Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sunday catch-up

So what happened to August?  It seems to have passed me by completely!
The weather has been almost a complete wash-out, windy and some very very heavy showers, and some mornings there is a very definite change in the air, you can feel that Autumn is on it's way.

I've given up on the summer plants in my baskets, they really didn't do well at all, I went on an outing to the garden center with my mum last Saturday and the Winter pansies were in so I bought a few trays and planted up my 3-tier planter and a couple of pots ready for some Autumn/Winter colour, fingers crossed that these do better.



Today while Mark has been busy playing demolition man inside (more about that in a minute), I have been busy making the garden all tidy.  I love when It all looks neat, but boy do I ache after, lol.


We are once again on a decorating project, this time the sitting room and dining room.
These two rooms were knocked into one by the previous owner and we are putting doors between the two rooms so that there is a division between the living spaces.  I'm not that keen on large open areas, mostly because we just don't have the climate for it and because, well, I just like having a separate dining room :-)
We have decisions to make over fireplaces and flooring, doors and wallpaper, and i must confess that I find it all a bit overwhelming at times sometimes wishing i'd never moved at all, as you know this house is taking a LOT of getting used to for me.  Mark has even said that if I really feel that way about it perhaps we should move again....I don't think I could face that again either, I'm banking on feeling different when it's all done and I can enjoy it

Before decorating chaos descended again I had managed to get those little crochet circles I posted about a while ago made up into a pillow, it's not quite turned how I envisioned it, but I'm happy with my first circle in a square project.


I had intended to crochet a pom pom edging on this but try as i might I just couldn't get it to look right so in the end I just made a deeper edging and folded it over and sewed in place.


We won't dwell too much on the sewing part of this project, although I will say that my first attempt at putting a zip in was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be, sewing the backing fabric on however was another matter entirely!

Next time I might opt for a crochet backing to save myself the stress.

Until next time
-X-

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Some stitching! wonders will never cease

Yesterday was the stitching meet up at The Nimble Thimble, arranged through the Needlecraft Haven forum, by Tina this time, thanks Tina :-)
There were some ladies from the forum but also some that were not members of the forum but I knew through some other round about way.
I had a great time, even though my sat nav took me miles out of the way and wanted me to head in the other direction!  I eventually found it :-)

Last week I had started a kit I've had for at least 2 years, a Jane Greenoff, Beautiful Borders Cushion, so that came along with me. 


I managed to get quite a bit done on it, for slow stitcher me anyway, and I did have a few sneaky purchases from the shop too.



I think the Lizzie Kate Autumn sampler will be my seasonal choice for the SAL on Needlecraft Haven this time.

The Tiny Tidings are quite fun looking and I thought would make great Christmas Ornaments for Oliver's tree.

So, It's back to work tomorrow morning for me, can't say that I'm looking forward to it too much, it'll be a bit like being the new girl at school again for a day or so, and I bet there are a gazillion emails for me to go through!
At least I can console myself with the fact that I only work mornings, and that this week is only 4 days as I have got Oliver on Thursday :-)  
There are people with a lot worse jobs than me, I know that I'm lucky to have a job that I do quite like, it's the getting up early and being out of the house I don't like.

I just wanted to mention the book in my last post before I go.
I don't tend to recommend too many books because we all have different ideas of what a good book is, but when I do come across something that I really can't put down well, I like to mention it.
This is the story of 10 year old August Pullman, who was born with a cleft palate and facial disfigurements and his journey through his first year at school after being home-schooled.  The story is split into parts, Augusts, some of his friends and his sister, all have there own story to tell of August and their feelings.

Now this is not a sad story, although there are some tear jerking moments in there, it's a very inspiring story (and funny too in parts), of a little boy who just thinks of himself as that, a little boy like any other.

The edition I read is the re-written for adults version, (below) as the original was aimed at teenage readers, I don't know how different the two books are, I'm just saying.


I'd love to hear what you thought If you decide to read it.

Until next time
-X-

Thursday, 6 August 2015

A Late Yarn Along Pillow Post

I'm a little late to the Yarn Along party this week, I did finish off the knitted pillow that I was working on a few weeks ago, all those crochet buttons were very tedious!

I'm not entirely happy with the pattern on this, it was from Ravelry and looking at it now I think the pattern is wrong, I checked, and checked again what It said and I did it according to the instructions but I still think it's wrong.


I might as well share the book that I'm reading this week too, this is my Reading Group book for last month, (I'm behind on that as well!).
I only started reading it last night but it seems like it will be quite interesting.
It's the story of a little boy, August, who was born with a cleft palate, not something that I would usually choose to read, but that's what a reading group is all about. 
If anyone has read it let me know what you thought.


The little circles I shared last time have been made up into a pillow too, just got to get my head around the boarder, hopefully I can share that next time.

I had my second physio appointment this morning and was given some more exercises to follow, at least i'm able to walk without the crutches now.  One of the stitches didn't dissolve and was giving me some problems (and pain) so I had a trip to the doctors on Monday to get it removed, and since that has been removed things have improved so much more :-)

I'm getting used to being at home, loving the peace and quiet, not missing work or the people one bit, lol

-X-

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Making Circles

I've been working on a few things this week, my pillow from last week is almost finished, just a few more buttons to crochet, they were so tedious to do that I put it to one side at the weekend.  I have to get a cushion insert anyway so will share photos when it's all put together.

