Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happy Sunday

Well it's certainly been a while since I was last here.  It has been a hard and busy last few months.  Dh has a job and starts tomorrow.  I have been trying my best to be as frugal as possible.  There are still many areas I need to work on but I can't imagine just spending money frivolously anymore.   I am continuing to be frugal as we need to build the savings back up. 
I am having another year where I make as many of my Christmas gifts as I can.  I have wrote a list and I am slowly plodding my way through.  I have 3 quilts to make so when the boys go back to school tomorrow I am going to make a start on those. 
 This is a bag with a set of cards I made for my Auntie.  I have so much stash I need to start using some of it up. I used to sell papercraft supplies so I have a fair bit of it here. 

I thought a bit about this blog in the last few months, I was going to start another one as I never really got this one started but I have just decided to keep this one going and I aim to blog at least once a week.
Thank you so much for visiting.  I have taken lots of photos the last few months so I certainly have a lot to show you.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

So that was January

Good morning I can't believe we are in to February already! I managed to get quite a bit done.

I stitched 6 designs which I am very pleased with. I would have like to have done more but I received my late Christmas present which has kept me extremely busy.

Meet Bella and Bentley. We have had Bella for 2 1/2 years and were wanting a companion for her. The breeders we got her off had just had a new litter which was perfect. They share the same dad so are brother and sister. They get on so well.

He is very much the Andrex puppy and is a very loving dog.

I have been doing a bit of crochet too. I am doing a granny square a day. I am using up odd bits I wool and apart from the white wool for the border I am hoping to not spend any money on this blanket. This was it at the beginning of last month.

Ds1 will be 12 in April and asked me to make him a crochet blanket for his birthday. We looked on Pinterest for different designs and he chose a ripple blanket. The colours are navy, grey, red and white. I need to spend more time on this in February to get it finished for his birthday.


February goals

1, finish a few valentines designs

2, Christmas ornament for Needle Haven forum

3, continue working on sal piece

4, finish patchwork quilt

5, continue with granny square a day

6, make good progress on ds1 blanket

7, stitch monthly Halloween design

8, stitch Lizzie*Kate May design

As you can see I have a lot to keep me busy this month which I look forward to sharing with you.

Thank you for visiting

Laura x

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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Christmas gifts and things

Well hello, apologies for the lack of blogging. One of my new year resolutions is to blog a couple of times a week. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa bought you all you asked for.

I spent a lot of time making gifts for Christmas. I have come to the conclusion that I have a lot more time than I do money so I made quite a few homemade gifts.

For both sets of parents I made hampers. I included cookies in the tin, jam and chutney which I made in the summer, handmade fudge and peppermint bark, a box of candles, a small bottle of wine and a bottle of beer. The gift wrapped up in this one is a quilt that I made - I will show photos on my next post. Please excuse the decor the dining room is getting te plastered this month and is a mess!

This one was the same but the gift is a jigsaw puzzle with a picture of all the grandchildren. My mum had a pandora bead. These were so easy to make and they went down so so well.

This next photo is another quilt I made for my special girl Bella. As you can see she likes it a lot :-)

A random photo here but this is from a wreath making class I went to at the beginning of December. It is still on the door going strong.

One of my best friends and I decided to do complete handmade gifts for each other. Her birthday is New Year's Eve and I can't remember what I gave we for what so here is all of the gifts.

I made her these wrist warmers

I made the pattern up as I went along with some yarn my mum gave me. I need to make myself some soon.

Next are these earrings. I have a pair and she is always admiring them so now she has her own. The flowers were originally brads but I cut off the back and stuck them on to earrings.

She always likes a brooch and these two were so easy to make.

I am a list maker and have a list for everything. I am always encouraging Ali to make a list so I made her this notebook. The cross stitch pattern is from an old crafts beautiful magazine and is designed by Helen Philips.

All of the gifts went down very well but I think this year I will start a lot earlier!!

Thank you for visiting

Laura x