Wednesday, 26 November 2014

WOYWW Birthdays All Round

Our godson, Reuben, was three last Thursday, and I went round to help prepare for the Narnia party. What a wonderful theme - his Mum had decked out the church hall with a snow scene, complete with lots of Christmas trees, and guests entered the room through a rack of coats. The food was a la Mrs Beaver - jam sandwiches, and snowy food, like marshmallow snowballs,  and the pass the parcel was wrapped in brown paper and string, just like Mr Tumnus's one. How imaginative was that?!

The reason she goes to so much trouble is that Roo shares the party with big sis Maisie (5 the day after) and Eden, who was 1 on Sunday - how's that for planning?!

I didn't make anything for Roo this time, but I'd made Eden 

a cuddly bunny 

and Maisie, a snowman brooch 

which she promptly put on her school hat.

Back at home, the Christmas crafting continues apace, with Mum's hat finished,

me wearing my sexy new socks (yes, I know one ended up 2" longer - don't ask me how! After Christmas I'll knit another pair to match)

Don't panic, I did have other clothes on, but just getting ready for my  bath!!

And this afternoon, I made a birthday brooch for friend Joyce, 87 next week.

Please excuse the strange lighting effects, compliments of energy saving bulbs and my cheap camera 

 I carried on working on the sofa, with the holly brooches, where some things never change -

"What do you mean, you don't need my help?!"

Hope you're having a good week, and not getting too festive-frazzled. If you need a break, make a cuppa and pop over to visit Julia and all the lovely WOYWW crafty places this week (just click the button on my side-bar)

Sorry this was such a lengthy post, but I hope you'll forgive me.

Hugs and blessings, and I hope to visit all the WOYWW'ers over the next day or so.

 Chris xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

WOYWW Jingle Bells All The Way

This week, crafting depends on who's in the room with me! I'm surrounded by felt holly at the mo, making a dozen brooches for girl friends, to put with a jar of home made, festive chutney.

So, these get shoved in a corner if a friend drops by

This prototype is not sewn together yet, and I think I'll just put two leaves per brooch - reckon this one looks a bit weird! Mind you, I know the button 'berry' is far too large, but it's too shiny and luscious not to use.

and this pile are waiting their trimmings

As soon as Mum goes for a sleep, out comes her hat and mittens set. This is yarn I'd used for DD1's Christmas socks, and the colour combo and softness are perfect for a 90 year old in the cold weather. 

When DH is out, I work on his Christmas pressie, a pair of socks (no pic). I'm doing them on larger needles and thicker yarn than I'm using for these, for me. This is what comes out when everyone is around LOL! The humungous ball was given to me, and I originally thought of making a baby/toddler jumper, but decided the colour change (every couple of stitches) was too busy for a little person. However, I love it made up as adult socks.

The hexie quilt has gone on the back burner, as DD1 will be moving house in the new year so, rather than finishing it for her Christmas pressie, it will make a great 'new home' one.

I hope you're enjoying the run up to the festivities, and not feeling too stressed. Take a leaf out of Rosie's book - but don't be quite as chilled - she's fallen off the back of the sofa twice yesterday, she was so fast asleep! 

I hope to catch up with you all over at Julia's today or tomorrow, for a virtual cuppa. If you don't know about WOYWW yet (where have you been?? LOL!!) just click on the button on my side bar, and be transported around the globe, for an amazing, weekly blogfest.

Hugs, blessings and have a great week. Chris xx 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

WOYWW - A Happy Accident

Hi - I was not a little cross, when I knocked over the cup of tea dye on my desk (yes, I know it was my fault for not having shifted it earlier) but every cloud, and all that --- in mopping up, I opened an envelope labelled 'decoupage flowers' that I'd been given and not checked. Not flowers at all, but 10 cards with enough Christmas decoupage to make them, and an extra 6 - result!!

That boost was just enough to get the card making juices flowing again, so I then did one for a friend (ignore the strange shadows)

and for another, together with an owl brooch pressie.

Lightbulb moment - I could do similar over and over, using other stamps - butterflies, etc ...

Just read Julia's SIPIDI post on Monday, and will join in the fun at Fiona's, with this

On a slightly larger scale, the double quilt is progressing. I'm really enjoying this - all that hand sewing is very relaxing, and am happy, considering it's my first attempt at patchwork.

No, I'm not trying to breed these! The pale one is mine, and the other two were given to me (in the hope that I could salvage one) for DD2, who wants to learn to sew (hurray!)

In the event, both of them seem to work fine, so she will take one away when she has mastered threading it, etc., and I will keep the other (ssh! don't tell DH) for card making.

Finally, it may be wet and windy outside, but postie brought me a ray of sunshine this morning - I've been humming and ha-ing over this for days, and finally took the plunge - happy!

Well, I've waffled on enough - off over to Julia's to catch up with what all you little crafters have been up to. Don't know WOYWW? Just click the button on my side bar and pop over for a real treat!

Just a thought - do any of you UK lovelies know where I can get an adapter for my Cricut? It got thrown out during house upheavals. The website only says compatible for US electrical supply. Thanks xx

Hope you have a really good week. Hugs, Chris xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

WOYWW Crafty Adventures

This is where I craft most of the time, these days, keeping Mum company - taken from my corner of the sofa. This was how it looked at the weekend, with lots of hexie 'flowers' to be assembled.

