Love finishing a blanket!

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Well it’s finally finished. I actually sat up til 12.30am last Friday morning and finished it, I couldn’t sleep so I decided I should use my time wisely, so rather than tossing and turning for another hour I sat in bed and crocheted. I’m so pleased with it and Little C is very happy.

It’s funny looking at this now, I chose the colours about a year ago for this blanket and I can really see how much I’ve come along when choosing colours. If I remember correctly, I knew I wanted blues and greens and some yellow for brightness. So I more or less picked all the blues and greens I liked and a yellow.

Now I would spend more time looking at the shades and making a colour spectrum with the yarn, then choose colours from various stages of the spectrum to bring together. I enjoy this phase. I’ve made colour pegs which are really useful when doing this. Have you seen colour pegs? You can actually buy them ready done, see here, but I’ve made mine as I’ve bought more colours of the yarn. I generally use the same yarn, Stylecraft Special DK, for 3 reasons, 1 – it come in so many colours, 2 – it’s a really good price and I love that they are 100g balls so normally have about half a ball left, so can use for another project and 3 – it’s lovely to work with and washes well.

I’m now being asked every bedtime, by Little Man, when his blanket will be ready. I feel a bit guilty because I probably won’t start his until maybe March time next year. I’m doing a CAL with Attic24, which starts in January and I don’t really want to start another project until I’ve finished that. I’m slightly worried I’m not going to be able to keep up, I’ve not done one before, but love the idea that there will be loads of other people all over the world doing the same rows of crochet in the same colours. Bit odd I know, but it does fascinate me a little.

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Right- ho, thanks for stopping by again. I realise my posts are a bit hit and miss at the moment. I have a 3rd child to take care of, in the form of my husband. D has had an operation and is home until the New Year, so my spare time is very, very limited. So something’s got to give and unfortunately it’s my blogging. Anyhoo, we’ll be alright and I’ll hopefully be able to come back in a day or so and share some more goings on with you. In the meantime, take care, keep warm and have fun. See you again soon. E x

My month in pictures

This happened….

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Oh yes, we lit the Rayburn, so winter is definitely on its way. I must admit, I do enjoy the colder weather so much more since having the Rayburn. There’s just something about a fire and having the heat from it warm the home, to me its cozier than radiators doing the job.

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D had a week off work and this happened! Yes operation en suite has started and oh my goodness what a mess it’s brought. When I read interior magazines and someone’s renovating their house and they move into rented accommodation while the works being done, I turn slightly green with envy. I do think D does a super job of getting the work done while putting up with my moaning of keeping things tidy.

Want to see what else D did?

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A hole through the wall. This whole wall will eventually be no more and that will all become our bedroom.

Because of all this disruption, the boys room got used as a dumping ground, so I spent a day in there, sorting, tidying, a bit more sorting and after about 6 bags of stuff for the charity shops and a few bits sent up into the loft, I was happy with the calm that seemed to have settled on the clutter(ish) free room.

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Can you see all the bags, mostly clothes, I really did have a good sort out.

Toys were tidied into cupboards..

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The floor was cleared. Their room used to have my wardrobe right there next to the window and there was hardly any floor space. I have since moved the brown chest and the hamper baskets, so they have the whole floor which I’m very happy about. I can’t wait until we sort their room, decorate, new carpets and new beds.

I’ve wanted a bureau for a while and I found this one on that famous selling site and went to collect it. I’m really pleased with it. It’s been painted but not particularly well so it will be sanded and repainted at some point, but for now I’m loving having all my crafty, notebook, pens etc cozied up in here.

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In amongst all the chaos of the renovations I had a bit of baking to do for a very special day.

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This was a cake for visitors who came the day before the big day. The ones who couldn’t have the real thing cause, well it hadn’t been finished! Don’t feel sorry for them though, I did make this a bit special too. It’s got cinnamon, honey cashew butter, buttercream in the middle and melted chocolate drizzled on top. I was told it was delicious (I’m not a huge cake fan and didn’t have any).

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I was, however, delighted with how the proper birthday cake turned out. It looked just how I hoped and everyone loved it, especially Little C who was the special birthday boy.

That wasn’t all though, there was even more..

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A surprise inside, made Little C’s face light up when he saw all those tumble out. It’s made up of 2 cakes, that one above is chocolate sponge, with chocolate fudge buttercream and the other is a vanilla sponge with caramel sauce. I love using the chocolate fingers round the edge because it hides everything and just makes it all so neat. Definitely the best looking cake I’ve ever made.

