Tag Archives: handmade

Fall scarf and cowl sale in Etsy shop

Keep yourself warm with a new scarf or cowl with a 15% discount sale until 2 November in my Etsy shop. Customized color changes too!

bomb-proof dark blue2 (original) IMG_0468 Chunnel Cowl extra long pinks 7 not quite a blanket MEDIUM bright blue7 The Pretty Little Thing slightly pink2 IMG_0798 IMG_0675 copy copy

Customizable, hand-crafted poufs

All of the poufs by spell it with PEAS can be custom made!

I can alter size, yarn colours or even the design. I work closely with every customer to make each pouf special —I can usually find most colours too, so please ask me and I can show you what is currently available.

Here are a few colour examples of the same ottoman called the Bums + Feet pouf…it’s for bottoms and soles.

(Cat) Bowl

I say it’s a good place to put your cats, but you can use it without cats too!

This crocheted, double-walled bowl is perfect for…well, cats (and maybe small dogs) and pretty much anything you want to store or keep handy. I used one for my roaming-around-the-house-yarn-stash.

The bowls are available in my Etsy shop. 

Lois can’t wait for the bowl to be finished.


In making a compass

My first attempt at a homemade compass failed. But I mulled it over for a day or two and with a bit M’s help, I made one today with a nail, a paint stirrer sticky thing, a drill, hammer, pencil and a small piece of round cardboard. The paint stick was the first idea, as it is sturdy, slim enough and long enough for circle-making.

Then, I (M) drilled holes in the stick that would fit a pencil, measuring 2cm apart. And a smaller hole at the end for the nail. My new sewing setup was put together by M and consists of two small sawhorses and an old door. Perfect. Originally, this table setup was not for me, but I may have encroached on pretty much the whole space. It is an excellent workspace. Mine.

homemade compass

homemade compass

So, this is where the nail bit comes in: I drove the nail through the paint stick and into the table top. Took it all back out of the holes, put a small round, hollow cardboard tube over the hole on the table, and then re-pounded the nail back in with the stick on top of the cardboard tube. This gave it the height needed to hover the stick over the fabric and to have a good distance between pencil and fabric. Now, I just fold material in half and swoop a half circle with my new gadget, cut the half-circle out, unfold and voila! Circle.

compass sm2

Cardboard tube between paint stick and table surface, with nail through the middle.

Cardboard tube between paint stick and table surface, with nail through the middle.


I can also make a full circle with the compass if I replace the nail with a small-pointed tack that can poke through the fabric and then swoop the arm all the way around the circle. Sorted.