Creative Friday

Needle Saver / Book

Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my little Nativity Set, I really appreciate it!!! I have had many knitters write to me asking about the scale of the other farm animals and them fitting in with the nativity set. I have been working on the the donkey pattern so far and if he is knitted in a thin DK yarn with 3mm needles, he is the perfect scale for the nativity. I will be working on the rest of the patterns over the weekend and will be updating the animal sizes, yarns and needles sizes over on the Nativity Set thread on my Ravelry group. I think thas will be the best place to keep all the information together.

Happy knitting!

Welcome to Creative Friday

Thank you so much to everyone who shares the love and their beautiful links:) Please feel free to post your links to anything you have created and would like to share, it can be a recipe, sewing tutorial, knitting tutorial, felting, crochet, crafts, art, spinning, weaving, working with fibre, photography, poetry…etc…

I also love to hear from you, so if you have a moment, please leave a comment:) Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us! Just add the name of your blog to the widget and then add your blog link with the http:// at the beginning of your link address:) I have added a Creative Friday button on the sidebar of my blog, please feel free to add it to your blog for Creative Friday and link it to so others can find this space and share their creativity too:)

1. I have started a Creative Friday Flickr Group where you can post your beautiful photos that you link to each Creative Friday. To join the group, please go here.

2. If you would be so kind as to link back to Natural Suburbia in your blog post that would be lovely:)

Have a wonderful day,


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Christmas Nativity Set and a Giveaway



I just wanted to share my little Christmas Nativity Set here with you, I will be placing it alongside out advent display a little later this year. I really enjoyed designing these characters, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus and love its simplicity.

The pattern is available on Etsy and Ravelry.

I am so looking forward to Christmas this year, the festive feeling that fills our home, the decorating, St Nicholas Day on the 6th, family coming all the way from Zimbabwe to spend Christmas with us, we haven’t seen them for years… all such good things happening, my heart is very grateful. Kye and Caiden have made little calenders and are marking off each day.


I am giving away 2 Nativity Set Patterns to 2 of my lovely readers, if you would like to win, just leave a comment and if you would like to earn extra entries, just share on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and let me know here in the comments that you have shared.

The winner will be chosen on Saturday the 1st of December.

Congratulations to:

Becky November 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

Love it!!!


Barbara Szatkiewicz November 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

Very nice and with the camel and donkey my Nativity set is complete. Thank you.

PS My 20% off sale on Etsy is going to continue until Friday evening, coupon code; LOVE1



Pot Potato Success!

These are the first of our pot potatoes that I planted a while ago. During the hail storm, this particular plant was badly damaged.  I decided to pull it up today as the leafy part of the plant had been battered. Imagine my surprise, when I discovered a 7 inch long potato and a few smaller ones!! I am very excited indeed! I think there is wonderful hope for pot potatoes in our future:) I’m going to plant up larger pots and see what happens. These haven’t been eaten by anything as they were protected in the confines of the pot and they are just beautiful!

This is what I did, I filled up each pot with rich, composted soil and only planted one potato per pot. The potato was planted right near the surface and then lovely new potatoes grew underneath. And that’s it! I have battled for years to try and avoid all the bugs that have come from far and near to eat huge holes in our potato crop, so yay, at last we succeed!

Have a wonderful Sunday:)


Perfect Christmas Gift Shopping!

Seeing as Christmas is just around the corner and many of my lovely sponsors are having specials and sales over this weekend from Black Friday through to Cyber Monday and longer, I thought I would share their wonderful discounts here with you!

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Sara from Woolies is offering a few sale items in her beautiful Heirloom shop.

Ulla from the wonderful shop Germandolls is offering a 10% off  sale on all of her dolls and doll clothes today through to Monday. Coupon Code BFCM2012.

A Little Handmade is spreading the holiday cheer by offering 15% off all products in the shop from now until Tuesday, November 27. Take advantage of this offer by using the coupon code HOLIDAYCHEER. This promotion is good for items already made as well as craft kit subscriptions. Don’t see what you want? Contact me, and I’ll see if I can make it happen!

A Little Handmade is also supporting local sales by offering free shipping for local customers who arrange pick up or drop off with me. If you live in eastern Kansas or the KC Metro Area, enter coupon code BUYLOCAL and contact me to arrange the details.

Buy small, buy local! Support people working to make a difference in the world.

Liz from the beautiful shop called The Sitting Tree is offering 10% off Friday through Monday using code: HOLIDAY12.


Waldorf Essentials have a sale going right now. The coupon code is 2012 for 20% off.

End of the year sale at Waldorf Essentials, 20% off everything including their Thinking Feeling Willing program.

Do pop in and visit these gorgeous shops and see what they have to offer.

Happy weekend to you:)

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