The passing of time … and an owl!

Hello everyone in blogland. Hope you are all well and dandy on this sunny day. My little boy (otherwise known as No 1 Son) turned 15 yesterday. I remember the time when he was this size so clearly.


It put me in a contemplative mood. Where does the time go – how do we not notice it fleeting by? The answer, I believe, is routine and the general ‘busy-ness’ of life. It is so easy to get caught up in the general day to day activities. I started a jar this year – a jar of happy things and even that (although there have been many happy things to celebrate this year) has got lost in day-to-day living. I wonder how much of the time I spent cycling, scootering, building, making, painting, railway track constructing, lego building or den and tent adventures he will remember in later life? A lot of it I hope. Now his time is spent with his friends, gaming and having fun. I make the most of our evening meals when we are all sat around one table with no distractions and I can catch up on what is happening in his life. I would worry if it was not this way round. I am fortunate that he will still be seen out with me!



We celebrated yesterday like this! A cafe, a good book (for him!), a play area for Little Miss H and cake!! It was a pleasure to spend time with him – even if he was nose deep in the latest sy-fy book. Now I focus on building strong foundations with Little Miss H so that I can have a similar relationship with her when she is older. Some of the activities remain the same – cycling, painting and making all still feature heavily in day to day life as does exploring the great outdoors and doing a considerable amount of this:


She has always loved the swings – no matter where they are. Parks, woods and sometimes with spectacular views! How do we slow the time? We don’t but by doing lots of this we guarantee our children will remember the times when life slowed, time was spent purely on them and doing the things that they loved to do and at those times washing, work, tidying, shopping did not get in the way. Building into our everyday lives opportunities to celebrate the passing of time with our children – whether it be the seasons, the solstices or just birthdays and Christmas – is the way to slow the pace of life and truly live. Or that’s my take at least! As with anything in my life – if it resonates with you I’m glad, if not please disregard it as not something for you.

After my very contemplative post I’ll leave you with a wise owl! They are making a come-back in my little crafting room and always make me smile.


Until next time I’ll be building memories.




Something strange!

Earthquake central! Who knew that here in little old Jersey we would be experiencing a very strange phenomena – earthquakes! I missed the first one as I was driving and so it didn’t effect me at all but apparently it measured 4.2 on the Richter scale (hope I’ve spelt that correctly!). Today – at 5.26pm local time – there was another one of around 4 magnitude and boy did I feel it. The dogs living locally all started barking and then there was a huge rumble and the house shook. It was very very scary but only for a second. All I can compare it to is a storm happening right above you when everything rattles because of the thunder. Weird.

Also weird is the fact that I have not touched yarn for a few weeks now – it is just so hot I can’t face it. So I have been experimenting with fabric. First came the stars – they are growing in number and I quite like having them hanging on my inspiration board!


I know there is a vest from Little Miss H’s younger days there too – bizarre thing to have on your inspiration board I hear you cry. Well yes I would agree, however lurking in the back of my creative bonkers mind there is a plan. A plan to do something personal and gorgeous with them. The reason that I have put the vest up there is to remind me that I need to do this before she reaches 18! Oh and also because I love the pattern and just because I can, I have! The beady eyed amongst you will notice a fabric shape that is not a star. This one is a flower – well it is meant to be a flower – the pattern I used (from a very old copy of Simply Crochet) looked like a flower when it was done in yarn. I’m not so sure it works as well in fabric – but still cute I thought! I’d love to know what you think.


And the sign says:


I love the sentiments in that little heart. It makes me smile! Oh and I also love the fabric too. Butterflies and flowers abound.

OK, now for some more weirdness – I have put down the hook in favour of the needle for a spot of embroidery – I know, how strange! I can’t share the whole thing with you yet (It’s not finished!!) but will do as soon as it is a little more completed. Luckily I had three balls of wool to return to my local shop, unluckily I could not find anything I really wanted on the wool front to replace them. So I managed to get 40 skeins of embroidery thread instead! Colours for every eventuality! No more will I be scrabbling round to find some yellow for a little owlies beak – no siree! And so a something a little different was born! (or ‘borned’ as Little Miss H would say. I love the way she adapts words.)


And last but not least (goodness thanks so much for sticking with it!! What a fabulously long post!) was a project just for Little Miss H. I have noticed that she is being increasingly invited to stay the night at friends houses and a carrier bag with her toiletries in will no longer suffice. Not to worry (ahem!) I will fix that! So here it is (be kind please!) my very first toiletry bag.



How gorgeous is the oilcloth? I loved it the second I saw it (well it does have owls on it!) fortunately so did Little Miss H. It works, it holds ‘stuff’ and it looks passable. I have discovered that zips are dastardly little devils who want to break your needles if they have the chance and also that I don’t ‘do’ corners very well! Or curves for that matter!!! But hey, she’s happy with it and it is at least fit for purpose!

Well, we made it to the end! I hope it’s sunny in your part of the world but that you are also getting a splattering of rain every now and again to keep the flowers happy.

Until next time, may the earth not wobble underneath me!



Hearts and stars!! … progress

Hello all in blogland! Hope you are all enjoying the weather. Hasn’t it been glorious recently? I love the sparkles in the water – No 1 Son took this shot.


I am really well – can’t believe it has been nearly three weeks since my last post – I have no excuse really – is it me or is time going very quickly at the moment?!!

I have been finishing off a multitude of orders for my tatty stars and have been busy creating more to sell at a small craft fair in September. I do have a very soft spot for them. Gingham stars are my favourite – especially the blue ones.






Here is Mr Flamingo supervising the cutting of the fabric! ( We have the most original names for toys in this house!!)DSCN2513

I also have been creating crochet adorned hearts too .DSCN2498


Question for you – do they need leaves do you think??! I can’t make up my mind!

Now onto leaves of the proper kind! I am loving discovering what is growing in my garden. Here are the peas that I am waiting patiently to pick.DSCN2506

And here are the raspberries (I think!!) I also have blackberries and have exhausted the supply of strawberries and potatoes. Sadly the sunflowers didn’t make it (Pesky slugs!) I love eating my own grown food. I think there is something enormously satisfying about knowing where your food comes from, knowing that no chemicals have been used to produce it – makes eating it even better.DSCN2512

My last shot today is of the little owl bodies … they are waiting to be stuffed and embroidered but star and heart making have somewhat taken over!


Gearing up now for the Summer Holidays where things can be finished (I hope). It’s not like me to have so many projects on the go at the same time and I do find it a little disconcerting.

Can’t wait to show you some completely finished articles of crochet!!

Until then, enjoy the sun and relax!







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