*Toe Cosy

What is a Toe Cosy I hear you say? Well, instead of a tea pot, these nifty little gems are meant to keep toes sticking out at the end of a foot cast warm and toasty – especially in the winter โ„๏ธ

Initially, I made myself one following my first foot operation back in 2015 (I had the other foot operated on the year after… but that is for another story). I found it difficult to find anything to cover my cold toes. When your foot is in pain, the cold really doesn’t help! Blankets press down on the toes and ‘big socks’ were difficult to put on.

Toe cosy

The finished project:

On one of my visits to the hospital for follow up appointments, the nurses and hospital staff loved my *Toe cosy so much and thought it’d be idea to make a few more for others in a similar dilemma.

I’ve since made and sold quite a few of these and even now get asked for more, sometimes for the individual themselves or as a ‘get well’ gift for a friend or family member.

I was recently asked for a Rainbow *Toe cosy, just like the one I made for myself all that time ago. So I’ve sat down and made two more of them, a plainer Green one (for the boy folk) and two of the new design I call Watermelon ๐Ÿ‰ *Toe cosy.

I’m so excited about the Watermelon design. I wish I’d have thought of that when I had my cast on – not that I’d want to go through another foot operation to wear one, but I think these might be a hit – who wouldn’t want a Watermelon *Toe cosy to brighten up their day! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here are some of the designs I’ve made so far:-

 

Very sad to hear anyone requiring a *Toe cosy, but always happy to help keep those piggy’s warm and toasty with a little cheerful colour to brighten the day.

Take Care,

Nina

My Christmas 2018 makes

Now that Christmas is over, I can reveal the crafty gifts and things I’ve been up to over December.ย  I never feel comfortable writing a blog post about presents due to be received, in case surprises are ruined. That’s the nice part of Christmas for me. I love the giving of gifts, but even more so when they are homemade…โค๏ธ

Not all of my crafts this year has been gifts. I have been making decorations and gift tags too.

First of all, using a video tutorial on Instagram (see my Instagram post here:ย MadeByNina_ post ) I was inspired to make some all important gift tags. I was blown away to have been mentioned onย Love Crochet ‘s Instagram page.

So quick and easy to make, I landed up making dozens and may have to keep the left overs for next year!

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Mandy’s early Christmas present

I don’t usually post about gifts made for others prior to them receiving it, but as Mandy already knows what’s coming her way and most likely already received it, here it is.

Mandy is my cousin. She’d contacted me wanting to order a purse. She wanted a *Blue Cherry Blossom purse, but if it could be made in a slightly darker blue than usual please as she was intending to use it day to day and was concerned the paler color would dirty fast.

When it comes to family, I find it difficult to accept payment for my hand work and agreed to make the purse on condition it could be her Christmas present from me (early or not).

I actually made *Mandy’s Purse in October whilst everyone else was making orange pumpkins, goblins and ghosts. But I enjoyed seeing it develop and quite like the new purse in this new blue!

I may have mentioned in the past, it’s an old custom I’ve heard of which I have taken on board as it is such a sweet sentiment. It apparently brings good luck or good fortune if, when giving a purse as a gift, to include a coin. It doesn’t matter which coin, but I have found some very special “lucky coins” which, on the back reads “Because you deserve all the happiness in the world”.

Mandy, I very much want to give you a big hug and say that everything will be ok. You truly do deserve all the happiness in the world and I really wish you well in everything you do. Have a VERY Merry Christmas and make only happy plans for the year to come.ย I hope you enjoy your purse and see it as a big ‘ol hug from me to you.

Much Love,

Nina

Haruna’s Teddy

This teddy is most likely the MOST travelled teddy alive. I think she deserves a passport of her own.

I recently travelled to meet my sisters for our first (and hopefully not last) visit to Japan. Japan by the way, was AMAZING! Queue intro to a future post… well, I will tell you all aboutย  the amazing country, its beautiful people and the wonderful experiences, tastes and smells – but that will need to wait for another post…

Haruna is my sisters friend, both living in South Africa. Haruna apparently is a fan of my work (*blush*) and so, with plans to meet up in Japan, Lisa asked if I would make a teddy for Haruna.

