February, the month of my birth, the month I grow a year older. 😖 I’ve never really been one for celebrating, I don’t like the attention to be on me, I would rather be in the background in my safety bubble, where no one notices me. The last few years Hubby and I have celebrated by … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – February 2021
Winter is the time for comfort,for good food and warmth,for the touch of a friendly handand for a talk beside the fire,it is the time for home. Edith Sitwell quote, has never been more true, with people spending more time at home than ever before. As the walls close in around us and the January blues … Continue reading Round Up, January 2021
A new year is unfolding, like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within. (All taken on a Samsung S20.)📸📷📸 Copyright to all of the photographs displayed are owned by,Mark_MG_Photography.You may not download, publish, sell, license or distribute any of these photographs without the written permission from the photographer.Photographs have been uploaded in … Continue reading Photography, The Beauty Of Life, Captured – January 2021
You know how I love Vanessa’s from Hooked On Sunshine, patterns. They are one of the best written and beautiful blankets out there. They are just so dreamy, full of texture and captivating. They really are everything rolled into one. When she published a pattern called, “Marnie's Garden” I fall in love and knew I … Continue reading Marnie’s Garden.
While scrolling through Pinterest a stricking blanket caught my eye and I instantly knew it had to be this months crochet crush. With an email sent and a kind reply (Thank you Sylwia), I am excited and happy to share “The Thassos Mosaic Blanket” with you. Isn’t it an eye catcher!!! The Thassos Mosaic Blanket, … Continue reading Crochet Crush – January 2021 – Thassos.
Welcome 2021 and Happy New Year to you all. The start of a new year holds so many possibilities. Will it be the year that all our dreams come true, the year we take control of the global pandemic and take our freedom back. Will it be the year, you fall in love? Or pack … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up, December 2020
What a roller coaster of a year. Even though it was a year that will go down in history as one of the most devastating year, great things have happened to. Instead of looking back with negativity, I’m looking at the positives and my achievements. 2020 was the year, I spent quality time with my … Continue reading 2020 the year that…..
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. But who won’t want gifts from Draper Tools to make it the Christmas of dreams, for any diy enthusiast or trades man.I was gifted a Draper Tool Advent Calendar, it was the perfect way to count down to the most magical … Continue reading Have yourself a Draper Christmas.
Christmas is the time of year, when family should be near, but all the miles between us, can not bring you here. We sit around the fire with sherry and mince pies, thinking of the Christmas past and wondering of the time, that Christmas was a family time instead of distant blues, and wondering which … Continue reading Christmas is the time of year…..
I saw a photo preview of a pattern a while ago, it’s one of those patterns that blows your mind. The Excitement is overwhelming and you just can’t wait to get started. You set up notifications so you don’t miss release day and with one click it’s in your cart. A few clicks and details … Continue reading Crochet Crush – December 2020 – Montana
For those of you that don't know I have been trying to learn how to use power tool, well tools in general. My hubby is a qualified plumber so I have had no need to pick up his tools and learn. Having a husband that can put his hand to anything and success is fantastic, … Continue reading Drapers Advent.
