hello again!

Hello blogland!
Sorry for my absence – things have been a little mad here at the Toadstool! There is a small possibility that the Toadstool may be relocating so much tidying and decluttering has been needed and unfortunately it has left no time for anything else!

I’m at my only Christmas fayre of the year tomorrow … Here’s a small sneaky peek of what I’ll be selling.


Fuzzy little needles felted toadstools and sparkly white snowflakes. Lots more to show you … But decluttering is once again calling my name so I’ve got to go.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Emma x


Clutter camouflage and a tiny bit of crochet!

Hello all in Blogland!

I have had a lovely few weeks. Not least going away to see the newest littley in the family and his gorgeous brother and sister, mum and dad.

When I returned my thoughts turned, as inevitably they do when you’ve been away for a little while and walk through your front door to see your house with fresh eyes – eyes that see all the clutter that you thought you had dealt with before you went – to fixing the clutter! So the first thing on my clutter camouflade list was the bedroom of Little Miss H. Here is the ‘before’ photo so you can see what I mean!


I know – just looking at the mess makes me huff! I don’t mind mess when it is played with mess, this is just mess! And it’s not really even that messy but it was bugging me so I put on my thinking cap. And this is what I came up with –


Oh how I love sewing gingham fabric! Follow the lines and you can’t go wrong. I used sticky back velcro which I stuck directly to the inside of the bed and then sewed and stuck the furry side to the fabric and voila – a disguised amount of clutter. Here’s another photo – just for me to revel in the tidiness of it all!


Ahh that’s better! I even had enough fabric left to make a cute gingham pillow.


I’d love to make a whole duvet cover (but need more fabric to do that!) Doesn’t it go well with the crocheted loveliness?

What else have I been up to? Well I have made a bit more of a start on making things for our school Christmas Fair – I took snowflakes last year and virtually sold out. This year I am aiming to take a variety of different things. I wanted to take some Christmas bunting – I had a definite idea of what I wanted it to look like and typically I couldn’t find a pattern that quite fitted the bill.



I’m not sure if you can see but the yarn has little sparkly bits in it which looks lovely in snowflakes and bunting! I knew I wanted pennant style bunting rather than triangular and so I made up my own pattern for it! I know … get me – crocheting for 18 months and making up my own patterns to boot. Who’d have thought 18 months ago when, let’s face it, a granny square was way beyond me (well it wasn’t square anyway!) to now I would be making up patterns as I went along. Totally amazed myself and I’m really rather pleased with how it’s come out. So much so in fact that I am going to try to write a tutorial for it – I know – once again – get me! I’m ludicrously happy about the whole thing! So excuse me for not showing the finished article – I’ll post it together with the tutorial.

I’ll leave you with a favourite picture from Half term


There is really something very magical about Warwick Castle. Just thinking of all the hundreds of people who had walked over the entrance cobbles boggled my mind!

Until next time, I wonder what your something Magical is?



Double Rainbows and a lovely day

Double Rainbows and a lovely day

A beautiful day at Warwick Castle in the rain with family. The sun tried to shine on us and we saw a fair few rainbows. If you haven’t been I’d highly recommend it – loads to do for everyone! Plus Halloween activities when we went which Little Miss H loved.

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