Thursday, 19 February 2015

A time out




It's half term this week, so no school for the kids. 

We are enjoying just doing what we want, with no schedule, it's heaven!

The Hubby is off for the next four days, cannot wait for some proper family time.

Hope you're having a fantastic week?!

Xxx


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

My Little Unicorn!


 
Miss L-R needed a new hat & a Rainbow Unicorn Hat seemed perfect for her!! It was made with White Stylecraft Aran wool & the mane & horn were made with Stylecraft DK.



Its a really easy pattern to follow & she loved it!! In fact, I ended up making a version for one of the teachers at her school, but this time in black.





 
I think she needs a rainbow scarf to match!!
 
xxx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

A Frozen Themed Birthday Cake.


 
My youngest turned 6 last November. She's been a dinosaur obsessed tomboy since she was about 2, but in the last year her girly side has definitely come out! She loves nothing better than to put on her Elsa dress & sparkly shoes & dance around. She still loves her dinosaurs & wants to be a palaeontologist when she's older, but wants to wear pretty dresses while doing so!
 
As with a lot of other little girls, Miss L-R loves all things Frozen, so a Frozen themed cake was in order. The cake itself was a chocolate marble cake with chocolate fudge icing. The base layer of the cake was a layer of ice blue fondant, I'd like to say that the pleated sort of effect was on purpose, but I'm not too good with fondant. You cant tell from the photos but the cake was covered in edible glitter. The figures I bought from The Disney Store, I'd seen Frozen figures being sold for ridiculous amounts on various cake supplies sites, so these seemed the better choice, especially as this meant she could play with them afterwards.

 
The cake was a huge success with my little Princess!!

 
xxx

Monday, 2 February 2015

Sunday


 
Started with a little stitching. I'm taking part in The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Story Time Sampler & I'm already behind! Ha ha!! Basically for those who don't know, every month the Pumpkins release a pattern over the space of a year, & at the end of the year, you've created a beautiful Kawaii style sampler. The first month was Alice in Wonderland themed, that I really need to finish, so I can start on this months theme of the Secret Garden.
 
As a family, we have decided that Sundays are now technology free days. Too much of our time is spent on iPhones, iPads, DS's, Kindles, etc, we need one day where the urge to do this is taken away. The girls weren't overly thrilled about this decision to begin with but by the end of the day, they actually agreed that this should be something we continue & they had fun without technology!
 
It was a freezing day, so we wrapped up warm & went for a short walk in a nearby woods.



The girls had lots of fun going exploring off whilst myself & Hubby stuck to the paths (I was so cold & my joints were really sore & wobbly, I really wanted to explore with them but I was sensible & took it easy!)


 
We then returned home for lunch & I felt so tired & sore that I went back to bed for a while, whilst Hubby taught Miss K to play Othello. I'm proud to say that after two games, she beat her Dad!!



I spent some time adding two more rows to my Cottage Ripple, I'm so in love with it, I cannot wait to finish it!




We cooked dinner together (which I forgot to take a photo off as I was too hungry!) & we tried The Pioneer Womans Crash Hot Potatoes which got a massive thumbs up from 4 out of 5 of us!! That's a success in my books!


 
We finished off our technology free day by spending some time together drawing. This was my effort, it didn't turn out exactly how I planned it, so I'm going to try it again.
 
So that was my Sunday, the nicest Sunday we've had for a while.
 
How was yours?
 
xxx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Cottage Ripple

When I first started to crochet, the Ripple blanket was on the top of my To Do list. But as much as I wanted to make one, the thought of it terrified me! It just looked so complicated!

Lucy of Attic24 fame has produced some beautiful Ripple blankets (here & here ) & I'd read that her instructions were the best. So I gave it a shot, but to be honest, I never made it past the foundation chain!! All that counting & trying to crochet into the foundation chain just wasn't happening!! So I put all thoughts of a Ripple aside & carried on with other projects.

But the Ripple kept catching my eye.

Lucy created the Coast Ripple & the urge to attempt the Ripple arose again. But as much as I liked it, the colours just didn't grab me enough, they felt a little cold to be honest.

Then this happened, the heavens opened & angels sang lol!! How stunning are these colours?

Now I was determined to crochet a Ripple!! So I bought the set from The Wool Warehouse (amazing service by the way!!) & gave it another go!

 
Not sure what happened differently this time, but I was Rippling pretty much straight away!



The instructions just made so much more sense than before. I'm not sure why? Maybe because I've got more crochet knowledge now? I don't know.


 
 
But its happening! I've only had to rip back one row so far which is definitely a success lol!
 



But I am the slowest crocheter (is that a word?) ever, so hopefully this blanket will be finished by the end of 2015!


 
Do you Ripple?
 
xxx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Polychromos Pencils


 
How gorgeous is this rainbow of pencils?? These are Polychromos pencils by Faber-Castell & they are an absolute dream to draw with. I used to have a set of Karisma pencils & I have to admit I guarded them with my life! I never let anyone use them, in fact I hardly used them myself. But one thing I have learnt is not to keep things "for special", as the special rarely happens. So when I started to draw again, I used my Karisma pencils frequently. I even let my girls use them & was pleasantly surprised when they treated them with great care & produced beautiful pieces of art with them.
 
Unfortunately Karisma pencils have been discontinued, so I needed to find a replacement. The Polychromos were very highly rated by many artists, so I decided to treat myself for my birthday (that's not weird is it? To buy your own birthday present?) & I got this set.
 
I really wanted this set, but that wasn't going to happen!! Unless I win the lottery..........
 
I spent a few hours on my birthday (while the Hubby & kids cooked me an amazing dinner!) drawing a butterly. I found a photo on Pinterest & used that as inspiration. The Polychromos are amazing to shade with, & the colours all blend beautifully together. Obviously it will take some practice to master drawing & shading with them, but I'm looking forward to hopefully mastering them.

 
 
The finished piece, took a few evenings to actually finish it, but I loved the process! The second wing looks completely out of proportion though lol!

 
There are some amazing artists using Polychromos out there, search instagram using #polychromos & prepare to be astounded!!
 
xxx

Friday, 9 January 2015

Slowing things down.


 
One of my goals for last year was to take better care of myself. Well I failed miserably at that! I suffer from hypermobility-syndrome, & currently am dealing with a massive flare up of symptoms. I've not been able to work this week & have been hobbling around like an old person. I'm not sure what has caused this flare up, the weather? Or just generally overdoing things? I woke up feeling better yesterday, but thought practically & made myself rest, rather than trying to get the housework etc done as I normally would (my house is trashed!!). I stayed in bed as its the most comfortable place to be, but cleared all the meds & rubbish off my bedside table as it was annoying me to look at them. Instead I filled it with things that I love, flowers, a candle, a cup of tea & a photo of my hubby, & I relaxed.
 
Until I had to do the school run & so today I am back to being in lots of pain. But instead of feeling down about it, I've lit my candle, there's a bar of chocolate next to my cup of tea & I have two new magazines to read. I've got no plans for the weekend, apart from a party on Sunday that my youngest has been invited to. I'm hoping that more rest will mean that next week will be better!
 
So top of my goals for 2015 is to take better care of myself, to rest when I need to, to exercise more & eat better. To get my hypermobility under control, so that flare ups like this become rarer (unfortunately this condition doesn't go away).
 
xxx