Christmas gift suggestions -To your enemy, forgiveness.To an opponent, tolerance.To a friend, your heart.To a customer, service.To all, charity.To every child, a good example.To yourself, respect. (Oren Arnold) Frost covered mornings, roaring fires, shimmering trees and houses alight with twinkly light, it’s beginning to feel like Christmas. Is it just me, didn’t November seem long, it dragged and … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – November 2020
No sun - no moon! No morn - no noon - No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member - No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! - November! Andromeda … Continue reading Photography, The Beauty Of Life, Captured – November 2020
November, the season that follows the hour of the dead, it brings frosted mornings, a silver sun rising behind the trees, that’s soggy leaves lie hopelessly on the ground. It’s now that we begin to understand how long the winter will be as squirrels desperately gather nuts and birds take flight escaping the cold.🐿 The … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – October 2020
October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. (Hal Borland) All images are for sale, please contact me for prices.You can order just a print, have an image put on canvas, … Continue reading Photography, The Beauty Of Life, Captured – October 2020
It seems forever since I shared anything crochet with you but I can happily say, I actually finished something and I’m in love. You may remember last year I made a waffle stitch blanket for our utility room/boot room. You can read all about it here. I love the waffle stitch, it looks grand and … Continue reading Snug as a bug – Waffle Blanket
Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. (Carol Bishop Hipps) As I sit here gazing out my window at the changing leaves 🍁 my soul aches at how the world has changed throughout the year 2020. Who would have thought that we would spend most of the year locked … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up _ September 2020
Way back in June 2020 I made the last stitch to my Indiana Afghan, which would be a birthday gift from my Sister Kerry, to her friend Gemma. Gemma had seen the Indiana lapghan and fall in love with it. So Kerry, being the wonderful person she is, asked me if I would make Gemma … Continue reading Indiana Afghan II
She’s only gone and done it again. She never disappoints!!! Can you guess who I’m talking about? Yes you guessed right, the one and only Tinna from tinnacrochet.com. Tinna the QUEEN of mosaic crochet, has just released a new pattern, a new crochet along and it’s mind blowingly beautiful. It’s called the Queen CAL (rather … Continue reading Crochet Crush September 2020 – Queen Cal
On Thursday evening, the Warpspeed Racing team headed out to, “NOT The Euro Finals” at Santa Pod Raceway. The normal 3 bike team were down to two as Dale Leeks has taken the year off due to blooming Covid and lack of materials to finish his new race truck, which is looking pretty awesome already … Continue reading Warpspeed Racing – “Not The Euro Finals.”
Summer may be full of memories made, bbq’s, picnics, ice creams and lazy Sunday afternoons relaxing in the warmth from cloudless sky’s, but when the weather gets cooler and the leaves start falling, we can tell that a change is happening. Bonfires, fireworks, Pumpkins, hot chocolate, warm jumpers, oversized hoodies, fluffy socks, snuggly blankets , … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – August 2020
I’ve been learning a little wood work, mainly how to use a table saw, miter saw, nail gun etc. And boy isn’t it fun.😃I’m very grateful that I have a patient husband who has been teaching me, my memory isn't that greatest so it is not an easy task. I take my hat off to … Continue reading Just a little something I knock up – Woven Bench
Seriously how fast are the weeks passing by. It only seems like yesterday I sat down and wrote the last crochet crush post. It’s been super hard picking between two different patterns this month. Both are equally gorgeous but very different techniques. It was impossible to choose between the two so I will share one … Continue reading Crochet Crush – July/August 2020 – Into the Woods.
August, the month of sun kissed apples and falling stars. Ripening grain in the fields, the scent of tree-ripened fruits, and hot buttered corn on the cob straight from the fields. Vivid dahlias fling huge tousled blossoms beautifying gardens, while the mouthwatering smell of bbq’s and the delightful squeals of children playing as they make … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – July 2020
After making the "Havana Cal" by Tina Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir, mosaic crochet has become my favourite type of crochet, followed closely by Overlay Crochet. So when I saw Moira from Daisyknots Creative Craft, new mosaic design, my heart sang and I just had to purchase the pattern. Moira’s new blanket is called, "Santa Cruz." It was … Continue reading Crochet Crush – June/July 2020 – Santa Cruz.
Let’s start at the very beginning, back in April 2014 we moved into our new house. We were excited especially as my hubby Mark was moving back to his roots and would be close to his family. It would be the first time living near them since buying our first home when we were spring … Continue reading House To Home – Garden Makeover – Phase One
There are moments, above all on June evenings, when the lakes that hold our moons are sucked into the earth, and nothing is left but wine and the touch of a hand. (Charles Morgan) All images are for sale, please contact me for prices. You can order just a print, have an image put on … Continue reading Photography, The Beauty Of Life, Captured – June 2020
Where did that month go, seriously I can’t believe that we are in July already. So what did I achieve in June 2020? Not much if I’m honest. Life is a little hard work at the moment and I’m struggling to feel motivation in anything. I can’t quite work out how I feel let alone … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – June 2020
It seems as though I haven’t posted a completed crochet project for a while now. The truth is, I have actually completed two blankets. A baby blanket and a middle size lapghan. The Lapghan is still a secret, as it’s a pressie for some one, so I have to wait I while before I share. … Continue reading Baby Phoenix
I can’t believe it’s been nearly a year since me and my boy tackled their bedrooms. Both were in a sorry state and desperately needed a little tlc, well actually a lot of tlc. Mark was heading to Germany for his yearly trip to Hockenheim drag strip, to crew for my brother in law Smithy. … Continue reading House to home, Box Room Makeover
When we moved into Number 15, our utility room/boot room, was beyond ugly. No matter how much I scubbed it, it never looked clean. It was a real sorry state of affairs and an all round embarrassment. It’s the first room family and friends see as the enter our home, so I really wanted this … Continue reading House to Home – Boot-room aka utility-room.
