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Granny Square Cushion Cover progress…

June 21, 2012

Dah dah I’m back :-), computer issues are now sorted and I must say the computer is a lot quicker now whoop whoop :-). It feels like an age since my last crochet post. Do you remember my new project? Well look how its grown…

Loving the bright little squares, very therapeutic to make.

The bright colours then progressed to white. In total I have made 60 coloured squares and 60 white squares.

As you can see its starting to come together. I am going to join the squares with double crochet which I have not done before. Usually I join squares with whip stitch. This time I thought I would try something a little different.

After completing my last cushion cover I decided that I would make some changes to the construction. I think I am going to cut the jumper with pinking shears and then to tidy up the back I am going to attach some more little squares to that the edge is finished off neatly.  I will show you when I have done it.

Apart from the crochet, little man and I have made the most of the break in the rain, venturing out to see the ducks and taking some long walks.

     

Ohhh I have to show you the pictures of the bee swarm that temporarily took up residence in our back garden the other week.

It was amazing, I called the National Beekeeping Association in case they wanted some bees, unfortunately they were not interested, the bees left of their own accord 24 hours later.

I have a secret project on the go at the moment, its really exciting. I will show you when it is finished.

Bye for now 🙂

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The Versatile Blogger Award

June 9, 2012
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I would like to thank Hooked by Me for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger award. I was thrilled to have your compliment on my blog. It has really cheered me up, after having major interweb issues over the last week or so, you will be pleased to know it is all fixed now :-). I am super pleased that people are enjoying my blog.

The rules of receiving the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows…

Nominees must: Tell seven things about themselves, pass the award on to 15 other blogs and thank the person who nominated them for the award. Also no one is obligated to take the award, so don’t feel you have to accept it.

Seven things about me…

1. I am a Shropshire lass born and bred. A proud Salopian.

2. I spent 3 years in London and hated every minute of it.

3. My favourite sandwich filler is peanut butter and grape jelly (Smuckers Goober).

4. My favourite meal is a Chilli con Carne made by Big D, with a nice glass of red wine.

5. My favourite film of all time has to be Gladiator.

6. My favourite place to be in the whole wide world is in the south Shropshire hills, especially a picture perfect spot on the Long Mynd.

7. For our honeymoon Big D and I went to Aruba. The furthest I have been from home.

My nominations in no particular order…

Crochetlatte

Stitchedupmama

Playing Hooky

Glaser Crafts&Tips

Stir and Stitch

Sincerely Sara

The Little Room of Rachel

Crochetime

Late to create

Maryshobbyhouse

Knitnrun4sanity

CrochetAuLait

Divinedebrisjewelry

The Stitch Sharer

Button Beautiful

Happy International Yarn Bombing Day 2012 everyone 🙂

Sugarcraft and amazing gifts

May 27, 2012

Well its been a while since my last post. Unfortunately little man has not been settling well at night and by the time he settles I have been so tired and have not been inclined to write a post. Hopefully we have cracked it now.

Last weekend I managed to get out for a while. Big D looked after little man allowing me to go to the Sugar Crafting Guild Exhibition 2012 at Telford International Centre. I just had to show you some of the amazing cakes that were on display…

This dragon is so cute I wonder if I could crochet him?

                                                            

This was absolutely amazing so intricate and all made out of sugar.

   wowwww

                                                    

This was my favorite exhibition piece, a jubilee party, everything is made out of sugar even the bunting and the napkins.

 

This is so intricate

                                     

I love the colours of these cakes.

There was so much we must have taken over 200 photos.

Also there were stalls and look what we found…ribbons lots of ribbons, ribbon heaven.

Needless to say I bought some for my crafting box.

It was such a great day and all the cakes were amazing it puts my cake decoration to shame. However, it did make me want to learn Sugarcraft. Although it maybe when little man is older and I have more time.

Look what I was given for my birthday…

My very own yarn bag yippee 🙂

My auntie is soooo clever, she also gave me this really cute keyring.

                                                                     

Front                                                                                                                     Back

You can see her other creations on Ravelry here.

I took little man swimming for the first time this morning, that was a experience. He loved it. He was really chilled in the water. Anyway now for some sun worshipping if I am lucky.

Celebrations and Cushion Covers

May 15, 2012

The last week or so has been quite busy. I was looking forward to Sunday because it was my birthday and we planned a day out shopping in Birmingham, minus little man, who spent the day with his grandparents.

On the way we stopped to take in the scenery of gorgeous yellow fields. Something we rarely get time to do now…

    

It was great getting out and about and getting the chance to look around the shops.

It was a lovely day, but we spent much of it looking at clothes for little man and perusing Selfridges and Co…

…a bull made out of Jelly Beans. I am always fascinated by the Jelly Bean section. I can’t believe there are that many flavours.

I got a little excited when we found the Peanut Butter and Jelly stand. I couldn’t resist buying a jar of ‘Smuckers Goober’ Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, mmmm delicious.

We returned home with just two small shopping bags having had a great day.

