Looking festive! 

Hi folks, things here are looking a mixture of busy, festive and sick! 

There’s been lots of bag making and yarn dyeing for my shop 


which is finally dry and waiting to be made pretty! It has been keeping me too busy for personal creativity and in between that there’s been a lot of online Christmas shopping.

 I like to shop local as much as I can but our town has very little to offer and as I don’t drive any further than where we live (because the lupus and fibromyalgia affect my concentration too much when I get tired) I rely on other people to get about. Mostly Abi but she is still ill! Poor girl, it’s been over five weeks now. She did manage to get to church yesterday morning, slept the afternoon and went to church again in the evening but that has her crashed out again today with a high temperature. If she’s still no better in another week the doctor has said they’ll refer her for more investigations but that could be weeks before we get anywhere so we’re hoping and praying she’ll soon get better! 

We put our tree up at the weekend to cheer us all up and Tilly was rather intrigued! 


Once we had the ornaments on, apart from a couple of sniffs, she has left the tree alone so far. 


Even the popcorn Abi strung for it! 


We did think about getting a smaller tree and having it on the windowsill but decided that as Tilly generally only needs telling once, we would risk it. 

Having said that I’ve just had to stop Tilly chewing the hat basket for the third time! Grrr!! 

So we have our usual tree up with LOTS of ornaments. You may remember that each year I buy Abi and Josh a new ornament for the tree and then one day if they get their own place they can take them with them. This year Abi had a willow tree ornament,


 Josh a dog in a stocking 


and we included Paul, Abi’s boyfriend, who had this one! 


 Tilly was NOT impressed with the singing snowman! She really objects now to anything out of the ordinary in the house. 

It’s lovely to have the house all twinkly and festive again. A bit earlier than we normally would but Abz had made some lovely wooden advent ornaments so we thought it would be a good excuse to get the tree up early😉 Each ornament has a name for Jesus burnt onto the front and the corresponding bible reference on the back.


Hoping that you’re all well and getting into the festivities if you celebrate. 

Have a wonderful creative week!! 

Sharon xx

A Birthday and a catch up! 

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Hi folks, I’m afraid this is going ​ to be a rather muddly post as I’m doing it on my phone and I can’t seem to swap the photos about! So here goes… Josh was so thrilled with the drone that the two sets of grandparents and we, gave him that he did the test flight in his dressing gown and my bright pink crocs! ​​

Presents and cards, as always were opened in our bed, with the eager help of Tilly this year.

For his cake Josh chose monkey bread, a family favorite.

Gooey sugar and cinnamon coated balls of dough encasing melted dark chocolate! 

Back to Tilly enjoying the gift wrap! 

And a big tada.  The leg Warmer is finished and somewhere between here and America! 

I’m so pleased with the result and even more pleased with what I learnt along the way, especially the fact that I managed wrestle a porcupine to take the stitches back a few rows to do cable twists that I had missed! 

Here’s poor Abz sleep, she’s had a rough three weeks with really bad stomach pains and a fever. Last week we spent four days at the hospital which is nearly an hour away, for tests, the first day we waited but they couldn’t fit us in for the scan, back next day where she was scanned just before it broke down. Day three back for a different scan but that scanner broke down so back again the fourth day! Finally they more or less ruled out appendicitis and think she has acute mesenteric adenitis which is inflamed glands in the stomach and could take foit to six weeks to get better. It’s knocked her for six and just sitting wrapping a few gifts will wear her out. Thankfully the pain is easing but it’s left her so weak..

Other than that, not a lot has been happening here except for lots of sewing for my shop.

Hoping your all well and enjoying the cosy evening creatively!  Have a wonderful weekend!! 

Sharon xx

This and that! 

It’s half Term holiday here so each day Josh and I go to a park locally to walk Tilly. I sit in the field and Josh runs and Tilly chases him and we practise recall off the lead. She’s doing well but we wouldn’t trust her near a road yet! 

I asked Josh to get some nice Autumn photos on my phone for me as he walked around the perimeter of the field with Tilly. Leaves, trees, berries etc! This is a selection of what he came back with! 


