thoughts on allsorts!

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Getting Going

Firstly let me say a very big thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes - I did have a lovely day, was thoroughly spoilt and had a scrummy italian - meal that is!!! I received some beautiful flowers - the ones above were from Trashy who also gave me a lovely silver bangle - thank you sooo much.
These freesias were from my dearest friend and the smell was just heavenly!

I was very flattered to get an award from Jenny

its the sunshine blog award for those blogs that inspire - i know i'm only meant to nominate 12 blogs but i would like to give it to all of those blogs in my sidebar - every one of which i find immensely enjoyable and inspiring - so consider yourself awarded!!! and thank you Jenny very much for thinking of me!

I have been trying to do at least 20 minutes a day of crafting - some days more, some days a bit less!!! I seem to have been in crochet mode for the last week or so, but was pleasantly surprised when i added up the number of squares - nearly 30 now!!!
I've wanted to make a baktus scarf so cast on last night - did about 40 rows and then ripped it back!! I just can't seem to make my edges smooth - they just look lumpy - so started again just now - and guess what- same thing - what am i doing wrong? any help would be gratefully appreciated This yarn is just beautiful - it was my birthday gift from Trashy last year - its from Sarah Hughes at who kettle-dyed these beautiful colours in her slow cooker!! So it deserves to be made into something that looks lovely!!

I haven't done any sewing for a while and i think the reason is this
what a mess - before christmas everything got shoved into a corner so we could use this room as an extra bedroom!! I think i need to spend a few hours in here having a sort out. So, purely for inspiration you understand, i thought i would need some more fabric - any excuse !!-

These lovely fabrics come from - such a fantastic choice and brilliant delivery- came the next day. I also have been looking through this book which i bought a while ago when i was in Millie Moon

there are some gorgeous skirt and bag patterns that i'm really keen to have a go at!

So that little lot should give me plenty to think about!

I'll leave you with this and hope you all have a great week! In case the writing is too small it says"Bob suddenly realised his wife had fallen off her horse, which was quite a relief to him as an hour before he'd thought he'd gone deaf"!!

I know, but it made me smile!!!



Saturday, 16 January 2010

Oh my!

Another year older! Goodness that well worn cliche, time flies, is, unfortunately, true! I can't believe another year has gone by!

I had a good look in the mirror this morning - not too bad considering - but that was before i put my reading glasses on!!! Note to self, just look in mirror when in soft focus only! Where did those crows feet come from - sly things just crept up on me! Still, there's not much i can do about it - on the inside some days i feel 25 - on the other hand, other days i feel like 101!!!

Looking forward to this evening as family are taking me out for an italian meal - lovely to have someone else cook for me - bliss!!!

Might get some sewing done later!

hope you all have a lovely weekend!

xxxx (p.s. i know the bunting says Noel but i don't have any birthday bunting!!!)

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


I decided, the other day, after being outside, yet again, in the blithering snow, freezing my b---t off, to treat myself to something i have not done for ages! It's nothing exciting but it made me feel good - and this is it -

well part of it - i have not had a walnut whip for years and saw them in M&S the other day! So my treat was a lovely hot, bubbly bath, a cup of tea, chocolate and a book! It was heaven and i stayed in the bath for an hour - came out looking like a lobster, but we won't dwell on that!

Another lovely few hours was spent the other afternoon - when the roads were finally cleared - in Waterstones - there is something about being in a bookshop that makes me very happy - the end result was rather more than the one book i had gone in for!
I also saw the lastest gadget which is called, i think, an E reader/book - i'm sorry but that leaves me cold - the joy for me is in holding a new book, smelling that new book smell and looking forward to diving in! But maybe that's just me!

On a different subject! I have found that with all the frantic preparations for christmas, the last minute sewing, knitting, etc, the old crafting mojo was a bit lost! But i have been inspired to get going by looking at some lovely blogs - one of them being Marmalade Rose. So i have been doing at least 20 minutes for the last 5/6 days - mainly crochet
sorry the pic is soo c--p but you get the idea!

I've also finished a wrap that i began last winter - its a variation of a Rowan one, and its made with my favourite yarn - Kidsilk Haze
One project i mean to get started is a baktus scarf - i've seen soo many lovely ones that i feel the need to have a go!

Well thats enough waffling for the minute - back to the grindstone!!!


Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Here we go again!! (a nd giveaway result!!!)

Woke up this morning to this

It was around this time last year, well maybe a week or so later, that we had all this - it was absolutely gorgeous to look at! Luckily last night we got all the horses in, so they spent the night cosily tucked up in their stables, munching their hay. So they could not wait to get outside - all had a few rolls and then a gallop round the paddocks, bucking away!!

Now they've had their excitment, they are all bored!!!

Em and Dan decided to have a snowball fight - it appears you are never too old for that!!!
Lilly was not too impressed, but Molly loved it - especially when Dan was throwing snowballs for her - when they hit the ground she could not understand where they had gone!!!

Now i know it seems a while since christmas - well it does to me, but i just wanted to show you a couple of the lovely gifts i received - the first one is from Joy, my lovely friend in australia - she made me a beautiful needle case to hold all my knitting and crochet needles and its just beautiful, plus some other lovely goodies as well - thank you Joy, it was all just gawjus!!!

I also received a beautiful photograph from Trashy
I just love it sooo much and will hang it , when i get a lovely frame, in my sewing room - thank you soo much Trashy for such a beautiful gift!

Finally - The Winner - i have not forgotten the giveaway - sorry its been so long coming!! To cut a long story short - did a draw and

the winner............................ is

NOELLE from Sewonandsewon

If you could send me your address and let me know which you prefer - wool or fabric - i will get your prize in the post as soon as poss!!!

Well thats all for now - hope you all have fun in the snow - or, as in my case later, just snuggle up by the fire!!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Just a quick post!

Happy New Year!!!

Sorry i have not announced the winner of my blogoversary give away - have had a bit of a mixed christmas to say the least.

Had a brilliant christmas day, lots of laughs, racing robins!!!, lovely family all around. However on Boxing day it all went downhill as hubby , who had been diagnosed with gall stones and was due to have a routine op, ended up in terrible pain and, to cut a long story short, ended up in hosp! He's had his op and is back home recouperating but, as you can imagine, everything was a bit chaotic.

Will announce winner in a day or so when, hopefully, things calm down a bit!!