Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Blurry


I realised today that I hadn't posted for a week as my head has been more than a little blurry around the edges so I have been trying to avoid the computer.  I am a jaw clencher and teeth grinder, and for some reason I have been clenching and grinding lately, so the headaches are currently in full flow along with the jaw and toothache.  Past experience shows that another week to 10 days should clear it, so please bear with me if I don't post here or come visiting and commenting over at your blogs.  I'm not ignoring you, I'm just lying somewhere trying not to clench my jaw and grind my teeth - which of course makes me clench and grind!!  It will go away and I will be back - promise!

I hope that all is well with all of you and that you are enjoying the sunshine which I notice has made an appearance today.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting me, and for those of you who have recently started following my blog.  I do appreciate you all and when I am back on form I will stop by and pay you a visit.

Amy

p.s. no, those mouth guard thingys don't work for me, they make me throw up which is not a good look!  Thanks for thinking of it though!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Squares squares glorious squares

I have a crazy plan to make a blanket with no two squares the same!  It was inspired partly by my scarf that I recently made where all the squares were different, and was meant to be in CK inspired colours.


The colours haven't quite turned out as I had hoped, but I am going with them, and I can always add some more in if I want to later on.


The plan at the moment is for 210 three round granny squares which will then be edged in white and joined as I go.  I am not sure if it will be big enough though, so I am doing the three rounds of each square and will then lay it out and see what I think.  I might end up with 420 squares, in which case I can either add more colours, or have two of each colourway, which wouldn't be too bad.


I did make a spreadsheet to work it out - I still have to work out the randomness of it though - and that is how using 7 colours I have come up with the number of squares.


This is going to be a long project, but I will keep going!  So far I am 40 completed squares in after just over a week, so not too bad at the moment.  The making up will take some time though I imagine.


I am working with Stylecraft DK, and just to keep a record before I do my usual trick and lose the bands (!) the colours are

Lemon
Teal
Candyfloss
Aspen
Aster
Cloud Blue
Lipstick



I am joining in with Marianne and Chrissie for their Crochet a Long - pop over and visit them and see some lovely crochet makes!




Amy

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Thank you - Winner

I am pleased to announce that the winner of my recent Thank You Giveaway is Sara from Sara's Crafts.  Do pop over and pay Sara a visit sometime!


Everyone's name went into my giant teacup, and the winner was drawn.  I can't get on with that random number generator thing!  Plus, I always like to find uses for my giant teacup!!


Your hearts will be winging their way to you shortly Sara!


Thank you all so much for entering and for following me, I wish that I could send you all something.  You really are all such a blessing, and I am so thankful for your kindness.

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While I am announcing the winner of my giveaway, I wanted to share a couple of lovely things that had recently come my way.  It is so nice that we can share things around in the blog world isn't it!

Firstly were these lovely bulbs from Leanne at Today's Stuff who recently had a giveaway of her own.  Leanne is a great gardener, as well as photographer and home maker. 


There were also some lovely purple anemones, but the picture has disappeared!!

Leanne kindly included two packets of her precious seeds that she had collected from her garden.  I am looking forward to growing all of these and I am keeping them in a cool dark place until they are ready to plant.


I have not grown any of these varieties before, so I am excited to see how they get on in my garden - well I hope!!

Thank you Leanne for this wonderful giveaway!!

Do you remember my post recently about my trees?  After this post, I was contacted by the lovely Sue at Sweetpea Family to ask if she could send me something.

A few days later, these three lovely trees arrived in the post.  I had no idea what Sue could have been sending me, so they were such a lovely surprise. 


Sue also included this very cute little keyring - another tree!! 


These are no ordinary trees as these are made by Sue's daughter who is a designer and teacher, the trees were printed and stitched in the UK  by a small group of ladies and a percentage of the profits from sales was donated to charities to support trees for cities.  How great is that!


Sue is a very talented crocheter and crafter, so this is obviously where her daughter got her talent from!

They were a very unexpected, but beautiful surprise gift and I now have them all around the house making themselves at home!

Thank you Sue!!

If you don't already follow Sue and Leanne their blogs are well worth a visit.

Thank you again for your support everyone.  I hope that you will all have some wonderful times coming your way very soon.

