Wednesday, 26 March 2008

To Peg or not to Peg???

Well I am now starting to get a little frustrated with my lack of movement post op. I feel OK if not a little tired but I am sore. So the mind is willing BUT sadly the body is not. I am having to limit myself to what I can do and any energy is given to the children as they are off school at the moment, which is great but I would like to take them out to places or even just knock a ball around the garden with them...The kitchen has turned into a messy art room and we are just making bits and bobs as we go along and I have to admit to using the TV when things get a little too much (shocking). I am a great believer in that 'making' is a part of mothering which is great therapy for the soul, so I have been managing to do a little crafting time. Remember the pegs I made? well I had a little order come in for them...Which of course meant I NEEDED to buy more buttons as my gingham supply was getting low and I bought a couple of lucky bags for the boys...they have loved playing with them although the mess is quite alarming!!! My buttons came from The Button Company I usually only get them when I see their stand at shows but needs must...Look at the box of loveliness that arrived...OK maybe its just me that finds a box of buttons exciting!!!

So 'to peg or not to peg' there lies the question? You see I had made these little pegs up for fun, I had a load of business cards to use up and thought this was a way I could make use of them and send a little promotional freebie out with any orders. Now if they are being sold by a third party would it be PC of me to them give them away with my own orders?
Oh its one dilemma after another when it comes to selling your stuff, so much more fun when your just making for the fun of it...One of my staple pressies for the children's friends is personalised T' shirts. I buy a standard Tee, in fact I have a whole box of them in different sizes just waiting to be used as they come in useful for rainy day projects with the children, they get the fabric pens out!!! I buy these cute little wooden animal topped hangers and decorate the T'shirt according to the personal character of the child and make a matching label and there you are for under £5.00 you have a cool present.
So on hearing it was a special little girls birthday whilst I was stuck in bed I played about with the crochet hook.
I can not crochet, I so want to learn...I can fudge it a little but nothing fancy. I followed the tutorial by Bella Dia for her valentines hearts, they looked so pretty, sadly my heart was nothing like hers but it was a heart...It actually only turned into a true heart shape once I had blocked it (yer...I know...me blocking!!!). I hand sewed it on to a Tee and added some of the new buttons and there you have it...Today's make!!!
Then I sat and had another go at that crochet heart, you know it looks a little better...may be there is hope after all...

23 comments:

Sarah said...

Love the t-shirt - that is a fab present idea :o)

lucykate crafts... said...

hope you feel better soon, i'm so envious of your yummy button parcel, the button company do such lovely buttons, i bought a big bag of vintage themed ones last year.

Kitty said...

Gosh, those buttons are yummy - I'm off to check out the link in a minute. I think that 'your' creations are your creations to do what you will with - of course you can send them out - they're yours!

Well done on the crocheting - it's fab! x

Natalie said...

Hi Suzy - Wow I so admire your crocheted hearts - I too would love to crochet (I can knit) but I'm sure I would not be able to manage a heart! - The pink T shirt looks great, where did you get those sew in labels made if you don't mind me asking? - thanks also for the link to the Button company, I shall definitely be checking them out - Natalie x

Summer by the sea said...

Hi Suzy - Wow I so admire your crocheted hearts - I too would love to crochet (I can knit) but I'm sure I would not be able to manage a heart! - The pink T shirt looks great, where did you get those sew in labels made if you don't mind me asking? - thanks also for the link to the Button company, I shall definitely be checking them out - Natalie x

periwninkle said...

hi, thank you for stopping by my blog-- the t-shirt is a great idea. Quick question if I may, at the beginning of your blog you have a green/cream knitted mouse, where did you get the pattern from?
Lisa x

Sal said...

Hearts are the most difficult thing to draw... let alone crochet!
Lovely ideas Suzie! ;-)

Lesley said...

I love your t-shirt idea and the crochet heart looks lovely!
Gorgeous buttons - not so sure I should follow that link as it might be dangerous!

Hope you get better soon

xx

Anonymous said...

Love that t-shirt - so very cute! Glad that you are feeling a bit better, but it must be so frustrating being immobile, especially when the kiddies are at home too! Here's to stronger painkillers!!!
Caroline
xxx

Sea Angels said...

Wow!! love the tee shirt, gosh I wish I could crochet, you make some very lovely things, I am so pleased to visit you.
Hugs Lynn xx

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Hi Suzie:

I am so happy you dropped by my blog or I would have never found you. What a lovely little blog you have here!

Lisa
Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Wow you have been busy considering you can't be! And as for not being able to crochet!??? That heart is gorgeous! That will be one lucky little birthday girl! Lucy x

Miss sew n sew said...

No you not alone getting excited by buttons I do too their lovely. Learning to crochet is also on my list of things to do the t-shirt looks great a fab idea!
Sarahx

kathi d said...

It sure looks to me like you DO crochet!

I sympathize with you on not being physically able to do everything right now. I hate that, when the mind is going but the body can't quite make it!

Lazylol said...

The pegs & t-shirt are gorgeous!

I think it is ok to give the pegs with your orders.

twiggypeasticks said...

I think the t.shirt is just lovely, take good care of yourself.
twiggy

julia said...

Love the t-shirt, we have exactly the same little hangers here.
I'd be excited by the arrival of the buttons, in fact I'm excited by any parcel!
Look after yourself and TAKE IT EASY! That's an order!
Julia x

clarabelle said...

Hey - thank you for the comment on my blog, always nice to welcome new readers! You are a womans after my own heart, as I LOVE buttons - so naturally I adore those little pegs, and the garment too. Look forward to visiting again and seeing what else you do
Take Care
Clare x

driftwood said...

hope you start to feel better soon, those buttons are lovely, as are your pegs and the t-shirt, what a lovely gift!

Jane said...

Your hearts look beautiful, I also love buttons both old and new. When i was a child i used to have a lot of time off school due to Bronchitis and i used to love looking in my Granny's button tin and pretending they were all jewels or flowers. hope you feel better soon Jane x

julie said...

what a great present your t shirt makes and the cute hanger and label finish it off perfectly. I'm impressed with your heart being completely unable to crochet myself. Glad you liked the easter egg wraps. Rest lots and get your strength back slowly x

Rachelmp said...

Another lovely post Suzie. I am glad you are well enough to do a bit with the boys. xx Lovely buttons!

this is my patch said...

You are very thoughtful to make these sweet little individual tees as presents for the childrens' friends. So much better than anything else you can get for a fiver these days. x