:: Weekend relaxing::

What a beautiful weekend it has been, and how lovely to get out and about, with the promise of the Easter holidays just around the corner. We break-up on Wednesday for not quite two weeks. Relaxing this weekend has been lovely.

This weekend I have been::

::Making bunting for my friends newly adopted children – a welcome present from stitching group for their new little bedrooms. A boy and a girl. I have completed my crochet contribution- I hope they like them.

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 ::Visiting Cockermouth, it’s very near- home to Woolfest - for supplies, new glasses for J and a pop into my favourite bookshop, The New Bookshop

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::Perusing. Isn’t it just a wonderfully welcoming place to browse, relax and loose yourself in the books? I love it. Then for the coffee and of course cake. J and I shared two different cakes, me with my Americano and him with his Earl Grey and lemon. Such a beautiful coloured tea!

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::Admiring. The Maryport Quilters had an exhibition in the church hall so we had a little look see in there. Some beautiful quilts.

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::Relaxing and walking along the river, the daffodils are almost at their end but still brighten up the bank and look lovely.

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::Homemaking. More of my kaleidoscope blanket motifs.

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::Mothering. Cooking a lovely Roast beef dinner (especially for my returning student who is home for Easter) and then enjoyed a little relaxing walk in the village.

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::Cherishing. My gorgeous cherry blossom tree is beginning to burst with beautiful pink buds, and it won’t be long before it’s candy coloured confetti is floating around the garden. A gorgeous Sunday evening here in the West of Cumbria with a beautiful Solway view.

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::Planning. A holiday at Wasdale with J and little J, whilst E its off to Rome with his girlfriend L. His belated 18th Birthday present. There is also something else I’ve been doing….

::Purchasing:: but I’ll tell you more of that next time!!

Happy Weekend.

 

:: Year End Review: 2013: Part Two::

So here it is… part two. In some words (but mainly pictures). It took me so very long to get the pictures sorted I have resolved to organise my photo library for the new year!! A New Years resolution I hope to keep! Enjoy :o)xx

•∆• July

July 2013

Camping at the Cambridge Folk festival, finishing my Sunshine Granny Square Blanket, Ta-Dah post here, and new yarn arrives for Festival granny stripe blanket!

•∆• August

August 2013

Rome and Pompeii was AmAzInG!!! Amazing weather, amazing sights and history and amazing company. Our first family holiday without E was a bit emotional but we moved on and we're ok! Plodding on with new projects.

•∆• September

September 2013

E went on his way to Leeds College of Music and so so so proud we are, you can read all about it in my post here! My studio in the HayLoft was finished. School started back and the old routine of life springs back quickly. Weekends are taken up with visits to Leeds while E settles in. We all miss him. :o( However a super special trip to Yarndale cheers me up no end with my friend Fi!

•∆• October

October 2013

Tutti-fruity lampshade is finished see the Ta-Dah post here. J and I have our birthday, and we splash out on a night at the malmaison in Leeds and visit E at the same time. Half term visit to Saltaire was wonderfully relaxing and a bonus visit to E too! :o)

•∆• November

November 2013

Cold, cold, cold… wet and windy too. But beautifully Autumnal, see here for an autumn walk. Bonfire night, busy with my Autumn Wreath and the little details for that. So happy with it's completion- a new challenge having never made one before.

•∆• December

December 2013

With a deeply satisfying sigh we reach the end of the year. E home from College, end of a challenging school term and a joyous time making and creating presents for friends and family. Chilly hands dug down deep in pockets for a head clearing Boxing day walk.

It is so lovely, happy and satisying to look back over my year – finding crochet again around late spring and beginning my blog and Facebook page. It felt strange 'talking' and sharing my life with the great wide world, but that has now become such a blessing when I look back over my year in print and photos.

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has supported me, with comments, likes, and shares- they mean a lot!

I look forwards to finding new 'friends' and learning more, trying more and challenging myself to even greater heights!

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favourite MixTures from the year 

::2013: Year end review: part one::
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-Lovely – Sunny Festival Granny stripe blanket!-
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::It's great to have a catch up…::

::2013: Year end review: part one::

So here it is… my year end review part one and what a rollercoaster of a year it was too, both personally and professionally. It is always sentimental and lovely to look back over the year – normally looking back is a tricky place to go, as inevitably there may be regrets and wonderings about the path that was not taken.

