A quick Hello. 

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Hi folks. Just stopping by for a quick chat. I was hoping to keep up on here this week but Hubby is off busy building a ‘shed’ to fill in the gap between our house and the garage and there just hadn’t been time. 

He’s also had a little helper!!  

 He’s also off next we and we how to have some days out, so I’m hoping that I’ll be back properly come September. Until then, Happy Crafting!! 

Sharon xx

Enjoying the Summer and Tilly! 

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We’re a week and a half into puppy ownership and already Tilly feels like part of the family.  Some say it’s like having another baby or worse. So how has she changed our lives?  

Nights – After some whining the first 4 nights she now sleeps through,  or at least,  we don’t hear anything from her until we go down in the morning when we are greeted by a wriggling, licking,  bundle of excitement.  I have never had such an enthusiastic morning greeting in my life as the ones Tilly gives.  

Creativity – For the first few days creativity was zero as we adjusted to the little hurricane that had entered our lives. She naps a lot but that time was spent catching up as we felt we had to be near her every waking moment to prevent accidents and destruction.  Then out came the box of ribbons and cord to create a ‘chewy, taggy’ blanket. Tilly has learnt very quickly what no means but that doesn’t stop sneaky attacks on clothes, shoes, furniture etc, especially when she first wakes up from a nap and is in an extremely playful and energetic mood. 

Thankfully 10 minutes of play soon calms her down and she’s happy to potter about.  The blanket was made by sew ribbons and cord between 2 layers of fleece fabric.  All 4 sides were quadruple stitched. 

After a few days I got my crochet out when she was in a quiet mood and surprisingly she ignored my yarn and I’ve been able to do short bursts of crochet on my cardigan, usually done with a sleepy observer and slight handicap. 

Play – Play involves Tilly tearing about after balls, attacking teddy,

 tug of war with sock toys we’ve also made for her to chew and attacking her squeaky toy by pouncing on it, growling and barking before backing away again to prepare for the next attack.  This is the only thing that makes her bark and she’s really not sure whether it’s friend or foe.


Socialising – Going out has been limited to 2 hours at a time so Tilly’s not left alone too long.  Mostly we have stayed in but we haven’t been lovely as so many people want to come and see Tilly, especially those with children.  This has been great as Josh has had plenty of other children to play with as well as Tilly having the opportunity to get used to up to 9 children at a time! 

Chill out – Thankfully,  like babies,  Tilly does sleep a lot and this is my opportunity to get on with jobs with Tilly under my feet and Josh’s opportunity to relax and read or for a bit of screen time, often with Tilly cuddled up on his lap. 

She loves sleeping in the most uncomfortable looking positions!  

Training – Training is generally proving a lot easier than anticipated.  Tilly learnt to sit and come within a couple of days. She also goes to the towel by the back door and ‘wipes’ her feet, scrabbling with her feet on the towel after coming in from outside. This one has continued since a very rainy day, when we found out that she hates getting wet!  She is also learning lie down, fetch and drop (usually someone’s shoe laces Or some other non toy she’s found lying about). 

She also knows now that she mustn’t scrabble our legs to be picked up but to sit by us. If we don’t notice we now get a little pat on the leg with a little paw and beseeching brown puppy eyes looking up at us.  

House training has been similar to having a toddler but easier.  Anticipate when she needs to go outside and go out with her until she’s fine what needs doing!  She’ll mostly whine or scratch at the door for bigger jobs but puddles are a bit more hit and miss. Thankfully it’s mostly a case of when she wakes up and after meals and with the gorgeous weather we’ve been able to be outside with her a lot of the time anyway.  At first she wouldn’t go out alone but now she will potter in and out and doesn’t have to be under our feet all the time.  We do just have to keep an eye on the Herring Gulls that are nesting nearby in case they decided she’s a threat and come down to attack. They’re quite vocal so we usually have plenty of warning when they’re about and mostly they come to the neighbours who feeds them and not into our garden.  

Lead training is a different matter.  We struggled to find a collar or harness small enough.  We finally found one in Poundland but it doesn’t stay on the tighter setting and she manages to get it with her mouth and keep worrying it. We also have to sneak out on while she’s sleeping! We’re hoping that over the next week she’ll grow enough for her to fit into a better one and we can accustom her to it before she starts to go out for walks after her next injections. 

That’s about it I think on the dog front (congrats if you’ve stuck around through all that waffle,  you can breathe a such of relief now!!)  

So the verdict on having a puppy.  Easier than I thought but still time consuming.  Only like having a baby in the sense that she naps a lot,  when she’s awake is more like having a potty training toddler with a slightly mischievous streak. Fun and great company already.  In Josh’s words, hard work but fun and like having a friend round all the time.  

Hubby has the coming two weeks off work. He’s hoping to get some jobs done around the house and then once Tilly can go out we’ll hopefully get some time out and about too. I’ll try and pop by with some pictures at least.  

Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Crafting.

Sharon xx

Introducing Tilly!!

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  • Just popping by to share some pics of the new girl in the family🙂 Tilly,  a little cavalier king Charles spaniel. (photos by Abi)

 She is mainly Josh’s dog and is his responsibility. 

She’sbeen so good so far,  even whining at the door when she needs to go out.  

You may well be seeing quite a bit more of her. 

Blanket Tada!! 

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Well,  the blanket,  it’s finally finished and on Josh’s bed and it makes me smile everytime I see it.  Partly with pleasure that is finished but mainly because I love the way it’s turned out. 

I have worked on nothing else recently and have really enjoyed focusing on one project which had really surprised as I’ve always been one to have several things on the go!  I do have some spinning and socks on the go but I just didn’t want to work on them. 

