Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Feeling Green

The title of this post is appropriate to a few different things!

Firstly, I finished my Simply Crochet cactus the other day - it was a free gift with the last issue, and those of you who buy the magazine will have probably had a go at it yourself, but here is my little one "Julio"!


I wish I'd used safety eyes on him as they're a lot neater, but he was a lunch break project and funnily enough I don't keep a supply of those at work! He's still cute though! Julio now lives on the phone desk and keeps an eye on all of us.

The second shade of green is unfortunately health related. Dave and I had our yellow fever jabs on Monday (we are going to Kenya on our honeymoon) and mine has made me feel really unwell. I was so hot today, aches and pains and serious tiredness, so I came home after lunch. Not like me at all, as I haven't had a day off since I started this job over a year ago (it frustrates the hell out of me!). I couldn't sleep at that time of day, so I chucked a film on and did a bit of work on my latest project - a rooster for my lovely friend Sam.


I'm pleased with my neat stitches here! And I absolutely adore this colour (Pistachio by Rico Cotton Essentials DK). It's so sunny and happy. This pattern seems to be working up well though - I'm using Rooster Gordey by Elena Pichugina - and it's all fallen into place so far! Fingers crossed the finished item will be awesome! I won't post many pictures of the wip, because Sam will see (I know you're probably reading this!) but I will fill you all in once it's finished, sent off and received by it's new Mummy!

Anyway, time for bed - I need an early night to get myself ready for work again tomorrow. Also, you probably won't hear from me much over the weekend (maybe once or twice on Facebook), as it's my hen party. I have no idea what is planned but will let you all know afterwards!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Week 28

Bunting finished with time to spare!

9th - 16th July

From left to right: little fishy, hunting down some specimen pots at work, Dave had his stag do!, love these girls, Poole Goes Vintage, a little bee, beautiful patterns on a bargain I bought at the weekend, my finished bunting, and lush turquoise!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Bee Bunting

I have just finished the first strand of my bee bunting! I finished making it ages ago but only just got round to attached the bees! It looks great!


I managed to string it up across two chairs to get a half decent picture - what do you think? I'm really chuffed with the finished product! It will really brighten up the bridge at the mill as well.

I have decided to add the bees to every other small flag, and I think it works nicely. Because each strand is about 7m long, I thought it would look too busy otherwise. My Mum has made all of the bees by the way!


I have attached each bee with some thread and beads - a mixture of pink and iridescent, which gives them a little bit of sparkle! I can't wait to see it in situe now that the bees are joined in.

Next job? Start sewing them onto the second strand! It shouldn't take too long. Dave is away this weekend on his stag do, so I have the house to myself. I'm just going to stick some movies on and get stitching! Wish me luck!

For anyone wanting to try this pattern out for themselves, you can find it here on Ravelry - big shout out to the talented The Hat And I for their amazing pattern writing!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Week 27

More pond life!

2nd - 9th July

From left to right: blue skies at the weekend, a stag beetle in our garden, sleepers and pebbles, a little butterfly enjoying the pond, piri piri pork salad for lunch, gorgeous koi at the aquatic centre, finding ways to cool down - ice pack down the dress, putting plants in the pond, and new plants and our rock face!

Week 26

Pond life!

25th June - 2nd July

From left to right: rainy mornings, down some spiral stairs, Lulworth Cove, pretty bridesmaid dresses, work in the garden continues, going for my first dress fitting, beachy times with Sarah and Ruben, the first item in my new name!!, and filling the new pond.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Busy!

It's been a mad couple of weeks - I have had so much going on, be it work or wedding planning, that I haven't had much time to spend on here keeping you all up to date with things!

Dave and I went over to our beautiful wedding venue, Sopley Mill, on Sunday to do some planning. I took the first strand of my bunting along to see how it looked on the bridge, and we generally did some measuring up, wandering around, and chatted about arrangements. It was lovely to go back, and on such a beautiful day as well - exactly how I would like August to be, with a little less wind please!


It was amazing to see my bunting on the bridge. After all the hard work I have put into it so far, it was fantastic to see how it will look on the day (I still need to attach the bees but the rest is as it will be) and the length was absolutely spot on! Dead proud of myself! I just need to finish the embellishments on the second strand now, and then I will crack on with sewing the bees on.


