Monday, 31 May 2010

Blanket Reveal

Hello!  I hope you're all enjoying your Bank Holiday Weekend (UK)?

You may remember that I have been crocheting a blanket for Freya.  Well, I have finally finished it - YAY!!!!

Considering I had never crocheted anything before starting this blanket I am really pleased with it.  It is far from being perfect - I've since heard of blocking and think that this blanket would have definitely benefited as it's a bit wonky in places!  Having said that, Hubby keeps telling me that the fact that it's not perfect makes it more special as it's more "handmade".  Bless him, he knows how to make me feel better!!

Anyway, here are some photos that I took this morning........

I'm so glad to have finished this project as I've been itching to get on with something else - unfortunately I'm not one of these people who can have lots of different things on the go at once!!!

Anyway, I hope that you have a lovely rest of day.


Monday, 24 May 2010

You're never too young to start crafting!

Hello!  Did you all have a good weekend?  We had glorious weather and had a lovely barbeque with Hubby's parents yesterday for MIL's birthday.

We decided yesterday that, as we were out in the garden, we'd give Freya some paper and crayons to draw with.  To be honest, I didn't think she'd be too interested as she generally isn't too fussed with things that require her to sit still for more than 30 seconds!!!  How wrong I was!!

She LOVED drawing and she literally sat there for hours yesterday afternoon scribbling away while we all took it in turns to draw with her.  In fact, she loved it so much that she threw a strop this morning because I wasn't putting her up at the table fast enough to get to her crayons and paper!!

Pad of A3 coloured paper: 99p
Box of 60 assorted wax crayons: 99p
Having peace and quiet AND your daughter's smiley face: Priceless

Hmmm, methinks maybe I need to invest in an oilcloth tablecloth though!

I hope you have beautiful sunshine where you are.  Apparently we're due some rain tomorrow here so we'd better make the most of it today!


Friday, 21 May 2010

Garden Update

Hi All!

I hope that everyone is having a lovely week.  We've had amazingly hot weather over the past few days and it promises to be even hotter over the weekend.  I did manage to get out in the garden and put all of my plants and bulbs out.  I took some photos, would you like to see?

First of all, this is what my little greenhouse looked like before I started:

I bought a few plants at the plant fair last weekend, as I mentioned before:

There were 5 Alpines and 2 different types of Nemesia Aromatica (I think!).  The Alpines are now in a low blue pot outside our back door:

I did an awful lot of tidying up - our trellis needed replacing as it had broken in the strong winds.


I tidied the borders (you may not be able to notice THAT much of a difference in my pictures, but believe me when I tell you that they look SO MUCH BETTER!)




As I said earlier, I also had lots of bulbs to plant, some of which went into pots:

All in all, I'm very pleased with my progress.  All that we need to do now is to mow the lawn in preparation for a barbeque that we're planning for Sunday afternoon as it's my Mother-in-Law's birthday.  It will be the first barbeque we've done since before Freya was born - wish us luck!!!!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that the weather is nice wherever you are.


Ps.  Is anybody else having problems with Blogger when trying to insert pictures into your post?!!  Each time I try it puts the picture right at the beginning of the post and no matter how much deleting I do, there's still a HUGE gap before my post begins.  :-(

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Medway Plant Fair

Hi there!  I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.  The weather here in Kent was gorgeous yesterday and we took advantage of the sunshine by visiting the Medway Plant Fair in Rainham.  We went on a family outing with Hubby's parents to have a wander around the small fair where local nurseries were selling their wares.  The beautiful plants were lovely in their displays.

While MIL and I were looking at the displays Freya was dragging her Gramps around everywhere and loving the freedom (well, she was on her reins but she doesn't mind them, especially seeing as the alternative is being sat in her buggy!)

We did buy a few plants but I haven't photographed them yet.  We spent the rest of the afternoon yesterday trying to tidy up our garden, which was in a bit of a state!!  The wind had blown the bamboo screening down so it was only being held on by a few screws and we needed to trim the grass that was a foot long in places!!  Hubby had re-seeded the lawn as there were many patches that had been churned up by the dogs but of course the grass that was already there continued to grow while we kept off the rest!!  I really wish I'd taken "before" photos yesterday to show you just how much we'd accomplished.

The plan today is for me to plant my new plants and those that have been sitting in my little greenhouse for a while.  I'll take some photos and will come back and update you on my progress!

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend - I hope the sun's shining where you are.


Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Garden Pretties

Hello!  I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend (UK) - apart from the rain, obviously!

I thought I'd show you some bargains that I picked up in Morrisons yesterday on my Mother-in-Law's recommendation.

Pretty tealight holders:
 Made of glass with wire and bead handles.  Here's a couple of close-ups...
They're currently half price in our local Morrisons........50p each!!  An absolute bargain!

While I was there I also picked up a couple of handmade glass citronella candles....

.....there were loads of colours to choose from and these were only £1 each.

Now to get our garden summer-ready so we can use these lovelies!!


Saturday, 1 May 2010

Blanket Progress

As promised I've taken a few photos of the progress I'm making with my crochet blanket.  I've decided that I am going to add one more round of granny squares and then finish it off.  It will then go into Freya's bedroom and I can start on something else (yippee!!!)....

Have a lovely weekend.  I am looking forward to spending more time with my cheeky monkey!