Monday, 30 August 2010

Happy Birthday......

Yes in case you didn't know today is my birthday!!!

I've had a lovely day.... it was suppose to be very busy but after some changed plans etc it's turned out quite nice. 
I can tell you it involved roast chicken, a nap & lots of this......

I know it's sad isn't it? But I've been waiting for season 2 for months - I loved it when I was young (I think I've mentioned that before!) it has made me chuckle today because I still remember all the words! We used to video it & watch it over & over....... I still think it's as good today!

I've had some great presents which I'll show you later in the week & the sun has shone all day....I feel very special!

And the best bit....... I'm not working until Tuesday 7th........hurray!!!!

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The Big Knit & Another Crafty Sunday!!!

Hello everyone....yet again I didn't mean to stay away this long but the week has gone in a blink of an eye!!

I feel I haven't done anything this week but work :( 
I've been feeling so tired but I think that's how most people are at the moment...... I wonder why?

So it's nearly Autumn which means it's time for The Big Knit....... want to help???

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that last year I asked for help

 It was great fun setting up a knitting group plus an on line community of knitters...... mixing new technology with traditional crafts. I made lots of new friends & hope to do the same this year.
However I want to make even can find out how we did here....

So our next Make, Do and Mend group with be all about knitting.

Please come along if you live in Exeter or if you want to join in then please email me

Deadline is Saturday 26th September.....plenty of time!

So what crafty things have I made this week......well I can show you the gifts I made as they are now with their new owners.

First up the little lavender heart I made for my friend who lent me the 1940's apron for the Blitz night....

I wanted it to have a hand/home made feel which is why the lettering is not perfect, I really like it & might make myself one!

Next up is the giveaway prize, as you know Susie won..... I checked her blog & saw she was keen on owls so I made her this....

Again it's filled with lavender...... I really enjoyed making this so have now made another for my Folksy shop, I'm hoping to make some more in different colours soon.

I forgot to take a photo of the other goodies but I'm sure Susie will post about it soon.

For the last few days I've been making tea cosies but I hate making Pom Pom's :(
I was hoping to get a photo but the heavens have just opened so you'll have to wait until next time.

So what did you make this week?

Just one more week of work for me then it's my holiday....yippee!!!
Also it's my birthday next Monday...... as Beki pointed out this will be my last one with a 3 in front!!!!
Thanks for that Beki...... it made me feel a whole lot better!!!
Have a great week

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Crafty Sunday & new arrivals.....

Hello everyone.... hope you're having a good week.
Sorry for the long break in posting.....nothing to say & not a great week for me.

But I'm back for Crafty Sunday

This week I finally found the time to pop over to see my friends new baby...... now 2 week old!
So armed with my new gifts

I went to visit baby Smith

Not a great photo, he'd had lots of visitors that night & was trying to take a nap!

Me & Liv made our own fun whilst everyone was cooing over the new baby....

Yey she can knit!!! I thought she was too young but someone had brought her a knitting kit so we gave it ago, it was slow work but she did it & I'm very proud of her :)
She wants to knit squares to make a blanket for her brother......what a great idea....but after 2 hours we had completed 5 rows over 24 stitches! mmmmm must get quicker!

This week I've been busy crafting.....

Making bears for Folksy & future fairs plus some little gifts for my giveaway & my kind friend who lent me her apron for last photo's as I haven't posted them yet & I don't want to ruin the surprise!
I've also been playing around with some red & white wool for a new idea I'm trying out, hope to have photo's next week.

So that's all for crafty Sunday this week......what have you made?

Back soon

Monday, 9 August 2010

Dig for Victory

Hello are we all?

I've been really enjoying reading people's grow your own stories, I love the fact we get so excited about eating our own bounty!! It's great isn't it??

I've been growing my own on & off for about 15 years & although I say I won't do it next year (because of the terrible summers we have) I always go back to it!

So with this in mind I thought I'd share a few pictures of my garden......

Main bed with runner beans, courgettes, mint, strawberries & lemon balm

I don't do pretty gardens ..... just practical!

Plenty of tomatoes....just need them to go red now!

Cor blimey look at those grapes!!! Bumper crop this year I think

Cucumbers doing very well outside - the 2nd year I've grown them

What's for tea???

Just to prove it's not all veg.....I'm loving the Pom Pom's this year :)

I just wanted to share this photo of Gandy street in Exeter which I smapped on my way to work early one morning......see the bunting?
I've just updated the Make, Do and Mend blog. Pop over to read about our Summer Outing on Saturday night.

 That's all for the weekend...back soon

Thursday, 5 August 2010

July 2010

I've said it before & I'll say it again.....where do the months go??? I can't believe it's August already..... only 4 weeks until my birthday!!
July was a busy month......
Lots of crafting, holiday, fairs, a 1940's event & of course finally hitting 100 followers!! All in all a good month.

Sunday, 1 August 2010


Sorry I'm a day late......

So do you want to know who won?

Are you ready???

Drum roll....


(I'm afraid I couldn't get the number generator image on my blog so please trust me!)

I'm so happy it's Suzie as she regularly leaves me comments & has had a hard time of late.....still thinking of you Suzie :(

Please email me your address & I promise to send it ASAP.

Don't panic if you missed out this time as I'll be having another giveaway for my 200th post, which isn't far away.

So Crafty Sunday on a Monday.....

I've finished my friends gift....

What do you think?
She wanted a traditional gift so I'm hoping this fits the's to go with the granny square blanket I showed you 2 weeks ago.
It was a labour of love as I didn't really have a pattern.....just a mix of everything.
She finally had him on Thursday 29th but I haven't seen him yet. Not sure of his name but I do know he was 8lb 2oz which is very large for her!!!

Busy week this week.....

We also have our summer outing on Saturday which I'm really looking forward's to follow.
Have a good week

Show and Tell Sunday

This month is your Favourite Holiday Destination hosted by Justine.

Mine is C'an Pastilla in Mallorca.
We've been visiting the little fishing village since 1997 since we stumbled across it by accident.

We never stay for long, the longest time was 10 days, it's always a bit of a flying visit...any thing from 2 - 4 nights. I always find it really hard to find someone to look after the cats so never go away for also means we used to go more often.

It's not everyone's cup of tea but for us it's perfect, like slipping on an old pair of slippers! From landing we can be at the hotel within 20 mins, this is the view from the hotel we stay in.

There are lots of ex pats but it does have a nice mix and I feel safe to walk the street alone.
Over the years we have made friends with several bar owners so we always get a warm welcome.

To celebrate my 29th birthday we had a lovely meal in the Spanish restaurant over looking the bay.....

Blimey that was 10 years ago!!!!

We had a fantastic weekend there about 5 years ago just before was so perfect, I had 5 days off from work the weekend before Christmas (very rare in retail!), we travelled to London on the Friday to see The Men They Couldn't Hang before flying out on Saturday morning. We spent Saturday & Sunday relaxing it the warm....unheard of in December!..... before flying back to London on Monday to see The Pogues. It was the best Christmas present ever.

I've was unable to go back for 3 years due to the cats being old & ill but last October I took the plunge & went for 2 night......

You can read about it here.

I must confess this wasn't the best time, I was very worried Zoe wouldn't be here when I got back so never really relaxed. May be it's time to go back now she's gone but I still have Nanny to worry about!!!

OH is planning on moving there in September, he'll be there 3 out of 4 weeks.....and who can blame him! At least I'll have a holiday home!

So that's mine......what's yours?

Next month Show & Tell is Sunday 5th September......does anyone want to host it?

I'll be back later today to announce the winner of my giveaway.