Thursday, 30 January 2014

CAL Spring Flowers and Lurgy!

Hello to you.
By heck is it Thursday again already? Really? Where does the time go?
The up-side of time passing by quickly is that January is nearly over... hooray!
Soon, it will be February when I have six Birthdays to make and buy for... Oh well, it will keep me busy I'm sure.
I'm crocheting along again this week with lovely Marianne and Chrissie 

Chrissie Crafts

I've finished my patch work bag hooray!
I went off on my own once I'd got the jist of the pattern.
I lined the bag with some vintage fabric I had from a charity shop.
I'm very pleased with how it's turned out. I haven't taken it out on an outing yet but will do soon!

Also this week I have been hooking away on a scarf and come to the end of that...
This was a lovely project, made in Stylecraft pomegranate for the main part. The squares are made from Stylecraft special DK yarn, also aspen, pale rose and turquoise.

Thought I'd show you what it looks like on my dummy!

You may ask the reason, why I am not modelling the scarf? Well, I have the lurgy so I'm far too pale and coughy to put my face anywhere at the moment. I hope it clears away soon - the housework is mounting up as I type...!
I've been lucky enough to fill my house with beautiful spring flowers thanks to my partner, myself and a friend  It's been a good flower week. The tulips on the kitchen table have just got to that twisty bendy stage - I love it when they do that!

Hope you're all well and keeping germ free?
Have a lovely end to the week and weekend.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

CAL Winter Walking

Hello to you.
I've really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things, reading everyone's blogs and seeing what you've been up to...
My bag, I'm afraid, is not finished yet...
But it's all made up and just needs to be lined and then I will be showing the finished article off.
This week I have made some bird house bunting which I found in issue six of Simply Crochet. My daughter has snapped it up for her bedroom already!
It was a fun and quick project.
Joining again with lovely Chrissie and Marianne

Chrissie Crafts

On the weekend I visited my parent's house and took a few photos of signs of life in their garden.

Also this week, when the weather has been bright we have enjoyed some walks at the top of our village where we saw some amazing views...
Hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend whatever you may be doing.
Off now to see what everyone has been up to this week in the CAL.
Thank you for your lovely comments about the bag and views - sometimes I forget how lucky I am living in such a beautiful part of the world.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

On a Cold and Frosty Morning CAL

My crochet bag is coming along nicely and starting to look sort of bag shaped.
Lots more joining to do and some straps to make and then I will be ready to line it.

Chrissie Crafts
So happy to be crocheting along again with Marianne  and Chrissie.
looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to.

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have this view every day on our walk to school.
The school run is made easier with views like this.
The mist was hanging over the river.....
....and circling the village.
The sun began to break through.

Trying to keep myself from those January blues and appreciating the everyday lovely things I see.
Hope you've enjoyed coming along with me on my school run.

Hoping you've all had a wonderful week and enjoy a lovely weekend.
Welcome hold heatedly to my new followers lovely to have you with me.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Patch Work Bag Cute and Easy Crochet

Hello, hello!
I've been wondering for a while what to do for my next project.
Recently I've bought a few books from my amazon wish list one of which being Cute and easy crochet. I enjoyed Nikki Trench's cute and easy crochet with flowers so much I wanted to have this one too!
So the new year project! A patchwork granny square bag I thought.
I made a quick start last night and hope to take my time and enjoy it.
Lots of cheery colours perfect for all these grey days we've been having.
I'm still picking up and putting down my hexagon blanket too, I quite like to have a couple of projects going at once.
Thank you for your lovely comments
and welcome to my new followers.
Lovely to have you here with me.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Keeping Cosy

Hello to you.
Hope everyone is well and wonderful?
The weather here in North Wales has been increasingly getting worse, my heart goes out to all the people who have been flooded or effected by the high winds.
So as a broken branch in the garden waves about in the wind threating to fall I will write to you about some of the things that have happened so far this week.
Getting back to normal is always a strain after Christmas but its always nice to get the house sorted so that's what I've been doing, going room by room organising (the best I can) in-between school runs and working. I said goodbye to my daughter at the school gates this morning, for her first day back and watched her hug her friends excitedly swapping tales of Christmas presents, I will miss her. 
I had a lovely surprise in the post today, I've been waiting for what seems like forever! but here it is in all its loveliness.
Never at the age of 18 did  think I'd get so excited over an oil burner.
My friend bought me some melts before Christmas (a very thoughtful gift) so I thought I better get a burner.
It is great and smells amazing, you can even make up your own scents with different melts or use the menu card to make the ones already tired and tested.
I'm really pleased with mine it's much better than the candles I've been using.
Also this week my first simply crochet arrived through the door (Thank you Mum) a great Christmas present that keeps giving. For those of you who love Attic24 - like me, there is a lovely interview with Lucy among other great items.
I've been making a start on organising our wedding, my lovely friend bought me this wedding organiser which she said really helped her when organising her wedding, so lets hope it helps me too!
I've picked up my hexagon blanket again, which I started early last year. It's still very much a work in progress! but I quite enjoy picking it up and putting it down when the mood takes me.
Hope your all enjoying a lovely week.
Thank you for your lovely comments I so enjoy reading them.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Kicking the January Blues

Hello to you.
Hope the new year is treating you all well so far?
I can be quite a miserable Martha in January, so I've taken it upon myself  to do my best to stay positive and count my blessing more.
My negativity can get the better of me sometimes.
Here are a few photos of things that have made me happy this week.
Pretty orchid gracing my Grannie's conservatory.
I love the simplicity of these flowers.
Putting away the Christmas decorations is always a sad occasion but I will look forward to seeing my Grannie's nativity set in December.
Our new addition is settling in well and sometimes you'd never guess she was feral only a few months ago.
My Grannie's dog always makes me smile she's such a sweet natured girl who just wants to be loved.
Another thing that never fails to cheer me up is getting out in the fresh air.

I think we can all get a bit of cabin fever when we are stuck indoors for too long.

A nice family walk, carefully crossing the cattle grid!

This post box made me smile.
When my brother and I were children we would regularly visit this post box to send away Grannie's letters I think we took it for granted then.

Chirk Castle one of our favourite national trust places....

All closed up for winter at the moment but will be bursting with people in the spring, not to mention snow drops!
Hope your all well and happy.
Thank you for your lovely new year messages