Scraphappy (birth)Day – June


I’ve got something to tell you.

Make it quick Short Stuff I need my sleep.

Well, today is the 15th of June so not only is it Scraphappy Day – hence the basket of felt scraps –

but it’s also The Servant’s birthday.

She’s how old? I don’t believe you.

It’s true, she remembers The Clangers * and she was even a bit too old for them then.

I’ve got her this flower.  What have you got her?

Let me think…..

Hmmm.  I’ve given her plenty of mice before but she doesn’t seem to like them.  She looks cross and calls me disgusting so I think you’re off the hook.

I’ll have to think of something else.  Maybe a lizard.

What are you doing done up like a cat’s dog’s dinner anyway?

She made me this little waistcoat out of scrap felt.

It even has a little vent to accommodate my tail.

I think the embroidery and the gold button from the vintage button jar make me look as if I’m wearing a Mayoral chain of office.

My whiskers are made from real horse hair taken from The Servant’s friend’s horse – does that count as scrap?

I’ve no idea, now shift over and let me get some shut eye, I think The Servant has spun this tale of a very small scrap project out for long enough now.



For my non-British readers.  The Clangers (1969-1974) was a series that chronicled the melancholically funny lives of the Clangers, a flutey-voiced family of woolen, knitted aliens living below the surface of a knobbly little planet far out in space. Their misadventures brought them into contact with such unlikely creatures as the Soup Dragon, the Froglets, the Iron Chicken and the Glow Buzzers.  (IMDb)



Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin


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  1. #1 by nottaholiday on June 15, 2020 - 08:12

    Monsieur Mouse is very cute. Is he in any danger from the cat, I thought I detected subliminal plotting behind her pretty green eyes.

    Happy Birthday too! A good knees up is called for. This doom and gloom is getting us all in the tail vents.

    • #2 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:55

      Very likely some subliminal plotting going on. Apparently, this 100% merino wool I use for needle felting is irresistible to dogs and cats so I did not leave Monsieur unattended in the lions’ den.
      We had a lovely lunch sitting in the sun at a restaurant next to the Canal du Midi so my tail vents have been soothed for a little while. Today’s lunch was with the husband, got another one with ‘the girls’ on Thursday. Might as well spread the birthday out a bit and enjoy the passing of another year rather than worry about it.

      • #3 by nottaholiday on June 16, 2020 - 08:04

        You definitely need a girls lunch as well. All the fun none of the responsibility. I was thinking we stayed around that area…but I see it was the Canal Garonne. Had a proper french lunch there where my Google translate announced I had ordered braised mouse. Enjoy your celebrations x

      • #4 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 10:11

        🤣 I’m guessing that would have been souris d’agneau

  2. #5 by Wild Daffodil on June 15, 2020 - 08:31

    Happy Birthday!!!!!! What a delightful post. Clever, charming, creative and scrappy. I thoroughly enjoyed listening into their conversation. I do hope you don’t get any unpleasant presents from you feline friend.
    I used to hold camps for people on spiritual retreats and the cat we had at the time used to leave presents outside the entrance of the tents. Not everyone appreciated finding a body first thing in the morning.
    Have a wonderful day.

    • #6 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:50

      I’ve had cats nearly all my life and it never ceases to make me jump and recoil whenever I see a little dead rodent or, heaven forfend, bird on the mat.

  3. #7 by katechiconi on June 15, 2020 - 08:48

    Happy Birthday, my friend. You do realise that having let the actual cat out of the proverbial bag, you’ll be getting birthday wishes every year now…? Love your latest feltery: Le sourire de la souris… well, he does have a great big smile, and no surprise with that handsome outfit.

    • #8 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:48

      I hope there will be many more years where birthday wishes are required – keep ’em coming!

  4. #9 by SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ on June 15, 2020 - 09:11

    Nice blog 💕

  5. #11 by Evie Jones on June 15, 2020 - 09:28

    Happy birthday, lovely. I hope you have a wonderful day, without cat presents! Our Florence is fond of bringing them in. She very disgruntled that we don’t appreciate them.

    As an aside. I remember the Clangers too. 🤫

    • #12 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:47

      Thanks Evie. I’ve obviously sparked a bit of nostalgia with The Clangers reference.

  6. #13 by Kim on June 15, 2020 - 10:06

    Happy birthday! The mouse (and waistcoat) is gorgeous. I both remember and loved the Clangers. I’m probably too old for them too. Don’t care 😎.

    • #14 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:46

      Thanks Kim – who could resist those little knitted creatures?

  7. #15 by nanacathy2 on June 15, 2020 - 10:14

    Happy Birthday, and what a lovely little waistcoat for short stuff that is. The embroidery does indeed look like a mayorial chain. Ah cats and their presents- maybe it will be a frog this year!

    • #16 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:45

      We don’t get frogs much, strangely, mainly toads and they have squirty stuff that cats don’t like so it’ll be a brave moggie who tackles a toad.

  8. #17 by DawnGillDesigns on June 15, 2020 - 10:34

    hope you have a lovely day, and Many Happy Returns of it. And … The Clangers ❤

  9. #19 by craftycreeky on June 15, 2020 - 11:05

    Happy birthday! I loved the Clangers, they have some on display at the Media Museum in Bradford – or at least hey did when I went many years ago!! That’s a very smart (and cute!) mouse you have there, love his waistcoat. Lovely post 🙂

  10. #21 by Robin @ Imperial Crochet on June 15, 2020 - 12:51

    This made my morning! So cute! Happy birthday!