However I can honestly say I haven't anything to regret, only lovely, happy family memories and times spent with my lovely bunch o 'boys' before our family entered a new chapter. With E leaving home for University and Little J beginning his GCSE's in September, and my work place changes, we have weathered the changes remarkably well and are very much intact. 

Here it is in pictures; some happy reminders of times spent with family and some of blossoming projects, blossoming confidence and blossoming gardens! Enjoy :O)

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•∆• February •∆•

February 2013

Very wet, lots of snow and then the glorious fire of the garden in full flame!

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March 2013

Mother's day, family walks, snow and then the gloriousness of beautiful daffodils!

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April 2013

E's 18th Birthday, walks at Glaramara and Loweswater, picnic's in the car, music exams and the beautiful practising that went with it, and the ever so sleepy awakening garden.

•∆• May

May 2013

The beginnings of a Summer Sunshine granny square Blanket and the tiny idea for a personal blog, explorations, cake and new kittens arrived in the middle of the night, behind the bath of all places!! Oh so cute.

•∆• June

June 2013

Tickets for The Cambridge Folk Festival arrive, more cake (another family birthday) crocheting projects and growing mischievious kittens.

From Little J's birthday at the start of the year (2nd of January!!) all the way to Christmas and family times together, it has been an amazing year full of delights, trials and tribulations.

So far so good… more tomorrow.

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More mix-tures!

-Garden developments, sunshine blanket and rainbow colours-
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Tickets for 50th Cambridge Folk Festival go on sale

::Yarndale 2013 – There and Back again…::

So off to Yarndale!!

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Day one::

Having booked a lovely little spot for my friend Fi and I to stay near Skipton so that we got the full two day experience, we set off early on Saturday morning and headed for Skipton. Lots of chatter and discussion, in the car and in no time at all we arrived at…. a traffic jam.

SOoooooo many people arriving in Skipton for a yarn festival!!

What a beautiful sight would greet them, the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales, lulling them into a false sense of security with SuNsHiNe!!! (I think it rains here nearly as much as Cumbria!)


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The arrival along the walkways was amazingly intriguing, the walk through the decorated pathway, meeting the bunting…


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and then just in case we weren't sure if we were close…


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 and then…

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WOW!!! The weather was amazing, beautiful blue skies, warm sunshine and an amazing backdrop for lovely crafty balls and knitted balls making a lovely mobile!!

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But then nothing could prepare us for this…

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What a glorious welcome!! The bunting looked colourful, stunning and spectacular and I got a warm fuzzy feeling looking for and finding my bunting triangles. What a wonderful testiment to global unity… so many triangles from so many places. Fantastic!!

There were so many exhibitors and as Saturday was ridiculously busy we didn't get to see too much really, I don't think our elbows were sharp enough! We popped into Skipton on the fun and funky Yarndale bus…

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We had a delicious lunch at Wild Oats Cafe in Skipton, where we were amongst other tired and hungry Yarndalers having a quick bite to eat, before returning on the reliable bus, or walking through the yarnbombed and bedecked park to the Auction Mart and Yarndale. 

Later, after a quick drink in the pub, we had an evening walk around the town…


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and off exhaustedly we went to out accomodation. Great food, comfy and stylish room, a little bit of hooking on Flower burst cushion, Fi made one of her little motifs…


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I managed a little MixTur43 Facebook updating and off to sleep to gather as much energy as possible for day two- and getting those elbows sharpened for a bit of poking and prodding. :o)

Day two::

Phew!!! So much quieter, although busy, you could actually see things. Had a lovely chat with a Lady in the Knit and Natter lounge…


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Talked to Lucy from Attic24 about all things Drops Paris yarn, sore fingers and how amazingly successful Yarndale was in her beautiful, fun and accessible yarndale space…


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Lucy was soooo so kind, generous, friendly, and chilled, the amount of people she must have talked to in those two days, well!! All I can say is she must have been overwhelmed too… for some it was like a pilgrimage… She was patience itself and I although I really wanted to meet her, like everyone else, I did feel a little bad that she had been almost mobbed!!