Plans for everything else are coming together. I had my first dress fitting yesterday evening, and went and had my first lot of jabs for our honeymoon this morning, so got the ball rolling there (have I mentioned that we are going to Kenya?). There are now just under two months until the big day, and I'm getting really excited. I had a delivery arrive last week, which will be part of our table plan - it will all look amazing on the day, I'm sure of it!

Did someone order some apple crates?

Trust me, it will look fantastic once I'm finished with them!

Other news! I managed to swim my mile on Sunday! So proud of myself. It took a couple of weeks longer than planned, but I am so pleased that I finally managed it. I felt wiped out for the rest of the day, but it's a massive achievement and something that I never actually thought I'd be capable of. I just need to maintain it now.

A quick reading update - I am 7 books into my target of 18, which is good. I'm only 1 book behind at the moment, and started a new one yesterday, which I am flying through. I seem to be on target to complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge again this year - you can keep up to date with my challenge here.

Not much else to report; it's only a quick post anyway as I am soooo into my newest book and don't want to lose my thread, but just wanted to pop by, say hello and let you all know that I'm still here, just really preoccupied with wedding stuff at the moment. I am pretty active on Facebook, so please keep an eye out for me on there (a link is on the left) and I will keep posting on here as often as I get a chance to. Love to you all xx

Week 25

More glorious weather!

18th - 25th June
From left to right: our "High Hopes" rose in bloom, chilling in the garden with my Kindle, fossil hunting in Charmouth, a delivery of sleepers for our garden, pretty blue hydrangea flowers, a trip to Sopley Mill for wedding planning, a shield bug on Dave's car, delicious lunch at a country pub, and sunlight through the trees!

Week 24

Sun sun sun!

11th - 18th June

From left to right: Arfa the aloe vera has a new girlfriend - April, first star of the evening, joining up strand number 2, getting blown away with the car's roof down, our second rose is budding, building work started on the garden, a unicorn on the front of my passport, breaking out a summer dress that I haven't worn before, and standing outside to try and cool off before bed...

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Week 23

Sunshine and sunburn!

4th - 11th June

From left to right: our first "engagement rose" is blooming, Dave did some wallpaper stripping in Rich and Sarah's new house, giant beetle!, pretty retro wallpaper, music at the Christchurch Chilli and Cheese festival, succeeded in getting some triumphant sunburn!, BBQ, digging up our favourite plants so they don't get destroyed during garden renovations, another rose - because they're pretty!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Week 22

Flowers and food - a recurring theme!

28th May - 4th June

From left to right: one of our chillis, went to the doctors - my ear eczema is back!, cooking some curry, a cheeky Starbucks for me and the girls at work, the front pots are looking gorgeous, one of our engagement roses is getting ready to flower, me in the summer (flowers, rainbows and beads), amaryllis, and creamy masala chicken for dinner.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Swimming

So I have wanted to swim for years and years. I can swim, but lack confidence both in the actual swimming department, as well as the self esteem one. After having to force myself to buy a swimsuit recently, I decided to start swimming in my local pool and was really proud of myself for doing 10 lengths for my first attempt (bearing in mind that I hadn't swum in almost 10years!). Since then I have progressed really well and have even made myself a little chart to prove it!

If there's a chart, it must be impressive, right?

So in week 1 I managed 10 lengths. This included a long stop between each one (which is so bad, I know) but I was pleased with my first attempt. In week 2 I boosted that up to 14 lengths, and then 16 in week 3. In my fourth week I started to find my confidence a bit more, and completed 24 lengths - I also found that I could start doing more in one go, without stopping. Last week I managed to hit the half mile mark, with 32 lengths, and today I made myself proud with a total of 50! I have my eyes set on the mile for next weekend...

I'm really enjoying myself, and it feels great passing my previous score each week. I know that won't always happen (to be honest, I nearly gave up at 20 today as I just couldn't find my rhythm) but if I can continued progressing as I have been, I will be really happy. I feel good about it too - both in a confidence and a health sense. Ok, I still hate how I look but I have managed to get over a massive hurdle in getting myself to the pool in the first place, so if nothing else that's a decent achievement.

