Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Apologies...

I'm sorry, it's been a little while but I've been very busy in the background preparing for...

and Father Christmas has also asked me to help arrange gifts for a couple of very good little boys. Before I could pause for thought, I spotted it's been over a week since my last post!

I've been crafting away and generally trying to keep warm - I've Iced two of the four Christmas Cakes, the first of which has already been eaten (partly) by the lovely Ladies from the Butterfly Garden Knitters group when we had a festive Bring and Buy recently, I brought and I bought. I'm always astonished by how well these Yarn BABs go, what I couldn't bring myself to knit with ever again someone else snapped up and already had a project in mind.

We raised in excess of £230 for the Butterfly Garden at Dundry Nurseries - a superb effort by all for a great local cause - they're hoping to build a new classroom on site with disabled access, convenience facilities and more space generally.

Marzipan, Midnight Blue Fondant and Simple White Snowflakes - think my next two cakes will have simple coverings too, I'm struggling to come up with a modelling idea that really strikes me - any and all suggestions warmly welcomed!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Blogvent, what do you think...


I feel that I've come across soooo many wonderful things that relate to Christmas; that in the spirit of an Advent Calendar, I from December 1st (and a couple of contributors) would like to share these with everyone else too.

I've designed a button that will link back to this post so that everyone understands at least my reason for taking part - it's a little way to give back and further share the wonders which many of us come across regularly. But, having been a new blogger and still finding my feet it would be nice if another newbie came upon our little blog land daily gifts and enjoyed them too x

Please feel free to take part for all, some or none of these shenanigans - if you do I'd love to know that you are so please leave me a comment and I'll ensure links to your own pages are written up too.

24 days of blogging - be a first for me that's definite!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Fiaell Wins...

I am so excited - not sure I've ever flown up my stairs before but it definitely happened yesterday! It all started with the door bell notifying me of the arrival of our very friendly and helpful postie and him handing over a parcel from GMC publications. Upon opening I squealed like a little schoolgirl - a lovely complimentary letter told me that Fiaell had been selected to be published in a collection of scarves due to be out next year, I received 3 books and some prize money too. YAY!
So thrilled and genuinely shocked to be selected as scarves are so 'done' out there that I didn't think it was possible to still come up with anything different!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Giveaway gifts...

I've heard from the lovely craftyhelen that her surprise has found its way safely through the mire of royal mail so this is what I made...

My new bag design... Hybrid
My new scarf design... Fiaell
And the little card I made to go with them x

Monday, 8 November 2010

Shoe fitting...

My youngest son has been on his feet since his 7th month, cruising around our furniture and walking behind his big brothers walker. I can't keep socks on his feet for love nor money and being maybe a little neurotic I'd like to keep his toes warm and slightly safe from his big brothers excited running and pushing of toys around our living room.

Why oh why do high street stores charge upwards of £20 for a pair of baby crawling/cruising shoes that aren't leather and don't have a non-slip sole? I can understand that my son doesn't yet need shoes to walk in and he's better off without those until they're needed, also that he's a little unusual in being up and about this young (before you say it I know of younger and much older walkers too so feel for those parents who follow development charts closely, it's a crazy rat race to get into so young in your childs life). I just want a layer between sock and the tricycle wheels that doesn't cost enormous amounts.

I managed to find these from a high street, they're suede and have extra grip on the sole, have laces so can't be pulled off and thrown over the side of the push chair and they're so flexible they may as well be a sock (washable too), less than £10 aswell. You'd think the specific shoe/baby shops would be able to create something similar and save us all the trek around town...

rant over - his feet will be bigger in 6/8 weeks so no point getting mad is there.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Wishful Thinking...

I have a very small (can't even describe it as compact) and atrociously badly designed kitchen - not enough storage, sockets, lighting and it has a 1970's hatch through to the dining room. I don't have anything against hatches providing they're bigger than A3 size and in a sensible place.

I dream of having space to swing a saucepan in and a door through to the dining room so I don't have to walk around the lounge down the hallway and into the kitchen each time I forget a spoon/dessert/sauce.

I've been designing what I would like on all the sites that allow it and Ikea seems to come up trumps for the space I have time and again, but I can't afford to get too excited until I've saved up considerably more. In the meantime I've been picking up nick nacks that I feel describe and inspire what I want from my kitchen so here are just a few of them my mini muses...

A peg bucket which I'm going to use as a utensil pot as I'm going to have a bar to hook things on all round my work surfaces (need to get things up off the worktop as I get flour and icing sugar everywhere ALL the time)...
Bread Bin, I love these greens and it was my original purchase that has led to my colour scheme of greens/navy blues/creams and muted dark pinks...
Butter Cottage, once seen couldn't be left in the shop! I've seen somewhere but can't remember now a cream porcelain egg tray - think this will be on my list too...
Cookie Cutters in a green tin (sorry pic doesn't show it off well) I hope to put a welsh dresser unit in the kitchen and my tins and kilner jars will proudly sit on there within easy reach but looking beautiful and homey all the while...

Bear with me if you will as this refurb is months away and will be hard going too - although my mind is set on it and I'm not easily shifted when I get like this.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

And the winner is...


Comment Number 5 - Crafty Helen - Congratulations! A surprise is on it's way to you as soon as I can get to the post office.

Thankyou for your comments and allowing me this little bit of fun in our world of blog x

Friday, 5 November 2010

Remember remember...



to have cupcakes on bonfire night, so that all can eat and delight x

Chocolate sponge with sparkles, buttercream and anything remotely firework-ey. Oh and these were some of the other sparkles we had...

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Mary go rounds...

Have you ever seen these before? sooooo cute, bet I could whip up a few on some of these blustery evenings we've been having!

Don't forget that my giveaway will be ending this friday so leave me a comment on this post to be in with the chance to win a surprise handmade gift x