Where Do I Start?!!

I feel a bit overwhelmed right now.  Two, yes two, of you lovely bloggy peeps have nominated me for blog awards. The Encouraging Thunder award.

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and the blogger recognition award

For the encouraging Thunder award I was nominated by the lovely lady at Midnight Knitter.  She is such an amazing and inspiring person.  She is one of the people who has inspired me so much to tackle my dread of knitting and her gorgeous socks have inspired me to work towards knitting my own (in progress!). Like me, she has health issues including systemic sclerosis but she is always bright and cheerful and her attitude to her health is so positive. You will sometimes see her gorgeous cats in her too, they are very good at ‘helping’ with yarny projects 🙂

For the Blogger recognition award I was nominated by another lovely lady at Postcard from Gibraltar.  She has more recently started blogging and her blog is a really interesting mix of expat life in Gibraltar, being a mum and creativity.  She shares beautiful photos of where she lives along with great explanations and having never traveled far myself I love to learn more about Gibraltar in these posts.

I feel so amazed and surprised at the same time.  What is so special about these nominations to me is to find out that this little tiny space I occupy in the blogging world is reaching out and actually inspiring and encouraging others.

So, a little more now about the awards and my nominations.

Firstly the Encouraging Thunder Award.  This award is meant to recognize blogs that are inspiring and encouraging to their readers.  WOW!!!  This means so much to me as it was the reason I started blogging in the first place.  As I started more and more to use the internet as a source of inspiration and patterns I felt that I was taking so much but I wasn’t giving anything back.  My health issues mean that there are so many times when I am longing to help someone practically during hard times – such as do the housework if they are ill -but my physical limitations stop me and I find that I seem to be accepting help when I am struggling but not able to give it back.  I know people don’t expect anything in return but it isn’t always easy being on the receiving end when you would rather be giving! Anyhow, I’ve sidetracked and waffled.  So, I realised that here, with a blog of my own, I just might be able to give a little back.  To share ideas, share what I make, patterns I love, encourage and just try to, somehow, give a little back.  So you can see just what it means to me to know that this little blog has been inspiring and encouraging to someone.

So here I am ready to pay it forward to some of you who have encouraged and inspired me. Please, please don’t feel obliged to join in if you are just too busy, I would just love you to know that I find your blog inspirational!

Ericka Eckles – You make me laugh and cheer up my day.   I love to read about your walks and foraging, I sometimes feel as though I am there which is great when I can’t get out and about much myself 🙂 Your patchwork is inspiring, you bake, crochet, sew and KNIT!! I have learnt a lot from you.

Jenny of Elefantz – I love your stitcheries, they are amazing and inspire me to do more stitching in my work.  Your scripture posts inspire and help me, I look forward to reading them each week.

Summer House by the Sea – You are inspirational, your cheerfulness through your illness is amazing and I love to see what you are making.

Sandra from Cherry Heart – I love your blog and podcasts, your work is beautiful.  You inspire me to dig deep and find the courage to try making my own patterns.

Beth from After Dark Sewing – You sew the most beautiful clothes and right from the start of my blog at the beginning of the year you encouraged me, thanks.

Jodie from Lupey Loops – It has been great to connect with someone else with Lupus, (not that I would wish it on anyone!) and it has been good finding others who have an outlet in their chronic conditions through creativity.  You keep so cheerful and I love seeing what you make.

Marmalade Rose – Your work is amazing and I don’t think I would ever be able to felt pictures like you do, your pictures are so full of life but you inspire me to keep pushing and trying harder with my creativity.

here are the rules:

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  • Post it and the logo on your blog
  • Pay it forward by nominating others

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And then the Blogger Recognition Award

I have mentioned above the reason that I started my blog but I have also found this to be a great way to connect with other like minded people.  It has been interesting to find out how many others that suffer from chronic conditions enjoy knitting, crochet etc. I am also supposed to give a bit of advice here to new bloggers!!  Well, I don’t really know what to say here other than just go for, be yourself and talk about what you love. Other bloggers are so kind and encouraging and it is great to be able to share a little of what you love in the hope that you may inspire someone else.

Again, Please don’t feel obliged to join in if you are not able to at the moment, I would just like you to know that I really appreciate and enjoy your blog.

