Thursday, 29 August 2013

Peachy Dreams and New Designs

Hello all, hope you're well?

How do you like the new look of my blog? It was designed by Saffy Loves Designs, I've put a link to her shop on my side bar (Sapphire Cameron).

I LoVe lOvE LoVe it! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

and here are some piccies of my latest peachy colour obsession... I can't quite get enough of various different shades and I'm itching to start making things with my peachy stash, but I do have a birthday blanket to try and get done first :o)

'till next time...

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Liebster Award

Yesterday morning I received an email from the lovely Chrissie at Chrissie Crafts blog saying she had named my blog for the Liebster Blog Award. Now at first I had no idea what this actually entailed, or what it meant and to be honest although had read about different blog awards around and around I hadn't taken any heed. I took a look at Chrissies' post and gauged an understanding that it's a way of bloggers acknowledging other bloggers and appreciating their work and learning facts about them - just for fun. There is an element of the chain letter about it as once you have been given the award you then award it on to others with less than 200 followers.

Once I had got my head around what it was all about I went into blind panic as I worried that I could never give answers to the questions in an interesting or entertaining way. Believe it or not I actually lost sleep over it and was awake last night for about an hour or so (gosh how sad is that?)  The thought of exposing me as me and coming out from behind the crochet blanket was scary! I am able to relate to the Grumpy Old Men series of programmes more than I care to admit and Victor Meldew is my (older) male equivalent.
Having said that I do constantly try to overcome my negative side and in all seriousness my crafting is what helps me with that. Making blogging friends is also a wonderful outcome of starting to blog and the connections I have made are so special to me.

 The word 'liebster' I understand is a German word for dearest and so therefore I accept the award in the manner it's given and join in with the game:

So a few random facts about me:

  • I am the youngest of six children and I am a twin (my twin brother was born a couple minutes before me)
  • I work as a Deputy Registrar of births, deaths and marriages. I do officiate at quite a few marriages and from time to time I do get a cold shiver down my spine as I pronounce the couple husband and wife (or civil partners). It's a strange and special feeling.
  • I always start reading a magazine from the back and work my way to the front.
  • I am in love with Justin Currie. It's okay my husband is fine with this.
  • I worry too much.
  • I am the worst cook in the whole wide world.
  • I use the phrase 'the whole wide world' a lot as in: you are the most beautiful baby in the whole wide world.
  • I often have my best creative thoughts in the special moment between being asleep and waking up.
  • Although I was born in England, myself and obviously my brother were conceived in Singapore where my parents had been posted due to my fathers' work in the RAF. This really appeals to me as it sounds so exotic!
  • I use too many ellipsis (you knew that already) ...
and now on to the questions Chrissie has asked:

1. When baking or cooking, do you clean the kitchen as you go, or wait til it’s all done then tackle the mess after? - yeah well, apart from trying to avoid this at all costs I suppose mostly I will try and clear as I go a bit as my kitchen is not that big and so I need to make room. When inspiration hits for a sewing project however, I create in a mess until I've finished or my time is up.

2. If money, time and family schedules were not an issue, what would be your dream job? - right now I would like to be a stay at home mum as my youngest is only one. But otherwise a sewing and crochet designer, publishing books filled with projects and patterns thought up by myself.

3. Name three things that are always in your fridge. - milk, Stork and my husbands 'milk and more' yoghurt.

4. Sweet or savoury? sweet. and sometimes savoury. both. 

5. What is your favourite book? I hardly read at all these days I'm afraid, which is something I should do something about. But I used to love reading books by John Irving, The World According to Garp and Cider House Rules are probably my favourites.

6. You have a room all to yourself. How do you decorate it? No one to impress, no one to judge. Your secret hiding place. I don't think I have a definite style as such as I like so many different things and want it all really. But it would be pretty and feminine I think. If I had the room now I would paint it white and fill it with vintage finds and floral print fabrics - but that's today, maybe next week I will have a different idea!!

7. Do you have a signature dish? Tell us about it! - errm, Andy's Chippy?

so I now need to pass on the Liebster award to some other bloggers. I follow a fair few so let me think? Firstly I will award to Janet at Kitchen Table Sewing. Janet has just had a little baby girl so I imagine her blogging time is a bit limited just now. I love her blog as she writes so well - something I admire.
Then I will nominate Irene at All Occasions Cards, Papers and more. She always leaves lovely comments and makes some super cards as well as some great crochet and patchwork makes.

and finally I award Judit at Monster Yarns. She is a very intelligent woman who also writes well and provides some very interesting, thought provoking posts. I also need to apologise to Judit as back in May she awarded me the Super Sweet Blogging Award and as it came at a time when I was super stressed with returning to work after my maternity leave, I'm afraid I let it slip through my emailing fingers and didn't act upon it. Sorry Judit... (by the way Judit has many more than 200 followers so I'm bending the rules a bit)

and your questions are:
  1. Do you believe in ghosts?
  2. What part of the day are you at your best? Morning or evening?
  3. What person in your life do you admire most, and why?
  4. Would you ever take part in a reality TV programme?
  5. If you could time travel, what era (future or past) would you visit?
  6. and finally, in honour of my Grumpy Old Men revelation, tell us about something that really gets on your nerves!
'till next time...