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I took this just the other day. We had horrendous rain all day and the drain in our backyard was blocked with leaves and I couldn’t believe how quickly the water level rose.

I’ll be back in the next couple of days with some hooky photos, hopefully the weather will brighten up so I can get some better photos of all the colourful hookings.

See you soon, take care E x

Sunday Outing

 

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Went to an ‘open garden’ for charity on Sunday. We’d been planning to go for about two months when I saw it advertised on a website. The garden belongs to Emma Bridgewater (for those of you who don’t know, Emma Bridgewater set up the pottery company of the same name, go to the website here) and it’s in Oxfordshire, so we had a bit of a drive.

It was a great afternoon though, the boys loved it because there were loads of real tractors that they could sit on and they made the most of it. We walked around the garden and D was interested to see the veg patches and was great to get some ideas and inspiration for our own garden.

The best part, for D and myself was seeing a cabin just like the one D was planning for our garden. Here are some photos..

 

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This is actually a static caravan clad with wood and a verandah added. Obviously D is planning to build ours from scratch out of wood, no caravan is getting up our garden! So this is basically how we are planning ours. I love the verandah and am looking forward to sitting on it reading in the summer, the summer of 2020 perhaps but I am looking forward to it.

I took my new camera, that D got me for my birthday, which I realise I haven’t introduced you to yet, it’s on my list of ‘to do posts’ hopefully this week. Anyway here are some more photos of our day, you should be able to click on the photos to enlarge them if you wish, I was having lots of fun playing with my new camera…

 

Another photo I found while I was going through some old files was one of my horse Harley, he’s sadly no longer with us, he was a big part of my life and I had him for 10 years and I still miss him. Would you like to see the photo? Ok here it is…

 

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Right I’m a day behind posting this, I was trying to upload the photos yesterday and it was taking forever so I’ve had to finish off today so I’m sorry it’s been longer than I planned between posts and I’ll get another one out tomorrow. Hope you had a fantastic weekend and are having fun.

Take care E x

 

Toowit Toowhoo

I’m just sitting here at my kitchen table, catching up on some blog reading and I can hear an owl toowit toowhooing. It’s so close it must only be on the trees just at the top of the first set of steps out of our back door. I’d love to go and see it but a) it’s too dark and I probably couldn’t see and b) I’d probably scare it off anyway. So while the house is silent I’m just going to sit and listen and feel so lucky to be able to hear an owl hooting just outside my house.

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Now please excuse the floor, this is the kitchen floor and has not been finished yet, it’ll be sanded and oiled/waxed sometime soon, hopefully. What we are concentrating on is the step stool. I’ve now got two of these stools, one I found a couple of years ago in a little shop that sells some odd bits of reconditioned furniture. I then purchased another rather rusty, set off that famous auction site, that one didn’t have a seat and I intended to sand repaint and do up, but as yet haven’t got round to it. However now I’ve been saved from having to because I found these at our local car boot sale. So excited, very good condition, just in need of a new seat cover and hey presto I have two step stools, one for each boy, which is very necessary to avoid screaming tantrums. So last week, I dug out some fabric I knew I had stashed away in my basket and set about recovering. Would you like to take a look? Here we go then….

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Staple removal was the first order, not that many you say, no it shouldn’t take too long….

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I think someone when a bit staple gun crazy, but if that wasn’t enough….

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There was a third layer! I never want to see another staple in my life….

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Arrrh well that’s better. Next to recover, the fun part…

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See the fabric, quite fitting for today’s post don’t you think?

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I’ve done both the same, to stop any fighting over different ones and I’m really pleased with them. Unfortunately after all the staple removing I forgot to take a photo of the finished stools with their new seat pads on. I could take some now to add on here, but it’s dark and the light wouldn’t be great and I really would love to show them off in the sunlight. So tomorrow I promise I will take some photos and show them too you all finished and lovely.

I don’t know if any of you recognise these stools, they aren’t ones you’d probably find in shops today. I remember my Grannie and Poppa having one and that’s why, when I saw the first one in the vintage shop I had to get it. It just took me back to my childhood and I wished to have a pair for my boys and now I have and I’m so pleased. Hopefully they’ll be used for years to come and next time they need recovering I won’t have quite so many staples to remove!

Thanks for calling in again, I do love sharing these little projects with you. I’ve been cutting fabric for my big patchwork project today, so will hopefully have something to show you in the next few days.

Have fun, take care E x

 

Week Catch Up

 

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This flower was picked for me by Little Man, he got it from our front yard, he was so loving and gentle when he gave it to me and it really made my heart squeeze.

