Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Easter Fun and fluffyness

Its been over a week since I blogged, that makes me sound as if I am in therapy!!! I have been busy working, gardening, selling excess avon and trying to find a new job for when my temp position finishes this Friday, I have also been helping the kids to make their easter projects for school too, Grace had to make an easter bonnet and William had to do something creative with a hard boiled egg, so we had fun with these on Sunday and here are the results of their hard work.

I cut the card and stapled it together for her, but Grace did all the sticking and glittering, it was supposed to look like a broken egg shell, but looks more like a crown, but what the heck, its pretty, she did a marvelous job.

Here is Ramesegg the First!!!!! we had three choices of name and hubby chose the one he liked best. William is fascinated by Ancient Egypt and wants to be an Archeologist when he grows up, has done for about 3 years and is only 8, so one hard boiled egg, 2 metres of white ribbon, 2 chenille pipecleaners and one bucket full (well not quite but it seamed like it) of PVA later here he is. I think he looks fab, one of the rules was that part of the egg had to show, which is why we left the eye bit open and William drew on the eyes.
After seeing Caz's post on Its a Creative World last week I had to go shopping for this book, I found it on Amazon at a reasonable price and its fab, I will definately be trying some of these squares when I have finished the basic blanket I am doing right now, there is one throw in there that I want to try for Graces bed, its all pretty and girly looking.

While on the subject of crochet I have been trying to find a pattern for a tea cosy that I can understand and do the stitches for, but to no avail so far, but I did find a very easy knitting pattern for one, which I printed off and tried using some very fluffy yarn that I had, I love it, although it does look like some strange green furry creature had eaten my tea pot, but I don't care, it keeps the pot warm and makes me smile when I walk in the kitchen.

Do you see what I mean about the furry creature LOL!!! It only took me 2 evenings to do this one so its very quick and easy, but the yarn made me all itchy and sneezy while I was knitting, the next one will not be fluffy!!! The lovely Felicity from JoshyandBelle has offered to root out a tea cosy crochet pattern and pop it on her blog for me after me commenting on her lovely knitted one, so hopefully I will be able to crochet one too.
Well, thats it for now, thanks for visiting
Trish xxx

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Flowers, Veggies and a Poorly Boy

My garden is starting to come to life, the bluebells should be out soon, the leaves are all there ready and waiting for those beautiful blue flowers to bloom, the daffs are out and looking sunny and cheerful, I picked a few on Sunday to put in a jug and the scent as you walk in the room is amazing, much more than from shop bought ones (well the ones I have ever bought from the shops)

The seedlings I planted just over a week ago are coming up nicely, well, some are, so far 3 cucumber seeds have sprouted, 8 tomato seeds (four different varieties) and 1 sweetpea, I am hoping that more of the sweetpeas sprout soon, I have a wall in the garden that needs brightening up and they are just the ticket I think. This is our third year of veggie growing, it has only been tomatos and carrots before though, this year we have the greenhouse (a fab freecycle find last year) and our raised bed, it is 8'x4' and we are planning all sorts for it, just hope we can fit it all in!!! I also have some early potatoes which are chitting nicely on the kitchen windowsill which will go in some spud tubs, I have two at the mo but want to get a couple more of them as growing spuds in tubs seems to be a lot easier than growing them in the ground and they don't take up space that can be used for other yummy veg like carrots, cauli, beans and peas. The toms, cucumber, chilli and peppers will be growing in the greenhouse, I really can't wait to start getting it all out in the plot and the greenhouse, and neither can the kids.

Talking of kids, last week Grace was very poorly with a nasty tummy bug, we kept William away from her as he had a cubs sleepover on Saturday/Sunday and was so excited about going, luckily it seemed to work and off he went and had a wonderful time and earned three more badges (which mommy still has to sew on!!!). He came home on Sunday lunchtime full of stories and excitement then all of a sudden, or so it seemed, he dropped, he had a good long sleep on the sofa and we thought he was just very tired, when he gets this tired we have to watch him as in October when we visited Dad in France he collapsed, it was very scarey at the time, but we have been told by the doctor that it was just a mix of excitement, tiredness and heat, so I was a little worried, but he woke up and seemed ok, still tired but nothing else, then Sunday night it started, he had the same tummy bug, so he is off school this week. He seems a little better today, but I will keep him home again tomorrow to be on the safe side. Mind you, looking at this pic which I took this morning, he doesn't look too ill LOL.

Thanks for stopping by

Trish xxx

Friday, 13 March 2009

More grannys and a view *EDITED*

I have been busy working on my granny squares and now have 21 done, not sure how many I will do, I think I will get a load more done then play and see if its big enough, I have really enjoyed getting back into crochet, its nice and relaxing to do while watching telly of an evening.

I think they look all bright and full of gorgeousness and can't wait to get it finished and on my boring brown sofa to help brighten it up a bit.

I also have a picture of the view from my kitchen sink as Posy did a couple of weeks ago, its not the prettiest of views right now, but one the fushia has bloomed again and the greenhouse and veg bed are full of lovely edible goodies it will look better. On the window sill are my propagators full of seeds for the garden and greenhouse, I have planted tomatoes (3 varieties) chillis, peppers, cucumber and some sweetpeas so far, I also have some spuds chitting which will hopefully be ready to go in my big spud tubs in about 4 weeks, the Good Life here I come!!!

Edited as I forgot the pic from the kitchen window LOL!!!

Trish xxx

Thursday, 5 March 2009


.............is very addictive!!!! I had forgotten how addictive actually, its all the fault of Lace Hearts and (because I have just found her blog) Attic24 as well as quite a few of the girls on the Shabby Chic forum!!! I found the pattern for the flowers on Attic24s blog, had a practise on some old (bright green) wool then went shopping for more lovely yarn to make more which I turned into bunting of a sort for my mantlepiece, I think they look quite pretty there.

I have also done one granny square (so far) for a blanket I want for the sofa and a cushion cover, well the front of a cushion cover really which is like a giant granny square.

I had a bash at making a three layered flower too, using the pattern from Attic24 again but adding to it, I am pleased with how it has turned out and may make more as corsages or just to pop around the place looking pretty. The next crochet thingy I want to have a go at is the ripple stitch but as yet I haven't found a pattern/tutorial that I understand.

Sorry the photo quality is a bit pants in that last pic!!!
mmmmm, now onto Februarys Grocery Challenge, well, I overspent by over £30, but never mind, I am back on track and hope that this month I can be good and only spend my budget, I suppose though, in all fairness (does that sound like and excuse???) I did buy loads of meat from the butcher and made up a good few meals for the freezer so some of that could really be carried over to this month (mm it is an excuse really).
thanks for stopping by
Trish xxx