Watercolour by @annagittins95

A little while ago I was inspired by my Instagram friend Robyn (@crochetgirl99) who had beautified a simple card board stag head. When I saw how amazing some simple crochet had transformed a boring brown head into a work of art, I knew I had to try this too.

You see, my dear friend Julie adores stag heads and is collecting as many different original specimens for her Chalet in France as she can lay her hands on. So it was obvious that I had to give a card board stag the crochet beautifying treatment and little did I know how addictive this process would be.

First I sourced a brown head online from the big A….n shop that sells everything!

Next I applied gold paper mache to the face and ears…

…now the crochet could start in earnest……and before long I had covered on set of antlers.

I was really enjoying this and got quite hooked (excuse the pun)!

I couldn’t really share any of my progress online as this would have spoiled the surprise, but last week I went on my annual trip to Julie’s Chalet in the French Alps. This is always a treat and special time spent with great friends walking, knitting, watching old movies, eating good food and enjoying a glass or two. I took a printed photo of the finished stag head with me as I couldn’t transport the real thing on a plane, and I am happy to say that Julie loved her gift as much as I had loved making it for her.

I can finally share the finished item with you. He was christened “Hippie Stag”, what do you think? I hope you like him too 🙂


I can’t wait to see him hanging in his special place next time I visit the Chalet.

Have a happy week all and keep warm!



Remember these? A couple of weeks ago I told you about my playing around with flowers. This is what I came up with for my idea of a corsage with a bit of a difference.

I wanted the layout to evolve organically and all by itself, rather than planning it all in minute detail before starting. So I set to work with some yarn scraps from my stash (all worsted weight), a 5mm hook and some beads, and this is the result…


…do you like it? It’s a quick little project! You can whip it up in an afternoon or evening, ready to wear the next day or as a last minute gift for someone special. Do you want to make one?

Here is how:

You need: Yarn scraps and corresponding crochet hook, some beads to decorate and 1 brooch pin.

Ch5, ss to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch1 (counts as dc), work 9dc into ring, ss to join.

Rnd 2: *Ch3, work a 7-st tr cluster in next st, 3ch, ss in next st; repeat from *4 times, ss to join.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make as many flowers as you need for you corsage (I made seven for mine), assemble in a way that pleases you and stitch together. For the final icing on the cake (or flower in this case!) add some beads and attach the brooch pin to the back.


Try different yarns for different looks! I would love to see what fabulous creations you come up with, so please mail me with a photo.

Have fun creating and wear with pride!


dear diary,

for the first time in ages I have enjoyed my daily walks with Max this week. Lately the fields around me have been water logged and very soggy to walk in, no fun at all. All change this week, we have had frosty mornings…

My House

Where I live (you can just see my house)

…with bright sunshine.

Me shadow


Max and I have really enjoyed feeling the crisp air in our lungs and the warm sunshine on our backs…


Max enjoys the warm rays


First time in ages my boots aren’t muddy

…and all this warm sunshine has encouraged first signs of life in my garden.

First Flowers

First sign of Spring in my garden

This week has also seen the birthday celebration of a dear friend held during our knitting group…


Yarn filled Candy Jar – Gift for my friend

…and what would a week be without a little crochet 😉


Crochet Spring Flower Keyring

Best of all…the weatherman says it’s going to be lovely for another week. Fingers crossed! 🙂

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