Stopping by to wish my blog a happy 5 year blogiversary!
Currently enjoying some spring hooking, pushed myself out of my granny square comfort zone (only slightly!) and following an English pattern, as I learnt from American video patterns this is a big thing for me. All firsts for me in the world of crochet, I’m trying to move on and learn more!
I’m really enjoying this project, it started off as a scrap wool project before I bought the yarn for the real version, however it’s not turned out too bad so I plan to finish it completely.
I have been following the Simone Francis pattern which can be found on Ravelry here, however, I plan to do a scalloped border to finish rather than the rib. I should also add, I made less of a cowl as I felt the full one maybe too much, however I may make the full one for version 2.
It’s been a while hasn’t it? I think being a full time working Mum has come as a shock to the system!
So, I don’t do resolutions, but I do goals and for 2017 I have a few goals which I plan to enjoy and bring back some me time!
First off I’ve started a Project 365 photo a day series. I’ve completed a few of these before (here’s one) and always do better when I don’t start on the first of January! This current one I’ve been doing for 12 days so far and will do a separate post on that, it’s a challenge, something I enjoy and I love looking back on the photos I’ve taken.
Secondly I plan to make time to make! We live in a small house and plan to move very soon, I have no crafting space and often don’t work on my projects because I have no space and can’t be doinh with the clearing away after! However, this year I made all my own Christmas cards and had such lovely feedback from them, even from people I send cards to but don’t speak to very often emailed me to say how much they appreciated them, which made me feel great!
Third another challenge. My goodreads Challenge was a measly 20 this year and I failed, I read just 19! I was once a 52 book a year person so I plan to get myself at least back to 30, less time playing games on my phone or staring at Facebook in an evening should help!
Finally, I’d like to complete my weight loss goal. I had lost 19lbs since May and only had 8lb left to go, however, December has seen me slip and put on 4lbs so I now have 12lb to lose. I’ve had a fitbit for Christmas so plan to move more (it’s been an eye opener how little I do!) and I want to get back to cooking some healthy home made meals.
So, that’s my plan for 2017 and you are welcome to follow me for progress (and hopefully encouragement!!).
Here is this week’s Sunday Seven week number 5!
Sunday Sevens is the weekly blog series created by Natalie over on Threads and Bobbins.
1 & 2 Report week and parents evening at school this week, very proud of my boys and how well they have done this year! Especially excited to see their fab art work that we got to bring home, a pot and a mosaic tile.
3. Last year we had fun in the summer holidays doing the Birmingham Childrens Hospital (where I used to work) “Big hoot” trail looking for giant owls, so we were very excited to find this year they are doing a similar thing but with book benches and it’s called the big read. We’ve downloaded our trail already and can’t wait to get started!
4. A few weeks ago I bought a sandwich toaster and we were enjoying the novelty of it but it was faulty! My new one arrived and we had fun trying some more out this weekend! My personal fave so far is tuna, cheese and peppers on seeded bread but the boys love cheese and ham!
5. I’ve been sale shopping! The boys hate shopping but I was eager to get some new clothes that fit me as my clothes are all getting too big!
6. Making the most of no work to do this weekend and made some cards and thank you gifts for the boys teachers, a sneek peek here but will do a full post on them after they’ve been given!
7. Sun!!! Finally a sunny Sunday and a lovely family dog walk through the fields and along the canal! Perfect weekend family time.
Yesterday I had a rare day to myself as the boys were at cub day camp enjoying some abseiling, crate stacking and archery! Therefore I decided a little bit of craft time was in order.
I do love making gift hampers and I think most people I know have had one from me at one time or another. I was interested to see how my Kirstie Cuttlebug could be used in hamper making.
Father’s day was a good time to experiment and I went for a “bucket of love” an actual bucket (men don’t tend to like baskets much and I do like a practical gift!) Filled with some treats the boys picked out….a few less than there should have been as I misplaced a bag of things I bought a few weeks ago! I know they’re safe somewhere (along with a set of clear greetings stamps!)?
It was very simple, I covered the bucket with wrapping paper and stuck to a theme of red/white/blue/silver. One of the goodies was a huge beach towel for our holiday which worked well as packing to hold everything still.
The dies I used were poppy stitched star, craft emotions uppercase alphabet and x cut mini bunting.
I used brown luggage labels and some metallic and glitter card. I LOVE my poppystamp star die as it has some fab stitching detail which looks lovely on metallic card.
The bunting die is also useful and can imagine it will get quite a lot of use! I struggled with the alphabet die and it took a few attempts to get a clean cut on all letters, I wonder if the card was a little thick or my sandwich of plates wasn’t quite right??
A crafting day was just what I needed, my next project I think shall be teacher end of term gifts, only 5 weeks until schools out for summer!
When I had Jake I was given a beautiful crochet baby blanket which was made by the mum of a friend, it is a much treasured possession still now and was what made me want to learn to crochet.
With the arrival of my niece I had my first opportunity to make my own gifts. I couldn’t decide on one so I made a small granny square with ribbon
A simple square with a solid dark purple and a paler multi colour yarn for the made body, decorated with a pretty border and some purple ribbon.
The second blanket I made was larger and I used a video tutorial of the RavelryRavelry Elizabeth Ham corner to corner Granny Stripe.
I used black and white for the main body of the blanket as babies focus well on these bold stripes and to link it to the smaller blanket I used the same dark purple yarn and made a pretty border.
It’s quite large so will last her into toddler age and beyond! My two boys now want one each!