Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Out and about

Greetings friends. I hope you've all had an enjoyable Easter. I'm just popping in to let you know that I'll be busy for the next few months so you won't be seeing me on Flutterby Patch quite as much. I'm now responsible for a new Facebook page belonging to my local red squirrel society so please pop in and find out what's happening if you're passing.

On Sunday we walked to Orrest Head above Windermere.


It's uphill all the way and soon we were able to look down on the town of Windermere.

The path to the top passed through woodland.

In days gone by you would have been taken to the top of the hill in a horse drawn carriage.

The carriage would have stopped near the top and the passengers would have alighted and walked the last few yards to the summit.

And here is the view that would have greeted them. Little has changed over the centuries.

Windermere lake with the Lakeland fells (mountains) in the distance.

There are plenty of fast flowing streams tumbling through the Lakeland landscape.

Primroses bloom among the rocks.

These pretty blooms were once so plentiful they were picked by the basketful. These days the picking of wild flowers is discouraged.

The fast flowing stream eventually reaches Windermere lake.

Hopefully we will soon see the return of a lot more red squirrels like this cute little character.


WRSS Facebook page

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Still smiling!

I've been busy again this week with my happy theme. See what you think.

First I made some Happy Knitter brooches

I thought the knitters needed a few friends so I made some Happy Quilter brooches to keep them company. Their little patchwork quilts are made from tiny scraps of Liberty Tana Lawn trimmed with vintage pearl buttons.

Finally I decided children needed something cute and smiley to cuddle so I made these tiny jolly dollies. Each one has a pretty tote to sleep in.

 I've now listed some of my happy characters in my Etsy shop. I've renamed the shop 'Jollymakes' which I hope better describes the shop's contents.

Monday, 24 March 2014

More smiley makes

Greetings friends. I've just popped in to show you some of the happy little characters I've been making over the past week.

Little brooches

A happy flower on a patchwork pouch

And finally - four little pin-keeping dollies who take care of the beaded pins in four little pin cushions.

More smiles to follow!
Eli x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Happy stuff

TV news bulletins showing an endless stream of man's inhumanity to man and popular TV programmes showing even more murder and mayhem make me feel quite downhearted. I often feel the need to escape to a happier place and what better place to escape to than into the pages of a children's story book.

Let me show you a couple of books I've recently acquired. 'Aunt Amelia' by Rebecca Cobb is about two little cuties who worried about a strict auntie coming to stay with them. But she turned out to be a very unconventional auntie as you can see.

Together they did lots of fun things.

They painted pictures.

Ate scrumptious meals.

And found a cosy spot to watch TV.

A really happy tale for little ones. Full of fun and mischief and beautifully illustrated.

And here's another one of my current favourites.

'Not Me' by Nicola Killen is about five cute kiddies who create lots of mess around the house. The illustrations are colourful and uncomplicated and clever paint effects depict the 'mess' created. I love it!

And of course by now you'll know I'm a big fan of Mabel Lucie Attwell books where carefree children live in a safe, happy world.

I've been doing a spot of sewing this week and the 'happy' theme has continued. The grey weather here in the Lake District resulted in me choosing brightly coloured Kaffe Fassett prints for my happy purses. Each one has it's own smiley dolly stitched to the front.

They were such fun to create I couldn't stop myself making some larger ones using pink flowery prints that I trimmed with vintage lace.

The smiley purses will eventually go into my Etsy 'Flutterby Stitch' shop which I'm ashamed to say has currently got empty shelves. I've moved the PDF sewing patterns for Ragtaggle Rabbits and Little Counting Dolls into Dollytime (my other Etsy shop). These sewing patterns are now for sale alongside my knitting patterns.

Meanwhile, my Flutterby Stitch shop will remain empty until I've produced a few more items. I'll continue to concentrate on 'happy stuff' and next on my list of makes will be happy brooches. . . . . . Watch this space!

Friday, 28 February 2014

Dolly surprise

A small brown box arrived in the playroom this morning and within seconds Lucy Lavender was taking a look inside. She opened the lid and peered into the dark interior while a few onlookers waited in anticipation.

Lucy could see nothing so she opened the box a bit further and a tiny flower appeared.

Then the top of the box suddenly burst open, the flower popped right out and everyone fell over in surprise.

The flower was attached to a little red hat and the little hat was on a little doll's head.

The doll waved a little arm and then quickly disappeared back inside the box.

Before long another little flower popped out. This time it was attached to a little green hat that was being being worn by a different little doll.

Then both the dolls popped out at once.

And then they jumped right out of the box. 

But oh dear! They were very strange looking little dolls as they didn't have any stuffing in their arms and bodies.

Well of course they won't have stuffing! . . . . . . They are hand puppet dolls.

With just a bit of help from human hands these little puppets can move their heads and arms and become very busy little dolls indeed.

And when the day's fun is over they like to take a rest. But they hate to be left limp and lifeless on the playroom shelf . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . All they need is a little bit of something soft stuffed into their tiny bodies and they will happily sit very straight and upright alongside all the other dolls in the playroom and no one will ever know they are actually hand puppets.

Meet Ruby and Rose, new arrivals in the playroom. I've often looked at knitted hand puppets designed for children and thought how sad and limp they looked when not in use. So I decided to create a pattern for little dolls that could be made to look plump and happy even when they weren't being played with. If children pop something soft inside such as a pair of socks or mittens the dolls will immediately stop being lifeless puppets and be able to sit up straight like all the other dolls.Then when it's time for them to become puppets again the soft interior can be removed and they will be ready for play.

A knitting pattern for Ruby and Rose can be found in my Dollytime Etsy Shop and Ravelry shop (see shop details at the top of this post).

I just wanted to let you know that a lack of comment from me does not mean I haven't popped into your blog to say hello. I regularly make return visits to blogs but get hugely frustrated when the comment I leave disappears as it is sent. I know many of you are equally frustrated by this and there seems to be no easy solution! (I'm able to use Outlook, Firefox and Google Chrome). Any ideas anyone?

Have a good weekend everyone
Eli x

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