Christmas Critters

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post! So much going on and time has just flown by! But I’m pleased to say that I have some new crochet patterns to share with you and they’re free. That’s right! FREE!

I’ve created some brand new Christmas decoration designs exclusively for Lincraft which they have shared online in there ‘How to’ section. The Christmas Critter – Koala is also available in the How to Make Christmas 2016 booklet available online and in stores!

Now this little guy would have to be my absolute favourite! I have a soft spot for the Green Tree Frog and remember fond encounters of them in my Nans toilet bowl out on her farm! I’ve also watched them devour the good old Huntsman Spider whole and, although it’s a rather harmless arachnid, I’m still happy for the froggy to chow down! Besides…that’s nature!

Christmas Critter – Green Tree Frog can be found via my Ravelry page or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

As a kid living in an old Queenslander style house, we used to have a possum living in our roof. At night she would come down and munch on some food we started to leave out for her. Over time she would come and sit, waiting for us to pass her some food which was a bit of a highlight each night. You can imagine our delight when one night her baby popped out of her pouch to say hello! Mother and baby stayed in our roof (not always very quietly might I add), until baby was old enough to move along. They both soon left and, much to my dismay, the gap in the roof was sealed so no more critters could make themselves at home!

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Christmas Critter – Possum can be found via my Ravelry page  or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

Koalas…everyone loves koalas! An iconic Aussie critter indeed and his little Christmas hat and gum leaf scarf make him just the sweetest little fellow ever!

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Christmas Critter – Koala can be found via my Ravelry page or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

Now, the Cockatoo! They can be noisy, especially when they arrive in a huge group and chit and chatter away! Seeing a flood of white across the ground that suddenly lifts up and flaps away squawking is an amazing sight!

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Christmas Critter – Cockatoo can be found via my Ravelry page or direct link to the pattern at Lincraft.

I hope you enjoy these Christmas Critters with a definite Australian feel.
Thank you to Lincraft for sharing them with everyone for free!
If you make one and share on Facebook or Instagram don’t forget to use the hastag #LincraftLoves so we can all see your work!

Until next time, happy creating!

♥Neen

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Adventures in Tatting

You know how you come across something and think “I’ve got to try that!” Well, yesterday I discovered tatting. I spent some time doing the whole Google thing and some Youtube and I was soon itching to give it a go!

Today has been spent in practise mode, learning, stuffing it up and repeating things over and over while blocking out pretty much everything else in the house! Here are my practise pieces…

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So excited was I to get stuck in, that I rushed to my local craft store to buy a tatting needle! I guess it’s not something that is in need that often so, not surprisingly, there was no tatting needles to be found. I decided to make do with a long doll making needle. It works well while I’m practising but I do have to be careful not to poke the pointy end into my finger! o.O

I’m unsure as to what I want to sink my teeth into next! A pretty doily? Handkerchief edging? Topping for a Christmas bauble perhaps? Or a nice choker or other jewellery piece? For now I’m just happy to keep my fingers moving and giving my brain a new trick to try! 😀

Happy tatting,

♥ Neen

Sharing Seashells

Master 11 came into my craft room yesterday carrying a large rather old looking plastic bag.

He gently placed it on my desk and asked, “Mummy, where did all these come from?”

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 I looked in the bag to see hundreds of sea shells that had been stuffed away in the back of a cupboard in the rumpus.

 “Well, when I was your age I used to collect them!”

 “But where do you find shells like these? I’ve never seen them before!”

 And then I realised! No, I haven’t seen shells like some of these on beaches for quite some time! And collecting shells these days is discouraged or, in some places, banned!

 He asked if he could go through them and I agreed, telling him to take care of them. They are 20-30yrs old! He came back after a few hours and he had patiently sorted them into different types and bagged them carefully in new snap-lock bags. 💜

 To me they bring back so many memories and it was lovely to be able to share some of those memories with Master 11 and see he was genuinely interested about the stories that went with them. 😊

I’ve decided I need to think of someway of taking better care of them!
Do you have anything that you’ve kept since childhood?