Friday, 28 October 2011

Everybody loves Elephants! Well except the cruel Poachers! Blankets to help the babies!

Who can resist a call from an elephant!!

Lots of charities ask for support, so many charities deserve support.
So many people deserve support!
But everybody loves elephants!
So if you fancy making 1 strip to show your support of these wonderful animals you can click on the link above.
I did ,and will definitely be working a woolly strip or two!!!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Teddies for Tragedy--- Every one will make a difference!

Teddies for Tragedy!
I love reading comments about my blog!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to pop in and make a comment, they make such a difference.
The thing that is often mentioned is the picture in my Header Bar of the Teddies.
People say they make them smile.
They say it warms their hearts and I have been asked never to change it.
I won't because I love it too!

That special year so many teddies were made by me and my friends who knit in Spain!
But maybe this year you could make just one or two.
They would make such a difference to a child somewhere.
What do you think?

To find out more visit
Special thanks for all the encouraging comments about this weeks posts.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Every Little girl deserves a pretty dress! Older girls do too!

Every Girl around the world deserves one pretty dress
Now usually I spend my time working with woolly stuff but every now and again I like to spend time my trusty Singer Sewing machine.
We are both definitely vintage!!!
And when I stumbled upon this website I was totally sold!

Surely every little girl deserves a dress and surely we can spare one pillowcase!
So, if you fancy spending some quality time with your machine you can be assured you will make a real difference.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Another wonderful cause Operation Christmas Child!

Operation Christmas Child!

I think you may have guessed by my posts this week that I have been thinking about various charities.
I love sprinkling Charity work amongst my other woolly escapades.
I have totally given up on the idea that I can make any money out of my creations.
I am hopeless at taking pennies from friends, even if they have asked me for something specific.
Craft Fairs are interesting places I find!
By their very nature they attract "crafty" people who actually like making things themselves so in general it is more a chance for everyone to get new ideas rather than buy other peoples items.
So another Charity I love to support is Operation Christmas Child.
When I taught the "littlies" they loved filling the boxes and we used to send off nearly 100 from school!
Now, I like to help Janet or "Puppet Lady!
She does an amazing job and sets herself the challenge of making 100 puppets every year!

She has recently taken on a supervisory role and welcomes every item that is sent to her!
So, if you fancy popping into either Operation Christmas Child's website or Janet at Musings of The Puppet Lady you may find a little something which will inspire you to join in the fun!
And, you can be sure that amongst all the commercialism that can surround our celebrations your donation will make a child so happy at Christmas.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Would you believe it Mrs Twins is 100!!!

100 wonderful blankets!
Sue, or "Mrs Twins" as she is affectionately known, is another source of inspiration to me.
Her organisation SIBOL provides another wonderful way in which to help someone in need this Autumn and Winter.
1 square will be welcomed and placed lovingly in a blanket to help an elderly person.
If you would like to join in the fun,maybe in memory of a beloved relative have a look here!
I promise you will not be disappointed.
You may however become addicted to being square!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Have you heard about Loving Hands Charity Knitters?

Loving Hands Charity Knitting Group!
Autumn days are here and winter is on it's way!
Maybe you would like to spend some of the darker days or evenings helping others.
If so please check out this wonderful group.
The leader is inspirational,members friendly and encouraging and best of all it actually makes you feel good!
Maybe one item donated might make a difference to one person!
The new winter challenges have just been released on the website so pop in and have a look.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Wonderful Granada!

If Visitors come for longer than a week we love to take them to the city of Granada.
We love it, they love it and each time the memories become more and more special!
If you are ever near this wonderful Spanish city stop awhile and savour it's delights!
I will let the pictures tempt you.
 The magnificent Alhambra on the red hill towering above the city!


Sunday, 16 October 2011


Every day is a gift.
Enjoy it with a smile. 

 After losing his parents, this 3 year old orangutan was so depressed he wouldn't eat and didn't
respond to any medical treatments. The veterinarians thought he would surely die from sadness.
 The zoo keepers found an old sick dog on the grounds in the park at the zoo where the orangutan
lived and took the dog to the animal treatment center. The dog arrived at the same time the
orangutan was there being treated.
 The 2 lost souls met and have been inseparable ever since.
 The orangutan found a new reason to live and each always tries his best to be a good
companion to his new found friend.
 They are together 24 hours a day in all their activities.

They live in Northern California where swimming is their favorite past time,
although Roscoe (the orangutan)
is a little afraid of the water and needs his friend's help to swim.



Together they have discovered the joy and laughter in life and the value of friendship.



They have found more than a friendly shoulder to lean on.



Long Live Friendship!!!!!!!

