A three day weekend…this should be made compulsory.
Oh, if only I could have a bank holiday every weekend.
We have taken walks along woodland trails,
and enjoyed some down time
I have made slow progress on my hotel of bees shawl #hobcal
but, I am enjoying the pattern, even if I do have to concentrate really hard. I really enjoyed hooking those sweet little bees.
I have also been finishing up my Baby Wilmer blanket, I just have a few more rows to add now before I border.
I hope what ever you have been doing has been just as fun.
Take a look at this little creation I just made…
I would have adored one of these when I was expecting! So, I got to work constructing my diaper cake as soon as I received my friends baby shower invitation.
There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make your own diaper cake, but I did take photo’s of each step and have included them below.
I found the hardest part of creating a diaper cake was deciding on the colours and of course a theme!
I used an old cake board, a kitchen roll tube, card, scissors, sticky tape, hot glue gun, elastic bands, string, ribbons, a teddy, ‘sweet dreams’ bunting and some artificial daisies and about 64 size 2 diapers (nappies).
So this is how I made mine…
I used the kids loom bands to secure, but elastic bands would work too.
Using the scissors snip approx. 1cm around one end of the kitchen roll.
Begin placing rolled up diapers around the base of the tube, in x3 rounds. Secure each round with an elastic band or tie with string. If tying with string keep loose ends short and tuck any remaining ends in between the diapers as you go to keep your cake looking neat.
Now, at this point, the kitchen tube, disappeared as you can see in the photo above, as the height of the tube was equal to the height of the second tier.
You don’t really need to worry if your cake topper is rigid or small. But, as my topper was a cute little bear, that was quite floppy and soft, I added an extension to my tube in the form of a bit of plastic pipe, Mr R had spare.
If you need to extend your tube, card would suffice at this point, but as I did not have any I went with the plastic pipe.
To secure Mr Bear, I tied his leg with a bit of string and threaded the string through the pipe, securing the string at the bottom of the pipe with sticky tape. I then placed the pipe inside the kitchen tube, before proceeding with step 7.
You may find you can go straight to tier 3 and decorate with your topper once tier three is insitu, it will just depend upon what you have chosen for your decoration.
Just like so.
And there you have it.
I just love this sweet dreams theme in aqua and grey. The little yellow centres in the daisies and Mr. Bears matching bow tie add a little extra zing!
It looks so elegant and I have had so many gushing comments about it and requests to make more I may just have to!
If this inspires you to make a diaper cake I would love to see your pictures, your colours and your themes and just how your imagination runs away with this quick and simple project.
And a little bit of that…
and a little bit all over the place really.
I am feeling most unsettled and have a severe case of startitis as a result!
The unfortunate side of this has meant (for the purposes of treatment) I have had to place a yarn order; which has not arrived yet, so I can not report if this treatment has been successful or not. I will let you know how the treatment goes in due course!
What I can show you is what I have on my hooks as a consequence of this starting infliction.
This is the start of my new shawl, the Sunday shawl by Alia Bland. I am totally in love with it.
This is the start of my latest tea cosy I am designing for The Grandma Collection. I am pleased to have got off the blocks with this one as I have been meaning to start this for a wee while now.
Finally, I am still hooking this baby blanket too, which is looking mighty fine and is super squidgy.
So, as you can see I am hooking like a goodun’ and will have a pattern release very soon…subject to successful treatment.
Now, where is that postman?
Day 28 of
and this is the final day!!
The theme for today is ‘favourite thing I’ve made’.
Now really…do I have to choose?
Ok…well just for today this is my favourite hook up,
because I adore the colours and that bobble edge border is just sooo super cute, and possibly the most addictive thing ever to hook. Seriously, it should come with a warning!
Day 25 of
and it’s still not too late join in.
The theme for today is ‘routine’.
It has to be having a mug of coffee whilst doing a little hooking…bliss!
Day 12 of
and it’s still not too late join in.
The theme for today is ‘progress’. So here’s mine, progress that is!
Day 3 of
it’s not too late join in.
A baby blanket using magnificent interlocking stitches.
I thought it about time I returned, I know its been a while and it has been far longer than I had planned. So I return with a familiar confession.
I have come to realise that I am actually not as clever as I like to think and so this post is about my PHD….Projects Half Done! I much prefer this to the acronym WIP (works in progress) as PHD sounds so much more positive and well….lets be frank; what I am about to show you is not in progress. Not even by any stretch of the imagination! Abandoned may be a better description.
So, first out of the box is the baby blanket awaiting the hooking of one final square and then construction. So close to a finish, but I need some more cotton.
Then there is this linen stitch blanket…I abandoned hooking because I felt my design may be a bit to fussy…I’m undecided. Do I continue or rip it back and reclaim the wool?….I’ve done that before.
Then there is my knitting loom project, a sumptuous alpaca cowl…I really must restart this…if I can remember how to that is!
The rainbow V stitch blanket is still on the go, not abandoned at all but most definitely a PHD!
And it is with this in mind I need you all to do me a small favour…if you don’t mind that is. If you ever read my words that might even hint I am going to study again then I would like you to hit me over the head with something very heavy!!!
Well lets start with the bluebells shall we! It is fair to say that the weather around these parts has been bizarre. We have literally had four seasons in a few hours. Rain, followed by blue spring skies and then a few moments later hail or snow and thunder. This is what fell from the sky during little ones football training
It was absolutely freezing needless to say, and totally out of the blue, as the start of the training session had been sunny. Any way, I promised you bluebells, which the crazy weather does not seem to have hindered. Here they are…
These little delicate flowers make my heart very happy and I just love climbing to the top of the hill, where the tall trees stand grandly, graciously carpeted beneath with this blue hue of lovliness.
Once through the wood and out the other side, the boys played and climbed and we took the long path back to the van. Stopping only to watch a kestrel hunt and to watch miss Jess and a rather handsome springer run rings around each other….oh and to play a game of bulldog. Of which I do not have any photos as in the first instance I was too mesmerised, in the second instance miss Jess was way to fast for me to photograph and lastly an out of breath me isn’t for photographing!
So to the crochet…