Lots of crocheters have been struggling with lack of crojo during the Covid-19 lockdown, as I have. Mine has gotten so bad, I’ve even turned around to my hubby and said “I hope I haven’t fallen out of love with crochet.” Life would be pretty Miserable without it. It’s gotten to a point where I … Continue reading Crochet Crush – May/June 2020 – The Coral Story Afghan
You are as welcome as the flowers in May. All images are for sale, please contact me for prices. You can order just a print, have an image put on canvas, by Russ at, Love To Frame or we can have your chosen image framed for you by the very talented guys at, The Picture … Continue reading Photography, The Beauty Of Life, Captured – May 2020
While May gave us beautiful summer days, the delight of bursting rosebuds, the mouthwatering aroma of bbq’s, and hope that June will be equally as marvellous, all the while the world is at it’s ugliest, it’s poorest and its scariest. Covid 19 has left so many people grieving for lost loved ones. Unemployment is at … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – April 2020
It’s seems an age since I sat down to write a blog. In truth lockdown has taken the norm out of my normal and my everyday routine has totally flown the nest. Mornings of housework and afternoons of crochet have truly and utterly disappeared. It been such a nice change and even though the world … Continue reading Arabia
💝Happy 70th Birthday Dad💝 When I think of you, sometimes I cry, sometimes I laugh at your awesome sense of humour, sometimes I remember your ability to succeed at everything you tried. I remember your strength and determination, I remember how proud I felt/feel when you gave your all competing for you County as an … Continue reading I Remember
April, the month nothing changed but everything changed. The world is mainly still in lockdown. In truth Lockdown hasn’t really been much different for me, I’m at home 24/7, just venturing out one day a week to see my lovely Mum and Auntie Jan, how I miss them.😭 The only thing I can say I’m … Continue reading Round Up – April 2020
What I’ve learnt from being in lockdown is, there are some truly wonderful, caring people out there. One being my all time favourite crochet designer Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. I’m sure you all know who I’m talking about. Her mosaic crochet designs have rocked the crochet world and changed it forever (for the better). I can … Continue reading Crochet Crush – March/April 2020 – Arabia
Watch over me Daddy, Keep me warm and safe, Stop my mind from going insane. Watch over me Daddy with these angelic eyes, Hold me close in your wings and never let me go. For I will be with you one day, and you will kiss my forehead softly and tell me it will all … Continue reading Watch over me
Corona lockdown is hard on everyone but imagine being locked down on your own with only yourself for company. I imagine you can’t even keep yourself busy by cleaning your home because isn’t everyone else that makes the mess.😂 Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown my gorgeous Sister In-laws Rache, has been home alone, so my other … Continue reading Isolation
Love him or hate him, Boris Johnson in my opinion is doing a grand old job of keeping our country as safe as it can be. He’s fighting the good fight and slowly but surely winning the war. Ok, ok, there are lots of unknown details surrounding new benefits, laws etc. It’s all very confusing … Continue reading Love him or hate him
March 2020 has changed the world forever and that is just damn right scary. Everyone’s future is unsure right now. We are all thinking the same questions. Will I get sick? Will I survive but more importantly will my nearest and dearest survive? Will I still have a job to go back to? How am … Continue reading Round Up, March 2020
I’ve heard or read so many comments like, “Well they are old or sick!” in the last few weeks, it’s kinda disturbing to be honest. What we forget is that those so called old people fought for our freedom, they lived through years of rationing, nights even days in air raid shelters. The rebuilt our … Continue reading The worlds gone crazy!
