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

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


Writing this just before bedtime, Tuesday night.

Ta - dah! But don't look too closely, cough, cough ...

I've just this minute finished my first ever sock with my first attempt at using dpns, and I'm a happy, not-so-little flutterby. Yes, I know I had two extra stitches at the toe, and somehow I'd knitted it inside out (according to the pattern) but apart from that ...

I now just hope the other one will be identical! I'll cast it on tomorrow once the tension (get it?!) has dispersed.

I got to the unusual position of finishing all the ironing this morning so, after lunch, I started to tackle a project I've been dreaming of over the summer break (waiting for DH to return to work before I started! Haha!!)

This book case (and its twin) have been bugging me because they look so sad, and I fancied giving them the CK treatment.

I've put a first coat of white primer on the outside

then I broke into a couple of rolls of sticky back plastic I rescued from Lidl a couple of months ago, and lined the shelves. For once, I read the instructions and was pleased I'd done what I was told, and sprayed the shelves with a little water first (made the plastic much more move-aboutable). I would never have thought to do that.

I'm not sure what colour paint to use - better sleep on that one.

Night, night, all - I'll try to visit as many WOYWW desks as I can, by the weekend. I managed to get round all, last week. You're such an inspiring bunch - thanks in advance for sharing your goodies. Don't know what I'm on about? Just click here, and you'll be amazed at what you find.

Hugs, Chris xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunny Weekend

It's been lovely here the past couple of days - a last taste of summer? I hope it stays.

Rosie has been finding interesting places to perch! She was sound asleep when I took these yesterday morning and then the afternoon and, although looking incredibly uncomfortable, she was quite safe, so I just left her there.

This morning was glorious and warm, and there was no church service today, so DH and I took Mum for a trip around the park, with a cuppa in the cafe on the way round.

I'm so grateful I live in such a beautiful city - it's just too easy to take it for granted. The River Severn runs along the far end of the park. I sometimes sit and watch the narrow boats, and there's a heron that patrols this stretch, too.

Mum enjoyed her outing although her expression might say otherwise.

It's funny how tastes change - informal beds like these would have been unheard of in the past - everything was very formal and labour-intensive when I brought the girls here as children. I love these, though.

This is much more traditional. You can just see the spray of the splash pool for the kids to play in. When the girls were small, it was a regular paddling pool. This is much more practical to keep, and safer.

Some things don't change, though - this huge weeping willow, the bandstand and bridge are still a popular background for wedding pics from nearby churches.

I hope you've enjoyed the virtual tour. Hope your weekend is proving as lovely.

Chris xx

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


I'm frustrated that I've not managed much blog time (and certainly not WOYWW) for ages, so here goes.

We're living in the aftermath of Mum's 90th last week (previous post) but things are getting back to normal, especially now that DH has returned to the new term now. It's lovely to have him home, but it's good to get on with things.

So, today I set to work on the old garden tool shed, giving it a coat of paint. If the weather holds, tomorrow it will have a second coat, and I plan to make some bright curtains, too.


After one coat
Indoors, I've started to knit my first pair of socks and, after a rocky start, I now love doing them. This pair is for DD2, for Christmas.

I've used Zig Zag sock yarn (4 ply) which is very reasonable, compared to others, at £4.something per 100g, and I should get this pair of slouch socks from one ball. 

I did start this lacy pair but found learning to knit on 4dpns as well as the pattern, just too complicated. Also, since the yarn knits up in stripes, the lace didn't show up. I might try these ones later, in a plain colour where the lace would be more visible.

I finished the ten strips of bunting in time, for friends to take to Uganda, to do fabric painting on, with children in the orphanage our church supports.

These are some of the kids and a few of the team, when they arrived a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway, I'd better sign off for now and get to bed, and just encourage you to pop over here to Julia's, to see what WOYWW is all about, and see what other crafting has been going on. I'll try to visit as many folks there as I can, by the weekend.

Have a great week, Chris xx

Friday, 29 August 2014

Mum at 90

Hi - this is primarily an update for friends and family, wanting to catch up on Mum's 90th birthday yesterday - but everyone is welcome for a look-see!

