Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Winter Sale on in My Etsy Store

I hope you are all keeping warm - we have had a lot of snow and very cold temperatures here in the UK and in this part of Scotland, though thankfully the paths and roads are being kept accessible and the postal service does not seem too badly affected.

I hope you are all looking forward to celebrating the season - my family and I had a lovely day yesterday, celebrating the Winter Solstice and ate rather too much, but it was a good day and the first sunny one for a while.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish all my customers and visitors, Season's Greetings and all the very best wishes for the coming year.

To celebrate, I am currently offering a 15% discount to all customers, on all my items at my Etsy Store. Just enter the code: WINTERSALE2010 at the checkout  http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEnchantedGrove

Friday, 12 November 2010

Girly Waterfall Waistcoat in Inside Crochet Magazine issue 12

Well at last I have got to see a pattern of my own creation in a magazine and I was very excited to see the wonderful pictures from the photoshoot. Inside Crochet 12 Preview


The magazine can be bought in Tesco, WH Smiths and various retail and craft outlets, as well as by subscription and also a digital subscription.

Please look out for my pattern and I hope you will have fun making it.

Crocheting To Beat The Chill!

It has been decidedly chilly and frosty the last few weeks, here in the Highlands, with the local mountains already capped with the first snowfalls of winter, so I have been inspired to make more neck warmers and wrist warmers for my Etsy Store. The new neck warmers are a wrap-around style and fasten with a pretty crocheted flower button and they can be worn in a couple of different styles. They are quite wide, so they can be pulled up to cover the mouth and help keep out those biting winter winds, of which we get plenty here, being near the sea.

The neck warmers would make a perfect gift for a loved one, or as a treat for yourself and are reasonably priced too.  Here are a couple to wet your appetite:




Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Enchanted Grove's Craft Book Emporium

I  just wanted to let you know about my new Amazon craft book store, which has a wide range of craft books available, from knitting and crocheting, sewing, beading and jewellery making, crafting with children, spinning and weaving.  There is sure to be something to inspire and delight you and some lovely books there, that would make the perfect gift for the coming festive season.  Please take a look here or follow the side bar link on the right.


Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Auntie Burrows - A Crocheted Rabbit

Auntie Burrows started out in life as a pencil sketch from my imagination. She then burrowed around in my mind for a while and I eventually made her up into a little crocheted figure. It was whilst her clothes were being made for her, that I started to develop a personality for Auntie Burrows and started to jot down some stories about her.

The pattern for Auntie Burrows is the second of my patterns to be accepted for publication by the UK's Inside Crochet magazine, which will be published in their Spring issue, number 15.  Auntie Burrows is just over 13 inches tall and is fully jointed and can sit and stand unaided. She comes with a complete outfit (as pictured below) and also comes with a little bag that matches her hat and shoes, which is just big enough to fit in a few mini eggs or a hen's sized chocolate egg, to make a wonderful Easter or Springtime gift.

I am very excited to have her pattern accepted and this very week, she will be going off to their offices ready for her photo shoot. She will be away for a while, so I hope she has a safe journey.

Auntie Burrows now has her own blog, which you can see here: The Journal of Auntie Burrows  It is very new at the moment, but keep an eye out for stories, pictures and crafts coming on there, which will be gradually added.  Some of them will be suitable to do with young children, whilst others will be more for an adult to make for children.












I hope you like her and will look out for her pattern in Inside Crochet in the spring.

My First Published Pattern

It seems ages since I last posted here, but I have been extremely busy with crafting and with my family.  I was lucky enough to have one of my newest crochet patterns accepted by the UK's Inside Crochet magazine. You can find out about the magazine here.  My pattern is for a Girl's Waterfall Waistcoat and it will appear in issue 12, which will be out in November. The magazine is available by subscription and also from high street newsagents and major supermarkets.

I am also happy to take custom orders for the waistcoat to be made up and you can find details on my Etsy store. For sizes newborn through to 24 months, see here and for sizes 2 to 6 years, please see here.  The waistcoat is made up using 100% merino yarn, which is a very soft, non-itchy wool.  I have pledged to donate 10% of the sale of any of these waistcoats to The Motse Project which helps support rural communities and orphaned children in Botswana. Please take a look at their website for more details: www.motse-project.org

Here are a few photos of the waistcoat for you to see:




I hope you like the waistcoat and will look out for the pattern in Inside Crochet next month.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Gorgeous New Girly Slippers and more....

I have been very busy the last few weeks, designing and creating patterns for new girly slippers and bootees, suitable for babies and up to 5 years of age or so. They have cute appliques of animals, flowers, stars, hearts and fruit. I have begun listing them on my Etsy store. I have also been making up more of my wrist warmers, again using my own pattern, which is proving popular.  Here are some photos of recent makes.  I hope you enjoy them and please feel free to leave comments.



Thursday, 4 February 2010

Delicious and Scrummy Treats Abound in My New Etsy Store!

Just take a look at my tasty new cat blankets, now available in my Etsy Store. These two have a blend of colours inspired by my favourite chocolates and ice creams ...

... first up, we have the Strawberry Chocolate Cream Cat or Small Dog Blanket in luscious shades of white, pinks, and dark reds, mixed with milk chocolate














... and then to whet your appetite further, there's the Chocolate Fudge Sundae Cat or Small Dog Blanket, a delicious blend of vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk and dark chocolates and chocolate flakes. Yum!















These are one of a kind blankets - I don't have any of these yarns remaining, so will be unable to make another exactly like this. They measures approximately 17" (43 cm) diameter.

These very lovely blankets would make a cosy bed for the cat or small dog in your life. You could also use them as a seat pad, or a topper for a cushion, or even as a decorative mat to set off a bowl or other piece of art.

I am planning on adding to this confectionary range of blankets, so watch this space for more details.

Hello and Welcome to The Enchanted Grove

I am based in the Highlands of Scotland, UK, not far from farmland, woodland and the sea.


I have been an avid crafter ever since I was a small child, and learnt to knit and crochet over 30 years ago. You can find out more about me here and can view my Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheEnchantedGrove, where you can find my crochet pattern designs, as well as my own crochet creations, from bags, scarves, hats, wrist warmers, cat blankets to baby shoes.


I am a self taught artist and love watercolours and acrylics, as well as sketching. I love painting imaginative landscapes in watercolour, as well as portraits of teddy bears in acrylics, so if you would like something custom created, then I am happy to discuss your requirements.