You may have guessed that Vanessa Smith, from Hooked on Sunshine’s patterns are some of my absolute favourites. Her patterns are just an absolute pleasure to make. Her pattern writing skills are second to none, very easy to follow and beautifully presented. Her Afghans are beyond breathtaking. I just love, love, love them. Vanessa has … Continue reading Crochet Crush – February/March 2020 – Marnie’s Garden
You all know that crochet is my passion, my love and my sanity, lately tho it’s become increasingly hard to crochet due to arthritis and brain fog. I feel as if I’m walking through sinking sand constantly. Concentration has been near on impossible so I’ve had to put all my current wips aside for the … Continue reading Strippy Neons.
February, the month where spring teases us with snowdrops and daffodils bursting through the earth but in reality all hell has been breaking loose. What a month of awful weather. Luckily our mood hasn’t quite matched it, thank goodness but my stiff, aching body sure has wanted to play ball. I know I’ve just turned … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – February 2020
Back in September 2019, my twin Sister Hayley, asked me if I would make here a blanket. Nothing fancy, just something she could chuck over her, let her boys (dogs) walk all over, without having to worry it would get spoilt. She has had her eye on a blanket I made a good few years … Continue reading Corner To Corner -Streaks Of Colour
Sometimes you see a new crochet blanket design and just know that you have to make it and who for. When Helen Shrimpton released her, “Sacred Space” pattern, I got that feeling, I just had to make it and when Ineke, one of Helens testers and designer in her own right, showcased her stunning blanket, … Continue reading Sacred Space
When a crochet pattern is previewed it’s not often I know exactly how I want mine to end up, what colours and yarn to use. When Tinna first showed the preview of her, Fiesta CAL, I knew instantly what colours and yarn I would use. I really believe my gut instinct was a good one … Continue reading Fiesta
Every girl dreams of the perfect wedding, the beautiful venue and a dress that makes them not only look jaw dropping beautiful but makes you feel it to. When I married my childhood sweetheart nearly 21 years ago, I had the same dreams. Little was I to know that our dream wedding wouldn’t not live … Continue reading “Once in a while, love gives us a fairytale.”
Tinna does it again. She really does pull it out the bag every time she designs. Her new pattern is way up there with the rest, the only trouble being, there just isn’t enough time in the day to be able to make all her fantastic designs, especially since she has two more in the … Continue reading Crochet Crush – January/February 2020
Who else agrees that January was long, really blooming long? I’m pretty glad to see the back of it even though lots of special memories were made, from our eldest Sons 21, where his dream came true, to a special day out with my Mum, Auntie Jan and our youngest Son Calum. I’ll tell you … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – January 2020
You may have read that December/January’s crochet crush was the absolute beautiful timeless “Weldy Shawl” by Dragana Savkov Bajic from Dada's Place. I’m happy to share that it is now available to buy for less than a cup of coffee, a steal at only $7.16 USD, that’s about £5.69. Weldy Shawl can be brought on, Ravelry … Continue reading December/January’s Crochet Crush Update
Since I learnt to crochet, I’ve been in love with Sandra Paul, from Cherry Heart, “Victoria Shawl.” There is just something so timeless about it. It’s simplicity at its best and so very easy to make. If you are use to working in US crochet terms, you will have to get your head around the UK … Continue reading Cherry Heart’s Victoria Shawl
It’s with a heavy heart and a little reluctance that I sit down to write the final part of my “Nuts About DNA Afghan” journey. For when the final words are written, it’s well and truly over. I’m not often proud of myself but looking at the finished blanket in all it’s glory upon my … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – The Reveal.
As I sat down to write the final part of the “Nuts About DNA Afghan” series, I noticed I hadn’t shared the last few squares so here goes. (Sorry about that, brain fog must have got the better of me) "It's not a Daffodil" by Diana Krenz. Round 1 - Citrine Round 2 - Corundum Ruby … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 108-110
Our Son Connor, turned 21 the weekend before last. We as a family wanted to give him something a little extra special, some thing that he could treasure for the rest of his life. But what could we get him, that wouldn't get lost over time? Connor has always shown great passion for animals, especially, … Continue reading Dreams really do come true.