I don't know... some say life is too short, others say it is too long,
but I know that nothing that we do makes sense if we don't touch the hearts of others... while it lasts! x

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Paella,perfectly delicious!

The epitome of being back in Spain. Our first Paella!
We met a lady a while back when we buying our first Spanish Paella Pan 
I must have looked a bit nonplussed as to which size to choose!
She then explained in half Spainish and half English exactly what I needed and what I had to do.
A lot of love was mentioned.
In fact it seemed more important that the ingredients!
But she told me very sternly that the most important and the most difficult thing to do is put the spoon away after you have added the rice and stock and leave it to BE!!
It is a real challenge as you really do want to give it a little poke at the very least!
But I wash the spoon,dry it and put it away just as she said and last night our visitors thought it 
Thank Goodness for that!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Reasons to be cheerful -- Autumn 2011 in a village in Spain!

 We hate saying goodbye!
We hate leaving our family behind.
The journey is very long, and we always need to do quite a lot in our Spanish house 
It also seems just like home!
Our Spanish home.
All the things we have chosen,placed and  love revisiting
We catch up with very special friends
Days like today make everything worth while.

Fresh figs from the market on the hillside!

The view of the Cabreras' from our balcony!

Pure blue skies which entice us to go for a swim in the sea in October!

And supper cooked and served on the back terrace accompanied by a bottle of wine for 1 Euro!
Life is sweet!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Autumn has come so the snowbirds can travel!

It's that time again!

Goodbye,farewell, see you later to the UK

Ola! Saludo!
To Spain 

The Sunshine Bus is packed and we are ready for our Autumn sojourn.
Take Care everyone until we get back.
 Rested ,relaxed and batteries recharged.
All ready to meet a very new and very special member of the Chalky family!
Normal service will resume Spanish Style after a  ferry to Santander and six hundred miles travelling through Spain to our little Spanish house!
Thank you to mu lovely followers,as ever for all your encouraging comments and support.

Friday, 7 October 2011

ATutorial and a little bit of an addiction to lovely Granny Cushions!

Sometimes it is lovely to revisit a project!
Actually I can always visit a Granny Square!

To me, it is the epitome of Crochet!
Crochet soothes and calms,delights and inspires and to be honest makes me feel complete.
Like a good friend!
Like a good book!
Like a bar of chocolate!
Just something that I love for being a part of my life!
So, not long ago I tried a cushion for a very special little girl.
I was really pleased with it and it is now all wrapped up in paper for her birthday,
Then, when I was suffering a little bout of "Empty Hand Syndrome"
I thought of my brother and his wife and got hooking!

So here we have a Tutorial for a cushion cover.
Start with the Granny square.
 My tutorial here, but keep feeding it with hooky stitches until you have 21 rounds.

So that is the front of the cushion completed!
This time I decided to work the back in a different way.
Trebles of course.
I like projects which grow fast.

So, to make the back you need to make two parts.
One longer than the other to achieve a neat opening.
Start by making a chain with 76 stitches, add 2 chain for turning,this counts as the first treble in the next row.
Working in the chain two from the hook work 2 more trebles. This makes your first cluster of 3.
Miss 2 chains and then work a cluster of 3 trebles in the next chain.
Work along the row until you have worked 26 clusters of 3 trebles. 
Chain 3 and turn.
Continue in this way,making clusters in the middle chain of the cluster from the previous row.
Can you see where the hook goes in?

Work 1 part of the back completing 30 rows.

And a second part completing 15 rows.

Now it is compilation time.
Work with wrong sides facing each other.
Working with a contrasting colour and allowing for the overlap of the back work a double crochet stitch all around the cushion.
This joins the front to the back,

Also work across the envelope opening in the same double crochet stitch.
The finishing touch is to work another row of double crochet all around the cushion but adding a little picot edging.
This picot edging is.
 5 double crochets worked in 5 stitches in the previous row, then 5 chain and finish the loop by a double crochet in the same stitch 

I hope you can see exactly what I mean from the picture
I like to sew on the buttons next so that I get them evenly spaced.

And all that is left is to make the loops for the buttons and sew in the ends!
So working across the opening edge, double crochet until you get to a button then chain 6 .
Leave 3 stitches from your previous row to make the buttonhole loop

 Finish the row in Double Crochet and  making loops for all your buttons!
The Craft Fairy was sitting on my shoulder this morning look how much orange yarn I had lest at the end of the row!!!!!!

So sew in the ends!
Stuff with a pillow pad and here we have it.
Granny has a cushion Take Two!

I love the neat finish with  the buttons .
In fact I almost like the back as much as the front.
What do you think?

I hope this tutorial works for you.
Please shout if anything if anything is not clear.

Coffee,Cream and Maroon colours are winking at me now!