Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Catch up

I thought I would try again at the ol blog!

It's terrible isn't it, as you know I am not great at waffling on, that's why I prefer IG because as they say a picture paints a thousand words.

I personally am more of a visual person so I work by pics for my sins!

I've been busy, be it at work or with crafting.

I resurrected my hair clips and brooches and found them to be actually in demand which is lovely!

So here is a picture of what I've been up to.

Linen and cotton hair clips

Upcycled brooch and matching hair clip

Determined to finish this moss stitch scarf - started in 2015! 


My helper... Rosie!

And a personalised quilt



So that's me for today :)

How are you guys doing??

 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Back to basics

Eek I am terrible at keeping my blog up to date.  I have big dreams of doing a super interesting blog and putting up great photos, but jeez, something called "life" gets in the way, how awkward :).

No seriously it's just been manic, what with changing jobs, having a great busy job now, nothing worse than having nothing to do and ending up time watching which is something I have never done, I am happy to say I'm working for an old boss and i can now complain about how busy I am but I know that it's the best thing for me.

Scouts, well that took over for the last few weeks.  Being out and about is great, I love the out and about bit, but it takes its toll.  It is a great way to hang out with my family though as we are all involved in Scouts so no complaints. 

Crafts? Totally ignored and neglected. 

Therefore I am reassessing things (again).  I have removed the Facebook app from my phone.  I have started switching my phone off when I come home.  The end result is that I have been able to pick up my crafts again and get on with things instead of looking how other people are doing. 

I made two granny squares last night for son #1s crochet blanket, I think from memory I have about 15 more blocks to make so ensure that it is a worthwhile sized blanket.  

No Christmas fairs this year, I simply didn't have the time however I am still making Christmas themed items for...next year.  

So what now, well I will keep turning my phone off at night, i will keep FB off my phone and keep it simple and see how it goes. 

Without sounding like i am lecturing, it's actually quite refreshing not to be checking my phone every time it buzzes, most times it's nothing but an ad or something that I really don't need to know. 

So let's see how I get on shall we?

x


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

I like a lot of people have a few crochet WIPS on the go.  One of them is a blanket for my eldest boy.  He has been rightly complaining that I haven't made him a blanket yet.  I have in excess of 50 blocks made for him and as of yesterday evening I have now got 60 blocks.  My target is approx. 75 blocks as he is a young teenager so I want that it fits him.  So 75 blocks plus a border should be sizeable, but I will check this again once I have reached my target figure!

Crochet granny squares by Craftyfrogshop

The weather was beautiful yesterday so I crocheted outside.  The boys were busy in and out of the house, but I was kept company in the form of my two cavs!


Ok she is fixated on leaves or anything that might move when there's any breeze, so when we have a proper wind she's a bit of a nightmare only because she is distracted by it and wants to chase leaves (I blame her ears !)


Being in Ireland, when there's sun and a bit of a breeze it's good drying weather!!!

perfect granny squares

I am loving choosing colours for this blanket.  My orders are no pink or girly colours, well I am choosing to ignore it slightly because it'll make a very dreary blanket.  What I love about crochet is the colour!  For me it's all about the colour, wouldn't you agree?  When I grow up maybe I will go for more serious colours, but well I haven't reached that stage yet!

By the way I can't shout enough about it but this lady's tutorial on making the perfect square is just superb.  In a nutshell you start your first round, then flip over the yarn and attach your new colour (I tie a knot) and then start your second round, flip over your square, attach new colour and start your third round, flip over your square and now start round 4 and continue in this manner till you have reached the desired size of your granny.

 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

I had a whole post typed up about a piece I heard on the radio (Newstalk) this morning about women working outside of the home and then coming home to start their second job i.e housekeeping.  It was interesting to say the least but I've heard the conversation before.  Needless to say I hope that I am instilling in my two boys that housework is not for women/mothers alone.  They have to pull their weight!!!  I want that when they leave home they are independent and can look after themselves and keep their home clean!

After doing the chores with my eldest this morning I managed to work up a bit of a headache so hoping a couple of tablets and a hot cuppa will lift that bad boy!

Loving my tin mug I got last night in Tesco, 40 cent can you believe it!!!





