Saturday, 28 September 2013

A little bit of crochet

Today we are having a chilled out Saturday.  It's needed after this week.  This morning I got up and made lemon drizzle cupcakes - which I forgot to photograph - as it was the Scouts Macmillan coffee morning.  We went for an hour and helped out.  

Whilst reading blogs the other day I came across this post over at Chrissie's blog.  I am quite new to crochet, I only started a few months ago.  Instead of just starting small I decided to make a king size bed quilt!!  I am about 1/5th of the way through. 

I also started a scarf last night after seeing this one over at Pink Milk.  This is the wool I bought whilst shopping yesterday. 

I am also crocheting the cushion in my header picture.    I would like finish these projects (at least the cushion and scarf) before I start anymore.  

I will be using the Crochet along to spur me on to finish my projects.  I will share weekly progress pictures. 

I have added a subscribe to the blog button I couldn't find a follower button. I hope that helps. 

Thank you for visiting 

Laura x  

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thursday waffles

I can't believe it's Thursday already!   I had grand plans this week to get lots completed but it's not really happened.  I have had a quite indulgent time this week though.  I met a friend for a shopping day on Monday, started my Christmas cards on Tuesday and went out with some girlfriends yesterday to a Christmas fair.
  Last night my youngest son was complaining of a sore mouth, when I looked there was a lump the size of a marble on the side of his mouth.  We all had the dentist this morning so I calpoled him up and sent him to bed.  It turns out this morning that he has an abscess which has split his tooth.  We are now on antibiotics and he will be having the tooth removed in a fortnight.  The painkillers are starting to kick in now and he has managed a nap on the sofa.  I have spent today pottering around embracing the fact I don't have to do school run this afternoon ;-) 

I love flowers

My garden is a huge mess.  We had 6 12ft trees cut down when we moved in and I planted some borders but that is as far as we got really.  A massive makeover is on the cards for next year. 

What I did plant in the garden was 'cottage garden' plants - roses, delphiniums, dahlias, stocks, etc. We had very strong winds at the beginning of the week so I some to put in my favourite jug rather than them being damaged. 

I have been cross stitching this week too.  This is a LHN pattern called Simple Joys.  I have the perfect spot for this in the hallway.  I would ideally like this finished in October.

So there you have it, my waffles for the week. 

Speak soon 

Laura x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Stitching Sunday

Woohoo I have my laptop fixed.  It was meant to be going to the shop on Tuesday but one of my husbands friends fixed it today for £10.  That has made me very happy as the shop had quoted £75!!  I got in to a bit of a stress about it all last weekend as I felt highly embarrassed.  You see I won THIS giveaway over at Chrissie Crafts and I was all set to do a blog post with my winning prize and then the computer crashed.  I felt awful for not being able to take part in Stitchy Sunday which I was very much looking forward to.  Sorry Chrissie. 

Anyway here is the gorgeous book I won.  It has been beside my bed since I received it and I have been leafing through it each evening.  The only problem with having a book like this, is that I want to stitch everything in it!  It is truly a wonderful book which I highly recommend to anyone.  Thank you so much Chrissie. 

 When I was a child my mum used to iron on transfers to a pillowcase and I would backstitch the designs in pretty colours.  I haven't done anything since.  Since receiving this book I have been playing with stitches (I didn't know there was so many) and pinning patterns to my embroidery pinterest board.   I am looking forward to starting the heart project Chrissie sent me this week.  

I have been sewing though and have just joined a few ladies on instagram with #fallfridaystitching
We spend each Friday night stitching something Autumn related.  I chose a Freebie design by Blue Ribbon Designs called Acorns and Owls.  This design has now retired sadly.  It has been on my to do pile for years.  I am stitching using the recommended DMC colours and 32ct linen.    I have hardly started the design.  We had a party to go to Friday night so I only managed a few stitches.

A design I have recently finished is this Lizzie*Kate one.  I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this and need to spend the time to finish it in to something now. 

Well thank you so much for visiting.  Now I have a working laptop I will be regularly posting.  

If you would like to join in with Stitching Sunday please pop on over to Chrissie Here

Laura x 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

That first post

So this is the first post on the blog that I have been procrastinating about for months. It's this post that has put me off.  How much should I write?  How much shall I tell about myself? It's been giving me the sweats!

So here we go.

I am Laura and I sew, crochet, cross stitch, embroider, garden, cook, bake, preserve and much more.  This blog will be where I share my journey of all the crafts I do and the house which we are slowly 'doing up'.

Phew!  Right, tomorrow I will be back with some craft.