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Birthday Granny Stripe

Hello my friends and my new friends too, welcome to betsymakes  ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

My family is 2 thirds through our birthday season, with just my middle daughter and my husband still to celebrate in September and October. My eldest daughter turned 15 on Sunday and as she had asked for a crochet blanket I was happy and relieved to get this finished in time for her special day.

She really loves it, bless her and snuggles into it whilst surfing the Internet late into the night, eh-emm...

I will admit to it being one of those projects that I needed motivation to get it done so I would lay it out on her bed to check the size and visualise it finished.

I was very happy to reach border stage as it meant I was on the homeward straight and choose to do a few rows of granny-stripes and then a soft scallop edge to finish.

It is made with the trusty Stylecraft Special DK in colours:

  • Cream
  • Pale Rose
  • Denim
  • Grape
  • Parchment
  • Aspen
  • Magenta
  • Pomegranate
  • and Turquoise
the pattern is immediately recognisable as Attic 24's granny stripe that can be found here (thank you Lucy).
Size wise it comes up as 145cm x 182cm, (single bed size)

Isn't it wonderful to be able to make things for loved ones? Being such an emotional soul as I am I'm sure all my feelings I'd felt for my daughter whilst hooking this have been absorbed by it and will stay in the blanket for evermore. From being cross with her for staying up too late (er, yes), being frustrated with her because she doesn't see herself as the wonderful young woman that she is, worrying about her when she's down and loving her so much that it hurts. She can really challenge me at times but I'm so proud of my bright, intelligent, funny, beautiful first born.

And she's very cool as she loves crochet!

Another thing she loves is Doctor Who so I made these Dalek cupcakes (courtesy of Lakeland) for her. There is a great range of Doctor Who cake related goodies as it's the Doctor's 50th anniversary this year.

I had shoved those red and blue candles in as an emergency measure because I had broken the figure 5 candle that I was going to use for the number 15. I did occur to me however that they look like the plunger and whisk  of the real Daleks and I should've used them in all the cakes. 

The night before my daughter's birthday I remembered that she wanted a slouch beanie and had been looking through Ravelry for patterns and adding them to my favourites, so even though time was of an essence I managed to whip up a hat for her in the denim (or Tardis Blue) Stylecraft. Pattern from here.

We had a lovely time Sunday with our family around to celebrate.

 Gosh I've been a mother for 15 years! In that times I've got some things right and loads of things wrong, but have felt more love both for and from my children than I could ever have imagined it possible to feel. 

'till next time....


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Day Tripping

Here are some pics from our day trip to Southwold, a pretty seaside town on the east coast of England.

It was perfect weather for splashing in the sea...

watching Punch and Judy...

admiring the beach huts...

taking a few moments of time to watch the water clock on the pier...

happening upon a small yarn fair with weavers, spinners and being introduced to weaving using a peg loom - I'd never heard of that before.  We were expecting a CD and record fair to be here (as it always has been in the past) my husband collects vinyl records and fancied a mooch. As we entered my son questioned why there were pictures of sheep above the door, so it was funny when instead of a room full of vinyl music geeks it was full of yarnies!!

Here are my purchases. My yarn diet / trying not to buy things is not going well...

The CD and record fair is now situated just next door (behind Barclays bank) so hubby had a spend as well. He bought a Buddy Holly box set, and Howard Keel and Cliff Richard records. My eldest daughter bought some bits there too.

There is a Jack Wills store in Southwold and my daughter loves the stuff from there and used her spending money to buy some leggings in the sale. 

We are a family of shoppers I'm afraid...

We played on the 2p tilt machines...

and had dinner in the Restaurant on the pier...

we admired the sunset as we made our way back to the car...

...and were together. As a family. That's my favourite bit.

'till next time....


Sunday, 4 August 2013

Pincushion Jars

I've been having a play with the jars that are for making your own jam and preserves. I've put them to a different use though...

They are the type with the lids that come in 2 pieces, I've spray painted the outer screw ring.

I covered the inner disc with some fabric and stuffing and it makes for a pretty pincushion jar, don't you think?

For something a bit different I crocheted a flower motif in fine cotton and gathered together the bits and bobs for another jar.

It's now added to my collection :0)

I quite like how the layered crochet flower one turned out.

I've also been doing a bit of cross stitch - this is my favourite jar. I love the font on this lettering design, I have the whole alphabet charts, from here.

a very fun, quick and happy project!!

'till next time...