Christmas 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Maybe like us you’re still in the middle of entertaining and visiting? 


(This beautiful card was made by Paul’s sister). 

We had a lovely day Sunday although we kept it very much as a normal day of rest with a chapel service in the morning and carols and bible readings of the Christmas story at Sunday school in the afternoon. It was lovely to have a day to really savour the real meaning of Christmas without all the other distractions.

We saved most of the gifts until Monday and also had our Christmas dinner then too. 


Tilly had a great time playing with the wrapping paper! 


I had a lovely super soft new dressing grown from Hubby and some warm luxurious boot slippers and a wallet from Abi and Paul.


Josh did his own shopping on Amazon and got me this cute coaster and some stickers. He also disappeared in the craft room one afternoon and surprised me with this! It reminded me just how special hand made gifts are. 


I had asked for money from most of the rest of the family and will be putting it towards some crafty bits. Watch this space!!….

The other excitement was my stitching Santa parcels. Firstly, thanks so much Sheila for organising this one again. 

I entered both the sewing and yarny version and got two very generous parcels. One was from Cathy (nanacathy.com) who also did mine last year. 


She had made some lovely ornaments to add to my tree. So special as I like my ornaments to have meaning. A lovely knitted bag and a wrist warmer and hat set. I tried to take a selfie but that didn’t work so Abz came to the rescue! 


Then there was some tinsel yarn and some gorgeous galaxy yarn with sequins in it. I think the tinsel yarn in that color would make a great cat, I’ll have to see what I can come up with. I’m thinking maybe a scarf for the galaxy yarn? 


Then there was the essential chocolate in the shape of a teddy and PINK chocolate coins. So cute, I’ve never seen pink ones before.


Oh and not forgetting the owl notebook that I’ll have to keep it off Abi’s way and some gorgeous hand cream. Thanks so much Cathy, it was all just so lovely.



Then in my other parcel from sewing Nikki was another generous lot of gorgeous goodies. A beautiful felt bag, 


several mini skeins of yarn. A lovely box, decorated with intricate embroidery with the most adorable buttons inside. 



Two books, both of which I’ve been tempted to buy in the past but never had and a cute candle that I’m thinking Nikki may have made? 

 Oh yes and not forgetting the lovely felt robin that’s another great addition to my tree ornament collection and a digital stitch counter that you wear on your finger, brilliant! 


It was all lovely Nikki! 

I just feel so thoroughly spoilt and overwhelmed at the thought, time and care that went into these parcels. Thanks so much ladies.

Lastly, a friend and I did our own little crafty goodies swap where I got a few more lovely bits. A scarf, hand knitted fingerless gloves with the flap over mitt bit, some gorgeous fabric and wooden buttons with hand made with love on them!! Also a large cup and saucer and a snail tape measure. 


It seems as though Christmas is flying by! I’m hoping to spend the rest of the evening getting organised with some goal setting and planning, hoping I can be more efficient with my time in 2017.

 From time to time I plan out my days and get so much more done. I stick to it as much as can but I don’t let interruptions bother me or get stressed if I get behind or don’t complete my list but just tell myself that God’s plan for my day was obviously different and His way is always best! 

I’m hoping I can get in the habit of regular planning and I want to set goals such as; do something special as a family once a month, meet one of my friends for coffee once a fortnight, phone someone I rarely see once a month, do a random act of kindness each week etc! Then maybe, maybe, something similar for housework goals . 

Are you making goals, plans etc for the new year? I have good intentions but I’m not very good at sticking to plans, especially if it involvess being too organised. I’ll blame having a creative brain! Do you have any tips or tricks for sticking to goals? 

In case I don’t get back on here before Sunday, I hope you all have a wonderful and creative new year.

Sharon xx

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Getting there! 

Popping in for a quick catch up!. Well Christmas is nearly here, pressies under the tree and I have a dishwasher! Do you remember hubby built a posh shed? Well the washing machine had gone out there and we now have a dishwasher. 


I’m still not sure how I feel about this. I’m hoping the dishwasher will be a help, at least I can hide the dirty dishes. It’s having the washing outside that I’m not sure on, we’ll see! 

The tree is up and looking lovely although only some of the lights are working, so I’m hoping to be able to get some more in the sales.

Abi has made some lovely ornaments with names for Jesus on them which she is adding, one each day for advent. It’s lovely to have that constant reminder of what Christmas is really about! 

Tully is going through a very chewy stage but she still loves her snuggles.

We’ve been given a super cute reindeer as a thank you for some mending I did for a friend.

I’ve spent a lot of time creatively but it’s all been for the shop so I’m hoping for a bit of me crafting time over the break. Although with visitors or else visiting every day except one for a week things will be pretty hectic! 

This out new bedtime routine, Tilly snuggled Josh and then when we go to bed I take her back downstairs for the night.

I did my usual hamper of nice read and coffees for our doctors along with some home made fudge. We’ve certainly used then a lot these last couple of months with Abi. Thanks for all your kind enquiries. She is very slightly better but still goes right back if she does much. We now have a hospital referral so hoping the wait won’t be too long! 

Today we had a lovely surprise when we went to the market for our Christmas veg. Josh was thrilled to hold this six month old owl that one of the stall holders had with her. Abi was very envious when we told her! 


Last but not least both my stitching Santa parcels have arrived, I feel so excited, like a big kid! 

Sorry  it’s such a rushed post but I had to squeeze in a quick hello before Christmas.

I hope you’ll all have a special time. 

Sharon xx

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! 

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.


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! 

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