Animal Baking

My Grandson and I baked some animals:

Ginger biscuits…


and a chocolate monkey cake.





A Couple of Cards

A simple card for Father’s Day


‘d’ ‘a’ and ‘d’ cut out and sewn onto the smaller of two matting layers. Tack the smaller layer onto the larger one then stick the whole thing onto a folded card. Add some stuffed stars. Done 🙂

An ‘Any Occasion’ Embroidered Card


Embroider the stem and flower, with two strands of embroidery thread, on white card. Add a running stitch around the edge. Stick onto two matting layers, then diagonally onto the folded card. Butterflies, and peel-offs in opposite corners finish it off.

*For the flowers, I used two shades of blue embroidery thread.


Wordless wednesday


Unicorn Cupcakes

My grand-daughter and I made unicorn cupcakes


A Bookish Bookmark



  • Black/coloured felt
  • White felt
  • Black/coloured ribbon
  • Ribbon crimp
  • Seed beads / Charms

Cut 3 rectangles of felt – 1 coloured, 2 white. Lay the 2 white rectangles on the coloured one an fold all 3 in half. Stitch through all 6 layers to form the book.

(You may need to trim the ‘pages’ after they’ve been folded.)

Sew one end of the ribbon to the inside of the back cover and add the crimp to the other end

Add your charms etc. to the crimp and personalise the book cover

An Anniversary Card


The inspiration for this card came from one I saw a few years ago on John Lockwood’s blog, John Next Door.

I followed his instructions for the fold, but glued mine to a larger hand cut card blank, after tying the bow around the pleats.

A die cut swirl, some flowers, metal corners and some peel-offs completed the look.


Although I like my version, I do think the flower arrangement on John’s card is much nicer

John’s card and his instructions can be found here



Patty’s Pick

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Campbells World

Where Literature And Hobby Meet


Phyllis Campbell

It’s no secret to those who know me, that knitting is almost a passion with me. Well, okay, it is a passion. It goes almost everywhere I go. I even knit between practice and time for me to play the prelude, and have been known, hidden away in the organ loft as I am, to knit during the sermon.

Like most knitters, collecting unusual patterns is definitely a part of this passion. This interest was taken a step in what might be considered a different direction when Debbie Macomber began publishing her books featuring her shop on Blossom Street, weaving knitting in with the failures and triumphs of her characters, all held together by that one interest.

In recent years there have been the books honoring characters of literature such as the Jane Austin series. So far as I know, these Austin knits haven’t come out in alternate format, for the blind, but I suspect they soon will.

61qE9UraSoL._SX440_BO1,204,203,200_I recently ran across an interesting book. The copyright date is 2007, but so far as I can tell it has only recently been added to the NLS collection in Braille, and is available for download from BARD in contracted braille format.

It features patterns honoring a relatively recent book and movie character, known to us all, Harry Potter.

Okay, so you can’t even stand the thought of that skinny little kid with glasses who goes around waving his wand! If you truly can’t stand the thought of him, and his magical doings, best stop reading, but if you have no definite opinion about him and all his adventures, stay with us. Seriously, whether you are a Potter fan or not, this book, Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel, is worth a look.

True, the book will probably have more charm (sorry ’bout that) for Potter fans, since the patterns are tied to various characters and situations, but there’s some good stuff there.

The patterns range from the simple and practical to the downright funky, to use Ms. Hansel’s word. They feature the house colors, from the books and movies, and give clear suggestions to the yarns that will achieve the proper effect. My frugal soul rebels at the cost of some of these yarns, but then I’m known for my frugality, so don’t let this discourage you. That said, one of the things I like about Charmed Knits is the fact that many of the patterns are versatile. So you don’t like stripes, don’t fool with them.

There’s a very simple sweater pattern, the Weasley sweater, that has rolled edges at the bottom. I don’t like rolled edges, so if I make it, I’ll use the ribbed pattern that is at the sleeve cuff. The same sweater has the initial H. on the front. I’m playing with the idea of trying to work out a braille initial instead of the print one given in the pattern.

There are patterns for hats, mittens, socks, scarves, sweaters, a knitting bag, wand cozy, an invisibility shawl, ornaments, and to my mind at least, a pattern for a perfectly silly looking housecoat. But, who am I, only a Muggle, a nonmagical person.

Dobby's Socks & House Mittens- Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel

© Alison Hansel

The book begins with the burrow, the home of the Weasleys, Harry’s friends; goes on to Diagon Alley, where all kinds of wizarding things such as floo powder are for sale, and on to Hogwarts, the wizarding school.

When I read the books I found it interesting that so many characters were knitting. When Hagrid the lovable half-giant, took Harry to Diagon Alley to buy his first school supplies, he was sitting on the Muggle train, calmly knitting something that Ms. Rowling described as looking like a yellow circus tent. Hermione knit countless elf hats and scarves in an effort to free the house elves, although the poor elves were quite happy as they were. And of course, Mrs. Weasley was constantly knitting.

Patterns are clearly written, although the sweaters require a bit of concentration since they often cover sizes from toddler through XXL.

All necessary charts have been written out so that we aren’t left wondering what on earth those symbols mean. Material that is written in sidebars in the print edition are written out at the beginning of the pattern. Measurements are given both in US and metrics

There is an index and definition of terms in the back of the book, and stitch explanations with the patterns as well as a list of knitting abbreviations.

It should be noted that Charmed Knits is not an official book, endorsed by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros., but a creation of the author, and of course is a copyright work.

Mrs. Hansel lives in Boston with her husband, twin boys , and at the time of writing she was expecting a girl.

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22853049_364248084029418_3608388457679183598_nPhyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.

Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.

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