Wednesday 30 November 2011

end of the monthness

with both children off school today we went out to take photos for the scavenger hunt.
I took one. only one. oh well.
then we had hot chocolate. I guess I could have photographed that...
and we came home to get warm, and Miss K who has an ear infection and is rather grumpy patient lay on the sofa.
a bit of  end of the month blah ish really.
so I got out the fairy lights and put some of them up.
much better.
fairy lights make everything better don't you think?
and tea
and cake.
simple pleasures.
what are your "make it better" tips?

Tuesday 29 November 2011

scandinavian needlecraft

this week I recieved a wonderful parcel of goodies from Annie and Laura from their birthday giveaway.
As well as gorgeous fabrics it included this wonderful book, scandinavian needlecraft.

this dandelion head embroidery is calling to me,

but first I think some of the Christmas projects are crying out to be made.

and I think this little bird garland and these horse gift tags are going to be the perfect craft ideas for Miss K's birthday party.

thank you sooo much x

Monday 28 November 2011

the kindness of stangers

to the man in the car park who gave me £1 so I had enough change to buy a parking ticket.

Thank you.

Sunday 27 November 2011

knit and stitch part 2

I had a great trip to the knitting and stitching, there is So Much to see, from graduate students, to charity community projects, paper, kniting, sculptures, quilts (not enough for my liking...........) and stalls galore.
Ali summed it up perfectly. the choice is so overwhelming I came away with next to nothing...........

my ravelry favourites list has grown extensively though, and I have a head full of projects I am itching to start!

Saturday 26 November 2011

a days texting

hello where are you? love K

At Uncle A's

I miss you mummy :( come home soon love K xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Miss you too squishy, on way home now. looking forward to cuddles. love u. mummmy xxxxxxxxxxxxx

hello mummy when will you be home love K xxxxxxxxx

20 minutes. tell daddy to put the kettle on. love u. mummy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Daddy doesn't want to wear the kettle! K xx

Friday 25 November 2011

going to the knitting and stitching

The Knitting and Stitching show is according to the website

"The definitive and best exhibition in Textiles"

that's a pretty extragavant claim. I'm going to the Harrogate show, and I will let you know if I think it lives up to it. oh and I might come back with lots of wool, and pretty sparkly beads, and fabric, and buttons, and threads, and felting supplies and probably sore feet.............

Thursday 24 November 2011

planning a grand day out

train tickets - check
snacks for train- check
crochet for the train - check
Christmas pudding hat to deliver to new baby - check
fridge full of food for abandoned family - of course........

back soon x

Wednesday 23 November 2011

looks like fun to me.

I used to work in a lab a little like this.

it was never this much fun though.

Tuesday 22 November 2011

hair styles

I am beginning to think I need a hair cut, whilst I don't look quite this bad it's not far off. But I took E to the hairdressers at the weekend and the trauma of taking a 10 year old boy who really didn't want to go, (but was fed up of his hair being in his eyes - can't have it all.............) and the memories of sitting in front of a mirror and making inane small talk was enough to get me out of there quick as a flash and run for the hills.
I have tried looking at inspirational hairstyles on pinterest, but mostly I end up with something that resembles a birds nest, and with tired arms, and through the morning I shed a trail of hair pins whereever I go untill lunchtime when it has all escaped from whatever style I attempted and I reach for a ponytail elastic..........
roll on the cold weather is all I can say, then I can wear a hat.

note to self, find a hat I like....................

Monday 21 November 2011

felting not stirring

yesterday was stir up Sunday in the UK, the traditional date for making your Christmas puddings.
I made this felt one instead. do you think that counts?
probably won't taste nice with brandy butter though.............

ps. thank you for the camera recommendations, anymore gratefully received, and also welcome to all my new followers. lovely to meet you. x

Sunday 20 November 2011

camera recommendations please

the children have now moved on from the subject of party planning now that negotiations are complete.
(boy party = a few friends after school to eat pizza and watch a dvd, probably the last Harry Potter.
girl party = 2 friends for crafting, baking, X factor final and sleepover.)

we have now progressed to list writing. birthday wishes lists............, which then prompts them to think of Christmas wishes lists.....................

which made me think I might like to write a Christmas wishes list of my own, it will only have one thing on it, but I'm thinking that a nice small digital camera that is pocket sized, or at least fits in my knitting bag sized to have at all times would be a lovely treat, only problem is what to choose, I looked at that well known internet site that sells everything and was totally baffled. too much choice, tooooo many reviews to get bogged down in, loads of information I don't understand.

much easier to ask someone.

so if you have a little camera that you just love, and would happily recommend then please do.
likewise any to avoid would be just as useful.  thank you !

