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Sunday, 27 September 2015

A Woolly Delivery :)

Morning Everyone....

What a beautiful week....weather wise...it has been here....gorgeous misty mornings with the sun just peeping through...the hedges and trees prettily decorated with spiders webs glistening with dew...just like they have been studded with crystals...you can see your breath...oh and the bit I love....you can smell the smokey log burners on the go :) ....this has given way to some glorious sun all day long...it really cant fail to lift your spirits....myself and Puppy Dog have been on lots of long walks this week...accompanied by my parents on several occasions as its just been so wonderful to have the sunshine....

As I promised last week....those lovely people at Wool Warehouse (Here) kept to their perfect service and my order of wool arrived Tuesday morning....which meant I have been able to complete my jewel Patchwork Blanket....


I just have the ends to tidy up and the pompom edging to do...(which I think I will get done today) and it will be ready for a new home :)

In my woolly order I have chosen some new shades that I have never used before...and I think they are quite lovely....and I cant wait to use the new colour being released in October....Duck Egg Blue!  I  always use Stylecraft Special DK as its beautiful and soft but hardwearing and washes like a dream...



new colours to me....Shrimp, Pomegranate and Violet
 
I also finished the little IPad bag I was making for a family member....I'm happy to report that they loved it :)
 

I have done a little more...but not much...on my granny square blanket...its patiently waiting in the "wings" to be picked up again...wont be long :)


I have been doing a little Autumn decorating....just to celebrate the season :)

I've picked gorgeous coloured leaves, acorns and conkers....


I placed some of the leaves around the sides of a hurricane lamp and placed a candle (safely in a glass jar...always be safe with candles!) in the middle....the reflected light is just beautiful...a cosy glow of colour...I'm really happy with it...and then just placed my collected treasures upon another leaf...my décor ornaments are very nature inspired anyway so they fit right in at this time of year :)


Now...to the mystery of the week....I sat down on Wednesday morning to make the little felted mouse for my wreath...which took all morning to make! It was ok and would have done just to put amongst the leaves etc on the wreath...then the post arrived....I answered the door and when I came back the mouse was gone! Now all the evidence pointed to Puppy Dog...she had a mouse's back leg hanging from her chin...she's quite happy to steal stuff that takes her fancy...but with soft toys etc she just shreds them into bits and spits it out - there was no evidence around...she has NEVER swallowed anything she has chewed up...but I assumed she had...so was waiting for her either to be sick...or for the offending object to be delivered from the other end...nothing as yet...so we are still wondering what happened to it...a complete mystery! Needless to say I will have to find another free morning to make another....but my wreath is up... its just mouseless :)

There has been two places I would love to be this week...the first...this gorgeous patio I found on Pinterest....


Isn't it just the most beautiful place to be? So stylish and elegant...a far cry from mine...ha ha

And the second...Yarndale Festival (link here)


It is a festival of creativity...just look at all those crochet and knitted flowers and bunting...loads of stalls selling woolly things...oh I would be in heaven...and all my pennies would be spent! :)

Well here's hoping that next week follows on from this and we get lots more lovely sunshiny days...here's this weeks vintage photo...a follow on with the Autumn theme...do you remember doing this as a youngster?


I remember doing allsorts with my nans help to try and make a winning conker...we would bake them hard...pickle them...then dry them hard...but I suppose the children today aren't allowed to play conkers...for health and safety reasons....madness....look at all the fun they are missing out on...we so used to look forward to conker season...throwing sticks to knock them from the trees...ahh the good old days eh?

This weeks quote....


So very true...

Have a lovely week all....value each and every moment and make so beautiful memories :) 

Enjoy everything you do...xxxx










 

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Crochet is not just a hobby......

Its a way of life!!!  ha ha it is here anyway......

Hello.... :) its all been about crochet this week....

I have had 3 WIP (work in progress) on the go this week....2 are almost finished.....


My Autumn Wreath has been put together....it started off with all these little pieces.....


....I just need to make the little felted Harvest Mouse now and it will be finished and ready to hang on Wednesday....the start of Autumn....
 
I couldn't bear to put my Spring Wreath away when Summer started....


But I have now....and the Summer one will be joining it this week....


My patchwork blanket has come to a standstill till later in the week.....


the position of colours in rows has been decided and they are neatly piled and labelled ready to go...but I ran out of white wool to join them and for the edging....so its been a great excuse to order the white wool and lots more lovely colours from Wool Warehouse....and with their great service I'm sure it will be here beginning of the week....

I have also been making an IPad cover for a family member...I decided on a corner to corner pattern and will be adding handles....I think I  will finish this today so will post a picture of the completed cover next week...


and my third project is a new granny square blanket....I have chosen some contemporary colours this time to give a more modern feel to a traditional blanket...I quite like it...but I have to say the vintage colours are my favourite still...




I only started this yesterday so haven't got very far...yarn is Stylecraft Special DK and the colours are: Saffron, Turquoise, Parma Violet, Denim, Spice and Aspen...I'm doing 7 rounds and will be joining with grey....as usual I have no idea what border I will do until the very end.... :)

Our holiday seems a million miles away now...but we have booked next years already....we will be off the Devon next year.... :)

Being back home has given me a spurt of energy and this coming week I intend to sort out and throw out....(not easy for me to throw out!) going room to room and getting everything clean and tidy....as well as lots of crocheting of course :)

I think I have had the last of the sweet peas for this year....I have decided to let the rest go the seed so I can collect them and grow them from their seeds next year :)


I have put them on the mantle this week instead of the window sill and set them off with my little French grey roses I made quite a few years ago now....

I had a treat this week....lunch out with my lovely friend....and a leisurely stroll around the garden centre...it was heavenly....that same friend gave me a fab book for my birthday...its really interesting and I have picked up loads of tips from it...well worth purchasing :)



and I have pre-ordered the new book Modern Vintage Gifts by Helen Phillips this week...I cant wait for it to arrive (not out until Oct ) I love Helen's blog... so I think her book will be brilliant :)


I have strangely been drawn to sewing of the past month or so and as I've said before...sewing is not my thing...but I think its time to give it a try...I saw this on Pinterest this week and thought it was beautiful....and maybe I could have a go at this patchwork picture....


Well we'll see.... I do have the embroidery hoops......

As I read a lot of blogs and pages from USA they are all getting into "Fall" decoration....I love how they decorate for all the seasons....it really makes me want to do it too....and as Halloween will be upon us in no time....I saw these and thought they were really fun...painted pumpkins instead of carved ones....

 
aren't they just adorable? And who doesn't love a Minion.... :)

Well I've taken up loads of your time....so I will leave you with the vintage photo this week...


Its in celebration of the 100 years of the WI....and well done all of you.....(round of applause for the WI) :)

This weeks little quote....


So have a magical week all of you....enjoy everything you do.....xxxx

















Just the Sea....

This post is just to remind me of the sea....




























We miss it already......x