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Saturday, 24 December 2011

The Christmas Post

I can now finally write my most Christmassy Christmas post, since I was able to upload all the lovely photographs! I am feeling so cheerful writing this post while the Christmas Muppets film is on TV!! Only one more sleep in my new christmas pyjama's before I can open all the presents, and have a wonderful christmas day with family!
This is my lovely christmas tree, which I put up on the 10th December, which is shockingly late for me as I always traditionally put my tree up on the 1st as that is what my Mum used to let me and my sister do. I have purple and gold decorations, although I am tempted to change them to red and gold next year, to make it even more festive!
Check out my pot of lovely oranges and spices in heated up red wine, this was the first time I made my own mulled wine... although I had to sieve it several times since I accidently put too much spices in.I still got to enjoy it with some yummy homemade baked treats which was made by my christmas swap blogger Joey.Though tonight I am cheating a bit as I bought a bottle of mulled wine from Icelands he he, but hopefully it still tastes yummy minus all the mess of creating your own mulled wine. 

Speaking of my christmas swap blogger, this year I participated in a Christmas Goodie swap that was hosted by Hookin' With Laalaa. The idea was to make a handmade Christmas decoration, plus sending an extra 5 bought/handmade treats which Joey and I decided to include a home-made foodtreat! I had an amazing time participating in this swap and I am delighted to hear that Joey loved my treats to her, check out her post on the Christmas swap!!
I will first show you the lovely little angel that she made for me as a christmas decoration, isn't she adorable. I love all the different fabrics that Joey has used to make her, especially her dotty little legs. Oh, and she has little white wings made from a lovely ribbon...Doesn't she look so happy here?!
I felt very honoured to be sent such a lovely handmade decoration like this, it looks very difficult to make! A very talent made little gift!
Can you tell I love her?! I want to give her a name!!
As well as my lovely angel decoration, Joey sent me these lovely fingerless mitten which are so cosy and I received them just at the right time as it got really cold and snowy in Scotland!! I also received a Keep Calm and Carry On Teapot cosy and its right at home in my kitchen! 
Joey also sent me a lovely long silver necklace and two pairs of cosy fuzzy bedsocks, which have been keeping my feet very warm in the cold night times!! I thank Joey so much for being my swapping partner in this Christmas swap, it was fun!

Lastly I want to show you what my sister Lisa made for Andy and I for Christmas, we got it as an early present mainly because we would have lots of chocolate to eat if we opened it on Christmas. My sister told me that she made this using soft wool felt, and it was all sewn by hand!

Since I am not great at sewing, I can definitely marvel at how wonderful she has done the numbers on all the little hearts. Lisa was that determined to have it lovely that she attempted the 20 something numbers three times!!
Even my little Joey Angel seems to like the advent calender, or maybe its the chocolate eclairs she is eyeing up?! Think I will be keeping her away he he.
I really appreciate her doing this for me, and it will be great to have an advent calender that I can use every year! Which is something that is becoming a little family tradition as you can see my sisters advent calender in the photograph below!
When I get older and start having children of my own, then they can use our advent calender. Thank you so much sis!

That is my festive contribution on Christmas Eve, although now to go and make some lunch since Gordon Ramsay is on TV talking about a Christmas feast is leaving me feeling peckish.

Another Merry Christmas everyone!







Friday, 23 December 2011

Busy with Christmas Things

It's time to 'relax' as I am off work until 5th January, yay!

Though I am not really relaxing, only catching up in the last minute rushing about doing last minute details for christmas. I must say under our christmas tree is looking glorious, all the presents for Andy and myself.
I feel totally spoiled, how awesome do all those presents look...and they go all the way to the back *dances with excitement*. This is why I could never get tired of christmas! I know its not all about presents, but they are exciting!

Yesterday was my first day off work, and I spent it meeting up with friends in the morning, then my sister and aunt for lunch, and then had a lovely unexpected dinner at my brother-in-law's sisters house! The most amusing thing I remember from yesterday was sewing up ends on a Christmas crochet present on a train, surprised I didn't stab myself with the needle he he....I was very proud for doing a neat job on a moving vehicle.

