Sunday, August 02, 2015

Fighting Crime...Scarecrow Style!

I've been very busy this week, my little craft hands have been working like mad to get things finished for a special event. Every year just before the schools go back for their new term, the little village that I work in holds an Agricultural Show.  They ask all the locals to get their thinking caps on (straw) to put their village on the map,  as everyone  is invited to take part in a Community Scarecrow Competition. The villagers use their imagination and come up with scarecrows of all shapes, sizes and form, in an attempt to secure the best scarecrow in town award.  Last year, we took the children on a Scarecrow Hunt,  to see how many scarecrows had been displayed. We thought we might see six on the day, but we must have seen closer to 12 or more.  Well this year the little one's have chosen a subject close to their hearts, a context that we have seen popping up over and over again throughout the year.  
Some indication of what we are up to: the body, legs and arms have been completed and just need joined together, and I have promised to make some very important features for the scarecrow.  The picture above may help.
Can you guess who our Scarecrow is going to be? 

Giving some credit to the knitting pattern designer, the piece is Bat Hat by Joanna Rankin.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Me a!



Back in April of this year (during the Easter Holidays to be precise)  I decided to start a blouse pattern, and as I explained I normally just cut straight from the pattern, but in this case I thought lets trace it because in the near future I'm hoping to shed some weight, and this pattern was at the top end of the pricing range, so I thought lets just keep it in all its splendour.   Well during my summer holidays I decided to go to the next level and actually cut out the pattern and then the material.  Well, when I say the material, (the ditsy flower stuff) what I actually mean is I took a bit of a wobble at cutting the fabric for the blouse  and decided to make a toile,  but I didn't  have any muslin to hand so I racked and racked my stash until I came upon the idea that I could just use a new cheap lemon bedsheet.  So I did!  Although I did get quite carried away.  You see, this was only meant to be a test garment to help me iron out any mistakes or quirks of the material, but as you can see by the picture I have attached a peter pan collar, bias binding and ruffle sleeves.  I showed a couple of friends and family the final product and they thought it was stunning. they were also pretty gobsmacked when I told them it was made from a bedsheet.  Yip!  My bedsheet blouse is so lovely, that I might just have to wear it with jeans and flats.

During my summer holidays I also had a surf around on Amazon, which is always a bit of a mistake because inevitably I always end up making a purchase that I don't really need.  Although, I was quite good I only purchased one book, and no, it wasn't a craft book ( it only took me 4 hours to re-organise my book shelves). I did really need the Audrey Hepburn book.  Why? Just because, was my answer to Paul.

As well as sewing and reading, my garden received some love and attention.  My Primroses went to seed after flowering (this was intentional) as I wanted to harvest the seeds so that I could replant them to produce new plants. It's the first time I have ever harvested seeds of any kind and I wasn't quite sure what I was doing and if I was doing it right.  Yet I have little brown things collected in a tub so I will keep you informed as and when I plant them.  My summer holidays had some warm days here and there so I decided to purchase some new plants online, and I was rewarded with free plug plants. Although, I am a bit miffed at the condition of the Geranium plug plants (last picture).  I know that I have come a long way in my gardening skills, but I think they are pushing it by sending plants that are half dead with twig stems. Nevertheless, they are repotted, watered and fed so we will have to see what happens.  And the rose plant that I received for my birthday in April, well I thought I had killed it, the buds where dead, it was covered in greenfly and had dead leaves and twigs everywhere.  So I shoved it outside, sprayed it and then cut all the deadness off, and do you know what? It's super healthy, new leaves and buds sprouting everywhere. This is one plant up to now that I have never been able to keep. So I'm feeling quite proud and smirky right now.  I wonder if I can now call myself a gardener?