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I have to admit, my photo was seriously full of moving people so I've borrowed this one from Marmalade Rose , it was such a lovely space, very Lucy, the colours, patterns and feel of it were all so Attic24.

In fact when I looked more carefully at Marmalade Rose's Blog post about Yarndale there I was… with Fi talking to Lucy, not once but twice…


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Dark hair, stripy top and short red hair, dark and light blue top… here… look…admiring the Japanese flower scarf Lucy is talking to us about.


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Very strange but fab!!

Anyway, then off to our workshop, proddy and hooky rugmaking.


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Fantastic workshop… look what I made…


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 and here nearly finished… (sorry he's a bit blurred!)


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We even got ideas for raggy brooches, aren't they beautiful?


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So many things to look at, but this one really appealed The Natural Dye Studio…


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Gorgeous colours…


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I even bought the book and some yarn.

Amazing embroideries…


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 and I bought this one…


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We decided to have a last little jaunt into Skipton, find The Studio, have a spot of lunch and then had off home. And that is exactly what we did.

We found Coopers Bistro…


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and I had a platter (including Gluten Free bread!!)…


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The buttons were a purchase from Toft at Yarndale, and just happened to be out of my bag at that very moment!

We then took a sneaky peak in The Studio and had a quick word with Tracey, and Lucy's babysitter for the day about clours and yarns (her crochet looked beautiful) before we decided to leave Skipton behind us.

And so having gone on our way through the lovely Dales and Yorkshire countryside to get to Skipton and Yarndale, we returned through the lovely Lake District and Cumbrian Fells back home…


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So what did I treat myself to?


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A yarn bowl, glittery yarn (for a friends christmas present – once it's made), blanket yarn and matching beads, a crochet rabbit toy kit, a crochet bowl kit, my proddy rug project and books full of ideas and other projects.


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A very handy felted bag, I bought the large buttons to add a fastening to it.


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Beautiful soft yarn to crochet another baby blanket for my beautiful nephew M.

What a long post that was, thanks for sticking with it!! Tired out now, will have to spell check, organise my posts and then I'm off to mak a rather yummy ham and prawn risotto for supper. Might let you have the recipe…

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings about Yarndale, would love to go again next year and meet other bloggers – Lucy has had the genious idea of having a Bloggers lounge! Great!!

Take care and happy hooking….

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::Transition::

It seems so long since I posted anything of any wordage… it has been incredibly busy getting back to school and sending my big boy off into the world of university, but here I am back and ready to share my thoughts with you all.

What an amazing summer holiday; The Cambridge Folk festival seems like such a long time ago and the start of festival granny stripe blanket held such excitment and anticipation. I am loving still being able to pick it up and continue with the security and comfort of the stripes leading me further on and on.


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It is growing and growing…

However with the emotion of my eldest son leaving home in September for University never very far away, the summer was a mixture of feelings. Rome with my youngest was exciting and yet strange, being at home whilst the eldest was away working was diferent but ok.

So what did I do? I launched myself into lots of yarn-i-licious projects to keep my fingers, my mind and myself occupied.

Cushions…


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Bunting…
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And my ta-dah!! of the season… tutti-fruity lampshade which I still look at with total and utter delight and glee.


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and in close up…


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Little balls to decorate the lampshade…


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Little owls…


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and creating my studio space in the Hayloft at the top of the house…


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This is where I was able to organise all my lovely yarns that had been in the attic (I know really sad) for many many years, but were now free to sigh and snuggle up in their new home, ready to be plucked and worked into new projects (of which I have many planned!)

So after a trip to london with all my Y6 children, a fantastic and positive start to the school year, last weekend was the emotional leaving of my son to university.

The whole family are in transistion with him now gone (and I am totally confident that he will be absolutley fine), Little J will miss his big brother having him around to play X-box, football and bike rides and probably the odd little argument. Although on the whole they are very close as brothers which I am very proud of. J will miss the boy talk; football, bikes, F1 etc and also him just being here with us in our family. I miss having him around as he is a sensitive soul and always can tell when I am sad, down or just need a hug. 