Today I am meeting up with another friend for more last minute shopping and to swap presents with her, then I am out tonight for drinks with my fiancé's family. I am indeed a busy girl.

I really hope all of you guys are having a wonderful time, and if I don't have to say it then I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

P.S. Since I don't have the time to blog lots, I tend to use my twitter lots more...so you can follow me there, for more in the moment tweets :-) Go here, and let me know so I can follow you too!

Friday, 16 December 2011

A Lovely Nomination

I got a wonderful surprise today when I was reading my comments to my last post, when all4meggymoo mentioned that I should visit her blog. She has given me a nomination for Leibster Blog award, and I thank her very much for it as it certainly made my day! The award goes to lovely blogs that have less than 200 followers, and once you receive an award, you then need to give it to 5 people you think deserve it!
It will be a tough choice picking lovely people for the award as I read so many lovely blogs, but I will pick the blogs that I enjoy reading the most!

These blogs are the ones I enjoy the most, so I hope you visit their blog too! 

Thank you so much for the nomination!

Hope you all have a nice day!





Thursday, 15 December 2011

Just some things

I have been wanting to write a blog post for the past few days now, including wonderful photographs from my camera but I have managed to lose my camera cable!! So a proper blog post will appear from me soon, when I get another one....as I have lots of lovely Christmas things to share with you.

Though I do have one thing to show you, I have been crocheting my rainbow blanket slowly.
I have taken this with an older camera, it doesn't do my blanket much justice. Decided to keep repeating the rainbow stripes as I wasn't excited about attaching small squares (Maybe they can be another project).
I am not sure how much I have done compared to the last time I posted about this blanket, I have certainly not done enough to meet the requirements of one a day he he...more like one day a week :)

Hope all you guys have been taking care and are looking forward to Christmas!



Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Christmas!

 I have noticed my lack of blogging in the past few weeks, although recently with Christmas just around the corner....I am not finding much time, and I am sure many of you will be the same.
Although my crochet hasn't been abandoned, its just not being blogged about as I feel I am not making big amounts of progress on things for it to be worth showing you.
For this blog post I am going to dedicate it to lovely Christmas things I have found and added to my Pinterest

                    
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Since I have not been able to share my love of crochet, sharing my love of Christmas seemed the ideal thing. 
Can't wait for December so I can put my lovely tree up again!! This year, I am going to make my own mulled wine too!

Monday, 7 November 2011

One A Day - Blanket Loving

Decided to start early this week to make up for my absence of crochet last week, and its been a great start since I managed to pick up the wool I ran out of! I have completed the blue rows around the border and I am now onto the purple! This has only been since Sunday!!
In the time I haven't been able to crochet the border around my blanket, I have made 25 little squares although I dread working out how many I actually need!!!

I also picked up some Robin's picasso chunky wool for my nana blanket, it makes me a little sad since she passed away last month with an aggressive cancer of the blood. I was making the blanket for her christmas as I thought it would have been great for her to have something warm. I am going to finish it and keep it, and it will always be my nana blanket.
Nana Blanket

Its also been a kind of mixed feeling weekend for me, trying to have fun watching the fireworks on Guy Fawkes night....but it's been 8 years since my mum passed away, and today it should have been her 51st birthday. I know I am usually a cheerful person, and I don't mean to make people sad...but if you knew my mum, she was an awesome person....and it is hard sometimes knowing an awesome person isn't in your life day-to-day any more.

I really appreciate everyone that comes by my little blog and enjoys seeing things that I have fun in, and I really enjoy seeing other peoples' blog, reading what they have to share.

To visit others that will be taking part in the One A Day weekly fun, check out Gingerbread Girls blog....though people post their posts on a tuesday, but I am posting mine just now as I am on nightshift this week. 

Saturday, 5 November 2011

No Crochet Goodness

I resisted the temptation to cram all of this week supposed posts into the one blog post, but then I decided I will start afresh my blogging routine next week....so this week has pretty much took a rain check.
Thankfully even though with my variable work rotation, I have still managed to crochet every other day...so I am not falling behind at all.

