Monday, 30 March 2015

Chevrons

This is a style that I have wanted to try out for ages...so effective, and you can create something really special.


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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Week 12

A few days late posting this up - sorry guys!

19th - 26th March

From left to right: the solar eclipse (which I unfortunately had to view on tv due to the bad weather in Poole), my cooking spree of lasagne and chilli, scabiosa flowers in my revamped flower bed, Sidmouth beach, crocheting yellow squares, I met Kelly for lunch, a storm brewing in Portsmouth (it sleeted on me soon after), a bird box that Dave's Dad very kindly made me, and my new bunny page markers in my recipe books!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Gardening Season

Yesterday I indulged in some new plants, and spent some time in our garden! I'm really pleased with the outcome, and look forward to spending more time out there in the next few weeks!


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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Garden: Stage 1

Today I started my work in the garden! Like I mentioned last week (in this entry), I have decided to set myself a list of goals for the upcoming months, in our front and back gardens. Today marked the beginning of my gardening season, and I started by tackling the small bed at the bottom of the back garden.

It's a straight bed but looks curved due to the panorama photo!

I went out to my local garden centre, with a few plant ideas in mind, and came back with a few bags of plants, and a couple of ornaments! Since moving in, last year, it's been important to me to make sure that our garden is wildlife friendly, and I chose plants to attract butterflies and bees.

Planted up!

It looks a little sparse at the moment, but obviously once the plants have settled and started to grow out into the bed it will look a little fuller. We both really like the bush that is just off centre, because it changes colour throughout the year, so I worked around that. Anyway, the bed looked so much better just for being weeded and having the soil turned!

Birds eye view

Apologies for the massive and badly stitched panorama there...but it gives you an idea of the layout - you'll probably have to click and enlarge the image to make any sense of it! Anyway, the bed now includes Scabiosa, Saxifrage, Lavender, Fritillary, Aquilegia and a couple of others, which I forget the name of. I also bought two black ornamental balls to break it up, and the three solar lights to add a bit of interest at night - for £1.99 each, they're pretty good too.


It's not a massive bed, but it's a good step in the right direction to getting everything else sorted, and to how we want it. I just totally winged it today and am pleased with the result. Like I said, I am looking forward to seeing it in a month or two when the plants have settled properly.

Money well spent haha

My three little lights look like Orion's Belt lol. They do actually look a little better in real life (my phone camera isn't that great). I'm pleased all the same.

Another job done today - Dave put up a new bird box that his Dad made for me, so hopefully it may get some residents this year. If not, in the future. We have hidden it away in one of the conifer trees, so hopefully it will attract some life.

Stage 2 is going to either be attacking the flower bed under our bedroom window, or digging up the massive fuchsia plant in the back garden, so that I can start on another bed out there. That will leave the bottom tier of the garden, pretty much sorted. Watch this space for another update soon (I hope!). And let me know what you think of today's handiwork!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Week 11

The time has come to start work in the garden again!

12th - 19th March

From left to right: a robin checking out our freshly mown lawn, the staff in Winchester gave my studio a makeover and "beautified" it for me, counting squares, the postman left some of my mail in the bin (not impressed), finding a butterfly in an onion, Bridport high street, my amazing happy surprise mail from Alex, I had a random allergic reaction to something and it made my lips swell like crazy, and last night I literally couldn't fit another thing into my van!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Second Gift Swap

After the lovely gifts that I received in January's swap amongst members of Lucha Club, I decided to participate again in the Spring round. This time my swap partner was in Switzerland, and I sent her a variety of goodies including a candle, bookmark, dreamcatcher, rose quartz and some sweets (plus more!). She received her parcel today and was really pleased with it. I was lucky to get home to find my surprise post had also arrived - a gift from Alex in Cardiff...

Thank you!

My parcel contained two postcards, a skull soap, fridge magnet, brooch/badge, POW heart, face mask, and super cute fluffy bunny critter...which I am beyond in love with! It really flatters me that Alex took the time to make some of my items herself. Once I have finished my blanket project, I hope to do the same for my future swap partners, because it's a lovely gesture. I'm so so pleased with what I have received though, so thank you a million times over! Happy Monday, everyone x

Chick-chick-chicken!

Yesterday, I noticed the blackbirds in our garden, beginning to build their nest. I love watching them at this time of year! Anyway, here are some Easter chicks to keep with the theme!


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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sickness Sucks

I hate being ill. I've got a really nasty cold that has totally drained me, and I feel rubbish. I want to crochet but have only managed one square, before feeling I was going to doze off, so I've had to stop for now. Having done a square count though, I am pleased to say that...


...I only have 39 squares left to make! Woohoo! I am so, so close. I remember being happy when I had just 100 squares left, but this feels really good. I just wish that I felt more able to actually make some to put towards the goal - grrrr! Anyway, I uploaded a photo to my Facebook page earlier, with the current status of my squares. I have so many green ones!