Haruna’s teddy travelled with me from Guernsey to London Gatwick. Then on to Heathrow where we spent the night at a hotel nearby terminal 5. The next morning, we flew from Heathrow to Tokyo and in Japan, she toured all over with us before flying back home with my sister to South Africa (Tokyo to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to South Africa). All the sights and sounds she has seen – I really should’ve got the little bear a suitcase of her own to fill with memories and souvenir’s.

Haruna, I really hope you like your teddy bear and that her stories of travel inspire you for many adventures and excitement of your own.

Take care,

Nina

 

 

 

Button *Card Purse

A Surprise Gift

Don’t you just love pink? There are so many shades of pink, (even in yarn) sometimes its just hard to decide on one single colour. I wanted to make a pink striped purse and use a big ‘ol button – just for something a little different and fun. I was thinking about candy floss and pockets full of the sweet pink fluffy stuff.

Making the purse, I had a little admirer watching me at home. She fell in love with the stripes. (She loves Strawberries and ice cream she said and this reminded her of her favourite desert). Every other day I would show her my progress and she would look close to see the stitches and was fascinated to see how it was being built up into a finished purse. She was so delighted once the button had gone on. She said that it was “just perfect” and “so her”. She loved it so much and was nearly in tears with “aw’s” and “beautiful’s”. I immediately felt this purse was meant for her, she couldn’t stop staring at it and so, I gave to her as a gift. She was a very grateful recipient and I’ve not had such a big hug and kiss in a very long time ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s nice to know you’ve had a positive impact on someone’s day (you never know what they’re going through) and that what you’ve made is appreciated and loved. It’s such a warm fuzzy feeling to watch as someone’s face lights up with surprise and gratitude. Giving sure is a rewarding experience, which we should all try do a little more often!

 

Oh yes, I nearly forgot to show you – I’ve also made a little *Card pouch in shades of pink. I’m using one of these at the moment and they sure do come in handy!

Peach Rose *Card Purse

Summer has decided to exit early it seems. The glorious hot days have slowly dwindled into wet grey skies and sadly, I’m not entirely sure it will recover in time for Autumn to wave it’s hello’s.

Running has taken up a lot of my time. No doubt those who follow me on Instagram, Facebook and the running apps such as Garmin Connect or Strava have seen the streams of photos. The beautiful views that I have found all over this island (accompanied by glorious weather) has distracted me from crochet quite a lot keeping me outside and in the fresh air.

I’ve been training to do a 10km run which I am hugely excited about, especially given that a little over a year ago I wasn’t sure I could do a single mile having both feet in ‘recovery’ from the pretty drastic surgeries I’d had. In January I managed to run my first ever 5km park run! I’ve been doing regular runs since. A little while ago, I signed up to do the Guernsey Mind 10Km race in September. Guernsey Mind is a mental health charity that works to raise awareness of mental health issues on the island and I really wanted to take part to help raise funds, highlight the importance of exercise in combatting things like depression/anxiety (both of which I suffer) and prove to myself that nothing is impossible when you do something you love and are passionate about. Never let anyone tell you ‘no’ or ‘you can’t’… Withย some hard work, a dash of perseverance and of course the much needed support from my coach, Louise, you can accomplish impossible things.

Not that I mind running in the rain (it’s actually quite fun) (I just don’t like strong winds that stop you in your tracks) but, I was injured a couple of weeks ago and so have been forced to stay indoors. And so, getting back to the other passion in my life to keep my misery of not being able to run at bay, I’ve had the opportunity to finish the Peach Rose *Card purse. (I’ve also made a few other things – but that is for another blog post).

For this purse, I used a rose which I’ve recycled from an old hair pin. It’s more of a pink colour than a peach, but tones in beautifully with the soft pinks and peach stripes. I’m not sure where I’d source any more roses of this quality or size, so if you have any ideas, please, I’d love to hear from you as I just love how this rose looks on the crochet purse and am inspired to do more! Peach Rose *Card purse will be in my Etsy shop from tonight.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Nina

Forever Spring Garden *Card Purse VI

I was sure this was no.5, but thankfully I had written aย Forever Spring Garden overview post which means this is no.6! I spent SO much time on this one! I doubt very much I’d be able to part with it… unless I made another that was even more work ๐Ÿ˜‹.

