Crochet Gifts

Welcome πŸ™‚

This week has been one of getting into the swing of the New Year. The decorations have been taken down and the house has had a clean. Years ago I read a book by Una Stubbs who said that Spring cleaning should be done in January and February when the weather isn’t so good and then when Spring comes you can go out and enjoy yourself, it always made perfect sense to me so I start each year with a clean then try to focus on each room in turn for a more thorough clean. Trouble is I tend to get distracted whenever I find sewing or crafting stuff!

I thought I’d show you my sons’ home made crochet gifts from Christmas. I LOVED making these and hope you’ll like them too.

Son 1 (the one interested in all things sea life) got his own little bit of a coral reef!

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I loved making this as I just made it up as I went along, adding more and more bits and pieces as I went. I started with some pictures of crocheted reefs and found a couple of tutorials to set me on the right path and then I just hooked away. Son 1 was very appreciative and even suggested that I make another one πŸ™‚

Son 2 got this cactus as his pressie, I loved making this too, it made me chuckle!

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The cactus was from a pattern from Zoe Creates here. The mini stetson was from a dolls pattern I found somewhere in the ether.

You may have seen from my last post that my daughter got a tiny little crocheted sheep to go with her nativity shepherds.

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She was made using perle embroidery thread and was extremely fiddly, so those shepherds have only got the one to look after – a very small flock indeed!

I think I’ve shared all my Christmas makes with you now πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed seeing them.Β  If you have time why not drop me a line in the comments section, it’s always nice to hear from you.

Right then, back to the cleaning…..or there is that sewing that needs to be done….

Until next time,

Chris x



Present Giving

Welcome to 2018 at The Mulberry Mouse! I wish you all a very happy New Year full of joy and peace.

This post is a bit picture heavy because I thought I’d share some of those ‘secret’ and not so secret sewing projects which have been occupying my time for the last few months. So sit back and enjoy, and I hope you’ll take time afterwards to let me know what you think of them πŸ˜‰

The first project was not so secret as I decided that my flower folk needed to be rehoused and I invited some friends to choose their favourite figure. I had to make a couple of new figures to make sure there was choice.Β It was sad to see them go but it has given me an excuse to make some more so watch this space for new miniature dolls.

I made more figures for my daughter and her hubby. Last year I started making them a nativity set with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. This year was the turn of two shepherds, a sheep and an angel.

My sisters in law received a bouquet of tulips each in their favourite colours.

I made dozens of these last year, they make lovely presents.

My son and daughter in law got a Christmas wall hanging,


I used those wiggly twigs again, it took a while to find a straightish one but I do like the look of them.

My sister and niece also got wall hangings, I used up the little bits of New Zealand fabric I had left after making my sister several other projects over the years.

I found those glass millefiori beads in my stash from way back when, I was so pleased to use them and I thought they were just right for the projects.

And finally, for this post anyway, towards the end of the year I got into making boxes and a couple of folk got given these, sturdy fabric covered boxes which just happen to be the exact right size to fit a certain brand of chocolates into πŸ˜‰

I was VERY careful to line up the houses and trees on the fabric so it all matched up, and was pleased with how they turned out. Hopefully these boxes will be used and enjoyed long after the chocolates have disappeared.

Well done to those of you who have made it this far! There is more to come but I’ll save it for another day.

Take care,

Until next time,

Chris x