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Serendipity? Oh yes! Oh yes!


It’s been an interesting few days, full of coincidences and chance meetings.

I’m the sort of person who believes that if you are on the right path, then things go right and coincidences happen as part of that confirmation.

( Just as I wrote that line, Dynamo the magician playing on the telly in the background said : My grandfather always told me that there was no such thing as coincidences, just things that were waiting to happen… )

Spooky that.
Well back to my true story.

Last time I held my market stall in Brixton Station Road

The collectible section of my market stall.

( a very seldom affair) , a very lovely man spent an awful long time pouring over my stock , clearly deep in thought. I’m quite a shy sort, and I’m not quick to offer help so waited for the inevitable inquiry.

” Could you make a dog to order? I’ve got a Jack Russel that I’d love to have made as a gift for a friend who looks after her for me.”
Well I love a challenge so I gave him my card and waited for the contact.

One one side of my business card I have my crochet business details.

On the flip side I have my Diane’s Puppets business details. I thought I’d combine the two in a multi purpose card. After all the target audience is virtually the same.
Well, a few months past and I totally forgot about this lovely man. That is until I received an email regarding making the dog for him. He had sent these lovely two pictures of Betty the dog

Lovely Betty the Jack Russel

She’s a sweetie

and asked if I could make her before the beginning of September.

That gave me loads of time, I’d surely get it done long before the deadline.

At the end of the email, he wrote this:

“Yes, I did check out your website as I was fascinated by the reverse side of your business card.
By a curious co-incidence you might like to check out my website : www.simonbuckley.co.uk

My curiosity prickled, I clicked on the link to find that the man who operated the Churchill Dog on the adverts

who had operated Margaret Thatcher’s puppet in Spitting Image and who was the legend that was Nobby the Sheep from Children’s telly had commissioned little ole me to make him something. Talk about a puppets connection… how strange. He lived locally too, in Brixton.
Here is his showreel.

Seriously Simon, I’m not worthy.

But I took the job on and within two days Betty the little puppy was finished. Here is the finished result:

Isn’t she cute? She even has a little ladybird on her nose as an added cute touch.
I’m delighted to report that Simon loved her . We spent a very lovely morning chatting puppets and crochet over a coffee in Brixton as I presented Betty to her owner.


I’m still sitting here smiling at the serendipity of it all. I think I must be doing something right.


A bespoke crochet your pet service soon to be launched here at Crochet Bright and Beautiful for just £30 you can have your own pet made young forever translated into crochet.  If you’re interested, leave a comment or email me on

thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com and make the subject line : Bespoke Pet and I’ll get back to you straight away.







Mr Lonely Boy : Pug number three

I’ve made a few collectibles over the past year but none so popular as the pug.

So far I’ve made three versions of this oh so cute puppy.

Here they are all together:

The first pug with his big doleful eyes

Poppy Pug number 2. She’s found a new owner already.

And this is my latest pug, Mr Lonely boy.

I think he is really cute with his chunky body, big head and low set eyes for added cute factor.

He sits so patiently

Back view

He just wants someone to love him.

Sitting back so you can see his paddy paws

I love that all the pugs are individuals, just as in real life. Isn’t that the beauty of hand made?

I’m sure this little lonely boy won’t be lonely for long. They’re usually the first puppies in the home to find a new loving owner.

Like all my collectibles, he is approximately 9 inches high , comes packed his own dinky white box and costs £20. ( plus p+p).

You can find him on my facebook page CROCHET BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

or he will soon be added to my Folksy shop 

if he doesn’t go first.

I make all my puppies and kitties up as I go along, I’m not great with patterns. Now I’ve had some experience with crochet, I love the freedom of freeform crochet.

But if you are looking for inspiration and great patterns for dolls and cats and dogs, look no further than the wonderful Beth Webber who’s blog By Hook By Hand is an absolute treasure trove of patterns and who is my first inspiration on my journey for making my collectibles.

Puppy Collectible : Roddy the Rottweiler

I’m trying to vary what I make just to keep things even and fresh. So after last weeks kittens and a very cute fairy , I decided to make another puppy.

I’ve just sold Desmond the Basset Hound

to a lovely lady in Sugarland, Texas via my Folksy shop. It’s so exciting when people buy things; amazing the power of the Internet to make  our huge globe so tiny! Well now I only have Boris the Bulldog

crochet bulldog puppy


and Lottie the Labrador

and Dotty the Dalmation

Cute crochet dalmation puppy


left. I needed another puppy in my stock so I decided to make one of my favourite dogs: a Rottweiler.

Yes I know they have a bad reputation and can be terribly dangerous, but I firmly believe that dogs are as dangerous as their owners. I owned the most wonderful Labrador /Rotty cross a few years ago and he was a perfect dog. Sadly he had terrible epilepsy and we had to help him go to sleep after 9 fits in one evening took it out of him. He was only 3 years old. Sleep well Tiny dog.

So here is Roddy the Rottweiler Puppy. He is made from glossy black cotton yarn and rusty brown acrylic.

