Thursday, 28 November 2013

CAL week 9 and fighting the bugs!

Hello to you.
Oh dear what a week its been...
We've all had some sort of illness here high temperature and sneezing.
Headaches so bad I cant focus on the computer.
So excuse any mistakes and the shortness of this post.
I've been hooking away on this lamp shade this week.
I was inspired as always by Lucy at attic24
It's a fun project with lots of bright colours (my photos are a bit dark sorry)
Chrissie Crafts
I'm joining in again with Marianne and Chrissie.
This is my plan shade and my first colour.

So here it is getting there!

Growing! wont be long now till I can show you it finished.

On Sunday we had our "stir up Sunday"
The family gather together and take it in turns to stir the Christmas pudding mix.
My Grannie organises it every year.
This is me having my turn to stir.
It's always nice to keep some family traditions going.
Thank you so much for the lovely comments on the last post.
Wishing you all a lovely end to the week.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

CAL week 8 and Keeping Warm

Hello to you.
Hope you're all well and dandy.
Our house was hit by a lurgy earlier in the week causing a few days off school and a few plans changed.
My partner and I received our wedding pack this week, we now have to chose what vows to say and what will be said during the ceremony. All exciting stuff!
On Tuesday we saw our first flutter of snow that was short lived but caused a lot of excitement in our house. It is, however, still frrrreeezzzinnng! Brrrr! Snow or no snow!

I received the latest copy of simply crochet this week.
Full of great Christmassy makes!

I'm still crocheting away on my partner's chair runner. I must admit I'm getting itchy fingers...I may give it rest for a while and have a break. Hmm, we'll see...

This week I've also been crafting away making the finishing touches to my crafty makes for the Christmas sale on the 30th.

1, A beautiful brooch I bought from a local art exhibition, love it!
2, A spotty cushion I made ready for the craft sale.
3, Mr gingerbread.
4, A naughty present for me, bought by me! hehe it was silly how excited I was when it arrived.
I thought I'd leave you with some lovely simple pleasures of the week.
1, A freshly made bed all neat and clean.
2, My flowers I received nearly a month ago for my birthday, amazing how long they've lasted.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on the last post, they always mean so much.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Christmas Crafts and Crocheting Along

Hello to you.
Hope you're all well and wonderful?
I can't believe it's Thursday again! Where does the time go?
This week saw the temperature drop so quickly that we endured our first frost of winter.
It certainly is noticeably colder here. So time to light the fire and put on the woolly socks.
Also this week, my partner and I are going to the registry office to do all the official bits that come with getting married, starting to feel real now!
My Christmas craft sale is approaching so I've been making bits and pieces here and there when I can find five minutes.
What do you think?
I really enjoy working with felt, a little crochet star has snuck in too!
I recycled some old pillow cases and turned them into present sacks with a cute Father Christmas face on it.
Here they all are together.
Only lots more to make!
Here's my ripple stitch chair runner - not got very far with it yet. I've never tried a ripple stitch before so slowly getting used to it. I have memorized the pattern now so that's half the battle.
I'm joining in again with Chrissie and Marianne.
with their CAL.
Looking forward to looking through the other projects going on.
Chrissie Crafts
I'll leave you now with some photos from my garden.
Everything is dying back now but some little fighters are still blooming.
1, Cyclamen
2, Viburnum
3, An annual from a butterfly mix
4, Sedum
I hope you all enjoy a warm and cosy weekend.
Thank you for your lovely comments on the last post - really kind and positive as always.

Friday, 8 November 2013

CAL Late! and My Little Visitor

 Hello to you.
Hope I find you well?
It's been another busy week, full of tasks and appointments.
So here I am at the end of the week and I can finally breath a sigh of contentment, lean back and enjoy a relaxed weekend.
I did manage to find some time so finish my gypsy caravan cushion from my Mollie crochet book.
I'm linking in with Marianne and Chrissie again for their blooming crochet along.
I'm still enjoying joining them and the other members, nosing in on what everyone's making.
Excuse the photos - the light was dreadful!
Here it is on the chair.
It's a lovely addition to my sitting room, it's starting to look a bit yarn bombed now!
It was a welcome smallish project after the blanket!
Chrissie Crafts
So my excuse now for being a day late....
This is Bella, my friend's daughter who came to visit yesterday. She's a real bundle of fun!
Bella is sporting my recent give-away prize from Joy.
I think you'll agree that it's a beautiful cardigan for a beautiful girl, a perfect fit.
My friend was delighted with the uniqueness of the cardigan and the style.
So thank you again Joy.
I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on the last post, really appreciated.

Monday, 4 November 2013

A Huge Thank You To A Thoughtful Friend

Hello to you.
Hope you're all well and enjoying the beginning of the week?
My week began with a very happy moment - a parcel all the way from Australia.
After some squeezing! I careful opened the parcel to find not only the beautiful cardigan I had won in Joy's give-away but also two individually wrapped presents - one addressed to me and another (which really touched my heart) to my daughter.
Inside my parcel I received a beautiful kitty and doily - impossibly neatly crocheted!
I loved the kitty way back when Joy inspired me to make my own kitty and I must say there is no comparison - hers is amazing!
Inside my daughter's parcel was a lovely dolly for her to look after, all the way from Australia. She was so excited to open this lovely up and she has sat her on her bed - pride of place!
My prize from the give away "with love in every stitch." Outstanding work!
My friend's baby daughter is going to look so cute in it!
I really have come to think of Joy as a friend. She is a truly special person and her thoughtfulness is really inspiring and overwhelming.
So thank you Joy.