Thursday, 29 November 2012

Baby Shaz

I was just going through the address book, looking for a number, and this fell out...

8 months old

I asked my Dad why it was there, and he told me that it's always been there. We've had loads of address books over 23 years, and apparently every time my parents get a new one, this photo goes straight in there! I have no idea why. I think it's a lovely tradition though, although I will admit that I was shocked seeing an 8 month old me fall out of the book, first thing in the morning!

I love family traditions...

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Hamper Building

I have made Christmas hampers as gifts for the last few years, for various friends and family, and I'm doing the same this year for Dave's parents. I think hampers make really nice presents and they're so easy to personalise as well! Today I bought a few pieces in town, in one of my favourite deli's The Fridge!

Christmas goodies!

Included above are:
  • Orange chocolate gingerbread stars
  • Jam and marmalade selection
  • Dessert chocolates (by House of Dorchester)
  • Oat & Honey Dorset biscuits (by Moore's)
  • Cheddar wafers
  • Pheasant and Champagne pâté
This is to go with a bottle of wine, and a tartan cat doorstop I bought last month. So far it's all shaping up really nicely. I have more bits that I want to add to the hamper, along with a present each for their dogs and cat, so when it's done it should look fab. Which reminds me, I need to buy some shredded tissue for the filling. I really like buying local items though - can't beat it!

It was cold today, so I wrapped up warm for my walk into town! I only got 3½ hours sleep after my night shift today, so I was shattered. Really wanted to stretch my legs though, so a brisk walk into town with my Dad was exactly what the doctor ordered! Meant I got to wear my yummy new scarf too!

Feeling tired and lacking in makeup...but I love my scarf!

I love this time of year, when you can whack out the Winter woolies. I absolutely love scarves and this was an absolute bargain - £13 instead of the RRP of £35! Love the colour too!

An evening in November

I leave you with a beautiful sky picture, that I took on my way home. I love the sky, and it looked really great tonight! Such a nice change from the recent flooding!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Rudolph & Friends

It's that time of the year where Santa will be keeping his reindeer to a strict exercise regime, if they want any chance of making it to everyone in the world on Christmas Eve! With less than a month to go until the big day, excitement is building at the North Pole!

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Stamps

As you all know, I am an avid Postcrosser, and have nearly been doing it for a year now! In (almost) 365 days, I have sent 178 postcards to 30 different countries. It's definitely one of the best projects I have ever joined, and I'd highly recommend it to anyone - it's so much fun and I absolutely love receiving such happy post from all over the world. It definitely beats bills!

I went into town yesterday to buy some more local cards, and was disappointed to find how few there are about at the moment. That's the problem with seasons, I suppose - Winter hits and all of a sudden we lack in postcards! However, I did manage to buy some lovely new Christmassy stamps to put on my cards!

87p international stamps, by the Royal Mail

Our Christmas stamps are so cute this year! And it makes a nice change being able to use a pretty stamp, rather than the generic silhouette of the Queen's head. I receive such beautiful stamps from all over the world (Finland in have amazing stamps!) so it's nice to send something pretty in return. I have written 5 postcards today and am about to go and post them to their destinations - Germany, Russia, Finland, Belarus and Malaysia!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Stockings Galore!

Ok, I actually can't contain my excitement for any longer - I am going to have to break. It's Christmas next month! And I'm more than my fair share of excited!

I absolutely adore Christmas and have wanted to share decorations and gifts with you for the last few weeks but didn't want to bore/annoy you all with my silly festive ramblings in the middle of November. However, now with just over a month to go, I figured I could start babbling on, and sharing some lovely Christmas items with you all! You need time to prepare, of course! This week, I have opted for some beautiful stockings for you to feast your eyes on.

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Friday, 16 November 2012

That Autumn Feeling!

Last weekend, Dave and I decided to go for a little walk in some local woods and a nature reserve, and I couldn't resist sharing some photos with you all. Autumn (or Fall) is my favourite time of year and always had been! It never fails to impress me and you can capture some lovely photographs during this season!

How could anyone resist taking pictures of those beautiful golden leaves! Beech trees, like the lovely example above, are always fantastic during Autumn. They turn such lovely colours, and it was great to wander around in the leaves.

The light was a little bright (basically meaning I was too lazy to adjust my camera settings) in some places, but I still managed to take some nice pictures, and thoroughly enjoyed just going for a walk for an hour or so.

Me taking a photo of Dave, taking a photo of me!

And there concludes why Autumn is awesome. I'm going to take this chance to wish any American readers a Happy Thanksgiving, incase I forget by the time it comes around! I think it's November 22nd, or am I way off? Either way, enjoy!

Much love from a lovely British Autumn x

Children In Need

I should have posted this up on Tuesday but haven't gotten round to it. Anyway today it is Children In Need! A charity event aimed at raising money for...well...children in need! For those in the US who may not have any idea what I'm talking about, the charity's mascot is "Pudsy Bear"; an adorable little yellow teddy, with a bandaged eye.

The charity does a lot of good and you can find out more about their amazing work, and even donate, by clicking here!

Now for some treasury teddies!

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Many Cosy Mugs

So, I have just finished my five mug cozies, which I will be giving to friends for Christmas! I'm really pleased with the outcome and I love the colours.


I've got a different colours for each friend, although I haven't decided who will receive which colour yet. I went out earlier and bought buttons for the remaining four cozies and I think they look fab, so I'm really happy with the outcome. I've made a rough estimate that each cozy has cost me about £1 to make, which is awesome!

Five cozies

I love this yarn. I would recommend Sirdar Crofter DK to anyone. It's just beautiful to work with, and as you can see, has some really cool results when it comes to marbling and patterns.

Glendale 0038, edged with Hound Dog 0053

So now I need to find something else to make with Crofter! So many possibilities, and I'm sure I'll come up with something. However, right now I have a new project to begin, and really need to finish a couple of old ones. The dilemma of which to start first though - new project needs making by Christmas, old project can wait but is taking up space in my room...decisions decisions...

Writing Novels

This year, I am participating in NaNoWriMo, and attempting to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days! It's quite a challenge (and it's why I'm posting this week's treasury on a Friday) but I'm hoping to succeed with some willpower! Anyway, I've found some lovely writing accessories for you to enjoy, and help any other Wrimo's on their way!

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mug Cozy

So I've spent my evening crocheting up a mug cozy, as I thought it'd make a really nice and cheap Christmas present for friends and family. They're easy to make, and so cute! I'm really pleased with the outcome!

Toasty and warm!

I opted for Sirdar Crofter DK, in Rambler Rose 0059 for the main shade, and edged with Erskine 0032 to finish it off and contrast with the pinks and purples in the main section of the cozy.

Pretty pink buttons

I was also fortunate enough to stumble upon some buttons I had completely forgotten about, lurking in one of my bags of stuff! So I layered up the two shell flowers to get a nice colour contrast.

Cosy cozy!

The pattern is worked almost entirely in double crochet, which I always like working with. And the yarn marbles so beautifully!

Missing it's mug!

I am debating whether to add an appliqué to this particular pattern, because I was originally going to be making owl cozies, with the first pattern I found. However, I think it's really pretty on it's own so I'm going to finish making some other colours and then I'll work out whether I want to add an owl into the mix or not!

Anyway, on to the pattern - it's a fantastic freebie from Ravelry, by a designer called Marion Hassold. You can find it and try it out for yourself here! The only change I have made, is using a DK (and not a chunky) yarn, and had an initial 50ch instead of the recommended 27ch. It's all depending on the type and size of the mug you are making it for though, and really easily customisable!