Friday, 17 April 2015

Five on Friday

This and That.

Happy Friday everyone! and a big thank you for all the lovely comments that you have left me for the Baby Girl blanket and I must apologize for my absence from your blogs, I have my youngest son visiting for a week from Cambridge  and it's been pretty full on with family coming to see him and me not wanting to miss a single minute of his company between work and all the other things that have to be done but I will try to catch up this weekend.

It's also been a bit of a painful week..

As some of you know I started going to a step fit class a few weeks ago, step fit? what a laugh! a couple of weeks ago I twisted my knee and it's been hurting ever since and this week I have hurt my foot and I can hardly walk maybe my body is trying to tell me something, perhaps I should leave it to the young ones although I do enjoy going and it does put a smile on my face that is when I'm not hurting too much! 

Saying goodbye

It had to be done I really had come to the end of my tether with this tank.  It has given me a lot of pleasure over the last eight years but the cleaning of it every week was getting to be a chore.  Last week as well as having the twisted knee I pulled a muscle in my side when lifting a heavy bucket of water to fill the tank.
So when I saw someone sending out a plea for a fishtank on Facebook because there's was leaking I got in touch and and a young mum came and took it off my hands.

She sent me a photo showing me how she has set it up, I think it looks very pretty, her friend is taking care of the fish in her tank until this tank is ready.  She has two little boys who had a lovely surprise when they got home from school and saw it.  I hope it gives them lots of pleasure.

Saying Hello

It's lovely to see my bleeding hearts coming into bloom again after their long winter sleep...

and the tulips blooming under the eucalyptus tree in the front garden.

And finally ...


Thank you to Elaine and Jean for bringing this to my attention.

hope you all have the best of weekends. :)

Linking with Amy's 

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

With Little Girls in Mind Baby Blanket

This little blanket was my March project for the 200 crochet Squares Cal using blocks from 200 crochet blocks by Jan Eaton. 

I enjoyed making this because the blocks were all very easy to make and I loved the pretty candy colours I was using.

Blocks used
Block 113 Wisteria 
This is one of my favourite blocks it's lovely to make and so very pretty I used nine.

Block 37 Pin Stripes
A very easy but really effective block I used four of these.

Block 36 Pink Stripes
Then the easiest of them all, I used twelve of these.

I sewed each square onto the blanket as I made it and weaved in the ends so when it was all done there was only the border to make...

I sometimes find that it's easier to make it up as you go along and this is what I did here very simple but effective and I love it, I was quite proud of the finished result. I think it's just right for this blanket.  I will be writing it out and will share it with you all when I get time.

So there you have it one cute little baby girl blanket all ready to be popped into the box destined for Operation Orphan.

Sugar and spice and all thing nice. :) xx

Hope everyones having a great week. 

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Friday, 10 April 2015

Five on Friday

Hidden treasures

Many of us have been blogging for a while now, I can remember when I began back in 2011 I never expected anyone to visit my blog let alone leave a comment and it was a long time before any visitors came my way and when I got my first comment I had a smile on my face for days.
I began blogging to leave a record of all the things I made for charity and then gradually it grew into much more than that, now I like to feel that my blog posts can give something to the reader like a link to a great pattern or blog or maybe even inspire someone to make something similar.

With this in mind looking back on those first days, reading my early posts I'm thinking no wonder I had no followers the posts sound stilted and awkward but many of us have blogged about something that hasn't been seen or given the credit it deserves so I have been digging into the archives of my blog and these are the five treasures I have unearthed.

Little Bears
I had such fun making these they became quite addictive, I can even remember lying in bed making them and leaving my yarn and hook at the side of my bed just in case I woke early and had time to make one before I had to get up and get ready for work.  I think I must have sickened myself because I haven't made any more since then. (Blog post here)

This blanket was a big deal for me at the time.  It was one of the first blankets I made and I was quite proud of it because it had taken me ages to sew all those little squares together.  The photography isn't great I should really have blocked it before I took the picture but never mind this blanket was sent to a charity and I'm sure it was well received somewhere. (You can see the post here.)

I called this the Isle of White Blanket and it was lovely to make I must make it again! (blog post here)

Poncho Sweater
I thought that this was so sweet and quite different.  (Blog post here)

Cute Little Bags
I had lots of fun making these I was certainly in the bag making mood at the time, these and others were made for a Halloween Fayre (more in this post)

I really enjoyed looking back and although these posts are four years old I can still remember making every single one of these projects and the fun I had making them. I hope that you enjoyed my blasts from the past I will be linking these to my projects and patterns tab just below the header so that the patterns for them can be found at any time.

Why don't you have a dig into your archives and see what treasures you can unearth and share them with us.

Have a lovely weekend !

Linking with Amys 

Eyeloveknots - Creative Tuesday - Handmade Monday - Link and share Wednesday

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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Crocheting Along and what another one?!

I hope that you have all had a great Easter weekend and that the Easter Bunny was good to you all!  I think that it's the first Easter that I haven't gorged myself with chocolate but I wasn't about to risk a relapse of my gall bladder problems and I feel so virtuous for being good :)
Life here at the crafty corner has been hectic with family visits over the whole four days, we have been blessed with lovely weather for a change, it's so nice to see the sun shine again and we have been out and about in it as much as we could which means that I haven't had a minute for my blog or any of yours so I have a lot of catching up to do.

I haven't had time to do much crocheting either but I'm nearly caught up with The Moogly Afghan CAL we are now working block seven,  I have managed to make six of them so far but they haven't all had their photo shoot so for today here is ...

Block Three
The Windmill Square

I chose to make it in one colour because I felt that the texture of the pattern stood out better.  It was an easy one to make you can find the pattern here

Square Four
Family Square

I loved this square until I tried to make it, it was definitely not one for a beginner simply because I found the pattern hard to follow.  The only way I was able to make it work was by looking at the picture of the square and working it out for myself, as for the border even though it was lovely it was very long winded and I just couldn't be bothered with all the work involved ( the lazy crocheter coming out again) so I used the cross stitch which I had used for one of the rounds of the mini rings rug and I love how it's turned out. The original border is beautiful and the more patient  crocheters have managed it without any problem.  You can see it with the pattern here

Find my square one here and square and two here 

Mystery Afghan CAL

I always look forward to Tuesdays, eagerly awaiting the next clue I love this CAL it's so much fun and it's lovely to see everyones progress here on facebook.

week seven was the first two rounds of the border using the same cross stitch  which I used above so I felt comfortable using it right from the start.

We have another two weeks which are to be devoted to the border I'm hoping that the next rounds will bring it in a little because it's rippling quite a bit at the moment.

So that's it for now I am itching to start some knitting wool an needles are at the ready but I need to finish off a baby blanket before I start.. 

but before I go there is another GREAT CAL starting TODAY! it's the Lily Pond CAL if you haven't heard about it take a look it is the most beautiful blanket, it's so popular that yarn packs for the CAL sold out ages ago but of course you can use your own choice of yarn and colours. I would love to make it and I'm thinking about it, what about you is anyone gonna join in? 

I will be visiting you all as soon as I can! 

Have a great week.

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Handmade Monday - Eyeloveknots - Creative Tuesday - Link and share Wednesday

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