Though with time flying into Christmas time I have realised I am not going to be able to crochet all the christmas presents :-(

Since I wont be sharing any crochet goodness this week, I am planning just to content myself at looking at other peoples' crochet/knitty goodness instead.

Hope you are all keeping well x

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

2-in-1 Blog

This is going to be a combination of my One a Day and my WIPW :)

My focus on one a day has mainly been making the small squares since I ran out of wool for the border and I will need to wait until the weekend before I get more. This is what I have done of my little squares so far, not many...I can't wait to get more wool for my border, I feel sad not giving my rainbow blanket some proper love.
I have recently started learning to do the wavy stripe, it is only a small bit but I have figured I may do a wavy stripe scarf. The colours are purple and teal blue which you can't see clearly, thanks to my camera not picking the colours up. This is my work in progress for the current moment.
That is it for me, another short and sweet post.

To see who is participating in the one a day, you can check out Ravelry or Gingerbread Girls blog.

To see who is participating in the WIPW, you can check out Tami Amis blog.



Take care people.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

One A Day

I should be theoretically sleeping right now, since I have just came off nightshift....but can't seem to sleep for more than 5 hours. I thought I would come on and show you what progress I have made this week, it will be short as I am not feeling to great. So here is what I have done of my border...
.....and this is my plan for once my stripe border finishes, as I wasn't in the mood for multi-coloured squares...so once I have finished my two rows of purple and two rows of dark pink (red), I will join these on.
To see who else is participating you can check out the group on Ravelry or go to Gingerbread Girl's blog, I will try and check out everyones' awesome progress soon!

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Blog Giveaway winner

Hello! That is my blog giveaway closed and I have used the random number generator to select the winner!
This means that Suzanne from Crea in the City, has won my first blog giveaway! I hope this will be the start of many giveaways for me, thank you for entering! It was very lovely to hear everyones' favourite things about christmas, made me feel very festive!
Suzanne if you could email me your details and I will have your prize posted to you as soon as possible, congratulations!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Finished Object Friday

I have made myself some fingerless mittens, as its getting really bitter cold outside and I have not had the time to go to the shops to buy myself a pair because of work he he.
Edit:- The pattern I used for these mittens is from Ravelry, Tulip's Super Easy Gauntlets.
My friend Jade was awesome and spotted some yellow wool in a shop, and got me some...I love her! As the other colours will be so much easier to get than this yellow...but do you agree that this colour matches quite well to this helmet?
This is the last day of being able to enter my blog giveaway, it will close at midnight in american time (5hours behind me), as I will be randomly selecting the winner when I wake up tomorrow morning and announcing then.
Excuse the quality of the pics this time, taken with my phone camera for ease and quickness! I hope to get to catch up on blog reading and give you guys some loving, so don't think I am ignoring you!!

Happy FO

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

One A Day....Possibly

I haven't progressed majorly since last week, i have two yellow rows, a green row completed since then. It is justifiable though since it is taking longer to crochet around as the blanket grows, as many of you will know.
As well as the blanket growing bigger, I am still getting used to my work routine which is shift-work, this week I am on day shift thankfully....so this is also affecting my crocheting progress.
This is a close up of my border so far, I am very pleased with it. I have blue to crochet, then purple and possibly pink before I start more squares! Exciting!

If you would like to see others that are taking part in the One A Day fun, you should check Ravelry and also Gingerbread Girl's blog...and maybe even join in too!

Don't forget to check out my blog giveaway, you have until Friday 14th October to enter! If you would like to see what is inside the book, I have shared some photographs here.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Senna Inspiration

I am not sure if many of you know much about Formula One, and I must say I don't know a lot about it either. All I can say is that my fiancé is inspired by it, especially the legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna...
We have just finished watching the Ayrton Senna documentary DVD that arrived through the post today, which was very touching and emotional. My fiancé, Andy, has asked me to make a scarf in a similar style to Senna's helmet.
This means a stripey scarf!