Thanks to Rosie's help (not) I'm now putting the whole thing together. It doesn't look much at the moment but it should look good - eventually. It's very restful to do, and appeals to my flutterby nature as I flit between tacking each hexie in red, assembling the flowers, then sewing them all together.

Sorry - just noticed how blurred this pic is

I did blitz my craft room at the weekend as, for too long, it's just been used as a dumping ground, and the occasional 15 mins or so that I sneak off to play. The shelves behind the chair are for sewing stuff, and I'll tackle sorting them once I buy some large, plastic stacking boxes and get the last of my fabric down from the loft. 

This is the first card I've made in - well, 'months' is an understatement!! It took ages because I've lost confidence - and my mojo - through lack of practice. I am playing with some Christmas card ideas, but I don't want to to put myself under pressure and - sshhh - don't tell!!! - will resort to buying some if necessary. Anxiety keeps tapping me on the shoulder these days, but I'm determined not to listen.

Anyway, enough waffling for now. I hope to see you over at Julia's, for our virtual weekly tea party. If you're not familiar with WOYWW, click the button on my side bar and come over to join us there -                             you're in for a treat!

Thanks to all the lovely peeps who visit me, especially those who leave a message. Have a great week, and I'll try to visit all WOYWW'ers over the next few days.

Hugs and blessings, Chris xx

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WOYWW A day in the life of ...

I love to have him home for the half term holiday - after all, he's offered to clean my car tomorrow, and I'm sure it wasn't because of this (cough!)

'What's this been used for?'

'I've just washed my car'

'Great, but next time, could you use something from the rag bag in the pantry, rather than one of my new tea towels, please?' (Very restrained, I thought, in the circ's!)

'Oh, but you've got loads of others'


On a happier note, I finished this yesterday

This pic shows almost the true colour

More anaemic than the actual doily

I based it on this beauty by Angela Armstrong that I found on Pinterest, with a few extra rounds as I wanted it bigger.

Mum's now got it, after a not-so-subtle 'One in that colour would really go in my room!' I'll make another for the dining table, perhaps in a softer pink, better suited to the Cath K theme.

Meantime, Rosie still chooses strange nests - why would she lie on a tissue box rather than her own cushion, right next to it?!

and sofa crafting continues, with the hexie quilt growing nicely.

I hope to catch up with all you lovelies, at Julia's for a virtual cuppa, over the next couple of days. If you don't know WOYWW, click here for a wonderful, whistle-stop crafty world tour.

Hugs for now, Chris xx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOYWW Odds and Ends

Hi - before I move on, a few folks have asked about Rosie. Yes, she has been fast asleep in all the pics I've shown of her - well, comatose might be more accurate! These are a couple of her winter weather perches the past couple of days, and yes, she's again soundly asleep in both!

Don't worry, I did disinfect here once she'd moved on!

And the latest precarious bed is in Mum's shower room. At least not too far to fall. It's pointless waking her unless it's really dangerous, as she just goes back!

All the knitting of the past few weeks is now finished

Six brooches passed on to the British Legion, for sale on Remembrance Day
And the socks for DD1 - they look a strange shape from this angle, but are fine really!

And now somewhere you rarely see, as I haven't been able to spend much time here at all, for ever. I occasionally snatch 15 minutes, but that's it, as I feel bad not spending time with Mum, downstairs. It's like a war zone because I've been searching for the right materials for three smash books. My girls will be spending New Year in Barcelona, with their Dad and Step Mum, for his birthday, and I thought I'd make the girls and Cindy a travel smash book each, to put together while they're away, and they'll have a gel pen, washi tape and glue stick each, that they can swap.

The front cover of the first book - just need letters to add a title.

The very bare and incomplete inside
This is all a steep learning curve, as I've never tried one of these before. I'll post again when it/they are finished.

The other art work I'm trying for the first time is Bible Art Journalling, and this was my first attempt, this week.

This was quite scary, as I don't have very steady handwriting, and the blank page was very daunting! I'm hoping to learn to relax and enjoy it. This verse has been popping into my head for the past couple of weeks, and has always been a favourite. It has just struck me that the promise is for a straight path, not necessarily a flat one - something most of us can attest to. Mine often feels more like a roller coaster!!

Sitting with Mum, I've got stuck back in to putting hexies together, for DD1's Christmas pressie bed quilt. It's growing, but slowly.

At the moment, I'm still putting white borders around the colours, and will show you when they're put together.

In  the meantime, I hope to visit as many desks as I can before the weekend. Thanks to everyone who pops over here, especially for all the lovely comments and encouragement. WOYWW?? Clicking the button on my side bar will transport you over to the lovely Julia, who coordinates a weekly visit to wonderful crafting desks all over the globe.

Have a happy WOYWW, lovelies, and a great week.  Hugs xx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


It's all knitting this week.

I'm on the second sock of a pair for DD1's Christmas pressie, and have to admit I prefer working on dpns, rather than like this, on two pins, because of all the sewing up involved.

The yarn is lovely, though - really soft, and a more delicate colour combo than that picture shows.

The other WIP are poppy brooches, ready for sale to help the British Legion, on Remembrance Day. This year sees the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gheluvelt where 187 of 380 brave, young local men lost their lives.


Our lovely, local park commemorates that battle.

That's it for now, cos I need to get cracking with Mum's tea. I'll see you over at Julia's, over the next few days. Not familiar with WOYWW? Click the button on my side bar to pop over and join the fun.

Have a lovely week. Blessings, Chris xx