Roddy the cutest Rotty

I think he’s a darling. He’s 9 inches high like all my other puppy collectibles and comes packaged in his own dinky white box.

All my collectibles cost £20 ( plus p+p) and would make a very special unique gift for someone who has everything.

Please note these creations are not sold as toys due to their handmade nature and are suitable for decoration purposes/ older children only.

Find him here on my Facebook page and soon he will be listed in my Folksy shop.: Crochet Bright and Beautiful

Beautiful Basset Hound

Here’s my latest puppy dog to join my crochet puppy clan.

Introducing Desmond . Don’t ask me why I’ve called him that, it just seemed to fit his gorgeous little face with it’s long droopy ears.

crochet basset hound collectible

Delightful, doleful Desmond.

Brown and white cute crochet basset hound dog puppy

Isn't he a cutie?

Basset hound cute crochet collectible

Just as cute from the side

Like all my other puppy dog collectibles , Desmond ‘sits’ 6″ /15 cm high and comes in his own cute white box. His eyes and nose are safely fixed in and he is made in a smoke and pet free environment.

He costs £15 plus p+ p and is soon to be listed in my folksy shop CROCHET BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL.

If you like him, why not give him a home. He is looking for a good owner who would take good care of him. He’s very low maintenance , requiring cuddles and kisses only and the very occasional sponge down. No pooper scooper or food required. He will go for walkies with you if you pop him in your bag or pocket.

Desmond has three other friends: Dotty the Dalmation, Boris the Bulldog and Smokey the Labrador.

Cute crochet dalmation puppy dog

I'm Dotty

Bulldog crochet puppy


Crochet puppy grey cute

I'm Smokey

Doggy cuteness

Here’s my latest little crochet puppy: a silver lab .

Crochet puppy grey cute


He’s ready for walkies.

Cute crochet grey puppy

Take me for a walk please!

Crochet puppy grey cute

I've got a waggy tail.

Did someone whistle?

Look at my medallion.

I really find it rewarding making these lovely puppies. They’re all soon to be listed on my folksy website .

All dogs come in their own little white box and cost £15 plus p+p. I think they’d make a very special gift for any dog lover.



Dotty about Puppies

It’s confirmed, I’m most definitely a dog lover.

I’ve tried making cats, but only managed one.

Here is my latest puppy. Her name is Dotty and she is a Dalmation.

She’s 6 inches tall, just big enough to fit into a pocket and has safety eyes and nose.

I think she’s really cute, but I’ll let you decide.

Cute crochet dalmation puppy
Crochet dalmation puppy side view

Perky pup

Cute crochet dalmation pup back view

I'm not listening.

Cute crochet dalmation puppy dog

Did someone say food?

Crochet dalmation puppy dog in box

Peep bo! Pups are packaged in cute boxes.

Love me, love my dog ( finger puppets)

It was inevitable that I would make doggy finger puppets as part of my finger puppet sets that I am making for my upcoming Craft stall at Morley College

It would be lovely to see lots of you there, here’re my latest puppy dogs.

I know I’m biased, but I think they’re really cute. They’d make the perfect gift for dog lovers everywhere, are fantastic for creative play and could be the gift for someone who already has everything. They’re one -off , so guaranteed no one will have anything like this. A set of 3 handmade puppies costs £12 and come presented in their own white box.



Labrador Love

Little pup waiting for his new owner

Yes I’ve made another puppy. Oh how I love amigurumi. It is my new obsession.

I had  to make a Labrador puppy, maybe I should wrap him up in a certain brand of toilet tissue?

I’ve decided to equip of all my puppies with a little lead so all prospective owners can take them on proper walks.

Isn’t he just adorable?

So what would you call him?

Dog portrait

I’ve been commissioned to paint a portrait of a friend’s dog for a gift. I think it’s turned out pretty nicely.

It is 20 x 30 cm and is acrylic on stretched canvas.

His name is Diego and he is the cutest little Staffordshire Bull Terrier ever.

I love my blue bone

I take commissions for portraits of pets or people.

If you are interested in having your own done, email me on thebabyfairyfifi@hotmail.com and put PORTRAIT as the subject. There is a week turnaround on all paintings and a 20x30cm acrylic on canvas costs just £50 plus p+p.

(I will need a selection of jpeg photos to work from.)




And they called it Puppy Love


Just a cheap excuse to show an old Donny Osmond classic.

He was my first crush. Well, it was 1971 and I was only 7. Give a girl a break.


I’ve been crocheting again, what a surprise! This time it’s an amigurumi, the cutest Japanese invention ever, cute crochet creatures.

Who says Pitbulls are scary? My favourite dog person in the world, Cesar Milan has a few and they seem pretty docile to me. It’s not the breed, it’s the owner!

Anyway back to crochet. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Get ready for the Ahhh’s .


puppy dog eyes

Gorgeous, only 6 inches long

I've even got a proper collar

Yuk at my yikkle tail

From the back

Too adorable huh?


Now I’m off to make a beagle. Oh I love crochet.