18 April 2018

Miniature Carpet & Finger-less Mitts

This will be a carpet/ (rug) for my miniature house. 
It's a trial run for me on the new loom that my darling hubby bought for me on his trip to England last year. I eventually found time to warp the loom and 'go-for-it'.
I'm experimenting with the loom to see how it handles making 1:12th scale rugs, so I chose a simple straight weave for this rug in a two colour chunky stripe.
I have actually done about double the amount that is showing on the photo, and hope to have it finished by this weekend (famous last words, haha).


And there is always a bit of crocheting going on in this house.
A pair of finger-less mittens for wearing while riding my bike (winter is coming here in the Southern hemisphere).


My Raleigh bike -- very retro, lol. 
I use this to get to my local craft groups meetings and for a jaunt around the town or to the library and also for grocery shopping. I try to do my bit to save the earth and not use fuel if I don't have to. If the weather is really horrible though I will take the car.
I'm designing a double-pannier bag to sew for the back rack. I have the perfect fun fabric to compliment the bike colours. 
(the basket balancing on 'his' handlebars is the basket for the front of my bike)


Next week I'm off to a remote stitching retreat, so I might not get a post posted here because I don't think there is internet where I'm going, and no telephone signal either, so it will be a very interesting (and fun) week with a great bunch of stitchers. I am sooooo looking forward to it.
I'll show photos etc after the event.

All for now.
Happy stitching.
Cyra




11 April 2018

Freeform Crochet Neck-warmer x 2

Hello again. 

This week has seen the completion of two (yes two) accessories. Two cowls, or neck-warmers, very similarly put together, in slightly different colourways.

The fuchsia edged one ----




And the Purple edged one ---




I have also started on another rug for the mini house, but not enough of it yet for a photo.

We have survived the tornado that whipped through Opunake yesterday morning, The next village to us didn't fare so well in the tornado though, and I think 5 houses lost their roof and 3 more with major damage. The whole community is coming together for those left without homes.
The weather has definitely changed for the worse now, and we actually have the heater on in the lounge for a bit of respite from the unusual cold blast. 

It's good time to stay inside and stitch (as if I needed an excuse).

All for now, see you in the next post.

Happy Stitching
Cyra







28 March 2018

A bit more on the hexie quilt & other things

What have I been up to this week. Well, lots of things of course, lol.

I have been slowly plodding away with my little ¾ hexies for the quilt.
Not a very interesting photo, but at least it is progress.


Another scrumblicious  scrumble.


And on the 'mini' scene, I have been making and staining more floor boards. 
This is about 60 boards. A long job ahead still.


And I've fitted the stove together, it still needs finishing off with paint and handles on the doors.

Because the miniatures are taking up a big part of my life, I've decided to start another blog site totally dedicated to my miniatures.
I'll let you know the url for it once it's up and running.

Thats all for now.
See you in the next post.

Cyra





21 March 2018

Scrumble...Scrumble... & Craft Room Tour

Did you guess that I've been scrumbling, lol.






And a belated Happy St. Paddy's Day to all who celebrate.
This is my own design for a shamrock, which I attached to a hair slide and wore in my hair for the weekend. 


I've had a big sort out in my craft studio to make room for a dedicated 'art-space' as well now.
Loving the natural light that I get from the window.


My drawing board table can be tilted to any angle and also can be adjusted height ways too. Love it.
The black shelves hold the paints, acrylic, guache and water-colours.
The tan shelves hold my oil paints on the bottom shelf, all my containers of soft-pastels are on the 2nd shelf up, my journals and sketch pads next shelf up. All sorts of marker pens and inks on the next shelf, and then on the very top are things like masking fluid, rubbers, glue, and my larger art paper pads.
Under the table are two of my easels (the larger easels are stored in the garage.
The table holds my most frequently used supplies, i.e. china mixing trays, water container, brushes, pencils, and art crayons.



The armchair is where I do crochet and embroidery (or just chill out with a book).
Opposite the armchair is the sewing table which doubles up as a weaving table too.
Behind where I'm standing and to my left is the miniatures work station and my book shelves, plus another ranch slider (windows & door) the same as that one by the art table.
(I've not tidied that area so no photos, lol).

Hope you enjoyed that little tour of my art space.

I'm off to do some drawing now, catch you next next time.

Happy Crafting
Cyra



07 March 2018

Bits of this and that ~~~

Little bits are progressing on a few different projects.


That is a spiral scrumble to be added to a few other scrumbles (ok, LOTS of other scrumbles) to create something -- I don't know what it will be until I have few more of them made, then it will tell me what it wants to be -- a bag, a hat, a garment, a wall hanging, whatever.
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Back into drawing again. A quick hand sketch for practice.
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The Pilli Pala Dolls House

I don't know how other people have got on constructing this dolls house themselves. The instructions are terrible. The right hand wall of the kitchen is the first piece they tell you to put together, and nowhere does it tell you that the uprights need to be attached with space bellow floor level, hence the 'gap' on mine. I will have to saw that much off the top now and glue it at the bottom. 

