Mandala making for Yarndale!

Hello everyone in blogland! This week I have been experimenting, frogging back and redoing … a lot!

It all started with Lucy from Attic 24  – oh how I love her happy posts. Inspiration leaps from the pages of her blog. Anyway, for Yarndale this year she decided to create a most beautiful mandala filled wall (you can see how many lovely peeps have already sent their mandalas in here). So I rose to the challenge!

I’ve painted mandalas before and this mandala was my inspiration and always reminds me of my little island home.

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I think of sea and sky and lighthouses when I look at this mandala (not sure why! – might be the colours) Here’s our lighthouse – pretty huh?

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Well I had an idea of what I was aiming for – although I do find that sometimes this is worse than having no clue! So off I merrily went – forming a circle from trebles ( no frogging required here!) then a smaller row of half trebles next (in the white) again no frogging required. Then came the tricky bit! I wanted something that resembled the waves in the painted mandala. Hmmm … lots of thought … and frogging later! …I managed to come up with a plan. A row of double crochet first, then four double trebles, three trebles, two half trebles and two doubles later my wave was formed. I’m not entirely sure that you can tell that it’s meant to be a wave – but hey – Imagination is the key!

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I added a row of white double crochets to define and link together my waves. Then another tow of turquoise double crochets to form a ring around the original shape before ending with a white row of doubles and I was done … well nearly!

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To really define the wave shape I sewed around the bottom of it with my white wool.

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Then I sewed in all those pesky ends, blocked it and applied my pva glue to it as per Lucy’s instructions. Now all it is waiting for is a jiffy bag and off it will go to be added to the rest of them.

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I have to say that it came out better than I thought it would! It makes me smile anyway!

All my energy over the last few days has gone into this so I hope Lucy likes it. I hope you like it too. If you fancy adding to the Mandala Goodness there are lots of instructions on the Attic24 block. (LoVe).

Until next time, I’ve discovered coloured text!

Emmx

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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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