Friday, November 4, 2016

The creation of my pug

I don't have a dog. Well we had one but it was not a pug but a different breed...we had a Pharoah's Hound and she died unfortunately. My son was close to bringing home a pug once but luckily he changed his mind. We had an old cat at the time and if the dog ran after her, it would have killed her. What I like about them? Perhaps their sad faces and their curly tail. They don't like to walk much. I came across a knitting pattern for a pug and I knew that I just had to knit it. Below you can see the knitted body of my pug 🐢Wikipedia says this about the pug breed..

.The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face, and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles. Wikipedia
Life span: 12 – 15 years
Temperament: Charming, Playful, Docile, Clever, Quiet, Stubborn, Attentive, Sociable

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Some sewing time

The weather has cooled down especially at night but hot temperatures are forecast for the first three days and then the temperature should drop around Thursday. Last winter we had little rainfall and I think this winter will be the same. It will see many fruit trees dying if it does not rain. Anyhow this week I started a dress for myself for when we do start wearing long sleeves again. It is far from ready as it is.Fabric shops have closed all over the island with only one remaining apart from a few bridal shops. People have stopped sewing because it us far easier to buy a ready made dress and wear it the same day but it lacks the satisfaction of making something yourself for your specific measurements.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday's finish

Halloween is just around the corner and today I finally finished the decorative wreath i had started.  The    pieces were finished  some time ago but I needed a little time to myself to attach them in place. I am glad the huge spiders are not real because otherwise I would have thrown it out of the window. I hate creepy crawlies 😊

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Two wips

Currently i am trying to finish two works in progress that have been waiting for the last few touches. Hopefully i will soon post pictures of the finished items. Christmas is looming up too and i really want to do some more stuff for Christmas.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Slowly but surely

In August I had posted about a work in progress which will result in a Halloween wreath. I made a long strip of crochet the length of the outside circumference of the wreath. If I had used the English treble instead of the dc, it would have been finished earlier. (American terms dc instead of sc) anyhow I then stitched it around the polystyrene wreath. I did not cast off just in case it was not long enough. When I stitched all round, I then cast off which was still easy to do with crochet. I then stitched the cast on and cast off rows together. Now comes the fun part of decorating it for Halloween. I already have spiders. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Getting ready

The last time i posted i showed my progress on the 12 pointed afghan i was crocheting. I will post my progress on that in this post too. The rows are long and tedious and i am crocheting in blue before purple which will be the last colour. To alternate projects so I don't get bored I have started a crochet wreath for Halloween. It may seem like a long time away, but I decided to start early because it has been taking me so long to finish something. I will cover a polystyrene wreath in Dora wool which is 100% acrylic and a 3 mm hook. Then I will decorate it as I go along.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Not that i have crocheted much these few weeks but at least i managed to finish the third colour row on my afghan. This took one and a half balls of wool. Still something else can be done with the remaining. Crafters are always on the look out for what to do next. more later...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Colour number two

This project is proving to be quite fun because now i know it by heart and don't have to keep looking at the instructions. So far one ball of yarn for each colour is enough. I know that will change when the circumference of the afghan grows.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Time flies

The last time that I have written something on here was around Easter. I have been busy though. I have done some cross stitch, some crochet, knittng and also started sewing again. For a long time I had wanted to do a twelve pointed ripple afghan but could not decide on the colours. I finally decided to start with some red wool that I had and see where I go from there. This was the start....

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter tree

This year I finally made an Easter tree which is not a traditional custom but imported from other countries like Halloween etc. my tree is rather sparse this year. Perhaps it will have more decorations next year. 

Happy Easter my friends!