Saturday 19 November 2011

decorating is such hard work........

painting is hard work. apparently.

watching someone else is so much more fun.

Friday 18 November 2011

join the flock

 our local wool shop has been promoting join the flock

which is a public art project made of wooly pom pom sheep! you can be creative, send in your sheep to join the flock and also raise awareness of the wool industry and heritage.


we had lots of fun making these, although pom pom making does have it's side effects..............

Thursday 17 November 2011

baby hat knitting

one of my friends has just had her first baby. a perfect excuse for a bit of knitting! but I knew I'd never finish anything as big as a blanket or as complicated as a cardigan, so hats were perfect.  I started with a tomato but as the baby was born in October I thought he might need a halloween outfit,

so then there was a pumpkin,

and because these little hats are impossibly addictive I've already made him a Christmas pudding.

meanwhile both my children are quite relieved I couldn't knit when they were little......................

Wednesday 16 November 2011

walking for charity.

today I'd like to introduce to you Where'sWallace who's fundraising aid of Cancer Research UK. He's walking from John O'Groats to Lands End, stop off along the way to visit 16 of the funded research centres, a journey of approximately 1500 miles in 6 months.

who are Cancer Research UK?
a quote;
"Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We carry out scientific research to help prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. We have discovered new ways to beat cancer that together have saved hundreds of thousands of lives across the world.

One in three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives. Our groundbreaking work, funded almost entirely by the general public, will ensure that millions more people survive. "

and you can help

visit his facebook page, and like it, share it,  write a link to it. raise awareness.

visit his website, watch the videos about what he's learnt, see where he is, maybe you can meet up and walk along the way a bit.

so far he's travelled over 400 miles, worn through one pair of boots already and visited Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, next stop Newcastle, to the Northern Institute of Cancer Research, then south to Leeds.

we gave him a bed for the night, dinner, a packed lunch, and a cooked breakfast to send him on his way, but any help is much appreciated.

visit justgiving

Tuesday 15 November 2011

building a hideaway

we are approaching the time of year when the children start thinking about birthdays. and planning parties.

this year I am very tempted to go and build one of these

and hide in it.

I might come out in January...........

Monday 14 November 2011

raspberry lemon drizzle cake with elderflower

when you've got raspberrys (from the garden! loving these autumn treats!)

eggs, and lemons,

and what you need is cake, 
then take lessons from Nancy, who makes a delicous fruit studded cake, and from Nina who makes lemon drizzle with a twist,

and you get raspberry studded elderflower and lemon drizzle cake, which lasts approximately 17 minutes when taken to a craft evening.  Thankyou for the inspiration.

Sunday 13 November 2011

Remembrance Sunday

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them."

Saturday 12 November 2011

little mouse tutorial

fold a semi circle of fabric in half right sides together, and sew down the straight edge. I used a machine but you could easily do it by hand, if you used small running stitches or backstitch.

turn it the right way out and stuff it with wadding, cotton wool, or even some lavender. it wants to be quite firm, and make sure you push it right to the tip - the nose.

then sew a running stitch all the way round the edge.
and pull it tight, then stitch across the hole a few times to secure it.

measure across the base of the mouse, and cut a circle of card that is about 1cm less in diameter. cut a circle of fabric slightly larger than the card circle, and then sew a running stitch around the edge. lay the card inside and pull the stitches tight.


sew to the base of the mouse, using tiny stitches just catching the fabric (not the card).

cut circle or teardrop shap ears from felt, pinch and sew them near to the nose, make some eyes with french knots, and stitch some strands of thread across the nose for whiskers. attach a tail made of a piece of wool, ribbon, or string, and your mouse is finished.


now you just need to give it a name, feed it some cheese, keep it away from the cat, frighten someone scared of mice with it, make it a friend. hope you have fun.

Friday 11 November 2011

letters it would be satisfying to write. 1.

Dear games teacher,

next time it is really really wet and muddy and you cannot drag your teaching practise out of the dark ages, and therefore make all the children lie face down in the mud because someone fell over during cross country, it would be really nice if you offered to take home the sports kit and wash it.

Best Wishes,
E's mum.

Thursday 10 November 2011

internet interuption

pah. no internet.

for 3 days.
because the oh so helpful people at the help centre told me the wrong password to reboot the system. 4 times.....
oh and cost me a fortune in calls, and then I found out I could have called a free number.
I am seriously thinking of changing providers.

recommendations anyone. (UK) ?

Wednesday 9 November 2011


sometimes you see silly things and they make you smile, and then later in the day you think of them again, and they still make you smile, so you just have to share them.

