Another Mile On The Clock!

Well folks, I’m a year older and it was a lovely couple of days transition!
On Saturday Hubby took me out shopping. That may not sound very exciting, but believe me, to get him and Josh anywhere near the shops is an achievement, let alone traipse and after me for three hours!
We went to Lewes which isn’t too far from us but I had never been there before. It was lovely. It’s an old town with a very steep hill (I whizzed around on my scooter) and I could easily spend a day there just absorbing all the history. I found this plaque particularly interesting.

It was on the wall above this plate of glass set in the pavement where the steps lead down to the prison. You would have to lay down to fit through the opening halfway down the steps.


As well as the history there were a couple of street stalls, one selling ethically made clothing which was all on sale so I grabbed a couple of bargains ūüôā

Then Hubby actually pointed out a craft shop to me and patiently waited while I browsed! 


It had a little of everything from art supplies to yarn and buttons. And I spent less than ten pounds!! 

Then it was lunch time but the town was heaving and everywhere was packed so we headed off to another town to find a bakery. When we got there the bakers were just closing so we opted for fish and chips. 

It was one of those times when there is a purpose to our plans going wrong. In the chip ago we bumped into’Aunty’ Helen. She isn’t a real Aunty but she was Howard’s neighbor for the first seventeen years of his life. They are the most amazing and kind couple and did so much for Hubby and his sister when their Mum died leaving his Dad with two preschoolers.  They looked after them for hours  at a time and were always there for the family throughout the years.

It was great to see her and she invited us to eat at their house and to visit her husband, Derek, who had fallen and fractured his scull out in Australia over Christmas! He had to spend six weeks in hospital and rehab. At one point they were told that if he didn’t come round in 24 hours, he wouldn’t make it. Thankfully he did and is doing amazingly well, although there are some lasting effects he is struggling with! 


Derek is the sort of person who cannot waste anything and Josh is fascinated with his garden! 


He used to have disabled children come for the afternoon to explore and play in his garden and see the animals but sadly that has had to stop because of health and safety! 

But he still has one sheep left which according to Josh is more like a donkey! 


So that was our adventure at the weekend. 

On Monday, my actual birthday, Abz treated me out to a coffee. We tried out an adorable little cafe in a little old fashioned village store.


I pigged with pancakes, maple syrup and fried banana! 

Then we rounded up  day with Abz cooking me dinner and a lovely creme egg brownie birthday cake! 


It’s so beautiful when everyone makes you feel so special and loved. It is certainly in the little things that love really is! 

Have a great and creative day and weekend friends! 

Sharon xx

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A Birthday and my Favorite Tools atm.

Guess what we’ve been eating?….

Hubby had a birthday last week so there have been rather a lot of calories consumed here in Sussex! 

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll probably know what’s coming next. Yep, monkey bread and birthday gateau.



One of my favorite yarns was inspired by this chocolate version of our birthday gateau and if you’re on Instagram you can see it knit up into a sock @grosifrick. She had also bought some of my yarns for a ‘find your fade’ shawl so I’m looking forward to seeing that when it’s all knit up.  I love seeing what people make with my yarns.

You can find the gateau recipe here and the monkey bread recipe is by Barbara bakes which you can find here. I add a twist to the recipe and I also put half a square of dark chocolate in the centre of each ball of dough to make it extra special.

I also treated Hubby to a venison roast on his birthday.

I think all that is going to mean I need to be rather strict with myself this week. And save up the treats for the end of the month when it’s my birthdayūüėā. 

On the creative front, there’s been a tiny bit of ‘me’ creativity. I’ve managed six rows of knitting on my shawl since I last blogged, which I don’t think I even told you about. I started it a few weeks ago.

 I’m using my bfl with nylon yarn in the Valley Hues colourway. Purple Is not a me color but I fell in love with this one so I couldn’t resist using it!  I’m using the Karise pattern from Ravelry and I was inspired by the beautiful shawls that my lovely friend Ericka Eckles has made. And as you can see I’ve finally worked out how to add links on my phone ūüėÄ

In shop creativity I’ve been having a big dpn needle holder sew up, So hopefully there should be more of them in my shop soon. 

 

Making these has been made so much easier by a couple of sewing tools I have so I did a short video to show you and share….. Aghh. It’s the first time I’ve done this and I don’t look very smiley but I’m sharing it anyway so have fun watching it, I’ll never be a t.v. Presenter that’s for sure! ūüėā

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Do have any great gadgets or things favorite things to share? I’d love to know. I may even add a ‘what I’m loving this week’ to my posts just for fun. Probs not a video though!! ! 

Have a very happy and creative week friends

Sharon xx

A Birthday and a catch up! 

Hi folks, I’m afraid this is going ‚Äč 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! ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč

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

A Birthday and Mother’s Day!

