Monday, 27 September 2010

Back to boring...

We have had a great weekend and i just thought i'd do a little post to tell you all about it. It was Grandma G's 80th birthday on saturday so we went down to Newton Abbot, South Devon for a weekend of celebrations.

Friday evening we had a huge bbq. Family travelled all the way over from Orlando, London, Wales and Scotland for the weekend and it was great to meet up with them again.

Saturday night we were treated to a wonderful meal at a posh hotel in Torquay. Gorgeous food, lovely view and great company!

Out came the dress again, i am certainly getting my use out of this one!

So today we were back to boring work and normal weekday living... i just got a phone call from our estate agent, we have a viewing on thursday so thats a bit scary. I cant remember if i posted but we have put our house on the market, hoping to sell up and get a bigger property. So house has got to be spotless on thursday!

Good news soon to come... i am planning on setting up my own shop on ETSY!! I am very excited about it! I have started making a few items for the website, its taking longer than i had hoped but i will get there in the end. I'll let you know when its up and running!

I am also setting up an after school cooking club with a colleague from work, it should be great! Again it takes time to set up and a lot of preperation before hand. If your interested this is the organisation behind it 'Lets Get Cooking'. Let me know if you have any good ideas for our club, fundraising, activities, promotions etc etc.

Will catch up again soon and keep you posted on progress for Etsy!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Just a little something...

Just thought I'd show you this little gift i have made for our Grandma G's birthday. She turns the big 8-0 on Saturday. We will be celecrating all weekend.. Friday night is a BBQ at Linda & Andy's, Saturday afternoon will be cake and champagne followed by a very posh dinner at a hotel in Torquay! Looking forward to that! Planning on wearing my black dress from the wedding ( see previous posts).

Anyway, back to the gift. I have made her a hot water bottle cover in her favourite colours, spruced up with some cute little flowers.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

TA DA! It's finally Done! Come See!

Really proud and so glad to FINALLY be showing you all my finished blanket!!!

Made from about 10 different blue yarns, i used the Jan Eaton book to make a total of 48 squares! Some of the squares i had done before on my last blanket but most of them were new so i learnt how to do quite a few patterns again. My favourites have to be the bobbles in different colours and 3d flower ones. I actually really liked the granny stripe one too. I have seen lots of bloggers trying granny stripe blankets lately and i can see why they are enjoying them so much now. Really quick but look great with bright colours!

I made 6 rows of treble crochet for the border using three colours. I found a pattern for the edging on the Internet and adapted it slightly. Basically its lots of chains interlocking with double crochet. The wool i used for the edging was a gift from Linda for our Anniversary, it fades from grey to blue to green and was perfect to finish the blanket with!

I just finished this masterpiece (alright i might be exaggerating a bit but it took ages!! Therefore is a masterpiece to me!) at the beginning of the week and wrapped it up as one of my hubby's birthday presents. The look on his face yesterday was priceless when he thought this was his only present. I soon made him smile with some really fancy chisels and a new plane (of the carpentry kind).
So there you have it. All sewn together, bordered up and finished! Ahh.. deep sigh of relief!
... Although now i am already missing working on a blanket... my current work in progress is a hot water bottle cover for Grandma G's 80th Birthday in a couple of weeks. Then i will move back to my ripple blanket i think. It has been lovingly shoved in a draw for the past couple of months and i think its time it had an airing and had a few rows added to it!

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Wondeful Weekend!

I've just got back from a really great weekend in South Devon. It was my hubby's cousin's wedding on Saturday and TA DA! the dress was finished in time!!

I am thoroughly pleased with how it turned out. Believe me i was starting to think it wasn't going to be ready when Thursday evening i was doing LOTS of hand sewing! I had a lot of compliments and my sister would like me to make her one (maybe I'll wait til she's had her baby though! ;) ) My hubby also made himself a tie Thursday night so that we were co-ordinating. We are a bit sad like that. Now that I've shown him how to make ties there's no stopping him!

The wedding was gorgeous, it had a farming / harvest theme to it as the Brides parents are farmers. The flowers were lovely, lots of greenery with roses, Lillie's and of course wheat! The ceremony was in a charming little church in Abbotskerswell followed by a reception at their family home. They hired a massive marque for the occasion which was decorated with wheat, milk churns of flowers and really cute bunting!

One of the first things you were greeted with was the Bride and Groom scare crows!

Each table had their own Roast beef joint and one person at each table had been nominated as 'carver of the marital meat'. The favours went down extremely well with me, being a chocolate lover, truffles, hand made by the Groom! The whole day was brilliant, amazing sunny weather after the terrible week of rain we've had and lots of dancing in the evening!

I wish Mark and Vicky a wonderful life together and hope they enjoy their honey moon in Bali!

Hubby Owen and his parents.