Eggs and Happy Days

Well, I know that Easter has passed and back to school we all go this week but I hope you all had a good one. I have no crochet to show this time (where did those holidays go?) but I thought I’d show you a little Easter montage instead!

First off, after my last post, I decided to experiment with ‘twee’ and because it was Easter it seemed that a painted blown egg was calling me. I have never ever blown an egg before but it is actually fairly easy if you are gentle with it! I only broke one in my experiments! What to paint on the egg – well a toadstool of course.

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Okay so yes they are completely twee – but I still absolutely love them! The kids were fascinated with how light they were when compared to a normal egg.

They formed part of my little Easter display that was moved round the house – started in the conservatory but then went to the hall because I loved seeing it when I walked through the door. Mr Toadstool is talking about removing the radiator cover in the hall but I love putting things on it so if it goes I will be very sad! (And will have to put up a shelf or get a small table instead!!)

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One of the lovely things about our new house is the area that surrounds it. Little Miss H and I try to go for a wander round the lanes after tea most nights (well when it’s not horrid weather anyway). Here are some of the beautiful views we encounter on our travels.

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Oh how I love open fields. I especially love them when they have tall grass or wheat growing in them – I put this down to watching too much ‘Little House on the Prairie’ when I was little! Google the opening titles and you’ll see what I mean.

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Stunning granite properties border the route – I think this one is ‘La Presse’ and I would guess that it would have housed a cider press in time past.

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I love the wheel in the back of this property – it is just visible from the road. The owners must have wondered what I was doing.

I was given some beautiful roses on Easter Sunday by my Mum. They’re so vibrant.

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And my final pictures of this post are of my Little Miss H celebrating the weather – the water was coming over the sea wall and we were wave dodging. There was so much spray that we came back to the car a little on the damp side. This beach is about two minutes down the road from me. So lucky to live where we do.

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Next time I hope to show you a nearly complete Sampler Blanket – I’m in the middle of joining squares together at present and then onto the edging. I’ve got a commission for owlie bunting and a scarf so need to get a wiggle on!

Until next time, keep munching through those Easter eggs!

Emma

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Dream a little dream ….

Hello everyone,

It’s glorious and sunny here at the brand spanking new toadstool and I have something quite exciting to show you. Well, I have yearned longingly for a little space of my own to while away the hours crocheting and sewing and ‘fiddling’ to my hearts content – just reorganising wool has been known to occupy me for quite some time. So imagine my delight when we moved in to find this:

 

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Yes I know … a room of no specific purpose! Well I hatched a plan – whilst Mr Toadstool was talking about ‘ideal server rooms’ and the like ( whatever does that mean??!) I thought to myself … that would make a handy dandy room for me – oh yes it would, it really would. Every time someone was shown round the house they told Mr Toadstool of the need for me to have ‘a room’ and what do you know, he agreed! I do have to put up with some computery kind of stuff being stored in the room but I am a master of disguise and I was sure that I could fully disguise these little necessities! So first thing (before he could change his mind!) I moved in ‘ the yarn’

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Next was to prettify the shelves (still not completely finished – I’m thinking crochet edging – it’s on my ‘to-do’ list!)

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And then finally to actually work in ‘the room’. This time a little sewing was in order. It is Little Miss H’s birthday party soon and she decided that each guest had to have their own hand made bespoke party bag … I know! I think it might be a girl thing? No 1 Son was never bothered! So out came the Calico (how I love to make things with Calico – I think I may have an obsession!) and the sewing machine. (You’ll notice that boxes of ‘stuff’ still feature in ‘my room’ but I am slowly sorting them out -which generally means finding them new places to live!)

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Little fabric bags were made and decoration was added

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I am a little bit of a haphazard sewer but I love these little bags – quick, easy and cute for boys and girls. I’ve bought some thin ribbon to add on for handles … only sixteen more to make!!

Then it was on to finishing off crochet goodness! Now several lovely ladies at work are just about to have gorgeous babies at the moment – so my hook has been very busy! The first lovely lady has now been gifted her blanket – you’ve seen the beginnings of it and now here is the finished article (pre blocking – I’m so impatient!)

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Sorry the photo is dark – this was my only opportunity to photograph it before it had to leave me for it’s new home. The lady in question loved it (phew – isn’t it always a relief when you know that someone loves it as much as you do?)

And then I started work on the next baby blanket! This lady has decorated her nursery in very pale grey so I am making a sampler blanket using blocks from Jan Eaton’s fantastic book

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I can highly recommend this book – easy to follow and produces large, beautiful blocks. I’m thinking of edging it with something lacy and will show you the finished blanket when it is all done and edged!

Anyway, Why ‘Dream a little dream?’ – well it is not because of the ‘room’ (that is an extra bonus!) but because long ago when Mr Toadstool was despairing of my crafty nature I thought to myself ‘someday I will make things that people want, someday I will maybe even be able to eke out a little living through making pretty things’ now this is a big deal for me. When I was at school I was told that my work was (in the exact words of my art teacher) ‘too twee’. Well now, these words may have put me off for life from having a go at anything – just think they were said to me twenty years ago and I still remember them which shows the power that they could have held. But no – despite being ‘too twee’ I embraced my crafty nature and have attempted all kinds of different crafts – some successful – some not so much. All of these experiences I am grateful for as they have shaped my tastes today and brought me to the craft that fits me best – crochet. A little bit of ‘twee’ in crochet is not a bad thing – sometimes it’s a good thing. Meetings with all kinds of people have shown me that I do indeed make things that people value and whilst not making a fortune from making pretty things I have a jolly lovely time when I am – money is not the point – the experience and the love for what you are doing is the point. So to my former art teacher I say ‘PaAaA’ and will continue to make things from time to time that are ‘too twee’ and enjoy making them too and to everyone else I say ‘Follow your dream – you never know where it might take you!’

On my crafty table today are these eclectic bunch of lovely things (belonging to both me and Little Miss H!)

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Ahh, sunshine, colour and a smattering of crochet – that’s better!

Thanks as always for listening to me rabbit on about ‘stuff’!

Until next time, keep dreaming!

Emma

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