Today is Easter Sunday. Malta is a Roman Catholic island and churches and the people were very busy with the church functions and other activities that are held all over the island. There are exhibitions of paintings made up from coloured table salt. Works of art but cannot be kept for a long time because they are made from salt or rice. They are so beautiful and the exhibitors are always worried because it is so tempting to touch see if they are really salt.
Then there are the processions on Good Friday with statues depicting the passion of Christ. These too are works of art.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


I hate unravelling. Sometimes you just have to as it happens. I looked up the youtube tutorials for some cable stitches only to realise that in the pattern they were described here goes. I think i will start somethng different after this. I haven't done any crochet for ages so i might do some crochet now. So much to do,so little time but i need something to do to relax.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's day decoration

Christmas was barely over before the shops took out their Valentine decorations for sale. I like to decorate with something small for these occasions and so I knitted a dress for a doll and then displayed it near two small bears i had bought the previous year. The dress was from a pattern i bought from the internet by jacknitss and it was very easy to do. I thought that the mock smocking on the front would be difficult to do but it was all very well described. I used remnants of knitting in lace for the headband and the boots.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Permanent Hair Straightening with Coconut Milk and Lemon Juice(video)

Permanent Hair Straightening with Coconut Milk and Lemon Juice(video)

This looks interesting. Can't do much harm with only natural ingredients. Leaving it on for two hours might be difficult though.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy new year 2016

Happy New Year 2016 to all those who read my blog posts. 2015 was a year of the usual ups and downs. Craftwise, I was not very productive and towards the end of the year, a pain in my neck and arms did not help. Anyhow, there are so many crafts that I want to do this year and I hope that I end up finishing some of them. Perhaps new year resolutions are often forgotten as soon as the first days are over. However I want so much to craft as much as i can and perhaps lose some weight. Happy New Year my friends. May good health be with you all year long.

Monday, December 21, 2015

St Joseph's here 😊

Finally managed to stitch up St Joseph in time for Chrstmas...the only one missing now is baby Jesus πŸ˜€ he will probably arrive on Christmas Day at this rate. In between doing hems on trousers, cleaning, cooking and doing laundry, i try to fit in a tiny bit of sewing.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Another finish

Last night there was nothing on tv so for a change, i headed to my sewing room and finished hand stitching the bottom part of yet another nativity personage...this time it is Our Lady. Perhaps there is still hope after all of finishing them before Christmas day. The three kings were rich so must have had elaborate costumes so they will have to wait till next year. Sequins and rhinestones have to be attached to their costumes before stitching and then there is the stable to be made up.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Last minute decorations

December has always been a month of panic for me. Just a few days away from Christmas Day and I am so far behind in everything. Two years ago I had bought one of those Christmas panels where the decorations are printed but you have to cut them out, sew and stuff them. Amongst others I had bought the nativity and cut them out etc. This morning I finished the first two...the camel and the lambs. Some of the others have to be embellished so Christmas will probably be over by the time they are finished 😊 slowly does it. Crafts shouldn't be a hurried affair and things done neatly. The three wise men, Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus will have their own turn πŸ˜‡

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas tealight holder

It has been over two months since I last blogged about anything. Pity really. This blog is mostly about my crafts so that means that I have not done any. Which is true for various reasons including an inflammation of a nerve that connects the neck to my hands apparently. It was painful doing the most common of tasks let alone crafting. Very slowly after several weeks, the pain is subsiding and today I finished my small Christmas candle holder. Here is the photo. It was a freebie crochet pattern designed by a Daniela Herbertz.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Framing dilemma

During all my stitching years, i have had the dilemma of whether to frame stitching items with non reflective matt glass or clear glass. The place i used for framing, always said the should use matt glass. I did not like it much but always listened to the 'experts'. Recently i took some things to be framed and the problem was finally resolved. They left it up to me but said that nowadays, cross stitch had clear glass. So i took them the peacock lady that i had framed some years ago with matt glass and told them to replace it with clear glass. The result was brighter colours that were not effected but non reflective glass. It definitely looks better. Ok there are some shadows when you try to photograph it or look at it but i would rather have that than duller colours.ok so perhaps in the photo it does not look that different...but in reality there is a lot of difference.