Thursday, 29 December 2011

Perfecting...


Strange times these days inbetween Christmas and New Year,  so unproductive yet so appreciated.  We've all been fighting virus's the last few weeks/months and this downtime is just what the Dr ordered. We've been reading, watching films, playing yahtzee, napping and grazing on Christmas left overs and it's been bliss.  My crochet mojo has returned and I'm currently working on a pair of ribbed legwarmers ('cos you need a pair when lounging you know) as well as the perfect G&T....

1. Crushed ice and a big slice of lemon


2. A splash of your favourite Gin (The Botanist - a must try for gin fans)


3. Topped up with a nice quality tonic water.


Ahh.... I ...AM...LIKING these strange limbo days...

Monday, 19 December 2011

last minute gifts


Some Sugared Cinnamon Almonds (recipe here) - you could use any kind of nuts, but I seem to have an almond glut at the moment.


Gift tags printed from here

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Icing


Just popping in to say hello amidst the busyness that accompanies the build up to Christmas; not to mention coughs and colds and manic decorating......hoping that a bit of forward planning now will result in a bit of a rest once we break up on the 23rd.

My littlest helper and I finally finished the (Aldi) Gingerbread house last night- quite amazing what a dusting of icing sugar hides, although I can see I will have to shake on a fresh dusting daily to cover the finger trails.!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Robins

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without rustling up a few of these little robins - not quite on the scale of last year, just a few tiny birds made with left over bits of silky cotton yarn.  This one was made using a size 3mm hook and I wasn't 100% happy with it - it was a bit 'holey', showing little bits of stuffing through the gaps - maybe try the next one with a size smaller hook ♥

Friday, 9 December 2011

Hexham Christmas Market

A blatant plug for my sister of Pixie Peg crafts (blog here, Etsy shop here)- if you are in the Hexham area tomorrow pop along and visit Jill's stall of beautiful handmade wreaths and other Christmassy goodies at the annual Hexham Christmas Market:  9am -3pm in the market square. ♥

Friday, 2 December 2011

Scottish Larch


For the last few months we have been having an extension added to our house.  This is the first time we have embarked on any major work on our home and the whole experience has been a bit of a learning curve. However, the end is in sight and the push is on to get everything finished in time for Christmas.


We decided to go for a Scottish Larch cladding on the new building- it's a sustainable material which is locally grown and requires no preservatives - in time the wood will change to an attractive silver colour.  I am pleased with the finished result and happy with the choice of dark grey for the window frames.



The taping/skimming of the walls should be completed by early next week and then the decorating and floor laying can begin, but in the meantime the vacant room is still being put to good use...

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Strike Day...


...and to be honest a welcome break from the daily grind.  The boys and I took a trip to Newton Dee,(our local Camphill Community) and I let the tranquility of this special place wash over me...


We had a mooch around the gift shop at some of the Christmas goodies..






and took a trip to the Bakery for some organic bread...



Followed by an hour sitting on this bench..


whilst the boys had a kick about..


Friday, 18 November 2011

❅Snowflake Garland with Pattern ❅


It's getting towards that time of year again so thought I would try my hand at a lacy snowflake
garland.


Very addictive and easy to make - you could rattle off a string of these in no time at all.  Due to the flimsy-ness of the thread  I used, I ended up having to pin and starch my snowflakes as the points were beginning to curl a bit.  I pinned each 'point' to a cork board and sprayed on a bit of fabric stiffener:-


....Left them to dry over night, and by morning I had a lovely firm string of snowflakes


For some reason I started off with a 6 point snowflake, but after hooking a couple more they ended up with only 5 - either way, they both look ok, so it's up to you if you want to add another point or not.  Here's the pattern but after 2 or 3 I promise you won't even need it!

Snowflake Garland   (written in US crochet terms)
Using a yarn of your choice with an appropriate hook size (I used crochet thread with a size 2mm hook):-

Chain 58

Count back to the 50th chain and  join the last 8 chain stitches from the hook with a sl st to form a ring of 8 chains.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 1 dc into ring, ch 3, * 2 dc into ring, ch 3 * rep from * 4 times (5 times if you want a 6 pointed flake), join with a sl st into top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 2: Sl st across until you get to the first ch-3 sp,  - ch 1, * 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, ch 6, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc*  into ch-3 sp, rep from * 5 times, (or 6)  join with a sl st into first sc.

chain 28, and the slip stitch into the 20th chain to form a ring of 8 and repeat the snow-flake again -continue in this way until the garland is your desired length - finish off with 50chains - this will give you enough length to tie up the garland at each end.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Tea-Towel Art


Happy Monday - and a splash of colour amidst the damp, dreich weather which seems to be hanging around up here in the North East of Scotland- my new vintage tea towel of 'Fergus' the bright orange bull, printed for 'OXO' on Irish Linen. I tried very hard to iron those crease marks out before stretching out in the frame, but alas to no success.


In other weekend news, I turned 37 on Saturday - a good excuse to eat too much cake and drink lots of alcohol - thanks to my loved ones for throughly spoiling me - my parents came to visit for the weekend and it felt like such a treat to have a birthday cake made for me and tea cooked by my lovely Mum.  The boys are at home for a couple of days this week (teacher training days), so I can feel a bit of indoor crafting coming on..watch this space..

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

This and That...


Well Hello - that was a bit of an unexpected blog break! Life has just been a bit busy around here lately with coughs and colds and building work going on at the house, that kind of thing.. But I have managed a bit of crochet work of an evening -  The above bracelets were made using fine cotton yarn and a size 2.5 hook - a basic single crochet band sew around a thin metal bangle for added support - I'm building up a stash for Christmas present, so will have to refrain from wearing them myself!


Had a result on Monday at my local charity shop - 2 sweet little enamel mugs (30p each) I'm already picturing two little boys sipping hot chocolate  from them on cold winter days....


and a bit of retro Danish melamine in the form of this Rosti bowl...


ahhh, lovely...

Thursday, 27 October 2011

'Forceful'


Too tired to blog properly this week - I think it was the demands for the Darth Vader pumpkin that sent me over the edge....

Monday, 17 October 2011

Tomorrow...


...off on a train journey, just me and the boys to see my beloved family in Newcastle - can't wait!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Driving Home..







....On a beautiful late Saturday afternoon..

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

I See the Sea..


We are currently enjoying the first week of our 2 week school holiday up here in Scotland -So far, mornings have been spent mostly in pajamas and afternoons a bit more energetic out in the bright Autumn sunshine.  Today we took a trip to our nearest seaside town - Stonehaven. 

The boys couldn't resist a peep into the now 'closed for the season' lido (outdoor saltwater swimming pool)- usually a big draw for us during the Summer months, however sadly due to our abysmal weather this year we never visited it once.


Today the sun shone and the North Sea looked as blue as could be.  We played in the park for a while and then walked along the shingle beach and then back to 'Aunty Betty's' for an Ice cream...

...with the works...!