtains down the bed end of the caravan. I've decided to treat the two different ends as two separate rooms. This helps with the smaller runs of fabric that I have. No money in the budget for buying endless rolls of matching fabrics. But who would want that when there is a cupboard bulging with beautiful material purchased randomly over the years.
I start doing pilates tomorrow so helpfully that will reinforce me enough to do the last three squabs. Fingers crossed!
Love Kate. xxooxx

Monday, August 17, 2015

If You Like Alice Hoffman.....

 If you like Alice Hoffman, Sarah Van Allen, Lisa Van Allen or a beautifully written story with a pinch of magical realism, then you will love 'The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender' by Leslye Walton. I don't want to give too much away but it does begin with a baby girl born with wings...... Now I want to crochet a pair of wings for myself! 
You can find my wing pattern here.
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx

Friday, August 14, 2015

It's Sale Time!!!!!

Stanley has decided that he would like to have a sale. So, for a special treat, all orders place before the end of August will be $14usd. (it's usually $18usd). Hooray for Stanley! By the way, shipping is still free too! Click here if you would like to check it out.....
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Sneak Peek at Let's Go Camping! Crochet Your Own Adventure

 Now that the release date is rapidly drawing near (24th September - Jonno's birthday), I thought I should show you a little bit of what I have been up to over the past few months. 
Many of you have seen the crochet caravan which will of course feature in the book, but did you know that there are all sorts of other patterns for things like narrow boats, ice cream trucks, lake cabins, tents, teepees, etc, etc (my fingers will drop off if I write down everything and you have to have a few surprises left when you open the book).
 One of the projects I adored making was this narrow boat. Here it is undergoing construction on the kitchen table. It was such a joy to make.
 At first it was a little cold so I made a wood burner for it. What a difference, the bed only needed one blanket after that otherwise it would just be too hot to sleep. I do spend a lot of time on my own it may be worth pointing out here.
 Cruising along the kitchen table on a paper river.
The wood burner is of course crochet and doesn't make a difference to room temperature.

If you are wanting to pre-order a copy, check out your favourite online bookstore or try here
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fresh Pillowcases

The sewing machine has been clocking up lots of kilometres lately. The spotty cushions were made first, quickly followed up by these pillowcases made with my favourite Liberty Lawn fabric, 'Betsy' in turquoise.
This fabric was my birthday present from a couple of years ago - it has taken me so long to get around to making them up but so worth it.
Can you imagine the dreams that will be had on these!
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Caravans and Paper Mache

 Look what arrived at our house the other day. We have been planning to buy a caravan for years and finally, the perfect one turned up on the internet.
 Structurally its great but very tired on the cosmetic front...... Wahoo! Now it's time for my sewing machine to come out of hiding and start clocking up a few kms.
 I love how it even comes with an old fashioned key. 
So keep watching this space!
 I've also been busy with paper mache. With no room for any more pets, it's time to start making them instead.
I know this isn't the most chatty of posts but I promise more words are on their way soon.
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx   

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