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Beach Hut Beginnings

I’ve decided to turn the spare room into a beach hut craft room. I love love love Cornwall and would move there right now if it were possible, but it isn’t. So I’ve flicked through my holiday photos from the past few years for ideas on how to make the room feel a little bit like Cornwall. I’m still not exactly sure how I want it to look but Talland Bay Beach Cafe, Polperro, my money Box, lap tray, treasure chest and Cornishware have inspired me.

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I can’t decorate yet, the walls have to chased out for electric cables first, in the meantime I’ve made a start on some bunting and a blanket

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 7:16 am 1 comment

Happy New Year

According to the calendar, I’m a week late. But it doesn’t feel like a new year to me until the Christmas decorations have been packed away and I’ve given the house a much-needed cleaning. The decorations were in boxes in the lounge for two days – I can’t put them up in the loft myself, my hip wlll allow me to go up a ladder but won’t let me come back down, lol. I cleaned around them. On friday morning Mr MB put them away, I cleaned the corner where they’d been piled up then I gave myself the weekend off to be lazy πŸ˜€

I have a new diary which I’ve started to fill

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and I’ve made a small planner for blog posts

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I’m still missing four colours of Stylecraft yarn, they were out of stock. I’ve made a note of them and will make sure they’re included in my next order. I’ve made little samples of all the other colours, this will help me make beautifully co-ordinated items. Hopefully πŸ˜€

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Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2018 xx

Monday, 8th January 2018 at 4:38 pm 3 comments

Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve with my almost-four-year-old nephew was fabulous. We played Power Rangers (I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing so I just made things up), we were spies with Spiderman walkie talkies (this involved him going into another room and asking me what someone else was doing, while I was sitting in front on the spied-on person) and Playmobil pirates sailing across the coffee table on a raft. He walked around with a basket of crackers and made sure everyone had one to pull, and he helped me make drinks in the kitchen. I’d forgotten what it’s like to have an excited littlie in the house at Christmas and it was wonderful. But when everyone had gone home and I’d tidied up, I was exhausted and glad my kids are all grown up πŸ˜€

Christmas Day was lovely, we started opening presents at about 11am and carried on til about 4pm. We take it in turns to open, with everyone else watching and going ‘oooooh’ and ‘aaaah’ before Miss MB chooses who goes next (she’s always been the person in charge of the presents on Christmas Day). It can take up to 30 minutes to open one present each because we all have a good look at each thing. I think we managed two presents each – and our stockings, of course! – before stopping for lunch and it was almost two hours before we sat under the tree again.

Since then, two of us have gone back to work but every moment we’re all home, someone puts a film on, or makes mulled wine, or throws leftovers on plates, or gets the tin of chocs out.

I had some lovely things this year, want to see?

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Oooooh what’s in here?

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YES!!!

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Scampi had great fun with his new toy, he ripped it to pieces in just 20 minutes

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And he kept his hat on just long enough to take a photo

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Sunday, 31st December 2017 at 12:48 pm 5 comments

Christmas Round Things

Round Things, because they’re too big to be called coasters and too small to be called placemats. To make a coaster, I really need cotton yarn. But all I have is acrylic DK, so that’s what I decided to use. But I liked it so made five more, they’re going to grace my coffee table. Then I decided I needed six for the kitchen table so I’ve made a start on them. I have a solution to the size issue – I just need to find somewhere that sells enormous wine glasses and they’ll fit perfectly πŸ˜€

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Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 3:23 pm 2 comments

Choosing Colours

Each time I bought a new yarn, I’d snip a bit off and tape it into a folder with the colour name and number. I soon realised that this isn’t at all useful when I need to shuffle colours around when choosing what to use for a project of more than one colour πŸ˜€

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So I did this instead.

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But it didn’t really work, it was as if the colours changed slightly once they were crocheted into actual stitches and they didn’t really work together (does that only happen to me?!). I also tried winding yarn around pegs, that seems to work for plenty of people – but again, not me. So I sat and crocheted a small sample of each colour.Β  I find it much easier to see what works and what doesn’t.

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I’ve also realised just how many colours of my favourite yarn are missing, so I’m obviously going to have to put in a lovely large order πŸ˜€

Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 2:18 pm 1 comment

Catching Up

I’ve whined and moaned a lot over the summer – mostly to Scampi Dog πŸ˜€ I’ve quite often wanted to rant but he still gets nervous when he hears angry voices and is still reactive sometimes so my moaning is done very cheerfully – β€œOoooh Scamps, do you know just how annoying this shoulder is? And my hip is sore today too. People are getting on my nerves lately, me and you should move to Cornwall – just us. I think a biscuit might make things better, let’s have a Bonio”. He runs to his cushion, sits in his best look-at-me-being-good-and-sitting-nicely position, gazes at the Bonio box and waits patiently for me to give him his treat πŸ˜€

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The garden has been a bit productive this year but nowhere near as good as previous years. I’ve had enough to freeze some so I can make stews with homegrown veg but it definitely won’t last all winter so I’ll have to BUY SOME which I’m not at all happy about! What did manage to grow is actually very tasty so I won’t complain too much. I like to take photos of what has been harvested but after taking these, I lost interest. My Garden 2017 photo folder on my laptop is almost empty and I now wish I’d carried on capturing snapshots of the year.

 

 

My shoulder is still twinging occasionally but there’s no pain so I’ve been crocheting again for the past few weeks. I was halfway through a blanket for myself – I ran out of yarn so ordered more, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered so I could carry on. But when it arrived I decided I needed a holiday project so it was tucked into a bag to take to Cornwall at the end of September. Halfway down the motorway, I realised I’d left it at home πŸ˜€ Had a great holiday but I missed my yarn and was happy to be back, crocheting again. And I’ve finished the blanket

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I started some Christmas cushion covers months ago then abandoned them, I’ve been working on them again lately

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I’ve started some cushion covers to match my grey blanket

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Now that I’m back in full swing again, I’ll be crocheting my way through my list of ideas and posting them here – disasters or not πŸ˜€

Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at 11:15 am 2 comments

A Bit Of Crochet

Mrs P, you mentioned adolescence (sorry but I couldn’t reply to your comment for some reason?!). Scampi is definitely showing adolescent behaviour – I feel like I’m constantly having an argument with him! lol. And the amount of fur he’s shedding is unbelievable, I’ve had to retire my faithful Henry vacuum cleaner and buy a Dyson Animal πŸ˜€

The second Scampi Blanket is finished. It IS straight, I promise – I had to fling it down and take the photo quickly, no time to be fussy when little paws are heading your way, lol. I put it on his seat and was thanked with a lick to my right eye, then he dragged the blanket onto the floor and sat on his seat without it πŸ˜€

New blanket

There’s a yarn bomb happening here, it’s at the Kingsholm Stadium and timed to coincide with the rugby world cup. I don’t know all the details yet, all I know is it has a garden theme. So I’ve been hooking mini flowers for a garland

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Wednesday, 3rd June 2015 at 12:35 pm 2 comments

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