Monday, 28 February 2011

Another One...

I know, I know, another banner.  What can I say, I'm fickle..but the sun has been shining for THREE whole days now, so I felt that last banner was a bit too Wintery and not enough Springy - I'm sure it'll change again at some point - changing your banner is fun though, a bit like buying a new outfit...

Spent a bit of one-on-one time with my 8 year old tonight whilst the youngest was at Beaver Cubs.  For World Book Day (this Thursday) the boys school is having a 'dress up as a  Roald Dahl character day' (I know..) Fortunately we like Roald Dahl books a lot, and whilst eldest was initially not the keenest, he has decided on Charlie - normal clothes with a giant Wonka bar  to accessorise.
I cracked open a Roald Dahl stamp set I picked up in a charity shop last year and we set about stamping and making our Wonka bar.

For the Wonka bar we wrapped up a piece of wood in tin foil and then made a wrapper - so that's one down, now to get my head around son number 2's costume - an Umpa Lumpa apparently....

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Blogging along

Feels like ages since I blogged last - not much creativity going on in my life right now, just busy with work and family life.  The sun peeped out this weekend, making me feel like I am slowly crawling my way out of my Winter hibernation - got up early this Sunday to go for a run with my running buddy Jenny around the forest (unheard of going running on a Sunday morning!) baked bread (rye - was quite heavy!) and went roller skating around the streets with my eldest.  Hubby flew down to London this evening for a week long training course, so I am currently rewarding myself with a large G&T for managing to get both children bathed, storied and bedded by 7:30pm (unheard of right now!)

Busy, busy, busy again this week, but thinking about making one of these (thanks Victoria for the inspiration) whilst enjoying solo control of the TV remote and watching South Riding. xx

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Cardi Update

This is where I am with my Chicago swing cardi - body finished, just the collar, button band and arms to add.  This pattern has been great so far, really easy to follow and at this point I have used less than 1 ball of 100g wool! 

Every second row I have worked a cluster stitch :-
Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), [yarn over, insert hook in same stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (1 additional loop on hook)] twice, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

I like the textured effect it gives, and once you get into the swing of it, it's a quick stitch to make.  Just thinking about buttons right now, which in my opinion can make or break a garment!  leaning towards large black flowers - any thoughts?

So, if you fancy trying your hand at making a cardigan, I recommend giving this one a go ♥

Friday, 18 February 2011

Etsy ♥ Hair Grips

Daylily Hair Pins
Daylily Hair Pins by Bina Geyer

Friday! oh how I love that Friday night feeling - I shall ignore the fact it has been raining for the past 4 days, with more forecast for the weekend, pour myself a large G&T and sit back and admire all these lovely Etsy hair grips..

Golden Feather Bobby Pin Set
Golden Feather Bobby Pin Set - tamar

Antique Pewter Tiny Twig Hair Pins by Woodland Belle

Flying birds nature hair clips - by mykonos

Mushroom Madness. Hair Clips / Pins by Piggy

Thursday, 17 February 2011

..on my hook...

I started a new project a couple of nights ago which has needed my utmost attention for each row so far.. I am making this cardigan, apparently it is made top down,  in one piece - my favourite kind of pattern.  I am still at the early nervous stages where you are not quite sure where it is going...I  have been here many times before, become completely confused and ripped the whole lot out, so fingers crossed this is a good one xx

Monday, 14 February 2011

Island Hopping

Mid-Term school holidays - a long weekend to Ayrshire to visit my mother-in-law, and a day trip to largs, which wouldn't be complete without sampling some Nardinis ice-cream...

...and taking a ferry trip to the nearby island of Cumbrae

The sunshine and homemade shortbread were an unexpected bonus. How great it is to get away from it all for a long weekend. I have returned home rested and invigorated, ready to take on the rest of February!

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Sunshine & Ladybirds...

Look, Look!! the sun is shining upon Aberdeenshire today - how uplifting, how great to be able to pull up a chair and sit in the sun and drink coffee for a brief moment!!
Jennifer of Little Birds Fly asked a question about my Lady Bird book collection (a previous blog post), and I thought I would indulge myself today, showing you some pictures etc.. from my collection.

Lady Bird books were first published back in the 1940's, and by the 1960s and 1970s the company's Key Words Reading Scheme (launched in 1964) was heavily used by British primary schools to help children learn to read. This series of 36 small-format hardback books presented stereotyped models of British family life – the innocence of Peter and Jane at play, Mum the housewife, and Dad the breadwinner.

In the 1960s, Ladybird produced the Learnabout series of non-fiction books, which right now probably make up the bulk of my collection - Click here  if you interested in learning more about Ladybirds History.

From a personal point of view, it was probably nostalgia that prompted me to begin collecting the books.  I still remember pouring over the lavish illustrations of Cinderella as a child, and to spot a 'matt' edition in a charity shop or book sale feels like hitting the jackpot!  I have mostly paid around 10p for each book, and the obscure topics that I often stumble upon never cease to amaze me.

Picture taken from 'The story of the Cowboy'

A favourite - 'Little Red Riding Hood', not sure why but the little girl always reminds me of my sister Jill..

NYC - taken from 'Flight 3 - United states of America'

British Wild Flowers

One of those obscure topics, with an amusing inscription:-

It amazes me how much pleasure you can gain from a simple, inexpensive collection, and the thrill of a new find - what do you collect?

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Valentine Tutorials♥

Hooked up a few of these sweet hearts last night, simple pimple....

Easy to follow tutorial from PlanetJune
And speaking of valentine tutorials, we are spoilt for choice right now - here are some of my favourites:-

Cardboard Gift Tags -  Family Chic

Love Letters - My Pangaloon

Cupids Arrow Cupcake toppers -via  Poppytalk

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Saturday in Pictures...

Saturday football training for the boys - first session since November due to a frozen pitch - surely a sign of Spring?

A mooch around the local Saturday 2nd hand book sale, and four new books to add to my Ladybird collection (and only 10p each - result!)

A walk around the grounds of our local National Trust Castle..

..marveling at the new treetop adventure course currently under construction...

and a visit to the cafe after our walk for a steaming mug of coffee..
How's your Saturday been?

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Treat day

Thursday = my day off = cleaning the house day - how dull! I have a stinking cold and energy levels are low, so I will try and cheer myself up with lots of good strong coffee, a trip to the charity shop, and one of these:-