Amy

Monday, 17 February 2014

Crafty Sunday

I like to make up the little kits that come with my Mollie Makes magazine, but I had got a little behind lately, so on Sunday I had a bit of a catch up and made up two of the kits that I had waiting.  Far more fun than worrying about the house and garden, and more productive than worrying as well!

First was the Retro Tattoo Heart Brooch, and then I made the Retro Felt Doll.

The brooch is my favourite of the two and although I thought that it would be harder to make, was actually the easier of the two. 


Never having worked with vinyl fabric before I wasn't sure if it would be hard to sew through, but a sharp new needle went through it really well which was a nice surprise.  I did find that the instructions for how to cut out the pieces were not that clear, so I ended up with my white banner going across the middle going in the opposite direction to the picture, but it doesn't look too bad!  The instructions also suggested gluing the pieces together first, but I just held on to them tight and stitched carefully and I think that it worked pretty well.  What do you think?


The doll was harder to make, as there were lots of small pieces to cut out and sew.  The piece of felt for the arms, legs and face had a mark on it, so I had less felt to use, so I have gave her orange backs to her legs and pink backs to her arms!  It is good to have some leftovers from old kits that you can make use of isn't it!


Overall though she came out pretty well.  I thought that I might get some more felt and make a larger size doll by copying the pattern out in a larger size as that would be easier to sew and also I think that it would be nice if she had limbs that were all one colour!!  She will sit quite nicely on my desk though.


A productive and interesting Sunday, and it was nice to catch up with some of my making and have a change from crocheting.


I have the newest kit to make up which is a neon mug cosy, it suggests that you make it for a straight sided mug.  I never noticed before, but when I went to look for a mug I found that all of my favourites have curved sides.  I will look out a straight sided one that I don't use so often and perhaps then I will love it more when it has a cute cosy!


Hope that you have a fun crafty week ahead.  Don't forget to enter my giveaway, it ends tomorrow!!

I am linking up with Chrissie for Stitching Sundays.

Amy

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Weather or whether not

This time the weather has not been so kind to us.  The wind was howling last night like a banshee, so loud that we could hardly hear anything else, which as I explain below was probably just as well!

We woke this morning to sunshine and bits of blue sky and things seemed promising on first looking out of the front and back windows, however, it was not as good as it looked when we explored a little further.

A ridge tile has come off the front of the house, and amazingly landed on the garage roof and not in a million bits, and not on top of our cars parked right outside the front of the house.  So another difficulty to be overcome, but not as bad as it could have been.



The fence has been swaying, but staying upright for several weeks now, but we left it because it has been far to wet to get out and fix it.  However, last night, the post finally gave in to the wind and the fence came down.  By some miracle, the panel that was only put in last year was not damaged in any way, so we have retrieved it and will be able to put it back in place along with a new post and another new panel, but not while this wind is blowing!




So, just as well that the wind was howling last night and we did not hear the crashing and banging that these two incidents must have caused.  Our barbeque took a tumble and threw it's lava rocks over the place, other than that we are intact, so all told, not good, but not too bad.

It has been a trying week, as the downpipe of one of our gutters was blocked solid, right down to the ground, but we managed to take the pipe off and clear out the muck and water and also clear out the drain bit at the bottom and that is running freely again.  Hopefully now the damp in my wardrobe will dry out and then I won't have mould growing in there anymore!!

I am truly fed up with this weather, as I am sure that all of the rest of you are!  Sorry to be a downer today, it is all getting a little wearing!!

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Anyway, on to other things.  My commenting experiment has now run its two weeks, one with no comments, and one with commenting to people by e-mail whose address I have.

The first week of not replying was awful, I hated it as the comments and the chatting are one of the things that I really like best about blogging.  There is no way that I will be doing that again!!  The replying by e-mail, once I got the hang of it, hasn't been too bad, and I have been so glad to be able to comment to you again.

However, this is not a perfect system.

So, what decision to make going forward.  I have decided that a mix is best - as you pretty much all predicted!!  What a clever bunch you are.  If I can reply by e-mail I will.  If you are a no reply blogger, I will reply in the comments if I can, and will certainly make sure to reply to all new visitors - I will go back now and add comments if you are new by the way as soon as I get chance!