It doesn’t seem possible that it’s over a year since I posted about my 40th birthday!! ¬†This year was a lot quieter! ¬†I didn’t have many presents as several people gifted me money which I have put by for now to wait for something special.

My first gift was early, from Abi and her boyfriend, as we had nowhere for her to hide it! They gave me two bar stools for the new breakfast bar Hubby has built.

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They also gave me some flowers on the day.

Josh got me this lovely notebook which is ring bound so that I can always add more pages and a little message inside.

I also had some creme eggs.  I have a bit of a weakness for these, in fact, I had a craving for them when I was expecting Abi and they may have had something to do with the her being a rather big baby at 9lb 8oz!  I ended up with a cesarean as she was too big for me!!

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Finally some blocking mats, well, they are kiddies play mats but the same as blocking mats and a lot cheaper! They were about £14 for a pack of 18 on Amazon.

Oh, I have to show you this card too!  I love it, it describes perfectly my friendship with this friend, we often talk on the phone and they are not short phone calls, it is great having freinds that you can talk to about anything and everything, do you have someone in your life like that?

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We had arranged to get together again as a family on my birthday as it seems to be a weekend that suits everybody.  We went for a walk and then back to my sisters for tea.  It was lovely to get to spend time with my family on my birthday.

For Mother’s day I got some more flowers from Josh, I love the deep red with the yellow

and Abi gave me some lovely squishy yarn. ¬†It’s Sirdar big softie and is a singles yarn. ¬†I am thinking that some of my birthday money may have to go on some more of this, as at the moment I am thinking of crocheting a jumper with it.

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Creativity time seems to be a little sparse at the moment, I think with Abi working shifts I usually keep the days and half days¬†she¬†is off free to do things with her if she isn’t busy which is lovely and I wouldn’t change it but it does cut down the creative time!

I hope you all have a lovely and creative week!

Oh yes, and before I go you can still get 15% off in my Etsy shop using the code ‘opening15’ until March 15th.

Sharon xx

 

 

 

Half Term Fun.

Well the half-term week has come and gone with a quite a lot of evidence yet to be tidied away!!

It was good to see Josh getting his playmobil out again, it’s been a while, it’s sad seeing him gradually grow out of his toys. ¬†Dry days are okay, he loves being outside but the rainy days are getting harder to find things to occupy him so I was grateful for a mostly dry week! ¬†There is some serious tidying to be done now!

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The main outdoor activity involved a lot of digging! ¬†It started with a hole dug as a hunt for clay to make pots with, resulting in rather a lot of muddy bowls and buckets left in the garden. ¬†Actually, this is Josh’s version of tidying, they were right outside the back door! ¬†Hmmm, a few more lessons needed here!

 

A¬†few days later a¬†bit LOT more digging took place as Josh dug deeper and wider to make an army trench!! ¬†This then had to be photographed to make an ‘army’ card for his cousin who has just started chemo¬†for Lymphoma. ¬†(He is 14 and we would really appreciate your thoughts and prayers for him.)

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The following day the hole was dug even more and Josh had an amazing game with 2 of his cousins in there.  In the evening Josh proudly showed his Dad for the first time, you should have seen his face!!!  (The hole is over 1 metre/yard deep).

Poor ole Hubby, he had just started to think that the garden could be kept a bit nicer as Josh grows up, but he was very good and didn’t voice what I could plainly see on his face until he came indoors!! It took my mind back to this post and what is really important in a garden!

Some days we spent quietly, pottering, crochet for me, playing for Josh. ¬†Then we went to stay with the in-laws for the weekend. ¬†It was my Sister-in-law’s 40th (it doesn’t seem possible that its nearly a year since I wrote about my 40th¬†and here!!). ¬†Her Husband, Matt, had arranged for a meal at the Shuttleworth Collection. ¬†We had the conservatory to ourselves which was lovely .

The tables all had little packets of love hearts.

After a lovely meal it was time for the cake.

Matt lit the 40 sparklers,

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but the flowers on the top were silk and soon the cake was on fire!!

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after various attempts to extinguish the fire Matt carried it outside to burn itself out.

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Thankfully only the top layer was affected.

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Next we were all given tickets for the Swiss gardens which even in winter were beautiful

with little houses and huts tucked here and there,

one with an amazing ceiling crafted from pine cones,

a little greenhouse with stained glass windows, a domed roof and rocky entrance and exit,

bridges and windy paths,

and a rather camera shy peacock!

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I managed to get some lovely pics of Abi and her boyfriend.

Then we were taken on a tour of the collection.

It was mostly old planes, some looking far too dangerous to fly and yet all except two out of 6 large hangers are still flown!!

There were also a few cars and bikes, a bus and a charabanc (an open topped bus)!

It was just lovely to have time to spend to together especially as it is their boy who has the cancer.

A cheery pic to finish with, spring really is on the way!

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I hope you are all having a lovely and creative week.

