A New Hobby!

Craft | Wednesday February 16 2011 | 8:55 pm | Comments (5) | Tags: |

The last thing I need is something else to spend my time and money on, but I have found something new to love! 

I have wanted to give embroidery a go for ages and finally got round to it.  A while ago I sat down with some embroidery floss, a needle, a bit of old pillowcase and some instructions.  Boy was that an embroidery FAIL!!!  I tried to copy stitches from the book but without any start and end point or any shape to fill in.

Since then I discovered so much about embroidery that makes it much easier to do!!  The floss is split into strands for starters!  And did you know you can get patterns on the fabric, or put them on the fabric, to follow as you stitch?  Yeah!  Well, I didn’t but I do now!

So I got myself a really simple design to follow and got stitching.  I love it!!!  These lovely doggies are my first ever embroidery project:

Those french knots were a bit of a challenge at first, but YouTube helped me through.

This project will require some more work before it reaches its end use!  The original embroidery is finished but I want to use this to cover the top of a box that I am going to use as a project box so I will post again when it’s completed.

With a new hobby comes new stuff of course!!  I have got a few skeins of floss, some needles, a couple of books, oh and a parcel winging its way from the USofA from Sublime Stitching!  I can’t wait!!!

I love you more than…

Random | Monday February 14 2011 | 8:25 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , |

How’s this for a Valentine’s card for a tea lover to give their Valentine?  I got it ages ago from Storeyshopon Etsy, having seen it on another blog.

Caveman and I aren’t known for being the most romantic couple in the world, but I do love him more than tea!  I’ve wanted to post about this card since I got it but I really had to wait until I’d given it to him!  He also got a massive bag of wine gums.  Like I say… we’re not very romantic!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope yours has been filled with love, or tea!

And the winner is…

Craft | Sunday January 30 2011 | 7:25 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: |

…comment number 10! 

Thanks for all the lovely comments left on my circle scarf giveaway.  It closed just one hour ago and I have been really excited to work out the winner.  I used the random number generator at random.org and between the numbers 1 and 14 it generated 10!  There were actually 15 comments but the lovely Adrianne has already made her own so said she wasn’t entering.

Ok I’ve stalled long enough.  Counting from the first post left as number 1, missing Adrianne’s, to the most recent being number 14 the winner is BEV!!!  Many congrats Bev.  I shall email you for your address and get it in the post to you in the next few days.  Bev didn’t leave details if she has a website so can’t give her a plug unfortunately.

Thanks so much for all your comments, I’ve really loved giving everyone the opportunity to have a circle scarf that I love so much.  I might just have to do it again some time!!

A Giveaway!

Craft | Sunday January 23 2011 | 5:50 pm | Comments (15) | Tags: |

I thought it was about time I offered a giveaway!  I’ve been in blogland a while now and I’m ashamed to say I’ve never done one, so here’s a first for me.  And what to give…?  Well, there’s only one thing it could possibly be!  A circle scarf of course!!!  It’s the one project I’ve been making over and over again and I get so many comments on it here, on flickr and when I wear one!

And here it is:   

 

This one is in King Cole Riot in shades of blue, grey, green and brown.  I thought those were colours that most folks would like if they won it as they aren’t too garish and would match lots of other colours.  I had to remember that not everyone is like me in liking lots and lots of bright colour and pattern.

So what do you have to do for a chance to own this very scarf?  Very little actually.  Just leave a comment on this post by 6pm (GMT/UK time) on Sunday 30th January!  Easy as that.  Make sure I can contact you through your comment (ie fill in the email address box in the comment form) and if you have a blog / website leave me a link so that I can have a look in return.  Please feel free to link to this giveaway on your own website too.  I’m happy to post internationally. 

A winner will be picked at random, probably by Captain Caveman (or maybe the random number gadget thingy that I have seen others use) on Sunday evening after the closing time!   

Lots of luck xx

Fun with friends

Random | Wednesday January 19 2011 | 11:50 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , , , |

There’s nothing like spending time with friends to make you feel better so that’s exactly what I’ve been doing this week!

Have you been to see The King’s Speech?  It’s sooooo good!  It’s really funny which I didn’t expect and it’s also really interesting.  I am fascinated by the period in history between the two world wars too so I really enjoyed that.  Colin Firth was brilliant in the lead role and I can really understand why he is winning awards for it!  Another reason why it was so good to go to the cinema this week… my friend had a free ticket so we shared the cost of the other ticket!  Bargain!

There’s also been a bit of yarn shopping!!  I have been meaning to go to Black Sheep Wools, near Warrington, for ages and Kathy and I had spoken about going before Christmas but it was closed for refurbishment.  It opened again last week so off we went.  Oh, it’s sooooo good!  (yes in this post everything is sooooo good’)  It’s really big for a yarn shop and has a really good range of brands, prices and qualities of yarn.  There are also lots of accessories and loads of embroidery and cross stitch things too.  I didn’t go too mad – well, I’m a girl of limited means now aren’t I!!?  I’ll show you what I bought another time, but here’s a peek in Kathy’s bag, and some pictures of the shop:

And then this afternoon there was cake!  It is my friend Jayne’s birthday today so she invited lots of the girls round and had her 2 teenagers on tea and coffee making duty (I must say they did a sterling job!).  Jayne had made lots of cakes: the victoria sponge was sooooo good and absolutely delicious.  We all had a really good giggle!  In fact after a couple of hours we had decided to set up our own version of the WI and meet fortnightly for carrot growing contests, trips out, reading groups, exhibitions and crafts.  Mad but true!!!

Here’s the cake:

When things aren’t feeling very good for me I can find it too easy to stay indoors and shut myself away.  That was fine when I still had to go to work every day, but now I could go days without having reason to go out.  I’m still not sleeping very well so not 100% but hoping that with a bit of time I’ll start fully enjoying my time not working!  So long as it doesn’t last too long that is!!

The times they are a-changin’

Random | Monday January 17 2011 | 5:53 pm | Comments (8) | Tags: |

Today is a big day for me, but not necessarily in a good way.  That will hopefully change but I’m still not ready to feel it!  Today is my first day without a job for 18 years, since the summer I left university in fact.

It’s been coming for many months, but as of 15th January I’ve been redundant.  I only found out the previous day that it was actually going ahead as my appeal had been completely rejected!  It’s not a good feeling and it won’t be for a long time.  It doesn’t feel like any sort of relief now that the actual day itself has passed, particularly when it’s not as cut and dried as me leaving and it all being over.  I have many issues about the way its been done and the fairness of it so I will be taking legal advice and probably taking it further.  I can’t say I want to do that but I’ve spent 5 months fighting for my 13 year career with the same organisation and been lied to, undermined and treated very unfairly and unreasonably.  Yes, most of that is my ‘opinion’ but the organisation has policies which have not been followed and in my view that’s just not fair.

It doesn’t help that today is classed as Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year!  Just what I need!

This website was never meant to be about this type of issue, or anything other than craft, tea and cake, but I just feel I had to ‘vent’! 

I will have more time on a day to day basis to crochet, see friends and try to get on top of things, but I am a great believer in working for a living if you possibly can and this doesn’t sit well with me at all.

Splurge over!  Next post will be back to normal content!

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