Tuesday, 29 April 2014

WOYWW Another Year Older

I'm writing this on Tuesday, as some friends are taking me out for a birthday (62 today) meal tonight, and I'm not sure whether I'll be up to blogging after that!

 In the UK, 62 is quite a milestone for women, as I now qualify for my State Pension and free bus pass - exciting! (Men have to wait longer, although they are upping ours gradually, to match them).

"Left to my own devices, would I trade this for firm thighs, fewer wrinkles, a better memory? On some days. That's why it's such a blessing I'm not left to my own devices. Because the truth is I have amazing friends and a deep faith in God, to whom I can turn. I have a cool kid, a sweet boyfriend, darling pets. I've learned to pay attention to life, and to listen. I'd give up all this for a flatter belly? Are you crazy?" Anne Lamott

I'd go along with all that, but add an extra kid, only one pet and swap boyfriend for a great husband.

I've had some lovely pressies, including these beauties from my two DDs

Most of the crafting activity this week has been in the garden. I'm very happy with how everything is filling out nicely, four years after being re-planned.

The veg beds are at the bottom of the garden, and I've just planted out peas and courgettes

more peas, runner and broad beans.

Strawberries and gooseberries are coming on at treat, too.

Inside, in the new craft/guest room, we've got as far as putting the shelves up. Most of my stash is still in the loft (aarrggghhh!!) and DD2 has kindly offered to help me get it down. By WOYWW next week, hopefully it will all be tidied away (yeah, right ...) and I'll be ready to start on DH's birthday card (for 5th May) and something for the ATC swap. In the meantime, I've been sorting Mum's and my photo's, ready for putting albums together for her 90th birthday, in August. It's going to be a bigger job than I originally thought.

Here's a quick tour around the room at the mo (please excuse the mess) -

The gesture towards it being a guest room - a bed settee just inside the door.

The door into the en suite, followed by half a book case we've cut in two. Eventually I want to shabby chic it.


Then, my work table under the window (complete with photo project, above). Card/paper storage will go under the table.

Two new sets of Ikea shelves - the corner one will hold 'potential project' goodies, and the one on the chimney breast will be for fabric/sewing stuff.

The built-in wardrobe holds my woolly goodies. When funds allow, I want to replace the hotch potch collection of containers with matching, stackable plastic boxes with lids.

This is the view of the room from the shower room door. The shelving on the left, above the radiator, is for my papercrafting stuff.

Underneath is the old PC which I'm hanging onto, for printing photos, doing family history work, etc. Next to that is the other half of the bookcase, awaiting treatment. It holds my craft and gardening books.

So, a long way still to go, but you will hopefully see some improvement next Wednesday.  Sorry this is such a long WOYWW post, but at least it's mostly pictures. Hope to see you over at Julia's for a virtual cuppa.

Have a great week, Chris xx

T for Tuesday

Hi folks - just found this gathering via Lady Julia, whilst recovering resting with this

after an hour in the garden, planting out peas, courgettes and runner beans, and while I wait for Mum's lunch to cook. I'm not usually a fizzy drink gal, but right now, straight from the fridge, it's just hitting the spot. 

Well, I'm officially an old fogey now! Off to claim my bus pass, concessionary rates, the last seat on a crowded bus, a shopping trolley I can knock into the legs of others, oh, and so much more!! (Don't worry, I was joking about the last one!) If I wanted one pic to sum up how I feel, this would have to be it.

 Hope to see you all at T for Tuesday, tomorrow at Julia's, for WOYWW, and that the sun is shining where you are today, whatever you're up to. xx

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

WOYWW Snippets

Morning, WOYWWers (if you're wondering what I'm talking about, click the button on my side bar - you'll be pleasantly surprised)

Not a lot to show today, other than empty choccie wrappers, that is.

I'd put finished pics of DD1's cushion on the previous post, if you're interested. HOWEVER, DD1 and I did a trawl of Ikea yesterday, and I came back with the makings of THREE new shelving units for the craft/guest room. We're installing them tomorrow, and VERY excited!!) so hopefully, there'll be some lovely pics next week.

Other than dreaming of having somewhere to work, I'm chewing over what to do with this.

My brother gave it me nearly 20 years ago, along with the rest of the suite which went to the tip a long time ago. I found some matching Sanderson print and made a 'mob cap' cover some years ago, but it needs a new lease of life. I'm thinking 'Cath K meets Brambly Hedge' work over, so we'll see.

I've also just started a little waistcoat for our godson who is two, and looks quite like this little chap

Well, that's me for now. I'm off round some other desks here, for a nosey. Hope to see you there!

Have a great week, Chris xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Home Made Easter Gifts

I hope you're enjoying a great Easter break.

I finished the cushion for DD1 and gave it to her for Easter, for her bedroom - less fattening than a choccie egg, and hopefully longer lasting!

DD2 made gifts for us all, for Easter. She wrapped embroidery threads (soaked in sugar water) around balloons, having put tiny choc eggs in the balloons first.  

Then she popped them on nests of pink cellophane, with more eggs and goodies, and tied up the whole thing in clear cellophane and ribbon. They were so effective - love 'em!!

