Wednesday, August 4, 2010

crafting 2010

Some of my crafting for this year


Haven't been around lately.
My father passed away and it's been a difficult time.

O Captain My Captain
by Walt Whitman

O Captain my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribboned wreaths for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchored safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


Thomas Gault 17.02.26 - 29.06.10

Sunday, June 20, 2010

At Last I have finished


My fist piece
Art Gecko - Slab Vase coloured with Oxide and topped with a transparent Glaze. The lady bird and gecko have some coloured glaze on them too.

My second piece:
Zombie Bear Mugg - this was my first coiled piece. Once I'd made the mug, I pulled the handle and hand drew the Bear. The idea came from one I saw on etsy. The bear was coloured using small pots of glaze and the inside is oatmeal glaze and the outside Glossy Brown glaze.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


I started going to a pottery class. My best mate found one and asked if I wanted to go. We had our first session last night and it was fab. The 2 hours just flew by. We're were shown how to make a Slab Vase. So that's what we did and then we made some small tiles to do some glaze testing.
I can't wait for next week. Our tutor recommended that we start a pottery diary for recording ideas, glazes used etc. I already have a list of 8 different items that I want to make. Some are very much beyond me atm,but hopefully as I learn I'll eventually achieve some of my goals.
My vase is awaiting the Bisque stage, so maybe in two weeks time I'll be able to glaze it. Can't wait to have a finished item. So no pictures yet.
I do have some pics of kitties though. After loosing Ivan I decided I didn't have enough pictures of the cats,so I've been trying to get some good ones of them.

Here's Z sitting on my DD's crazy blanket. This was her Christmas present and I'm still adding squares too it. It'll be finished when I decide it's big enough

Here's Bear and little girl enjoying some spring sunshine. That's our bedroom windowsill. The kitties have been sleeping in that box for months now. I love getting up in the morning and checking to see who's there to cuddle first thing.

This is our Serious (Serious Black). He's a big scaredy cat, but when he gets on the bed with you, he loves cuddles and immediately rolls onto his back to get his belly rubbed. He's always been the scruffiest and most serious one of the bunch. Always the last to join in with the playing. He's my big softy.

Finally "Kitties at Play". This was when Fat cat got his mojo back. It's amazing what having some kittens to chase will do to you.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Stop All The Clocks...

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

By W.H Auden

Our Ivan, our Swoosh kitty has just been run down. Can't quite take it in...
Going to miss you. Love you baby.

IVAN 25/05/2009 - 05/04/2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Just wanted to share how I spent my morning. Got up at the ungodly hour of 7am, or 6am if you go by my body clock. It wasn't quite ready to loose an hour last night. I then watched an extremely enjoyable F1 Race. It was exciting, there was overtaking, crashes, rain, Bob came in 2nd (Go Bob) and absolutely best of all BUTTON WON :o)
So I was a very Happy Bunny.

I then ate a sandwich and started on my main project of the day.
Ever since we'd put in the stove, at the end of last year, we'd had this unsightly hole in the wall. Now it wasn't so bad as I really quite like rustic, but I missed having a mantel. I tried putting in the old one, but it wasn't big enough anymore.
So yesterday I had a rummage around the wood that has been pulled out of the bakery next door and found some suitable pieces. This morning I cut them to the required size, and then got out some nails, screws, a hammer and some screw drivers.

Et Voila.....

I might even get round to painting over that god awful pink. Now I like pink, but really only to wear.

And now for the gratutious pussy picture......
Here's Little Girl, she's so cute.

So what now it's only 2pm. Do I rest in the quiet reassurance that I've done well today.... or do I test myself further and pull out that pattern for a shirt that I found. I've never sewn an item of clothing from a pattern. :o)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Cheeky Swoosh Kitty

Been a while since I put any pussy pictures up. Yesterday I was working from home. I got up to stoke the fire and look what happened.

This is Ivan the afore mentioned Swoosh kitty. He's all sleek black apart from a litte white swoosh on his lower belly. And that's my chair not his!!

Anyway since I already had the camera out,I thought I'd take some pics of the the other lazy poops enjoying the warm living room.

Here's Z

and Fat Cat aka Gandalf

I send away my item for the quick and easy swap, but can't put pics up yet as she's not received. I received from her though and I was utterly delighted. I got an Elephant tea cosy. It's straight of my wists and a perfect colour and size. See.

Anyway I'm just about finished my April MOH swap and I've joined a DIY kit swap.


On the go.

1. Irish Knit Tea cosy - about Half done Still no further, although do plan to pick it up this week
2. My DD's crazy blanket - Got loads more square to add to it.
3. Still working on my catspaw shawl - done a few more rows, but not finished.
4. Still working on Versatality - not touched
5. Participating in swaps - Got 2 finished this year, 2 sent awaiting arrival and 2 in progress.
6. Drops waistcoat - started.

