Monday, 23 March 2015

Marshmallow Blanket

 This weekend i spent a bit of time pottering in the spring garden and also in the potting shed.........
 ............i tidied up the shelves and banished the many cobwebs (for now anyway).............
 ..............and i took the newly finished marshmallow blanket out with me for a quick picture too.....
 .................i finished the blanket off with a stripy border and then a shell border in that marshmallow pink that gave the blanket its name...........i loved making this project and i loved crocheting the border to complete it.........
 ..............below it is spread out on the table in my sewing room......you can see some daffodils in flower in the garden if you look closely........soon i will be able to cut some to have in the house...
 ................the blanket is a very simple design of a granny square repeated in two colour ways, placed alternately, and joined by the join as you go method...........
 .............i always keep some real marshmallows in the cupboard for my grandchildren to enjoy and for using in certain recipes so i took a few pictures of some to include here..........

 ...............i don't usually eat a marshmallow in the middle of the day ;).........
 .............. for mother's day i received some beautiful marshmallow pink hyacinths with the most gorgeous scent...........they have lasted all week and filled the sitting room with fragrance........

 ..............it is lovely to see one of my bunnies appearing in crafts beautiful magazine this month......this is betty rabbit and she is all ready to come hopping along in time for easter......you can find out more about the magazine on the website here................
 .............i am planning to make some more bunnies soon, though i am very busy work wise this week with another magazine make, and creating mood boards for an exciting new project...........
 .............some sweet pink primroses, dotted with raindrops from a recent shower, in the sunshine on the garden table..........the wild yellow primroses in our garden and in the fields and woods round here are all beginning to open now..............such a lovely time of year............
...............before i go back to work on my project i might just pop out to the garden for a moment to enjoy the sunshine..........thank you for dropping by my little blog space dear readers and for your very kind comments........very soon now i will be holding my spring time give away as a special thank you to you all, so please look out for that ......i have almost finished making something and gathering some treats too :)...............wishing you a wonderful sunny week with plenty of happy, crafty times........... back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Sewing a Garden

 Here we are at the start of another busy crafty week.......and this time i am showing you some sneak peeks of my latest quilty work in progress...........a flower garden inspired design..............
 ...............i have been piecing it together for a few weeks and now that the top is assembled i'm adding some flowery applique embellishments...........then it will be longarm quilted.........
 ............the fabrics are from the pam kitty garden line for lakehouse dry goods, available here.....i'm rather excited to use the fences print from the sunrise studio line too for the borders.........i do love flower gardens neatly enclosed by picket fences and i love the knot garden corners too.........


 ..............adding applique flowers after making a quilt top is a bit like working into a painting......
 ...........i have cut out plenty of little fabric flowers to play around with..........i will show you the quilt in detail when it is finished which hopefully will be soon now...........
 ............i had a lovely mother's day yesterday with all my dearies here............such a happy time with my daughters and their families and seeing my own little mum too....we had a lovely weekend and enjoyed some walks in the brief but bright sunshine...........
 .............the flowers are growing in my garden and soon i will be planting them up and weeding the beds too.....
                         ............love these bellis daisies and the bright primroses..............
 ............this week i am working on some new designs, finishing my pink scarf, enjoying my mother's day gifts and finishing off the cakes (with charlie and daisy's help tomorrow), and thinking about little rhys who has grown so much and was beaming and cooing at us yesterday............it was baby bliss for sure :)............
 ..................i am using both my crochet bags this week to keep my projects tidy.......thank you for all your kind words about my new bag in my last post............
...............and thank you for visiting me here, dear readers, and leaving me such sweet comments which i really do appreciate :)............wishing you a happy week ahead with flowers, sunshine and lots of crafty inspirations.................back soon xxxxxxxooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxx 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Happy Days

 It has been a very busy week here, with work and with some happy family celebrations........but i still found a bit of time to finish off my crochet crafts bag and here are a few pictures of it...............

