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Continues from the post Brambly Wood (read it here)

Why, its Gordie!

He’s a troll don’t you know but not your usual kind of troll, oh no, Gordie’s really quite different.  He has his own, very distinctive look, the last of his kind we are told.  No, Gordie’s not like anything you’ll have ever seen before!  But don’t be alarmed, he’s a very friendly chap …

Gordie the troll

Guardian of Brambly wood

meet a friendlier troll, 

no, you never could.

He hears the tales of the trees within

and shares them with those who’re willing to listen

Ah yes, with skin of green he is a dashing fellow

Scruffily dressed in brown but not yellow

He walks barefoot, never heard of a shoe

His face always happy, as are the other two!

Other two? What? how can this be?

You see Gordie is a troll who’s heads number three!

“Good day, good day, good day” says Gordie as he approaches us on the path ahead. “Welcome new friend and old what brings you to Brambly in the Wintery cold?”

“Ah Gordie hello, how lovely to see you.  We were out for a stroll and thought we’d pop by, to see you fine folks and just say Hi, but its awfully quiet, do you know why?”

“It’s winter silly! silly silly! There’s only us here. The others all sleep til the Spring Fairy comes near.  But we never get lonely, just us and the trees, with the whispering stories they sing in the breeze”

“Oh Gordie, of course, how silly indeed. We have a few minutes, can we stay for a while?, do tell us a tale that makes you smile”

“Oh no, not today dear friends old and new, I’m expecting a visitor, now shoo, shoo, shoo!”

“Gordie! That’s rude! We’re guests in your wood”

“Sorry,  sorry, sorrrrrry, we’re so nervous you see, the Frost Fairy is coming to ours for some tea. She’s the Winter Fairy so powerful and strong, she scares us a bit, hope she doesn’t stay long!”

“Oh Gordie, you sweet gentle soul, she’ll be so excited, you’re her favourite troll!  Frost isn’t scary, she’s dainty and twinkles and where ever she visits, leaves glittering sprinkles.  In the morning you’ll see, just how pretty it’ll be. She’ll sprinkle frosty twinkles all through Brambly Wood, on the ground, on the trees, on you if she could!  Perhaps we’ll pop by, for a wee cup of tea and stay for a natter if you’ll have us Gordie?”

“Oh thank you” says Gordie “thank you, thank you, and a really big PHEW! So glad it’s not the Queen of Ice who really isn’t very nice! Ah such a joy it will be with the lovely Frost here for tea! Yes, dear friends old and new, please do, please do, please do”


If you love Gordie you’ll be pleased to hear he is currently materialising through crochet, and we hope to have him made soon to show you, along with his pattern so you can make your own adorable Gordie too. Check back for updates as we’ll link them here. 


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Brambly Wood

Brambly wood, ah such a charming wood, have you been? Oh you must have, the beautiful big forest next to Sunny Meadow, where the meadow flowers dance in the breeze? Come with me now … there’s so much to see …

Feel the soft dense forest floor beneath your feet and allow your senses to fill with that delicious woody smell … ahh … we’re here…

Take a look around, the striking fauna in a thousand shades of green orange and brown, bowing as if quietly welcoming you as you pass. Oh the trees, a myriad of different species, all standing proud together, tiny little saplings bursting with life aside their enormous time-honoured grandparents each all eager to tell you their tales.

Perhaps they are. Whispering their stories as the wind swishes through their leaves, carrying their song through the forest for those who can hear.

They tell tales of the beings who dwell within, of adventures and struggles, of friendships and foes, of magical nooks and of dark scary places where nobody goes!

Are you ready to meet them? Come walk beside me, we’ll need to be quiet … shhhh … wait … who’s this that we see?

