Lovely walks and crafting!

 

 

Hello all you lovely folk!

Hope that you all had a wonderful week – Half Term Holidays, I love them! Time to chill, walk, read, crochet and craft with my gorgeous children (well one of them at least!)

This is a little creation that I made a while back – hearts and roses. The little sign says ‘Grandchildren Spoilt here’ – I think it needs to be a little bigger really but I liked it non the less.

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I finished the small stripey hottie cover this week too. Here it is looking squidgy!

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Although not sure at first it is growing on me and I am very happy with it. I hope the lovely lady it is destined for likes it. The back is different to the front so if she reads this at least one side will be a surprise!

We decorated paperclay stars – if you haven’t tried paperclay it is amazing stuff! Lightweight, durable and easier to mould than other air drying clay.

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There was a lot of this during the week:

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Aaaahh – lovely St Ouens. Every time I set foot on this beach my body zings (it is usually very windy!) my soul sours and my heart sings. All my niggles are left in the car park and I think, not for the first time, how lucky I am to live on beautiful Jersey.

My lovely friends stayed in a Heritage Property for two nights over the weekend. Kempt Tower. It was stunning inside but I only managed these shots through the window!

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Don’t worry – It wasn’t damp anywhere else but these window ledges!

Whatever you’ve been doing over the week I hope you have had lots of fun.

Until next time, I’ll be finishing another WIP!

Emma x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Experiments and the problem of armholes!

 

 

 

 

Hello all!

It’s half term here at the moment and we are enjoying some sunshine and some of the inevitable rain! I’ve decided to play around to see if I like bigger photos appearing on my blog – I hope they don’t impact on my loading time. Please shout if they do.

So here, to get us all feeling summery is my newly sized photo – ahh beach. Albeit a bit cloudy it was still warm. Little Miss H still enjoyed digging and making mermaids out of the sand.

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After my successful experiment with the mandala I was feeling brave – possibly a little over confident – but very brave. Little Miss H has had a cardigan since she was teeny which she still wears today (she’s now 6!) It now is more of a bolero than a cardi but she still loves it. Several thoughts went through my brave little mind, one of them being ‘I could make her a bigger one – how hard can it be?’ I could see that it had been made in pieces but decided to give it a go in one rectangle.

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Apologies for the strange colours in my pictures – it’s the same top honest.

‘Ok’ I thought ‘Now to shape the top’ … then a horrible thought struck me – just as I was starting to feel all pleased with myself! ‘Hang on a minute – armholes! She’ll need armholes!’ and with that I promptly had to frog the entire top piece to take off the circly bits. Boo hoo. Miffed does not cover it! So now it is sat on my kitchen work surface – waiting. Waiting for inspiration to strike. I’m sure my armholey dilemma will solve itself soon but until then I’ll have to get used to a half made blue cardigan staring balefully at me from the kitchen worktop.

To cheer myself up yesterday I went on a treasure finding expedition! Oh how I love the warehouse style charity shop. Look at my lovely finds. Veritable treasure indeed!

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I love the spotty jug – it called out to me – very loudly in fact! So it just had to come home. The napkins were actually what I was looking for really. I have a cunning plan for them – you’ll have to bear with me though while I scavenge a few more! I love the hand embroidered one at the bottom. I wonder who made it – whether it was used all the time or just for special occasions. I build a picture in my mind of the person who made it – little old lady living in a beautiful thatched cottage with an armchair in front of an open fire. (possibly not the most imaginative I could be but nevermind!)

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Sooo pretty! The blue flowery napkins remind me of Dutch pottery.

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Last but by no means least are the wicker hearts in the background. I have a yearning to add crochet flowers to these. Or maybe something to hang in the middle of them – hmmm my creative mind is a buzzing!

Anyhoo – best be off to complete Little Miss H’s school project – under the sea scape. Imagine lots (and I mean¬†lots) of glue, cellophane in sea like colours, seaweed style plastic (recycled from a bottle) and fish cut out of sparkly card and you’ll see the potential for a huge mess in the conservatory! Especially as the cellophane seems to be reacting with the PVA glue and going a little ‘gloopy’ for want of a better word!

Until next time, I’ll be treasure hunting!

Emma

x

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