Friday, 20 July 2012

Birds, birds, birds!

Birds on the brain!  That is what I have at the moment!  I am so thankful that my birds have proved a hit but I have been bird making all week and so my brain is full of them!  I still enjoy making them though.

I've been making lots - ones with bag tags and ones without.

Blue ones, green ones and pink ones!

And packing them all up reading for delivery!

I have loved it!  It is lovely when something that you make is appreciated and wanted by others.  I have felt a lot of satisfaction from it. 

Here is my own precious bird.

Look at that beautiful face!  In the middle of his breakfast.  Charlie continues to bring a lot of joy to the house and he is a dear little bird.  So friendly and never happier than when he is sitting on someone's shoulder involved in the family activity.  My hubby has been teaching him to wolf whistle and today Charlie has been wolf whistling away for the first time!  It does make us smile.

Hope you have all had a lovely week and have a wonderful weekend.  Here's hoping for a little bit of sunshine!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Birds in production

Hello!  This is a quick post as things are very busy here at the moment.  I had Little Budgie's sports day this morning (third attempt due to rain!) which all went well and this afternoon he was let out of school early so we can go and see the olympic torch because it is coming our way today.   We will join the crowds and hopefully catch a glimpse of it!  I'll let you know how we get on!

I am busy making birds to fulfil orders which is lovely.

My hubby thought they looked like little eggs hatching!  I am also in negotiations about a couple of different items from my shop for an online business thats want to sell them so it is all very exciting! 

Right, we better be off to now to go and find a space to park and a little spot to stand and wait!  Wish me luck!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Beautiful butterflies

Isn't there something captivating about butterflies?  I have always thought so, since I was very young.  I used to love going for walks with my butterfly book as a child and seeing how many different species I could spot. 

Mini Budgie was given a lovely present for his fourth birthday a couple of weeks ago of a butterfly hatching kit!  We sent off for the five little caterpillars that arrived in a pot complete with their food.  We watched amazed as they ate and grew during the next week.  They grew so fast!  We then watched the caterpillars turn into chrysalis' and transfered them into the butterfly hatching cage.  We watched and waited and two days ago came the exciting moment when the butterflies emerged, transformed and beautiful!  It truly is a miracle!  My boys and I then decorated the cage with fresh flowers which we soaked in sugar water (nectar) and watched the butterflies for a day. 

Yesterday, we released them into the garden.  They took a little encouragement but it was lovely to see them fly free after they had got used to the outside air.

Their little fluffy bodies and big eyes were adorable! These are Painted Lady butterflies and their markings and colours are exquisite.

I can definitely recommend a gift like this for children.  My boys absolutely loved it (and I did as well!).

I showed you my bookbag tag bird in my previous post and they have proved to be very popular which is lovely!  I have had quite a few requests for them which brings me a lot of excitement and joy!  People thought they were cute so asked if I could make them without the tag part as well.

Here are some more feathery friends with colour options available!  I love making them!  Although I make each one in the same way, they all have their own different character when put together! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.  Looking forward to hearing what you've been up to.  Thank you again to everyone who leaves lovely comments and reads my ramblings!  It really does touch me!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

New makes

Hi everyone!

I have been adding squares to my flower blanket gradually.

It is making slow progress but it is growing at least!  I said in a previous post that I never join as I go but for the first time I felt like I wanted to with this blanket!  Actually, I am enjoying doing it like this.  I make a row of six squares and then join them all.

There are sooo many ends to sew in!  I am going to have to keep doing them as I go as well otherwise I will be overwhelmed at the end! 

Another thing has been distracting me slightly the last week.  I have had the idea floating in my head for a while, but I put it into action a few days ago!  I'm sure those of you with school age children will know how many children have little tags or keyrings on their book bags or PE kits so they know at a glance which bag is theirs. 

So I decided to make some myself!  They fasten with velcro and work very well!  I also made a little red monster (that I didn't take a picture of) that Little Budgie took for his bookbag and Mini Budgie has claimed the bird for his bookbag for when he starts school! 

I had a lot of fun making them and I think they are very cute, especially the bird!  I am working on a different one now and I have lots of idea spinning around my head!  If only I could crochet and create all day!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Weekend fun

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all had a good week whatever you've been up to.  Mine has passed by very quickly again with a flurry of activity.  Mini Budgie went to an induction at his new school this week and loved it.  He is soon to take the big leap from preschool to primary school!  I think this jump is much more traumatic for mummies than it is for their precious babies!  My heart did pang when I went to collect him and they were in the middle of story time and he was sitting on the floor sucking his thumb.  My baby is still a baby!  He will be one of the youngest in the class but I'm sure he will do just fine.

We had a happy day today with some South African friends having a traditional dish of potjiekos which I just love. 

It is a stew like dish that is cooked slowly in a potjie (cast iron pot) on a fire outside.  I have family in South Africa and spent quite a lot of time out there as a child and my hubby is South African so I feel at home with the culture and especially love how they cook outdoors come rain or shine!  My hubby rigged up the tarpaulin to shelter us from the rain and we all had a lovely time.  Potjiekos is delicious!

Another thing that made my day extra lovely was an order for this phone cover. This will be making its way to Australia on Monday!  It's so exciting to make a sale!

Iphone cover, knitted flowers

Hopefully I will be back quite soon to give you a crafty update on what I have been working on!