Monday, April 17, 2017

Celebrate!















It's been nearly two weeks since I came off on holiday for Easter. Where has the time gone? I haven't really done much; I've just lazed around, crafted a bit, went out for lunch a few times with my mum or Paul.  Oh! And I also celebrated my birthday on Good Friday. We (Paul and I) thought my gifts should be practical this year; bits for the garden and as I'm in the process of re-organising my craft room, some pieces for that too. Paul bought me one of the cool frogs in a half tree yoga pose. I've had my eye on one of these for a long time, the one in the photo is the biggest one. I think there's two other poses in the range.  Paul also found some cool wicker baskets to go on my new shelves; they are a good size, sturdy and deep, so I think they will be great for storing fabric or wool. I also received a quirky little gift, a Tina Belcher keyring (Bob's Burgers) and some tasty Lindt Orange Chocolates; I've been craving another box of these since Christmas time (I think it really shows willpower that I've held out until April). Lol!

New subscription came this month in the form of a medium sewing box kit by Sew Hayley Jane . The theme for this month was France. I have to say I'm very impressed by the goodies; it includes: 2.5 metres of dressmaking fabric a floral georgette,  4 fat quarters and a selection of haberdashery items and sewing gifts. I also received new sewing machine needles size 70/100, 4 covered buttons, 1 metre of spaghetti cord by Frou Frou, a matching reel of Gutermann thread and two lollipops. Not quite sure what I'm going to make with the georgette, I may leave the box until my summer holidays (only 10 weeks away, not that I'm counting down or anything). That way I'm not rushing into things and I've got plenty of time to find a pattern. The fat quarters, I may use one for a crochet hook case and save the others for another project.

All in all it's been a good month. I've finally caught up with my Scheepjes Hygge Cal shawls,  after crushing my fingers in my garden door and I've made a respectable start on my little garden too.

Until next time, take care and be good to yourself.

xoxoxo



Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Pleasant Ways to Recharge Your Body and Mind












I can't believe my last post was at the end of February!  Where has the time gone?  To be honest, I've been unbelievably busy, busy racing around for everyone else and not taking much time for me and now I kind of feel burnt out. So, the first few days of my Easter holiday have been spent lunching with my mum, lazing around and not doing very much at all, well, other than catching up with my Scheepjes Hygge Cal.  I'm about a week behind in this, but I'm not fussed as I'm taking it at my own pace and trying to get into the hygge moment. I've only started it back up again; I had to postpone it for a week after the wind caught and jammed my fingers in the garden door. Loads of blood, gore and pain and having two fingers strapped together.  You don't realise how much you need your index and middle finger until there incapacitated and bound together. My makeup looked liked I had licked and rubbed smarties on my face, my hair, well that looked like I'd been dragged through a hedge backwards and as for my writing; the words hen and scratching comes to mind.

On the crafting front,  I'm now onto the middle section or Week 7 of my Hygge Shawl.  I've just completed the Pastel colourway and half way through the Rainbow one. I'm about a week behind on this Cal but that's not too bad considering the hand injury.  As you can see from the photos I have a third colour; 'The Girls' Night In' box. I was going to start this and try and do the three shawls at the same time but I'm not going to start this one now until the other two are complete.  I just think doing all three at the same time would just become a chore, and I don't want that to happen, plus it gives me something to look forward to further down the line.  I'm also dabbling in the March edition of the Little Box of Crochet by the wonderful Amanda Bloom and her daughter Jenny.  I've been receiving these for about  4 or 5 months, I was only going to subscribe for a few, but I've decided to keep it on (a little treat to me, I know how many treats can one squirrel have lol!)

We've also started preparing for the better weather, by washing and clearing down all my clay pots. Paul thinks I'm crazy for riddling all the soil from these pots, but I did this last year, and my little garden looked gorgeous.  In the little full greenhouse, I have sown some seeds from packets and some harvested seeds from flowers last year; Sunflowers, Sweetpeas, Nasturtiums and on order are plug plants from Thompson and Morgan.  I've been using this company for a couple of years now, and I've always received fantastic service, plus they always have great deals on at this time of year. Just like last year, I don't really plan my garden it just seems to happen haphazardly.  I remember last year thinking my garden is going to be rubbish but by the summer it was in full bloom and I could hardly keep up.  Fingers crossed I achieve the same result this year. Third year in a row for looking after and maintaining my little sanctuary.

My favourite little being celebrated her 2nd Birthday in the middle of March.  You would think by two she would've have calmed down, but oh no she is still as silly and bouncy as the day we brought her home.  I am in fact talking about my little Rhodesian Ridgeback who is not so little anymore, but who does resemble a skinny giraffe. Hours of entertainment with this little one, she likes tearing through the house with bananas in her mouth, skin and all and grabbing letters while burling round and round in a circle.  She is just so crazy and in your face,  her show name certainly suits her; Walamadengie Lets be Famous. You are certainly famous to Paul and I little one, we've never met a pooch like you and I mean that in a good way.   Happy Birthday crazy little girl. 😉


xoxo xoxo




Sunday, February 26, 2017

Colour Hungry





















Colour, colour and more colour, and cake. Trying to find my hygge or hyggeligt. What more could a girl ask for in the cold, drab month of February!





Sunday, February 05, 2017

Habits of a Crafter

Only ten more sleeps until the Scheepjes Hygge Cal begins and I'm so excited for it to start. I even purchased some new scissors and two new hooks. A Tulip Etimo Rose hook and a Tulip Etimo Gold Softgrip hook. I just couldn't decide which one to buy, so, I bought both. Eeekkk!



Last week I showed off the Pastel Scheepjes Hygge box. I have to confess that I bought this box because I couldn't get my hands on the Rainbow one,  and I so desperately wanted to start when everyone else did. Well, someone put a post up on Facebook that Deramores were selling the kit and look what jumped into my shopping cart. Yip the Rainbow kit. Ooopps! But, just look at the lovely squishy colours. I know! I know! There is just no hope for me.  It is beautiful, though!



Anyway, let's move swiftly along.

Last week I announced that I was going to open the second box of sewing bits.  This is the second vintage box purchase I've made since January 2017 (see the previous post). This tin isn't as varied as the last one, but the contents are still good. The overall condition of the tin is good, the metal has no rust, but it does feel flimsier than the last tin.  Let's do the Amelie thing, shall we?


So what did I find inside? The inside of the tin lid shows that it was originally used for shortbread before being turned into a sewing box. On opening the box and viewing the contents, I was faced with some Newey (great piece of history within the link) rust proof snap fasteners which had a handwritten price of 32 pence.


Underneath the snap fasteners are various spools of the thread. My favourites are the Swan tacking threads in green, blue, black and red.  I can't get enough of this thread (I have red, black and white in my own kit) being taught how to sew at school in the 1970's,  we always used to tack (baste) hems or seams in place using this thread before sewing the garment on the machine. This is something that I still do today, especially if a material is proving difficult to handle and pins are just complicating it more.


There is also one reel of elastic; Paul says "they use that in the top of your wool socks!!!!" I've never used it in a pair of socks I've made. Lol!


The other spools of thread are Sylko, Trylko and another called Molnlycke Goliath.


In keeping with the Vintage theme, I have one more box to show you next week, and this one is a biggie.

 Bye for now 

xoxo xoxo