Saturday, 9 December 2017


.. what the weather man said...

well it came overnight .. and it just started again x Sam off to investigate ... Gus? On his bed under the radiator ..of course! lol x

Diane x

Friday, 8 December 2017


... our first snow to-day ... some parts of the country have been hard hit .. fortunately for us it soon turned to rain .. however MORE is forecast for overnight and the weekend! It has to be bad for us to get any as we are surrounded by hills that keep us safe .. hey-ho! Drawbridge up and heating on for me x lol x

I had Miss snotty nose with me to-day .. oh how quickly you get fed-up of the snotty sneeze!! The button box was a great help keeping her entertained ...

Her dad had forgotten her hat (!) ... (mind you they had been up since 1.30 with Miss snotty as she could not sleep!) .. so it was a good job I had the new one ready to go...

I did relent and make her dad ...THREE hats x 

I met a friend who was telling me she had bought a new needle .. and couldn't get on with it ... did I want to try it for making hats?.. YES PLEASE xx ... had an odd feel to begin with .. but soon has become a favourite .. hence 3 hats x lol x

He must be happy as he has gone home wearing the cream/brown one ..

ALL with bobbles x

Stay safe and warm

Diane x

Monday, 4 December 2017


... my son wants a hat with a bobble on. The conversation went ..

ME.. so this hat, what colour do you want?

HIM.. oh whatever you have

ME.. well what sort of pattern do you want? OR.. do you want it plain?

HIM.. whatever you feel like doing

ME.. do you want a fitted beanie or a slouchy one?

HIM.. I don't mind 

ME.............. ggggrrrrr ..........!!

SO .. I made a pink one for my granddaughter! lol x

I have now however, relented and started one for him...

AH! Family 

Hope yours are not driving you too crazy!!

Diane x

Friday, 1 December 2017


.. the sun came out and cheered us all up.... shame it is FREEZING! lol x

Never happy lol x

I have to say I prefer this weather .. there was a heavy frost last night and the cars that have not been used this am (including mine!) are still all frosted up x The dogs love this weather and will be ready for a walk after dinner x

I chose this am to defrost my freezer .. it is in an outhouse and it was SO cold out there NOTHING defrosted!

I must have looked a right cutter! I was wearing coat.. hat.. scarf and gloves while directing hot water and air into the freezer! lol x did the job though.. now I can go and shop to fill it up with Christmas goodies x mmmm yummy x

I am about to put the finishing touches to the 4 calling birds wall hanging It looks like this at the moment ...

I am going to attach beads and sew down the binding. HOPEFULLY there will be a picture soon .. will hold off posting this until I finish x....

These two shawls are the last 2 finished ones...

I have another hanging on the needles ..of course! AND I have to sort out the hat for my son .. don't you love it when there are new projects to think about and plan for x

Hope you are all well and having  some time to craft x

Diane x

Monday, 27 November 2017


.. way to describe the weather here is ... AWFULL! It is dark and wet with a nasty icy feeling wind.. and it is only early afternoon! YUCK!

SO... I have pulled up the draw bridge, closed the curtains and out has come the knitting x

The 12 Days of Christmas hanging is coming along...

...there would have been more done over the weekend .. however I had a visitor for over Saturday night ...

.....oh course I had to let her pay her way and so .. washing up was a lot of fun x .. got to start them young xx lol x

My son who is MUCH closer to 40 than 35(!) has told me that he doesn't see why all the grandchildren get hats with bobbles ... and he didn't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO when the wall hanging is finished .. guess what the next project for their house will be!!  MEN ... they NEVER GROW UP ! lol x

A few more of the shawls/scalfs from the summer months..

I hope your weather is A LOT nicer.. or at least that you can cosy up in the warm and craft something fun x

Diane x

Friday, 24 November 2017


.... 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 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


..... 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....


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


... 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 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 .... 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