Hello all. Goodness me, I can't believe how fast the time is going! Christmas will soon be upon us. I am currently getting ready for DD's birthday which, although not until a few weeks time, she will be celebrating next week with a pool party at the local swimming pool. She has invited friends old and new and, fortunately, I have a couple of great friends who have offered to help me out as DH is not around. He is off touring with a band around the UK.
So, what with work and childcare, you would imagine, quite rightly, that I have had little time to focus on crafty pursuits. Life has been incredibly busy. Even the half term break was busy and I decided that instead of tearing my hair out at home, I would trot off to my friends in Wales and do it there instead.
Just a few images of local places of interest.
We had a great time, going to the quaint, little shops in the village, skipping down to the park but mainly just relaxing with good friends and good food. I did a little crochet too and taught my friend a few new tricks.
One project that I had already started - I mentioned it in my last post - was my Cath Kidston inspired blanket. I decided to start it so that I could just carry on with it whilst I was down there with no fiddly starting chains to do. I wanted to try my hand at a blanket I had been inspired by in this blog. (Karen you are soooo my inspiration!). You can find the pattern here. I decided it would look lovely in CK colours and so I set about choosing my colours. I went for the Stylecraft Special DK range.
So this is where it is up to right now and I am pretty darned pleased with it if I must say so myself! I think I have got the colours and the style right for once.
I am using the following colours:
and I am sticking with a repeated pattern. I am thinking that a Blooming Flower cushion would go very well with this as well - you know- as a matching set type thing. This blanket is great to snuggle up under as the weather has been getting so very chilly of late. This is what I adore about this season. It allows you to stay home and snuggle. You don't need an excuse!
So my other WIP is my SAL with Tina, Sue and Tracy. We are stitching The Sampler Girl's Good Tidings for Christmas and I am pleased with my progress on it as I have hardly spent any time on it at all. I think I chose the best pattern as a Christmas SAL as it is such a sweet design and simple to do. I love the colours - all those golds!
Please excuse the hoop marks as I do not iron my projects until I have completed them.
In other news, I woke up this morning to this:
It is so nice to see my blankets in use!
Also thought you might like to see what I have just made for our tea tonight. At work, one of the mums comes with bags of fruit and vegetables for the staff to take home as a way of expressing her thanks and gratitude to them. This week she gave us courgettes and mushrooms and parsnips. I looked on the internet and that trusty Good Food website and found this recipe. Courgette, mushroom and mozzarella tart which is made with puff pastry. We have just demolished this and it proved a winner with the kids too. Bonus! The only changes I made to the recipe is that I used some red onion also and sauteed them in olive oil for ten mins before I put it on the pastry. Deeeelish!
So now we are just polishing off some Shreddied wheat and sultana chocolate crispy cake type thing!
I hope you have enjoyed reading my little catch up post. As busy as I am, I really do not want to give up blogging my bits and pieces of life. Thanks for all your lovely comments and hello to all my new followers. It is great to see you!