March 2011

When the stash keeps growing and you need a new place to keep it (well some of it), what better than an Orla Kiely bag from Tesco’s!!

It’s much too pretty for food shopping, I think it makes a great stash bag!

What do you think? 🙂

Hello everyone, hope you’ve all had a lovely day with some spring sunshine!

Now before I announce the winners of the giveaway can I just say a big thank you for your great response to it and for all the lovely comments you left for me. You are all so very kind!

There were 38 entries and I gave everyone a number then I used the random number generator twice to give me two winners!

I had to photograph the two results because I could not no matter how I tried transfer the images! Anyhow the two numbers picked were number 5 and number 26 and they belong to ……….

………. Emma and Jill! Well done ladies, I’ll be in touch with you both.

Thanks again to everyone who took part, I’m just sorry I can’t make you all winners.

Have a lovely week ! 🙂

Purple and yellow are the colours of Spring! Now of course they aren’t the only colours but so many of the flowers in bloom at the moment are shades of these colours.

With the exception of the daffodils pictured above, which are in a vase in my living room all the flowers in this post are at present in bloom in my garden. It is great to see the garden come to life again!

There is every shade of yellow from the palest lemon right through to gold and the purple shades vary from lilac to mauve to violet.

Now of course Mother Nature knows what she is doing, purple and yellow are complementary colours on the colour wheel, they are directly opposite each other which makes them go so well together.

The pansies and violas mix the two colours so well. I think violas are the prettiest of little flowers, they look like little faces.

Who better to take my inspiration from for my next project other than Mother Nature herself!

Don’t forget that the giveaway on my last post is still open until midnight on Sunday.

Thanks once again for calling in to see me this week, I hope you all have a wonderful Springtime weekend! 🙂

I’m two !!!
Well my little blog is anyway. Two years ago today it was Mother’s Day and as part of my present my children set up this blog for me.
Now as I have explained before it was a slow start and it did take me a while to get going but get going I did and I’m very glad I did.

In celebration of being two, I thought I would have a little giveway, then I thought because I’m two I would have…..

….. two giveaways !!

So up for grabs are a set of Springtime Notelets and a Spring corsage for two.
The corsages are made with 100% wool in Spring colours with self-covered button centres in matching colours.

I wouldn’t be without my blog now! I’m in contact with people I have never met, yet I consider them to be friends. So thank you for dropping in to see me, I do really appreciate you doing that and I hope you will continue to do so!

If you would like to be included in the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. The giveaway will close at midnight (British Summer Time) on Sunday 27th March and I will announce the two winners on Monday 28th !

I quite liked typing British Summer Time, it sounds good. 🙂
Still waiting on the sun this morning, hopefully it will make an appearance!
Hope you all have a lovely Tuesday and that you’re seeing some Spring weather!


Thank you, the giveaway is now closed !


I along with so many, many others am shocked and saddened by the horrific events in Japan! At times like this it is hard to know what to do to help. Sarah London started Crochet-A-Rainbow in response to the devastating floods in Australia. The Christchurch earthquake has also been included in the project and now it has been extended to include the victims of the Japanese earthquake and following tsunami.

Sarah is asking for donations of granny squares which will then be made up into blankets to be distributed to those affected by these natural disasters, providing comfort and colour and a reminder that there is always a rainbow after a storm. She says she would like to inject some sunshine and colour into the lives of those affected as they begin to re-build and start over.

The granny squares are to be made up of five rounds, using either wool or acrylic double knitting yarn and a 4 mm hook.

If you would like to join in with Crochet-A-Rainbow, you can find all the details you need to sign up here.

As today is St Patrick’s Day, I would like to finish this post by wishing you all a very Happy St Patrick’s Day and I’ll leave you with this little Irish Blessing, the sentiments of which I wish for all of you but especially for the people of Japan!

May the strength of three be in your journey.

Have a lovely weekend everyone and as always thanks for ‘dropping’ in to see me this week.

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! 🙂

I have finished the last of my mohair scarves, for now anyway. This one is crocheted in gooseberry green mohair.

I have used a different little motif to the blue and pink mohair scarves. The green scarf is made up of 14 motifs.

Now that all three have been completed, I’m going to add them to my Etsy shop.