My next target is a mile, like I said. That isn't non-stop but swimming a mile is good either way right? I also really need to improve my technique because I honestly am an awful swimmer. I can do it, but it's not the best (and never has been to be honest).

On a completely unrelated note, but appropriate to my blog - I have spent this afternoon sewing more flowers onto my bunting and it's starting to look really good now! Hopefully I can get it sorted by the end of the week, then thread together strand two, decorate that, and finally work out how I'm attaching the bumblebees. Time for bed now though!

Week 21

Sunshine and family time.

21st - 28th May

From left to right: colourful cooking, watching Owen play a gig at the Brewery Square Food Festival, lasercut lovebirds, bowling with the family, Dave showing off my first 6m of bunting, a hilarious bottle opener from Dave's parents (the penis thing started when we bought them something in Rome a few years ago), started stitching on flowers, friend's bike!, and I love walking to work on days like this!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Week 20

A few days off!

14th - 21st May

From left to right: planted mixed petunias in our front pots, homemade pizza and cider night, found a doggy in the garden (delivered her home, don't worry), Dave made a planter for the garden!, bowling on Saturday afternoon, poached eggs on toast in the garden, sunny buttercups, a blurry Guardians Of The Galaxy selfie, and Dave took his car to a Lotus meeting!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Congratulations to Kirsty and Dicky!

After many months of waiting, Saturday marked the day of my best friend's wedding; and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was stunning, the venue was gorgeous, and we all had an amazing time. And she was so relaxed about it all!


It was a truly magical day. I arrived bright and early (around 8am) to start getting ready. Had my hair done by the lovely Sarah, and makeup by fellow bridesmaids Kat and Georgina. Kirsty remained so laid back she was near horizontal for the entire morning (I hope I can be the same for my wedding in a few months!), and didn't let anything bother her - not that anything went wrong! She looked amazing in her dress, and I managed to lace it really well too, which I had been stressing about.

What it took to make me presentable!

The ceremony was a real tearjerker and the wedding breakfast was fantastic! Now, I won't lie, I had been a little pessimistic about the food because it really wasn't my kind of stuff, but I'm glad that I decided to stick with the set menu and not chicken out like Dave did and go for the kids one! I ended up eating confit duck (which I would have preferred warm but that's being super critical) and pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto! Dave had boiled eggs and soldiers, followed by fish and chips (which looked so good!). The speeches that followed dinner were really funny - the best man's was fab!

Little bro and I!

We didn't stay late into the evening reception but I messed around in the photobooth a couple of times, and we had a couple of drinks. Caught a quick glimpse of the amazing wedding cake, made by Dicky's Mum - fancy and wedding on one side, and icing folding back to reveal Lego bricks on the other! Very clever!

A close up on the cake - photos by Laura
All in all, I am so thrilled for my best friend. Kirsty has been there for me through a lot over the years, and I remember having discussions with her during her single times about how she was going to die alone, surrounded by cats. Now look at her! I like being right haha!

I wish you both many happy years together, and I hope you have an amazing honeymoon! You both deserve some sun and time to unwind - enjoy!

Week 19

Wedding bells were ringing!

7th - 14th May

From left to right: a sunny afternoon spent in the garden, bridesmaid hair, a perfect day, drinking tea from a milk jug (did the trick), my stunning best friend just before going to see her groom, my corseting skills were on point!, pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto, photobooth fun with my brother, and my gorgeous bridesmaid bouquet!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Shutter Island

I have managed to fly through 2 books in the last couple of weeks, and am now only one book behind on my reading challenge! Woohoo! I was starting to get concerned (though my crochet is suffering because of it).

I really enjoyed reading So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. As I said in my previous reading post, it was something that I never would have usually chosen to read - perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. Having previously been a really avid user of social media, I found it fascinating to read what happened to people after posting some simple "jokes" that have been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion.