Well this week I managed to finish off my cushion, and I am really pleased with the results…

Cushion Cover Ta Dah…

                             

I had a little bit of fun this week, a pamphlet was put through our door this week…The EDF Energy Mascot…

Little man always gets really excited when the current EDF energy advert appears on the television. When the pamphlet was put through the door little Man was so excited by it, so I thought I would attempt to make one. I just followed the pattern for Mr Scrappy’s head twice but on the second one I added two rows of six to create the wispy top. I then just crochet two white circles and two smaller black circles for the eyes.

What do you think? Little man loves him…

It seems there is quite a market for these on e-bay. You would think that EDF Energy would catch on and make them available to buy.

My new project…

                                

lots of tiny bright square gorgeousness…

The start of the cushion cover for my grandmother. I intend to join the squares together with double crochet, which is a step away from my normal whip stitch. I have got a long way to go, lots of tiny squares to make. For some reason I have been suffering from crochet wrist and fingers this week, which I get when I have been overdoing it with the hook. So a little rest from crochet is in order. We will see if I can resist!

Mr Scrappy says ‘Hello’

May 5, 2012

Well I finally got around to making Mr Scrappy for Big D’s car. I am pleased that he turned out so bright, I think Big D is happy. Although I was quite distressed when he said he was going to put velcro on Mr Scrappy’s bottom so that he could stick to the dashboard.

I am now thinking about making one for my car or for little man. I will have to wait until I have done some other projects first.

Well the front of my cushion cover is finished.

                                     

I have been to the charity shops and picked the jumper I will be using for the back. I am just plucking up the courage to construct the back of the cushion.

I have never used a sewing machine before and do not own one.

Well I went to see my grandmother this week and she mentioned that she had a sewing machine that I could borrow. Well after a lot of pulling and shoving to move it from where it had been stored (it weighed an absolute ton). I managed to get the lid off and look what I found…

It needs a good clean up, but it has been converted to electric. I went on the singer website and according to the serial number it was made in 1926, it belonged to my great-grandmother. I know it will not do any fancy stitches but for what I need it for, it is great. At least I can learn to use a sewing machine on it.

This week I also managed to get to my favorite material shop and managed to buy a few buttons for the cushion. I am thinking I need to invest in a few more buttons though…

…the jar is empty. Does anyone know of a good online shop where they are not too expensive?

Well next week I plan on starting another cushion cover for my grandmother, as a thank you for lending me the sewing machine and maybe I might get around to making a herb pot cover, I will see.

First Shoes :-)

April 28, 2012

Well its been a really exciting week for little man. Little man has been crawling backwards for weeks, it has taken him some time to get his arms and legs organised to go forward in unison. I was starting to think he was never going to go forward. On Monday I went into work for one of those ‘keep in touch’ days and when I returned home he pulled himself up on to the settee and stood there with a proud look on his face. A bit of a shock to me I can tell you!

Then on Tuesday he started to try to crawl forward, only two movements, but it was a start. Then on Thursday he did four movements and then collapsed in a heap. But yesterday there was no stopping him, he was off, at speed. Needless to say all the gates have been put up and long gone are the days when I can put him on the floor and he stays put or takes a while to get to where he wants to go.

Yesterday morning we went into town to peruse the local charity shops, to find something for my new project. Whilst in town I couldn’t resist going into Clarks to have a look at the Cruiser’s, whilst I was there I got his feet measured. As you can guess I did not leave empty-handed…

They are so cute, proper shoes. I feel a little guilty because I have been putting him in some baby shoes which it would appear were far to small for him. At least now I know his toes are not getting squashed.

Whilst we were in town I got completely soaked by the April showers the country is currently experiencing. After I dried off I treated myself to a cup of tea and a scone…

with clotted cream and strawberry jam yum yum. Little man had a little try but was not to impressed, I think the jam was a little sharp for his taste buds.

Well since I have finished the blanket I had a few nights off from crochet but then found I was itching to do something. So I decided to make a cushion cover to go with the blanket, hence my visit to the charity shop to get a jumper to use as the backing. I decided to use the same colour sequence as the blanket to tie them together.

                               

I also have Mr Scrappy instructions so once the cushion cover is finished I will use what is left to make a Mr Scrappy for Big D.

Granny Stripe Blanket Ta Dah :-)

April 21, 2012

Well it is finally finished…it seems to have taken ages…I think just over 2 months. I am really pleased with the results though. The blanket is very bright, which is great and little man already loves it…

Although he didn’t like me making it, as I was not giving him my undivided attention!

Well here is the progress from start to finish in pictures…

My 100% Acrylic yarn Stylecraft Special DK…this yarn is great and soooo soft, not at all squeaky and really easy to work with.

                                 

This is the beginnings of the blanket 2 months ago, I started with a chain of 300. At this point I had no idea how it would turn out.

The brightness is coming on now… exciting

 Oh those dreaded ends…

This is my border, a slightly different crochet combination than Lucy, I used her edging which worked really well.

 Bright bright bright 🙂 love it…

 Granny Stripe Blanket ta dah…

This is the best aerial photo I could get, it was a struggle to fit it in the frame. I have included some stacking rings to show a bit of scale.

My finished blanket where shall I put it?

                                

Decisions decisions 🙂