I will and I do miss him. But my week was made this week when I picked up the phone and there he was… Do I need to thaw this frozen chicken Mum before I make a chicken curry? !@$%@!

We'll be fine. 

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::Summer holiday bits and bobs::

I cannot believe there is only two full weeks left and I'll be back to work, planning my topic and after moving classroom, organising, labelling and theming the book corners and displays! So much to do.

I've been plodding on with Festival granny stripe blanket and it's coming on nicely.


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•BuT• there is still time to enjoy the summer holidays that remain, visits to places that have been on my list for some time and finishing little jobs and BiTs and BoBs that I wanted to do. So here are some pictures of little things that have taken up some happy hours and have been lovely little things to pass the time, between bigger projects.

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I was VERY happy to take delivery of my new cocoa mugs by Emma Bridgewater, having broken one of my other ones. I do love the polka dots and have a number of these already – but this time I went for a Toast option too.


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Then my lovely new Yarndale bag arrived, only 6 weeks to go and I'm excited at going along to this and meeting lots of other hooky, crochet, knitter people! Lucy @Attic24 has been a key ambassador for this festival of creativity and has worked hard at getting lots of it organised – shout out to Lucy!! Well done!


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My new-to-me printers drawer arrived – it's in need of a clean and a woodworm spray – but otherwise my threads, cottons and buttons are gong to look stunning in it. Ebay – is a wonderful thing! 99p and 2.99 postage! An AbSoLuTe bargain!


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•ALSO• my gorgeous new yarn arrived (of course I'd ordered all of these thigs so not really surpirise but still…) King Cole Merino blend DK 100% British made. It is beautiful, Sharon at Great British Yarns helped me out as some of the colours are low in stock, but fired off an email to her and she is a star, all sorted!

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and it works up beautifully too, baby granny squares for a cushion…


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Going to granny stripe the back.

Visited The WoolClip and bought some grogeous yarn, Jan and Cecelia produce it from their sheep Blue Faced Leicester's I think, anyway lovely. I know just what I'm going to do with it! Will tell you later :o)


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Got the Decoptach bug.


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Made some flower bunting for my party…


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 Notice the completed decoptach 'K' on there too.


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Then the PaRtY… my lovely friends from my Stitching group and I have a party every few months or so, where the fmailies get together and we eat lovely food, drink alcoholic things and generally chat and enjoy each others company. Not a bad spread with only a few emails and gluten free, vegetarian dairy free food in abundance!!


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 Before and after….


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Empty plates. It was delish, great company, good food, some laughs some ooohs and some awwwwhs, with some lovely news too. Little girlies enjoyed Just dance and Big boys enjoyed driving on the XboX, (well so did one Extra little girly who struggled to meet the pedals so drove Capri-style!). Great night. :o)x

Decorating the kitchen with decorative stickers,…. boy did it take a while and was it tricky? YES it was tricky but I think it looks stunning. Got the kit from Achica they have some beautiful things, you have to be a registered user but it's free and they have discounts etc. 

What do you think?


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I'm loving it, and it just peels off when you decide you don't want it anymore!

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So between the rain I decided to renew my outside planters, I went to the garden centre and bought lots of plants. Lovely colours and flowers and then installed them into the lovely newly painted pots.


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Trying to brighten up the garden, having been scorched in the intense sun, and now drenched in the total down pours!

Looking back over the last two weeks, I have been a busy little bee!!

All that and organising my 18 year old – A Level results day today was a sparkling success – huge sigh of relief and gush of happiness and tinge of sadness and massive amounts of PROUD!!

Trying to keep my 14 year old busy and off his laptop, Xbox and out in something called  fresh air!!

I've also been starting my studio project, reorganising the spare room- snug -hay loft into a workable space for me to use for all my crafty things and maybe even have my stitching group meetings there too sometimes. Sneaky preview on its way!


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Have chosen the paint, J is busy sanding and doing the smelly paint bit so should be up and running quiete soon. Have bought a new-to-me sofa bed from Impact Furniture and then to decorate with lovely crafty homemade textiles, blankets, blind and cushions. Ooooooooohhhhh, sooooo excited! See you soon.

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