After that, I started Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love the movie that was released a few years ago, and it stars quite a few of my favourite actors. At the time, I never realised that there was a novel behind it all, but was bought it for Christmas a few years ago. Only just got round to reading it, and was completely hooked! Firstly, I love how true the movie is to the original book - there were only a few changes made (which seems to be really unusual nowadays). Secondly, it's so fast paced and brilliantly written - I couldn't put it down! I think it definitely needs to be added onto everyones "things to read before you die" list, and I'm going to look up some of Lehane's other books!

I am now up to 1,872 pages read so far this year (which when I remember that's only a few hundred longer than Stephen King's "IT", doesn't seem like that many to be honest). Not sure what my next book will be - I need to force myself to get some of these smaller flags made so I can start the final assembly on my bunting. I have a busy weekend ahead so won't get much done, but a few days off afterwards so perhaps then.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Week 18

Lots of cooking this week!

30th April - 7th May

From left to right: making more brownies, pretty pink roses, it's always a happy day when my next issue of Good Food magazine arrives!, been swimming again, having a hair trial for Kirsty's wedding, yummy chicken with herb and wine sauce, chilli chicken on a Sunday night, Marvel wrap for Dave's birthday presents, and Kirsty having her wedding hair trial!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Week 17

Loads of good food!

23rd - 30th April

From left to right: blurry greens, delicious chicken with harissa for dinner, a good start to the day, celebrating Sarah's birthday in style!, amazing dinner at The Dancing Duck, a chilli plant from Kirsty and Dicky, went for a cake tasting session for our wedding, crispy hash brown, and the light on our new burglar alarm sensor is watching me sleep...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Quick Reading Update!

My Goodreads Reading Challenge was off to such an incredible start in January, but has since dropped off of the radar due to crochet commitments! It has taken me 3 months to finish one book (which was about 400 pages long) which is sooo long for me!

I finally finished The Book Thief a few days ago, and I bloody loved it. The first quarter really didn't do much for me, but it really picked up after that and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even shed a little tear at the end! Definitely one I would recommend to everyone, and advise them to persevere! I have since moved onto something a little different, and not the kind of book that I would usually opt for - So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

I first heard about this book a couple of years ago on Radio 2, during an interview with the author. I thought it sounded interesting, so downloaded it onto my Kindle and it's sat there since. Whilst scrolling through my "to-read" list the other day, looking for something shorter and not too challenging (after my epic 3 months with The Book Thief) I chose to give it a go, and was not disappointed! I have just reached the halfway mark, and am absolutely loving it! I'll let you know what I think in detail, once I have finished.


I am currently 1,168 pages into my 2017 challenge, which isn't too bad. My all-time page record for one year goes to 2013 though, with 7,065 pages read. Hoping to try and get past that this year, but we shall see what happens. I am 3 (excellent) books into my year, and halfway through my 4th.

From a crochet perspective, I have just two more large flags to make for my 12m of bunting! Then I will start on the rest of the small flags, before the small task of assembling it all. I'm feeling really positive about it all, to be honest! I think it'll look fab on the day. As always, I am constantly adding to my crochet to-do list...it's absolutely never ending. I'm hoping to crack on with some amigurumi again once I get my bunting out of the way though. Watch this space!

That's all for now; had a busy weekend and am back to work tomorrow. Will catch up again soon!

Week 16

Birthday baking!

16th - 23rd April

From left to right: Beauty & The Beast on my birthday, apple blossom in the garden, watching the local steakhouse go up in flames, one of the lovely gerberas in my birthday bouquet from Sarah, clean sheets, making brownies for work colleagues, little bro treated me to breakfast, filling up my bird feeders, and raspberry traybake - yummy!

Week 15

Frodo, food and fragrance!

9th - 16th April

From left to right: the My Little Pony that I gave my brother for his birthday, green cooking, dissecting a hot cross bun (raisins are disgusting), my fritillary is still going strong, received a card identical to our lounge art, one of Mum's bumblebees (for the wedding bunting), the start of an epic Lord Of The Rings (extended edition!!) marathon, Kelly's birthday presents all wrapped and ready to go, and a lovely Candleberry candle from my colleague Kara!

Week 14

Lovely friend time!

