Busy week

Although the weather is beginning to pick up it’s still too wet and cold to get out in the garden and on the allotment. Not to worry I can still find plenty to do, I have a list of jobs!

1.Start to chit my potatoes for the allotment. I’ve chosen five different varieties, Swift, International Kidney, Nadine, Sharpe’s Express and Desiree.

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Chitting Potatoes

It’s going to be very much trial and error this year.

2.I’ve started to add a little watercolour to my drawings, Inspiration came from a lovely lady in Gibraltar, her blog Postcard from Gibraltar is amazing.

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Playing with colour

3.Attic 24 is another blog which encourages me to have a go at almost anything crochet. Lucy, a very talented lady who has a wonderful eye for colour teaches through her blog that almost anything in the crochet world is possible. I’m a complete novice but her instructions are clear and simple. I decided to make her stripped sunny blanket, which is now completed, I love it.

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Joyful, bright and sunny colours

With the spare bits and pieces of wool that were left over from the blanket, I chose Lucy’s tutorial on how to make a shopping bag.

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I’m amazed how easy this bag was to make

 

Allotment visit

At last! With Spring on it’s way it’s time for a quick visit to our allotment. It’s been such a long time since last Autumn. As you know we got our plot last July and decided to clear it ready for this year. I have to be honest and say that I have ¬†been itching to get going, the excitement is driving me mad. I have so many thoughts…

What should we grow? Where to put plants? When to plant? How to plan my plot?

WHEN CAN I START?

I have read and received lots of lovely gardening books for Christmas gifts. I think I may have mentioned my allotment to everyone.

There doesn’t seem to be much happening at the moment but if you look closely…

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Rhubarb just appearing

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Other plots are receiving lots of love and attention.

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The dreaded weeds are starting to grow!

I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful Sunday.

Sew far, Sew good

It’s very cold and frosty here in Derbyshire this morning so I have been spending my time being creative. A friend asked me to design and make an Owl cushion, her wish list was… something flowery, pink and cute! Not much to go on but I’ve been pottering.

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With all the bits and pieces cut it’s time to start sewing.

After a great deal of thought and not a lot of planning I started to assemble the owl. I’m a bit of a make it up as you go along. Sometimes it works, not always.

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Owl cushion

A little while later, cushion finished. At least it looks a little bit like an owl, it’s flowery, pink and hopefully cute. I’ve added a few felt flowers, buttons and a cute little charm of a bird house.

P.s I adore buttons and tend to put them somewhere on everything I make. A girl can never have to many buttons.

Meeting new people, Craft & chat

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Craft & Chat

With the rain beating down, again, and the wind howling, it was a joy to pop along to a Craft & Chat. I’ve never been to a group like this before, especially a group of strangers! I loved it, nothing to fear, amazingly talented women. Rosie who ran the gathering is a Librarian at Eastwood library. She is an amazing needle felt artist, she let me have a go,I have to say, she has the patience of a saint. I’ve managed a sausage shape, apparently it is the beginning of something, not sure what. Will show you at a later date if I’m not too embarrassed ! And if I have any fingers left. Kassie makes beautiful handmade jewellery, a fascinating skill. I can’t wait to watch her create more items. Dora is the seamstress amongst us, she sews beautiful items. She has even quilted her own craft bag. Although I’ve only met them this morning it seems as though I’ve known them for ages. Thank you Rosie for bringing us together, roll on next month. If anyone out there is near Eastwood, Nottinghamshire and is free on the second Monday of the month, please come and join us.

P.s I took along my wool and hooks. You can never have enough Crochet squares.

Poland, with love and best wishes

Our house is a little emotional today. My son’s best friend Holly is off to Poland, only for 6 months, a student exchange visit. We all wish here a safe journey and hope that she enjoys this new experience. University has spread his close friends far and wide, they keep in touch thanks to technology, it’s not the same as a face to face conversation. I’m showing my age now! So we are sending her away with a little friend to keep her company, we hope he will reminder her of how much we miss her and that she is in our thoughts and hearts.

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We hope they both have a fantastic time together. We hope Holly remembers to send us lots of pictures of them enjoying themselves.

All our love and best wishes. Stay safe and remember we love you and miss you.

xxxx

Ahhh Spring

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What a lovely surprise this morning. My lovely little Daffodils have opened their buds to reveal sunshine yellow flowers. This is always a good sign that Spring is on its way. I know… optimistic, not at all, there are definite signs that spring is on its way.

After days of very windy, wet weather, we need to look forward.

I follow a lovely blog by an ex-pat who is living in Gibraltar (postcard from Gibraltar) She Crochets, Sews and watercolour paints, not to mention many, many other crafty things. She has inspired me to get out my pencils and watercolours. I haven’t drawn or painted for years so I’m a bit rusty, but keen. I’m a little embarrassed to share my efforts but here goes!

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Thought I would start with something easy! Hope they look like Daffodils.P2020043.jpg

Time to start applying some colour. This is the difficult bit.

My evenings are still devoted to a bit of hooky, I’m well on my way to finishing my latest crochet project. It is a pure joy to look at all of the sunny colours in my latest blanket. You may remember a few weeks ago the postman delivered a new batch of wool from the Wool Warehouse. I have been following a pattern by Lucy at Attic 24, her patterns are easy to follow, especially for a beginner like me. I absolutely love her blog, she is another inspiring blogger.

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Sublime sunny stripes

Time to say goodbye for now, you all take care and remember, Spring is just around the corner.

Sue xx