Yarnya, I enjoy the variety of creativity on your blog

Allie-oops- sweet happy life – I love seeing your stitcheries and patchwork

Betsy makes – Your work is beautiful

Jacquie – Bunny Mummy – I love joining you on your country rambles

Daniella Joe – Your blog is upbeat and positive

Cynthia – Handmade, homegrown,beautiful life – I love to read about the goings on in your busy productive life.

Lucy Ann and Luna – I enjoying seeing the lovely things you make and a peep of Luna is always a treat 🙂

Rainbow Junkie – Your work is just that, a rainbow, so bright and cheerful.

St Victor Quilts –  You have put another item on my ‘to learn one day’ list, I love your crazy quilt blocks.

Suzy Sells Sea Shells – I love to see your spinning journeys, your yarn is amazing and inspirational.

Tales from a Happy House and Thistlebear.  I love reading about your homes and families, there is so much happiness in your blog posts.

Wooly Moss Roots.   You are favoured to lead an incredible outdoor life, busy but special.  The things you make are beautiful.

Carole – Whispering Pines Farm – I love reading about your outdoor life and all the wonderful things you make.

The original idea for this award came from the Edge of Night blog you can read about it’s creation here

1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.

2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).

3. Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.

4. Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night . That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

Thanks to everyone I follow and to all my followers, your blogs continue to inspire me and your comments encourage me to keep on crafting and growing in my creativity.

Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

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Monthly challenge – September. Roses, Hand-spun yarn and Sewing.

How can it possibly be the end of another month already!  The time when I reveal my makes for the monthly challenge inspired by Jennifer.  I am really looking forward to showing you this month’s makes so here goes…

Firstly for my ‘Me/home’ make I decided to try to make something using the last bit of my handspun yarn left over from the shrug I made Abi last month.

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I needed a small project so I put the yarn quantity into Ravelry and chose this pattern to make a pair of fingerless mitts.

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I had to do them a little shorter than the pattern stated as I was worried about running out of yarn, I was glad I did as I had to finish the second mitt just a few stitches short.

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The long colour change has meant that the two gloves are noticeably different but I think they are still similar enough not to look too odd

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and it is so special to wear something that I have spun myself and I have been making good use of these already with the mornings being quite fresh as summer fades into autumn here in England.

The only downside with these is the jog that you get with crochet when you start a new row in the round.

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I think next time I shall work in a spiral.

I have also been busy sewing and when I made Josh’s stocking present for this month I did it factory style and used up all the fabric making it seven times as gifts for my nephews.

I have made seven reading cushions.

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I love this idea, I saw it on Pinterest and immediately thought of my book loving nephews.  It is just a simple cushion with a pocket on the front to store your book.

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I had meant to add a handle but didn’t remember until it was too late!

I have divided each pocket so that there is a small pocket with space for a torch, a mobile phone or maybe a tube of sweets and the large pocket for a book. The fabric is from a duvet I found in a charity shop and looked almost new.

I overlapped the fabric by about 8″ at the back and used Abi’s machine to sew some ‘boyish’ fancy stitching on the seams of the pocket and opening.

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Now Abi’s make I am really excited about.  It all started with a link to this site by one of you lovely ladies (sorry, my memory is failing me again and I can’t remember who!!). I was fascinated because it was so different…

…How to make beads from rose petals.  So I stripped my rose bushes

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measured them,

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added water, liquidized ,

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heated and then shaped them,

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threaded the pulpy balls onto a knitting needle and balanced them over a bowl to dry in the summer sun.

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The tutorial said they will shrink so I made the beads approx 1″ diameter and I was glad I did as after they had dried they had shrunk to 1/4 ” and dried a beautiful dark red-brown.

They dry really hard and sound as though they are wooden when I drop then onto the table.  They were a bit rough so I sanded them down and I love them so much.  They are supposed to keep their scent if you use highly scented roses but mine had very little scent.

I then decided to alternate the rose beads with wooden beads for a necklace for Abi.

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For a pendant I used a stone with a hole in it that I found at the beach.  (I collect these every time I see one for using as pendants.)

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I used cord to thread them and did a  sliding knot on each end so that the necklace can be adjusted.

I took some rather awkward selfies to try and give the effect of them on but my arms are just not long enough!

