Showing posts from March, 2013

My Filofax Week.... Week 1

I have so admired other Filofax pages, with their colour and organisation, that this week I decided to join in. A pretty (girlie word but I like it) and practical diary makes getting and staying organised enjoyable. Life is too short not to enjoy scheduling. That's my March resolution.
The theme this week is red. Red and black, power combination. Love it. The diary stickers are from rikyandnina on ebay... I love these so much I have more coming for Easter! .... and the washi tape was from Amazon. Thank you to all the inspirers out there who have made me envy planners of beauty. Hope you like this peep inside mine!

Filofax; Spring Cleaning my set up

I have been using the same Filofax set up for about 6 months now. Bar occasional tidying up and clearing out, I haven't made any big changes. Until this week, when I felt the need to rejig  a little.
 I still have my family flyleaf and the front pockets full of cards, stickers and stuff.
 This plain sheet is a tri-fold A4 trimmed to make my brain dump page. Cheap, easy and disposable of with very little guilt.
 A shopping list is always necessary, isn't it? The zip envelope is a place for receipts and tags that I want to keep safe when I'm out. These all go after the first page protector but before the first labelled divider.
 Dashboard.... I'm looking for a cute pad to put on the other side for notes etc. And you can see the diary top tab here. I like top tabs just for the side space they give. Room for extra pens, innit?

 The diary is going to undergo a change. I have been using week to a page with a lined sheet opposite for menu, notes etc but I was watching Filofax vide…

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Happy Easter!

I will be away from the computer (probably) for a week or so, so I wanted to take the chance to say Happy Easter to all the people who come across this blog, whether regular friends or pop-in todays. I hope you all have a lovely Easter and that it is peaceful and happy.

My house has been decorated for the season.... not finished yet, but nearly.
 I made the bunting in a couple of evenings. It was very easy, just a few small flowers and a triangle of crochet. Please don't tell me bunting is out this year, just as I have finally made some. I have plans for the summer, too.
 You can see how simple the flower is, a chain of 4, a set of ten dc into it, and a slip stitch followed by half treble, treble and half treble. It takes seconds and is just so useful. The original pattern I used (Attic 24 of course) is here. We have plans for the summer, like brooches, hair slides and bobbles in purple, the colour of her new uniform.

 The daffodils were made by a local lady and sold as brooches f…

Half an hour to drink a hot chocolate?

Time alone is precious as any Mum will tell you and time alone in a decent shopping area doubly so. I ended up with a half hour break between appointments yesterday in Liverpool. Just long enough for a hot chocolate (you must have cream on hot chocolate according to the girl in Waterstones) and a little crochet time. These flowers take moments and are part of my next make. Can I count this as April's make even if I finish it in March?

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!

I have had a lovely day with a lie in, pizza lunch, tea cooked for me and a blissful afternoon of crochet while I watched that greatly undiscovered Mother's Day treat, football on the telly. Liverpool won (relief)
I got my cards today but Mr Amazon will deliver my gifts shortly. I'm not sure what counts as gifts and what I got myself. I'll post about them when they come!
Best wishes to you all x

Playing Hookey.....

I have been busy busy busy. On Monday I grabbed my hook and found my pattern and got going.
My teapot was looking cold and my tea was getting colder (see this post at Happy Angel for how I likes my tea!) so I sat and started.
There was a teacosy in Granny Chic that I liked; but the pattern was bewildering (see here as featured on a newspaper website) so I looked elsewhere. On Crochet With Raymond's archive site I found just the one.

Mine won't come with a beautiful cat, unfortunately, but it could come with a dotty crochet hook (bought from etsy; for similar see here)
 I found the pictures and pattern on Crochet with Raymond easy enough to follow and to work out what to do to adapt it for a larger teapot.
 And as I hooked and adapted to suit, I thought how bizarre it is that what was once a simple matter; let's make a teacosy, becomes a complex pattern and let's buy a book or spend ages on t'internet to find one.
 My Nan crocheted but she just made it up as she we…

A Ta Dah!! for March... already?

With the plan being to make something for every month of the year, I am well ahead for March. I finished the knitting for this on Friday and it was just waiting for a spare five minutes to be finished..... it still needs a button, but I know the one I want, a large 2cm diameter wooden pine coloured one. My button box is (ahem) not where it used to be so I must await a miracle and see if it turns up over the next couple of weeks when I move all the stuff from the Lupin room to My Craft Attic. Fingers crossed!

The case was easy, really. I used the free wool that came with a magazine (I can't find the magazine to name it!) and cast on 25 stitches for each side. I did plain stocking stitch for 7 inches and then a Knit 2 purl 1 rib for another 12 rows before casting off. My front side is plain, the back is striped with a really random, gosh-what-colour-have-I-grabbed-now stripe and rib in the same colour as the front.

Every set of two rows had two ends to stitch in; that was the worst …

Friday WIP

I am busy getting some stuff ready for a night in Wales with the family: most of my relatives will be there for dinner tonight and a dinner dance. So of course I should be busy packing and checking stuff. And I am knitting.
It will be a case for a piece of techie kit. You'll see it on Monday or Tuesday. Once it's sewn and finished, embroidered and buttoned. Have a good weekend!