Sunday, 19 February 2017

Snowdrop Sunday

 In February each year, the church in the next village to us, opens to show a spectacular display of Snowdrops and Aconites.
 The walk up to the church
 It is always a popular event and this year was no exception



 Trust me - the place was heaving!
 There are many varieties including some stunning doubles

 And simple singles


 There are thousands of them


The church was full of people buying pots of the little flowers and having a cup of tea and a slice of cake. 

Mr T treated us to a cup of homemade soup - scrumptiousπŸ˜‹ 

 It was a lovely day for it and I am sure they will have raised a good amount for the church funds

 I think we may venture back again when the church yard is a bit quieter, later in the week









Monday, 13 February 2017

It's Been A Funny Old Time.....

 With our January Mini Mania reveal - this month's theme was House and Home.

I had started an applique piece which I had intended to be vaguely similar to this  


This piece hangs in my local Library, and was worked on over a number of years by ladies at the Library.

But as the deadline drew closer, I was not happy with what I had started, so in the bin it went!

A rummage  in my scrap box and after a fairly hurried day of sewing ...πŸ˜“

 Here is My Street of Houses.


 Nothing like I had planned, but a finish non the less 😏

Because I had been sorting scraps - AGAIN!- I put together 6 Incubator size quilts ready for our Project Linus day at my local group 

For many years I have been chasing the foot pedal across the floor of me sewing space. So much so, that I am sure my right leg has stretched longer than my left 😳 so another dive in the scraps and in less than 20 minutes, I had made a non slip mat for said pedal.
why have I not done this before!?!
                           

It is the season for Seville Oranges - I love homemade Marmalade - I like to make it with much less sugar than any recipe asks for.  So a quick trip to a local farm shop and then the boiling commenced.

And I now have enough Marmalade to last me well into the next century year or so
just need to add the labels


 Last weekend saw a visit from all the family, and on Saturday we all trooped off to a local farm centre.  Of all the animals that were on display, this proud peacock stole the show.

 And on a freezing weekend, playing in cold water is a must!

 Especially after a bit of an "event" 😱

This is the jigsaw that Mr T has spent the weeks since Christmas completing. I mean weeks!!

 He is thinking of actually framing this one. There is a LOT of just plain white.

A few minutes silence...........
Grandpa was not happy
 I say, he shouldn't have left it where it could be found πŸ˜‘


 But after a concerted effort from members of the family and a couple of very late nights.......
 the question I ask myself now - Why Five weeks for the first attempt?


We had some very good news at Christmas... 
 So baby knitting has begun for Darling Daughter. More good news this week as they have had an offer accepted on a house that is much nearer to us, than the hour or so that they live now.



I had the day to myself on Saturday, so I grabbed a bunch of squares that I had cut from my scraps some time ago, and pieced another, this time larger, Linus quilt.


And, as you do , a scrappy pieced back

 Just the binding to go on this one.

 Floating about the internet a couple of weeks ago, I saw something that I thought a friend of mine would like to do when she was away on an extended holiday.  I prep'd the fabric squares for her and gifted them. They have gone off to warmer climes, but as I worked on them, I thought how nice a piece they would make for the new baby.

So I have made some for myself.
Each square has to be blanket stitched before a crochet border worked.  It may be that 80/20 wadding that I have used, but the blanket stitching is quite hard going, so I will stitch them in batches and add the crochet as I go along.

We had our monthly Crochet group meeting on Friday and I got two of the crochet borders finished.

But my third attempt was so much better, ( it helps if you read the pattern right!) so I unpicked the mornings work and have re done those squares.  The pattern is in American terms, and uses an English Double Treble Crochet stitch, but I think I may be a bit loose on my gauge so I have used English Treble Crochet and it looks much neater.
a bit of blocking will  tidy them up


 So 3 down and 33 to go!










Thursday, 19 January 2017

Okay Okay Okay......

 I swear that I have been busy and that is my excuse for not posting here for over a month!

I have noticed that lots of people have stalled as far as Blogging is concerned. Is Blogging now out of fashion?  I see that many post on Instagram regularly, and that platform is so much quicker to use, but I am hoping that my favourites do come back to Blogger soon. 

But I'm back now.

A quick re cap of the Festive period included some frantic knitting to finish this shawl as a gift for a non knitting neighbour
 Far too much time making beaded baubles to add to my little light tree

 Packing the car up for the trip down south to spend Christmas with the Essex family

We truly could not get anything else in the car! 
 
 Well - except for Darling Daughter who traveled with us because SIL had to work on Christmas day.  Luckily he arrived in Essex in time for a scrumptious Christmas lunch

 The full contents of my very first Advent Calendar
 Look out for the new me in 2017!



A beautiful Boxing day spent walking on the beach
 some.... refreshments on the front
 A cold but beautiful day

 Bank Holiday Tuesday saw the ladies of the family trot off to London to see Disney's  Frozen on Ice.

Worth.Every.Penny
And the Boys?  Well Three Men and a Baby   - and I know there was a pub involved 😟😲 and I can't say anything more!


We traveled back home on the Wednesday after 4 full days of fun and laughter and after unpacking, we felt the need to sit in the chair and stare into space - for hours !!πŸ˜…πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜³

I had promised a friend that I would make two of the story cushions ready for her grand children

Done and delivered

 I have been knitting another wrap/shawl/scarf and it went very well. Then came (my first) applied border. Well that took .....ages. I think it was 28 repeats of a 20 row pattern.
 and it kept on and on and on
 But I did finish and am very pleased with the results.

 We had a crochet group meet up last week and I have started a scrappy blanket using all the leftover balls of Style-craft special yarn that is filling my basket. It will take a while, but I enjoy hooking away whilst watching the TV.
 Our Mini Mania group had two months to complete the latest challenge. 48 days later and I really must get started! 

 In one day I started piecing, layered quilted and bound this Mini Quilt. The big reveal will be at the end of the month
 I am hoping that the quilting will hide a multitude of sins 😜

 At the weekend we are again off to see Little Miss πŸ˜‡ and Master 🦁  We are in charge for a couple of days so Monday will be written off in a coma!!

 He has grown so much in the past three weeks!! 

 That my friends is wot I did in the 'olidays!

Promise to be back soon πŸ˜‰