Category Archives: Craft

Heirloom Advent Calendars

handprinted dates rocking dog

Handprinted Dates


Sewing into the wee hours!
Better late than never – made a productive start on the first of three advent calendar designs. Hand stamped numbers, a couple of ginghams, Emily Sutton’s Curiosity Shop fabric and lots of fiddly sewing!
The other designs will feature knitastic Lucy’s elf with hand printed verse, and another featuring a mouse with the beautiful “Twas the night before Christmas verse”.
These are heirloom pieces – a calendar is for life and not one cardboard chocolate filled Christmas! PS… sssshhhh! Suzy Smith editor of Country Living bought one of these last year!

night shift rocking dog

Night Shift

advent materials rocking dog

Advent Materials

making up calendar rocking dog

Making Up Calendar

Umbrian Treasures

michele & co patisserie umbria

Amazing Umbrian Gâteau


As David Bowie would sing “Oh You Pretty Things”.
Amazing Umbrian patisserie from Michele & Co and delicious vintage textiles purchased in the district. My heart goes with the textiles – sorry Michele!
Freshly laundered embroidered loveliness in the shape of festive tablecloths, pillow cases, table runners and wall hangings.
Rocking Dog has been sewing some into pretty tea towels, however they are simply too lovely to dry dishes with! The starched beauties that don’t escape to my own armoire, will be on sale at The Vintage and Handmade Sale – Visit vintageandhandmade.co.uk and at my festive house sale in December.


textiles  washboard rocking dog

Textiles and Washboard


vintage embroidery

Vintage Embroidery

vintage tea towels rocking dog

Vintage Tea Towels

umbrian cake michele co

Umbrian Cake

November Nature Table

Autumn Collection.November. Rocking Dog

November’s Gifts

Still an abundance of white nettles, fungi, rose-hips, brambles and quince. With a chill in the air the leaves will soon fall. So come on Little Bro’ and Swan from across the pond what’s Central Park looking like this Fall? Rocking Dog must thank Pretty Nostalgic Magazine for some of the beautiful paper backdrops she uses for her posts, paperly yummy!

Hedgerow Spray. Rocking Dog

Hedgerow Spray

Season Colours November

Season Colours

Christmas Elves Get Busy!

Do Not Disturb!
The time has come to help the little knitted elves out and to get Christmas decoration making! Knitted elf by the knitastic Lucy Blackmore. Why I chose to put Zac Efron in the mix of today’s photos is anyones guess! He’s become part of Ferguson Christmas folklore and is a jolly person to meet all 6ft of him as you head to the bathroom!

Tree Decoration

Tree Decoration

Sugar Mouse

Sugar Mouse

Santa Zac

Santa Zac

Wonderful Weekend!

Pickled Limes

Pickled Limes

Good Morning!

The weekend bought with it a little sale at home (thanks to all who donated in excess of £70 for refreshments for the charity AFRIpads). Met some really lovely people.
Next sale mid December for anyone interested, when the house will be festooned with festive fluff, and Michael Buble will be serenading us all (unfortunately not the man himself!)
Had all our lovely children back and they have now gone. All is very quiet here and I feel sad.

Fireplace Banner

Fireplace Banner

Fish and Heart Display

Fish and Heart Display

Lavender Heart

Lavender Heart

Parcel Tags

Parcel Tags

Mince Pies

Mince Pies

Nigel, Boris, Elvis, Ronny, Kevin and Pete

Three Happy Knitted Boys
As the Beautiful South lyrics go “Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue..Deborah, Annabel too……” Rocking Dog has got “Nigel and Boris, Elvis, Ronny.. Kevin and Pete”
These Knitted Boys were not crafted by the Dog but rescued from a multi-coloured woollen mountain hell. Now well fed, psychoanalysed and named, these boys are seeking caring new homes. Great company, you can cuddle up and watch The Only Way is Essex together.
Your adopted boy can help you dip your Custard Cream into a steaming cuppa!
And yes, my fence could really do with a paint- maybe I’ll get a Knitted Boy or two on the case!

Friendly Knitted Boys

Friendly Knitted Boys

Nigel, Willy + Boris

Nigel, Willy + Boris

Inexpensive Cards and Wrapping

Wallpaper wrap
Inexpensive cards and wrapping.
Someone’s getting a giant bag of squirrel food for their Birthday!
My lovely Cole & Son wallpaper used as stylish gift wrap together with a papier mache Christmas decoration squirrel (TK Maxx), string and stamped luggage label.
Housewarming gift for lovely friend bundled in Chinese newspaper (free paper in a Chinese supermarket) ribbon, Christmas decoration frame used as label.
Birthday card for a gorgeous dancer and performer, card blank (Hobbycraft), label, ribbon, picture cut from charity shop book, sequin stars to embellish. Go on get creative- you know you want to!

Celebrate!

Celebrate!

Chinese Newspaper Wrap

Chinese Paper Wrap

Ballerina Beauties!

Fairy lights
Once Upon a Time……there was a restless ballerina who decided it was high time to leave the bright lights of Jelly Mould City. She very soon joined her friends on the Silver Sugar Spoon Tree. Being a very rebellious ballerina she quickly was encouraging all her fellow ballerina’s to seek new homes on bedecked fir trees up and down the land.
Buy one of these ballerina beauties and you could continue this farcical but oh so real fairytale!!
Off to tramp down the Yellow Brick Road with real live Rocking Dog.

Fairycake Tree

Fairycake Tree

Fairy Cake

Fairy Cake

Mince Pie Mountain

Sugar Plum Fairy

Hambrook WI gave a unanimous thumbs up to Rocking Dog mince pies and hope they liked the kitsch snow globe presentation. How I love little fir trees, red spotted mushrooms, ballerina’s and fairy lights!

Sugar Plum Fairy

Sugar Plum Fairy

Snow Globe

Snow Globe

Edible Gifts for Hambrook WI

Christmas Food Labels
Rocking Dog is readying herself for this evening’s Hambrook WI session. I am leading a session on Edible Gifts- hope the lovely ladies don’t think I am trying to teach them to suck eggs! They have such a reputation for their cooking and baking skills. I will sign on tomorrow with their review of my Secret Mince Pies!

Spicy Gifts

Spicy Gifts

Salt and Spice

Salt and Spice

Pear + Walnut

Pear + Walnut