I decided a couple of years ago that hand-making gifts was, for the most part, not for me. After one year of spending literally hundreds of hours lovingly creating a dazzling array of quite lovely things to be met with shrugs I came to realise …
Things on the blog have been a little quiet these last few days, but to be fair I have a good reason. Actually, a whole loads of good reasons. Firstly, I was ill. Ill, and off work, and miserable. Then, I was on holiday, but not the lazing around and relaxing with my knitting kind of holiday, more the rushing around the country visiting our nearest and dearest kind of holiday. After a week back to work I then had a bit of a backlog of posts to write, to catch up on the projects that I had completed over this time, so I sat down and wrote 95% of a post last night, went off to eat tea and when I returned to tidy up the post and add the pictures my laptop had stopped working. Not just frozen up or run out of battery either, just completely dead.
So, that’s just perfect.
I did not cry, but I did eat ice-cream.
So, as you can imagine, I am suitable narked that my laptop complicator has given up the ghost, especially at this time of year. Luckily I had already uploaded the photos for one FO to Flickr, though it is not one of mine but rather a little something by Mr Awesome.
This star is a 8-bit representation of the Invincibility star from the early Super-Mario game. To keep the blocky, pixelated look each pixel is made up of not one but a square block of four pixels. The star has been made in shades of blue and turquoise to match our Icy winter decorating theme that our whole tree is decked out in.
The star was made from just three shades of Hama beads and took less than an hour to be made, fused together and put atop the tree in our living room. The twinkling lights shine through the beads slightly to illuminate the star when it is dark.
I love handmade decorations of any kind, and though we started out with only a bog standard selection of multipack baubles last year when we had to start all of our decorating (both for Christmas and our new home) from scratch) but now that we are settled we will slowly add these more personal touches to the tree, and hopefully in a few years’ time will have an even more awesome Christmas tree each year.
Fellow knitting nerds, you are about to mourn something that a couple of days ago you didn’t even know existed. Well, it didn’t exist, but it might have, and that’s the point, because it didn’t and it should have, and now you will be privy …
Yesterday I realised a childhood dream and am finally the proud owner of my very own trilobite chum. He may only be just over an inch long, but Bob outranks you in age by around 400 million years.
I’ve always wanted to own a trilobite fossil, and now I have a fascinating piece of natural history to look upon every day.
I’ve been slightly obsessed with trilobites ever since receiving my very first book on fossils when I was about six years old. Since then I have brought trilobites into my crafts a number of times, such as the tutorial I wrote that instructs crafters on how to make their very own trilobite pendant or brooch.
A couple of years ago I also stitched a trilobite sampler in cross stitch on a piece of off-white aida.
I loved this simple piece of stitch work from the free patterns I found on Adventures In Stitching and it hung proudly on my wall for a couple of years before I moved and it didn’t travel with me.
I have missed this piece of stitched artwork since I lost it so I have decided to re-stitch the design, but this time on a lovely piece of unbleached evenweave linen instead of the aida fabric, for an added touch of elegance.
This wrk in progress will probably take a little while to complete as I have a few priority projects to get completed yet, but once I have those cleared from my to-do list I am looking forward to getting this sampler stitched and gracing the wall of our home.