Monday, 30 April 2007
Six people took part, Wendy, Alison, Sarah, Susan, Gill and me and we had an agreement; make at least one bookmark for the next person on the list and keep working your way down the list if you like/ feel able/ haven't anything better to do. These ladies all have better things to do, but they are little gems! So, here is my haul!
Wendy made a monochromatic parallellogram (spot the teacher) which, I think, will grace the book in my ensuite, if you don't mind, Wendy. It is Sarah Ban Breathnach's 'Romancing the Ordinary', so that's quite classy, isn't it?
Gill's Rosy dream has to go in the book in my new bag (currently 'The Memorykeepers Daughter' by Kim Edwards. Jodie Picoult recommended it on the cover & I like her work.) This is my waiting book, so it can take me a while to finish & get to go everywhere! Gill's bookmark will go from Liverpool to York to Wales to Cheltenham this year alone!
Alison's cross stitch creation is lovely, almost too nice to use but good bookmarks, like good books are meant to be used, so this one will find a place in my Bible. Probably in Proverbs 32, as a reminder of what perfection is!
Susan's material creation is fascinatingly tactile, and her label is multi-functional so I think I got two for the price of one, here! I think this one will probably reside in my bedside book. Currently mu bookmark is a bead-ended piece of string, but before that it was a piece of toilet roll (not recycled) so this is a definite step upwards in class! And the book? It's a(nother) thinking man's Da Vinci code... Ok, I don't read good literature all the time... I usually fall asleep with the book still open & have to be gently shoved awake to put it away!
Sarah, bless her, had bunting as a major preoccupation. Go see the blog to see her and the bunting! She did, however, complete her assigned bookmark for Alison, so go and visit to see what it looked like! Thank you for participating, Sarah, and can you make me some bunting, too!?!
My bookmarks...? What? I was supposed to make some, too?? Oh No!
Actually, I made one for everyone except me... which I will remedy in the next couple of days, but they were threads-in-knots sort of things that had beads on. Go see everyone else's space to see them... I forgot to take a picture!
I'd like to send a big thank you to all the ladies that took part. The wonderful thing about bookmarks is that they are small, easily made and always needed. I love the way that we got material, stitchery, beadwork and textile engineering into one small set of bookmarks. I really enjoyed organising it, what little I had to do, and I am so proud and happy to have made some new and talented friends from it!
Also, read on to the next post, about my new blogsite, Best of British; Crafters days out in Britain. Any ideas, people?
Sunday, 29 April 2007
Go and visit Best of British; Crafters Days Out in Britain. I got it up & running! Alas, I'm the only post at the moment but this is an appeal.... PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAPS.... I want everyone who reads my blog and everyother cute blog in Britain to have an idea. Think of a place, post about it and let's have plenty of ideas for the summer! Gosh! I should be on 10% at least for this! What no money? Eh well, I'll settle for the kudos!
Saturday, 28 April 2007
At present there is only one entry, for the Padstow May Day festival, but the post gives you a real feel for the place. I look forward to reading more..... and wouldn't it be lovely to have one of these for each area of the country, so that when we go out we can look and see what other people have done and recommend doing; whether there are convenient and nice places to eat, whether the event last year was worth it and when the blasted things are, so that we could plan the holidays or weekends we have.... an idea well worth considering, I think....
Friday, 27 April 2007
OK, after that little detour, here is my little brain exposed for criticism.
I got parcels this week, one as a gift, one I ordered.
Firstly, my freebie from Wendy (go and say hello, please) She had an annual blogoversary prize and I won!! (You did know I won, didn't you?)
All these goodies arrived in a parcel and I opened them earlier this week, but didn't have a chance to post until today. The ribbon may be trimming a bag made from an old velvet curtain I have in mind, or a cushion for my bedroom. It may just sit around for a few months until real inspiration strikes. Beads, silver and pink, have a place marked on a t-shirt for the princess (adorning a butterfly!) The rings are pink, and at the moment aren't talking to me, but they will. The paper, I think, will find a page in my scrapbook. It has very useful colours in it.
My ordered gift was this lovely bag from Treefall designs, although if I'd known she was going to make this, I might have waited a little longer. However, mine is a lovely size for the summer, holding my most essential items (You know, the book, the magazine, the notepad, the ten pens that disappear when it's time to write anything down....) and I will have great pleasure in using it for the foreseeable future (or until I save up enough for a house bag)
I have also received all the bookmarks from the bookmark swap, and photographed them. I'm going to put my post about them out on Monday, a week later than first suggested, as then the very lovely people in the swap might have received my bookmarks to them..... it's coming, Ladies, it's coming....
Friday, 20 April 2007
So, today's corner is the Princess' Palace.
We painted it pink and yellow last year. She chose the colours, and then told us off because we put the pink on the bottom and the yellow on the top! We did have the bed set up in the middle of the room, but that cut down on the available floor space for playing and also gave her a gap to fill with toys and books every chance she got. Now all the furniture is around the outside and there's a big floorspace with no little spaces to cram!
