Friday, 24 November 2017

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! ...

.... I hope I can remember how to do this!!

Hello... it has been a while since I was here .. I hope there is a kind fairy watching over me as I try and remember how to post a blog!! lol x

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages x It has been lovely to read them x Mum is not too bad .. she had various treatments over the last months .. for a while we thought we might have been at the edge of the forest .. however we were in a clearing .. and now we have to set off along the path again x Fingers crossed we are following the RIGHT one.

This last week or two I have got back into some sewing .. and so my thoughts have been turning to the blog .. and here I am SHARING!!

From Congleton Quilt group we had our Christmas challenge fabric..


I made my block ....


it is ready to go back for the Christmas party x

I have made my present for the Sandbach Christmas party .. BUT you have to wait to see that one .. no peaking!

NEXT year 2018 for the programme at Sandbach the committee are each to choose a block .. demonstrate making it .. then through the year show how that block can be used in various projects and demonstrate that ..... SO I decided that this...


.. will be my block NOW I just have to decide/work out the many ways that it can be used .. THATS ALL! 

There has been "a couple" of shawl/scalf finishes .... I will post a few over the next couple of posts..





My granddaughter has a new hat..



ready for the COLD winds that are whizzing around here at the moment.

Long time readers will remember that when my son was married I started the 12 days of Christmas hangings for them ... this year is 4 calling birds .....


HONESTLY it will look like birds soon!

My youngest grandson ..in Australia .. had his second birthday .. and broke his wrist!! So is now having a great time "BASHING" with his cast xx lol x

We have some exciting times coming up .. not just because it is nearly Christmas .. but also because my middle grandson.. in Australia is coming home for the holidays xx Such fun I have the Pantomime tickets already xx It is Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs this year x 

Hope this has not been too boring ... wow! I actually remember how to do this!!! lol x

NO promises when I will be here again .. but its a start x

Have fun x 

Diane x


Thursday, 13 July 2017

WHEN....

..... sitting in waiting rooms .. it can get VERY boring x YES, you take "stuff" to do that keeps it at bay, BUT, sometimes you just have to give in and read the magazines that someone else has used and left behind for the rest of us x lol x

On (more than ....!!) one occasion I did this and one time read an article that said .. DONOT throw away the resources in your kitchen .. plant them! 

A couple of days later I was cutting up a pepper..


.. yes a yellow one .. and thought .. mm why not ? So instead of throwing away the seeds .. I planted them. NOTHING happened for quite a while ....but I left the pot alone ... and then  tiny little shoots began to pop through ..... now I have....


SUCH FUN xx

The same article stated that a tomato could be cut in half and planted .... NOTHING else.. just leave it alone (well water it occasionally ... but that's it !!!!!!!!!!) WHAT!!? 

Well I had one that was going all wrinkled ... so again ... why not?  NOW...


YUP! That's my free tomato plantation xx  lol

I am not a threat to any serious.. or not so serious.. growers, but, its fun ...  at no extra cost .. and, sort of free x I may never get fruits from them but, again.. it  has been FUN xx

Diane x

Saturday, 8 July 2017

I STARTED....

... this blog as a way to chronical the sewing I was doing and as a to link to my daughter who had just then moved to Australia. It was meant for just me and her ....  HOWEVER, to my astonishment, it became like Topsy.. and other people began to read it .. and comment and like it .. and it became a community for us and for others as well, some family.. (they always get in on the act!! lol) .... and also new friends who came along for the ride xx 

In the last few months I have been AWOL.. I am sure you noticed xx

The reason for this is that my mum was diagnosed with ... and has been having treatment for ....bowel cancer. At times it has been hard for all concerned, at times it has been stressful and there have been tears and tantrums and SHOUTING... lots of shouting!

At times there has been laughter and  side splitting gallows humour that I am sure some people have been shocked by xx BUT it helped get us through .. so who cares what "others" think xx ! 