All the kitchen walls are up now, and the entrance hall next to the kitchen is almost done.
The checkered floor is a paper sheet that came with the house. Not sure that I like this look,  so I shall probably create some other flooring (and a better quality) than this. 
I think a wood floor would look better - watch this space, lol.


Auditioning some wood strips for flooring. I will remove the bent pieces from this pile first though.



That's my lot for now.
See you in the next post.

Happy Crafting
Cyra




28 February 2018

Miniature works are fun

Working on small items for the dolls house is so much fun.

This small blanket/afghan for the bed is finished now and on the bed that I have shown you in a previous post. It is crocheted in embroidery threads, and each block is about 1" small. In real life the granny square blanket would be bigger, but as this is for decoration purpose only, I want the underneath bedding to be seen too.



Construction of the house has started at last now that Tony has cut me a base board to work on.
One downstairs room is almost complete.


And the kitchen table was a new start for this week.


Today is an embroiders guild work day and I shall be stitching on the miniature rug.

See you next time with more miniatures

Happy Stitching
Cyra


14 February 2018

Happy Valentine Day


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The only thing I've got to show this week is a broken plate.

Here is my stitched plate.


And here it is broken...... (cut apart)


Then I put glue (stitches) on all the broken edges.


And then stuck (stitched) it back together again.


Close up of repair job, lol.


That was all in the name of experimenting and having fun.

See you next time. 
Cyra

06 February 2018

Miniature Bed almost complete

Update on my miniature bed - two pillows made, and a crochet blanket.
Now planning a granny square blanket (or something similar) to drape over the foot of the bed.



And in other news - here is the cloth doll with most of her clothes made. Just a few finishing touches to add.


My knitting skills have come on in leaps and bounds this year. Here are two more test patterns that I've tried over the last couple of days.


Woohoo, I'm liking my new craft.

That's all for now.
See you in the next post.

Happy Stitching.
Cyra



31 January 2018

Bed & Boots

Progress on my miniature bed.
 I have made the mattress and a top and bottom sheet for the double bed. I like the look of it so far.
I've also started on a blanket, but will show that when it's finished.

 

These booties I made to fit the cloth doll that I started last week. They are about the right size for a new-born baby. So cute.


And a knitted swirly spiral thing-a-me-gig scrumble.
Just to expand my knitting knowledge.


That's all I've got for now.
See you in the next post.

Happy Stitching
Cyra



23 January 2018

Heat wave addling my brain

I'm trying to remember what I have stitched or created over the past couple of days, lol. 
It's been so hot here lately that it's hard to get my brain into action and remember what I've done.

This is an experimental knitted scrumble for freeform work. Inspired by the KCAL on the FF group in Ravelry.


Cloth doll body pieces cut out and ready for sewing together. 
This might end up as a collaborative group project at sewing group next week if it turns out how I want it to turn out, lol. If not, then it will be a one-off creative doll for me.



I started this miniature rug quite a few years ago, and as I've recently started creating my dolls house, I though it about time that I finished this rug.
It's not part of the doll house kit that is mentioned in other posts here. It is my own design.



I have found the suitable board that I need as a base for my dolls house, and after DH has found his 'round-tuit' and cut it a bit shorter for me, then I can start to build my house, hopefully within a couple of days. Can't wait to get started on that bit.

For those who don't know, I live in New Zealand, and it's summer time here now, and we are in the middle of a heat wave. Rain would be most welcome at the moment.
This is the sunset that we enjoyed at our beach last night.



Wishing you all a colourful, joyful and creative week.

Happy stitching
Cyra







20 January 2018

The Del Prado Dolls House

The building of the Del Prado House continues.

I thought I'd give you a preview of the house in all it's 125 packages glory.


This is about 90 parts. 
(I found a newish box to put them in as the original boxes from the op shop were dusty and torn and only fit for recycling).

Del Prado are the publishers who brought this set out about 25 (or more) years ago on a fortnightly subscription.

I found 'my' set, complete and with extras, in an op shop 10 years ago but have only just started putting it together (after 3 real house moves and now that all four kids have left home and I have a craft room to work in, lol).

I'm waiting to get to the wood shop to buy a base-board big enough to take the house, and then I shall start the actual house build, but for now I've started on the furniture parts.

Previous posts show the start of the bed, and here it is after the first coat of Antique Green.


Then I used a crackle medium and top coat.
Here it is still drying after the top coat was added. 




It's an antique green undercoat, with a 'Cyra Special Colour' top coat, lol. 
I like to mix my own colours to make a project unique, and also because I know exactly what I want the finished item to look like. I'm fussy like that.

I'm happy with this progress and ready now to make the base and mattress for it.
I am so wanting to dive straight into making the bedding (including a mini crochet blanket) but I'm trying to be good and get the bed itself finished first.

That's all for today.
See you in the next post.