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Finding Feathers Fascinating…

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And a happy-hello to you dear reader! I hope my latest bloggings finds you in a sunny place, with a smile on your face. It certainly warms the soul to feel some sunshine on MY face, I have to confess dear reader! What arty-crafty doodahs have I been up to lately I hear you ask? Well, the feather-floating-above is rather a fat, fluffy clue as to my latest faddy fascination and hopefully there will be more to follow; possibly in watercolour paints, mmmm…

I also have a little pretty-playful-patterning to share with you;another one of my wandering walks with pretty pens…

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I might even let you have a teeny-tiny peeky-pook in my notebook next time, to peruse my jolly jottings, but only if you’re good…

On the crochet front, I have finally finished my first ever wearable crocheted garment! Woo-hoo!and ta-dah! and all that. I have to say I did have my doubts as to its wearability, or the possibility of it even resembling a recognisable piece of clothing, at certain points during its construction. I followed a pattern from Simply Crochet Magazine and it’s a cardi with three-quarter length sleeves in denim blue, 4 ply yarn…

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I have also been inundated with bunny orders lately – it must be Spring! My lounge has rather resembled a bunny autopsy area, what with all the bits of bunny-under-construction laying around! Here’s a pic of some beautiful bunny buddies who have already hopped off to new homes…

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My darling daughters have remarked that at least having bits of bunny all over the place all the time makes a change from bits of unicorn… Despite all the bunny making, I have found time to start knitting a lovely lacy scarf in gorgeous green yarn, made from recycled t-shirts; so that’s ‘green’ in colour and ‘green’ as in eco-friendly too, dear reader! Ho hum…

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Well I have a bunch of bunnies to make, so I had better hop to it (pardon the pun) and I’ll leave you with a couple of springtime shots from my garden, dearest reader chum. Keep on making…

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Happy Hairy Happenings

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Hello there my fellow craft-loving chums! As promised in my previous bloggings I am sharing my latest ‘hairy’ artings with you, as you can see floating above and below…

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Wait, there’s more…

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and just one more, if you can bear it…

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That’s it, done now, but there WILL be more, as I just adore sketching hair! We all have our little quirks, dear reader…

Remember the coloured pencil/ink pen twiggy-flowery-leafy heart I was working on? Well, I added a blue-blue butterfly…

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What do you think, lovely reader? I still can’t decide whether I should add some wise words in the middle; a little heartfelt ditty? Do share if you are having any thoughts/suggestions, or any other suitably wordly-wise-wordings.

I had to magic up another two unicorn cutie-pies recently, for a friend-of-a-friend’s girly twins…

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Aren’t they adorable? The little darlings! I almost couldn’t let them go, but I stifled my sniffles and tears and bade them a fond farewell…

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Heart-rending, isn’t dear reader? That must be about twelve wee unicorns I’ve sent out into the world to spread their magic *☆*☆*☆* Bless them all (sigh…)

At least I have my bonny-bunny-boy who I crocheted up a couple of weeks ago. He’s not going anywhere, for he will live forever on my sofa, where he can burrow amongst my many cushions to his little heart’s content…

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Isn’t he a sweetie?

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Hmmm…obviously he has a bit of a cheeky side…

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Ooh, you bad bunny you! Stop your messing about and get back to the sofa this minute!

Still on the crochet theme, I’ve been working on a crocheted cardigan from a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine. It’s the first proper piece of clothing I’ve ever tried to crochet, so I was a bit apprehensive to start with, especially as it is way out of my ‘unicorn-and-other-crocheted-creatures’ comfort zone! The cardi is a seamless construction which you start from one shoulder and work outwards, adding bits on at various odd angles, until it is all crocheted together to form the top half and arm holes. I have to admit that at one stage I had a very strange crocheted shape before me, with odd triangular pieces going off in all directions. I did feel like I was on ‘The Krypton Factor’ or something, as I puzzled over how on earth was this oh-so-strange shape supposed to crochet together to make anything resembling a cardigan??? I diligently followed the pattern however and it was quite magical when my first armhole appeared, not to mention a relief! It does actually look like it might be a cardigan eventually now…

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Did you spot the armholes? So relieved there’s two of them…and on opposite sides of the cardi too, things are looking up! I’m now working on the ribbing along the bottom. I’ve knitted loads of cardigans with ribbing but I never knew you could crochet a ‘rib’ style stitch – I do now…

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Intriguing isn’t it? It looks just like knitted ribbing but it’s not, it’s magic*☆* Well that’s all my arty-crafty sharings for this bloggings dear reader, take care of your lovely self and keep on crafting…

Been Bath, Been Baking, Been Busy!

