Pocket Pals

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Hiroko Kubota Hiroko Kubota was making clothing for her little boy when he asked if she could embroider a cat on his shirt. The young mother, pleased with how it turned out, put a picture…

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For the Good of the Hive

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Matt Willey/The Good of the Hive This is the lovely work of muralist/bee lover Matt Willey, who pledged to personally paint 50,000 endangered honey bees in 50 murals around the world. 50,000 is roughly the number of bees…

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Country Garden Crochet Bicycle

An Upcycled Cycle

In line with the current trend for cycling what better way to celebrate than to our craft than upcycling a bicycle.

I had so much fun creating this quintessential english country rose garden wrapped around one of the bicycles that were kindly donated by our local recycling centre in Burniston.

Country Garden Crochet BicycleA bed of 20 roses in shades of red, pink, peach and lemon made the cover for the seat. It wouldn’t be a rose garden without a cute little bumble bee, this little honey maker was donated by Mrs G, a very talented knitting friend.

Crochet Roses Bicycle SeatContinuing the rose theme with 2 giant blooms displayed on the rear wheel.

Crochet Bicycle Rear WheelWith his cute pink button cheeks a snail this sweet just has to be forgiven for having a little nibble on the vegetation.

Knitted Snail Rear WheelNestling on the front wheel is a silky silver spiders web, home to two (not so scary) spiders, but wait a minute there’s only one!

Crochet Bicycle Front WheelThere he is, he’s…

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Sending kahanas in mandalas!

Some beautiful Mandalas.

Water flowing, flower floating

I was taking a long walk today, to the part of my town I enjoy going but do not as often as I want to, when I noticed a tiny sign leading to a small gallery-café located at the end of a narrow alley. The few times I have been to this neighbourhood I never knew it existed, but today I was drawn to the place by this:


“Seeing with the mind’s eye,” Mandala Art by Ms. Kahana

***Please note this and all other works by her are posted here with her permission. Reproduction is prohibited***

At first, I did not really care what the art was about. I was only interested in its design… I thought I could learn something from it and someday be able to design my own tatting motives. I hid my ulterior motive (no pun intended!) and went up to the artist, Ms. Kahana, to…

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It’s Getting Better!

My son is out of hospital – for the second time – and is starting to look better. All in all, he was in hospital for over two weeks. Two different hospitals, mind you. The first one let him out too early and he started running temperatures again within 48 hours. He’s still got a way to go – he’s only started eating properly again in the last day or so – but he is more like his old self.

Caesar is still doing all right, although he drives us nuts occasionally. And he’s still trying to get out of the yard. His eyesight is poor – I’ve seen him walk into things and stumble over obstacles – but that doesn’t stop him trying. Our back yard has a six foot pre-cast wall around it, but there are places he can get out so we have to watch him. We are now going into summer, and we can’t leave the windows open. We are probably going to melt…

No lap

No lap

Caesar making himself at home while my son reads. What can I say. They both looked comfortable.

Thanks again to everyone for all the positive messages. Much appreciated!😉

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Life Happens…

The quote is ‘Life is what happens while you are making other plans’. It appears in a John Lennon song, although it was around before that.

Life has been happening lately – quite a lot. My son has been in and out of hospital for the past two weeks. He has pneumonia, and it just doesn’t seem to be clearing up.

In between all this, my computer decided that it didn’t want to know me. The technical term is a corrupted profile – very common with Windows 7. Certainly very common to my computer. This must be about the fifth time in the last six months. My son usually fixes it for me – doing arcane things in the registry. All I know about the registry is that idiots (like me) shouldn’t fiddle around in there.

My computer bombed a few days ago, and with my son in hospital, I had to fix it myself. Which explains why I have been so quiet lately.  Things are working again – mostly. I just wish I could say the same for my son.

Any positive thoughts thoughts in his direction would be most welcome.

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Finished – yes really

A work of heart…


All but …

Cat still in the post, piece of wood missing bottom right, edging to chimney breasts external, and transfer to its new table.


I’ve met my deadline!

Please note:  this 1616 house has been completed in 2016 this 5th day of September.

Did a lighting test today prior to moving onto more sturdy table and here’s some photos to prove it.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - lighting test Frontage closed

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - lighting test and open though left porch in place

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - lighting test Along right side

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - lighting test and along the left

(The photos above, though bleary due to low light, will blow up.)

Got a couple of postings on Hogepotche not been put up here plus any photos once it’s on this much vaunted table.

What’s next?

The continuum i.ethe cleaning

This project feels as though it’s lived everywhere, spreading its litter of joy as it goes.  The Potting Shed (workroom) is where everything needs to go…

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