Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Bits and Pieces

Photo heavy post,,

Homemade sockblockers from a pair of metal coat hangers,
Finding the hangers was a little difficult, until I called in to the local dry cleaners!!

Remember these,,,

Well, I entered them in to my local village craft show, and I won First Prize for the quilt and a Second for the mitts.
No actual prizes, but nice to win!

Portland Bill Lighthouse,

The last photo is my DH,, waiting for me when I went up the lighthouse. He doesn't do heights.

Cake making in the bread machine,,

Car boot bargain,,,
Couldn't resist this little box of goodies,, and what was inside??,,,
I have yet to find a new home for all of this as the box was broken.

And lastly,,, in a farm not too far from here,,


Monday, 11 August 2014

What,,, another bag

and another day out.
I wanted to make another small bag,, so using an old pattern I made this

The little embroidery is a small design from a Gail Pan book, that I drew freehand on the fabric. The plain fabric and handles are from a tablecloth that I bought (reduced) from Sainsburys.

We had a look at Charmouth recently,, first time there,, and it was lovely.

Looking towards Lyme Regis 
Now,,, that's what I call a bird house!
 A little while ago I took a picture of my fabric stash,,,
,,, I took a picture of my yarn as well,,
Don't tell DH,,, this isn't all of it!!!

We went to Wells and then Shepton Mallett on Saturday. A bargain was found in one of the charity shops in Wells,,,
there is just over a metre of it!!!
And I couldn't resist this little bundle from the yarn and fabric shop in Shepton Mallett.
They are King Cole yarns,, Riot and ZigZag.

Bishop's Palace, Wells.
My ironing board broke at the weekend,,, so I made myself one,,,
sits perfectly at the side of my sewing machine.

Monday, 28 July 2014

New Mags and a Make,,,

As I hadn't bought any magazines for a little while I treated myself to two last weekend.
The Homemaker magazine and Love Scrap Quilting. The Homemaker had a free kit with it to make the delightful Pooch that is on the front cover. I just couldn't resist it. The Scrap quilting one I bought as I love scrappy quilts,, some nice ideas in there!

I have been keeping up with Beth's Christmas quiltalong,,, and have made a car (of sorts).

I am not too happy with the wheels,,, might put some handles on the doors.

A few weeks ago we went to Stourhead house and gardens. It is only 30 minutes away and had never been before, but will happily go again. The new picture at the top of my blog is the Watch cottage by the lake.

The gardens are gorgeous. I might try and go back in the autumn,, just as the leaves are changing colour.
And one of the socks that I am knitting, the pattern is called Jeck and is on the Ravelry website, halfway through the second one.
I must finish some of my unfinished items before I start on another pair of socks,,, so why was I on Ravelry last night looking at sock patterns!!


Monday, 14 July 2014


from my blog for a while,, but I have good reasons!
Firstly... My twin no; 1 got married. He is based in Lincolnshire,, so we had a couple of days up there.

 I don't like my picture taken,,, but this is little old me with my 3 sons.
My Grandson was in the middle of a Jekyll and Hyde moment,, one minute smiling,,
and the next,, crying.

Then, from Lincolnshire, we made our way over to Germany to visit my Mother-in-law,,,, who really liked her cushion that I made her,,,,

and whilst I was there,, I took a picture of a wallhanging that I made her a few years ago,,,

Crafting wise,,,, I have finished my first pair of socks,,
They do fit,, and I am on my next pair. I am knitting them using the Magic Loop on circular needles. Quite simple,, when you know how.
I made a visit to Hanson's Fabrics in Sturminster Newton on Saturday,, they have their July sale on. I did make a few purchases but can't show them here, as I am making my Mother-in-law a quilt,, and she reads my blog!
There is a Hobbycraft shop just opened up in town,,, had to have a look. Not a bad size store, well stocked,,and I came away with a bundle of fat quarters, for £6.50.

I will leave you with a picture of the Wedding Cake,,,
made by the Brides mother. Brilliant.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Off and on,,,

Off and on my knitting needles that is!

My Lataa scarf,, off my needles and finished in time for my son's wedding next week! The colour is a bit 'off' in the photo,, it is a darker violet.

My first ever pair of socks,,cast on and using the magic loop method. The pattern is off Ravelry,, and pretty easy to follow,,, soon be on to the heel!!!!!

I cast this on with the intention of taking it on my travels next week,, it is LaLa's Simple shawl,, again a pattern from Ravelry. I have knit this once before,, and love it!

Sadly, my father-in-law passed away recently. I made this cushion for my mother-in-law who I will be

 visiting shortly. Hope she likes it!!


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Saturday, 31 May 2014

A couple of things,,

Just a couple of things that I have made over the last couple of weeks,,

 The purple on the above bag is a bit darker than the photo. I have made this to go with my outfit for my sons' wedding next month. A coin pouch and a 'bits' pouch to go with it as well.

I made this pouch, 'just because'.
A few things I saw on a walk two weeks ago.