She likes playing with her dolls, especially Polly Pocket, and has a dolls' house, dolls' bed and a high chair which she sometimes staggers downstairs with. She cannot sleep without her Ellie and, God forbid, we never forget to take her on holiday or sleepovers. Ellie is the biggest baby in the cot. The others are Holly and Baby Peter.
What else does she do? She reads, at least, she has the books and looks at them a lot. She can read a little now, but she is still a little unconfident about trying to read 'real' books. Besides which, when you can read yourself, people stop reading to you at bedtime and she loves her bedtime stories.
Writing is a big favourite, too and cutting, sticking, stickers and all sorts of paper crafting. She could keep the recycling business going single-handedly... were I ever allowed to recycle any of her pieces of paper!
You can tell she's into pink, right? I always wanted my daughter to be into red, dressed her in red everychance I got and always, always bought her red shoes. It's such a disappointment to me and, what is worse, it's catching! I found myself buying pink t-shirts earlier last week and stoped to think, "I would never have done that before I had Her!"
But it's OK, I still get to buy her shoes. And red does go with everything, right?
Thursday, 19 April 2007
By Robert Browning (written in c.1845)
Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops--at the bent spray's edge--
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
--Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!
Don't you just love April?
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Friday, 13 April 2007
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Winning is not something I'm big on. I don't run, I can't do logic and I'm a Jack-of-all-trades rather than a master of anything so I never enter any competitions therefore am unlikely to win, but today I actually won! Thank you, Wendy, for the stuff & I won!
I have had a really fantastic day today. The darlings went off to the holiday club & I set off to the local high street. There are about 5 or 6 charity shops there, from Oxfam to the local hospice shop, and I went to them all. I bought loads of stuff for me & the kids, but my top bargains were a pink bag for £1.50, a copy of Enchanted April as recommended by Sarah Ban Breathnach in her Romancing The Ordinary book for April, 2 (count them!) 2 skateboards that my boys have been out playing on (such fun... I will take some photos & post them) for £2.50 each with helmets & knee pads & some tops for the Princess for about £1.50 each.
It was a really blessed day & I am so chuffed! Thank God for charity shops & now I need to go & do some housework!
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
So I have two hours to myself. What shall I do?
Cut and stick into my inspiration book?
Ripple a few rows?
Or tidy my kitchen.
Now, if I was Anthea, I could tell you about the joys of a clean kitchen. But I'm not, and I won't. Just so long as we don't all get food poisoning & get ill, my kitchen will do. But I think a little judicious use of the Flash & a little elbow grease might be in order... and I can practise the everyday presence of God! Zen homemaking, here I come!
Then I can have the coffee while I cut and stick with my ripple blanket on my knees. Who said I couldn't multi-task?
Thursday, 5 April 2007
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
I am one of life's impatients so I just did it... hence it just goes on the top of the bed. Well, my dearest darlingest husband, who protests about anything frilly, pretty or pink, has said that as blankets go, it is pretty useless. I think the words "no decent tuck in" escaped his lips sometime. The next time he thinks anything like that he will mutter it under his breath, or he'll be murmuring for a while when they wire his jaw together.
Any way, I finished it, may go back and add some rows of treble stitch down each side as a.... peace offering, is the word, but I was basically tired of grannying. Ho Hum.
Didn't do anything for two nights. My hands were restless, my humming was irritating me and I was at an impasse. I'm impressed I can spell it, don't ask me what it means.
If it were Christmas time (I love Christmas) I could have made cards, decorations, baked or even hummed carols (somehow they are a lot less annoying than 'busy doing nothing') But it is Easter... fluffy chicks? (Chick envy... Molly Chicken's blog had chicks on appropriately enough!) Dyed Easter eggs (that's easy... go see Mias Landliv for the cutest gingham eggs)
No, nothing made my top knot twitch or my fingers tingle (one is lice; the other is Reynaud's and only happens in the cold) And then I had it....
I would make a new and improved blanket. A ripple stitch blanket. A blanket big enough to tuck in and tell my hubby to tuck off.
So, here I am rippling along. I have 10 inches of cute ripple that reaches from floor to carpeted floor on my King size bed. I think I overestimated the shrinkage of the waviness. Never mind; I didn't check until I'd done the first three colours and undoing was not an option. What'll tuck a lot will tuck well. And my husband will sleep well next winter under a blanket that I can truthfully say is original, completely my own work and inspired by all the ripplers on this website.
By the way, yes I'm new to You tube; They actually had a tutorial on ripple stitch. Check it out here.
Pictures to be added later... B****y computer & the light & the children..... Oh tuck it!
I also meant to point you in the direction of Metteflette's blog... these little eggs are so gorgeous & I may have to make the 5-year old girls equivalent!!
Monday, 2 April 2007
I found this test on Mrs L's blog, couldn't resist it and did it. I was thinking along the lines of Valrhona's 85% real chocolate, or perhaps a decent truffle, but no, I am...
|You are White Chocolate|
You have a strong feminine side with a good bit of innocence thrown in.
Whether your girlish ways are an act or not, men like to take care of you.
You are an understated beauty, and your power is often underestimated!