I'll save the thread eggs to use as decorations, next year. In the meantime, I'm posting this over at Handmade Harbour - pop over to see what else has been happening in craft land.

Easter blessings, Chris xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WOYWW Past, Present(s) and Future

Hi Everyone - sorry if this is rather a long 'un for WOYWW, Julia, but it's mostly pics, and you can whizz through them.

Before I start, thank you for all the lovely comments last week. I didn't want (or expect) to hear how great I was to help my friend with her blanket - I'm definitely no Mother Teresa, it was no big deal! I just couldn't imagine how cobbled together it was going to look, after so much time, sweat and tears going into something that wasn't going to be at all square, and simply sewn together. It would probably have put her off crochet for life!


School holidays have a tendency to fly without us doing anything special so, as the weather was so wonderful on Monday, DH and I took Mum to Ann Hathaway's Cottage (Shakespeare's wife, for anyone who didn't know). We had a great time, and the guides were so helpful, making sure that Mum saw as much of the house and grounds as she could. 

Apparently, no matter how many colour tulips they plant, after 3-4 years, they all seem to revert to yellow or red.

The house is beautiful, and very different from the two room home that Ann was brought up in. It belonged to the Hathaway family from the time Ann's grandfather was a tenant farmer (late 1400s) to 1911, and has been added to and updated down through the ages.

The entrance fee of £9 each sounded expensive to me (cheapskate!! LOL) until I realised that it was for a year's pass. We have decided to go back in June, when the 16 little beds of sweet peas are in flower, that they were planting yesterday, and all the other summer blooms.


Nothing spectacular on the crafting front this week - I spent yesterday afternoon in the garden, digging over one of the veg beds. I'll do one each day (four in all) so I don't do myself in.

This afternoon, I just took 6" off the bottom of Mum's dressing gown, so she can wear it without tripping

I finished the back of DDs cushion, having finally decided on a pattern. The first couple of tries came out too thick and chunky for the front, so I ended up doing two trebles above each pair below.

I haven't shown you Mum's finished room yet, so here it is. I just have to put her family photo's on the long wall above the bed.

She's very happy and cosy in there, I'm pleased to say.


Hopefully, little heaps of stuff like this around the house will soon be things of the past, when I get all my crafty bits upstairs, and sorted in my new craft/guest room. Whoop whoop!!

Before I forget, a warm welcome to all the lovely peeps who have joined my little band of followers. It is much appreciated. xx

In the meantime, I hope the sun is shining for you as it is here. Have a great week, and don't forget to pop over to see all the work going on around the globe, via Julia's blog.

Lots of love,

Chris xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

WOYWW Bits and Pieces

Seems like a lot of activity this week, without much to show for it.

Work continues on the back of the cushion for DD. I'll hopefully finish it to give her next week, for Easter, and will post a pic then.

Meanwhile, the saga of Mum moving upstairs continues. I'm doing it a bit at a time, partly to help her adjust to the idea, but also because I haven't the energy I used to have, and there's lots of swapping furniture over, etc. Yesterday I brought down the contents of her wardrobe, and today DH and I shifted her dressing table and contents. Tomorrow will be the biggy - a bed settee to go up, and her bed to come down - not looking forward to that bit! At least it will all be finished then, and I can get to the  fun bit of putting the craft/guest room together.

The other WIP - a friend has just learned to crochet, and wanted to make a blanket for a boy she sponsors in a Ugandan orphanage. Looking at the pile of 'squares' ranging from 3" to about 7" and nary a right angle between them, I offered to help out, when she said she was just going to sew them together.

I've evened them up by putting white borders around, and have mixed and matched singles, half doubles and doubles, to end up with three sizes. I did re-do a couple that were too mis-shaped, and am quite pleased with the result.

I'm waiting for the next batch, and will then help her to assemble it when there are enough. She wants to back it with fabric.. I think it will look quite cute when finished, and I'm sure the little boy will be delighted with his pressie.

I'm looking forward to this afternoon, when DD2 is coming over (on hol from work this week) and bringing a DVD for us to watch while Mum has her rest.

Don't forget you make yourself a drink, put your feet up and meet all the other crafters over at Julia's place for WOYWW.

Hope your week is going well. Love for now xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Handmade Monday

Not an awful lot of crafting over the weekend as I've been gallivanting. Yesterday, I enjoyed a great day out with some lovely ladies, at The Hop Pocket, an hour out of Worcester on the Hereford road. Lots of gorgeous crafty ideas, as well as a yummy cafe - what more could a girl ask for?!

Today DH, Mum and I went to his sister & brother in law's for lunch, and were spoilt with a delicious lunch of roast lamb.  I could get used to being waited on, after all this!

I have managed to complete the front of the cushion that DD1 asked me to make, and I've started on the back (which will be plain, striped grey). She wants this to go on her newly decorated bed. Like I said previously, I apologise for not crediting the designer of this, but I only had a finished photo to work from, with no link.

Some members of the household haven't had such a busy weekend!

Hope your week goes well, and see you with the other peeps, over at Handmade Harbour.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Grace Abounds

Hi there - well, a quick touch of botox and other facial surgery and I'm ready to face the world.

My new Mum loves me

and Frank reckons I'm the bunny's whiskers.

Have a great weekend! Love from Grace xxxx