Now all I need to do is find yellow, navy, green and white wool in similar colours to the stripes seen on the helmet. If you can recommend a wool in this yellow colour, it would be much appreciated as I am finding it difficult to find one that matches :D

I feel excited about this project already! 

Also don't forget to enter in my blog giveaway, which ends on Friday 14th October!



Wednesday, 5 October 2011

WIP Wednesday

It's been two weeks since I last posted for WIPW, but this time I have my chunky picasso blanket to show you. I started this originally for myself, as I really love Robin's Chunky Picasso Wool coz it is sooooo soft but I have decided to make it for my nana for christmas.

My blanket so far has been made using two different colours which are cool mint and blueberry drop, I was going to do a variety of different picasso colours but these two were my favourites!
This is what have done so far of my first attempt cushion cover, its a bit wonky but I am going to go with it and see how it turns out in the end!
Thats me for WIPW, if you would like to see what other people are working on check out Tami's Amis blog

Also, I have posted my first blog giveaway HERE for this lovely crochet book

Tis The Season to Giveaway

I can't believe that I have 30 followers already! When I started this blog only a month ago, I thought it would be a quiet one, but I have had the chance to see so many other blogger's blogs and many have been wonderful to me!
I think this is the right time for me to giveaway something that I want to share, and I have decided I want to give someone my "Tis the Season to Crochet" book (as I hinted in a post I wrote previously about the book...where you will get to see some of the pretty things inside the book too).
To enter the giveaway all you need to do is be a follower and leave a comment saying what your favourite thing is about Christmas/the Holidays.....for example my favourite thing about Christmas is getting to see all the fairy lights outside at night time and having mulled wine on a cold night.
You have until midnight on Friday 14th October to enter, and I will pick a winner on Saturday morning. You need to be able to give me your email address so you can provide an address if you are the lucky winner :) Hopefully I will have figured out the random number generator by then! Please spread the word of my giveaway, thank you!

Take care my lovely fellow bloggers!

P.S. Thank you for all the different wool/yarn recommendations, I am going to write them all down and then I can try them ALL out he he :) Not in the one go of course!



Tuesday, 4 October 2011

One A Day Rainbow Blanket

Hello guys, here is my progress for one a day this week....just doing a border just now where I do two rows of each rainbow colour...I am on yellow just now, so the next colour will be green, then blue, then purple. After that I may add more squares, think this is gonna be a big one :)
My first day at work went pretty well yesterday, although my legs are aching as I am standing or moving about all day. To think I was going to start up the gym again, don't think I need to now :)

Keeping this short and sweet, but going to try and see everyone else's work. If you would like to see other people that are joining in the one a day fun, you can check out the group on Ravelry and also Gingerbread girl's blog.

P.S What wool/yarn would you recommend for me to buy? I have mainly been using Robin's wool as it is affordable so I don't really know what the good ones are...all opinions will be appreciated :)


Saturday, 1 October 2011

Tis the Season to Crochet

I have had a rather busy week so far, although I have been good at keeping up with my One A Day project, and my secret project (which is nearly finished -hurrah!). On Thursday I had a meeting to sign the paperwork for starting my new job on Monday!!
After that meeting I wandered down to The Works, a pretty awesome bookshop, to browse the craft books for any awesome crochet books. I found one!!!! It is called, "Tis the Season to Crochet" and of course I bought it as it was only £4 (this is the amazing thing about The Works....cheap prices!!). So here is the book itself...
 And here are some of the lovelies that I found inside the book....
 Christmas Ornament Trims
 Snowman Wine Bottle Cover & Lacy Snowballs Table Set
 Golden-Glow Throw & Blue Christmas Throw
 Favourite Colours Gift Afghan & Child Plush Warmer
 Santa's Girl Floral Cardigan & Keep Warm Teddy Set
Sleepy Bear Huggins

These are pictures of some of my favourite ones from the book but there are many more! Since it is a wonderful book, I am contemplating buying another one to giveaway as a little pre-christmas thing as I would love to share it with someone else....So watch this space!

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