This year I have decided to devote time to what this blog was created for – crafts! I have been rather neglectful of that, getting side-tracked by all sorts of other things. Not unworthy, but not what the blog was created for .
It took being non-weight bearing to get me back to my love of crafting, specifically crochet. Having to keep my foot above hip level, meant I couldn’t sit in my craft room with all my supplies around me. So crochet it was, and since Christmas was here, thst’s what I concentrated on. I thougt I’d continue on in holiday fashion and do Valentines, then Easter, etc. Once again, I got side-tracked! By so many gorgeous patterns! I decided to crochet for my nieces new baby girl first. Especially as she has been ill in her first 2 months of life, poor little mite! So I’m making her a gorgeous dress and bootees. I hope her mum likes crocheted clothes, I didn’t ask, as she’d be polite anyway.
I am loving the creative process of crochet again!
Well, as most of you know,
I have been laid-up for 8 weeks, with my broken ankle;
non-weight-bearing and elevated above heart and hip.
It has been the perfect opportunity to get creative.
That is, once the depression and “poor-me” wore off!
These are some of the things I decided to do.
The Grandies especially enjoyed them
and the Christmas Tree looked great.
I crocheted my niece a bobbly scarf,
taught Whitney to bake spicy biscuits and fudge,
and decoupage herself a salt box
to hold her handmade lavender bath salts.
Creative, productive and thoroughly enjoyable!
BTW I hope to do some tutorials on these and other crafts this year! Lol
I’ve been working on a project, when I have the time, with great excitement!
But first a little background. July 18th or 67 Minutes for Madiba is a national Community Service Day in South Africa. Nelson Mandela served 67 years of his life for the world, and its our way of extending that in his honour.
This year we celebrated with cakes and cooldrinks at 3 parties. The Farm Primary School with 50 children; our 34 Farm Workers; and 20 older folk, caretakers and tots in our farm village. As part of the celebration the children got new winter school uniforms and shoes, and the littlies got tracksuits.
One of the mums came with me to buy everything. Betty is great. We talked about the young women in the village, I have wanted to teach them to sew, knit and crochet for their children particularly, but also as a means to earn money. Betty is thrilled and says she’d be happy to be translator and co-teacher. We also talked about a preschool for the littlies in the village. She will teach if I help.
I’ve invested in a Home School Program, and stocked up on supplies. Some things will be made by the villagers. We need a playground, a veggie patch, a hen house, and certain supplies like bean bags, dolls and soft toys, blankets, curtains, aprons, etc will be made by moms as part of the Adult Learning Program. There is also a need for Adult Literacy lessons.
We have a large Hall used for Church, Gatherings, etc which will be used for both projects.
We were supposed to start this week, but I’m confined to bed!
Drat! I’m excited!
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- Nelson Mandela turns 94, South Africa celebrates – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- LEARN: 67 Minutes (bethechangekenya.wordpress.com)
- Public service marks Mandela’s birthday – CNN (edition.cnn.com)
- Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday celebrated in South Africa – video (guardian.co.uk)
- Nelson Mandela International Day (datadiary2012.wordpress.com)
- Six Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes. (elephantjournal.com)
- Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s legendary leader, is 94 today (latimesblogs.latimes.com)
- Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela: South Africa celebrates former president’s 94th (standard.co.uk)
These are Amigurumi I made using Free Patterns available on the net.
- My very first Amigurumi
I got this Free Pattern here:
This is Skye
2. My 2nd Amigurumi
Shaun the Sheep – I do not have the link to this one, and can’t remember the Free site, so no link to it – Created by Christa Chung, 2012
3. My 3rd Amigurumi
Timmy the Lamb from Shaun the Sheep – I got this Pattern here:
http://www.craftpassion.com/2011/07/amigurumi-baby-sheep-timmy.html . I couldn’t master the loop stitch so I did my own body with a special wool.
4. My 4th Amigurumi
Elliefant – I got the Pattern here:
- Amigurumi (craftcrazygran.wordpress.com)
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.
I discovered Amigurumi, and totally fell in love! After making 4 from free patterns, I started designing my own. hope you enjoy them.
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