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 :)


  1. Hi Emma , love your Elmer blanket...that was fast :0)
    Love the pictures of your little bug too.
    What a pretty tea set ....no wonder you were happy !
    Jacquie x

  2. ooh, I love a good charity shop china find and it looks like you did well there. I hope it helps you have many happy (and posh!) afternoon teas.

    It's nice to see you back in blogland.

  3. I love the Elmer blanket, I really need to finish off the projects I've started. Easier said than done, I'm with you on loosing interest half way through. I always seem to think of something else I want to start! :) x


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