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Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
I can now fold a mean origami crane and I am still enjoying simply looking at all the lovely things Tomoko sent me. An act of such kindness.
Last week another parcel arrived from a friend in France. I am proud to call her a friend even though we have never met. She is a member of the Charity Knitting thread I belong to. I was " talking" online about William. No surprise there! Soon he has to fly a long way to Dubai. I never flew with my children when they were very small and I think it is a pretty difficult thing for both little one and mum and Dad. This lovely lady offered to make him a Quiet Book. I had vaguely heard of them and was thrilled with such a kind offer.
Now, I happily sent some little things which I thought might help. I love visiting the ribbon shop in Spain and I love making up parcels of goodies. But, I had no idea that these few things would be added to, embellished and turned into something as wonderful as this Quiet Book for William.
I have been waiting for a sunny day to take the pictures and I think you will love it as much as I do.
I think you can see now how marvellous this book is. The choice of embellishments is just perfect.
On page five we meet Katie the kangaroo. Undo her buckle and there is bay Joey tucked inside waiting to hop out.
I think maybe this is my favourite page, the amount of work and detail is amazing.
Page six features a bear and a catchers mitt with laces.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
I actually feel that I blog to friends these days. I have over the days of posts got to really know some of my followers. We actually communicate,have a relationship,share things, just enjoy being together. I am amazed at the generosity bestowed. And I can actually say blogging has enriched my life.
Well we have been seriously dealing with " STUFF" lately! Some so seriously that has been a pain in the neck but others that have bought the sweetest memories flooding back.
I gave this deckchair to my Stepdad when he retired. He loved me and I loved him. I put a sign on it to say "Relax for a few minutes every day!" When he died it looked pretty unused so I guess my Mum kept him busy.
I brought the deckchair to our house and it has been in the shed of doom ever since. Yesterday we decided to clear it out and there in the back was the deckchair. It looked sad, neglected, and even more unused. It nearly joined the pile for the tip BUT I remembered my sweet Stepdad and wanted to put those words " Relax for a few minutes every day" to test.
I seriously can not cut in a straight line. I can not line up seams. Patchwork and I have a long but very tricky relationship. But, I never give up. So I had an idea for the deckchair. I cut. I sewed. I ironed and I swore a bit. But Look-----
A deckchair. You can still hire them at Torquay or Teignmouth. Better than most because it had arm rests and goes up in an easy swishy way. But somehow really boring.So----
Thursday, 18 April 2013
I hate clutter and get to a point when I do not want to do another Car Boot Sale. I do not want to do anymore Ebay sales. I will go to the Charity shop and I will give away things but then I just want rid!
Sometimes when I am in this mood all my upbringing goes out of the window. My "make do and mend" philosophy goes out of the door and I was at that stage today. I looked at the cushions in the shed. To say they were past there best was an understatement. They were more shabby than chic. I threw them all on the pile for the tip. I drank a cup of coffee and then I went and got them again!
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
I have come to love my pretty jar on my work surface. I do not stress about how much I put in but it is lovely to see it gradually filling up.
Sunday, 14 April 2013
I know I have been procrastinating. I have been using avoidance tactics. I have been zoning out. But the first BIG blanket I have ever attempted has been quietly whispering/ shouting at me from the drawer I had shoved it in to.
After a holiday and a rest I have got it out again. Actually I had forgotten how big it was. I had forgotten how very colourful it was. I had forgotten he many little squares I have made and how many ends I have sewn in.
So I am going to finish it. I am going to make it a labour of love and enjoy it. I am going to ignore the squares which for some strange reason have taken on a Madonna type boobs attitude. After all nothing is perfect. I love quirky and I can't do anything about them now.you can see exactly what I mean when you see that turquoise one!
Actually I have just realised I can. A true lightbulb moment. Thank goodness I have had a break. I will make some more squares in the same colour but use a smaller hook and replace them. It is such a pain being a perfectionist. I pretend I am not ,but who am I kidding. It will take a bit longer but I will love it all the more. Yay!
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Lily at Gingham and daisies was so kind commenting on my last post about the Princess and the Pea set.She told me that Ikea make a little bed and it is just what I need. But, I want to make these sets for Charity and the bed is £14 and then I want to buy a nice doll for it. I am wondering if the set will actually mmuch needed cash or just end up costing me so much I would be better making a donation. However that is not as special as making lovely Dolls sets.
Whilst I am thinking I am doing some simple hooking. Good old Granny squares for a very good cause. Syrian refugees. You Can read all about it here. http://love-in-the-language-of-yarn.blogspot.fr/
Monday, 1 April 2013
Firstly Thank You all so much for all your encouraging comments of late and it is lovely to welcome some new followers. Please pop in often.
A while ago I made these little blankets.Crochet squares using a variety of stitches. A really good stash busting exercise!
I had an idea in my head. I thought of the story about the Princess and the Pea. A story about an old fashioned princess who is so sensitive she can feel a pea under piles of feather mattresses and quilts. Because of her princessy ways she is deemed fit to marry a prince and they lived,of course happily ever after. I am not usually too worried about Fairy Stories,certainly not too worried about Enid Blyton and I believe every child should be brought up surrounded by Nursery Rhymes,songs,stories,poetry and literature of every kind. Lucky the little one who is brought up this way.
So what was my hesitation about the little plan in my head. I dislike some of the so called modern "stars" who act in a totally princessy way. I dislike the thought that any little girl should think that the pathway to living happily ever after should rely on her being sensitive enough to feel a pea under 20 feather mattresses and to marry a prince paves her way to happiness.
So I will read the story of the Princess and other Fairy Stories to our Grandchildren. Added to that I will share non-fiction and every other genre at hand. But, what of all those little blankets. I have been doing a little procrastinating.Avoiding meeting with the BIG Elmer blanket again. So I thought about little coverlets for the beds.These have turned out so well.
Then I had a Eureka moment. I was so impressed by the amazing amount of money raised for Comic Relief by the Crafty folk.They made dolls and lovely things to make a child's dream come true. Blankets by Lucy. Clothes by Little Cotton Rabbits and books to name but a few.
So I am going to find a way to make a little bed. The "Sporty One" could be called in to help with that bit. That is definitely Princessy. I blame my Mum! Then I am going to buy and make clothes for a doll. And to top the little set together I am going to add a blanket and most importantly a book. I have the exact idea in my head.