So I need about 7 more of each colour (except green) and then I will be finished! Well...with square making anyway. Then I can attach them, do the border, and will be left with the heaviest and most time consuming blanket ever. Bring it on!

...when I've had a nap.

Garden Goals

After having spent an hour or so in the garden this morning with Dave, mowing the lawns, strimming and refilling the bird feeders, I have decided to set myself some garden targets for this year. I want to work through the garden(s) piece by piece, on my days off, and leave it as a surprise each time. Dave reads my blog so he is already aware, but I won't tell him what I intend to do each week. Obviously, it is all weather permitting, but I am going to assemble a list of what I want to achieve in the upcoming months and then hopefully get it done on my days off! I have lots of ideas for both the front and back gardens, so why not take advantage of the good weather (though today has turned out to be pretty dreary and cold) and get it done! The we will have a fantastic looking garden ready for the summer!


First mission will obviously be to do some weeding and get the beds ready for new plants and flowers, but I am really looking forward to going to the garden centre and buying new flowers! I have always loved plant shopping (how sad is that?). There is a list of basics that I have already thought of, so it'll be cool to add to that, as I see it. I also want to buy a few extra bits, like a new bird bath and maybe a bird table at some point too - something I want to look for until I find the perfect one! So watch this space...I will try and get everything updated as it happens.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Week 10

Coming home again, cooking and seeing friends!

5th - 12th March

From left to right: a beautiful evening in Exmouth, visiting our Chinese supermarket is always dangerous, I have started reading The Maze Runner, Sarah and Bump made us pancakes on Saturday night, the crocuses in my teacup planter, chicken cordon bleu (something that genuinely looks like the recipe book picture!), catkins are a sure sign of Spring, looking forward to the trees going green outside our house, and finally been for a haircut!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Grey and Purple

Pretty purples and muted greys make up today's Treasury, inspired by a cloudy day in Poole!


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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Week 9

Being back and going away again!

26th February - 5th March

From left to right: my super happy parcel from Kitty, beautiful sunset, one of the tulips in the nature garden is really starting to look good, my owl and I, our belated Valentine's dinner date, a new view, the Woodbury Park Hotel (new home!), Twit Twoo, and some super crazy ice on my van windscreen!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Granny Scarves

Why just use granny squares for blankets? You can transform these little gems into absolutely everything, and I think they make fantastic scarves! What makes them better, is the fact that you can customise them to any theme and style you want!


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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Happy Mail!

I was gutted, when I came home from work during the week, to find a red Post Office slip saying there had been an attempted delivery made. This was mainly due to knowing that said parcel was from Kitty Pinkstars, and it contained my owl pouch and lucha prize from February's draw! Yesterday, my lovely boyfriend went to the sorting office for me though, and picked up the parcel!

Tada!

Firstly, I love how much effort Kitty puts into her wonderful mail for people - not only is the package bright pink, but the address sticker is customised. So let's open it up and see what's inside!

I spy fluff!

Wowzahs!

What an awesome happy parcel! A lovely note from Kitty, two owl notebooks (that she saw and thought I would like - how kind is that!), lucha stickers, a "Twit Twoo" magnet, and two stripy parcels. I love that this is like playing pass the parcel! Let's open the owly one first...

My owl pouch

I ordered the owl from Kitty's Etsy store - it's totally customised to my preference, which is really awesome. I love having something completely unique! It's also handmade, and the amount of hard work that's gone into it, is unreal. I absolutely love him and he is more than big enough for me to put my Kindle in, which is even more cool. Plus there was something extra inside...

Stickerrrrrrrrs

Early morning dressing gown, makeup-less selfie!

Needless to say, I am absolutely thrilled with my owl! He's so so cute, and I was really surprised at how big it is! The colours are perfect, and the fur fabric really makes it special. I can't say thank you enough! But, onwards to the next little stripy parcel...

Twit Twoo!

For those unaware, I was selected as the winner of February's draw in Kitty's Lucha Club on Facebook, which basically meant that I was going to be turned into a Lucha plush and sticker (you can read more about it in my blog post here). Siân "Twit Twoo" Lister is the result of the luchafication (totally invented a new word there), and I think she's awesome!

My mini me!

My Lucha card makes me feel like some sort of secret agent xD

So there concludes my amazing Lucha/owl parcel! I couldn't have asked for a more amazing, personal and unique package, from a great lady. I strongly recommend anyone who wants to make some new friends and relax in a great happy and positive environment, comes and checks out the Lucha Club - and enter yourself into the monthly draw! You may end up being turned into a Lucha, just like me! There is also a new surprise mail swap about to start, so come and get involved!