🌸Flowers for Jenny🌸 with love ❤

I’ve followed Jenny’s story via @littleboxofcrochet for a while now and it truly is heartbreaking, I made my flowers today with love, it would be great if as many people as possible could make some to send , I’ve copied the details from instagram for anyone who would like to send some.

On my hook: Moving on…

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.

Sunday Sevens #7

I cant believe it is Week 7 of Sunday Sevens, time is absolutely flying by at the moment.

#1 Lego

Our house is full of lego and everytime I tread on a piece of lego in the night I always say NO MORE! But it is a fab toy and it’s better than being on the xbox all the while, so this week when Smyths had their 20% off for one day only; we were there so littlest boy could spend the rest of his birthday money on another huge set (which he built himself!).

#2 Another Card

A thank you card for the placement I have been at for the last 12 weeks. I’ve waited and waited for my sentiment dies, but I got an email today to say they aren’t in stock anymore! Luckily I have lots of sentiment stamps.

#3 Pretty flowers

I had these pretty flowers and card from the placement I have been at.

#4 Summer Evenings

Well, summer returned and I had a lovely date night with Mr W on Friday night, it was so nice to be able to sit outside in the beer garden, a nice start to the bank holiday weekend.

#5 Curry

Date night ended in a fab curry, the best butter chicken I have ever had, calories don’t count on date night!

#6 A-Z

I am a little bit obsessive about the dvd storage in our house, they are a-z in boxes (both sides of the chimney!). Not accessible to the boys though, so this week I had to give in and let them put the discs in a big folder (and they’re not in order!!!) Its going to take some coming to terms with.

#7 finished!

Finally, today I have finished my craft book cover! I’m so pleased with it. It’s the book where I plan all my craft projects so I wanted it to be bright! Hopefully if I get chance I’ll do a post on how it came together.

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!

Procrastination, Distraction & Emotion

As the title says, it’s all getting in the way at the moment, I’ve been able to return to my crafts and my blog as I’ve been lucky enough to have 3 weeks off.

I should however be glued to my laptop as I have so many assignments to write.
They need to by in at the start of may and I have done just one (the small one!)

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I have so many distractions in my life things I would rather be doing. I have ideas for starting decorating another room in my house but for now I’ve held myself back to just buying a few pieces to go in the kitchen.

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I discovered a video on free form crochet….I wanted to make a space notebook…tried and failed at a sun but turned it in to the beginnings of a flower. Something to go back to at some point.

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As a family we love the Disney Pixar short LAVA and my 7 year old asked me to learn to play the song from it on my Ukulele, that’s another work in process I’ve mastered the chorus and the end so far!

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I’ve enjoyed cooking a lot more like I used to, big home made meals without a packet in sight! Last night i made garlic bread which was amazing

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Then on Sunday Niki was very poorly again (she had Pancreatitis last year and almost died) and she spent an entire day at the vets they have no idea what is wrong with her but seem preoccupied that she is very bald….she lost a lot of fur when she was so poorly last year and it hasn’t grown back since. It hasn’t concerned me as she is on EN food and it was her old PROPLAN food which made her fur nice. Anyway they were also worried about low white cells but reading THIS health pack resource  they aren’t low for a greyhound so I think I need a greyhound vet. She seems brighter today though.

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So, life, fun, family and pets are getting in the way of assignments which I’ve well and truly lost my motivation for!

Superhero blanket for my superhero boy

So, after a brief return in December I expected to be back here with some exciting new papercrafts to share, however reality being back at university has meant all work and no time to play!

However, I was reminded by Alfie the other day that after almost two years I had still not finished Jake’s superhero blanket and I felt a bit sad! So, I gave myself a few days off over Easter and concentrated on getting it done.

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I have been glad of the colder weather unlike when I completed Alfie’s blanket in the heat of the summer, I worked hard and got all the stripes finished. I struggles as the colour combinations have been entirely selected by Jake to represent superheros he loves. Above you can see the green and white of Green lantern, the purple and orange of Two Face and the edge of the green and purple for the Hulk!

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As I have said before I struggle with following a pattern as I learnt to crochet from watching You Tube tutorials. Luckily,for the letters I found this fab series and another great tutorial for the stars – super quick and easy to follow.

I finally finished last night and look on Jake’s face was priceless, he’s been snuggled under it ever since, perfect timing as the entire house seems to have come down with a virus so snuggles and movies are very much in order today and maybe some home made popcorn…but that’s another post if I get time!

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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!

 

Welcome baby!

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

ANNIE FULL PURPLE

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.

 

ANNIE RIBBON

The second blanket I made was larger and I used a video tutorial of the RavelryRavelry Elizabeth Ham corner to corner Granny Stripe.

ANNIE CORNER

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.

ANNIE BORDER

It’s quite large so will last her into toddler age and beyond! My two boys now want one each!

ANNIE FINISHED

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!

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