Bank Holiday 

This has been my cosy corner for a rainy bank holiday Monday, luckily we did lots of walking yesterday so I didn’t feel too bad for lazing around. My poncho is coming on just a few more rows before I start the border.

I’ve also got a new book “Let’s go camping” by Kate Bruning which arrived today. It is an adorable little crochet camping adventure which I can’t wait to have a go at! 

It’s been a lovely relaxing day, hope you’ve all enjoyed your long weekend!

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Sunday Sevens #6

Sunday Sevens is the weekly blog series created by Natalie over on Threads and Bobbins


My 6th week of Sunday Sevens. Having missed out 3 Sundays because of holiday I really couldn’t make up my mind whether I should do full posts or a catch up and decided to do a catch up combined with this week’s post.

#1 Breaking point

So I’d finished all my university assignments/exams (and passed!), I’d got through the stress of the job interview  (and got the job!), I was all packed and ready to go on holiday. I was stressed but things were looking good! It was Friday afternoon and I had a call to day the littlest boy was being taken to A&E!! Urgh! Broken wrist in 2 places….thanks to the fab A&E team though we were out within an hour plastered arm and fit to fly certificate!

#2 Kefalonia

Despite the broken wrist we had an absolutely fab holiday in Kefalonia! Kefalonia is an absolutely beautiful place we stayed in an amazing villa and got to see the turtles swimming in Argostoli bay. Seems like so long ago now though!

#3 Birthday Cake

I was asked to make littlest a marvel and dc superhero cake for his birthday and after many hours of pinterest research I came up with this! I hate icing and making this at 6am when it was hot and the icing was melting nearly finished me off, but seeing his face when he saw it made it all worthwhile!

#4 Swapping salads for soup

I’ve spent months having salads for lunch at work and was getting bored so I decided to make some homemade soups, this one is carrot and courgette and is really nice!

#5 Berries or no berries

I made an apple and blackberry crumble with apples and blackberries from the garden but only after confirmed parental permission to eat berries off a bush! I must have taken the ‘some berries are poisonous’ lesson very seriously as a child as I don’t trust any berries at all! Haha! Tastes amazing though!

#6 Cuttlebug back out!

Lots of card making this weekend, no cards finished yet though as I’m waiting for a sentiment die set which I ordered to arrive, hope it arrives soon as I have lots to finish.

#7 Family day

A few months ago we joined The National Trust and English Heritage, I have to say I was enjoying National Trust days out the most so far, until today! We want to Stokesay Castle and it was so lovely, it’s a really cute little castle in Craven Arms Shropshire. Lovely gardens where we had tea and cake and watched all the birds and the boys tried out bows and arrows and different games.

Something new

I was convinced I’d be crafting 24/7 after finishing university but in reality that not been the case, I’ve done a lot of nothing really, lazing around watching TV just because I can! No more deadlines or work to get on with in an evening.

I did however notice my box of beads sat on my craft shelf and remembered  jewelery making has been on my ‘to try’ list for a few years at least! So, I’ve had a go and made a bracelet, I’m pleased with it, a little bit bigger than I would like, but an ok first attempt!

It turns out to be quite fiddly business these clamps and fastenings!

But also quite relaxing doing the actual bead threading part.

Finished bracelet, maybe 2 beads too big (lesson learnt on measuring and how much to allow for the clasp!).

I think I need a matching necklace now.

As for Sunday Sevens, I missed a few weeks while on holiday, but plan to resume again soon!

Sunday Sevens #4

Here is this week’s Sunday Seven week number 4!

Sunday Sevens is the weekly blog series created by Natalie over on Threads and Bobbins.

1. This week I’ve been stressing out to the maximum about work, interviews and the last of the written work that I have had to do. So, when I saw this on my littlest ones t-shirt as he went off to his dodge ball match, I thought yes I need to remember B.E.A.S.T !

2. It wasn’t all bad news this week though, my mood was brightened by a £25 win on some premium bonds I forgot I even had!

3. By the time Friday finally put in an appearance I was ready for a night of wine, takeaway food and some music!

4. This made me laugh…the two boys trying to camouflage themselves, one put in more effort than the other!

5. We had a fun hour at Birmingham Airport watching the planes I’m not a very good plane spotter and have no idea what im.looking at, but thanks to a real plane spotting expert we got to see this REALLY big plane!

6. Meet Claudia the latest addition to the household, a family heirloom!

7. Out with the old…packed away all my university books and replaced them with my craft things!

Sunday Sevens #3


Here is this week’s Sunday Seven my third week!

Sunday Sevens is the weekly blog series created by Natalie over on Threads and Bobbins.

I even managed to squeeze a couple of craft related pics in.

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My car decided to demonstrate it’s own creative side by losing all its power steering fluid on the wet road! So pretty 😀

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Wimbledon! Manages to watch a few games this week, more than I would have got to watch if England had stayed in the Euros!

