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

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

WOYWW Short and Sweet

A quick post today, as crafting is limited to what I can do sitting on the sofa, spending most of the day keeping Mum company.

The baby blanket is almost finished.

I'm just adding the border. I will make a little green and white teddy bear to go with it but, since the baby isn't due til the Spring, that can wait til after Christmas.

My flutterby, short attention span means I have to have more than one WIP on the go, so I'm going to knit another pair of socks as a pressie, for DD1, along with her quilt. I need to get cracking with this, which is growing, but slowly.

Meantime, now the weather has finally turned, Rosie is spending more of the day indoors. She's still choosing seemingly uncomfortable, precarious places to sleep - but at least she doesn't have as far to fall as outside, on the pergola or log pile!

WOYWW? Click the button on my side bar and, compliments of the lovely Julia, visit amazing crafters all over the globe who get together on Wednesdays for a virtual cuppa. I hope to visit as many of you as I can over the next few days. Thanks to everyone who visits me, and takes the time to leave a message.

Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Chris xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


WOYWW? If you want to know more, click the button on my side bar, and visit nearly 100 great crafters' desks all over the world, on Wednesdays, thanks to the lovely Julia.

My second post in two days, the first being all about our weekend away.

I couldn't take my current WIP at the weekend, as it's a Christmas present, and the recipient would have seen it, so I started a baby blanket for my next door neighbour. All babies are special, but this one will be extra-precious, long awaited after IVF treatment.

Each stripe consists of three double crochets in each space, then a row of single crochet, twice. I'll finish it off with a border of green.

It doesn't seem possible that it's now October, but the weather is still glorious, so I've tried to get out in the garden a bit, ready for Autumn. Yesterday, I brought in the pelargoniums, in case there's a sneaky frost. I'll take cuttings of them later, for more plants next year.

I hope to visit as many WOYWW desks as possible, over the next couple of days, so see you at Julia's for a virtual cuppa.

Have a lovely week,

Chris xx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Betty's Birthday Bash

This post will probably only interest family and friends - but everyone is welcome here!

We went away HERE to celebrate Mum's 90th birthday, which was last month. It was the most lovely weekend, blessed with wonderful weather, good food and company, and the luxury of time, relaxing with each other. 'We' consisted of Mum, her four children and spouses, seven grandchildren (with another for the Saturday) and Doris, her brother's widow.

There are lots of photo's on the website (link above) showing how beautiful House of the Open Door is, but I've pinched a few to show you here -

The grounds stretch for acres, all around

and the converted farm yard houses a big fish pond, and beautiful flower beds, with lots of deliciously scented roses and other plants. I just love Cotswold stone.

A lot of reminiscing over old photo's that I'd made up into eight albums for Mum's pressie

and the weather was just perfect for sitting around and chatting in the lovely garden.

Grandson David (L)

Richard, with his partner, Val

My husband, Kelvin, on the left

We seemed to spend lots of time eating lovely meals.

Me, with sister, Angela

Grandma and Doris, with all the granddaughters, behind

Mum with me and my girlies, Jenny (L) and Kate (R)

My brother, Richard, and his son David (R) with his partner, Trevor

My two girlies with cousins Katherine (L) and Anna (R)

Mum, with Richard and me behind, with Angela and Mike beside her.

I'm so thankful that Mum was well enough to go, and enjoy the weekend, after a rocky week before, healthwise, and that it all went so beautifully. Thank you, Lord.

Chris xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


You might notice that the Christmas countdown has gone from the top of my page - too much pressure, seeing my life tick away like that!! I'm learning to chill (DD1's fave word!) and just to appreciate each day, and what it brings.

Mum's had several mini strokes which, of themselves, have not been too bad, but she's getting confused and practical things are just more difficult for her than previously. Thankfully, she's in good spirits (a real woman of faith) and that helps keep her going. I'm so glad she's with me for times when she needs lots of help and reassurance. We have a family weekend planned to celebrate her 90th, going away this Friday, so I'm praying that she'll stay strong enough for that, a chance for her four children and families to get together.

On the crafting front, the socks are finished, so that's another pressie ticked off, and I'm back to the hexie quilt for DD1.

There are now 20 (of 30) 'flowers' made, and I'm linking them with white. That will form the flat bit on the bed. The sides will be a strip (or strips) of fabric machined on, rather than hand sewn like the top, as I might well have lost the will to live by that stage!!

I'm happy with the way it's evolving, and it's a good WIP to have on the go, as I sit with Mum. 

I hope I'll get to visit everyone on the WOYWW link over the next day or two. If you don't know about this, click the button on my side bar and come over to join in the fun at Julia's.

Have a great week.

Blessings, Chris xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WOYWW - One Down, One to Go - Twice!

I finished the first bookcase today. Before, it looked rather tired and sad -

So I started with a coat of white primer, then two coats of satin coat (decided a colour would be too much)

Then, like the wall unit I revamped last year

I wallpapered the back (looks patchy cos not dry yet)

Then I used the sticky-back plastic to cover the shelves.

I'm now a happy flutterby, and looking forward to tackling this one's sister.

On the sock front, I've turned the heel of the second one

and I'm pleased to say it's growing more quickly than the first. 

Whoops! Hope you didn't notice the clock in that pic, still waiting some more TLC! Maybe next week LOL! That's one of the prob's of having a flutterby nature.

Hope your week is going well, and I'll see you over at Julia's for a virtual cuppa. Don't know what I'm on about? Click on the WOYWW button on my side-bar to join in the fun and take a sneaky peek at crafting all over the world, today.

Hugs, Chris xx