2nd - 9th April

From left to right: daffodils from my lovely colleague Helen, Dave has put my birds up in the garden, stained glass biscuits, pretty melted wax reflections, transplanting primroses, yummy Indian sweets from one of the doctors at work, Kirsty's hen party, our new Aloe Vera work pet - "Arfa", and my best friend and I!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Cluck Cluck!

After months and months of preparation, yesterday was the day of Kirsty's hen party! Right from the start of planning, Kat (a bridesmaid and amazing helper) and I wanted to make it really special. We came up with lists of things that Kirsty enjoys, and eventually settled on a Mad Hatter's Tea Party (she loves Disney and afternoon tea) and a crafting session (she loves to cross stitch).

I arrived at our venue, Holton Lee, really early to start setting up. Faith House doesn't need much doing to it, and there are stunning views out across the fields and Poole Harbour - we were super lucky to have amazing weather as well!

Party bags!

I came loaded with decorations and the party bags I have been assembling over the last few months. I wanted to go for a balance between tacky stuff you'd receive in a kids party bag, and grown up. I think the balance worked out ok!

I purchased the bags from The Favour Factory, after lots of searching! I love the customised labels! Each party bag then contained sweets (love hearts, lollies, Haribo etc), customised "Kirsty's Hen Party" chocolates, miniature wands and tiaras, bubbles, wish bracelets, balloons, and straws. Kirsty's had a large tiara and wand (pictured), a "grow your own male stripper" and a "bride to be" sash. I am really pleased with how these turned out!

On the decorations front, I had a load of paper bunting, giant Alice in Wonderland card props, honeycomb baubles, a "bride to be" banner, and a ton of balloons. Once Kat arrived, she brought more bits and bobs, and we got the venue looking pretty good inside and out.

Our Mad Hatters Tea Party took a lot of work - I baked some (rubbish) biscuits, Kat bought lots and we had some amazing baking help from Kirsty's mother-in-law-to-be Ilse. We set up the tea in the room adjoining our crafting room (I'll share pics of that later!).


For our jewellery making session, we had a lady named Cara from Crafts & Giggles come to us. All of the supplies are included and we got to make a few different items! Kirsty made earrings to match her dress, which looked fab. We all got a little bag and box to put our finished jewellery into as well, so people got to go home with 2 party bags in the end!

My finished earrings and bracelet

After our crafting session, we moved on to our tea party. The room looked awesome. It's usually used as a quiet room for kids with autism and is totally decked out in silver birch trunks - it's really unusual! The second Kat and I saw it when we visited the venue, we knew we needed to use it for the food.


Kat and her friend supplied all of the crockery and cake stands (except the tall one, which was card and bought online), along with the table cloths and champagne flutes.


The overall effect looked so good, and it definitely had a wow factor as you entered the room. The cakes were all absolutely delicious as well (Ilse did us proud).

After our tea, we cracked out some hen party games - lots of rudeness and silly things! I'm not 100% on my reading audience here so I'll refrain from pictures, but rest assured we had a really good laugh - willy hoopla was my personal favourite! We got to lounge outside in the sun a bit as well, so that's always a bonus.

My beautiful best friend and I

Next up was a trip to the pub for refreshments! A few of us went for some drinks, before disbanding for a little while and meeting up again for a much needed curry at Taj in Corfe Mullen! Indian food is always a winner in my books, and the food was absolutely fantastic. Only Kirsty was actually drinking as the rest of us had to drive, but the staff supplied us with two bottles of wine and some shots to end the night with - it was a lovely gesture!


All in all it has been a thoroughly exhausting, but very rewarding process. I've put countless hours into the planning of it, and everything ran pretty smoothly! I think everyone had a good time - Kirsty says she did, so that's all that really matters to me really. So now we begin the countdown to her big day on the 13th May! Only a few weeks to go before she becomes Mrs Kelly! So exciting!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Week 13

Unlucky for some!

26th March - 2nd April

From left to right: a foxy visitor, blossom in the garden, pepperoni pizza, discovered the real use for car cup holders, my bleeding heart is blooming!, our first RSVP for the wedding - thanks Karen and Mark!, dark skies overhead, quiet reading time, and a robin at the garden centre =)

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Springing To Life

Happy April! I can't believe this year is flying by so quickly!