I’ve been busy dyeing yarn and sewing for the shop ready for Christmas. 


The leg Warmer hasn’t grown much, or at least it grew, then it shrank dramatically, grew again, shrunk again and It’s hopefully going to steadily grow now without any more hiccups! 


Tilly’s assistance isn’t always helpful! She’s such a snuggler! 


On a different note, have you ever had eggy bread with bacon and maple syrup? It’s amazing! 


The only bit of non shop creativity around here, other than the leg Warmer has been to make Josh’s school trousers skinny! He just couldn’t contemplate another day with ‘those baggy things’ . Hmm, I think someone is growing up too fast around here.


Other than that I’ve just been trying to get my head around Christmas. Sadly I’m not too sure that there’ll be much creativity in the gift department this year! 

How about you all? Are you busy making gifts yet? 

Wishing you all a happy and creative rest of week! 

Sharon xx

Stitching Santa.

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Hi everyone. I’m going to stop apologising for not being around here so much s it just seems to be the way things are at the mo! So just quick shout out for the secret Santa being rub again this year by the lovely Sheila from the sewchet blog. There’s still a few more days to join in this fun Christmas swap just click here to go to the page where you can join! 

Happy crafting! 

Sharon xx

A Creative Catch up! 

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It’s been ages since I did a really creative post, for various reasons there had been less creativity around here. There’s been so much going on but things are settling back into some sort of a routine now. 

Abz still works shifts so spending time with her on her days off still affects things but that’s good, she won’t be at home forever and I want to make the the most of  extra time with her now. 


Then of course there’s been Tilly. She’s settling down now and is quite happy to snuggle down near me or follow me about the house and we only get the occaisional mischievous moments. ….speak too soon, she’s investigating the coffee table right now but a stern NO! generally does the job these days unless she’s feeling extra naughty.


And she’ll take every opportunity to snuggle down or get a bit of attention.

Then of course there’s inspirational yarns, my Etsy shop. That means a lot of creativity but I don’t like to bore you with all the bags I make, yarn I dye etc but if you want to pop over have a look at my shop just click here. 


Also I’ve been reading a lot more again this year. I don’t think I read more than couple, I was so busy creatively . This year I’ve gone back to reading whenever I can snatch a moment. Now that Amazon offer audible on a lot of their ebooks I’ve started using that and it’s fantastic, I can’read’ and craft at the same time😀. 

Ok, so get to the point girl! Just what have I been doing creatively? Well, having been rather monogamous this year, which is really not me but something I’m enjoying, I  only have a couple of bits to show you. There’s this little nightdress I’m making for my niece’s crochet doll, it just needs prettying up. 


Then there’s the crochet cardi. The back and two front pieces are done so just the arms and hood and then so many ends to sew in. 


That’s gone onto the back burner though for a bit as I’m currently knitting a leg warmer. Yes, just one! It’s for a lovely friend on Instagram. She has a really painful nerve condition and keeping her bad leg warm makes the difference between her being able to walk or not. So with the winter coming I’ve dyed up some yarn special, hand painted a verse on it and I’m knitting up the leg warmer. 


I found this gorgeous pattern by drops design on Ravelry and I ummed and aahed about whether or not to give it a go as I’ve never knitted cable before and it looks so difficult but it actually isn’t, in fact it’s really quite easy and I’m enjoying this the most of all my knitting attempts so far. I feel as though I’m really starting to’click’ now.


 I even managed to fix a cable that I had missed and didn’t discover it until a couple of rows later. I didn’t frog, I just worked those four stitches back down and re did them without any help our tutorials.


 That probably sounds easy to you seasoned knitters but it felt like a huge achievement for me! I’m loving the look of it so far. Soon it will all be knit with just one cable running down the back. 

For my next project I’m already planning a knitted shawl. I’m thinking of the Karise by Karie Westermann. Ericka Eckles has persuaded me to give this one a go after seeing her gorgeous creations. If you have a minute you can read all about her knitting journey over the last year. She writes the most interesting posts with great word pictures. 

