Friday 27 May 2011

Decisions, Decisions

Why do we all start new projects when other ones are not finished?

Why not?

Now which colour combination should I choose?

This is a rubbish picture - too dark

Had a good day today after tidying up and walking the cats. I went for a 4 mile walk, 2 miles out and 2 miles back  (in a Westerly direction), had dinner (3 pieces of fruit and a Ryvita), then worked at the Charity Shop all afternoon. I couldn't leave the 2 pairs of jeans for me there ..... or the large book of 1000 recipes ..... or the 2 jumpers for DH now could I? Ham salad with baked potato for tea, Neighbours, bath then blog. The Mentalist is on tonight!

Monday 23 May 2011

Junk Shop Find

I just couldn't leave these four lap blankets behind could I?

Someone must have spent a great deal of time crocheting these.

They are all basic granny square designs. This one features contrasting stitching.

Theses squares are crocheted together.

This one is one BIG square. 

I'm sure I can find them a good home.

It's very difficult to get a good picture when they are blowing about in the wind.

Saturday 21 May 2011

DH's Birthday

Plenty of cards and ...

... plenty of food and friends to share it.

The flowers were for me to add to the party setting. Any excuse for flowers.

Kitchen Window - May 2011

I think I should have put the light on! The plant on the right is trying to escape and is at present working its way across the ceiling.

Thursday 19 May 2011

What I did today

  • Normal everyday tasks of clear away supper and breakfast dishes, wipe down work surfaces, sweep and mop floor. Tidy up upstairs and hoover.
  • First coffee and lemon stop while taking cats for a walk in the garden.
  • Then it was garden morning, planting the outdoor tomatoes, more broccoli and calebrese, tying up the tomatoes and cucumbers, weeding the garden and sweeping the paths plus more coffee and lemon stops.
  • Dinner was whizzed up leftover chicken casserole and veggie chili with fruit for afters.
  • More weeding then a long walk into town with a call in at the Charity Shop.
  • Salad for tea with home-grown lettuce, mixed peppers, hard boiled egg, thin ham and chicken, new potatoes and salmon.
  • Must watch Neighbours (for de-stressing medicinal purposes only).
  • Bathtime and now computer time with 2 cats on the bed with me. Later on I'll crochet until 9. Television time follows with perhaps a glass or two of wine just as a night cap. Book to read before bed finishes the day.

Sunday 15 May 2011

What to do with an old jumper

Perhaps cover a coat hanger and add a button for decoration.

Saturday 14 May 2011

Yesterday and today

It's very difficult to tidy up craft items. I had a go and finished some present tags with left over scraps.

I walked a lot today - to town to say hello to the sea and to walk round the shops, visit the junk shop and visit the Charity Shop where I was called upon to rescue this pretty plate from death by junk skip.

I also called in at a 'real' sweet shop for these.

Chocolate caramels
Real wine gums to exercise the jaw
Licorice and butterscotch tablets
Do you like my pretty plate?

Coming back up the garden path I took these pictures. These poppies only last a couple of days.

There's lots of yellow and blue at this time of year. These iris don't last very long but provide a great splash of colour.

Above them is the laburnum tree, its yellow blossom now beginning to fade.

The front garden is also home to 'edibles' - rhubarb, calabrese, cauliflower and broccoli.

Here is some more pretty rescued china.

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Keep fit, take exercise

Go for a walk along the estuary with a friend and spot flowers along the way.

Red Campion

Wild Garlic


Cow Parsley

Yellow Flag Iris
 Here's the gate to a secret garden!

Escaped Rape



Tuesday 10 May 2011

Spoils from a walk round the lake

Man number 2 takes me walking round the lake.  These blossoms caught my eye. I don't know what tree these flowers are from but they are extremely delicate and feathery.

This blossom is from the horse chestnut tree.

Look closely and you can see the flowers in threes with each centre a different colour - pink, orange and yellow.

Table cloths and napkins

I can't resist table cloths and napkins. My favourites are made from linen. These are polyester but will be very festive at Christmas.


Sunday 8 May 2011

Using up wool

This is easy. Chain 7.  5 htr starting in 2nd chain from hook. Continue for about 100 rows until the strip can be put round a wire coat hanger. Sew to coat hanger and decorate with a crochet flower, button or decoration of your choice. The coat hanger looks a lot more attractive with a make-over.

I'll post the finished hangar later. 

Here it is.

I think I'd better do a close up. I'll post it later.

Wednesday 4 May 2011

In the garden

Beautiful bluebells smell delightful.

The laburnum smells of spring.

These roses don't smell at all  - they just look beautiful.

Rescued from the Charity Shop!