Thursday, 24 July 2014

Birds and Dolls

How has your week been so far? Good I hope.
It's been a busy week here.
The usual working and visiting my Grandad in north east Yorkshire.
It's about 4 hours away from where we live in north wales luckily my daughter has always been good on long journeys.
Always nice to get away for a few days.
This week crochet wise I have jumped on the Attic 24 band wagon and hooked up five bower birds.
You can find the pattern here
They hook up a treat with clear and well written instructions.
I really enjoyed the stitching parts where I could personalise each birdie and give it, it's own character.
I wanted to show you my mantel piece because its made me smile this week having not one but two vases of flowers and my new dolls.
The nesting dolls were a bit of an extravagance for me, especially when I'm supposed to be paying for a wedding.
I do love them.
So you may have just seen that I mentioned the wedding eek its getting close now!
Just over 2 weeks.
So if I do go quiet you will know what I'm doing. I'm hoping to keep up with things.
I will leave you with these chirpers!
Have a lovely weekend.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Gypsy Caravan Blanket

Well I've finally finished my gypsy caravan blanket.
I'm really pleased with it, it is now gracing the back of my sofa in all its colourful glory.
So would you like to see...
I love the colours so bright and cheery.
Don't you just love the feeling when you finally finish a big project? phew!
I will miss it too! it's been a great stash buster.
All neatly folded and ready to take inside. Do you remember the gypsy caravan cushion? The blanket and cushion look great together.
Here are a few photos from the garden this week...
You may have noticed I snuck in two kitty pictures too.
With the weather being so lovely it's been nice to have a family stroll of an evening.
My daughter and I taking in the evening air.
The last thing I have to tell you this week is I've had my first crochet commission for mandalas! I was so excited and the lady I sold to is an ideal first costumer very supportive, she has some great ideas too!
Wishing you a lovely week.
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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Crochet Granny Square Arm Caps and Summer Garden Lovin

Hello to you.
Well I'm back again.
It's very exciting having a new toy to type on.
I've been busy sewing up simple bunting (will show another time) for the wedding and organising my collection of vintage table cloths and mats ready for decorating the marquee. The wedding is getting scarily close now, I think we have about a month to go.
I have my crochet arm caps to show you...

I wanted something to protect the sofa from scratching kitties and my daughters habit of getting chocolate everywhere.
I was really pleased how they stood out on the red sofa.

I have also had a little trial run of making up garden flower arrangements in recycled jars, this is what I'd like at our wedding. I was pleased with the out come. Keeping my fingers crossed that the flowers will stay out for me!
Below a quick peep at what's about in my garden this week...
1, Pink rose (not sure of name)
2, Verbena
3, White old rose
4, Hydrangea
5, Nasturtiums
6, That pink rose again!
7, Magenta  Lychnis coronaria
8, Feverfew
9, Hydrangea Annabelle
 We've had a little bit of rain this week not too much, just enough to get the garden flourishing.
In my kitchen table tea cup this week I have...
It was supposed to be just the hydrangea but I broke a lily head off my bunch while trying to get it out of the packaging so it's found a home there too.
Just a quick thank you to my new followers lovely to have you here with me.
A massive thank you too to the lovely bloggy ladies who went over to visit my lovely friend and neighbour at her crochet cottage
Off to get the school uniform ready, have a lovely week.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014


It's lovely to be back, I have finally replaced the broken laptop with a new typing friend.
It's taking a while to get used to but I'm sure I'll will get the hang of it soon.
I've tried my best to keep up with you all and have seen some lovely posts.
So after laptop gate I have been mostly wedding planning and doing the never ending jobs an old cottage throws at you.
I have had sometime for crochet too...

This my latest cushion made from the pattern in simply crochet issue eighteen with style craft Aran. I really enjoyed swapping between the different stitches, I even did my first bobble stitch. The original cushion in the magazine is multi coloured and looks fab, mine is toned down a bit so I can use it in my sitting room.
Here are some cheery mandalas.
A kitty travel cushion! I used the pattern from simply crochet issue twenty (the latest)
He took up a lot of double crochets but worth it in the end and is so snuggly.
Cant wait to take him on his first car journey up to north Yorkshire to visit my Grandad.
Here are a few photos from the garden.
1, Cinnabar moth
2,  Californian poppy
3, Perennial foxgloves
4, Calendula
5, A very full flower bed!
6, Celebration Rose
7, Pink peony
8, Rose hedge in bloom
9, Giant Allium
Has anyone else's children/grandchildren been sucked into the latest craze of loom bands?
My daughter loves them,
 I think there great, lovely to see her being creative. The possibilities are endless with what you can make. We think a strawberry key ring might be our next project
 My hoover isn't thanking me for all the strays she leaves behind!
I will leave you with my pretty tea cup that a picked up a few weeks back and some garden roses.
Wishing you a lovely end to the week.
**My lovely friend and neighbour has just started her blogging adventure,
 so if you have a spare min pop over and have a look-see**