    • #22 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:43

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Robin.

  11. #23 by claire93 on June 15, 2020 - 13:41

    a very happy birthday to you, Lynn!
    Have to say, you do write a lovely post ^^ Had me laughing and then reminiscing because, I too watched & loved the Clangers. Used to enjoy Bill & Ben the flowerpost men too (in b&w of course).
    We currently have Ducky depositing a dread rat on the top step into garden every morning. Not complaining though as there’s a whole family living in the compost heap and the husband has been wondering about how to get rid of them.

    • #24 by tialys on June 15, 2020 - 17:43

      I don’t mind the rodents so much but I can’t stand it when they catch birds.

      • #25 by claire93 on June 15, 2020 - 20:30


  12. #26 by claire93 on June 15, 2020 - 13:58

    spelling!!! *flowerpot and *dead rat lol

  13. #27 by Quimper Hitty on June 15, 2020 - 15:01

    Greetings oh elegant one, if you can be bothered, please twitch a whisker at your felicitous staff member from my staff member,

  14. #29 by Laurie Graves on June 15, 2020 - 16:03

    Utterly delightful post! A present for your blogging friends. That mouse is so darned cute. Happy, happy birthday!

  15. #31 by teamwilsun on June 15, 2020 - 18:46

    Happy birthday! Love your well-dressed mouse and your lovely cat!

  16. #33 by magpiesue on June 15, 2020 - 19:14

    Happy Birthday! I’m having one this week too – one of the biggies. Your mouse is darling, the vest adds a touch of elegance. 😉 Actually, he would look quite naked without it! Stay safe when you go out to celebrate, we want to be able to wish you happy birthday again next year!

    • #34 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 10:20

      I lunched in the open air yesterday with few other customers around so I think I’ll be fine. It was lovely.
      I hope you have a lovely day for your biggie too x

  17. #35 by kathyreeves on June 15, 2020 - 19:37

    Happy birthday week to you my dear! I do think Short Stuff looks quite dapper in his little vest, this made me giggle, thank you!

    • #36 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 10:17

      You’re welcome and thank you for birthday wishes.

  18. #37 by Dartmoor Yarns on June 15, 2020 - 22:43

    Happy Birthday! Hope you’ve had a good one – despite lock down.
    Great mouse, great waistcoat.
    Looooove the clangers!

    • #38 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 10:17

      Restaurants are open here now and it was a lovely sunny day yesterday so we sat outside by the Canal du Midi and I ate some giant prawns with asparagus risotto. Unlike England, the distance required is only 1m so not so difficult for businesses to operate and hand sanitiser is freely available on entry and exit.

  19. #40 by tinaor on June 15, 2020 - 23:55

    Fabulous! Happy Birthday (though it’s nearly over when I write this ). I loved The Clangers – oops, revealing a hint of my own age too now!

    • #41 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 10:14

      Thank you.
      Well, it all depends on how old you were when you watched it – you could have been four or fourteen!! We won’t make you tell though.

      • #42 by tinaor on June 17, 2020 - 17:09

        He he he – not telling right now – but let’s just say I probably was fascinated and my vocabulary not very extensive at the time!

  20. #43 by cedar51 on June 16, 2020 - 05:24

    Happy Birthday from New Zealand, and Mr Mouse and his friends, certainly know how to chat up a storm…one of my worse cat presents was a perfectly nice, but partially chewed, piece of steak with still some of the plastic wrapping, probably had been thawing for someone’s dinner!

    • #44 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 10:13

      Oh dear! I’ll bet somebody was totally mystified that day.

  21. #45 by SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ on June 16, 2020 - 05:27

    Happy birthday 💛

  22. #48 by sew2pro on June 16, 2020 - 18:34

    Sorry it’s late but happy birthday. I hope you got a bit of respite from your servant responsibilities (it can be tough on us dogsbodies).
    Thanks for the lovely post!

    • #49 by tialys on June 16, 2020 - 18:44

      Thank you and you are very welcome now it’s time to go and feed the dogs and cats, one of whom must be tempted with raw fish and cat milk!!

  23. #50 by CurlsnSkirls on June 16, 2020 - 20:34

    Belated Happy Birthday! 💐 🍷 🎉 🍰
    Hope you’re taking the week to celebrate. 💋💋
    (I’m just watching Clangers now, so never to late or early. 😉)

    • #51 by tialys on June 17, 2020 - 09:21

      They are well loved little creatures and, as you can tell from the comments, fondly remembered.

  24. #52 by Born To Organize on June 17, 2020 - 07:47

    What a charming post, Lynn. Delightful. It’s my last one before bed. I’ll dream of kitty and mouse and a handsome red vest. Thank you.

  25. #55 by SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ on June 19, 2020 - 07:48

    Nice blog

  26. #56 by Steph on June 20, 2020 - 01:35

    Happy birthday, lizards and mice and all!

  27. #58 by Moira on June 26, 2020 - 00:34

    Great use of scraps! And a belated Happy birthday!

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