Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Amazing Tappan Zee!

I did it!!!
I actually finished knitting my cardigan!
Recognize those buttons? 
They came with the old sewing machine cabinet.

 The very best bit about this cardigan is that it actually fits!
Best cardigan pattern in the whole world!

Toodles...L X ♥

Sunday, June 24, 2012

**Sunday ☺ Smile**

Lovely Lavender in my garden, which the bees are enjoying but refusing to be photographed.  See the sneaky leaves in the bottom right hand corner?  I've got half a dozen cheeky tomato plants that have self seeded from last year, I think thanks to the mild winter.
Finally the perfect pattern for the yarn I bought way back at Christmas.  The pattern is here and super easy. 
 My little apples are getting bigger and bigger!!!  It's not like I thought they'd get smaller, I'm just amazed they are surviving!
 A little Sunday Treat whose photo refuses to cooperate.  Oh! and do you see those lovely floors?  The Mister has been hard at work fancying up the place.
 Little J has nurtured this amazing sunflower from a tiny seedling he was given on a school field trip.  He had no idea what type of plant it would be and I have never seen him take such great care and interest in a plant.  Usually I am begging him not to destroy the garden.  I have to say the colours of the photograph of this sunflower took my breath away. I'm not sure it looks this good in real life.
 A new addition at the Gephart.  Of course you'll never guess what this is.....he he he
 Yep, I did it again!  But honestly, how could I say no?  Isn't she beautiful?  I really only wanted the cabinet to use as a sewing table, but when I saw the machine I couldn't say no and I think she was $50 well spent.  Oh it's a Singer 24 chain stitch machine (no bobbin) from 1911.  She came from a gentlemen who lives near Antietam battlefield, but apparently she belong to a very wealthy lady who lived in my town.  Her husband owned most of the coal mines in our area and they were very well to do, so the machine is back where it started.
This machine was sold as a domestic and industrial sewing machine AND as a toy machine.  It is quite petite.
Oh and the best bit, those drawers weren't empty.
Beautiful Singer tin with the original attachments.
 Lovely old buttons.  One drawer is overflowing with them.  I just love the little card, apparently these are pearl.
 The tiniest lace doily I have ever seen - the needles show just how small it is.  Loads of needles too, thank goodness as I believe these machine needles, which are tiny, are hard to find.
 And of course, the key.
I hope your Sunday is making you smile too!

Toodles...L x ♥

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pigs Bum

Yes, pigs bum!  That's what I said when the so called 'washable' blue pencil wouldn't wash off!  Well that a few other unpublishable words.  Bad enough I was disappointed with my numerous attempts to attach Ms. Meow's head, only to find out the blue won't wash away.  Phooey.  My days of cat crafting are over, this cat was a big bit of a bugger to make, but once I got her 'face' on I felt suddenly committed to finishing her.

Anyway, if you want to see some REALLY adorable handmade sweeties, including a very cute pink pig, have your credit card at the ready and pop over, to


I promised you will not be disappointed!!!

Must be off!  Happy 'Its Almost Friday' - the weekends nearly here!

Toodles...L x ♥

Sunday, June 17, 2012

:: The 2 Year Blanket Reveal ::

After two years, many months of which were spent hidden in the cupboard when I was bored with it, my granny stripe is finally complete.  As much as I would have liked it to be big enough to cover the length of my bed, I discovered it was getting wider, so I decided to call it quits.  I'm quite happy with it.

Better late than never!

Toodles...L x ♥

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flowers and Stripes - Felted ♥ Bag

Happy Tuesday and thank you for stopping by....
A little bag ♥ love today.

I've not had much success to date on the felting front. I popped this bag through the washer just once on hot and it felted a tiny bit. Serious consideration was given to putting it through again, but I decided not to risk it.  It felted a wee bit, the handle more than the bag itself.  Anyway, I'm thrilled with it.  Its just made from scraps of left over wool from various projects, so no money spent other than a few pennies I used to buy the 'D' rings to attach the strap. I even used two on the strap so it could be adjustable, but you can't see that so much in the photo.  I swear I took more photos, but these were the only ones on the camera.  I even remember to put a little 'key keeper' in when I lined the bag, much to Little J's relief.  I am utterly hopeless at keeping track of my keys.

L x ♥