November 2011

I have a craft fair this week so I’m busy getting everything ready!

I haven’t had a table at a craft fair in years. I’m now beginning to remember why!!!!!!

Hope your week has got off to a good start. 🙂

P.S. I’ve just found out my Poinsettia Bag has been selected as one of the finalists in the November ‘Stitched in Colour’ competition, woohoo. You can find it here if you think I deserve your vote! Thanks. 🙂

I’m still Christmas crafting, these corsages are destined for Treacle Wool Shop who kindly take some of my work.

I love this silver yarn, it’s not stiff and hard like some metallic yarns as it’s made from extra fine merino.

Now you all know the story of our cat family well four of the little kittens now have new homes. Two boys went together and two girls went off together, I hope they’ll be very happy with their new families. It was one of the hardest things we’ve had to do, as my husband said we usually take in animals not send them away but as you know we are full to capacity at the moment. In fact we are thinking of putting a ‘no vacancies’ sign in the window. With the help of the Cat’s Protection we have now managed to get their mother, Kitty and she has had her operation so thankfully no more babies. As mentioned in previous posts Jessie is staying with us and we have kept one of her little brothers to keep her company and his name is Charlie.

And here are the two of them very sleepily cosying up together, they are gorgeous!

Well lovely people, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, thanks as always for your lovely comments!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, isn’t it! 😉

I managed to get on well with my knitting over the weekend and that basket that I showed you all last Friday has become some completed projects.

This is my Poinsettia Bag complete with a removable poinsettia corsage.

It is lined with a pretty poinsettia print fabric.

A great little place to store your candy cane stash!

I have also finished up a little holly corsage.

Complete with shiny red bead berries.

We have started off the week with grey and drizzly weather and at just after four in the afternoon it is starting to get dark. I may be crafting for Christmas but believe me I’m dreaming of spring!

Hope you all have a lovely week! 🙂

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! 🙂

I have finished my Nordic bag and I thought I would share it with you before I pop it in my shop.

I have lined it with a tartan fabric which I think and hope goes well with the nordic theme.
As well as the Scandinavian pattern I also added a few little cables to the top of the bag.

Two little matching corsages have been crocheted too. One in red with a tartan (the same as the bag lining) covered button and a cream one with a little cross-stitched snowflake, I haven’t cross-stitched in years (I hope it’s ok Helen)!!!

I have amazed myself (and no doubt Mia and Jane as well!!!!) at how much I have enjoyed making these ‘C’ themed items. I still can’t use the word, not yet, it’s too soon! 🙂

Before I go I just what to mention a giveaway I was lucky enough to win. It was from the lovely Amanda at Itchin’ Stitchin’ and I won some beautiful gift cards to download from her new Etsy shop but as well as the pretty cards I chose she also sent me my own personal Green Rabbit cards, don’t they look great! Thanks Amanda!

And finally, finally I just want to share this photo with you …………..

R.J. and his baby sister Jessie ~ heartmelting!!! 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I took these photos of poppies earlier this year while on holiday in the south of France. I think I always knew when I would share them with you, even when I was taking them and that would be today ~ Armistice Day.

I would like to dedicate this post to all those courageous men and women who gave their lives for our freedom during two World Wars and in all conflicts right up to the present day. To all those who have suffered horrific injuries due to war and who are still suffering and also to all those brave men and women who still serve.

“Lest We Forget”

I was checking back to see the last time I did a park post and it was the 26th June, I can’t believe it was that long since we had a walk in the park!
This was a post that I had intended to do last month but due to October’s horrible weather it wasn’t possible. Thankfully November has started beautifully and we enjoyed a lovely walk in the park yesterday and there still is some autumn colour about!

I love the light at this time of year when the weather is good that is. The sun is low in the sky and the shadows are long.

There are still plenty of crunchy leaves to walk through!

Even though I do feel a bit sad when the tree’s loose their leaves they do look majestic when you can see their bare branches.

There was a beautiful golden glow yesterday.

We had the sun and the moon in the sky at the same time yesterday afternoon.

It amazes me how some of the trees still have some of their leaves ………

others are just changing colour ……….

and some, like my own garden tree have lost all their leaves!

The wildlife were all out in force, these swans are always very grateful for the what the park visitors bring them.

Of course these cheeky chappies are never far away!!

Since the clocks went back the evening comes very quickly and that low sun soon slips below the horizon……..

creating some beautiful silhouettes as it goes.

I hope you enjoyed your little walk around ‘my autumn park’. We’re still enjoying some gorgeous late autumn weather here, fingers crossed it stays for a while.

Happy new week everyone!!! 🙂

Well it’s not quite Scandinavian knitting, just a little bit of it!

There is a lot of this pattern about at the moment I suppose it’s the ‘C’ influence, the surprise is me choosing to do some ‘C’ knitting this early.

I must be embracing the season to come, amazingly!!!

I even found this little matching tin in a local shop this morning for the bargainous price of £3.29!

Not only was it a brilliant price for the tin but it came full of cookies too!

These are exactly the little pleasures that help get it us through the dark days of late autumn and winter. That is what ‘Making Winter’ organised by Silverpebble and Thrifty Household is all about! Celebrating the good things about winter. Now I must admit I struggle with finding the good in winter but perhaps this little project will help and before we know it, it will be spring!


Check out this link to find other ‘Making Winter’ posts and there is also a dedicated flickr pool too.

It certainly wasn’t winter-like here today as we had a beautiful day and the weekend ahead looks good too. Great news as this little corner of the globe is buzzing as the MTV European Music Awards are being held here this weekend. So as we are going shopping in Belfast tomorrow, you never know I may bump into Lady Gaga in M&S! 😉

Hope you all have a great weekend too! 🙂

Here we are at the first of another month and my penultimate tree photo. It’s hard to believe we are nearly at the end of this little experiment.
November has started bright and sunny, let’s hope it stays that way (not holding my breath)!

The leaves are almost all gone now, thanks to the wild and wet October we have had.

We have had brilliant skies today in this little corner of the UK. I have spent most of the day tidying up the garden, it’s all very bare looking now, I do miss my flowers!!

This is what is left of my sweet pea, sad isn’t it!? I had so many bunches of pretty blooms from it this year.

However all is not lost, I still have these little beauties to see me through the dark days!

Only 7 weeks until the shortest day, so we’ll hold on to that positive thought!

Happy Tuesday everyone and have a great November. 🙂