February 2012

I’m linking this post with the ‘Making Winter’ series organised by Silverpebble and Thriftyhousehold. This is the last of four months of posts to help ease the pain of winter and make it something to celebrate.

Now as you know I left winter behind a while back as the Green Rabbit calendar has been in pre-spring season for two months now and come Thursday 1st March we will, according to the Green Rabbit calendar, be in spring ( I don’t go by equinoxes)!

However as I have taken part in this project all along, I thought it only correct to join in with the final one and to finally put winter to bed and what better way to do it than with a rainbow!

Rainbows always appear when the sun comes out after the rain and I hope my little rainbow signals the end of cold, wet, grey days and the start of clear, bright, sunshiny days!

I chose yarn in the seven colours of the rainbow.

Made seven little buttons in the same seven colours.

And crocheted seven corsages with seven petals each.

Lets hope this is the start of seven long months of happy bright days!!!

Check here for others taking part in ‘Making Winter’ and here for some lovely images.

Happy Tuesday everyone, spring’s coming!!! 🙂

You will have seen all of these corsages at one stage or other over the past couple of weeks. Today however I’ve managed to put the finishing touches to all of them and hopefully I’ll get them into my shop over the weekend.

I joined all the little crocheted primula together and added a leaf that I sewed using needlecord. I made another one using a linen mix yarn and filled the centre with little brassy beads.

Teal cotton yarn was used for this brooch with a lovely teal bead for the centre and the final one is made using grey wool/alpaca mix yarn trimmed with pink merino wool with sparkly beads at the centre.

I took my photos in the greenhouse today as the light was good and it cuts out any sudden breezes but there is always at least one cat or other who wants to get in on the act. I was ably assisted today by photographic assistant extraordinaire, Charlie! 🙂

Well the weather has been lovely again today and it looks like tomorrow is to be the same.
I think spring is in the air!!!

Have a lovely weekend whatever you get up to and whatever the weather and I’ll ‘see’ you all next week! 🙂

As you can see from the little primula in the window box on my dining room window it’s been a bit damp around these parts today! Very mild but grey and damp.

So what does one get up to on a wet Wednesday. Well aside from the boring things and I have to say there have been way too many boring things to do today for my liking!

I have been finishing up a new bag and some new corsages.

No sooner have I finished something and sometimes (almost always) even before it’s finished I’m planning what I’m going to do next! So I have been having a play with some yarn and fabric and beads to see what I come up. I just wish my hands could work as fast as my head (and I didn’t have any boring things to do).

And just in time for dinner, I managed to get a Lemon Drizzle Cake baked. It was still warm when we had a slice after our meal, warm and sticky and lemony (obviously)!

So despite the boring I did manage to fit in a little playtime.

Happy Wednesday, hope yours wasn’t too wet and thanks for visiting.
Slice of cake anyone? 🙂

Everything is a bit grey around here today but in a good way! Even the sky is grey but as it is still so very mild I really don’t mind, so long as the blue sky doesn’t stay away for too long!

The yarns are grey!

The fabrics are grey!

And the knitting is grey!

Now as we know black and white make grey, so it really is a wonder that this lot don’t turn grey they’re so mixed up……….

RJ at the back, Jessie on the right, Charlie in the middle and Polly at the front! 🙂

Just to prove it’s not all grey around here today I do have a pretty little potted gerbera on my table to add a little bit of colour.

Well the weekend is almost upon us again, where time goes to is a mystery to me. This weekend I’ll be able to shop for the first time in a Cath Kidston shop without going to the mainland or shopping on-line as she is opening her first shop in N.I. today in Belfast.
The new shop is just across the street from Avoca, almost next door to Paperchase, down the street a little from Whitestuff and around the corner from Accessorize (can you tell my favourite shops here), so happy days!!
If you’re free on Saturday afternoon you’re very welcome to come shopping with me!!

Happy weekend! 🙂

I thought I would share some new makes with you today as they fit in nicely with February 14th!

I’ve made a new bag in a varigated yarn in shades of red, orange and pink.

The bag has a little lacy corsage with a crocheted centre and some sparkly beads, the corsage can be removed and worn separately. The bag lining is a cream and red stripe cotton which I bought in a lovely Japanese fabric shop in Barcelona last year.

I’ve made three new corsages as well. A pink rolled rose with a handmade needlecord leaf on a long silver-plated brooch pin, a red corsage crocheted in the same yarn as the bag is knitted in with a red and beige check hand covered button and another little lacy corsage with a pink crochet centre and a little pearl to finish it off. They are all available in my shop.

Of course just because they’re all red, pink and lacy doesn’t mean they can’t be used all year round. Romance isn’t just for today!!! 😉

Sending you all lots of love this Valentine’s Day!!! XXX 🙂

I love this time of year, when all the pretty little primula are for sale everywhere! They’re just the thing to brighten up a dull day with their beautiful colours.

I couldn’t resist these this morning when at the greengrocers to buy my fruit and veg. I’m looking forward to tidying up my window boxes and pots and getting them all planted.

It’s no secret how much I adore flowers and how inspiring I find them. I just couldn’t resist having a go at making my own crochet primula……..

Just before I go I want to thank the lovely Susana of La Ventana Azul for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award. Susana is very fortunate to live in Barcelona one of my favourite places. Thank you, I appreciate your kindness.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. I hope for those of you with snow it warms up a bit, we’ve had 10 degrees here today, so no complaints from me!
Thanks as always for visiting and your lovely comments.

Happy weekend! 🙂

This post is an antidote to all the other ‘white’ UK posts that are about today. Despite a dreadful weather forecast for the weekend, I’m happy to say we got rain and 8 degrees C. I can’t believe I was actually happy with rain but I was and in comparison to last weeks temperatures 8 deg C seemed almost warm!

Yesterday was so nice we managed to get a walk in the park and as our weather is still behaving itself I am still in pre-spring mode!

Lots of little clumps of snowdrops and crocuses bringing cheery colour can be found throughout the park.

Little catkins are appearing too.

The geese always welcome human visitors, on the off chance that there might be some bread.

I must admit that the geese are my favourite birds in the park, they have lots of attitude!

Of course there are lots of other wildfowl on the lake and they enjoy all the attention they get especially on a Sunday.

Although the trees appear to still be very bare on close inspection lots of little buds are forming.

So if you have been snowbound this weekend I hope you enjoyed your little walk with me in what seems to have been the part of the UK with the best weather (for a change)!

Today has been even nicer, with a lovely blue sky and a sun that actually has a bit of warmth to it!

R.J. has found himself a little spot at the corner of our garage in which to enjoy the sun.

Before I go I would like to thank Sally from Lavender Attic for very kindly awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m not going to do a list of things about myself as I have done this a couple of times before and I’m sure you know all about my likes and dislikes by now. I’m also not going to single out a group of bloggers to pass the award on to either as I love so many blogs and couldn’t narrow them down, so this is for all of you. Thanks again Sally for being so kind!

Wishing you all a lovely week with hopefully a bit of sunshine! 🙂

Well my little crochet flowers with their sparkly centres are all finally finished and they have become little hair clips.

I have made ten pairs, all different colours.

They are available in my shop. I have also added a sale section in the shop too with a few discounted items.

As always it was lovely having you ‘visit’ me this week and thank you for all your very welcome comments!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, I don’t like the sound of the weather forecast though!!!