I think that’s about it on the creative font. Still no Christmas presents made which feels rather a failure after last year but I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year. If I make anything that’ll be great, if not, that’s fine too. Although, having said that, I have had a request for dolls clothes from my niece so I’ll need to find time for those. 

I got you’re all enjoying the transition into Autumn/spring. haveHoping you  a lovely and creative week! 

Sharon xx

Tilly Update

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I thought I’d pop by with a little update on how life with a puppy is looking! 


I don’t agree with having a puppy as being  worse than having a baby, it’s a lot more like having a mischievous toddler! 

She’s a lot more settled now and will spend most of the day either sleeping (in the oddest positions) if I’m in one place, or following me about if I’m busy! 


She joins us for an after school snack, while Josh tells me about his day at school.


She loves shoes, I think most puppies do, I wonder why? Any ideas? We’ve finally given her an old shoe of her own and she’s mostly satisfied with that unless she’s in a really naughty mood! ​​If she gets something she shouldn’t have she will run and hide with it. 

Toilet training is going great as long as the weather is dry, unfortunately, Madam doesn’t like getting wet so on wet days I’m extremely thankful for this! 

She’s growing fast too and I won’t be able to carry her in one arm for much longer!


Other training had been going well as she loves learning and loves her treats!  We have a problem if I go with Josh on walks with her though. She will spend the whole time whining and barking to come up on my lap and if I finally give in I get a lot of whimpering as though she’s telling me how awful I am not letting her ride with me. 


We get same if she sees other dogs although that is slowly improving! Here she is after a walk where the grass was wet, I  didn’t let her ride on my scooter and a big dog sniffed her! 


We are just so happy to have added this little bundle of love to our family.

Wishing you all a great and creative week! 

Sharon xx

Good to be Back! 

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Hi everyone, so good to be back after my mini summer blogging break. My aim is to hop on here at least once a week but we’ll see how that goes as our little addition,


 good as she is, (most if the time) seems to have made life a whole lot busier. I’ll try and give you more of an update on Tilly soon for those of you that are interested? 

We had a fantastic time while Hubby was off work for two weeks. The weather was amazing. The first week was a working holiday and Hubby certainly worked hard! 

We used to have a wedge shaped piece of land between the house and the garage. At the from its the width out a doorway but at the back is quite a bit wider so Hubby built a shed to fill in the gap! 


As you can see it’s not quite finished. A little more work on the roof, another coat of paint and some glass for the window needed yet!  And the best thing is that all the wood you can see, including the door didn’t cost us a penny! 

Between bits leftover from jobs and wood with slight defects that the local shed company leave out for people to help themselves to, we have managed to do this at a very low cost. 


Inside is a bit junky at the moment but you can see the basic layout. The tall brown cupboard on the right will go and there’ll be a butler sink there. The door on the left is where Hubby knocked through to the garage. Wellies and old coats will come out here. We have an extra fridge and freezer out here too and eventually the washing machine will be here too and I’ll have a dishwasher indoors. To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m quite happy washing up by hand and I like the convenience of having the washing machine indoors but we’ll see, I’m sure I’ll love it once I get used to it!

 Reading that back makes me sound old and stuck in my ways, oops. It must be being the wrong side  of forty. I must admit though that change does bother me a bit more than it used to but I’m determined not to get like that as I get older. 


I have a little Tilly who just whined to come up on my lap as they’re drilling next door and she’s a little wimp when it comes to noises! 

So, what did Josh do during this week? He helped Hubby at times, played with Tilly quite a bit and played in the pool. Yes we, well Josh really, has a small pool in the garden. He worked with his cousin, helping him with some gardening for a day and a half and earned himself enough money to buy a 12′ diameter pool. We have had so much use out of it and had lots of friends round to see Tilly and have a dip! 


Abhi was working as she’d already had a holiday with her boyfriend’s family but working shifts she was able to be with us some of the time. 

Well I’ve rambled rather so I’ll leave our second  week and tell you about that another time. 

I hope you’re all doing well and have a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx