Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Snowdrop jolly

Just a few pictures from a Snowdrop walk today.


Monday, 4 February 2019

The bathroom

Just some views from different angles.

tiles behind the shower

shower soap dish

sink vanity drawer handle


towel radiator

the underside of the light fitting which is an uplighter

the textured wall 

loo push flush


towel rail

in on the action on a 'nice, warm towerl'

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Making the most of my birthday present

Just a couple of pictures of my final flowers from my large birthday bouquet.

Still going strong after a month.


Saturday, 2 February 2019

One, Two, Three out of Ten game

Let's play a never ending chain game. Here's the game and you can only score up to three out of ten. Everybody wins. Good game? Why not join in. Here's my idea.

I have put together 10 items, homemade, given or thrifted from the CB or CS. There is only one item that is new to me. I will send these items to one person who may choose up to three items to keep. They will then have to replace those chosen with some items of their own (no edibles or perishables please). Now it will be their turn to post on their blog to find another recipient. Once found they will send them ten items with the directions I have just outlined (I've repeated them in italics at the end of this post.)

My ten items are:-

1. A frilly, knitted scarf (I was on a roll when I knitted these!)

2. Knitting for Tommy book which I received as a bloggy gift a while ago. It's time to pass it on.

3. A flowery stamp.

4. A set of 4 coasters.

5. A glittery beanie hat in white and silver.

6. A pad of note papers with pen.

7. A selection of my crocheted motifs - Christmas stars, tree, hearts and more.

8. A Suduko book.

9. A monkey keyring.

10. A small Me to You teddy with a pink coat.

This idea may or may not get off the ground as it depends on who is interested and who wishes to spend money on posting a small parcel. I have a page already set up a page to record each step of the parcel's journey and we should be able to view quite a few new to us blogs along the way. (My first parcel chain seemed to stop at the first post so let's hope this one will be a little longer.)

So here are the directions for the:-

One, two, three out of Ten Chain Game

1. Leave a comment to be in with a chance of receiving the parcel. Include the words 'Yes please, count me in.'
2. Choose up to one, two or three things from the parcel and replace the items to make ten.
3. Comment on the One, Two, Three out of Ten Chain Game page on Mumssimplyliving blog when you've received and sorted out your new package and posted on your blog.
4. Decide whether to post just to the UK or to the world!
5. In your post make sure you have these directions.

I am only posting to the UK because of the weight of my package so my apologies to readers from across the seas.

Remember that you must have your own blog so you can post the progress of your parcel.

 I will put all names into a hat and draw out a winner in one week's time. (Saturday 9th February 2019)

I hope all of this makes sense.


Friday, 1 February 2019

Another favour

The cot blanket present is complete - a chevron stripe ...

... with a shell edging ...

... backed with a grey fleece.

A Tunisian stripe cot blanket has now been started so I can give our friend a choice of blankets for her new baby, who is not due until later on in the year. This Tunisian one is similar to the one I made for her first baby.

My other Tunisian creations are here. My stash is slowly going down.


Thursday, 31 January 2019


Why do cats always like to help when I change the bed sheets and duvet?

This picture was taken at the end of play when everything was not tucked in properly and the duvet cover was a crumpled mess. She'd chased, rolled over, lay down and played hide and seek. 

That's it now, bed made!!!


Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Change of month, change of decor

My January lights will switch off tomorrow until next Winter ...

... and I shall look forward to lighter evenings as Spring draws nearer.

I've had a change round on the bathroom shelf too from this ...

to this.

A change is as good as a rest.


Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Tops and Bottoms

I noticed dusty skirting boards in the bedroom so, being clean a bedroom day, these were cleaned but one thing generally leads to another and the picture rails were cleaned as was ...

the tops of the wardrobes,
all round the edges of the carpet,
behind the bed,
the light shades and 
the dressing table top.

While I was at it, DH's tops and bottoms were sorted (clothes!!!!) with quite a few put in the CS pile, my jeans were culled too. Who needs 10 pairs, quite a few of which didn't fit.

Job done and ticked off the list. Time to play.


Monday, 28 January 2019

Well hello there

Our first daffodil has arrived and is turning her face towards the sun.

Also in the front garden I spied our Christmas roses. This one has a beautiful pink design and is also turning upwards. Very unusual for this plant.

Other buds on this bush are opening out in the sunshine.

It's a lovely sunny day but oh so windy and cold.


Sunday, 27 January 2019

3 times lucky

Found a penny in the garage.

Found a penny in the street.

Found a penny in the house.

3 times lucky - what a treat.

Oh my goodness,
What to do?
I'll go and spend them - 

Too da loo!


Saturday, 26 January 2019

Ah ha!

Easy basket, this one. It's my big crochet the little bits blanket where I crochet multiple small balls of yarn with a very large hook. Just needs untangling that's all. 

Some extra items have weedled their way in though - a sticky stick, 2 rectangular crochet pieces, a ball of scarf yarn and a tin of paper clips. I shall put those in their correct places.

Only one basket to go now.


Friday, 25 January 2019

Bright ideas

... is overflowing just like basket number 1. In an effort to get rid of the very, very large balls of yarn I decided to crochet a granny zigzag blanket with random sized stripes. 

I didn't get very far, did I?

This fluffy baby cot blanket has been around for 36 years! It was for my first born but I ran out of the white, fluffy wool. Maybe it's time I finished it.

I made scrubbies out of these netting strips and I still use them. More of these are now on my list of things to finish off.

These Tunisian crochet strips are for another cot blanket. It should be a riot of colour because I'm (I was) using up all the yarn oddments.

A colleague of mine said she wanted to pass the time knitting so I suggested knitting squares that could be sewn together and I duly did a few for her. She never did put wool to needles, having bright ideas but not carrying them through so these squares will be unravelled and the yarn used for the Tunisian blanket.

Well that's that blanket sorted. I'm going to be kept very busy this year. There's still another basket to go. Oh my! I remind myself of a colleague of mine.


Thursday, 24 January 2019

'The best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.' Robert Burns

Basket Number 1 was full, choc-a-bloce, brimming over, bursting at the seams, over-flowing, packed and stuffed with work started, abandoned or dismissed until another time. The 'time has come' (the Walrus said) to sort it out.

Knitted blanket started but abandoned probably because I could see that it would become unwieldy. I probably thought I'd make blocks instead of going round and round but boredom must have set in. I will unravel and the yarn will see another project instead of this one.

These were a disaster from the start. I only wanted to get rid of the very thick yarn. I'll think about incorporating these into another blanket (maybe).

Little bits of Christmas left over plus Father Christmas with one eye. What on earth shall I do with these?

Little bits of Valentine's Day left over. Must do something with them this year.

Experiments or leftovers of granny squares. I'll make this a start of an odd bod collection.

More squares started. These are Granny Rose squares.

This block was left over from one of my blankets.

I haven't the faintest idea about these 2. I shall unravel them and put the yarn back into stash.

Leftovers from making phone and iPod cases.

This is the start of a bobble hat which was crocheted sideways. It obviously was not working and so got abandoned. Unravel.

More leftovers from crocheting up thin cone yarn. Unfortuneately I only have bright orange left. I'll keep a look out at carboot sales for thinner yarn cones. 

So- the basket is empty and projects unravelled or left out while I tackle the other baskets. The best-laid plans of mum often go awry.


PS Happy Burns Night for tomorrow.