Had a quick mooch around the garden this afternoon and am so thrilled with how some of our plants are coming along. Just look!


I'm absolutely beaming about my bleeding hearts having come back so well. It's the first time I've grown them, and when they died down for Winter, I was so worried they wouldn't come back. But a few weeks ago I noticed some shoots, and the plant is already flowering like mad! It adds such a gorgeous splash of colour, to what otherwise is a pretty dark and dreary corner under our camillia bush. Speaking of which, look top right and check out one of the beefy blooms we have on that at the moment! Our camillia never fails to impress me each year (the only annoyance is all the petals it throws everywhere when it's done flowering!). Surprise of the day is an appearance made by my snakes head fritillary! I thought this plant had died after I transplanted it to the "wild" garden, as it didn't show it's face last year. Low and behold, there it is! I adore these flowers - they're so unusual. Definitely going to buy some more fritillary plants now that I know they do ok up there. And last, but not least, our plum tree has started blossoming. There is something so gorgeous about fruit tree blossoms! I'm impressed that the camera on my phone picked up the detail here, actually!

So everything is coming along swimmingly! Dave mowed the lawn for the first time of the year last weekend, so that is looking loads better as well (though he did nearly chop his toes off in doing so!). The weather is improving each week and I'm loving being able to sit out in the garden with my books again.

Speaking of books, I am way behind with my 2017 reading challenge! It started so well, but then I got distracted with making my bunting, and lost the thread of what I was reading. However, I am now finding a bit more time for reading so will hopefully manage to catch up with my challenge again. Currently open on my kindle is The Book Thief, which I am about 50% of the way through at the moment. I didn't really enjoy the start, which is why I think I have put it down a lot, but it's definitely grown on me. Not sure what will be next on my list (perhaps an actual physical book?) but I'm hoping I get my reading mojo back soon.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend, and a good start to April! My brother is coming over for breakfast in the morning, so I'm looking forward to seeing him. Then some more chilling out - I've been stressing over Kirsty's hen do (which is next weekend - aaaaahhhh) so I really need some quiet "me time". Also hoping to have another BBQ tomorrow afternoon, with some luck!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Week 12

Sunny spring days!

19th - 26th March

From left to right: posting wedding invitations, our engagement roses are looking good, first BBQ of the year, a peek into the bunting flower bag, a pretty peacock butterfly in the garden, back to flags, Bailey and his woodpecker, my lounge is filled with roses this week, and Pat gave me my Easter eggs!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Back To Flags

Since putting together my first 5m at the weekend, I have regressed back to making bunting flags again and have put in a little yarn order to top up my supply of certain colours! It's going well and I have already created enough of the yellow/orange large flags to finish my first bunting garland and also for my second. I just have the small ones to do, and yellow/orange shall be finished! That's a little way off yet though. Have now started on my lemon/lime flags, and have made a couple today so that's heading in the right direction! I do absolutely love the pattern and how quickly each piece seems to come together. It's also a really nice, easy size for me to take to work and do on my lunch break - even just half an hour of stitching is better than nothing at all!

My second bag of pearl buttons has arrived (these are a slightly larger size) so I should be able to start attaching flowers to garland #1 now. To be honest though, I may just make sure I have all of the flags finished and joined in, before I start messing about attaching the flowers. I have already come up with the plan of having a movie day with my friend Sarah, sitting at opposite ends of the sofa, and working our way through a movie marathon whilst attaching flowers, working our way inwards haha! It works in theory...! Anyway, the flowers are all made, so I can start on that whenever I like.

Exciting news! Today I posted off some of our wedding invitations!


I am going to put the others in envelopes over the weekend, but it's a good start! Planning is getting there, and we don't have too much left to do...I am surprisingly relaxed as well. On a (sort of) wedding themed note; Kirsty's hen do is in a couple of weeks and that has taken lots of planning - looking forward to it! And a hen do means an imminent wedding! Much excitement!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Week 11

Spring flowers, more bunting, and early starts!

12th - 19th March

From left to right: a cup of tea to start the day, cherry blossom, lovely shabby decor at Sopley Mill, yet more daffodils, throwing some white into the mix, a walk to the shops via the pond, 5m of bunting, getting to work at 07:30, and pretty stationary!

