Beads & Buttons


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It used to be I never won anything, not a thing no matter how many competitions or giveaways I entered it was always someone else who was the lucky one.

Lately though this seems to have changed as I have been so lucky to win so many lovely things.

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Last month I received an email from Jane Crowfoot letting me know that I had won the above competition which I had entered at the end of last year in Simply Crochet magazine.

I had forgotton all about entering but I was absolutely thrilled to win such a brilliant prize, worth £195!!!

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Just as my daughter was leaving the house one morning last week she shouted in “Mum I have just signed for a parcel for you from the postman”. It was quite a heavy box and I couldn’t think what it was I had ordered, nothing came to mind. My daughter delayed her departure as she was just as nosy curious to see what it was too.

When the box was opened this wonderful array of yarn was revealed. Thirty one balls of Rowan Cotton Glacé, a yarn I love, in colours which could have been picked for me personally!

There is something so wonderful about this much colourful yarn all in the one place. Breathtaking actually!

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As it is a crochet-along I’m not sure exactly what it is I’m making yet. I do know that it is a Persian and Islamic inspired design hence the wonderful yarn colours. I receive my first set of patterns by email next week and then once a month until July, so looking forward to that.

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I also know that it involves beading as these three packets of gorgeous Debbie Abraham Beads arrived with the delicious yarn.

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So haven’t I been a lucky girl!! I just hope I can do the project justice and most importantly keep up with it.

My home is upside down at the moment as we are about to get a new kitchen fitted! I am so looking forward to my new kitchen, just not the upheaval that will go with it. Everything that lives in the kitchen is now distributed throughout the rest of the house. It’s a nightmare and from tomorrow onwards for a week or more I’m going to have ‘men’ in my home, don’t you just hate it when you have ‘men’ in your home!!!

I think I may just retire to my bedroom with my crochet!

Happy Tuesday, we have sun again! :)

Now I know I said there wasn’t going to be any more holiday posts but this one really is a shopping post.

The above photo shows some of my French shopping.

I just had to visit the beautiful La Droguerie for some yarn and fabric shopping. I also paid Phildar a visit too, I love their yarns as well!

Then there are the markets, where I picked up the gorgeous buttons in the photo.

I also love all the lovely linens and ceramics that are available to buy, all of them are so tempting and many of them so inexpensive.

For example the jug in the photo above was only 4 euros and the little linen cloth that it is standing on was only 99 cents, how about that for a bargain!!!

I was also thinking of you my bloggy friends when I was away and how lovely it would be to bring you all a little holiday souvenir, well that would have been a bit difficult but what I did do was bring some things for a holiday souvenir giveaway!

There are two French vintage inspired postcards and a little net of French lavender up for grabs.

Now how do you enter the giveaway, well you can’t, not anymore, it’s already over and a winner has been picked!!! So you’re wondering how you missed it, well truth is you probably haven’t. I decided that it would be a surprise giveaway and all those lovely people who commented on my three holiday posts were entered into the draw. If you commented on all three posts you had three entries, twice gave you two entries, etc.

In total there were 44 entries (entries closed midnight Mon 28th May, British Summer Time) with number 1 being the first comment on my first holiday post and number 44 being the last comment on my third holiday post.

Using the Random Number Generator the winner picked was ……………………………………

comment number four who was Jooles from Sew Sweet Violet!!
I’ll be in touch with you Jooles for your details.

Thank you all again for the lovely comments on my holiday posts, sorry there wasn’t a gift for you all! I actually liked doing the giveaway this way, I think I may do it this way again.

Happy Tuesday everyone, thanks as always for ‘dropping in’ to see me, I hope you all have a wonderful week with lots of sunshine! :)

We have had yet another beautiful day here today, this pre-spring season is shaping up to be very lovely indeed.
When the sun is shining in through the windows, it really makes you notice the prettiness all around you, the clear bright light brings out the natural beauty in everything including my gorgeous orchid. I thought I share some more of my January colour with you.

How about these yummy Percy Pig sweets or should I say Veggie Pigs, as Marks & Spencer now make Percy Pigs which are suitable for vegetarians, made without gelantine. What I don’t understand is why don’t they make all their Percy Pigs without gelantine, I mean who wants real pig in their sweets anyway. No one really wants all the leftover bits of pigs boiled up and put into their sweets, surely!! Sorry if you find this a bit disgusting but I do see it as one of my missions in life to convert everyone to vegetarianism.

You’re probably wondering what on earth these are, well they’re cat toys, homemade cat toys to be precise. I made them to give the kittens a bit of fun and stimulation and I’m happy to say they have been well received. We had bought them something similar before and after examining them I thought I could make my own as they all eventually disappear into the garden. It is very entertaining watching them play with them!

I couldn’t do a colour post without a bit of yarn and this lot was a little bargain at only £1.50 a ball, I know I didn’t really need it but what’s that got to with anything. It’s a cotton/linen mix and will be lovely for some spring/summer corsages.

The yarn wasn’t my only impulse buy, I just had to have these pretty beads for no reason other than the fact that I love green!!

Finally my last little bit of January colour is my current knitting project which is a cushion. I have to do something fun in between my spring cleaning which is still on-going – slowly. I can’t say I’m loving it but I’m getting through it, I even have enlisted other family members to the cause. I can’t say they’re willing helpers but why should I have all the fun! ;) Anyway they say ‘many hands make light work’, don’t they!!

Thanks as always for ‘dropping in’, hope you all have a lovely week with a bit of sunshine and some colour too. :)

There you go, I said it ~ CHRISTMAS !!! A whole two weeks before I usually entertain it!

Truth is, I have spent the past few days crafting for Christmas in all the usual festive colours, so there is no point in pretending it isn’t happening!

It has been all green and red, poinsettia and holly this week.

So there you have it, I have embraced the season. Although it still feels like it was only July a couple of weeks ago!!!!

Once again thanks for ‘visiting’ this week and for all your very kind comments.

Have a fantastic weekend! :)

This pretty little garland is a design by the very talented Emma Lamb.

Now I’m sure you are all very familiar with Emma’s blog. It is one of my favourite places to visit and always full of inspiration!

A couple of weeks ago Emma held a giveaway and the prize was one of her Pretty Peggy Garland patterns and I was very lucky to win.

The giveaway involved showing your button stash, vintage or otherwise. Now I have a lovely tin of buttons that belonged to my mother, I blogged about them here a little while ago, so I tipped them out on to the floor and decided what arrangement I was going to make with them to photograph. When they spilled out a little plastic leaf fell out and that was where my idea of a flower came from.

And fortunately for me Emma liked my photograph and the little story that went with it.

So when my lovely pattern arrived I gathered together my ‘ingredients’, which involved a bit of yarn shopping, always a fun thing. ;)
I changed one colour to make the colour scheme more ‘me’ but I don’t think I’ve lost any of the ‘granny goodness’, I hope Emma agrees as I’m not sure she has forgiven me yet for giving away my thirty plus Pyrex dishes!!!


Now as Emma says in her pattern making these wee flowers can be very addictive and she’s right, they’re great fun to crochet.
The pattern is well written and easy to follow and if you know your crochet stitches, even if you are a beginner you will be able to make this lovely garland.

I really enjoyed crocheting ‘Pretty Peggy’.
Check out Emma’s blog to see all her lovely crochet inspiration and if you fancy having a go at making your own ‘Pretty Peggy Garland’ the pattern is available to buy in Emma’s Etsy shop.

Thanks as always for ‘dropping’ in !
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)

Lavender is one of my favourite plants! It’s scent takes me straight back to the south of France, to the flower market in Nice on a Saturday morning where the air is filled with it’s heady perfume!

I have a couple of lavender plants in my garden, not enough really to make it smell like Provence.

Inspired by the beautiful lavender and my new desire to work with cotton, fine needles and beads I have made a little lavender bag. It is knitted in 100% cream and purple cotton apart from the lavender stalks which are wool/cotton. It has a looped handle and is closed with a small purple heart button.

The back is knitted in cream and purple stripes.

Along the bottom of the front of the bag I have knitted in three rows of beads.

I have made a linen lavender pillow for the inside of the bag and filled it with ……….

………real French lavender brought back from France by myself a few weeks ago!

The bag is lined in a purple cotton fabric with little stars.

I knitted some lavender flowers and made them into a little corsage, which I’ve pinned to the front of the bag.

As the flowers have an attached brooch back they can be removed from the bag and worn as a corsage.

The linen lavender pillow is removable and measuring 16cm X 13cm the bag can be used for jewellery, make-up or for sewing accessories.

I may not have enough lavender plants in the garden to create the fragrance of Provence but working with it the house has filled the air with holiday memories!!! :)

The bag can be found in my shop.

Well I think that post title pretty much sums me up, if you just added some flowers and some chocolate, I think that would be me in a nutshell !!!

I have at last finished the bag that I bought this yarn for. That was a few weeks ago now but I’ve been distracted by other projects along the way, however this weekend past I made the effort to get it finished.

I quite like teal and mustard together, I think they compliment each other.

I’ve lined the bag in a mustard coloured cotton fabric and like all my bags I’ve added a little inside pocket.

The bag has been decorated with crocheted flowers with turquoise crystal bead centres.

I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop.

Whilst trying to photograph the bag in the garden I was joined by this fellow! This is Ginger and he’s one of our cat friends but he doesn’t make a very good photographic assistant I have to say. He managed to get between the camera and the bag in an effort to get stroked, he then kept nudging my arm as I was about to take the picture and then he almost pushed me into the flower bed rubbing up and down my back as I got down to photograph the bag!!
You’ll be pleased to know that he was suitably rewarded for his help with a big cuddle and some lunch! He is a lovely boy. :)

And now to the bunnies…..!

If you follow Mia’s blog you will have already seen these lovely coasters. Now Mia was very discreet being the excellent seller that she is and didn’t say who they were for but I’m sure some of you did guess who the bunny coaster commission was for!
I bought a set of snowmen coasters from Mia last Christmas and loved them so much that I thought a set for Easter would be lovely, so I asked her if she would make some for me and of course that was no problem at all. I am absolutely delighted with them, they are so pretty, she also made me a gorgeous little felted bunny to hang on my bag and as always everything comes with the most beautiful hand made gift tags. Just look at the detail in the little rabbits! Thank you so much Mia, I’m thrilled with them. You can find more of Mia’s wonderful creations here.

Well after a very dull start today the weather picked up beautifully and we have ended up with a lovely afternoon, let’s hope it continues into tomorrow!

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday! :)

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