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 Special Birthday and a Handmade gift!

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Well Hubby is now in is Forties!!!  I have just 23 days left before my big 40 so I will make the most of my last few days being in my thirties and teasing Hubby of course!

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He had a lovely time and so did we all.  It became a long weekend of celebration and way too many calories but hey, you are only 40 once!  A meal out with friends, an Indian/Chinese takeaway with his parents, a banoffee pie on Sunday, a fried breakfast in bed made by Abi and a gateaux for a birthday cake on Monday!

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Tuesday morning Abi and Josh were up at 6am doing a workout together for an hour!

He had some lovely presents including a camera which I think I may be borrowing rather a lot!

Hubby has also been re-living his childhood. For Christmas Josh had a Tamiya remote controlled car similar to one Hubby had as a boy.  Since then he keeps looking up the  hornet he used to have as a boy.   I finally managed to find a stockist with one in stock (They did a special edition a while ago).  He was so pleased with it.  It will be great for Josh and Hubby to race their cars together.

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Some of you may remember I was making a present for Hubby. ¬†I haven’t painted much and certainly not for years so I was pleased with the way it turned out. ¬†Hubby got me a pallet which¬†he took it apart and I dried out. ¬†Josh helped me cut the strips to¬†size, fix them together and sand it. ¬†Josh is quite often in the garage with Hubby but I was surprised at just what he had learned about the saws, sander etc, he knew where everything was. ¬†He was quite emphatic that only Daddy was allowed to use the chop saw¬†and band saw,¬†it took a lot of persuading before I could convince him that Mummy could use it too. ¬†He hovered nearby in case I had an accident (it was rather sweet really).

I then washed it with a 50/50 mix of water based primer and water.

I used acrylic paint to paint the poppies.

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If you look closely the centre of each poppy is a silhouette of each of us in age (and height) order.  I re-sized and printed out photos of each of us and used them as templates.

I really enjoyed doing it and thankfully Hubby was really pleased with it.

I’ve got some other bits to share but until then …

Happy Crafting!! x