Other than going out to dinner, everything was a surprise for Mum. I was tempted to poke her awake at 7am, but she had a leisurely start to the day at 8.15am. There were a couple of helium balloons by her chair, and several cards to open before breakfast.

Mum is Catholic and, when living in her own home, used to walk to Mass several times a week. These days, I usually take her on Thursday mornings and Saturday evenings. Yesterday, we took a large cake to give everyone there a slice to take home. I was very glad we had, as they sang 'happy birthday' at the end of the service, and when she sat in the porch and people took their cake, everyone hugged her and/or wished her many happy returns, and she was given two lovely bouquets and several cards.

We returned home in time for her coffee and a piece of the cake. Then we spent the rest of the morning looking at her gift from us. When she first came to live with us (18 months ago, now) we brought her photo collection, in a couple of biscuit tins and carrier bags, and I said she and I would get around to sorting them. But I did them as a surprise, putting them in 8 albums. Hopefully, she will enjoy spending time looking through them.

This is the one of Dad's family, with a couple of cute shots of him!

During the day I was kept busy answering the phone, and door for deliveries and post. There was a lovely basket arrangement of flowers from Angela and Julian,

a box set of The Two Ronnies DVDs from Mike and Janet, and loads of cards. Richard and Val are going to give her a new handbag - once she can decide on what she wants!

After lunch, Mum had her usual nap, and was ready to go out for dinner, booked for 6pm at The March Hare, where they do a good carvery which Mum enjoys. Mum, KP and I were joined by Jenny and Kate, and we took a friend, Pam, whom Mum gets on well with.

Mum and Kate

She then had a stephanotis from Jen, for her room, and new slippers,

a Morecombe and Wise DVD, sweets and smellies from Kate, and an orchid from Pam.

Mum really enjoyed her night on the tiles!

Afterwards, everyone came back to ours, for coffee and yet more cake!

Mum and Jen
Many happy returns, Mum xx

Wednesday, 6 August 2014


- all the W's this week. I won't go to my WW meeting til after this post, so not sure how I've done, although I have been good. After 3 weeks I'm hoping to reach my first stone - we'll see. I started wearing a pedometer and realised how little I walk.  For my weight/height, it recommends 4000 steps per day and I wasn't doing a fraction of that. So - now doing that 3-4 times per week, on top of my normal daily stuff, and after a fortnight I'm starting to notice the difference - a little less like a lobster when I get home!!

I'm still stripping down the clock. The side panels had this ancient paper stuck on, so I've soaked it off and will varnish the whole of the outside once it's clean.

Not sure what to do about the innards - I had a telephone quote of £230, so long as it was straightforward (aargghhhhhh!!!!!!) so I might attempt to clean it up myself (without removing parts) and see what happens. DH still reckons I'm cracked, but I just want to give it some TLC.

Meantime, Rosie continues to find interesting places to snooze. 

I had to wake her from here, as it was a long way to fall!!

On the crafting front, the cardi is finished (thank goodness) and will go to it's new home today.

I've started using some more of the mohair to make another scarf as a Christmas gift. I do like this pattern - it's simple and very quick.

Sorry - all that was cheating, as I wrote it two weeks ago, before setting out for Scotland on holiday. I just haven't got back into the swing of things since returning at the weekend. Most of the washing is done, and Mum is back safe and sound after her adventures staying with my brother for the fortnight.

My back is against the wall, trying to complete 10 strips of bunting to go to a Ugandan orphanage next week, for fabric painting by the kids with a team from my church.

I always take a project (or three) on holiday, and this year I started a hexie quilt for DD2's Christmas present. It's only costing time, as the fabrics are from my stash. I'll just have to buy a background one to link them all together.

Please excuse the abrupt end to this post - otherwise I'll miss yet another week of WOYWW (click button on the side bar to go visit Julia to see what I'm waffling about).

I will get my act together this week, and be ready for next Wednesday - promise.

Love to you all, and I'll leave you with my idea of a drink by the pool (taken from the bench outside the caravan we stay in - my fave part of the world - after home, that is!)