Well hello there dear reader! Yes indeed I have been to beautiful Bath recently, I have been baking cake and cookies, I have been crocheting and knitting, so I have indeed been busy-busy-busy! First of all I will let you peruse a few pics of my holiday in the beautiful city of Bath; where I of course visited the Roman Baths…

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… where it was just so breathtaking to stand on the terrace with the Abbey in the background, surrounded by tourists from all over the world. Then there was the Abbey itself…

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…with its inspiring stained glass windows…

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…and superb ceiling…

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There was yet more awesome architecture with The Circus…

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…a sensationally spherical street, along with The Royal Crescent…

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…which also had a rather interesting Georgian museum at No.1. So if you are a fan of architecture, as I am, then Bath is right up your street! I also visited the Jane Austen centre, truly inspiring and well worth a visit, but particularly fab for me as I studied Austen’s novels for my English Literature A Level. Plus you also get to dress up in a bit of Austen-like finery if you so wish! Needless to say dear reader, I failed to find my Mr Darcy there…

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Whilst in Bath I also had my first Bath Bun at the Bath Bun Tea Shop…

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…and a famous Sally Lunn Bun at the Sally Lunn teashop, the oldest house in Bath…

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…and the bun is as big as a plate and you have to eat it with a knife and a fork! I had mine with milk jam, which tasted just like salted caramel…mmm…

When I returned to my humble abode I was inspired to do a bit of my own baking so made some sultana cookies and an apricot and almond loaf cake, from my own recipe…

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If anyone would like the recipe just let me know and I’ll endeavour to include it in my next bloggings. As for crochet, I’ve been busy making up a couple of free kits from two of my favourite magazines: Simply Crochet which involved a charming ooh-ooh owl key charm…

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…and Mollie Makes’ cheerful cherries brooch…

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As for knitting, I have just started a lacy snood with some yummy yarn I purchased at the fab ‘Wool Bath’ shop; it’s by Debbie Bliss and is a mix of cotton, silk and linen and yes I can hear you saying “Ooh, sounds pricey!” dear reader, but it was half price in the sale and I only needed 100g for this cute little project…

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Looking lush me thinks, and it’s super-silky-soft too! I also bought a couple of balls of cotton yarn in a rather perfect-pastel-peach…

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…and I’m rather liking the pink and peach together actually, bit like a peach melba! Well I’d better leave you in peace now dear reader, as there has been rather a lot of pics this blog, so you’re probably a bit overcome with all the visual excitement and need to sit down quietly with a cuppa, oh and some cake of course, to restore your inner calm. I shall leave you with a positive pic of a pretty pavement pansy; proof that even the powerful pavement slab can’t prevent the pansy from it’s destiny of bringing prettiness to a grey, grey world…

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Beautifully Bashful Blossom Bunny♡

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Hello there craft lovers! Yes as you can see, I finally plucked up the courage to embroider the facial features of the bunny I have been designing. I think she looks quite pretty and thankfully I didn’t spoil her with scarey-nightmare-inducing features! I also designed a fancy frock for her too; no off-the-peg fashion for this little diva! I’m really pleased with how she has turned out and am planning to use said pattern to crochet more bunnies with different dresses on (couldn’t possibly have two bunnies in the same frock, that just wouldn’t do!) and even a mouse, as I would just have to change the ears and swap the pom-pom tail (yes Blossom Bunny does have a perfect pom-pom tail but I couldn’t possibly show you, for she is far too bashful for that) for a long one. Oh and a pink nose too. Watch this space…

I also decided to hook myself up a little summery phone case: a stripy number with a decorative edging…

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It’s crocheted from a cool cotton yarn and I chose grey and pink simply because I’m loving pastels with greys right now. Talking of pastels with grey, I am also knitting a baby blankie in peach and grey. I’m making up my own pattern for it, which is based on decreasing odd numbers of the four row pattern repeat for double moss stitch towards the centre of the blankie, then the stripes increase in odd numbers towards the opposite end. I’m quite pleased with the stripe effect so far and I’m calling it my mathematical blankie…

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What do you reckon? I’m working on a couple of other blankies at the moment too; you could say dear reader, that I’m having a bit of a blankie-fest here! One of them is a black and white striped number I’m crocheting in treble stitch, which is destined to cover the headboard of my daughter’s bed to match her new bedding…

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I just love working with black and white, I think I just like the stark contrast. Mind you, I’m also loving muchly the ripple blankie I’m crocheting. I chose some blue and green yarn from my stash and didn’t realise until I had crocheted a few ripples, just how much it resembled the ripples of a warm, tropical sea…

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See what I mean? Are you feeling that warm, tropical sea vibe dear reader? Fab isn’t it and I have to say that I am well and truly hooked (pardon the pun) on ripple stitch now, so expect to see more rippled wonders emerging from my yarn stash in the future!

I also have a bit of a ‘thing’ about mandalas and have crocheted a few before from the wonderful Wink’s patterns in Simply Crochet magazine and they can be found in my crochet gallery. Here’s my latest mandala, also from a Wink pattern. I just love all the different crochet stitches you get to try out and all the pretty colours always make me smile. I must doodle a mandala sometime too…

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Talking of doodling dear reader, here’s my latest ink artings: a random patterning of summery orange, pink and green…

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I do so hope you are having a lovely Summer so far dear reader, but don’t stay indoors with your makings, go forth and craft in the sunshine!