For me, I need to be able to reply, so I think that this is the best answer.

I have stopped subscribing to your comments, so my inbox is much less overwhelmed now and that has eased things.  Instead, when you post I comment on the new post and then pop back to your last post to see if you left me a reply, so I do read your replies, just perhaps a little later than I did before!

I am a replyable blogger, and my e-mail address is in the sidebar, so you can always e-mail me a reply comment, or for any other reason, I am always happy to chat!

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I hope that you are all safe and sound, not damaged or flooded in any way.  If you are, you have my deepest sympathy, and I am sending all best wishes to everyone that things will improve soon.  Take care of yourselves bloggers!

Amy

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Thank you

THIS GIVEAWAY CLOSED ON 18/2/14 AT 6PM, ENTRIES MADE AFTER THAT TIME WERE NOT INCLUDED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN DRAWN AND THE PRIZE SENT TO THEM.  THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ENTERED.

To say thank you to all of you lovely people who follow and read my blog I have decided to have a little giveaway!  I am so surprised that so many people read my blog, I truly never expected it, but I am delighted and thankful to you all.

This being LOVE made my home, it seemed appropriate to share some love in the form of some hearts!


If you would like to give these three hearts a home with you, please leave me a comment below.  As this is to thank you for following my blog, I would ask on this occasion that you are a follower.  Please tell me one thing you like about my blog and how you follow me in your comment.


Entries will close on Tuesday 18th February 2014 at 6pm UK time.  I will draw the winner from the hat (can't get on with that random number thingy!) and notify you as soon as I can after that.  Remember that I need to be able to contact you to tell you that you have won, so make sure that you let me know how I can get in touch.  I will post internationally.




Here's to sharing the love!

Amy

Monday, 10 February 2014

Perhaps?

We have been surrounded by water.  The Army have been drafted in - and the Navy (very apt hey) - to try and defend vital services for tens of thousands of homes.  Roads are blocked and will be for a while.  The good news is that we managed to get out of the village today, despite our fears and several roads being lost to flood waters.

We are blessed that things have not been worse and that our house is on a hill.  Access can be difficult, but at least the water runs away from us.  I am so thankful, but so sad for those affected.  If you are affected, you have my greatest sympathy.

So when I got home from my meeting today I went out into the garden to enjoy the sun that was shining and take a few pictures before the rains return tonight and tomorrow and cause more damage no doubt.  You have to take it while you can get it right. 

Perhaps there are a few signs of spring coming!


Tete a tete daffodils coming up!
 

And tulips!
 

Oh, and a few more...
 
 

The sedums are starting to come back into life, their seedheads have all turned to mush now and gone over, but they will be back anew again!
 

I am always so happy to see the daylilies returning!
 

Only a little rhubarb, but it is returning, and that is what is important!
 
 
Daffs coming up in the borders.


Along with some crocuses
 

Roses starting to grow again.
 

The snow drops are here!! - zoom in and you can see them better!
 
 
 
 
Not sure that that great bright light in the sky is, what do you reckon!


Another little clump, looking so pretty.
 

There are lots of buds on the rhododendron, it will be a while before it flowers, but the number of buds bodes well for a good display - they are dark red!!
 
 
 
The newly tended to trees looking beautiful against the blue sky.


I forgot to show you this little chap before, I bought him before Christmas as a present to myself.  Only trouble is I catch sight of him out of the corner of my eye and think, oh, a robin - but it isn't!  Cute nonetheless!!

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Thank you for all of your comments on my last post, most of you were very positive about it, as I knew that you would be.  The replying to comments thing I am finding a little harder!  I have been replying to those who are not no reply bloggers (like me!) and those who are but who I have an e-mail address for.

I wanted the rest of you to know that I do appreciate all of your comments and I will work out something about replying to you!  In the meantime, thank you for all that you had to say.

To celebrate the fact that so many of you are following my blog and to say thank you to you, I have decided to do a little something.  It is in the works, but I will reveal all soon!

Thank you so much to all of those of you who follow me in whatever way and for your comments.  You know that I love you all right!

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I hope that you are all safe and well, whether you be dealing with floods in England, snow in Canada or fires in Australia.  Take care of yourselves dear bloggy friends.

Amy