The 5m Mark

I have created 5m of bunting, and this is what it looks like!

63 flags!

I have currently run out of flags so need to get stitching again, but how cool do they look! I've opted to go for the rainbow gradient order of flags, as shown in the original pattern, and I love how it's turned out. I must stress that the white "ribbon" is still in progress - I just need to get to the end before I can turn and do another row. I've worked out that this is approx 5m of bunting. I'm going to do a final metre (or one more cycle of colours) and then leave that as the final length...then start all over again for the other side of the bridge!

Here's where it is going!

The bridge measures around 5m or so, but I want the bunting to drape rather just be taut, so I'm going to make the extra metre so it looks spot on. It should go along there quite nicely though! I don't doubt that I will be sick of making flags by August though...

I have finished going through the colour cycles of flowers in both large and small sizes, so I'm hoping those will be enough for the bunting in it's entirety. I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it (no pun intended!). Anyway, it's bed time for me, back to work tomorrow and then flag making again in the evenings!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Week 10

Lots of lovely colourful crochet,  and the start of garden time again!

5th - 12th March

From left to right: spring time is finally here, my final colour palette for my bunting, Kirsty's lovely fish tank, a really cute pin cushion from Pat, cherry blossom, lots of single crochet, sparkles, my owl bird feeder, and another bunting picture because why not!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Bunting

Our wedding bunting is going really, really well! It's only been in progress for a couple of weeks but so far I have made:

  • 29 large flags
  • 29 small flags
  • 47 large flowers

I'll start on my small flowers once I have made large ones in all of the colours. It's all coming together well though! No idea how much I need to make yet, so I'll just keep going til I'm bored!

Wedding planning is going well too! We have a venue, caterer, some entertainment, a photographer, and are in the process of booking a florist. Last weekend I bought my dress - so exciting!

My bridal party, mother and future mother-in-law!

We managed to find a dress in about an hour and half, which has got to be some kind of a record. Love it though and can't wait to wear it in August.

So all of that busy-ness kind of explains my recent absence from the blogging world. I have been pretty active on Facebook and Instagram as of late though, so check me out there! 

Week 9

Pancakes, candles and yet more bunting!

26th February - 5th March

From left to right: beefy noodles for dinner, started another candle, small triangle pile is growing, lunch in Moreton Tea Rooms with Nicky and Nick, when your colleagues accessorise you, loving Spring times, pancakes, my awesome blue tit bird feeder from Kelly, and a tiny end-of-day treat from my manager!

Week 8

A ton of crochet!

19th - 26th February

From left to right: working on another large flag, sunny day, my brother won a scholarship!, official countdown continues, pretty mosaic, stripes of flags, Storm Doris debris - wouldn't fancy being hit by those, organised stripes, and closeup stitches!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Week 7

The start of another couple of projects, and lots of cooking!

12th - 19th February

From left to right: cute kitty buttons, stir frying, hazy mornings, giving our notice of marriage at Poole Registry, the start of our wedding bunting, my brother's amazing Valentine's card from his girlfriend (inside it says "joke, it's tiny"), giant turkey burgers with wedges and halloumi, a practice bee that my Mum has crocheted for the bunting, and Sue's finished baby booties for her Granddaughter Harriet!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Tiny Shoes

I was asked before Christmas if I could make some little shoes for my colleague Sue's new baby Granddaughter. Like lots of other projects, I had to put it to one side over the Christmas season, but finally started them on Monday and finished this morning! And they are SO cute!


I used some leftover Paton's 100% cotton DK that I had left from a blanket project I finished a few years ago, and bought some cute little kitty buttons yesterday! Really pleased with the outcome - the buttons match the yarn colour really nicely and add a touch of cute to the booties.

The pattern - Mary Jane Rosebud Baby Booties by Hopeful Honey Designs - was nice and easy to follow and really well written! Hopeful Honey Designs has loads of other really cute bootie designs in their shop too, so lots to choose from.


I love how quick and easy these were to finish - they have literally only taken a couple of hours from start to finish and the most time consuming part was attaching the little rosebuds!

I hope baby Harriet likes them!