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June 21, 2021
A Queen and Her Dragon - Fairy Tales Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

    Welcome to the first day of the

Fairy Tales
Blog Hop!

I'm happy to kick things off with the
A Queen and her Dragon!

Joan of MooseStash Quilting has invited bloggers to sew something that's our Fairy Tale
What's your fairy tale?

Thank you, Joan, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

My fairy tale starts with my precious...

princess granddaughter who says she is the queen.
Queen Elsa to be exact.

Our queen loves dragons and what is more "Fairy Tale" than dragons?

The pattern is Diggles the Dragon from the Funky Friends ...

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May 17, 2021
King of the Jungle - Born to be Wild Blog Hop from Creatin' in the Sticks

   Welcome to the first day of the

Born to be WILD 
Blog Hop!

I'm happy to kick things off with the
King of the Jungle!

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt has invited bloggers to sew something that's jungle-related
Like jungle animals, wild colors or designs, or jungle fabrics.

Thank you, Carol, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

I figured we had to start this blog hop with the "KING"!

To make my lion, I gathered my fabrics by Jackie Kunkle for 
Island Batik called Ancient Etchings.
These Island Batik fabrics were perfect for ...

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April 13, 2021
Dinosaur from Granny Maud's Girl

I was invited to a baby shower last weekend, so I crocheted a baby gift to take. I might know next to nothing about the care and maintenance of babies, but I think I am pretty good at making baby things.

Amigurumi dinosaur made using Yanina Schenkel's pattern

He is such a handsome dinosaur.

I had a bit of a false start with some 4-ply (fingering) wool, and I soon realised that the finished toy would be very, very small. I ripped out that attempt and restarted with 8-ply (DK) cotton. The pattern actually calls for 5-ply (sport), but 8-ply yarn worked perfectly.

Amigurumi dinosaur made using Yanina Schenkel's pattern

I had a false ...

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March 14, 2021
An elephant and a sheep from Granny Maud's Girl

In recent months, I needed gifts for new babies, so I crocheted a couple of toys.

The first was for my Kiwi neighbours. Crocheting a kiwi crossed my mind, but I chose to make a sheep instead because I already had a pattern for a sheep. It is the ‘Simon the Sheep’ pattern by Kerry Lord, from her book Edward’s Menagerie, but his new family have called him Harry, not Simon. I made him with one skein of Dos Tierras from Malabrigo.

I added to the gift by buying a large square of double gauze fabric and hemming it ...

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November 4, 2020
From the Heart Blog Hop - A Gift from My Heart from Creatin' in the Sticks

 Welcome to the first day of the
From the Heart Blog Hop.

I'm happy to kick things off with
Pink Remember Bear.

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt invited bloggers to make a small gift that you would give to someone and share a pattern, tutorial, or link if you have one for the gift idea.

Thank you, Carol, for inviting me to join this super fun blog hop!

This has been a very tough year for all of us.
When the pandemic shut down happened, I was scheduled for my annual
mammogram and had to ...

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September 24, 2020
Hello Fall - Halloween Friends from Creatin' in the Sticks

 Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks 
my day - the final day for the
Hello Fall Blog Hop.

To all that participated or commented -
Thank you so much!
I enjoy hosting blog hop events so much.

My head is swimming with all kinds of ideas
and I can't wait to get to stitching.

But first, it's my day to show my
"Halloween Friends".

The story is that I have one granddaughter, Lizzy, and when Thermoweb asked me to design a doll earlier this year, I created one with her in mind.

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May 16, 2020
Green Butterflies and Checkerboard Blocks from Romany Quilting

I’ve been stitching up dark green this week, and it’s that time again to share what we have made for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This time I’ve made three more butterflies, and here they are, waiting to join their other colourful cousins in the butterfly collection.  This is a pretty little block, especially with their feelers added, and will make a nice girl’s donation quilt, I think.

Three dark green butterflies

Then it was on to the Checkerboard blocks, using dark green again. Can you see the little kiwi peeping out?  There is not a great ...

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April 18, 2020
A donkey and a hippo from Granny Maud's Girl

Earlier this year, LoveCrafts asked me whether I would like to try some of their products. Of course I would!

My first thought was to make something for the new grandson, so after much delay and consultation with his mum, I chose an amigurumi donkey pattern by Kristi Tullus and yarns from the Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran range. I felt that realistic colours would help make him recognisable as a donkey, so I ordered black, white and slate grey.

Donkey amigurumi using Kristi Tullus's pattern

Hubby says he is the best of the crocheted toys I have made.

The yarn arrived in the mail, beautifully presented ...

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April 9, 2020
Sweet Doll Stuffy at Thermoweb from Creatin' in the Sticks

I've been busy with spring crafting for 
that little wee one.
Easter is coming, after all.

This Sweet Doll Stuffy can be a fun way to brighten your day and be a friend for your wee one.  Make it personal with eye, hair, and clothing colors thanks to HeatnBond Lite adhesive.
The free pattern is available today over on the

It doesn't really take many supplies at all to make a 
Sweet Doll Stuffy.

Fabric, Fiberfill, and other things you already have!

She makes me smile and I can ...

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April 3, 2020
Looking for Teddies from Romany Quilting

Teddy bears are playing their part by bringing a little joy into people’s lives as we live in the Covid 19 Lockdown.   The teddies have been placed into windows around the country, and all around the world too, a fun idea to keep children entertained as they go for a walk with their parents around their local streets.   There are no children in our village, but many of our neighbours go for a daily walk.  Big Ted is doing his best to cheer our neighbours up a little as they walk by.

Big Ted in our window

Big Ted ...

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