Now at last ... as with all things ...it has been "got through" x The treatment is done and while there are still some "after effects" that we are dealing with in the main it is over with (we hope!!) and EVERYONE has survived xxx 



I do not know when .. if ever I will get back to full blogging ... but I am still here x Thank you for the messages that were sent .. it means a lot x

There have been times when I have sewn .. and times when I haven't, at the moment I have the time ... but not the inclination or even the concentrated brain power required !! So I having a break ... despite part completed projects that are sat looking forlorn and abandoned  x lol x

Knitting is easier as it seems to be more automatic and doesn't need a brain for long stretches of time xx lol x 

SO because a blog with no pictures is boring ... here goes x....

It has been a glorious summer here (so far!! don't want to jinx it !) PARTS of my garden look like this..




...and PARTS of my garden look like this...



(mmm have to get round to them xx lol x)

Some of my knitting ended like this ....







.. and some ended like this ....


....it was THERAPUTIC to rip out and think about starting again xx 

I hope all is well in whatever part of the world you are reading this and that you can find something that makes you LAUGH today x

Diane x 


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

OVER THE WEEKEND..

.. we had sunshine with a cold wind .. not too bad x Then yesterday (Monday) the news was showing pictures of snow in Scotland .. well they like it for the tourists xxx

THS MORNING... I had to be out early to take mum for a blood test ... it had SNOWED and then frozen!!!!!!! WHAT.. its May next week .. this is "somewhat" close to the thoughts I was having as I scraped the windscreen !! lol x

These blooms are from yesterday .. today they are closed up TIGHT again xx




Walking home from visiting mum and dad me and the boys got HAIL STONES and rain .. now it is pouring with rain .. Hey-Ho .. this is England in the Spring xx lol Hope you are having it a bit warmer than us xx

Diane x

(ps. I thought I would try and bring a bit of brightness with the new background x ... what do you think?)

Monday, 24 April 2017

I MANAGED ...

... a little sewing over the last few days ... some times it is good to just shut the door and leave every-one else out there xx .. well not Gus because he kicks up a fuss ...




.. he is having trouble staying awake now ...silly dog!


This shawl was garter and eyelets .. and SUPER fast as I did not have to think about it!!....




....again one to wrap around and around xx

We have had sun over the last 2 days so there have been some lovely flowers appearing..





..to-day is cold and dull so they are all closing up again.. don't blame them! lol x

mum has quite a few appointments this week .. blood tests, warfarin clinic and hospital.. so I may just be dipping in and out x.. hope you all find some time to craft this week.

Diane x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

THE SHAWL....

... for to-day came out BIG.... in fact it came out ............. ENOURMOUS!!!!!!!!!

It is made with 4 ply and used about 2.75 skeins ... also it has eyelets and so just kept growing xx lol x The yarn is a mixture of wool and silk..... soooo soft and it drapes beautifully..







.. I had a lot of fun making it .. and because I enjoyed it .. it flew off the needles x

Continuing the theme the colour in the garden today  is...




..............YES the sun was shinning today xxx 

 ...... My granddaughter is coming to play tomorrow so I don't know if any crafting will happen .. you never know xx she will be ONE YEAR old next week .. how the heck that happened I don't know ! lol x

Diane x

Monday, 17 April 2017

AS PART OF...

... the fundraising from Sandbach Quilt Group we are planning a garden party ... ps. if ANY of you have contacts with the weather gods, we could do with, warm and dry in mid July xxx lol.......this means that small items for sale/tombola/raffle are required.

This morning I pulled out some pre-cut squares.... NO idea what they were originally cut up for !!! .... and began to fold and sew....


... then I started the finishing process and NOW...



... there are 12 pin cushions to donate . I was not going to make 12 .. I sort of got carried away x

I have no pink from the garden to-day .. but .. there is a pink and sparkly shawl instead...





.. I made this one with a gradient that was in my stash... I need to use up wool as much as fabric!! lol x It is in the present box now x

The colour from the garden to-day is...



It is still cold ,but, the rain has eased off x Hope you have enjoyed the Easter holidays.

Diane x