Sunday, 22 March 2015

A taste of Spring

How refreshing to finally see some bursts of colour outdoors, Spring has sprung!

I have finally had the motivation to go outside and clear the garden of it's brown carpet (leaves, dead weeds, stalks from long gone flowers...).  Wrapped up warm in the crisp sunshine, it has literally been a breath of fresh air to be outdoors!

The green house has been completely emptied, swept and reorganised.  Seeds have been ordered.  Plans are being made for the weeks and months ahead outdoors.

Woodland walks have been spent ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the abundance of Snowdrops

Bringing the beauty of outdoors indoors with bulbs planted in vases (and Tulips oh-so-cheap from the supermarket).  Look at the shadows of Daffodils on the wall!

Tulips everywhere! 

And splashes of bright, cheery pink in the garden. 

Looking forward to the colourful months to come. 

A handmade gift


I can't believe a week has passed since Mothers Day, and what a day it was. I hope yours was more restful than mine - 6 loads of washing ( yes 6!) after my 5 year old was up sick most of Saturday night. 

I did, however, receive some lovely gifts -

A massive bunch of Roses and this cute bunny from Lush filled with amazing smelling bath products. I've left it in this same spot in the sitting room all week as it's making the room smell gorgeous! 

After seeing a crochet tutorial for Anemone flowers on Pink Milk's blog I decided to have a go, and thought I'd incorporate them into a handmade gift for my own mum for Mothers Day. 

I wasn't quite sure what I'd do with them - and if I'd found a jar big enough I'd have made it into a pretty candle cosy. But of course, no jar! So on Friday, late afternoon, I decided a cushion would be a good idea. A cushion that would have to be made from start to finish by Sunday! Anyone else come up with these great last minute ideas?! 

Luckily I'd just received a yarn delivery (just to replenish my stocks) so chose a pale mint and cream to make my stripey cushion. 

There was smoke coming from my crochet hook at one point! 

Luckily, I managed to get finished in good time and by Saturday night could finally stop and admire my handy work. 

I was very pleased with this!

I have enclosed the cushion pad completely (in the hope it won't be heavily used, therefore won't need much washing), and I added a sweet scalloped edge. 

The simple half trebles in alternating colours would actually be quite relaxing to make if I hadn't been in such a rush. However I definitely fancy making a stripey cushion for myself, although in white and red or pink perhaps, with some of Heather's roses attached.

And with thoughts of Anemones in my head of course I bought some bulbs and have planted them in pots  this week (safely in the warmth of the greenhouse). 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

This and that

Oh dear.

There hasn't been much blogging going on lately.

But there has been a bit of this

Plenty of this

Lots of this 

And lots of time spent with my boy

I have lots of new projects, products and makes to share. I hope to be able to make regular time each week to keep my blog more up to date. I take hundreds of photos each week which get lost in the depths of my camera roll, I would really like to record them better so may make a few changes to what I add to my blog - including more some recipes, days out etc, as well as the usual sewing, crocheting, gardening etc which would normally feature anyway. 

And if you're still following after my l-o-n-g absence - thank you! 

Let's celebrate with tea and cake - told you there had been plenty of it!