Friday, 12 August 2016

Getting the crochet out for Autumn

Yesterday you could have been forgiven for thinking summer was over.  In fact this week as a whole has been horrible, rain, cold and yes more rain.  The news is saying we are in for a bit of a heat wave...I was doubtful but today...there's some sun so you never know.
 
Because of the weather I thought I would resurrect by moss stitch crochet scarf.  I'd say I started this some time winter last year but maybe it was earlier this year not sure without looking it up on IG.  But being that this is an accessory for the Autumn /Winter I thought I had better get a move on with it know so that it's ready for the season it's required in!

It's a simple stitch, the tutorial is on this Dutch lady's blog.  It took me a while to find a clear tutorial and this one I thought was the best.  Now a couple of tips that I have picked up.  Because this is a project that you might put up and down for prolonged periods it's worth either writing a little instruction in a note book on what stitch you use, whether there's a chain stitch in between and WHAT SIZE HOOK you were using.  Just saying...
 
This is a great fun project, no stress, just nice and steady, repeat stitches.  Also the colour is entirely up to you, I copied Mriek's approach by using up scraps of yarn, but if you want something more planned then chose your colours and work out a pattern/colour combo that pleases you.  This scarf is already very long, I can wrap it around my neck and have sides hanging down over my shoulders but I want to be able to wrap it twice, so I have a fair bit to go... that's what the bus commute is for eh!


I am not worried about this scarf as I want it to be as scrappy as possible, so much so that one of my colours ran out halfway through so I added another colour and continued on, can you get any more scrappy??
 
So hopefully you will give it a go, doesn't have to be a scarf, could be a little blanket???
 
Happy crocheting! 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Writer's block

Already??
 
Yep, it's kinda been quiet in terms of crafting.  I have spent time de-cluttering the house and there's still loads to get through. 
 
I have put my Etsy shop on vacation mode until the end of the month. 
 
We have been sitting weather permitting out in the garden and one evening we were lucky in that it was a warm evening, the air was warm and we just sat and chatted with a friend.

Oh and the laundry, here's Barney keeping me company while I fold it (not iron) fold it away...I know how you feel Barney, there's better things to do in life than laundry :)


I haven't taken a proper break from the shop in years, so it's high time to step totally away from it for a couple of weeks.  I also want to continue with the house i.e. declutter and pain the kitchen and so on.  So watch this space!
 
 


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A creative packed weekend

 
Half way through summer, school holidays are coming to an end!  I am already thinking about next year's holidays and hopefully we will finally manage a trip back to Athens to see friends and family...
 
On a different note I have seen this #chalkpaint mentioned all over IG and FB and I decided to give it a go.  We just got the downstairs WC tiled.  It has been used as a dump for the past year, the WC itself was broken so we just blocked the whole room off and used it for throwing more rubbish into it.  Since we had the skip for the patio we bit the bullet and decided to declutter and boy did we declutter!
 
I decided to go back to basics and I painted the walls white, glossed the skirting boards with high white gloss so as to have a nice clean backdrop. We found a nice bathroom unit in Lidl, I know shock horror not a charity shop find but hey I can't wait that long.  Hubby assembled the unit for me. There were aching knees by the end of it!
 
We had this mirror in the bathroom for years, I believe we inherited when we bought the house.  I decided to experiment with the paint on the mirror as it's small and if it looks horrible then no big loss. 

 
I got the old masking tape out and got to work, wiped down the wood, got a paint brush and purchased tester size tin of paint.  It needed a load of stirring before the consistency felt right, but then I just applied it directly to the wood.  It came out lovely!  I am happy with the outcome, the WC is overall white in theme, but then you see the splash of "blue" on the wall, it really compliments the room. 


 
I tried to take a pic of the room but the light was against me.  I started late in the afternoon.  Managed to burn myself on the exposed bulb in there...but I am really chuffed with that room now.  Also the paint was grand. So much so I bought a larger tin of "Tea" green to start working on a larger piece in my kitchen!  The latter paint I bought in Aldi.
 
 
Hubby and I managed to grab a few minutes out on the patio much later that evening.  Minutes after taking the picture below it started raining which was a shame but sure it's Ireland soooo....


 
Some other makes and snapshots from the weekend
 
Flower clips

Old sewing basket with cute old buttons!