In the meantime, yesterday I was working on these,


I have been stalking Dada's blog for a while, looking at all the wonderful things she makes, I was very taken by the pillows she has done so thought I would have a go.  The pattern is from Cherry Heart and called Rosie Posie Square.
It took a while to get my head round it but I got it in the end :-)

just got to get my head around sewing all those ends in now :-(


(The yarn is Drops cotton, Muskat).

The book I started this week is RSVP by Helen Warner, I bought this intending it to be a holiday read, I never got round to it.


I haven't got too far in, but so far so good, the story is about four women, Anna, the heartbroken ex, Clare, the best friend, Ella, the femme fatale and Rachel, the bride to be.  I think it's fairly obvious that the story is going to predictable Chic-Lit, but sometimes you just want something light and entertaining to read.

Why don't you pop on over and see what everyone else is doing

-X-

Monday, 27 July 2015

Anniversaries

The electrician has just gone, he came round to fit the bathroom lights, he will have to come again tomorrow though because he was missing some part or other. This room has turned into such a task, we will both be glad when we can call it done!

We had a bathroom fitter who was going to do all the work but he kept putting the date back every time it got close so in the end Mark did it all himself.



The wire you can see on the wall is where the mirror will go




I've waited 12 months to have this paper somewhere :-)

We made the bathroom bigger by knocking into the eves and Mark has put down-lighters under there


Mark did everything except for the electric work and laying the floor.
We still have to get things like a blind and laundry bin and the sealant has to be put around everything, but, the boy done good, don't you think?

So it's been 1 year ago this week that we moved here and we have done a total of 3 bedrooms and a bathroom, I think we had hopes that it might be all be finished in 12 months, I guess we underestimated, lol

Here's 2 of the bedrooms we've done

Stevie's room



You can see I took these around Christmas time because my tree is in the window :-)

And our room



I still love everything about these two rooms so I suppose it's good that we are taking our time and getting it right, and Mark is learning a lot about wallpapering, lol.

The smallest room has been done too but for some reason I've never took any photos.  It was intended as a room for Oliver when he is old enough to sleep over but It's sort of morphed into a craft room, and at the moment yarn is winning the space battle :-)

I'm off to do a little afternoon crochet, which it is also an anniversary for, it was 2 years ago today that I attended a 'learn to crochet' day course.
What a great day that was :-)

-X-

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The Cupboard Under The Stairs

When we moved into this house last year one of the first jobs Mark did was to add some pretty paper and some shelves to the under-stairs cupboard , (aka Nana'a shop, as named by Oliver!), so that I could use it as a pantry.  I love seeing all the things lined up, plus it makes it easier to see what I need when I go shopping.

On Thursday I was getting a bit numb from all that sitting so gave it a tidy up and a move around.



This little cupboard has more than one use, it also houses the ironing board and Oliver's toy box.  Eventually, when the kitchen is done (It's last one the list at the moment), it may become a cloakroom / shoe / bag storage cupboard, providing  I can have something similar for storage in the kitchen.


While I was in the mood I also gave a couple of the kitchen cupboards a clean out and tidy up :-)

I moved my baking supplies from the 'shop' and moved all the sauces
we use the most to the lower shelf.

If anyone is interested the shelf stacker's on the lower shelf and the ones with my cans on in the pantry are from Lakeland.
Oh and yes, all my cans and jars have to face forwards  :-)

The refreshment cupboard :-)
The middle shelf is reserved for bread, but we ran out, lol

As I've been walking around the house a little better the last few days I wanted to try and go for a walk, yesterday was an awful day, never stopped raining all day, this morning is the complete opposite so I've took myself and my crutches around the block.  If I take it slow I'm ok, can't do a proper stride yet but defiantly better than a few days ago, if I tried to go too quickly I got a sharp pull in my calf, just for a second, but don't want to do any damage so I will have to remember to take it steady!

I'll leave you with a few pictures of the garden, it's all looking very lush after all the rain yesterday, just don't look too closely at the grass, it needs cutting!





-X-

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

My Pillow Yarn Along

Yarn along is something I've come across on Gill's blog and thought it would be good to play along.  
Every Wednesday other bloggers share what knitting or crochet they are working on along with the book they are currently reading, post a link to the blog post and that's it!

So here is my current knitting WIP and my book, (well Kindle read).


On the needles is a pillow, the pattern was one I bought off an Etsy seller, can't remember the name right now, (I will look it up if anyone is interested).
I'm using the same chunky yarn I used for my Skinny cabled scarf, (James C Brett Chunky with Merino), as I still had a few balls left, and it's lovely and soft.
I've got about 4 more pattern sets to go before it's finished.

The Kindle read is one that was mentioned at my reading group's last meeting.
Angela Marsons is a local (to me) author, apparently she lives just off a road where we lived a few years ago, which is a couple of miles or so from where we are now.

She writes crime stories which are set in and around the Blackcountry, which intrigued me.  I have to say that it is rather funny reading about crime scenes when you know the exact location they are describing! 

This particular story centres on a series of murders which are linked to a children's home which closed years before, it's the first in the series of D.I Kim Stone novels so we get to learn her back story along the way too.

The writing is good, better than I expected, although there are the occasional niggles, her over use of the word 'exited' for one.  But the plot is a good one so I can cope with that.

If you follow THIS LINK you will be able to see what others are working on and reading.

-X-

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