Welcome back to the last of the 110 squares made for the "Nuts About DNA Afghan." Unfortunately my numbers seem to have mixed up a little and I'm missing a few but heres what I have. (I am pretty sure i have posted them all.) 91 - Water Lilly 12" Square by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk. Round … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 91 -98
Hey, hope all is good in your worlds and welcome back. Below you can find all the information for squares 82-90 of the "Nuts About DNA Afghan." I think I must of muddled my numbers up somewhere along the line because I don't seem to have enough squares logged on Ravelry, sorry about that.If I … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 82 -90
We are slowly but surely getting there and so very close to the big reveal. I'm so excited I could burst. So without future ado I give give squares 71-80 of the "Nuts About DNA Afghan 71 - "Vinta'licious Cal square 7" by Elle Yarn. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Rose Quartz … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 71-80
It seems little forever since I posted anything, so I thought it was about time I shared the next 10 squares from Mums "Nuts About DNA Afghan" So here goes. Rebirth by Magdalene Lee. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Moon Stone Round 3 - Malachite Round 4 - Moon St Round 5 … Continue reading Nuts About Dna Afghan – Squares 61-70
I’ve been pretty excited about sharing, December/January’s crochet crush with you. This months crochet crush is a little different, because it hasn’t actually been released yet. It’s a new shawl pattern by, Dragana Savkov Bajic, from “Dadas Place Called “The Weldy Shawl” Isn’t it just dreamy. I haven’t really got much more information about it … Continue reading Crochet Crush January 2020 – The Weldy Shawl
Happy New Year. May 2020 be full of love, laughter and lots and lots of what your heart desires, not forgetting numerous amounts of crochet and crafts. Looking back at what I’ve achieved/made in 2019, I made 10 Afghan, finished the Nuts About DNA Afghan, made 43 granny squares, 3 bags, 8 hats and 6 … Continue reading Looking Back
As we head into not only a new year but a new decade I hope that it will be everything we dream of. December is always such a strange month for me emotionally, it’s full of hope, Christmas spirit, sadness and longing. Last month I wrote about what Christmas means to me and why I … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – December 2019
We are slowly but surely getting through the 110 squares made for Mums “Nuts About DNA Afghan.” Here are the next 10 squares. In Treble Afghan Square by Julie Yeager. Rounds 1-5 - Rose Quartz Rounds 6-8 - Moonstone Round 9 - Garnet. Extra Round 9 - hdc across (44 hdc preside) In Treble Afghan … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 51-60
I'm slowly but surely getting through the 110 squares that make up my Mums "Nuts About Dna Afghan. The next 10 squares are all designed by the talented designer, Julie Yeager. If you like her beautiful patterns, you are in luck, she is just about to start her MysteryGhan of 2020 which is starting on … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 41-50
Welcome back, I hope all is well, you had a fantastic Christmas and you’re enjoying my “Nuts About DNA Afghan” squares series. Here are Squares 36-40 Saffron by Polly Plum. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Rose Quartz Round 3 - Moon Stone Round 4 - Moon Stone Round 5 - Moon Stone … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 36 – 40
Welcome back to the, "Nuts About DNA Afghan" series. Way back in September 2017 I started the journey of making 144 squares for a blanket that would fit a double bed floor to floor. This blanket/throw/bedspread would be a present for my wonderful Mum.🎁 On new calculations I only need to make 110 squares and … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 31-35
You may have read that, I’m using, Scheepjes Stone Washed, in Mums chosen colours, Moon Stone, Garnet, Corundum ruby, Citrine, Malachite, Enstatite, and Rose quartz, for Mum's "Nuts About DNA Afghan". I purchased them from Wool Warehouse and Lusciously Loopy Yarn. Squares 26-30 details are below with the colour order I used. Sally by Polly Plum. Round 1 … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 26-30