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The school summer festival was a very rainy event, but it didn’t stop these two doing the penalty shoot outs in torrential rain!

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My cover for my craft book is coming on, a desperate need for some blocking though!

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A super quick 70th birthday card I made, loving the Kraft card look at the moment and I’m getting there with my stamping.

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Breakfast out with my babies this morning! Some quality Mummy/Boys time.

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Back at the laptop for the rest of the day, last hurdle nearly complete!

Long time no blog!

I’ve been thinking a lot about my poor neglected blog recently, it’s been over 18 months since my last post and probably3 years since I kept regular posts.

Nikki and Woody  (previously Noddy) have been living happily together, it turned out Woody was much less trouble than Nikki and he is the perfect gentleman with her

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Christmas has seen santa bring a new craft to me. I have been very lucky to have a Kirstie Allsopp Cuttlebug from my Mum and Step Dad and can’t wait to get crafting with it, not only was I lucky enough to have the machine the also gave me lots of dies etc to get me started! I am looking forward to purchasing a poppycraft cottage stamp as it looks amazing, however everywhere is out of stock at the moment so I must be patient!

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I think I need to get to grips with the basics first, lots to learn and lots of fun to be had learning! I must be strong though, assignments and uni work comes first!

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Alfie’s Epic Leafman Blanket

Alfie age five has a love for the movie Epic and the colour green, therefore after I made some crochet baby blankets for my niece he decided to challenge me with the request for an Epic ‘Leafman’ green blanket.

Challenge accepted and we embarked on collecting as many greens and similar leafy colours as we could find

COLLECTING COLOURS

I had used Elizabeth Ham You tube tutorial for a Granny Biased blanket previously, however I felt It needed to be a little bit bigger so I adapted it to my needs and got underway.

CORNER

As the blanket got larger and heavier I realised this possibly wasn’t a summer project but kept on with it and it kept on growing and i spent my time a little buried, my size increase may have been a little too much!

IN PROGRESS

 

My plan was to do a large ‘A’ but Alfie wanted his full name and leaves so I found another tutorial and made his name.

ALFIE LETTERS

Finally after a month I finished, and yes it is huge!

FULL SIZE

Alfie is very pleased and was super excited to snuggle even though its really not the weather for snuggling under a blanket!

 

Crochet

Long time no blog! I have been keeping myself busy recently and learning to crochet, I started small and made a few bright granny squares from scraps of wool, patterns confuse me, however I manage with the wonders of You Tube!

first squares

I started small then added some borders

getting bigger

experimented with layouts

planning

and eventually after a year of leaving it and then going back and doing some more, I have my first small granny square blanket, perfect to snuggle under on the sofa!

finished (2)

Sewing: emergency project!

I mentioned before that last week, just two days after his birthday (he was 4) and riding his new bike, A fractured his elbow 😦  It was bad enough to need wires in to fix it back together and on Sunday he had an operation to fix it – my brave boy!

The sling we came out with was not the best and it wasn’t washable, having only one arm kind of attracts mess, especially on a four year old so I knew this was going to be an issue! I ordered a slip on sling of ebay and set about making an emergency sling from my fabric stash! Lucky I did as the slip on sling even in the small size was a bit too big…and according to A ‘boring’!

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In the collection so far we have:

Blue Gingham:

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Green Stars

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And Pirate sling!!

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I have made 6 so far as they get filthy and he needs a clean one on each day, and the plan is for him to be in a cast for 8 weeks while the cartilage heals as well, so I thought a nice selection would be needed 😀

I have ordered some plain brown for a ‘Back to School’ sling and may make a dinosaur one if I can find some nice fabric cheap enough.

 

 

Tutorial: How I made name signs…

I have lots of exciting photos of our new coop to share soon, but not until it is completely finished.

In the mean time I thought I would share with you the process of making the name signs. I am not neat enough to write free hand and wanted a different font for each hen.

I bought some blank plaques from Bluebell Woods ebay store, and painted them with two coats of the wood preservor which I used for the coop. I then used word and some fancy fonts to print off the hens names.

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I cut each name out into a rectangle and traced the letters on the reverse…I used thin paper, but if your paper was too thick you could hold it up to a window to trace.

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Next I taped the name onto the sign in exactly the place I wanted it and coloured over each letter pressing quite hard.

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I was left with a print of the name on the wood.

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Finally I went over the letters on the wood with a black paint marker (also from ebay).

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I am so pleased with the results! I have two more to make, plus a ‘Home Sweet Home’ sign to make. Then they can be hung up on the run.

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So much easier than attempting free hand!

I decided to finish off with a coat of spray varnish to protect the lettering. I am undecided whether or not to attach them individually to the run with wire, or to hang them from each other with either garden twine or chain. Final decision to be made tomorrow if it stops raining enough to go outside and see which looks best!

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