Here it is worn shorter

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and longer.

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With the last bead I made another necklace, this time with a shell for a pendant and the rose petal bead just above and wooden beads to compliment it.

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I was just so amazed at how hard the beads were considering that they had come from petals!  These were just so easy and fun to make and was well worth stripping my rose bushes for!

So another month is gone by and I need to get thinking about October makes.  How about you, have you started making Christmas gifts yet?  I hope you have a happy and creative week.

Sharon xx

I love to hear from you, so please feel free to like or leave a comment.  I will try to reply as soon as possible. x

Success and Disaster!!

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It’s been a week of crafting Highs and Lows! Starting with the Highs…

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I tried out my drop spindle and I spun!! ( I have spun once before at school but it was so long ago that I can hardy remember it!)

I found a very good video on YouTube and followed that method.  There seem to be several different techniques but this seemed fairly simple so I went with it.  It was so much fun and a lot quicker than I thought.

I had these wool tops left over from one of Abi’s A Level projects so I decided to use these as a trial.

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There is something so satisfying in taking the fluffy carded wool and making it into yarn.  And of course I then had to make something with it!!

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I decided to make an owl coaster for Abi.  I wanted to make my first item for Abi as I know she appreciates what goes into something handmade and also she had a couple of turns at spinning too so some of the yarn was spun by her.  I didn’t have a pattern but made it up as I went along.  I think it turned out okay.

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I still have a lot to learn,  I definitely need to work on getting a more even thickness and on getting a good rhythm going but hopefully, with practice, these things will come.  The only disappointment was that the action of the spinning, I think in particular lifting the spindle as the yarn gets longer, soon started to make my neck play up.  Maybe I just need to wind on a lot more frequently or just do it in really short spells as I do on my sewing machine.  I am determined to find a way around it as I enjoyed it so much.  I don’t know if any of you can help me but when I used the yarn, in places it twisted up as I unraveled it, is this because it was twisted too tight? Also, how do you get the ends to stay twisted?  Mine  un-twisted a bit and when I came to thread them through the back of the work they broke.

My PJ cases are making gradual headway, I machined a little of the dresses today.  I hope to put little buttons to fasten the shoulder straps.  The bodices will need to be shortened too but that’s fine, better that way round!

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And I have also made another beaded spiral necklace for Abi to give to one of her cousin’s.  The colours are actually a deep purple with aqua but they haven’t come out very well in the photo.

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And the Low !….

My Blanket. 😦

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I had finally got into the swing of things again with my blanket after over a year of hardly touching it (encouraged by Sandra’s Blanket along) and I was just crocheting the last few squares when I ran out of yarn  Grrrrrrrrr.

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This was the first blanket I had made so I had no idea of quantities needed and had just guessed, I had thought that I had plenty! It was the pale fawn colour I ran out of and I had also planned to use this to join the squares, two strips already being done 😦  So today I set off the shop to get another ball hoping that it would be a good enough dye lot match.

But,  NO…this shade has been discontinued, the very one I needed was no longer available.  I guess it was my fault for taking so long to make the thing!

Thankfully I had taken a couple of squares with me so I could match up alternatives.  The other pale shades were just no good at all, too different but not enough contrast.  Then I considered scrapping six the unfinished squares, adding another round to each square and rejigging the layout.  I considered the other colours I had already used, the red would just have made the whole blanket too bright,  the green would have also been too much because we have very little green in our colour scheme so I was left with the brown.  I deliberated for some time but it just felt too dark and dull.

Now it was a case of pulling out other colours and trying to choose an alternative.  thankfully the ladies in the shop are very friendly and there was nobody else in the yarn section.  I whittled it down to these three.

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The rust and green were similar to the red and green but different enough not to look like a dye lot mistake and they didn’t feel to clash and the yellow brough out the owls beaks and feet and seemed to liven it up.  Again long minutes spent uumming and aahing but they all felt too much to have just one of them.  So I considered using two colours together but it still didn’t seem right so in the end I took all three hoping that the new colours will liven the blanket up!!

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Back home I had a count and I have 28 owl and 56 flower square so the owls will be bordered by yellow and the flowers divided between rust and green.  I shall do a 7 x 12 layout, I need to spend some time working on that, I need to decided whether to go random or in some order, what do you think?