Sharon xx

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Birthday Gateau

Here is the family gateau recipe that we often have for desert on birthdays. ¬†I sometimes adapt the plain recipe to make a chocolate as I did here for Josh’s birthday.

Birthday Gateau

Ingredients

4 eggs

2oz Plain (all purpose) Flour and 2oz Cornflour (cornstarch)

(For the chocolate version use just 1 1/2 oz of plain flour, 1 1/2 oz of cornflour and 1 oz of cocoa powder.)

1 tsp Baking Powder

4 oz Caster Sugar

Fruit of your choice

Jam or icing sugar (optional)

1 pint Whipping Cream

Method

Important РFirst prepare all ingredients so that there is no waiting between stages, eg; separate eggs and whisk egg yolks with a fork to break up, put sugar in a bowl ready, sift flours, baking powder and cocoa together  if using.

Prepare 2 x 8″ round sandwich tins and heat oven to Gas Mk 6 (200C or 400F, moderately hot)

  1. Whisk egg whites until peaks can be made and remain.
  2. Whisk in the sugar.
  3. Add yolks quickly but gently,folding them in with a metal spoon.
  4. Immediately fold in the flours, baking powder and cocoa if using,still using a metal spoon.
  5. Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake on the middle shelf for approx 15 minutes. ¬†Do not¬†open the oven door before 10 minutes of cooking time, then you need to keep an eye that it doesn’t catch. ¬†The cake is cooked when you press and release a finger¬†gently in the centre of the sponge and the cake springs back.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for 2 mins before turning out to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Cut each cake in half horizontally and fill each layer with cream and fruit.  I either add a little jam or else whizz up some of the fruit with some icing (confectioners) sugar to add to each layer too.
  8. Enjoy!!

It really is an easy recipe and¬†there is no fat in it and it has fruit so it must be good for you ūüėČ

Enjoy,

Sharon xx

Birthday Fun!

I find it hard to believe that my baby boy is now 11. ¬† Josh’s¬†birthday was on Tuesday but it started on the Saturday before with our traditional ‘monkey bread’ for breakfast.

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Monkey bread has to be one of¬†the most delicious and naughty treats and we find any special occasion that we can as an excuse to indulge! ¬†Each ball of dough hides a melted piece of dark chocolate and the outside of each ball is coated in melted butter and a sugar and cinnamon mix which turns to a sticky coating when cooked. ¬†I use this recipe¬†but add a piece of chocolate to each ball of dough. ¬†We don’t bother with the glaze, it’s delicious enough without it.

After breakfast Hubby had a special treat prepared.  Josh loves supercars and the customer Hubby is working for owns a Porsche 911 Carrera 4.

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At 9.30 we had Josh looking out of the window as he turned up on our drive.

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Josh was so excited.  He had a sit in the drivers seat and then a ride out in it!

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For Sunday, Josh got to choose the desert and he chose a gateaux, chocolate with raspberries.

If you are interested in the recipe let me know and I’ll put it up, it’s a family recipe and it’s really easy and is so light and delicious.

On Monday Josh had two of his cousins and a friend round for tea.  After a really windy weekend and a very wet morning we prayed for dry calm weather and we were blessed with a dry quiet spell in time for his party, just as  we packed up it began to rain!

The reason we needed dry weather was because we had been mad enough to plan an outdoor party in November!

We started with a couple of indoor games while Abi hid sweets in the garden.  Abi had prepared some balloons putting a forfeit in each one before blowing them up.  We played musical bumps and the last to sit down had to pop a balloon and do what it said inside, the trouble was Abi had inadvertently bought helium quality balloons so they were really hard to pop!  This really added to the fun as they tried to devise means of popping the balloons.

Next we went outside and the boys lit a fire in the bbq and cooked sausages and bacon which we had with baked beans and jacket potatoes sitting outside on the deck.

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This was followed by Birthday cake.  I chickened out of shaping a cake as he wanted a Ferrari.

Instead I baked a square cake and cut out the car from coloured icings, scoring lines to add the detail.

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By then it was dark and our outdoor light only lit a small portion of the garden so they had fun hunting for the sweets.

Finally they had great fun making flame torches and waving them around while Abi used her camera to do some light painting pictures.

His actual birthday was quite quiet in comparison but it was lovely to have some family time. I gave him a car picture that I had stitched,

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and his card was made with watch parts from his Grandad’s supplies. ¬†It was lovely for him to have something made with these parts as Abi already had the owl I made for her birthday. ¬†They are stuck onto a canvas board that I painted red.

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And that was about it really,¬†¬†It’s hard to believe that in another two years and he’ll be a teenager!!

I hope you all have a great weekend, great excitement here as we have had a snow shower! ¬†I shall hunker down indoors with a hot chocolate and my crochet ūüôā

Happy crafting!

Sharon xx

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