Monday, 30 March 2015
The weather was atrocious yesterday so what else can you do but spend the time stitching. I have completed the flower border of the third page and almost the inner vine border too. I am hoping Easter Sunday will bring another day with plenty of stitching hours as I aim to complete page 3 of this lovely piece. I wonder how Kati and Barbi got on with theirs this week.
Friday, 27 March 2015
Logan broke up from pre-school yesterday, but Savannah still had to go to nursery and apparently he seemed to take great delight in telling her he was going to spend the day with Nanny Linda on his own! We have managed to take Max for a lovely walk down the creek and then called in to see my parents who are always delighted to see him. On our way home we called into the shops as mum had given Logan and Savannah some money to buy them some sweets. Now while Logan may have been bragging to Savannah that he was going on his own to our house he didn’t forget her and when he picked up one of the Kinder eggs he picked up a fairy one for her (no prompting from me) – it was so sweet. We then came back and set up the Thomas the Train track and then started the serious business of making some Easter tricks for his mum, dad and sister and of course one for himself
Logan helped turn the handle of the Grand Caliber to cut out the curvy keepsake shapes, punched out the wings, beaks and feet and helped stick them all together. We then filled the boxes with mini eggs (one or two may not have made it into them as we had to check quality control). It’s been a fun day.
Monday, 23 March 2015
Back to work for me today
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Today I have been die cutting, spritzing and sticking together the start of a flower bouquet at a workshop run by Anja of Ophelia Crafts in Exmouth. I managed to assemble four flowers today but have more to put together before my bouquet is complete. Another fun day of crafting shared with friends.
Friday, 20 March 2015
DH had taken the day off work and we had decided to go to Lopwell Dam for a walk. There was a hazy sunshine when we arrived, no breeze and it was low tide which meant we were able to walk across the dam and wander round the nature trail.
The ruins of old Ferryman’s cottage can still be seen and all around the trail there were lots of primroses brightening up the place.
The Old Pump House has been turned into a restaurant and visitor centre and we were able to sit out on the terrace and enjoy a hot drink and delicious homemade chocolate cake. They allow well behaved dogs there which is always in a places favour as far as we are concerned. I can never understand how our furry friends are barred from so many places, especially as unruly children never seem to be barred. Thankfully there were no unruly children there and we had a lovely time enjoying the view.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
This evening while watching the tennis I managed to make five cards from my scraps using a tutorial by Kristie who actually makes a stack of cards using one 6 x 6 paper pad and various sketches. The original tutorial can be found on her blog The Best Things In Life Are Pink. There is also a fabulous video on You Tube showing the process but using a different paper pack. Very inspirational and I think just the thing I needed to try and use up some more of my scraps.
The sentiments that I have used are from Clearly Besotted Stamps and the flower stamp came free with a craft magazine – love them both.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Today I met up with my friend Lisa and we spent a couple of hours in Topsham wandering along the river Exe and enjoying the lovely sunshine. We called into the antiques and collectables place – there were lots of interesting curiosities although nothing that I felt I wanted to buy. I was taken back to my childhood when I saw some Rupert the Bear annuals and Wade Whimsie animals.
Lots of lovely houses and side streets to wander down, a very enjoyable day.
Here are some the Easter treats I have been making. They are made with the SU curvy keepsake die and I got the idea from You Tube They are so cute – just need to buy the treats to fill them with now.
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
We walked around for almost and hour and a half enjoying the views and the birdsong of the many birds hidden in the gorse and undergrowth. Normally we walk to the disused quarry and Max will have a paddle in the water but it was a bit too mucky to walk that way this time.
After our walk I called in to Framin’ Crafty and finally picked up my Early Witches stitching – I love it even more now it has been framed. I just have to find a place to hang it up. In the afternoon I made some Easter baskets ready for more Easter treats to be put in. I will finish decorating them later in the week as well as filling them with treats – I’m trying not to leave it until the last moment this Easter.
Finally yesterday evening I made a start on another baby cardigan for my work colleague whose cousin is expecting her first baby in less than four weeks – will need to work hard on this to get it done in time, although she has asked me to do this one in the next size up.
Today I had my hair cut before taking mum food shopping. We did visit one of the local garden centres first for a look around and then enjoyed a toasted tea cake and hot drink – got to have some enjoyment before doing the more mundane tasks! Then this afternoon I took mum and dad to the opticians.
The sun came out midday so I managed to clean the inside of my car and wash off my car after some rather large birds had decided to leave me one of their unwanted messages. My sweet little daffodils are now coming out and giving some colour to the front garden and I can also see some blue Muscari. We also have Primroses coming up. I must pull out that weed that I have just seen in this photo!
I am anticipating rain tomorrow as DH came home and cut the grass LOL. I hope it doesn’t though as I am meeting my friend Lisa tomorrow and we are hoping to wander round Topsham. We will be half way through another week – why does time always seem to go quicker when you are on holiday compared to when you are at work?
Monday, 16 March 2015
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Yesterday we enjoyed lunch at Bella Itallia and then went to watch Will Smith in Focus – lovely meal and a brilliant movie. In the evening I crocheted a couple more squares and watched some more tutorials for different squares which I might have a go at this week. I also made a start on Easter treats for family, friends and work colleagues. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend an a great start to my week off work.
Saturday, 14 March 2015
We’re off to the movies this afternoon after we have treated ourselves to some lunch. The sun is shining brightly and we are going to be indoors for most of the day!
Friday, 13 March 2015
It’s been a very productive day today, as well as the cards I have managed to make a cheese and celery loaf, a lentil loaf, carrot and celery soup, ratatouille and a lemon cake. Time now I think to sit down for a while with a coffee and browse through my crochet book.
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Thursday, 12 March 2015
This week on one of the blogs I follow I saw that Michelle of Michelle’s Stitchcraft place is starting a new business venture using eco-friendly yarns from South Africa. I decided to pay the African Yarns website a visit and while I was there a few balls of the yarn fell into a basket and before I knew it had been checked out – that was on Tuesday evening and this morning they arrived – very quick service. The colours are beautiful – as you can see I have picked a variety of colours as I just couldn’t decide on one colour. The intention is to make simple granny squares to get me back into crochet again. They are so soft and the colours look far better in real life. All I need to do now is dust off my crochet hook and crochet book and make a start on using them.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
was spent on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler this week. It was my turn to work on Sunday so I didn’t get time to stitch on the SAL until early evening. I’ve managed to add another red flower to the top border and a few more leaves on the inside green border. Unfortunately I only spent about an hour on this as I felt too tired to do much else and I didn’t want to risk making any mistakes. I am hoping that this Sunday will be far more productive – I would like to at least get the outside borders completed on page 2 and try and start putting in the central image.
Work has been extremely busy this week but I am hoping for a more relaxing day tomorrow as it’s the Tag Workshop class at Scrapbook Magic – I know for sure it will be a day of fun and laughter.
On Friday Clare Charvill the UK Graphic 45 Ambassador will be down there doing a workshop – there may be a space or two left so if you are interested then do give Margaret a ring – they will be making a lovely tag holder and included in the price is a very tasty lunch.