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He picked me this one too, it was so tiny, I put it on top of my sewing machine so I could look at it while I was sewing away.

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I’m not sure where this last week has gone. The days were all blurred into getting the boys back to school (pre-school for Little C), being poorly and recovering, birthday celebrations and renovations.

Little Man went back to school last Tuesday (6th), we had no wobbles or sad faces, we walked down to the school (which is literally at the bottom of our lane, very handy!) and he kissed Little C and I goodbye and walked straight in.

Little C on the other hand had a complete melt down, he wanted to go to school and was letting everyone know about it. In the end I calmed him down by saying we’d go and see Grannie, tantrum ended and pestering began, ‘when are we going to grannie’s?’ (or ‘rannie’s’ as he says it) over and over until we left the house.

Later Tuesday after fetching Little Man I felt really ill, I think it was a migraine, I’ve never had one before but my head had been aching a bit all afternoon, I’d taken some tablets and it then got worse. I felt sick and any noise, light or movement was making it so much worse. Not great when you’ve got 2 noisy children running around asking for food, drink, tv etc. Anyway ?i ended up calling my mum and mumbling something about coming too look after the boys and she was here about 15 minutes later. I’m so lucky to have that support so close by, in situations like this I don’t know how other people cope who haven’t got family close to help out. I slept the rest of the night.

Thursday my head was better but I still didn’t feel 100%. I was excited though, D and I were off to the cinema in the evening to see a film for my birthday. We saw Jason Bourne, it was ok, I’m normally just pleased for the change of scenery and a night out of the house, so I don’t need much from the film. I liked the Bourne series but I think they may be taking it a bit far now. They should have stopped at the 3, this one was a bit far fetched and I’m guessing they’ll be more to come.

Friday was my birthday, but I’ll go into that a bit more on another post and show you my new toy.

I’ll tell you about the last few days activities in picture form, all I’ll say is it involved a hook and a sewing machine.

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Made some roses for birthday cards…

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Chocolate cheesecake – my birthday cake….

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D put the shower splash guard and rail up so the new shower can now be used…

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Bunting….

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Lampshade makeover…

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Not 100% happy, the band around the top needs to be wider and not as bulky, will probably be re doing it at some point…

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Patchwork…….

 

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Loving it…..

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I will show you some more of the patchwork tomorrow, hopefully, as I’ve done a border now and might be able to get another one done too. Not sure what it’ll be for yet, but I love the colours in the fabric and the patterns. Unfortunately not got enough of the fabric to make a quilt though.

Right off now, thanks for stopping by. I promise to stop sewing for long enough tomorrow to show you some more of the patchwork.

Take care, have fun E x

 

 

Love, Love, Love it

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This gorgeous rose is in the front yard and has had a few buds on over the last few weeks. They don’t last long as it’s next to the wall right where the dog jumps up so she’s constantly brushing past and the petals end up falling off. But I got a photo of this one and actually it seems (fingers crossed) to be escaping the dog, so we might have this beautiful bloom around for a while longer. I think it’s called ‘Charlotte’ and was an offer in Country Living Magazine a few years ago from David Austin Roses. I think I will eventually move it up to the top garden, when that’s been sorted.

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Little Man got some packets of Lego from my brother the other day. He was so happy and made them all up by himself, he was playing with them all day and took them to bed. Next day he brought them all downstairs, carefully broke them all up and proceeded to re-make them. Little C was ‘helping’ and kept taking bits to play with, it all got a bit shouty and I had to step in (sometimes they can resolve it without my interference and I do try to let them do that a little bit). Little C had been playing with a certain Lego man and had now lost it and Little Man was very upset and was looking everywhere. I started helping, looking under sofa cushions etc. I asked Little C where he’d put it and he said in his welly boot, we went to have a look but nothing. We didn’t find the Lego man and Little Man was still upset and I couldn’t think of anywhere else to look. I then had a light bulb moment, I suggested he made a ‘missing ‘ poster. I explained that if someone loses their dog or cat they make a ‘missing’ poster and stick it on lamp posts, so people can look out for their pet and contact them if they find it. He did cheer up at this idea and I let out a sign of relief that I’d made the situation better. Little Man loves drawing and colouring and he got out his paper and pens and drew the Lego man and then asked what he should write, we can up with a simple message and it was stuck on the cupboard on the living room. I love it so much, I love his drawings they are so imaginative and I’m sure he’s got more talent than I did when I was 5.

Lego man is still missing, D had a good look when he got home and had no luck either, I just hope we find it before Henry (Hoover), because like I tell the boys, Henry really likes to eat Lego!

