Thursday, 23 April 2015

Loves and Loathes......

I Love...

...The smell of wet concrete on a summer's day.

...Pressed glass.

...The sound of heavy rain, thunder and wind.

...The first tea of the morning.

...The first coffee after the first tea.


...Flip Flops.

...Finding something lost.

...The smell of my washing detergent.

...The sound of wood pidgeons.

...Listening to Big Bear play songs on the piano..

...Being woken by natural daylight.

...Inhaling freshly cut grass.

...The sound of curtains flapping in the breeze.

...Driving past fields of rapeseed on a summer's day.

...Layers of throws and quilts on a bed.


...Family snuggles.

...Pretty stationary.

...Garlic being cooked.


...Laughter at the dinner table.


...Good Manners.

...A clean kitchen.

...The smell of tomatoes on the vine.

...Finding the perfect ball of yarn.

...People watching in a cafe.

...Hitting the snooze button.


...A posy of flowers.

...Cold toast with cold butter.


...Brightly coloured plastic.


I Loathe...


...Rubbish ringtones you get on house phones.

...Always being left with odd socks in the laundry basket.

...Running out of discontinued yarn.


...The word 'Lush'

...Low lying grey cloud.

...Egg Custard tarts.


...Bringing in washing from the washing line.

...Rude people.

...Time going too fast.


...Being late for anything.

...Tepid tea or coffee.

...Being excited by an idea, then realising it's not so much fun.

...My camera battery dying mid photo taking.


...The helplessness of your child being ill.


...Bickering at the dinner table.

...Heavy Metal.

...Realising I am becoming intolerant of a lot.

...Pens that never work and pencils with broken lead.

...Scary Films.



Any real loves and loathes to share?


Monday, 20 April 2015

Oh Yes, Yes, Yes..........

I have realised....

....that there are colour combinations that I go to time and time again.

I have had in my mind for a while to make a tiny patchwork crochet blanket for my bed. I wanted teeny tiny hexagons. I wanted soothing. I wanted to sew them all together instead of crochet them.

I was picking colours......

I was ooooohing and ahhhhhing over these pretty little hexagons, and marvelling at how excited I was, when I realised it was colour combinations I have used several times over. I must just really like these colours together.

Oh yes, yes, yes.......I see this draped across my bed. 

How pretty will it be?

Can you see it in your head?

I can, and it's making me really quite giddy with excitement.

I know it will bring plenty of smiles to my face. It's a big job though. Stamina and perseverance are needed with this one.

That's okay though. As long as I have it straight in my head how I am wanting to proceed with this one, it will be all good. Yes, yes, yes it will.

ahhhhhhhh, that blue/green/grey shade is one of my all time favourites I think. I am currently doing paint swatches on my wall with shades like this.

A brief thought was to make a couple of patchwork cushions. Certainly easier, quicker.........satisfying. I REALLY don't need any more blankets......but the thought of this draped on my bed has stayed with me.....and I REALLY want to do it. 

 I will just beaver away making these little hexagons. 

My go to project. 

No pressure. 

I know at the start it will take a while with this one! I will be prepared to wait.

I have so many other projects to start too. I have so many ideas. 

In between trying to sort out my house. So many ideas with that also. Slowly but surely I will get bits done.

I just love these colours together.....sigh........


Friday, 17 April 2015


The sun is shining. 


I have spent time sipping tea on my back steps.

Mr and Mrs Sparrow dance about in and out of the cracked tile. Soon after, chirp, chirp chirping of tiny mouths wanting feeding can be heard.


The bee's nest behind my (aptly named beehive) shed, has come alive again this year. They are HUGE. They are like huge bombers going in and out and wafting around the garden.


The bluebells are staring to open now, just as the muscari are beginning to falter. A sea of blue washes over my tiny patch.


Doors and windows open, and the waft of freshly drying washing on the line.


Evening walks, the smell of freshly cut grass and the soothing sound of tractors ploughing fields.


Magazines to inspire, flowers to makes the corners of the mouth crinkle up, and fresh coffee to waft and awaken all the senses.


Almost back to normality again. The Easter holidays are nearly over, and soon the house will be quiet again for a good portion of the day. In truth this has been a pretty stressful week. Not a lazy, cake baking, place walking week I had originally planned. But, never mind......I was determined to see the beautiful in the week.

There is so much beauty to see. Often the most insignificant things can make the senses come alive. It has been lovely to tune into it all and I just wanted to remember these moments........ they really are...beautiful.


Monday, 13 April 2015

Sunshine Day Blanket Ta-dah.... it is.

Alicia Paulson's 'Sunshine Day' Blanket


It seems to have been a long time coming. I first started making these little squares at Christmas time. 

I had such fun making them. I wanted the circles to be pops of colour, which meant having a muted background to play them off against. Mid grey was chosen, as I have a real soft spot for grey.

All was going tickety-boo. I knew the blanket was a small one. 10 x 8 grannies, but when it was all together, it was teeny tiny. Well, teeny tiny for me! The pattern was actually for a crib blanket. I thought maybe it would be okay for a lap blanket size. I don't know why.....I think I am just so used to making REALLY big blankets, that this just felt way, way WAY too small, even when I increased the motifs a fair bit.

It was then, that I felt a little disheartened. The joy of working on it and that lovely excitement when you know it's soon going to be finished...........

....then you realise, you haven't even made headway! Typical me. So I put it down for a bit, and thought I'd pick it up again when that deflated feeling about it had passed. 

More grey yarn later and I was ready for the final push. Several SERIOUS crocheting days later and I was on the home run.

I kept the edging simple. I had toyed with the idea of some bright, then something lacy, but  in the end, I opted for a little puff stitch border to tie in with the puff stitches in the circles. I actually think it was the perfect edging for it.

Measuring approx 60 x 48 inches (more if it was blocked, which I don't really do on blankets), and 180 squares later, I was happy.

I ♥︎ it.

I love the muted grey. I love the pops of colour. It was a real mish-mash of yarns. A good stash buster. All DK, lots and lots of different brands on a 4mm hook, and I love how the bright eye popping colours manage to work well with the pastel shades too. I wasn't sure if I could pull it off, but the myriad seems to work ok.....well, I'm happy with it.

I can see already that it will become one of the well used blankets in the house. That's good. There's nothing better than seeing these creations become part of the memories of the family. 

I'm pleased it's done now. Onwards to the next things on the list. It's busy busy busy here. Quite chaotic. It was so nice to get away at Easter, but I'm glad to be back. I have a lot to do. My house is in chaos, as I have decided to do a massive re-organisation and decoration and I have a fair bit of crochet to get done. I really don't plan things well. Oh well, it'll all be okay in the end I'm sure.

Bye for now....I'm off to have a cuppa and snuggle in my finished blanket......