  I’ve now started a crochet cardigan and I seem to be heading the same way with that,  loving it so much that I don’t really want to work on anything else!  So again my posts may become a bit boring although I do have something special to share with you at the end of the week all being well!!  Sorry if I haven’t been keeping up very well.  I’ve been trying to cut down on social media but still trying to catch up once a week but I think I’m still probably missing some posts that way.  Right now I’m trying to find the right balance. 

I do put photos up on instagram (@inspirationalyarns) a few times a week as it’s so quick and easy but I’m not very good at keeping up with my feed there either!  

Part of me feels guilty especially with my blog as I have made some great friends here and I love catching up with you all but ultimately my family has to come first and they seem to be taking more of my time right now.  But I’m not planning on disappearing so I’ll be checking in and catching up when I can.  How do you balance your ‘virtual’ and your real life ‘commitments’?  

I hope you all have a fantastic and creative week :D 

Sharon xx

Exclusive Creativity. 

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Hi folks, this is going to be a post with very few photos because all my crafting time lately has been exclusively given to Josh’s blanket. I have finally found the mojo to crack on with it and only have 29 more rows to go:mrgreen:.  

I’m particularly pleased with the effect the ban and front post trebles give where I have joined a new colour.  

It seems crazy to think Josh only has a week left at primary school😦, the following week he has 3 days at his new school.  I’m still not sure how I feel about that.  It could be really reassuring and he won’t be spending the whole of the holidays worrying about the move up but if he hates it we’ll have six weeks of dread!  He’s a fairly sociable kid so I’m hopeful that he’ll be fine but It’s just another step of letting go and I seem to be doing too much of that lately!  

Bekki over at Dartmoor yarn company has been talking goals and it’s got me thinking about how last year I did a stocking pressie each month for the kids plus other gifts throughout the year. This year has been so different.  I know how quickly time flies both during the hols and the autumn term so I need your help to think of some quick makes that won’t cost too much so I can start to get some gifts made.  With the size of our family I need to get started soon!!  I need ideas for all ages,  male and female.  I’ve got plenty of stash yarn,  fabric,  card craft bits and beads.  

I hope you’re all well and have a fantastic and creative week😀

Sharon  xx

The #Contentment Challenge!

Abi is back home after an amazing two weeks away in Cornwall and Devon and yesterday  morning Josh left for a 5 day activities residential trip with the school so things have been a bit out of sync around here.  Josh looked a bit down in the dumps as he went off as he had been put in a group with mostly people from the other class who he doesn’t know very well and none of his friends but will be doing all sorts of fun things including caving, rock climbing, and canoeing which is so completely up his street so I’m hoping he’ll be fine!

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A friend and I have just recently started the ‘#Contentment Challenge’ by Nancy Ray you can read more about it here.  In a few words Nancy is a Christian photographer and the challenge is to give up shopping for unessential for 3 months and to look for our contentment in more lasting things and not in ‘stuff’.  Hubby is rather amused and says that it’s really bad timing and he will have double ice creams on holiday😉.  I may just be stealing a few licks from his!   It has been fairly easy so far but then we have had to be careful with our spending lately anyway, it’s the bargains I’m going to find hard to say no to, as I find it hard to walk past a bargain.  I’m just hoping my local yarn and fabric shop don’t have a sale in the next 3 months!   On the upside, I can hopefully do some serious stash busting and make some of those projects that keep getting pushed to the back of the queue because I have seen something else rather appealing to make.

I hope that you’re all enjoying the summer so far, I have just frozen some strawberries while they are at their peak for strawberry and apple crumbles in the winter to bring back memories of sunny summer days.

We were hoping to pick some elderflowers for Elderflower Champagne (click here for recipe) but I’m thinking we may be too late now this year unless we can find some sheltered ones that don’t get much sun.

Well I’m off to make the most of a little extra time and see if I can put a bit more work into Josh’s blanket🙂

Happy Crafting and enjoy the rest of your week!

Sharon x

 

Creative Drought!!

My creature time seems to have disappeared! I do spend half a day a week or so creating for my shop but last year I spent hours and hours creating!  Last week there was a custom order for some of my Scripture Yarn for a community project which was great fun!  Excuse the dodgy pics, Abi has the camera atm.

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Would you be more likely to buy the yarn before re-skeining (top) or after (bottom) ? 
Abi doing shift work has probably made the biggest difference to my creative time as she often has a couple of days off during the week but it’s a good exchange, it’s so special being able to spend so much time with her even though she’s in full time work and has a boyfriend! 

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A pic she sent through when they arrived! 

They’ve gone down to Cornwall for a couple of weeks so I planned a lot of creativity for this week but Josh decided it was his turn for some Mum time and is off school with earache and dizzyness! 

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So the creativity has been more a case of bringing the outdoors inside!  He’s created a live small animal basket trap out of sticks! I’m not too sure what he hopes to catch but we’ll see, it kept him occupied for a while anyway! 
And this is what happens when he flies hus drone too close to me!!

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I did manage a couple of rows on my ‘ waiting room ‘ socks but they just don’t keep me waiting long enough to get much done!

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My shawls hang over the side of my knitting /crocheting chair and are in and my shoulders day after day.  They’re so easy just to sling over my shoulders when I feel chilly:D.

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It’s Abi’s birthday on Wednesday so we had a birthday gateau on Friday evening before she went away. I didn’t even get to make her a gift this year but I did find time to draw her a card, I’ll try to get a photo for next time!

I’ve started reading more again too although a lot of the ebooks have an audio option now so I’ve tended to listen while I get my jobs done! 

Before I go take a look at this,  Father-in-law saw it in a museum recently,  can you read it?

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SH4R0N!! xx