Sunday, June 21, 2015


My blog has been quiet as of late, and the reason is shown above.  A new addition to our family, a little girl Rhodesian Ridgeback.  She kind of came out of the blue.  We weren't looking for another dog (as we were still carrying the loss of Dogman around with us) but I saw this little one by chance whilst I was browsing breeders websites on a Thursday at the end of May,  by the Saturday we went for a peek and somehow she came home with us.  She is very beautiful and so, so different from our boy.  As the saying goes ' A new dog doesn't replace the old one.  It just enhances the love.'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Morning walks and crafting

My birthday flew past in a flash,  isn't that always the way, a day that you never want to end just goes whooosh and it's gone.  Although, Paul did try to make it last by baking my birthday cake (a Sticky Orange Marmalade one) the day after, (between you and me) I think he was just too tired to make it for my big day.

On the crafting front, I happened upon a beautiful sewing site,  and I thought lets take a peek to see what they have. Well six metres of fabric, two sewing patterns and thread later I can declare that I had a very pleasant shopping experience. This is one site I will be revisiting again and again. So excited by my purchases that I got started straight away by ripping open the pattern seen above, now, I normally just cut straight from the pattern, but in this case I thought lets trace it because in the near future I'm hoping to shed some weight, and this pattern was at the top end of the pricing range, so I thought lets just keep it in all its splendour.

The other craft item, well, that's part of a challenge over at Little Things and Uncommon Grace,  the challenge,  I have to complete a couple of letters of the alphabet from Alicia Paulson's new cross stitch kit. I started a couple of days after my big day, and I'm not doing too bad considering I'm back at work;  I've managed to complete upto the letter 'd'.

Talking of work, the beautiful pictures of new born lambs where taken on one of the nursery's days out. It was lovely and warm (well, for Scotland it was warm).  The nice thing about the walks, wherever you go within a couple of minutes you are surrounded by nature and beautiful wildlife; ducks waddling across the mainstreet, new born lambs springing around in the fields, horses, bats and birds of prey. Just beautiful, and so lovely to share with the little ones I work with.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Another year older

Yes, I'm another year older, one minute I hit 40 now I've jumped to 44, how the hell did that happen? Pffff! I just can't believe it. I wasn't bothered by my 40th, but I'm really feeling this age. I even woke this morning in an anxious mood (rolls eyes), and hunted out all my beauty products so I could preen myself  in an attempt to look just a little younger. I even sat for a whole hour watching a beauty blog, I must be in the thick of a midlife crisis...aaagghh!!!

Anyway, I received some wonderful gifts from my other half, Paul; a gorgeous french biscuit tin (I'm a big decorative tin collector, I use them for storing craft stuff). I also received a Groot from Guardians of The Galaxy I am a massive Marvel fan, I've seen most of the Marvel films 3 or 4 times. So, as you can imagine I squealed with glee when I unwrapped this. My other favourite item is a Daryl Dixon keyring for my new car; a character that I secretly lust over from The Walking Dead, it's okay, Paul is aware of this lusting. Lol! 

Finally, I decided to treat myself to a couple of beauty treats (4th photo down) and then bought more when I went to Glasgow today. This is most definitely a crisis age. 

Oh! Before I forget if you ever visit Glasgow you must, must, must go to Viva Brazil, but only if you really like meat. 

p.s. Paul dared me to use our nicknames when I ordered our Chai Tea Lattes in Starbucks. He thought I wouldn't have the nerve, but I did, and I gave the staff a laugh into the bargain. ; p

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Spring time is here

I do love this time of year, after months of cold and darkness everything feels new and bright again. Lambs are jumping in the fields and calves are taking their first wobbly steps outdoors.
The weather here in Scotland has been quite warm and a refreshing change from the rain and snow we were experiencing at the end of last week.  It seems with the sun making an appearance that my little garden has started to bloom too. Most of the plants in bloom have either regenerated from last year or have grown from bulbs that I planted in Autumn. Most of this good gardening work has come from watching and taking advice from Monty Don on Gardeners World. A programme that I watched religiously last year and one that I need to catch up on over the Easter holidays. I can see a few visits to my local garden centre coming up soon.