Plan to make

1.Seraphina's shawl - not started
2. Elephant Tea cosy - Don't need to now as I got one in a swap :o)
3. More fingerless gloves - not started
4. Loads of swapping. :o)- on target for this.
5. Bought a jacket pattern from ebay McCalls 5531 - here's a load of people who have made the long version on Craftster. I've sent away for lining and some interfacing. I'm excited and scared all at the same time about making this. Wish me luck.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Back to my Bad Ways

I so tried to keep up my posting. I'm such a bad blogger.
Anyway It's now March and I am sorry for being so lax.
Not much going on around here.
Good stuff...hmm I'm still crafting and I've found a new swap to become addicted too. It's called the Monthly Odd Holiday swap. It really cool you pick 6 holidays from a month. e.g. For Aprils swap I picked:

1.Be Kind to Spiders Week
2.National Library Week
3.Scrabble Day
4.National garlic Day
5.World Penguin Week
6.National Card And Letter Writing week

My partner picks 3 of these holidays and makes me a little something to go with it.

For March I picked:

1.National Craft Month
2.National Peanut Month
3.National Quilting Day
4.Saint Patrick's Day
5.Peanut Butter lovers Day
6.National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Out of these she chose to make me things for:
1. National Craft Month
4. Saint Patrick's Day
6. National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
and this is what she made me.

My partner picked:

1.World Folk Tales & Fables Week (March 22nd - 28th)
2.Make Your Own Holiday (March 26th)
3.Worship of Tools (March 11th)
4.National Craft Month
5.National Photography Day (March 27th)
6.National Caffeine Awareness

and I made her:

For National Caffeine Awareness

Worship Tools Day

World Folk Tales & Fables Week- I took Our very own Loch Ness Monster as a bit of a fable.

Not so good stuff: Something is killing off my chickens. First I thought the bad weather had been getting them, but other than 2 bodies I've had 8 chickens go missing. I finally found a heap of feathers, so all I can conclude is that something is taking them. I've only got two left :o( I'm not happy as I have no clue how to protect them. I'll need to try and lock them in at night.

Any other than that roll on the better weather.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I've got a cold

OMG I feel lousy. Headache, sore sinuses and such an irritated nose that I think I've sneezed more in the past couple of days than I have in the past 6 months. Although I am catching up on loads of trash movies on Sky. I've taken to lying on my mum's couch and watching her Sky whilst sneezing my way through the day.
I've got a swap package due on the 29th, so I'm having to plough on with some embroidery. Normally this would be no problem, but being ill really knocks the stuffing out of my crafting vibe.

I got a fab package the other day in the OWS 54. A DS Case and some fantastic chicken fabric.

See my DS fits fine.

Anyway back to my lemsip, sneezing, sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 and embroidery.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bunny Olini

Finally the snow has all gone. Whoo Hoo!! I love snow, but only when I don't have to drive in it.
It's been a good year so far. I've generally got a warm room in the house and we've not had to buy any fuel for the fire yet. My great and wonderful friend moved into the same village as me :o) Yee ha..... She's going to get so fed up with seeing me.
When I'm not visiting my friend I've been doing some crafting and joining swaps. I even managed to fit a small cupboard into my sitting room (came from friends house) so that I can hide away some of my crafting stuff and not have it lying all around the sitting room. Which is the only warm room in the house.

Anyway some of my recent Craftiness.

Crochet Snowflakes

Knitted Irish Hiker Wrist warmers

Bunny Olini - new owner thinks she's lovely

World of Warcraft The Horde Shield

For a WOW fan who embroiders - Hence the WOW embroidery bag made from an upcycled school sweatshirt.


On the go.

1. Irish Knit Tea cosy - about Half done
2. Lumpy Bumpy tea cosy - Frogged
3. My DD's crazy blanket - it's all crocheted up but I'm waiting on a few more squares before it'll be finished. Still waiting, although I'm doing a crochet-a-long using Jan Eaton's 200 crochet blacks book
4. Still working on my catspaw shawl - not touched
5. Still working on Versatality - not touched

Plan to make

1.Seraphina's shawl - not started
2. Elephant Tea cosy - not started
3. More fingerless gloves - not started
4. Loads of swapping. :o)- Oh yes I'm in two swaps atm. I've got some retro cloth napkins, a crochet hook roll, notecards and something "Creepy, but cute" to make.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Well that's all it seems to be doing atm.
Snow,more snow.....Proof.

So not used to it. This started before Christmas and it's still here. What's more it appears to be getting worse. I've no idea how to cope with it. I hate driving in the snow, all it does is stress me out. Arghh. Working from home this week to combat it. Fingers crossed for thaw this weekend. :o)

Still crafting in the evenings, so far this year I've finished a pair of slippers for my DD (crochet) and a pair of fabby fingerless gloves. Started them ages ago.

On the go.

1. Irish Knit Tea cosy link
2. Lumpy Bumpy tea cosy - ravelry download
3. My DD's crazy blanket - it's all crocheted up but I'm waiting on a few more squares before it'll be finished.
4. Still working on my catspaw shawl
5. Still working on Versatality

Plan to make

1.Seraphina's shawl Link
2. Elephant Tea cosy link
3. More fingerless gloves.
4. Loads of swapping. :o)