Sunday, 5 July 2015

Charity brooch making ...

I am currently raising money for The Weymouth Carnival Charities, supporting Julia's House. That's the reason behind these colourful button-and-felt flowers ....

I was delighted when my children asked if they could help too, and we had a few family sessions around the dining table!

Sewing on a button is also a most useful life skill. Why matty's school cardi had long been missing a button...

I wanted to make something that people could have, and keep if they wanted to. I'm not too ambitious and couldn't think of a sponsored activity either! Also we get asked to support so many things these days that I wanted to give a small gift in return. Mary is 7 and did very well making a pile of neat flowers ...

I used three handdrawn templates to create the felt petals, and we all dug through the four-hole-buttons leaving out the brown and grey ones to keep our designs bright!

We made 98 fun brooches, as Mummy glued all the backs on to them and pinned them to a pillow case! 

I will let you know how sales go, and also the reason why I'm lending my support in a different way this year. Would you like one?

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Drawer fronts ...

Here are collaged, over painted drawer fronts for the dresser. We put back the existing handles without removing any of the chipped white and gold paint. 

Here they are back in place, I'm really pleased with them. Mike says they look old and girly!

Next I get to age the cabinet part, and decide what to do with the top, which will be covered in a piece of glass. 

Monday, 25 May 2015

An Up-Cycle ... Dressing Table

I bought a dressing table for £30 which had been given a shabby-chique effect. Sadly though the paint was peeling, so Mike has been giving it some TLC out in the garage ...

Underneath was a varnished dressing table, that's why the paint peeled off. Mike stripped the lose paint with blades then sanded the piece to ready to paint it once again ... Paint does not want to stick to a varnished surface!

The dressing table will be a joint project too. Here are the drawer fronts painted with undercoat and ready for me to collage! I will have fun doing that. 

The top has a nice piece of glass. I recon I could do something nice under the glass too before installing this in our bedroom!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Giveaway Time!

If you would like to win a sweet sock-rat please pop over to The Raggy Rat FACEBOOK page and follow the instructions there!

You can chose from three handmade dudes ....

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Chickens again!

So happy to be a chicken lady again, some sweet young things raised on Portland have come to join us at The Raggy Rat!

One conquers the apple tree before Daisy climbs up there. Then we clip the birds wings to prevent poultry walkabouts!

Much lighter than our old buff orpingtons, the girls enjoy some cuddle and strokes. I like the smell of the feathers and the glossy sheen as I stroke them!

And 26 eggs in 7 days! But ouch! I do not know who laid this beauty!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Facing up to it - 3

I went back to the orthodontist to be 'adjusted' and it was back to soft food for a couple of days! 

This time I chose pink for my ligatures, and Mary was very happy to see me wearing her favourite colour. My wire was tightened, and then to provide extra tension if got fine wire in place of elastic on two right-hand teeth.

Can you say right-hand teeth? 

Here is a delightful drawing of a girl drawn by Mary who can't wait to be 7 soon. Which means the blog is also that old too. Eeep. 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Cats of many colour ...

Hello everyone, one day I went to messy church with six cats to finish up while my girls had fun. Six cats were sewn up and given faces, but only four came home again with me!

Once home, I dressed them in ribbons ready to meet this years artwey visitors, but of course if you live too far away you can also have a kitty shipped!

Each has his own personality and could do with a name!

One is sweet, one thoughtful - but which one is the naughtiest? 

The flower filled face makes this one my favourite, and I've been calling her gypsy! Thanks for popping by. Enjoy this fine, spring day!