Friday, 12 February 2021

A Little Heart Collection and Another Strange Happening.

 Valentines Day is always a great excuse to get creative with hearts, I can never resist because I love them so much and it looks like I'm not the only one to think this way because there seems to be lots of new heart patterns to choose from at this time every year. 

I do try to be sensible I mean to say, what is the point of making all these hearts if they don't have a purpose, the good thing about hearts is they can be used for all sorts and it's always good to have a little supply just in case you need to gift one to somebody, if you do need an excuse to make one you can read my list of reasons why below just click on the picture and scroll to the end of the post.

This time I was thinking coasters because I genuinely need some new ones the only problem was I was spoilt for choice so I decided to try a few out, after all it doesn't take long to knock up a little coaster

This was my first try, I saw these coasters around Christmas time and put them on my to do list..

It wasn't difficult to make although I have to be honest, I don't really like crocheting into the back of chains to make a round. just a tad too fiddly unless you are in the mood. I wasn't too happy with the size either, these hearts need a little more depth, so I decided one was enough.

Then I found another pattern and loved it right away

It was one of those patterns that just flow and it turned out just the right size, I had decided that these would fit the bill quite nicely but then..

Late one evening  as I was having a last minute scroll through my favourite blogs I came upon these...

There was no contest I had to make one there and then before I went to bed just to see if they were as easy as they looked. Granny hearts! who doesn't like granny patterns in any shape or form. I had one made in minutes and my choice was made.  The one above is made with Patons cotton in DK and Patons 4ply below in shades nectarine, cream and  limestone.

The smaller 4ply coasters are a perfect size for a mug or coffee cup.

I love them and I had to stop myself from churning them out in their dozens, you know what it's like with granny patterns you just want to go on and on. I have this pattern earmarked for next year when I can get out and about and I'll be making lots for friends and family. You could also use the pattern for a dishcloth, potholder or facecloth so it's a good one to have.
Tamara has now published a tutorial you can see it on Moogly here.

Here are more lovely coaster patterns that are also on my to do list...

Then I decided that a  little bunting would be a great idea to cheer up my conservatory 
Then just when I thought that I had finished with the crochet hearts I stumbled upon these on Marianna's blog, hearts of appreciation...

I'm sure that they will come in handy, in normal times I would be popping them through my friends letterboxes and leaving a few hanging around the neighbourhood but I will leave that until the corona madness has abated hopefully not too far in the distant future.

Remember the disappearing  heart in this post well sure enough it turned up just like I thought it would right in the middle of my table and yes I had looked there before and I really can't remember putting it there!

Still on the heart theme I have been playing around with rock painting this week, it's surprising how calming it is and how quickly the time goes, I'm under no illusions that what I have produced are works of art, but I enjoyed the process and that is the main thing after all. Here are my first ever painted rocks...


It's not easy, one needs a steady hand and total concentration but I'm not entering them in any competition so I really don't mind how they turn out.

Then of course there has been some heart embroidery going on, I really enjoyed sewing this it was so simple and quick.

and I am sewing another heart themed one which I will be working on this weekend. 

We have had a very snowy, cold week and  I have enjoyed watching the falling snow whilst sitting cosily in my conservatory.
Those tortoises haven't budged all winter.😂

We don't often get a layering of snpw in our street so it was nice to wake up to this especially when I didn't need to go out in it.. 

The Other Strange Happening..

Yesterday I received a cheque in the post for £79, it was from an insurance company. I had a policy out with them which reached maturity in 2015, they said they were sending the cheque because I wasn't given the correct amount of bonus at the time. Of course I was delighted but thought it very strange why now? and how on earth did they know my address I have moved house since then.

This morning I got into my car only to find that the battery was flat, I phoned the garage and they are going to change it for me, I asked how much will it cost they said £79! now what do you think of that? make of it what you will,  sheer coincidence maybe but I think it's strange, synchronicity perhaps🤔 at least now I won't have to think about what I'm going to spend the money on haha.

