Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Crochet, Children and China :)

Evening lovely bloggers. What a wonderful Spring we are having I for one am absolutely LOVING waking up to warm, bright sunlight piercing through the blinds(we haven't got as far as getting curtains---Im not actually very good at the whole soft furnishing thing!)
I wake up smiling and ready to go...Usually though by the time I have tigger bounced down the stairs I am about ready to crawl back up them and back to bed. I suppose I need to work on sustaining the enthusiasm. It's a little like projects ABSOLUTELY LOVE starting them, then get a little bleurgh about them half way through when my fingers and mind are thinking about starting something new...then usually do!

Anyway I have been busy the last few days, crocheting and enjoying the weather and inspiration with the children.
I have finished the little Elmer blanket I was working on thanks to Jacquies inspiration

I am thrilled with it(the pics are taken with an iphone and hubby took them so blanket is wrong way up) but more importantly little bug is in love with it.
this is him with it yesterday. I was hooking outside and he nabbed it as I made a brew!

snuggled up last night just as it was finished.

Little bug has been a nightmare since the sun has been out. He pretty much refuses to come inside for any reason. We have a pretty rubbish back yard but it does have a locked gate so thankfully he can play outside without me having to panic all the time.

In South Wales he went to playgroup everyday but haven't managed to get him into one up here so going to enjoy all the time with him before nursery in September.
I have done a little more crocheting this week as well. I made a little summer headband for a friends baby girl. Little projects are a blessing when minds get a little distracted from bigger projects.
 I really like this stitch, really fast to work up and I think makes a lovely little headband. Going to make a scarf using it. It is called side bars.
Because of the gaps in the pattern the size is adjustable so I just added a button instead of sewing the ends.
I found the pattern in this book

It is nearly Easter break which means the schools are letting the children use their imaginations a lot more and the eggs come out. Hard boiled eggs and childrens imaginations. Here is what my 8 year old and 10 year old came up with...

10 year old. I love it and so did the judges he won 1st prize so he was very happy indeed with his easter egg reward

8 year olds effort(with help from mummy) Mario the egg fell down the pipe haha! He got second prize but that didn't come with chocolate so he wasn't bothered hehe!

It was their parents evening today and I am once again a very proud mummy. My eldest teacher suggested I seriously think about grammar school. Middle bugs teacher told me he is absolutely outstanding in maths. I am so proud of them, after the year we have all had and they have left the only home they have known and all their friends and yet they still shine. Children are incredible. I start to fall to pieces every five minutes and they just keep going and keep smiling. Truly inspirational. 

So now to the third C, China. Not the place, no, sadly no holiday planned. Today we went for a walk to the local shops so I could pop into local wool shop(hate it with a passion. Expensive and unhelpful grrr) but local and I want to start my new project now. On way popped into local CS.
A close member of my family has recently discovered they are expecting which is joyous news but also ends our plans of spending as much of the summer as we can in beer gardens. I have decided that instead we will start having afternoon tea...all posh like! But ALAS! I am short one very nice tea set...hmmm thought I would save up some pennies which at the moment is nigh on impossible...

Thank goodness for Charity Shops. It cost me £30 for the lot including the basket. It is missing one cup but is in wonderful condition and I love it. It is all stamped on the bottom but I have no clue about china so means nothing to me. I just know that it is pretty and perfect for some lovely afternoon tea with friends :)
I am a happy lady today.

Well that was a long post. I hope you made to the bottom. Enjoy the sunshine lovely people. I'm off to read through your lovely doings :)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

mmmmm Spring

Hello there lovely fellow bloggers. Well hasn't it been an absolutely wonderful spring so far? I am so happy when I wake up and the bedroom is filled with bright sunshine. I find I can't help but smile. Everything seems so much easier and more cheerful when a day starts off with the sun smiling in :)
Of course we can't forget the beauty that spring brings and my husband managed to capture a beautiful pic which encapsulates spring for me...
The humble but truly stunning daffodil. It also reminds me of my lovely Wales.

So we have had a very busy but great weekend. St Patricks day on Saturday was a lot of fun. I decided to make a little party for the kiddies as my best friend was coming over with her two girls to spend the night. Obviously this meant at least a little baking and I decided to go all the way with the Irish theme...
It is amazing how a little food colouring and imagination can make a big difference. I had quite a lot of family popping in on Saturday and they all got so excited about it was rather funny. 
 I was so pleased how they turned out

A little buttercream and piped shamrocks and there we have it. Easy peasy St Patrick day cupcakes.

Of course once the little ones had enjoyed their full on sugar rush us Mums enjoyed some drinks and chatting and had a good old knees up.

Mothering Sunday

This was a day filled with mixed emotions for everyone around me. My nieces were of course very mixed up and it seemed so very unreal not having my Sister here. Last year on Mothering Sunday my children were hundreds of miles away from me and we were all discussing the funeral. I think my husband realised it would be a hard day and really went all out for me and my friend who is like a sister. Took all the children to play in the park after making us breakfast in bed and I was truly spoiled 

I loved all my little gifts, they were absolutely perfect. A very lucky lady I am indeed(although after he had made a fiasco of Valentines day I think he felt a little bad)

After scrolling through blogs recently I found that Jacquie has started a project I had been thinking about for a while but just hadn't had the head capacity to start. I fell totally in love with her blanket though and decided I was definitely going to start it. I unashamedly copied. Like I said I had thought about it in passing but couldn't resist after seeing what it would actually look like.
The blanket I have started isn't quite the same as doesn't use the same colours and I use smaller squares but it  is a total copy and I am not ashamed lol. You all inspire me and sometimes a little too much as i see one of your gorgeous creations and pretty much stop what I am doing to have one of my own :)
Sorry about the pic quality will get a better one in the daylight. It is a fun blanket to create. The problem is everyone who has seen me busy hooking over the last few days also wants one! AND an Elmer. I seem to be reminded of Birthdays a lot lately hmmmm can see busy hands in the future.

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your week. 
Big Hugs
Emma xxx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Still Catching Up

Hello lovely bloggers. Well I haven't been very successful so far at logging on but I will try harder. Had an awful bug that was flying around. Wasn't nice and hit just as it was middle bugs Birthday and decided to linger for weeks. My little man still enjoyed his big day tho and that is all that matters. I even managed some baking :)

Home made yumminess...

I haven't been very focused with my crochet lately. I do find that January and February are off months for me and the hook. I think I get so worn out after Christmas I need a complete break from everything. March comes and I am all excited  again. So a blanket I did start before the move has resurfaced and I am loving it.

That is some pics so far. Gorgeous colours and granny squares, perfect for spring. It is cheering me up so much I smile every time I pic it up. Growing grannies and Downton Abbey DVDs go together perfectly :)

Of course with March comes 2 St days. St Davids day was celebrated in our house with Taffy Pie(one of my own creations it includes leek, chicken and sweet potato). Welsh cakes and a little bundle picked for me by my bugs
They are not encouraged to pick flowers but how could I be mad at this little bunch of brightness :)
I do miss Wales but I have my 4 Welsh men with me so it wont be forgotten.

Saturday will involve corned beef and making some Irish decorations. Really we don't need an excuse in our house to throw a little party but it is nice to have one.

Anyone else planning anything fun for St Patricks day?
I am off to bed now to carry on with Granny squares. I hope you are all well.
Big Hugs xxx