Friday, 20 January 2017

Crochet baby blanket

Cousin's baby is due 30th January.
Today I finished the blanket.
I enjoyed the pattern as, even though it looks difficult, it's quite simple.
Lots of counting in 12's.
It came out at 95 cm square, quite big so lots of growing room.

The pattern is completed with a picot edging but I kept it simple and finished with a row of dc.

(I had also finished the wool I had  ;) ) 

I have two other blankets that need finishing but I have the urge to start a new one!
Bit like quilting really!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

#35 Bake more, bake new things

Well I have baked more!
I made two cakes last weekend!

A baby shower cake for my cousin, her bump is cleverly hidden in the above photo.
I haven't made a fondant covered cake in forever and ever.
I realised how much I missed making the figurines.
I realised how little I missed rolling the fondant for the covering of the cake

And the second, a sweetie cake for Aubrey.
Chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream covered in sweets.
The children have decided this is the new tradition for birthday cake and everyone wants one for their birthday.
It was very easy and every single scrap was eaten!

Oh and Aubrey was 11!

Monday, 2 January 2017

#36 Bake bread

Started of the New Year with baking bread
It was delicious
However, it lasted about 3.5 seconds
Unless I stopped working, got up at 4.30 am and baked three loaves a day we won't be having hand made bread during the week!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Crochet Wreaths

My new favourite quick crochet project - wreaths.
The first is my Christmas wreath - the white is sparkly thread but you cant see it in the photo.
The second is my autumnal wreath - its a bit darker in real life.
I need a winter wreath next with a robin - lucky they only take a few hours.
I have, with friends, started a monthly stitch night, its been so much fun, the first night finished at 2.30am!
Its so nice to get instant creative feedback on projects.

I am also on Instagram if you would like to follow me over there  - message me and I'll send a link

Friday, 23 December 2016

Classics book list

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Rainbow by DH Lawrence
Ulysses by James Joyce
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte 
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin

My list was complied from the top 100 Guardian Newspaper classics. 
I had read quite a few of the top ten and wanted to include more Victorian authors - both male and female - so picked from the bigger list. 
I also own 9 of the books already, which influenced me ;)
The one that I might find a challenge  - Ulysses.
My first book, happens to be first on the list Mrs Dalloway. 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Forty things to do when I'm forty

I turned 40 last week.
I made a list of all the things I want to do this coming year. 

1. Visit a new country
2. Go to a flower show
3. Watch a West End show
4. Visit a safari park
5. Keep all the weight I've lost off
6. Run a race
7. Shakespeare in Stratford
8. Theatre trips
9. Finish my Masters
10. Start my PHD
11. Use my English heritage membership every month
12. Visit Scotland and or Wales
13. Read the top 10 classics
14. Read 40 books (include those above)
15. Learn to knit
16. A drive in movie
17. Write a story
18. Tattoo
19. Spa day weekend
20. Sort out all my photos
21. Paint a picture
22. Complete more of my family tree
23. Long walks
24. Hay on Wye book festival
25. Night in a tree house
26. Send a message in a bottle
27. Watch the top 10 classic movies
28. Visit an observatory
29. DNA testing
30. London Ghostbusters tour
31. Visit the London museums solo
32. Visit those London museums I haven't been to yet.
33. Literary tour of England
34. Hear  a talk by an expert
35. Bake more, bake new things
36. Bake bread from scratch
37. Be an audience member for tv/radio show
38. Go to classical concert
39. Quilt...more!
40. Finish those handmade Christmas decorations in time for next year.

Number 3 is in red as I did that on my birthday. 
We saw the Lion King, it was awesome!
I like a list keeps me focussed.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Red House Bexleyheath


Only 10 mins from my house is this lovely gem.
William Morris' house from 1860 to 1865.
Built out of Red brick, hence the name. 
Heavily influenced by the pre-raphaelites and arts and crafts.
A lovely couple of hours spent here with an obligatory cream tea.

I love gardens in Autumn, there is beauty in the dying plants. 
The September sun is low which gives a soft glow and softens the edges.

The ceilings were all painted by hand, and my favourite part

Venus at the end is an embroidered piece.
 She was designed by Morris, with his wife completing the embroidery. 

 My garden is still taking shape, 4 years after moving in its still in the working stages. 
I do collect plants and seeds from all the gardens I visit.
There are two major jobs to do, the grass and the shed/greenhouse.