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Homemade cards for March!

I am trying to make homemade cards this year for my family using supplies I already have. Mothers day is the 10 March and I am seeing my Mum before then so I have already made her this card. I am using a technique I learned many years ago and had virtually forgotten. It is called tea bag or iris folding.

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I used an old magazine from Craft Creations to help me with this as I couldn’t make head nor tail of my own written instructions. The moral of this tale being use your craft stash whilst you know what you are doing! I hope she likes it.

And also in March Master H will be 5. He likes football,wrestling, teddies and clothes! So here is his card.

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I am pretty pleased with this one. The backing paper is mulberry paper, then wrapping paper and then a homemade scarf- 6 stitches wide in K1,P1 rib to the desired length.

So now it is into those Easter cards!


Crochet sock monkey hat

sock monkey pattern

I just so loved this pattern ( see above) from Sarah at Repeat Crafter me, that I just had to make one for Master H as its his birthday in March. Do you like?

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More important will Master H soon to be 5 years old approve?


The best thing about birthdays is….


I have just returned from a wonderful weekend with my lovely family down south! We were all gathered to celebrate Master T’s 2nd birthday!

His Mum Mrs T laid on a delicious buffet for us all. The CAKE took centre stage, as it should. I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves!

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And it was as yummy as could be. I know – I tasted the sides and the top(trimmings during icing!). Well someone had to! Master T agrees

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As did his cousin Master H

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Mrs T says she is going to write a how to do a tractor cake on her blog, and once its up I’ll do a link or re blog it so you can see how to do one too. I’ll even volunteer to be your cake taster!



A new outfit for Master T!

Sometimes I think I have bitten off more than I can manage. The dungarees/rompers I am making for Master T have really stretched me to the limit! It is many years since I made any garment- possibly 14 years ago when I made some trousers for me at an evening class, so sewing skills were limited.Then there was scary new sewing machine which last week got super scary when I investigated how to do a button hole. Oh my, have things changed in the last 14 years! Mr E and I spent a happy half hour this weekend sorting out how to attach scary buttonhole thingamajig to the sewing machine! You put the button into said attachment and it does it all by itself!

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That’s the buttonhole watsit!

Then I scoured the internet for a how to. Didn’t find one for my machine but did find a you tube video for a similar machine. Thank goodness I watched it. The machine does buttonholes backwards!

I had a practice run.

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I had a good nights sleep!

Took a deep breathe this morning

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Then came the worst bit of all- taking the seam ripper to open up the button hole, first placing pins to stop you ripping open the stitching!

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And now folks A GREAT BIG DRUM ROLL! I have something that now looks a lot like a pair of dungarees! Here shown with a top from Next.

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And now shown with tank top knitted by me to make up a brand new outfit

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And finally with another top from Next

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And now I am going for a lie down! I just hope it Fits!

PS Pattern in McColl’s M6304


What can be better?

What can be better than two books found for a song- well two brand new books that arrive in the post from Amazon! More specifically these two books that arrived at the weekend.

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The one on the right is the one I mentioned before about Richard the Third. Josephine Tey ‘s protagonist is Inspector Grant, who is usually found solving murders in his day job. In this book he is recuperating from a broken leg and through boredom sets off to investigate the Murder in the Tower of the two princes- a crime generally laid at the door of Richard the Third.  This book gripped me when I read it before and I can’t wait to read it again. If you read it please let me know was he Guilty or not Guilty in your opinion.

I heard of the other book whilst watching a programme on television about Ancient Rome. It was written by Suetonius, who had access to contemporary material regarding the 12 Caesars starting with Julius Caesar and ending with the last of the Caesars Vespasian. Many years ago I not only watched the TV programme “I Claudius”  I read the book by Robert Graves and I was entranced by the world of  Ancient Rome. This book is translated by Robert Graves and purports to be a “colourful biography” of the Caesars. I have read the introduction and apparently Suetonius also wrote books called such things as “On Roman Spectacles and Contests”, “On the Correct Names of and Form of Clothes and Sandals and Other Things that People Wear”, “On Abusive Words or Insults and their derivation”. Sadly these manuscripts are lost along with some other rather improper sounding titles! From the sound of the Introduction this book will be the “Hello” version of Roman History- can’t wait to read this one.

What are you reading at the moment? Earlier this year I finally finished reading Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. I found it a very difficult book to read and it took me 3 months to wade through it. I found the language he used was quite different to the earlier works, less of the “cockney” speech and more descriptive writing. It is relevant to today in that it deals with issues of money, debt, social status, family loyalties and loss.  Not for the faint hearted, it was hard going!

After that I read a book called ” Stonehenge” by Bernard Cornwall ( he wrote Sharpe if the name sounds familiar). Rather blood thirsty but fascinating- if like us you have watched endless Time Teams and other programmes on the construction of Stone Circles this is an interesting read.

Right now I am reading a book by Sebastian Faulks called ” A Week in December”- a modern day thriller, with ironic humour and themes of terrorism and banking schemes which border on just this side of legality!

The Beauty of the Night-Star count 2013

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So I counted birds in January and now in February it is time for me  to count stars. And why should I want to count stars? I am lucky enough to live in a place with not too much light pollution, I can see some stars at night and enjoy their beauty. If however I lived in a town or city then this would be harder due to street lighting or the lights left on in buildings- known as light pollution.

But something can be done about it. The Campaign to Protect Rural England asks that on Friday 15-Saturday 16 February we count the number of stars we can see in the constellation Orion, then enter the results on their webpage.This will help them highlight where there is a problem but also enable them to create a map of where we can see the stars at night.

If you would like to participate, then I have put a link above for you to go to for more information.

Happy Counting! Let me know if you and your family join in and how you get on.

PS you can win a fabulous telescope too!



Homemade cards for February

Homemade cards and gifts to my mind are the best. Over time I have amassed quite a lot of card making paraphernalia! I have challenged myself this year to making cards from materials I have already. Kicking off with Valentines Day, here is my card for you know who..

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And Master T will be Two soon. He loves Owls, tractors and Peter Rabbit.

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Sorry a bit blurry! Last year I sourced a series of Beatrix Potter postcards, which I have made into some cards.

Next month is Mother’s Day and Master H’s birthday. Can’t wait to get started on them!

Comments always welcome and I would love to hear if anyone has made a Valentine’s card this year.

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