Thursday, 24 July 2014

Finishing off

Remember when I learnt a new craft back in July 2012? It was making toothbrush rugs and I learned how to make them from the lovely Christine. This is where I left off two years ago.

If I read back it had got to a magnificent 37cms!

I go to a monthly knit and natter group although as I have nothing to do with the dark art of yarn twiddling I do still go and take sewing/rug making along with me. The photo above is of how far I was on the 8th of this month.

This is Anya helping me in the park on the day of the teacher strike. Coincidently we met up with Christine and her daughters (as well as another friend *waves at Rachel*) so they were all helping out too.

And here is my other helper - he has claimed it as his rug! Luckily he is a small dog so he could sleep on it as I was making it and I could still turn it!

And this is it today! I'm using some techniques from the art of yarn twiddling to block this rug as it was starting to look more like a basket (useful for the dog but not so much for me!) I'm blocking it by wetting it thoroughly and then pinning it at intervals to the carpet so it stretches out into the shape it's meant to be. This is the second wetting and I just need it to dry overnight so that I can repin and get it in the proper shape tomorrow. I haven't measured it again so I don't know how big it is but I'm pleased with it for my first attempt :)

Anything crafty happening in your neck of the woods?

Friday, 11 July 2014

A book, a pretty little book

A very pretty book don't you agree? Lets have a look through the pages.

Ooooooh this page looks very interesting. Upcyced bubble mailers? Hang on a minute - lets have a closer look at the name at the top.....

Oh yes, that's me!! As you might have guessed from this long winded post, one of my tutorials has been featured in this book :)

See, a pretty picture too of my nursery rhyme bubble mailer.

The book was published in October last year and I forgot about it until I found the letter about it when I was tidying up the craft room recently - doh!!

So, how are you all?? I feel like I have been away from here for ages but it's been lass than a month!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014


There's floor! And a desk that is usable when the fabric is moved!

And you'll have to imagine this but the stairs up to the top floor are also clear! This is because my mum and dad are coming to stay for a couple of days and they need to sleep in the study (which is also tidy!)
Speaking of mum and dad, I'd better go and clean the kitchen a bit before they get here!

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Going to the craft room and I'm going to get tidying....

Sing the title of this blog post to this tune.

I've finally made it back up to the craft room after leaving it to itself for a few months (depression/lack of motivation etc) It feels good to be back in there but goodness me it was a mess!

This is the space in front of my desk.

This is the doorway (I am aware that you are meant to go through doors!)

This is a pile to be sorted - a mixture of packaging and stock.

At least I have an eager helper!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Cool sculpture/use of a dead tree

During half term we went to stay with my mum and dad in Ripon - here we are going out for a pre bedtime walk :)

This tree is in Spa Gardens and has been transformed into an Alice in Wonderland themed sculpture. Lewis Carroll was said to have gathered some inspiration for his book from visits to Ripon Cathedral when his father was a cannon.

Cheshire Cat and The Queen of Hearts

My mum (she wasn't in the book!)

More characters

It's very cool to look at and find the characters :) Well I certainly enjoyed it! There's also something satisfying taking your children to places you played as a child and watching them climb the exact same trees!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Taking stock 2

The delightful Pip is taking stock so I thought I would join in. I've done it before and it's fun!

Making : Mending an eiderdown and continuing with the hexipuff quilt
Cooking : Nothing today as it's pasta carbonara for tea but lasagne tomorrow
Drinking : Tea
Reading: Lots of Tumblr/blog posts and Nemesis by Jo Nesbo
Wanting: To sleep better
Looking: At the lush greenery of the park outside my window
Playing: Screwball Scramble with the girls (99p in the charity shop!)
Deciding: What to do for Tara's party
Wishing: I could get motivated
Enjoying: My tidy bedroom
Waiting: For the rest of my house to be tidy/sorted (not gonna happen any time soon!)
Liking: Knowing people who 'get' me
Wondering: What desserts to take to a dedication at the weekend
Loving: My family (little and extended) who are all ace
Pondering: What direction to take Swirlyarts in
Considering: If to get some asparagus plants
Watching: This video by James - great song and very moving video
Hoping: That the girls uniforms will still fit for another few weeks
Marvelling: At how fab the girls are :)
Needing: Not a lot right now
Smelling: My perfume
Wearing: Clashing patterns as usual
Following: My own brand of fashion darhlink :)
Noticing: People's shoes more often (no idea why!)
Knowing: That I will get better soon (depression)
Thinking: A lot
Feeling: Hopeful and fairly content
Admiring: Strong people who know who they are
Sorting: Yet more stuff out for the charity shops
Buying: Too many books from charity shops as usual
Getting: Distracted easily
Bookmarking: Lots of things on Pinterest
Disliking: Judgemental people
Opening: Too many biscuit packets
Giggling: At stupid things Matt says and knowing that no-one else would understand!
Feeling: Ok
Snacking: See opening above!
Coveting: A new tattoo
Wishing: For  a magic wand to waft over my house to sort it all out!
Helping: A friend sort her garden out
Hearing: Dogs barking in the park

Also coveting these shoes!

Bye for now :)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The hexipuff quilt

It is going very, very slowly as I thought it might! Here is it's progress so far.

And here is what the individual hexipuffs look like on their own.

Come back next year and it may have doubled in size!

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Adventures in gardening

If you are friends with me on Facebook or Instagram then you will have already seen these pictures so bear with me. If not then enjoy these :)

This is what our front garden looked like in approx 2012. This was before last years attempts at veggie gardening which are documented elsewhere on this blog. Last year worked well but I wanted to increase the space for growing vegetables while we wait for our allotment (currently hovering around 100 on that list!)

So the patio bit in the middle came up and lots of plants were removed - lots of soil space now to utilise!

Here is Harry inspecting the first raised bed to go up. It went round the raspberry canes which were kindly donated by my friend Ruth. Since this picture was taken I have also planted out some courgettes courtesy of my father in law.

And this is with two more raised beds and some gravel down.

The raised bed nearest the house now has tomatoes and lettuce courtesy of my father in law again and parsnips from the garden centre. I've also chucked some radish seeds in there to see what happens as last year we got one measly radish!

And this is what it looks like now :) I still have to add gravel around the tayberry bush on the top left once the soil there is levelled and the bit of soil to the right is going to be flowers/bushes to attract bees/butterflies. The raised bed in the middle with the trellis behind is going to be for butternut squash eventually (I've only just planted the seeds!) and then something in front but I have no idea what yet. The box with the trellis houses peas, there are sweet peas in a pot to the left of the front bed and potatoes, onions, turnips and strawberries in tubs dotted around in various places. I've also got beans and herbs in the back garden where there will be another raised bed at some stage this year (to use next year)

Gardening is ace - lets see how much we get this year :)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Some decorating :)

Not the type of decorating that is actually needed around here but some fun decorating that *needed* doing in breaks between tidying today :)

Our bedroom light switch

Anyas bedroom light switch

Taras bedroom light switch

As of 7.39pm on Monday 12th May no-one has noticed, but I'm sure it won't take long :)

Thursday, 1 May 2014


New to me boots that don't look like they have been worn.

These were bought in a local antiques place if you can believe it! So, now I have my much coveted Dr. Martens :)

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