I am still not 100% sure with my choice.  I think probably because Abi hasn’t seen it yet and we nearly always run things past each other.  Whether we take any notice or not is a different matter but because we are both creative her opinion matters a lot!

So after all of that kerfuffle I am hoping  that this will prove to be a happy disaster…time and a lot of crochet will tell!!

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting!!

Sharon xx

So Much Craftiness… and my Stray Sock Solution!!

I feel buzzing with creativity.  I have a couple of finished, lots of WIP’s and even more ideas to share with you.

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Firstly my sock solution.  As I mentioned a while ago we have a problem with odd socks in our house.  Josh uses them for target practice and Abi’s and Hubby’s are wherever they decided to take them off!

So, when I saw this pattern on pinterest I knew it was just what I needed to hang inside the airing cupboard door.

The Infamous Hanging Basket Crochet Pattern – In ENGLISH! | michellala

The pattern does not give any yarn or hook sizes so I went for some nice colourful super chunky yarn to get a good size bag.  I also added a few rows to make it a bit bigger.  I love it!  It is already full of odd socks and is used every time I do a load of washing.

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There is just one niggle and that is that on the green row where I was increasing it had pointy bits!

I have also made Josh’s stocking present for March and will try to get a photo up soon.

Josh decided at the first signs of spring that is was time for shorts again!!  I always keep his trousers from the previous school year and then make them into shorts for the following summer.  So I have converted two pairs of school trousers into shorts and also a pair of jeans and chinos because he had gone through the knees!

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Now for the WIP’s!!

I am still plodding on with my owl and flower granny blanket,  I have joined Sandra’s Cherry Heart blanket along and it is keeping me motivated. I have also made a rule that that is the only crafting I am allowed to do in the evenings until it is done!  I am getting back into the swing of it and enjoying it again now.

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I have been enjoying Memory Lane again and have been using the Knitting Nancy!!

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It has been fun to do this again after so many years.  Has anyone any idea what this yarn is??  I was given a dozen balls of it and want to do something with it but it is really unusual.  It is flat, about 3mm wide. It is slightly slippery too. It is fairly light weight.

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Then there are the pyjama cases I am making.  I am really excited about these!  I have made the mice/rabbit heads with a little bit of the top of the body.

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I have used coloured buttons to attach the arms

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and I have all of the fabric cut out for the dresses and aprons.

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I bought as good as new sheets from the chairty shop to use for the clothes.  I hope to embrioder the name on the apron waistbands and maybe something else on the apron itself.

Now my  to do list!

I have so many things I would like to make or try so here are just the ones I am hoping to start in the near future!!

A beaded spiral necklace for a gift  … This needs to be done by the Friday morning!!

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Hopefully similar to this.

Some spinning!!  I bought a drop spindle with my birthday money. I watched some tutorials yesterday and I am itching to give it a go!

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Some patchwork!  i haven’t done much before but I wanted some hand sewing to be able to just pick up.  So I have cut out some little hexagons.  actually that is not quite true, I have a bigshot so again with my birthday money (I liked big birthdays!) I treated myself to a die for 1/4″ and 1/2″ hexagons.

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I had cut out over 300 hexagons in less than half an hour!

I have Abi’s stocking pressie to do – I have plans for that.

I really need to start the blanket for Josh’s bed so he has one similar to Abi’s.

I would also like to start my dahlia banket, I think I just need to add a darker yarn to the mix, hopefully I can get that later today.

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Some more 3d needle felting is definitely on the agenda!!

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and then with my birthday yarn I would like to try some freeform crochet and make a scarf!!

WOW!!  That looks a lot!  But they are all things I really would like to do/try, we won’t even get started on the rest of the things I would like to achieve!!

Are you a lots of things on the go person like me? or do you like to finish one thing before starting the next?

I’m off to do some crafting…

Happy Crafting Folks!!

Sharon xx

Busy and Creative Hols!

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A rather varied week.   A wedding,  cousins round to play, homework, dentist, hospital appointment and buying super cars for £80 million!!

As you can see above all our cereal boxes get recycled by Josh. This week it was a Super car garage.  We bought extremely expensive cars and then had challenges to see which was the best.  Josh kindly let me pick first but I am obviously not very good at choosing the best as he won all except one challenge!

