About Dingus Designs

Dingus Designs is basically me and now my husband and our love for crafts. I love to cross stitch, making cards, patchment, crochet and knitting and trying to teach myself to tat. The other half loves glass work and tapestry. Can not forget to introduce the little helpers we have Smudge, Dixie and Jingles the cats that own us.

Join us in our adventures into the craft world!


Sunday, 27 March 2011


Hi guys,

I was a bit busy last weekend with doing the garden. I have planted loads of seeds and a few bulbs. Here are the pictures of my hard work….


The above picture is of my rhubarb which is already growing and the little thing at the left hand side is one of the bulbs that I have planted. I can’t wait for the rhubarb crumbles…….hmmmmmmmmm………….


I planted these 2 pansies last year and they survived the snow and are still flowering. I love them as they are my favourite colour..Purple.


The pot on the wall is my attempt at growing herbs. The green plants at the bottom are my bluebells which I love  and the lavender in front of the cellar gate.


I did all the digging myself with a little fork and added the compost. I am proud of my efforts and hopefully I will be able to do a picture in a couple of months showing all the pretty flowers. I am very new to gardening so fingers crossed.

Does anyone want to kiss my hand better I got a blister with all the hard work?????

Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Challenge card


Hi guys,

I have made this card for Just Magnolia and Hangler and Stangler challenge…………I don’t have any of the Hangler and Stangler stamps……well not yet. So I used my lovely Magnolia stamps…………… I used Star Tilda.

I have been practising using my promarkers and this is what I made:


The challenge was to follow a sketch by the Lovely Bev.

The card I used all came from my crop box. I used card candy and my circle nesties.

Well I hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Dragon card

Dad asked me to make him a card for a friend and this is what I made.

I used the Lili of the Valley Uguns the Dragon- he is sooooooo cute

Promarkers to colour him in.

Paper from my crop box

Buttons that have been sat in a jar for quite a while.



Oh nearly forgot I used my chalks just around the Label Fifteen nestie.

Hope you like

Luv Jane XX

Monday, 7 March 2011

Catch U a Birthday Wish

Hi guys,

On this card I have used Edwin again with a little net. This stamp as been in my collection and I don’t remember using him…………..I don’t want the other half to hear this……….but I have used it now………also trying to use some of the scraps of paper and card I have in my scrap box that is over flowing…….


The patterned paper is from the My Mind’s Eye Spring collection.

The nesties is the Peony.

Magnolia Stamp – Edwin   ( The star of the show)

Craftworks candy.


I used my promarkers for the colour.

The green card is from the scrap box.

I used my chalks from Dovecraft in pastels and bright.

Edwin had to catch something so on the inside…………….


A lovely Butterfly which is a die from Provo crafts with different embossing styles. I used the bright chalks from Dovecraft.

I would like to enter for the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday – Follow a sketch

The Paper Players – Spring

I hope you like and talk to you very soon.

Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Wild Birthday

Hi guys,

I have been a bit busy today with all the crafting which as been brilliant it does help when I have been able to leave the housework to the other half for once.

I have made a card:


I used the following:

Magnolia’s Jungle Edwin


Orange ribbon from stash ( It was an impulse buy)

Animal dies from Provo Craft

Distress inks – Antique linen and Wild Honey

Nesties – Squares, circles and label Seventeen

Coloured card been sat in a box for years.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Friday’s Sketches – Follow a sketch

Alphabet Challenge – R is for Ribbon

The Crafty Pad – Use ribbon

Thanks for looking

Luv Jane XX

Banana Loaf

Hi guys,

You know what it is like you buy bananas and nobody eats them so they are sat there going a bit brown so I thought I would make a banana loaf instead of wasting food.

So here it is:


Fresh form the oven.

Luv Jane XX

Knitted Heart

Hi guys,

For my Birthday my Best Friend got me a gift voucher for my local wool shop. So I went yesterday to see what I could get up to. I have 2 patterns I have that I would love to have a go at so I took these with me and I managed to get all the wool and new needles with change………………….so my voucher as been up dated for the next visit.

The first project was called shaker hearts from The Art of Knitting issues. It as taken me a day and half to do but I am so proud that I kept going when things did not go well.

So here are the pictures:


The wool I used was Sirdar Calico DK in purple, blue and white.


The purple side above.


The blue side.


There was going to be a ribbon so it could be hung up but I didn’t quite get this bit right and it ended up on the inside…………….I hope you are not laughing too hard about this. I think I have got that bit sorted for the next one.

I hope you like and I need to go read up on the intarsia method so watch this space……….for the next laugh really LOL.

Luv Jane XX

Saturday, 5 March 2011

My next Cross stitch project


Hi guys,

I have started my next cross stitch project and I thought to keep motivated on it I could upload my progress on this blog. I find that with cross projects I start off with determination and then after a couple of weeks the project starts to be pushed to one side with other projects that I want to start. The last project of the Dragon I used filament and I had never used this before and I could not get to grips with it so it was put to one side. It was left for quite a while until I heard about thread heaven but I never got back to it until last year when  it was a matter that I have to do it and I really didn’t want to be beaten by a cross stitch.  So I unpicked the little patch I had done and started all over again. Same again I had about a 2 month gap on it until I could motivate myself.

So back to the original story………….I have started a new project and I am going to post my progress as I go along. I have to say that I have had this cross stich in my box for about 11 years. I actually bought this project to do for Jennifer when she was about 1 but I never got around to it………I know I am terrible…………. So to my first pictures…………


As you can see it is not a small project.


A closer look at the actually bit I have cross stitched.


I thought I would be brave a show a close up of the project.

Do you have a project on the go but can not motivate yourself to do it? You had a break from the project?

Why not upload your project onto your blog and let me know and we can motivate each other to keep going?


Luv Jane XX

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