I received some more ‘happy mail’ yesterday. The lovely Simone from Linden Grove who won my 100th post giveaway sent me this pretty thank you card and gorgeous bunny gift tags, all handmade by herself!
I’m not going to use the gift tags as gift tags though because that would mean I would have to give them away and I don’t like doing that with bunnies!! They are going to be part of my Easter decorations. Thank you so much Simone, I really love them! 🙂

I’ll leave you with this little Spring corner of my kitchen, it may well be the only little bit of Spring I get this weekend as we have been forecast snow! Snow!!! 😦 It was only on Monday past that I was gardening in the sun! I have everything crossed that they have got it wrong. It is raining quite heavily at the minute and it is very cold, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and that it doesn’t snow where you are and thanks for dropping in this week!!! 🙂

Today is my daughter Lyndsey’s birthday!
She is my youngest and I can’t believe my baby is 23, where did all those years go to!!

Any one who knows her, know that it’s ‘all about the shoes’! 🙂

(Beautiful card from here)

Boy does she love shoes!

Not just shoes though, she loves bags and clothes and jewellery and hair and make-up and nails!!
She’s definitely a girly girl and always has been.

We had a family birthday lunch last Sunday with her cake and we’re going out to an Indian restaurant tonight for dinner.
She also went out with friends last Saturday for her birthday and she’s meeting more friends to celebrate next week. Lyndsey always did make her birthday stretch out for about 2 weeks!! 🙂

Happy Birthday Lyndsey !!! xxx 🙂

Good morning and what a lovely morning it is too, it makes all the difference when the sun shines.

I thought I would start the week off with a little recipe that is so quick to make and so delicious to eat. They are quick florentines and believe me they live up to their name.

You need the following:-

6.5 ozs chocolate (milk, plain or white, your choice, I used milk)
2 ozs cornflakes
170g condensed milk
10.5 ozs mixed fruit and nuts ( I use a bought pack of fruit and nuts which makes it a very convenient bake but you can mix your own dried fruit and nuts using exactly what you want to put in. So long as you use the correct weight)

Line a 10 inch by 8 inch baking tray with baking paper. Melt the chocolate then cover the base of the tray with the melted chocolate and put in the fridge for about 15 minutes until the chocolate has set.

While the chocolate is in the fridge put the fruit and nuts into a bowl…..

…..then add the cornflakes.

Mix it all together using the condensed milk…..

….. and then put it in the tray on top of the set chocolate and bake it in the oven at 160 deg C for about 10 – 15 minutes until it is golden brown. Baking times will vary as ovens vary so please keep an eye on it as it does brown very quickly, in fact I think I nearly left mine too long this time so it worth while keeping a close check on it! When they are cool enough put them in the fridge to set the chocolate firm and then cut them into squares.

I made mine this weekend, needless to say there aren’t may left! They’re the sort of traybake that one just isn’t enough!

Hope you enjoy making them!

Well this sunshine is calling me into the garden, there’s washing to put on the line and flowerbeds needing a tidy up!

Have a great week, hope you get some sunshine and maybe a florentine or two!! 🙂

Don’t you just love it when the postman brings happy letters. Happy letters are always fat, parcels really, you just know that there’s something nice inside!

Well I was lucky enough to get two in the one day this week!

The first one I knew was coming because I ordered a little treat for myself from my lovely friend Mia and it arrived in this cute little bunny bag. Mia knows what I like!!!!

It’s one of Mia’s pretty little keyrings with a sweet little needle felted owl.

I’ve clipped it to the outside of my bag as I think it’s much too nice to be hidden away inside, it needs to be seen.

Check out Mia’s Etsy Shop for more of her beautiful creations.

The second parcel was the result of winning a giveaway over at Kate’s blog, Harmony and Rosie. I couldn’t believe my luck when I read that I was the winner because I never ever win anything. I entered not expecting to win but happily for me, I did!

I won one of Kate’s beautifully made bags, it really is gorgeous and a lovely book full of Springtime crafts!

The book has some beautiful makes, just look at these bunnies…..

…..and these…..

…..and these!!!!

It’s not just rabbits though there are lots of other pretty things to make with a springtime theme.

Thank you so much Kate for such a lovely giveaway! 🙂

See more of Kate’s bags and her jewellery here.

On the knitting and crochet front, I have finished my aran scarf that I started at the workshop last weekend and…

…I’m still working at my crochet scarf, hopefully I’ll get that completed over the weekend.

Hope you all have a great weekend too! 🙂

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