My friends encouraged me to enter into the Guernsey 2018 Eisteddfod. At first a bit shy to do so, after some mulling over the idea it didn’t seem so bad after all and I thought, why not? I’d worked hard on this purse and it is all my own design. I contacted the Eisteddfod organiser to see if I still had chance to enter. Sadly, I had missed the entry deadline ๐Ÿ˜ข. Oh well… there’s always next year, this one may still be around for it…. or will it ๐Ÿ˜.

Forever Spring Garden – my kind of heaven – Spring all year long! If only!

Nina

Evie’s *Bunny

I was so happy to receive a custom order for a *bunny. I haven’t made one in a while and it was the perfect time to try follow the pattern I wrote for myself again. I’m not sure if you have tried writing your own patterns in the hopes that you’ll know exactly what you did the first time you made something new, but I have found that it is not such a simple process and I take my hat off to those pattern writers out there! Each time I follow the scribblings in my notepad, I find myself changing something here or there, rubbing out the pencil scratchings and overwriting with new stitch commands whilst whispering to myself “What do you mean 2dc there?, its not gonna work that way”. I’m pretty positive I’ve written down exactly what I’ve done the time before but, obviously crocheting and writing down the stitches made is one too many tasks for my brain to cope with :).ย  Mind you, I must admit that some of my scribbles have been vague to say the least. Obviously bored of stopping to write down the stitches made, I simply wrote “continue as before”. Not very helpful, Nina! Hopefully it’ll get easier and eventually I’ll be able to settle, knowing that the pattern is “perfect”.

Do you write your own patterns down? How have you found it?

So this is Evie’s *Bunny. She is going to America and should be with her new Mommy just in time for Easter!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Nina

Spring Honey Pot

I’m hooked… I just love going toย Iris and Dora for a little afternoon “me time”. Painting pottery is quite therapeutic! This time I had gone with my step-daughter to a ladies evening social painting session. She painted a bowl and I chose this little honey pot. Of course, I love rainbows, this honeypot had to be full of colour๐ŸŒˆ

3 hours goes by in a flash once you lift your head from the relaxing zone you seem to find yourself in. Leaving behind the painted WIP’s the excitement builds to see the finished product – you have absolutely no idea what the glaze and burning process will reveal…

A week or so later, your number shows up on their Facebook page and its ready for collection. And voila, here it is ready to be used – they even gave me a honey spoon – how sweet! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy Saturday everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

Nina

Winter Ellie

It hardly ever snows in Guernsey. I think we’re usually protected from the snow ’cause our island is so small and right in the middle of the English Channel. Mind you, we’re also closer to France which is usually warmer than the UK. I just like to think the combination of position and the large salty expanse around us has ‘protected’ us from snowy falls. In the many years I’ve lived here, I think it has snowed a few times… and strangely, always when the daffodils have just come up with the hope of Spring around the corner.

It doesn’t help that we aren’t prepared for snowy climates having so little snow compared to the UK. From the practical things like grit/salt on our roads: we don’t have that, to the non-practical frenzy that seems to take hold of the people.ย  Our islands people become obsessed worry pots when the weatherman dares mention the words “snow”, “ice”, “Beast-from-the-East” and shops are emptied from all and any edible and any “we-might-need-this-in-a-few-days-if-we-are-snowed-in”. It’s great fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

Growing up in the ‘deep dark Africa’, I have very rarely seen snow and when I do come in contact with the fluffy cold stuff – I feel it’s fair to say that I become the largest kid out there, bursting with excitement and wonder. While everyone else is wondering and wishing for the snow to stop, I’m wishing for it to last longer, frustrated sitting at work wasting the opportunity, aching to go outside to catch the snow on my tongue… I’ve never made a snow angel and dying to! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a few snaps taken on my walks to work and back:

I had an order for an elephant. A new baby boy was due. He happened to arrive in the “Beast from the East” storm which hit us and the UK last week. With no post or planes coming on or off the island, I had some extra hours with this new baby Ellie before I could post him off to meet the new boy. Cold and wrapped up with scarves and gloves myself, I thought it might be a good idea to keep the Ellie warm too and made him a little scarf. I think he appreciated it ๐Ÿ™‚ his face seemed to light up! I also think in years to come, the Winter Ellie will remind little Killian of his snowy welcoming. Welcome little one!

Have fun if you’ve still got snow with you, there are some jealous souls (like me) wishing I was you! Stay safe.

Nina