 .............i made the granny squares from lots of odd scraps and those little balls of yarn that you find when having a tidy up............they always look pretty and colourful and often give me ideas for new granny squares to make..........
 ...............i made 12 granny squares for each side of the bag, used the join as you go method to create the front and back pieces of the bag and used double crochet to join the two sides together...............
                       ...........i finished the bag off with some tassels in different colours.......
 .................lined it with this lovely colourful numbers fabric by michael miller..........
                            .............and made a long striped strap using double crochet.............
 ............i am considering adding a bright button and a loop to close the top but haven't done that yet.........at the moment i am keeping my new knitting project in this crafty bag........
 ..................when i had my yarn tidy up i found a surprising number of balls of pink rooster yarn....perfect to make a scarf for springtime, i decided............i am working it in popcorn stitch.......a few years ago i had a craze on making scarves in this pattern and made them for my daughters, myself and a friend, and my sister made herself one too.......i still wear my grey one a lot.....the pattern is also called trinity stitch, is only four rows (and two of those are just purl) and you can easily find it by googling it............the pink yarn is just like the hyacinths in my studio this week....
 ..................i had to put this little bunny in here today as i am very fond of it and now we are nearing the season when i am thinking about easter decorations and what i might make this year......
 ...............at the start of the last week we celebrated our wedding anniversary by going for a delicious afternoon tea to the chester grosvenor hotel..............the hotel is also celebrating an anniversary this year as it is 150 years since it opened in 1865.........they had a special loose leaf tea blend created for this year called grosvenor grey which combines cornflowers and rose petals to give an authentic victorian earl grey taste............it was delicious and so were the tiny sandwiches and cakes and scones..............a very special time for us..............
 ..............it felt like the first proper day of spring here on friday and i did a bit of my knitting sitting in the warm sunshine on the terrace, watching molly cavorting round the garden, listening to the beautiful birdsong, enjoying the scent of the gorgeous carnations in the bowl on the table (an anniversary present) and marvelling at the fact that i was finally able to sit in the garden again and not be cold.............it didn't last and the next day was chilly and windy again and rather grey........but still it won't be long till we have more of such lovely days......
..............thank you for visiting me here dear readers, i love seeing you and hearing from you too :).......i am planning a spring giveway soon as a special thank you to all my lovely readers so look out for that in the next couple of weeks............wishing you a wonderful week with happy times, sunshine and plenty of crafty inspirations..................back soon xxxxxxoooooooooxxxxxx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Spring Crochet

 Time for a bit of crochet colour today, i think.....and also time to wish you all a very happy month of march.....and the start of spring................it is lighter and brighter here (still cold but improving a bit every day)............
 ................i have been sorting out my yarn stash this past week.......finding some gorgeous forgotten about balls of wool which i have begun to knit with....more of that in a later post.......and i also found some small balls of yarn and some crochet circles which needed using up........
 ...............i made the circles into flowery granny squares.......i do love colourful granny squares.....they are what inspired me to learn to crochet in the beginning just a couple of years ago.....and i still love making them and seeing the effects of rounds of different coloured yarn together :)........
 ...............i used the join as you go method to create this piece of crochet below........
 .............i even blocked it..........it is not going to be another blanket or even a pillow.......
 ................it is going to be a bag............i hope to show you it completed soon...............
 .................this week's flowers are tulips........a gorgeous mixed bunch.............
                                          .................lying on the kitchen table..............
 ..........and in the white 6 jug which is so simple and one of my favourites to display the most vivid and colourful flowers........
 ..................i also had a lovely surprise gift of a big bunch of yellow tulips which are making my sewing room so sunny and cheery.................i found my little crochet pin cushion in my yarn tidying up session......some of you may remember it from quite a while ago......it was nice to see it again so i am using it along with all my other much loved pin cushions.....just cannot have too many :)..............
 .............in my crochet catch up i must show a peek of my marshmallow blanket below......i can't think of another name for it as the pink squares always make me think of the marshmallows my grandchildren love so much, and the name has stuck for now..........i love this blanket and i only need to add a few more granny squares and then i can start the stripy border that i am so looking forward to creating..............

 ..........lots and lots of plans and projects to keep me busy with both yarn and fabrics as we move into march.......lots of gardening to do too.......below is a new spring time ck mug filled with tea and a plate with two little macarons to enjoy while crocheting my new bag together...........perfect :).............
..........thank you for visiting my little blog space here lovely readers, and for all your sweet comments....it is always wonderful to hear from you................wishing you a happy crafty week and a wonderful sunny start to march..........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx