January 2011


Hi everyone I’d like to introduce you to Smokey Bear!

I managed to knit him over the weekend between shopping, enjoying time with my family, walking in the park and going to the cinema to see ‘The King’s Speech’ (brilliant film, well worth seeing if you’ve not done so already).

Since working with the mohair yarn I have had it in my head to make a bear. I used to make a lot of knitted toys of all descriptions when my daughter was small but haven’t done so in a long time. I used the charcoal grey mohair as it was my favourite shade out of all the colours I have and taking his name from the shade I chose, Smokey was born.

Now I don’t know if I’ll be rushing to make another one any way soon as it’s a fiddly business with a lot of starting and stopping and increasing and decreasing on very small pieces of knitting. I long to do a stretch of knitting without any stoppages, I think another bag is brewing!! I have great admiration for a knitter like Julie who makes the most beautiful little animals on the finest of needles with the finest of yarns!

Anyway Smokey has settled in well and has made friends with my old well-loved bear that I have from my own childhood. The old bear has seen a lot of life so he’ll take good care of him!

Thanks for dropping in and have a great week! 🙂

Edited to add: Sorry folks I should have given you details of the pattern I used to make Smokey, should you wish to knit him some relatives! It’s from Jean Greenhowe’s Jemima-Jane and Friends and I used the pattern for ‘A Hug of Miniature Teddy Bears’ knitting the largest bear (which isn’t very large at all).

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Firstly can I appologize to all those whose New Years resolutions may be tested by this post!

Last weekend my husband and I had Mars bar scones when out for elevenses. Now it’s not the first time we have had these but it got me thinking about making some.

I decided to use the same basic scone mix that I used in my Cinnamon Scones with the one difference, I used buttermilk instead of milk to mix the dough. My mother and grandmother always used buttermilk when making bread and scones.

The ingredients then are as follows:-

8oz self-raising flour
pinch of salt
2oz butter
1oz caster sugar
buttermilk to mix

and of course a double Mars bar!

Put the flour, salt, and butter into a food processor and give them a whizz until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. You can do this by hand but the less scone mix is handled, I think, the better. Then add the sugar and give the mixture another whizz.

Put the mixture into a bowl as the Mars bars needed to be stirred through, as the food processor would chop them to bits and you want to find a good lump of chocolate in your scone (mmmm!).

Cut each bar into about 12 pieces, being very careful that none of these bits fall into your mouth!!! Stir the chocolate pieces through the mixture.

Next add enough buttermilk to make a soft but not too sticky dough.

Then divide the dough into 8 equal parts and form into scone shapes. Again I don’t roll the dough and cut the scones with a cutter as I don’t like to work the dough too much. Put the scones on a well-greased and floured baking tray. Brush the top of the scones with some buttermilk and bake in a hot oven (200 deg C) for about 10 minutes until golden brown, keep an eye on them as ovens vary.

Enjoy them warm and buttered with a nice cup of tea!

Once again apologies for testing any New year resolutions, including my own!!

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

My little mohair corsages are now all completed and it has been a pleasure re-visiting this lovely yarn again.

I’ve crocheted them in ten different shades and used some more of my big beads in matching colours for the centres.

Mohair is such a lovely yarn to work with, I really enjoy using it.

I’m looking forward to using it again soon in some more projects, in fact I’ve ordered myself some more!

Have a great week everyone and if you’re crafting I hope you too find something lovely to work with! 🙂

Edited to add : all the mohair corsages have now been listed in my Etsy shop.

Well I’m still spring cleaning and turning up things that haven’t been seen in a while.
Today I’m sharing some of my old knitting patterns.

These patterns belonged to my aunt and I keep them safely tucked away from the daylight. I have some more patterns that belonged to my mother and they’re in the attic but like all things that are in our attic, I know they’re up there I just don’t know where! My husband says that one day we’ll live in a bungalow as the first floor will collapse under the weight of the attic.

I do find these patterns amusing, what passed as style, the pose of the models and the fact that the men are seen with cigarettes! You definitely wouldn’t see that nowadays!!

However there’s a lot to be learned from patterns like these, new little stitch patterns and the fairisle is beautiful. However I don’t think I’ll be wearing any of those hats any way soon!!

Looking through these patterns got me thinking about my own patterns and how they date back to the late seventies/ early eighties and are probably classed as vintage now too! I love the patterns from the eighties, lots of mohair ( my renewed love). Then there are the nineties patterns which would have been the garments and toys I knit for my own children. With my aunts patterns going back to the fifties and possibly even the forties plus my own patterns I have knitting patterns which span seven possibly eight decades. That’s a lot of knitting!

Have a great weekend folks and thanks for dropping in to see me, it’s always lovely to have you visit! 🙂

Today is my son’s birthday and I would like to wish him a very, very happy birthday!!! 🙂

We had a family birthday lunch and birthday cake for him on Sunday and tonight we’re going out for a meal in a Thai restaurant (his favourite).

Have a great day, son! xxx

On the crafting front, I’m still working away at my little mohair brooches. I had forgotten how much I love mohair yarn.

I have been given another blog award, this time by my lovely blogging friend Mia! Thank you ever so much for thinking about me, Mia.

This award is different to most as it is given to crafty-blogs, which have less than 300 readers, to encourage more people to visit you and see your handmades, you then pass it on to some more crafty blogs.

Now usually I break the rules of blog awards and pass it on to all on my blog list. This time I’m going to follow the rules because I really like the idea of this award. There are many bloggers out there crafting away and running little on-line shops and I think it’s great that they get some recognition for that. So I’m passing it on to bloggers who have according to the rules of the award have less than 300 readers, my choices also run a little crafting business and have an on-line shop. Working with these rules, one of my choices would have been Mia but as she gave it to me I can’t give it back but if you haven’t visited before please do as her creations are beautiful! Another blog I would have included is Harmony and Rosie but someone has beaten me to it and already given Kate this award, yet another blog and shop worth a visit.

So here are my other choices who I think haven’t yet been given the award and who in my opinion deserve it!

1. Janes Journal

2. Hortensia

3. Itchin’ Stitchin’

4. Jenny Arnott

Please do go and check out these lovely crafty blogs and thanks again Mia for your kind words!

I had better get on with some work now as I have to get ready for a lovely birthday meal this evening! Enjoy your evening too, however you spend it! 🙂

Good morning everyone and a lovely morning it is here, very springlike indeed! 🙂

The draw for the 100th post blog giveaway has been made and a winner has been picked. Before we find out who it is I would like to thank everyone for all their lovely comments and encouraging remarks on my 100th post, my blog and my little creations, you have all been so kind and I really do appreciate it!

I decided to give the random generator a miss and do it the old-fashioned way by writing out all your names on paper slips.

Then I popped them all in the giveaway bag because I figured if this was meant to be your bag then your name would be the one to be picked out!

The name that was picked out was…………………………………………………………………………….

Simone from Linden Grove ! Well done Simone, if you send me your details I’ll get your bag in the post to you.

Thanks again to everyone who commented !

I have very kindly been given the Stylish Blogger Award by Jill of I Should Have Listened To My Mother and Lisette of HandMaid Liset. If you don’t already drop in to visit these girls on their lovely blogs, please do go check them out! Thank you, to both of you for thinking about me, I really am very grateful 🙂

Now I have to reveal 7 things about myself, well as I have done somthing like this a couple of times before I am at risk of repeating myself, so you’ll have to forgive me, I will try to think of something different!

1. As you already know, I love animals but at present I don’t have any pets of my own. I did have two beautiful bunnies which I sadly lost almost three years ago, their names where Daisy and Buttercup, I had them for nine years and I adored them. I’m afraid the pain of loosing them was too much and this is why I haven’t had any more pets since!

2. I do however sponsor three animals on adoption schemes, I have a pony, a donkey and an orangutan!

3. I don’t have a particulary sweet tooth but I do love chocolate and I’m having to be very firm with myself on that subject at the minute!!

4. My favourite flowers are sunflowers closely followed by daffodils.

5. Maths was my favourite subject at school and I still love to do number puzzles of all kinds.

6. With many people it’s bags and shoes but with me it’s coats and jackets and I’m ashamed to say I have more than any one person needs!

7. This one you do know as I have definitely mentioned it before – I love Spring!!! Wish it would hurry up!

Once again sorry if I’ve told you something you already know, I’m afraid I’m scraping the barrel a bit now as I’m really not that interesting.

Now I am supposed to pass this award on to 15 more bloggers but this is the bit I always fail at. I know that many of you have been given this award but if you’re on my blogroll and you haven’t yet received this award then please take if you wish, I don’t want to leave anyone out by just picking 15! I hope no one minds that I have changed the rules a bit.

Thanks again Jill and Lisette!

Now it’s back to the spring cleaning for me(sigh)!!

Have a great week everyone! 🙂

Hi everyone, hope you’re all well and getting up to more exciting things than me! I’m spring cleaning at the moment, not my favourite thing to do but it has to be done! When I decide to do it, I won’t rest until it’s finished. These days I’m either accompanied by a hoover, a duster, a bottle of bleach or all three!

One of the good things about spring cleaning though are the number of things that get turned up that haven’t been seen in a little while! One of those items is my mum’s button box!

I can remember playing with this tin of buttons when I was a little girl and I also remember that it was a fun thing to do!

These little metal buttons belonged to my dad, he worked in an engineering company when I was small and I remember watching him hooking them into his boiler suit to go to work. They would have been removed so the boiler suit could be cleaned and then had to be put back on again.

The small pink fabric covered button at the left side of the photo beside the large green button is from my mum’s wedding dress! My mum and dad were married during the second world war in 1944 and mum didn’t have a traditional wedding dress. Everything was rationed and hard to come by and as it would use up so many clothing coupons a practical dress had to be made, one that could be used afterwards. I still have the dress wrapped up in tissue and in a case in my attic, I must get it out some day and photograph it to let you see it.

I don’t know how long this tin has been around, I don’t know if my mum started it or if she got it from her mother. Some of the buttons are very old and I don’t remember seeing them on clothing so they go back before my time.

During spring cleaning many things get thrown out or recycled but not this tin, it just gets dusted and put back in it’s place until the next time, too many memories! 🙂

Just a little reminder that the 100th post giveaway is still open until midnight (GMT) Sunday 16th January if you would still like to take part.

Have a lovely weekend folks and I’ll see you next week! 🙂

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