Christmas day is nearly here, the tree shimmers in the background, nearly as bright as the excitement on our children's faces. As Snow falls outside my window, the world transforms into a magical place, where dreams just may come true. Even though Christmas joy fills our hearts, a sad tear trickles down my cheek for … Continue reading We will be
Welcome back to the, Nuts about DNA afghan series. Way back in September 2017 I started the journey of making 144 squares for a blanket that would fit a double bed floor to floor. This blanket/throw/bedspread would be a present for my wonderful Mum.🎁 On new calculations I only need to make 110 squares and … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 21-25
As you may have read, I’m using, Scheepjes Stone Washed for this humungous afghan, in colours, Moon Stone, Garnet, Corundum ruby, Citrine, Malachite, Enstatite, and Rose quartz. I purchased them from Wool Warehouse and Lusciously Loopy Yarn. The 16th square I made was, Frostbloom 12" Afghan Square by Shan Sevcik. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Moon … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 16-20
Gwendolyn is my 107th square, for my Mums “Nuts about DNA Afghan” Gwendolyn is a beautiful square by Polly Plum of Every trick on the hook. Polly’s designs the most amazing squares and blankets, she has been one of my all time favourite designers since I first started to crochet. Her patterns are exceptionally well written … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 107 – Gwendolyn
Phillippe is half the van it use to be with rip out in full swing. Mark has been working his little butt off every spare weekend filling the 43 holes on his roof, taking out windows and doors and refitting them, making him all lovely and water tight. His roof has been painted with liquid … Continue reading Renovating Phillippe – November 2019
“Starflower Afghan Square” is my 106th square, for my Mums “Nuts about DNA afghan.” Starflower Afghan Square, is another one of Diana Krenz’s squares and isn’t it just the prettiest. I absolutely loved making this one. I even played around a little with tapestry crochet to make certain parts certain colours. I think it worked out … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 106 – Starflower
Hera is my 105th square, for my Mums “Nuts About DNA Afghan.” Hera is another square design by, Diana Krenz aka koernerklaus. It’s such a cute square and a very calming make. It works up fast and the pattern is very well written. I used the following colour order in my all time favourite yarn, Scheepjes … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 105 – Hera
My 104th square, for my Mums “Nuts about DNA Afghan, is the beautiful “Serenity Square”. a paid pattern by Diana Krenz aka koernerklaus. What can I say about the Serenity Square? I absolutely love it. The texture is to die for, the details and stitch definition is fabulous. It will look amazing in any colour … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 104 – Serenity
My all time favourite things to crochet is, Granny Squares. Each one is individual, a masterpiece of possibilities. They work up fast and give you that wonderful feeling of accomplishment. There are hundreds upon hundreds of patterns on line, giving you the opportunity to pick the perfect one and as I come close to the … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squar 103.
November’s crochet crush, is the gorgeous, “Ivy Green Wrap” by Torun Johansson. Isn’t is just wonderful. The Ivy Green is a snuggly wrap that can easily be adjusted to your preferred size. I’m sure you would turn ahead or two while wearing it in all it’s splender but don’t you agree that it would make … Continue reading Crochet Crush – November 2019
"November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows. With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate. The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring." - Elizabeth Coatsworth … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – November 2019
Sometimes you have to step out of you comfort zone and try something new. After seeing pumpkin photos take over Instagram for the last month or so, I wanted to try and make my own. Of course my first thought was to crochet some, I had seen so many patterns posted over social media but … Continue reading Carving Out Some Fun
They say, there is nothing better than sleeping in your own bed. I beg to differ! There is no bed better to sleep in than at, Oak Apple Lodge. We just spent a night away glamping for my hubby Marks birthday. As our camper Phillippe isn’t in any fit state to go on adventures. We … Continue reading Glamping at Oak Apple Lodge.