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This was yesterday’s project, I really do just have the biggest smile when I look at this, I’ve got to put it on display somewhere because it’s so good.

We went into our local town yesterday afternoon, I love just wandering around, popping into some shops, there is such a variety. The boys were pretty well behaved, I’ve not really done this sort of trip before with Little C out of his pushchair and it wasn’t too manic. Anyway I needed to get some cream cleaner from Wilkos so we were going up and down the aisles, (cause I couldn’t remember where it was!) and as I find it Little Man is calling to me from the end of the aisle that he wanted a wooden spoon. I walked back up and he is indeed pointing to a wooden kitchen spoon. OK I said you can have a wooden spoon, he picked one up and started chattering on about making something with it, unfortunately I missed most of it cause Little C had started asking me, in his rather loud voice if he could have a wooden spoon, ‘yes, you can’. I never knew buying them a wooden spoon each would make them so happy, if only I’d known sooner!

We got home and immediately Little C is out in the front yard with his wooden spoon digging up the sand and stones, as happy as Larry. Little Man on the other hand took his inside, he got out his paper and crayons and asked to borrow my scissors. Then he drew around the spoon and was cutting out the shape, it went wrong and he did it again, very carefully but again when he went to cut it he couldn’t control the scissors well enough and made a mistake again. He got very upset and I went over and got him another piece of paper, got him to draw round the spoon again and then cut it out for him. Happy again he carried on, I had to stop watching him at this point as I was busy doing house wifey things. Next thing he comes up to me and produces the finished spoon, I couldn’t believe what he’d done. I love that he’s taped the front legs on the front and the back legs behind and then the tail sticking out, with those stripes on it. I love the little ears and mouth he’s drawn and cut out to stick them on and I am so proud of him for making it and thinking about making it all by himself. I love that it shows how he’s growing up and my Little Man might not be that little for much longer, but I’m going to make sure I savour every minute and that’s another reason I love this blogging malarky. I love that I’ll be able to look back on this in a few years time and see that tiger spoon and remember the day that Little Man made it, I just Love, Love, Love it.

OK I realise that was a very waffley post and quite word heavy, I’m sorry, I hope you’ve not fallen asleep and you will come back tomorrow when I’m hoping to show you some progress on my wavy hooking and also show you some photos of a wonderfully, colourful, yarny delivery.

Have fun, take care, E x

Bank Holiday Weekend Walk

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Sunday we had some lovely weather, after a rather gloomy Saturday. So late morning we set off for a quick walk that turned into a 2 hour walk. We started on our usual route, but instead of turning up the hill and round our normal circuit, we carried on through the fields. I love the views over all the countryside, I kept having to catch up with the others as I stopped to admire the views and capture them with my camera (well my phone!) and got left behind.

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Just look at that dog, I’m thinking it was cooling her down, but she really did get right down into that muddy puddle! Luckily the rest of the walk, with some long grass and sun, managed to clean and dry her, so when we got home she was pretty much mud free.

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My view walking up this track, was a chatty, singing, very entertaining Little C. He was so sweet, he walks so well and never complained once in the 2 hours. Our daily dog walks have obviously made his little two and a half year old legs very strong.

Some lovely things to look at along the way. I love being out in the countryside and the sunshine makes everything look so much happier.

We then turned off the road and along a very narrow track, with walls of greenery up above our heads and then out onto a wider track which runs along the top of the hill that our cottage sits about halfway down.

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We could see down into the town that’s a couple of miles away from our lane, love how much green there is as well as the houses.

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Of course D had brought along blackberry picking tubs, so we stopped off to pick and eat some more. We had D’s daughter stay on Sunday too so had an extra mouth to feed with blackberries, but also extra hands to pick them. D’s got ideas to make blackberry gin!

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Back down the hill now, to find our little cottage. There are some hungry tummies, the blackberries not quite making up for lunch, some soup is waiting for us that D had cooking before we left. Yummy, yummy!

Well this was quite a photo heavy post, I apologise if it got a tad boring. Tomorrow I’ve got some colourful hooky to show you. My crocheting seems to have taken on a life of it’s own. I’ve got other projects waiting, scrap booking and sewing, to name a few, but I just can’t get enough of my gorgeous colourful yarn. So I’m thinking I’ll carry it on and along the way I might fancy a day with my sewing machine, it might be a better task for when Little Man is back at school perhaps. Wow that’s only a week away, doesn’t 6 weeks fly by!

Last day of August tomorrow, thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again very soon.

Take care. E x