Thursday, September 27, 2012

Creative Friday - Play Kitchen

A little while back I saw this play kitchen by Karen over at Bare feet and a free spirit, liked it a lot and then the very next day stumbled upon this old desk thing at my sister in law's
pretty ugly hey?

Well my little brain got to thinking that if I (meaning the kids would do most of the work) could just sand off all that horrible varnish, and then just give it a few licks of clear vanish then maybe we would have ourself the beginnings of a play kitchen!

Despite the boys best efforts we couldn't get all of  the awful varnish off and underneath what we did manage to remove, was a sort of unattractive  plywood.
Plan B - we paint it!

And using Karen's chef d'oeuvre as our model, Richard (he still won't let me near the electric tools) cut out a space for our sunken sink, stuck on some cork hot plates and a couple of wood knobs and handles.  Added some pans and baskets and some play food and volia...

Natalie, s.i.l, also brought over a basket of polystyrene fruit, which I'm sure the dog will chew to bits in the near future, but it will do just nicely until I have knitted up some more fruit and veggies.
Linking up with Linda this week for Creative Friday, and if my memory serves my correctly, Linda posted a knitting pattern for an apple only very recently, which I'm sure will go very nicely in our wee kitchen.  The aubergine comes from Craft Bits and the muffins from Womans Weekly Knitting and Crochet special April/May 2011.
Have a lovely weekend everybody.
Just a word to Richard's Uncle Guy, should he be reading this - I'm sorry to say such mean things about your old student desk! hope you don't mind it's new lease of life.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yarn Along - Playing hookie!

There's been more crochet going on here than knitting of late, some how it felt more summery.
Despite living along way from the sea I made this beach bag

in it's present state it's not very practical as anything remotely heavier than a beach ball makes it sag!   My sister in law is going to line it for me with some fabric to try and make it a bit more sturdy.

Using  spagetti yarn made from old t-shirts I made a 'oval' rag rug but I think I got my calculations wrong somewhere as, if you look carefully on the left hand side, you can see it's a bit lumpy!  This 'yarn' works up really quickly but you need a lot of t-shirts for even the smallest project.

I'm not yet hooked on crochet,  knitting is definitely my first love.  So as autumn has brought increasingly chilly mornings, I made this little hat for Tino.  I saw the model on (sorry but for some reason I can't get the link to work?) and liked the changes she had made so I modified mine likewise.

 Also made a bit of play food for the new play kitchen, will post more about than on Friday.

It's been a while but I'm happy to be linking up with Ginny this week for Yarn Along, we have a very busy wednesday with swimming and ice-hockey practice so I will have to wait patiently until the end of the day to see what delights everyone else has been making.
Almost forgot the reading part!! I'm down to the last of the little house books - The First Four Years- but it's only a short book so I'm trying not to start it's yet as otherwise it's going to be finished to quickly!.