(image from Kellogsville)

Tuesday 8 November 2011

bah humbug

went to the dentist today.
have to go back next week for a filling.
feeling grumpy.

normal posting will be resumed tomorrow, when I shall be panicking about a Christmas fair I'm not ready for.

Monday 7 November 2011

bread making

inspired by Sue of the Quince Tree there has been some occasional bread making going on. (I adapted Sue's recipe, she uses 4 tins and I only have 3, and there was no wholemeal flour in the house...)
As I am not a regular bread maker I tend to forget about the various stages and timings, and only remember when a small person wanders by and says "I'm hungry, is it ready yet?" or as in the case of the bread above "look mummy, it's HUGE". ooops.

pretty it isn't, I haven't mastered how to make a tidy looking loaf, but it doesn't last long so I guess that means it tastes ok. now if I could just find a decent gluten free recipe.........

Sunday 6 November 2011

Sunday rituals

it was fun to read about your beverage favourites, and Saturday morning rituals.
this is my Sunday evening ritual, getting the uniforms ready for the week ahead.

I have to say I don't enjoy it half as much.....

Saturday 5 November 2011

weekend coffee

Our Saturday morning ritual involves a cup of frothy coffee from the scary machine that frightens the life out of me and can only be controlled by J. When I try and use it we end up with steam and coffee all over the kitchen and then I end up shouting at it, "stop stop" which doesn't help; apparently it doesn't have voice control. I don't drink coffee at any other time, the rest of the week tea wins hands down, but Saturday mornings are for coffee.

this one's for you Penny. I owe you one.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, whatever you are drinking - is it tea or coffee or something else that makes your weekends special?

Friday 4 November 2011

mitt envy

it's definitely feeling Novemberish here in the North. time to start piling on the layers, and thinking of walks as bracing.

only problem I have with walks is that I am so horribly unfit at the moment I end up getting hot and out of breath, and hating all of the layers. walking up the hill to the house doesn't help. so I start shedding layers, which is fine except my fingers still turn an interesting shade of blue.
solution - fingerless gloves! I have just knitted these for a friend for Christmas, the colours are perfect for her, but I really need to get going with the pair that is for me, otherwise she won't get them.........

the pattern is called mit envy, it's a free ravelry download, and as a cable novice I really enjoyed them and they were quite quick.

I think they will work just perfectly or taking part in Silverpebbles making winter series.

Thursday 3 November 2011

my pumpkin

thank you for the pumpkin love! if you want to knit your own, the pattern is here. I really liked knitting it, and want a whole field of them, I might even pop some on folksy. never too early to get ready for next year!

in the theme of all things pumpkin I thought I'd leave you with E's poem he had to write at school. ten year old boys and poetry is not an obvious mix, but he is very pleased with this one.

my pumpkin has sharp teeth,

mine has square,

mine's got triangle eyes,

and mine will give you a scare.

my pumpkin lights up,

mine does too,

mine is spooky,

and mine is coming to haunt you.

my pumpkin is orange,

mine is round and fat,

mine's got a green stalk,

and mine looks like a witches cat.

my pumpkin was turned to soup,

mine was good to eat,

mine's turned into pumpkin pie,

pumpkins, trick or treat.

Wednesday 2 November 2011

camp blanket

E has recently moved up from cubs to scouts.
which entails an even later bedtime on a school night and a new uniform.
and an exciting county scout camp with loads of amazing activities to do.
shame it was the end of October. so as well as his sleeping bag it was decided an extra blanket would be a good idea. which solved the problem of what to do with all of the badges that came off the cub sweatshirt (oh and all of the badges that were still On the beaver sweatshirt......).
it took me HOURS. but he loved it, and it kept him warm. well warmer.....

he came back from camp with filthy stinky kit, another bump on the head, and guess what -
more badges.

a little voice as he went out of the door this morning.
"mum will you sew my new badges onto my scout uniform for tonight please"

I think I need a cup of tea first........

Tuesday 1 November 2011

october hunting

October scavenger hunting, I've managed 10 of this months 12, (much better than last months zero................)

pumpkin, a tiny knitted one, and the only one we had, I forgot to buy one, and then they were all gone. this one is supposed to have been on it's way across the pond, but it is a little delayed.
heritage, a flag.

witch hat, grafitti
something eerie, broomstick.

crunchy leaves, sunset
river, golden

I feel like my blogging and my photography need a little encouragement, so I've signed up for NaBloPoMo, in case a month of blogging everyday is what I need to find me feet again, or kill me off entirely..............