Friday, 17 June 2016

It's been a long old time...

.... it's been so long since I've posted here but things have been going on!

I've been designing a lot for gifts and am looking into starting to sell those designs in pattern form.

Here's a little deer which will be pattern #1


What do you think?

Saturday, 17 October 2015

New blankets!

A couple of new designs.

Esme is a circular design inside a square - 20 squares make up this blanket.  Its larger than the baby blankets - ideal for 6-7 yr olds.

Teddy is a baby blanket also make with a circle design in squares sewn together.

Maya is a baby blanket combining granny clusters with rows of single and double crochet.


Esme

Esme

Teddy

Teddy

Maya



Monday, 8 June 2015

June Sale!

June sale! The shop is open again with limited stock - visit me on Etsy and grab 20% off using the code JUNEFLASHSALE



Saturday, 31 January 2015

Blankets

I love making blankets for brand new babies.  Its such an honour to do so.  It can be tricky making before the babe is born, especially colour wise if the sex isn't known, but it's so much fun to do!

Here is a collection of ones I've made which I am particularly proud of.  Once my hand is better (!) they will all be available to buy from the shop (made to order, fully customisable) as will the option for a brand new design just for you! Now hurry up hand and get better!

Do you have a favourite?

LIS - a crochet granny cluster circular blanket

ALVYN - crochet granny squares with one main colour - backed with fleece

GREEN GIRAFFE - a crochet blanket made up of different stitch rows

HELENA - a crochet blanket made up of elephant squares. Backed with fleece

AMELIA - crochet granny squares with shades of the same colours with a joining colour - backed with fleece
OLIVE - crochet granny rows with a shell border

NELLIE - knitted squares with rectangle patch border - backed with fleece
KATHERINE - crochet wiggle granny rows

STELLA - knitted squares in different styles with an initial in the middle square - backed with fleece



Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A long overdue update

Wow, its been over a year since I last showed this little blog some love.  I'm not a blogger, not in the true sense, I only write about the things I make and as you can see, I've not been making much lately.  If you follow me on any social media you will know that the hand saga is still going on.  I had my hand operation on November 27th 2014.  I was meant to be a simple PRP injection (They took the fat for this from my stomach - wow did that hurt afterwards!) with about a weeks recovery time.   It turned out to be a bigger operation.  They did the PRP, but also did the De Quervains release and also removed a random extra skinny tendon I had (I've named him Fred).  I ended up staying in hospital for three days as my blood pressure and o2 were low.... I had brilliant care, but it wasn't what we had hoped for!  I ended up moving back to my Mums for two weeks and it took 5 weeks for me to begin to feel normal and return to work.

I'm still in pain but am having weekly physio with a brilliant and lovely lady.  There is a slight possibility that there is a nerve being strangled (!) in the scar tissue so this is currently being worked on with massage and exercises - everything crossed please for not having to have another operation!!!

I've not been able to do any making for a long time now, but I've slowly started making pom poms for a certain special day a very good friend is having shortly! (I'm also a bridesmaid! eep!)

Anyway, here are some random photos to try and make this post a bit more interesting!

Pompoms!!

the scar approx. 10 days after the operation
the scar last night - almost 8 weeks since the operation

gorgeous flowers work sent me when I was off




Sunday, 27 October 2013

A little bit of honesty

As much as this blog is not really a blog and just a platform for new items I've made I feel that there should be some honesty too.

On Friday I went my two weekly physio appointment.  My thumb has been a bit sore this week but I hadn't really thought about it much.  It turns out that I may have joint issues - I may not, but I may! 

The upshot is I need to not use it as much, especially whens its sore.  Which means work has to be put first.  Which really means that I can't make as much.  This means a couple of things.  

* The craft fair I've been looking forward to for months has had to be put on hold - apart from being gutted about not being able to do it I also feel incredibly guilty for letting the organisers down.  

* The next three weeks had been planned to the last minute to make up enough stock for the fair as I've way behind after a summer of not making.  I know this seems silly, but I feel incredibly lost - what do I do with my time now!?  

I realise that in the grand scheme of life this is tiny, but I really feel like something major has been taken away - dramatic much?!  Its been three months since the initial injury and 8 and a bit weeks since the op - its a tiny op, I realise this, I realise that the injury us nothing major.  I realise all this.  But I think I also have to admit that not using my thumb for 7 weeks over the summer was hard.  And the recovery is hard.  Teaching my tendon and nerves that its ok to work again is hard work.  And painful work.  I was so happy when I picked up a crochet hook a few weeks ago and now having to put it down again is hard.  I know. I know it’s stupid and petty, but I think I just needed to be honest about it.

The scar is so much better now but still hard and sore - and the joint pain is a really pain the ***!  I know it'll get better and I know that this is not life changing, but it still kinda sucks!

