Monday, 25 November 2013

An Autumnal Walk ... ! x

Hello again ... !!

I have so much to share ... and I thought it would be so much nicer to split it all up into little 'bite size chunks'.

The one of the things I do love to do is a lovely early morning walk. So Sunday was a lovely autumnal day and although I wasn't up that early I did take myself on a little walk around the lanes by me!

It is wonderful to see the changing colours of the leaves and the berries ...

The wonderful Rose Hips ... beautiful blast of red among the changing colours.

These red berries aren't holly berries ... mmmm a little mystery ... !

The beautiful autumnal colours ... and a little green peaking through!

Last year I took a picture of this gate with one Poppy on it ... this year the numbers have increased! I wonder how many will be there next year ... ?

And of course, I had to take a picture of my favourite oak tree, the leaves are falling ... 

A glance back down the lane that I had walked ... an Oak bowing over the lane in contrast to the Holly hedgerow.

Continuing the oak theme a few changing oak leaves still on the branch ... 

Lost Property ... this blast of colour in an otherwise bare hedge made me smile ... 

And the wonderful tractor ... I love this so much, a picture you have seen a few times before but each time I pass it it makes me smile.

Honesty ... always the best policy ...

I love this cottage, and its wonderful seeing it so sympathetically restored ... this is an 'if only' cottage for me ...!

And I do really hope it doesn't lose some of its unique features in its restoration ... such as the water butt!

And the little door ... I wonder to where it leads ... 

Despite it being autumn there is a little new growth, promising the things to come as the wheel of the year turns.

And to home I returned refreshed and ready for a day of crafting ... a perfect way to start the day!

bye, bye for now.


A crafty weekend ... ! x

As well as enjoying oneself in Wales it was also quite a crafty weekend too! 

It was a 'Learn to Crochet' Workshop so the sign went outside ... 

The 'Learn to Crochet' booklets were printed out and the table set ...

And the cups and saucers were laid out ... and the cakes baked ... !

The Workshop this week was attended by Gill, Emily, Liz and Ann. They were all wonderful, and such a lovely atmosphere was created for all the crafting.

Ann's sisters both crochet, and she had never learnt so she was here to impress her sisters. While crocheting her sample of stitches she said she was "so happy I could cry!" ... that brought a tear to my eyes!

Emily came with her mom and had been told she was going to a craft fair ... she was a little amazed when she turned up a crochet lesson ... !! I think she did brilliantly she practised her stitches and progressed well.

I think they all did amazingly ... here are the flowers I captured from the Workshop ... aren't they wonderful!!

Here is Gill's flower ...

Here is Ann's flower ...

I love the stripy button Ann has used ... !

And here is Liz's flower ... with a fabulous spotty button this time.

It was such an enjoyable morning for me in the company of four fabulous ladies, thank you to you all for making it a wonderful Workshop to teach!! And I look forward to seeing all your crochet makes in the future!

And so the craftiness continued with Sunday arriving ... I started the morning with a lovely walk, which I will tell you about it another post, and then sat down and made Christmas Decorations!! I have recently brought the Prima Christmas Makes Magazine which has some fabulous patterns in it.

I thought I would make the 'Send it Santa' Decoration ...

So with my needles and embroidery threads I got to creative work ...

I am so proud of it ... I have even put a letter into it!!

I am not a tidy crafter as you can see ... to find the right colour threads the jar had to be emptied!!

bye, bye!! 


Remember there is a Snowflake Workshop on the 1st December, email me at if you woud llike a booking form!!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Oh what a week ... ! x

Hello ... I do hope your week has been full of lots of wonderful adventures!

Mine has been fabulous ... !!

The week began with the usual day job and housework ... and then ... !

There was ...


Soo, Zoe and I went to Aberyswyth Arts Centre to watch the fabulous Bellowhead ... and oh my they didn't let us down!!

We were dancing in the aisles ... a truly wonderful evening!!

The next day saw a relaxing morning in Aberysywth ... with a visit to 'The Mecca' a wonderful shop for loose tea and fresh coffee... the smells as you walk into the shop are just divine!!

Look at all the tempting jars and tins ... 

I brought Christmas Coffee especially for the day itself!!

I loved the freedom of this person I spotted at the castle enjoying the view and the freshness of the day.

Wonderful ... !!

And of course being by the sea ... a very quick sea view was taken ...

And a close up of the seagull too ... 

Sigh ... oh to be by the seaside, to be by the sea!!

A fabulous sight awaited on the return trip home ... not far outside of Aber we came upon lots and lots of wonderful Red Kites ...!

The camera never does such a sight justice!

As close a close up as I can get with my little point and shoot camera ...

What a fabulous sight!!

And then home we headed for after a wonderful two days!

I love memories made with wonderful friends ... thank you Soo and Zoe ... and Jase to of course!!

I will share in another post the crafty time had over the weekend with a Learn to Crochet workshop and Christmas Decoration making.

And also making Mocha Squares ... a family recipe that I recently found out was taken from Womans Weekly many many years ago!

And a sock pattern ... which I am so excited about sharing with you all, I just need to decipher the painting!!

bye, bye for now!

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Poppies ... ! x

Hello all,

The nights are drawing in now the clocks have wound back and thoughts have turned back to crochet and wonderful winter nights spent in front of the fire!

Two years ago I made myself a poppy ...

It was my own little dedication to my Granddads.

The comments I received were truly wonderful, and filled me with pride!

Then this year, I received a little request ... "Are you making any poppies?" ... and then another request, and a comment by a work colleague!

This all got me thinking ... why not spend a few hours of my time to make poppies!

I asked that those wanting a poppy contributed £5 to The Royal British Legion ... and off I started making poppies ...

Here is the poppy production line ... !

The first batch was completed and sent to grateful recipients ...

And now I am working on the second batch ...

22 poppies are made,
25 felt circles are cut out for the backing (Thank you Mr Moo!)
4 leaves are made ... 18 left to go!

And then the sewing together of the second batch begins!!

A total of 40 poppies will have been made and a total of £202.00 raised generating £42.50 of gift aid on top!!

I am amazed!!

I have loved every minute of making them and thank all the glorious people that have brought one!

If you still want to contribute ... although now I can not promise that you will receive a poppy in time for Remembrance Sunday, but I am sure that The Royal British Legion will be grateful of your donation!

Thank you!!