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Teeny Tiniest wee hearts

Wow, it’s January … already … it’s chilly and wet and the kids are bored daft! Up here in Inverness it’s almost another week until they are back at school and nursery, eeeek I fear for my sanity, I really do! Now I don’t know about you but when I’m a bit stressed I crochet …

With a few projects currently on the go, true obsessive starter that I am, I’m bouncing between finishing things off (well I do do that too, sometimes) starting exciting new makes and writing patterns up from my scribbles.  If you’re anything like me or if you like teeny tiny things but hate little hooks, how do you fancy a super easy, super quick … and super FREE make that in just minutes you’ll have that “ooh I did it” self-gratification that, let’s face it, we all really NEED sometimes?

You do? Great, go grab your 2.5 hook and DK yarn …

You can of course, use any size yarn and hook you like, if you want it a bit bigger use a 3 or 3.5 and bigger still go up to Aran weight and a 4 or 5 hook. If you want it smaller go down to a thinner yarn or thread with smaller hooks, for a microscopic size.

I wrote this pattern for this super cute little heart last year. It really is teeny weeny, and made with dk cotton and a 2.5 hook.  I love it. Now I can make sweet dainty things, like bracelets or earrings, adorn cards and crafts even. And now so can you.

Teeny Tiny Heart

To start make a Magic Ring and ch 1 and do all of the following stitches into the magic ring, htr tr htr dc htr ch1 htr dc htr tr dc, sl st to first to close.

(US terms: Hdc dc hdc sc hdc ch1 hdc sc hdc dc, sl st to close)

FO, pull the ring closed and weave in ends.

Ta da a teeny wee heart 💜

How easy was that?

Hope you love it too x

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The return to roots

Hello WordPress, a new chapter begins ….

I have done some deep soul searching over the last few months and as a result Mini Me Makes will see some changes, starting with this new blog and a return to its roots in 2018.

These roots, if there was ever any doubt, lie in crochet and pattern writing.  Why the change?  Well there’s been a few catalysts.

The first one being sales, or more specifically making to sell. I unintentionally got sucked onto a sales path when it wasn’t actually my intention. Facebook, yes, I do blame you, almost entirely in fact. There’s no denying that social media is THE way we socialise now, it’s where our friends and acquaintances all are and millions of potential customers.  So surrounded by hundreds of thousands of other crafters all trying to get seen and sell their gorgeous goods on social media, it was all too easy to jump right in.

But the thing is it takes a huge amount of your time to get ‘seen’, even by your own page fans. It requires multiple daily page posts, time and energy networking with other crafters etc, sharing your wares night and day on your page, your personal profile, groups, networking pages, sales pages. It’s all about your presence and yes it works, you get likes, lovely comments, make new friends even and  some sales too but … the time … oh so many hours … and I just can’t sustain it, I don’t want to.

Don’t get me wrong, there are millions of crafters and businesses very successfully working social media and loving every minute, but when you don’t love it, it’s time to take a step back to reassess where you’re going.

I do so love creating things and meeting people and am truly honoured that they want to buy my makes. I am even more honoured when they ask me to create something just for them.  My passion, you see, is in truly creating something completely from nothing but imagination. My imagination, customers imaginations and my wonderful sons imaginations.

Now it’s my eldest son’s imagination that really has driven the return back to my pattern writing roots.  What started with Calendula the flower fairy who I created from inspiration from the bright and cheery summer flower, then grew into a whole new fantasy land based in Sunny Meadow and Brambly Wood. It wasn’t long before more fairies materialised in Daisy, Rose, Frost, and Berry & Bramble the wood fairies too but then Mini Me Makes took a different path for a while and the fairy adventures sadly went unnoticed, by me anyway.

But not by my eldest son, he had opened his heart and imagination to this world and flowing through him have been hundreds of more creatures and beings. He has filled pages and pages of a sketch pad with these incredible beings that are bursting to materialise. Alongside he has written magical tales of their adventures. I really am humbled and am totally in awe of his creativity.  I cannot wait to focus my creative energy on making his imaginary world materialise.

Exciting times ahead …

Come with us on our journey by following our blog 😀