I am hooked, line and sinker, in LOVE with October’s crochet crush. It’s just, right up my street and by one of my favourite designers. Can you guess who it is? I’m sure you guessed it right, Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. I adore all her patterns, and to top it off she is such a lovely … Continue reading Crochet Crush – October 2019
I can’t believe we are in November already, that Christmas advertising is everywhere. October has been full on, and pretty exciting. We brought a camper van, whoop, whoop. His name is Phillippe .🚍 He’s a peugeot boxer classique and needs a little tlc. You can read all about him here. Restoration has started, all windows … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – October 2019
The 21st of October is a date that sticks in my mind more than most, it’s a day that always fills my heart with sadness, fills my eyes with tears but also brings happiness, gratitude and joy to my heart. Today’s date holds some of the most beautiful memories but also some of the saddest. … Continue reading This Day, The 21st October
Four years ago we viewed our house, in a sleepy helmet on the border of Hampshire and Wiltshire, for the very first time and OMG it looked like a bomb had hit with full force. It was disgustingly dirty and needed lots and lots of work, to make it anything near the level we were … Continue reading House To Home
Sometimes in life you have to shake things up a little and start a new adventure. With my hubby Mark’s birthday a few days away it gave us the opportunity to do just that. We have been talking for a few months now about getting a camper to renovate and make a cosy place, we … Continue reading Living Life, One Adventure At A Time – Meet Phillippe
Welcome back, I hope all is well and you’re enjoying my “Nuts About DNA Afghan” squares series. Here are Squares 11-15. The Parterre Garden Granny Square by The Loopy Stitch. Round 1 - Moon Stone Round 2 - Garnet Round 3 - Corundum Ruby Round 4 - Moon Stone Round 5 - Malachite Round 6 … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan, Squares 11-15
Welcome back to the “Nuts About DNA Afghan” Square series, where I’ll be sharing links, colour order and modifications for each square I’ve made for my Mums blanket. To recap yourself on what it’s all about, you can find all the information here. As I’ve mentioned before I’ll be keeping these posts short and sweet, … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Squares 6-10
You may remember a few months back, I shared my dear friend Lily’s Indiana Afghan, designed by Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. It was my June crochet Crush. You can read all about it here. It’s with great honour and excitement that I can now share her finished, jaw dropping, breathtaking, masterpiece with you. Isn’t it just the … Continue reading Lily’s Magnificent Masterpiece
I’ve been crushing badly over two patterns throughout September. They are both very different but oh so very beautiful. Both are crochet alongs, one that has started already and one that starts next week. I’ve brought my yarn kit for one and saving like crazy for the other, while secretly hoping that we’ll have a … Continue reading Crochet Crush, September 2019 – Nature’s Walk Cal
Rain hangs about the place, like a friendly ghost. If it's not coming down in delicate droplets, then it's in buckets and if neither, it tends to lurk suspiciously in the atmosphere. It seems like it has rained forever, leaving no evidence of summer just wet soggy leaves and dog paw prints on every floor.🍁 … Continue reading Round Up, Round Up – September 2019
As I document my “Nuts About DNA Afghan” journey, I’ve thought long and hard about the best way to do so. I would hate to bore you with 141 individual posts, for one that’s a lot of catching up for me but more importantly I don’t want to scare you away or bore you to … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan -Squares 2-5
A younger sister is someone to use as a guinea-pig in trying sledges and experimental go-carts. Someone to send on messages to Mum. But someone who needs you- who comes to you with bumped heads, grazed knees, tales of persecution. Someone who trusts you to defend her. Someone who thinks you know the answers to … Continue reading Indiana Afghan
My 102nd square, for my Nuts about DNA afghan, is the beautiful, “Mrs. Lukas Square” a paid pattern by Diana Krenz aka koernerklaus. What can I say about the "Mrs. Lukas" square? I love, love, love it. The texture, the detail, the stitch definition, the simplicity of the pattern and how beautiful it looks in any colour.If you … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 102 – Mrs. Lukas
My 101st Granny Square was the Savannah by Polly Plum. My plan was just to use, Scheepjes Stonewashed in, Rose Quartz, Corundum Ruby and Garnet but after the first few rounds I felt they blended together a little two much, so I threw Moon Stone into the mix. In hindsight I wish I had re-made the … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 101
After making the Nuts About Squares Cal by Esther Dijkstra, I couldn’t help but start another. My Nuts About Squares Afghan, was my favourite make up until a few weeks ago. I still love everything about it and I’m so pleased its gone to a good home. Way back in September 2017 I started the … Continue reading Nuts About DNA Afghan – Square 1
It suddenly dawned on me, after I shared my “Nuts About DNA” 100th square, that I haven’t told you all about my inspiration for the blanket. Back in 2017, Esther Dijkstra from It's all in a Nutshell Crochet, ran a Crochet Along called, “Nuts about Squares” Millions of crocheters from around the world joined in … Continue reading Nuts About Squares
I’m sure you’ve read about the double sized bed throw I’m making my mum, which I’ve called "Nuts About DNA Afghan" It’s been a while since I’ve made a Granny Square for it but yesterday I found a little time and made one. Polly Plum from “Every Trick On The Hook” releases a free square … Continue reading Imagine – Nuts About Dna Afghan, Square 100
As my baby boy Calum, headed out the door for his first day at college studying all the ologys, my heart couldn’t be more proud. While he takes the next stage of his life with passion and determination, it’s made me look at my life and focus and made me realise I’m failing badly. So … Continue reading Changes