Sunday, 29 March 2015

Where, what, why?

Where've you been?

Well I've not been anywhere really.

Why have you not posted?

I only post when the fancy takes me and it obviously 'takes me' now.

What have you been doing?

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Well that doesn't tell me anything - more info please.

I painted the outside table and DH made a new top out of recycled library shelves. It's now all set for the warm weather - wherever that is! I have weeded between the paving stones but left the moss. The plot has been weeded and turned over with a first planting of potatoes, onions, spring onions, mange-tout, garlic, leeks, land cress and beetroot.

My Mother's Day flowers lasted ages and, before I composted them, I managed to rescue some blooms to put in another display.

The bulbs we planted in the front garden are now a mass of golden daffodils and I picked some to put in my small vase.

The remaining tulips are shedding their petals but they still have some stuck on and will last a little bit longer.

I have a friend who likes owls so I crocheted her a mobile cover. It's loosely based on this pattern but the main body I crocheted in the round and the wings were granny circles.

The cat's just arrived on my knee so my 'little bit of this and little bit of that' will have to be done at the computer for the next hour or so!

Now have I answered all your questions?



PS And did you ask them in the first place?

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Oh ...

… I do like to be beside the seaside.

The sea was brownish ...

... but the sky was blue.

The sun's rays sparkled on the water ...

and the donkeys, well the donkeys ...

… were just cuddly and cute.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.


Friday, 20 March 2015

We're all glued to the eclipse

Now what's going on?

That looks interesting.

Great diamond ring.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Another birthday

I made a birthday card made for my friend's birthday out of a recycled card, a frame from Marlene at Poppypatchwork and a few stickers.


PS Welcome to my new commenter.
PPS to Janipi at Frugal in the Cotswolds. I'm sorry but I can't comment on your blog because I'm not on that Google + thingy but I read all your posts.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Time marches on and we are nearly a quarter of the way through the year. Soon it will be Spring and Easter is on the horizon. Here's my phone cover for the next few weeks - done in the round with single crochets and buttons. Just start a chain the width of your phone and after the first row has been worked continue round the bottom edge and just keep going round and round until the desired length is reached. The strap is jus a chain with the added reinforcement of a few stitches at the joins.

A new tree has been planted where an old tree came out 

and around it the recently planted daffs  are putting on a wonderful display - beyond the lawn, beneath the hedge!

a host of golden daffodils

The yellow of the sun will be obscured when the eclipse happens this Friday.


PS I should really have focussed on green today, shouldn't I?

Thursday, 12 March 2015

What do you do with left overs?

And what do I do with the left over bits?
Make leg warmers or a pair of mitts?

I chose mits.

They are not identical and certainly not perfect but are warm and cosy.

I just traced round my hand for the pattern and sewed them up on the machine - muttering and mumbling as I wrestled with the furry fabric.

Turning them right side out was also a mammoth task especially the thumb. They were supposed to be reversible but it's too much trouble to turn them the other way.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Where is it?

Where is the hole for the thread on a sewing machine needle? I can't see it. I know it's there somewhere and when I feel for it and try to put the needle threader through it's definitely there. Mind you it takes me a while to locate it. 

And where is the hole for putting the thread through on the needle threader once it's through the needle hole? I can't see it. I know it's there somewhere because a needle threader is supposed to make threading the needle easier. It takes me another while to hit the hole with the thread.

And why does the thread always get in a tangle when I use the machine and pull the thread out of the hole? Is there a conspiracy somewhere?

One hour later (instead of 10  minutes) I finished the 2 cushion covers made from recycled clothes. I shall use the machine that has a light on next time (not the hand driven Singer) and borrow DH's glasses.