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!


Tuesday, 26 June 2012



Hi guys,

At last I have finished the clown cross stitch………YIIIPPPPEEEEEEE!!!!!!!




I do like the dog.


I am glad I have finished! what should I do next??????


Luv Jane XX

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Father’s day cards


Hi guys,

Sorry for the delay in posting this. Not spent much time on the internet or computer. These are the cards for the Fathers Day.

For the Father in Law:


Something a bit different. I have used my new Honeysuckle Vine from Memory box…….I love this one!


Opened right out showing the new die set I have from Spellbinders – Floral Doily Accent. Also used candy and buttons from the stash.


A nice little cross stitch in the middle. The cross stitch pattern is from one of the many mags I get. I have used allsorts on this card. Father in Law loved it as it as his favorite owls on it. The card and papers are from the crop box.


This is Duncan’s card from Jennifer and the cats.

My first attempt at a double fold card for tags.


Duncan loves Dragons so I have used the Wild Rose Studio Fergus with Teddy. Instead of using my promarkers I have used my water colours which I have not used in ages………… I think I need to play with these a little bit more.


The 2 little tags I have made.


Duncan loved his card as well!


I crocheted a little owl for the father in law as I did not know how long it would take me to knit the owl for him. I got this pattern for the Art of Crochet mag that I get.


I thought I would show you a picture of my little helper helping me a lot…….NOT. Smudge does look like he is comfortable doesn’t he?????

Well we have just completed our 4th week with a personal trainer and Duncan as lost a massive 12lb and I have lost 5lb. I was a bit gutted with my loss but it was pointed out to me that I have never trainer like this before and I have found muscles that I did not know I had more like use. I have lines appearing around the muscles like my biceps and calves. So we have signed up for another 4 weeks and we have been told it is going to get harder. I will keep you updated and here is to the pain that is coming our way……LOL!!!!!


Right I need to get off the computer and get to work on the cross stitch I am doing………Remember this??????


Well I am on to the back stitching…….yes I remember saying I wanted to finished this before I got married and yes I have been married 10 months now…….I know I am terrible!!!!!!!!!

See you soon and leave a comment so I can come to visit you.

Luv Jane XX

Thursday, 14 June 2012

My knitted owl


Hi guys,

Well I have not been able to put my latest projects on here as they are Father Day’s things…….but I can show you this as I can not wait until Sunday…….. I have knitted my first toy……….My Father in Law loves Owls so I could not let this one go without trying…



He was fiddling in bits but I managed it. I could not wait until Fathers Day so I have entered him onto my Father in Law’s facebook page asking for a home urgently for this little owl……just waiting for the answer.

This pattern is by Alan Dart and it is part of the Owl and the Pussy Cat pattern he as done for the simply knitting magazine……..I may have to try this again but add the cat and boat.


Hope you like.

Luv Jane XX

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Something for Duncan


Hi guys,

Well after the key rings I had to make another wrist band as Duncan liked the one I made for myself…..So here it is….


The pattern is from the latest Carftseller mag, the designer is Suzanne Frank.

So I have a happy chappie now…….what to do next??????????

Luv Jane XX

Key rings


Hi guys,

I know I said I was going to do more squares today but I really wanted to cross stitch…..We needed key rings for our keys for the padlocks that we need for the gym……..so I have been looking for patterns but not finding anything really……until I found these……..


The challenge I put to myself was that I had to use the pile that was growing in my floss organizer. Sorry the picture not very good.


A better picture. A butterfly for me.The pattern is from the Best of Summer chart book from the Cross stitch Crazy mag. Yes I had to do one for Duncan….


A load of stars with Dee at the top in green……..this was from the Family gift sets from Cross stitch Crazy mag from way back……


Because I was busy with the key rings the hubby made my lunch


I must keep busy in the future and a girl can get use to this treatment!!!!!!

Hope you like and do say Hi so I can come visit you.

Luv Jane XX

Monday, 4 June 2012



Hi guys,

Well I have built up the courage to do some quilting………this is completely new to me. My hubby got me a subscription to the Art of Quilting mag so after receiving 16 issues I thought it was time to have a go…….so with issue 1 I did the below:


I have just released the bottom right corner is the wrong way…….OH NANAS!!!!! It gives it character!!!

So I could not stop there I had to have a go at issue 2:


I still have a lot of practicing to do but I think this will come when I do the last square trusting my luck….LOL!!!!!

So I looked at the next issue and thought this was a bit hard but I have managed to do it and it looks like the picture in the mag…….well after a few pints but I am proud of it……….


So I have done my first 3 squares what do you think??????

Hubby made the below as the recipe says they are slow releasing…………..we have done well this first week for watching what we eat and the personal trainer…….


Fruit flapjacks. I have lost 3lb this week and I have found I have muscles I never knew existed!!!!! I think I will have to try the fourth square tomorrow.

Luv Jane XX

Saturday, 2 June 2012

My Bargain


Hi guys,

On Wednesday me and Duncan had our first session with a personal trainer at the gym we have joined………I have never settled in a gym and always give up after a few weeks………….So this time we joined together but I did not know what to do really to get rid of all this fat I have. So we have the lovely Richard who is going to push us to the limits and show us how to use the machines correctly. So we did the legs on Wednesday night……..pain for the next 2 days with the second session on Friday night which was to work on the shoulders……….I am feeling it at this moment with just typing this post……I managed to do my weeding……with  a lot of groaning……….Duncan is suffering as well. It does not finish there as tomorrow morning we will be doing the third session on the back and chest. The best bit is then we have 2 days off and start all over again on Wednesday. I am enjoying it but it is very hard work. Will keep you posted on this as we go along and in the future I may be able to show you the before and after pictures.

Anyhow back to the bargain I was telling you about………………..Well Sue at the Wool Shop saw some of my work and told me of some goodies she had that I may be interested in……..so I had to go and look……yes dragging Duncan with me.


Would I be interested in the above and could I say no?????? NO so she give me these and the below I got for 50p each……


Duncan paid for these for me…….YES I am Spoilt!!!!!!!!

This afternoon after I finished my garden I took my newly delivered Craftseller mag and saw knitted wristband……so I had to have a go and this is what I have done……


I did get into such a tangle with the colours so I had to do a bit of looking for how to do this and I managed to do it……………I have made a few mistakes which I can see……can you??


I think I will have to wear these tomorrow to the gym.

What do you think?

Luv Jane XX

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