Monday, 17 November 2014

Mini makes

This weekend was really damp and gloomy - great excuse to stay in and get crafty :) Little Miss was going to a birthday party on Saturday afternoon. Oh to be a 10 year old girl again - go to your friend's house, mess about with craft stuff, have your nails and makeup done, eat crisps and cake, and go home with a goody bag, sweets and more cake. We were just giving the birthday girl a gift voucher -  very unexciting but apparently would be very gratefully received - so I thought we should include some sweets just for something to unwrap - so naturally I had to make a little bag to put them in....

Once the fabric was out I decided to use a bit more to make a pincushion ....

My helper added the pins. All of them. In one colour per section. Ah she is like her mother, we do like an orderly pincushion.

I have loads of flowers left from the Rose Blanket (, annoyingly they have 8 petals, not 6, so can't be as easily arranged together without big spaces in between. But 3 in a row make a perfect hair band accessory.

I crocheted a hairband for them in the apple green that I'd used for the leaf detail of the blanket - which is making a sneaky appearance above, look.

The band was a row of foundation double crochet to fit round Little Miss head, and then two or three rows of half-trebles, then the two ends joined together, and some button embellishments added. 

I still have loads of flowers left, more headbands coming I think :)

However next crochet job is to wave my magic hook and turn this lot into a bag ....

... and then turn this lot into a scarf for my friend's birthday (which was last week ...... but I won't see her next week. Well that's my excuse ...)

I'm starting a new embroidered picture soon, just working out the colours and pattern. It's going to be a cross-stitch version of the name-plaque of the villa we've stayed in in Florida. It's my friend's villa and her birthday is on Christmas Eve, so it's a joint birthday-Christmas present. Really loving choosing the colours ....

I must be in a cross-stitch mood these days because I've also just started a kit that Little Tomboy chose in a sale a few months back. Can you guess what it is ?

No ? Well I'll show you more as it's done, so watch this space :)

Hope you all have a lovely week :)


  1. Again, I applaud your mommy-ness. A sweet bag for the gifts, the pin-cushion and the adorable head band! I bet her friends were jealous! Happy week!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. You have been busy! I love that sweet present you made....
    Love from Mirjam.

  3. The little lolly bag is so sweet. Great to make something that will last long after the sweets are gone :)

  4. Lovely makes! The headbands are so cute :) Looking forward to seeing the bag progress, and the embroidery sounds like such a wonderful present :) xx

  5. Hello Jill! What fun you had making all those treasures! Love them all! :) x

  6. The bag was a delight, making a simple gift into a spectacular gift and the head band was a real delight.

  7. What a cute bag and a lovely thought for the birthday girl too. I look forward to seeing more of your cross stitch, I am so impressed that you are working this out yourself!! xx

  8. I'm impressed by all the things you make !! how many hands do you have ?? Have a creative day ! see you

  9. Hi Jill! That little bag is so cute, I'm sure birthday girl will enjoy it!
    Also an ingenious way to 'recycle' your surplus crochet roses and incorporate them into a new item. I reckon they would also make nice appliques, sew them to a bag, or make a brooch! :)
    Great to see you doing cross stitch as well, it's nice to have so many different outlets for your creativity!!! :)
    Enjoy your making!!!
    Ingrid xx

  10. What a great way to use up your extra flowers! You've made, and are in the process of making, so many lovely things. Sometimes it just feels so good to make small things - get them finished in no time. I've started collecting my extra flowers, squares, practice pieces of crochet in the hope that some day I'll be able to join them all togther to make something useful. No idea what!

  11. Gillian I know someone who did that and crocheted them sort of freeform together to make a bag! Cool eh !

  12. Jill, you are amazing! I can't believe how much you manage to accomplish in such a short amount of time. You must never sleep!

  13. Hi Jill, what a lovely present bag, it must have taken ages, I love it and would have appreciated at my age never mind for a little one-love the heart and button embellishment.
    A wonderful make for your friend too.

  14. Your makes are all beautiful. I really like that bag, it's a thoughtful present for a little girl. I really enjoy making presents for my kids' friends when I can too. I hope you're having a good week. :)

  15. You are so creative, Jill! I love the little bag and the sweet hair band and pincushion. I'm looking forward to seeing the sparkly scarf too. Now that Christmas is edging nearer, I'm trying hard not to be too ambitious about present-making, as I never get half the things finished that I start to make for Christmas!
    Cathy x

  16. You make my head spin with how much you get done. I love everything.

  17. It seems as though you are quite talented. The little gift bag is so sweet. I am so happy that you stopped by my blog. Please come back soon. I look forward to getting to know you more. ~Laurie

  18. I am always amazed by how quickly you pull things together Jill. Beautiful X

  19. I think the headband is my favorite! So cute.

  20. hello jill,
    your makes are so cute!!!!! love the headband!!
    have a nice evening,

  21. I've just nominated your blog for a Liebster award. Hope you can take part.

    1. Thankyou Gillian, that's really sweet :) I took part in a Liebster Award earlier this year so I hope you don't mind but I won't participate this time, I really hope you don't mind, and thankyou so much for thinking of me :)


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