Anyway! Enough self pity.  Here are some photos of some new items which I have managed to make without using my left thumb!  They will be on the Etsy shop soon - making time may just take longer.

What do you think?

Amelia Blanket
Crochet blanket, each square is 12cm x 12cm.  Backed with a soft fleece material.  Edged with a double crochet border.




Eddie the Tortoise
These little crochet Tortoise’s come in two sizes, small – 6.5 cm long.    Medium – 11cm long.



Matilda the Elephant
Matilda was made for the lovely Frances, and named by her.
Matilda measures 16cm long.




Scarves
Double crochet scarf with a single crochet edge.  These are made with two colours of choice.  In three sizes. A ( 4” wide and 24” long), B  (5” wide and 36” long) and C ( 6” wide and 48’ long) (A not pictured.)  They can of course be made to any measurements.





Thursday, 17 October 2013

A long overdue post... which is actually a plea...

Wow I've not posted anything for a long time.

I've had a very quiet summer making wise - if you know me on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram I will have bored you with photos of an injury which prevented me making - it was a sad time! (Gross alert).



Its healing now though, (yay!) and so I have A LOT of catching up to do.

So here's the plea.

I'm making more things for children, bow ties, hair bands, bracelets, hats, scarfs.  If you have a child near you and a spare second would you be able to measure their heads/necks/length of scarf/wrists and email me at hello@thegingerbee.co.uk with their age and measurements?  Any of these would be useful, please don't feel you have to pin your child down for a full on measuring session!

There are lots of guides on the internet but none of them agree with each other!

Thank you so much in advance!
xx

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Pea Bow Hair Clips

These pretty bows are available in either single or double crochet.



The Vintage Event, Brixton

Today I spent the day at The Vintage Event in Brixton.

I learnt loads and met some lovely people.  Am pretty pleased with how my stall looked too... what do you think?



Lots of food for thought, and I had the lovely support of brother-in-law Bee and soon-to-be-sister-in-law Bee (long name!!).

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Busy Bee Sunday


Its always exciting to get inquiries into orders! (Even if one is my Mum, who insists on paying!)

So today’s plans are to start on those orders - couldn't be happier.  There is also an old order which couldn't be completed due to doomed sewing machine which now can me! Patience in the receiver is so much appreciated! THANK YOU!

I've also got two new designs coming out soon - 'Anna' and 'Crysta' - can't wait to share them with you.

What are your sunny Sunday plans?



Wedding Ailmo Custion

The Wedding Ailmo is a 20cm x 20cm felt cushion personalised on the front the happy couples first names, date of wedding and the word 'Love' in any language in the middle of a heart.

These cushions made great wedding gifts or keepsakes.



Crochet Coasters

These coasters were inspired by vintage tea parties, hence the names! Sybil, Cora and Edith are handmade in three different designs and come in a set of 4. 

They are made with two colours of yarn crocheted together and edged with one of the colours. They are 10cm x 10cm. 

All colours are fully customisable.

To buy, click here



Mini Rose Rings

Little crochet roses on adjustable ring bases.

They are 1.2cm in diameter.

Other colours are available - these pink ones were made for this event.

To buy, click here



Mini Pea Bow Rings

Mini Pea Bow Rings - crochet bows on adjustable ring bases.

Inspired by the Pea Hair Bows and Bow Ties these rings bring a little splash of colour.  


Each bow is approx. 4cm x 1.5cm.


To buy, click here




Saturday, 6 July 2013

Stella Blanket

The Stella Blanket is a knitted patchwork blankets designed for babies and toddlers. It is 
backed with a fleece like material for softness. Perfect for the buggy! 


Stella is made up out of 4 different style stitched squares with optional child's initial in the middle. Also optional border.

Colours of squares can be fully customisable.


Each square patch is 10cm x 10cm.

I always use high quality materials, however, please use due care when gifting to a baby or child.



Sunday, 26 May 2013

Inspiration!

I'm off today to see my sister-in-law-to-be's (!) wedding venue! It's a gorgeous field so I'm hoping there will be lots of flowers for inspiration. I'll try and take photos and post them later!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

All the Pea Love

Two weeks ago I put a call out on Twitter for very kind parents to volunteer to receive a crochet hair bow or bow tie in return for some photos I could use.

The response was amazing.

I can't thank Steff, Anna, Rachel H and Emma, Esme and Rachel enough! (Esme and Rachel, yours will be in the post on Monday!)

Thanks to the wonderful Steff, these bows have a name. The Pea Bow's!

Here are four of the gorgeous recipients.


Thank you thank you thank you! From L-R - E, G, L and C!

To buy, click here

DIY Wedding Magazine

Lil ol' me on DIY Wedding Magazine!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

BRAND NEW: Pea Hair Bow's

Brand New Item!

Introducing the Pea Hair Bows - available on either elastic or a hard hairband.

These little bows are crocheted in a variety of sizes to suit you or your child.

£5.50 + P&P