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There’s been a lot of homework too.  Long days of coursework for Abi and a small start on a project about the history of our town by Josh.  He is a great ideas boy and a poster or power point presentation as suggested by his teacher is just too boring so this time it is monopoly with facts on the cards. (He still has most of that to do tomorrow, I’m expecting that quite a lot of encouragement will be needed!!)

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Abi has taken over the dining table and conservatory floor for the week with her textiles coursework.  She is studying birds and together we managed to adapt Lucy at Attic 24‘s crochet fern leaf to a feather.

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I finished my shawl the afternoon before the wedding!!!!!  I absolutely LOVE it.  It is so swishy and feels amazing to wear. I haven’t had a chance to take any photos yet, it has rained all day long here! so hopefully I shall be back with some soon.

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My Cellini bracelet is also finished.  I had it all done once but then realised that the last quarter had some different beads mixed in.  I had been doing it in the evening and accidentally used a very similar but slightly darker bead ;(  so I had to undo that section.  I just got it finished Wednesday evening ready for Thursday!!  I really don’t like things being that close to the deadline but that has just been how this month has gone.  I am very pleased with it and it was easier to do than I thought it would be so I am thinking of doing some more.  I used this tutorial.

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I hung my first load of washing outside for this year, Yay!!! I love getting my washing outside. We don’t have a tumble drier and I really do NOT like having it all hanging around inside.

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On Tuesday we had Pancakes and Pancakes and Pancakes, and they were all delicious.

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We had cousins round, My niece has just learnt to walk, aren’t her shoes just adorable.  Josh has also spent quite a bit of time round theirs too,  coming home in need of a bath every time!!  Either from playing football at my brother’s or at my sister from helping the builders in the garden mixing and barrowing cement!  He has just come home again with a bag of extremely muddy clothes!!  (I have learnt to send him with at least one change of clothes and shoes!!)

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The wedding was brilliant.  This brother and sister were so cute.  Just Hubby and I were initially invited but this week Abi got a last minute invite, she was so happy, dancing round the lounge with excitement!!  Josh was more than happy not to be coming.  I was at a lovely venue and the food was very good.  It was great to catch up with a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a while.  With 170 guests there was a lot of people to chat to!.  I am paying for it today with the lupus, I always do after a big day but it was worth it.

Talking of my Lupus and fibro, I saw my local rheumy consultant this week, more of a chat than anything. He said that there is not really anything else that they can do and that it is just a case living with it.  Something I have got used to doing anyway!!  At least if I am a feeling rough but not too ill I have got lots of creative things I can keep my mind busy with!!!

I also went to the dentist and had a large filling this week.  I asked not to have an injection as I have reacted to them before,  I think it went a little close to the nerve as it twinged rather as she drilled deeper but I managed to get through without her realising!!  hopefully there won’t be any more for a while.

I have been thoroughly spoiled this week by Abi, she has cooked all the dinners for me as an early birthday treat.  I will try and post about it soon.

Congratulations if you have stuck it out through reading all my waffle!  I hope I haven’t completely bored you.  Hopefully back soon.

Happy Crafting. xx

A Great Family Valentines Day!!

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We looked after one of Abi’s friends dog (Buddy) for the day.  He is adorable but as we were told afterwards, a bit of an escapologist!!     Within an hour we had found this out for ourselves :0

My cousin had popped round and Hubby was just opening the door when Buddy shot between his legs and out onto the street.  Thankfully we live on a fairly quiet close but he had no intentions of coming back in.

It became to him a great game of catch me if you can… and we couldn’t!!

We couldn’t entice him with food and he was deaf to our calls.  Every time he started to run to the end of the close towards the busier roads we had to try to get in front and head him off.  There were several of us, me hobbling around with my stick, Josh in his socks on soggy pavements, Abz looking rather worried as he was her responsibility, Hubby and my cousin and a couple of the neighbours!

Suddenly I had a brainwave, Abi had said that he loves other dogs so our neighbour kindly got her dog on a lead (in her dressing gown – it was still quite early) and as soon as Buddy saw this gorgeous little girl dog he had to investigate… giving Abz a chance to catch him!!  We were so thankful because we had been starting to despair of catching him.

We bought the dog a dog toy when we were shopping this morning as a little thank you.