Well enough of my ramblings and I will let you all get on, have a lovely Valentines weekend and if you have no one to make it special for you then make it special for yourself you deserve it!💕


  1. That's such a strange coincidence with the cheque and the car battery, I think you must have someone looking out for you. All your hearts are lovely. I have a treasured heart which some unknown person knitted, I was given it when my dad was in hospital last year, he received a matching one which was still with him when I visited him in the chapel of rest. I know you do so much knitting and crocheting for charity and we do hear about all these different causes but we don't often see things from the other end. That little heart was a great comfort to me, it's just a shame I can't thank the person who knitted it and let them know how it helped me at a sad time. I think you've made a great job of your painted stones.

  2. Love your coasters and painted rocks 😀 glad the heart turned although very spooky. And it sounds like someone is watching over you with the cheque 😀
    Have a lovely weekend xx

  3. If the Lord doesn’t bring, he sends 😀 (one of my mother in laws favourite sayings) xx

  4. Linda, I love all your hearts and your painted stones. The stone in the middle looks exactly like one of those little cloth books we used to buy for the children - it even looks as though the page is ready for turning! And as for the strange tale of the £79 - well, that's very odd indeed. Somebody was looking after you, for sure xxx

  5. Lovely hearts !!!!
    And turtles in the snow !
    Have a cozy and LOVEly weekend !

  6. A few of your links are not working. Could you look into this. Thanks, Janet

    1. Hi Janet sorted! thanks for letting me know.

  7. I love all your lovely different hearts and the stones, and also the nice embroidery.
    Beautiful story, you got £ 79 and you lost £ 79. How about that?
    Have a wonderful weekend dear Linda.

  8. Love all the hearts and your hoop embroidery especially.
    A very happy coincidence with the cheque and the car battery :-)
    Have a good weekend

  9. That certainly is a strange coincidence with the cheque. So many cute heart patterns and I love he heart garland.

  10. Your hearts are wonderful Linda. I love the story of the check and how much it was to fix your battery, that is the Universe looking out for you! Stay safe.

  11. All hearts are beautiful especially the embroidered...wonderful.
    Happy Valentine's weekend

  12. Oh my, you have been busy. Love all those hearts. I especially love the heart bunting hanging in the conservatory. How lovely to sit in your conservatory and see the snow falling outside. Fabulous story about the money; so very strange.

  13. I can see why all those heart projects would be addictive! Wonderful idea to share them with your friends next year! Happy Valentine’s Day

  14. You have certainly got caught up in the heart obsession and they look lovely! We have had no snow to speak of on the south coast. That cheque coming just before you needed a new car battery for the exact amount is spooky! Great though!

  15. So many pretty hearts!. Thanks for sharing all of them. I really love the embroidered heart. The snow is pretty. Great story about the check, but sorry about the car battery.

  16. Great heart coasters, and the others. All great projects. What a happy coincidence to get a check for the amount you needed for your battery!

  17. Thanks for sharing your lovely projects with us!
    I love the idea of dropping them in the mailboxes of friends!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  18. What a splendid array of hearts Linda! Many thanks for sharing all these different patterns. I shall definitely use some of these ...thank you! You snow views look very chilly. Poor tortoises they look as if they are battling the storm...great snapshot by the way :-) Take care Amanda x

  19. Well, what a nice, happy strange thing that was to receive oddly timed check just in time to pay for a flat tire. Very nice. And I love all your hearts - especially the heart of flowers you've embroidered. :)

  20. I LOVE everything you have made Linda. You are so creative and talented. At least we have our crafts to keep us busy with the cold and snowy weather. It totally strange about the 79 pounds Linda! i hope you have a nice week.

  21. That is a strange coincidence with the cheque and your car battery!

    I do like all of the hearts here.

    Enjoy the remainder of the week, the days seem to pass by so quickly.

    All the best Jan


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