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In the photo above Josh is busy making candy floss.  A present from Abi for his birthday.  One of those gifts that are great but take up loads of space.  Like the doughnut maker and the popcorn machine!!  Having said that, I love candy floss, so I can suffer it sitting on top of the kitchen cupboards if I get a bit of floss from time to time!  Plus all three are great when the kids have friends round.  The doughnuts with various toppings go down a treat and usually end up with a bit of face painting with the melted chocolate and icing!!

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My yarn arrived,  yay……. I was starting to get a bit worried, it had gone past the expected arrival date and usually with amazon parcels arrive well before that.  I was so excited when it arrived, sad I know, but I really do want to wear the shawl to the wedding on Thursday. I have now nearly finished the edging.  The dye lot is a bit lighter as you can see in the photo above but as I am using it for the border and it is a more open pattern, so I am hoping it will appear as though the difference is caused by the pattern change rather than the yarn.

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We made an apple crumble for the weekend, I have a waitrose recipe (here) with a lovely crunchy topping we all love.

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Abi and Josh took Buddy for a long walk up on the South Downs to tire him out.  It is lovely now that Abi can drive and they can go off on their own for a bit, it gave Hubby and I a bit of time together too.  They came back happy but filthy!  With no tumble dryer and all this dull weather I was quite thankful that they are not dog walking every day!!  After a quick bath, Buddy was soon fast asleep!!

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I am looking forward to having the children home this week,  especially as Abi has offered to make the dinners!!

I am off now to finish my shawl,  I hope to be back soon with some pics.  I have also made a bracelet for my niece a bit different from what I have made before and I am really pleased with it, so hopefully I’ll have some pics of that too.

Happy Crafting! xx

A Couple of Bargains and WIP’s Progress…

I nearly didn’t go to the local market this morning, it was so dull and damp but I was glad that I did.  The first stall I arrived at was full of spring potted plants.  There was a rack of rather sad looking primulas to clear at only 10 pence each.  Pot bound and a bit shabby but with a bit of trimming they will be a lovely colourful addition to the house and garden on these dull days.

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I also found this stack of 3 Christmas tins for 50 pence which make perfect little pot holders for the three plants I hope to keep indoors.  I’m thinking some nice little crochet pot covers would finish them off nicely!

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My WIP’s are coming on nicely now and I am really enjoying it, thanks especially to some encouragement from Jodiebodie at Lupeyloops.!

The last time I posted I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with the things I need to make with a deadline within the next week. Then Jodiebodie commented saying  ‘May you enjoy your projects despite your time pressures. Have fun.’  It made so much difference because the fun was  going out of it.  I decided to relax and enjoy each project because they wouldn’t get made any faster for stressing about them.  So thanks very much for that encouragement Jodiebodie and for everyone’s kind messages.

So, the progress I have made…  The shawl I haven’t touched as I am still waiting for the extra yarn to arrive.  The necklace is making progress, a simple beaded spiral which is really relaxing to do, I have enjoyed getting my beads out again, it’s been a while.  I’m also thinking of making a second to go inside the purse!

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The socks are just still a’ longing to get on with them’ in the back of my mind … and the purse …

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has turned into two purses.  The first one I made using Hayfield Bonus Buzz mingle dk yarn but I wasn’t sure about it and Abi and I decided it was a bit young for the niece it was intended for, so that one goes into the pressie box.

For the second one I used another multi coloured dk yarn but this time it was Sirdar Crofters fairisle effect.

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They worked up quicker than I had anticipated, the fiddliest bit being attaching the clasp.  For the first one I crocheted a traditional granny square to just a little bigger than the size of the clasp when opened out and then continued in circles, without increasing, to create the sides.  Then I just attached the clasp by sewing it on.

For the second one I created a flat circular base until just a little bigger than the opened clasp before working up the sides.  I worked trebles into the spaces rather than the stitches of the previous row and also added some bobbles.  I decided to glue the clasp this time before sewing it on.  This made it a lot easier to sew but it did mean a rather sticky needle!!

I must go now and get on with the rest of my WIP’s  and leave you with a lovely, rather fuzzy (I had to zoom right in)  reminder, from our garden, that spring is really on its way!!!

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Happy Crafting!

Sharon xx