Presenting Pedro Penguin, One Chilled-out Chap

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Well hello there dear reader! I do so hope you are in a happy-smiley-sunny frame of mind and that Pedro the Penguin has put you in a laid-back, summer hols kind of mood. He’s crocheted from an amigurumi booklet free with this month’s issue of Simply Crochet magazine and he definately brings a warm, sunny glow to my blog, bless him.

I also had a go at hooking the granny square of the month from the very same issue of Simply Crochet mag; this one’s called Granny Florence…

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Aren’t granny squares fab? I have to confess that I am becoming an little bit addicted to them and the speed with which I completed my teeny-tiny granny square cowl is probably all the evidence you need dear reader, to prove my obesession! I just couldn’t stop crocheting the darling wee bundles of cuteness!

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I know it’s the wrong time of year for woolly cowls and I do hope I haven’t caused you to break out in a sweat dear reader, but I am rather pleased with it and aren’t the amazing little granny squares just adorable? Truly smitten…

I also had a bit of a baking bash in the kitchen this week. First of all I rustled up a yummy-scrummy sweet-treat in the form of my Coconutie-Cakie…

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If you fancy having a bake of my Coconutie-Cakie yourself dear reader, then here is my recipe:

Coconutie-Cakie

Ingredients for the sponge:
6oz soft cooking margarine
6oz castor sugar
6oz self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
3 eggs (beaten)
2oz dessicated coconut
2tbsp milk

Ingredients for the buttercream icing:
8oz icing sugar
3oz cooking margarine
A few drops of vanilla essence
2tbsp milk

Method:
1. Preheat oven to Mark 4/350°F/180°C.
2. Grease 2 sandwich baking tins and dust with flour.
3. Cream the margarine and castor sugar together until pale and fluffy.
4. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, with a spoonful of sieved flour to prevent curdling.
5. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and whisk well.
6. Fold in the coconut, along with the 2 tbsps of milk.
7. Divide the mixture evenly between the two baking tins.
8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and starting to come away from the edges of the tins.
9. Allow to cool on a cooling rack once removed from the tins.
10. Once cool make a buttercream icing and use half the buttercream to sandwich the sponges together and the other half to cover the top.
11. Sprinkle the top with dessicated coconut and then spread the silver balls evenly to form a pretty and pleasing pattern.
12. Now admire your pretty cakie for as long as you can before you devour it! Hopefully not in one sitting…especially not all by yourself…

Well that’s all for this time dear reader chum. Let me know if you have a go at the cakie, or the teeny-tiny granny squares, or even Pedro the penguin, bless him. I’ll leave you with a couple of pics of my other yummy-scrummy baking efforts: cranberry and white chocolate fab flapjacks and oh-so-lush chocolate chunk and hazlenut cookies. Keep on making…

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Fa-la-la! For the Fearlessly Flamboyant Frank the Flamingo!

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Frank definately needs a fanfare, for he is indeed a bit of a vain flapper dear reader! I crocheted him from a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine for my daughter, whilst watching Cary Grant and Doris Day films, as you do… I thought the flamingo thing rather suited the fifties theme and I’m sure Cary and Doris would have been mildly amused. He has been named Frank after the character Frank Moses played by Bruce Willis in the film ‘Red,’ hence the ‘fearlessly flamboyant,’ for dear old Brucie is most definately fearless, is he not? Especially in my favourite Die Hard movies which I have a weakness for and I’m sure he would have a good old chuckle in his grubby white vest at being linked to a pink flamingo…

I have also crocheted up a little teddy-in-a-teacup amigurumi bear from a pattern in the lovely, lovely Mollie Makes magazine. I suspect he’s trying to distract me with his cuteness however, by deliberately posing rather coyly in a teacup just so he can get his grubby paws on my cookies. Too bad little bear, I’m on to you…

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This week I have fallen in love with the granny square once again, after crocheting up a little pastel cutie from Simply Crochet magazine. They take such a tiny time to make, yet are like a burst of colourful cheeriness once completed and always make me smile…

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This one looks a little lonesome though, for granny squares seldom operate alone dear reader, as they are far happier joined together with other fellow granny squares, so I must crochet my solo square a crochet clan soon… I have however discovered something even more smile-inducing than the granny square: the mini granny square! They are sooooo teeny-tiny you just want to weep! I am joining my little mini squares of joy into a jaunty cream and grey cowl, via a Simply Crochet magazine pattern. Be prepared to coo over their sheer tiny cuteness dear reader…

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Aren’t they adorable? My crochet hooks have been well busy lately reader, for I have also made a couple of fruity-fab cool coasters from Simply Crochet magazine for my daughters…

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Fruitilicious are they not dear reader? And oh-so-summery… Of course my knitting needles have not been totally neglected, for another one of my weird-but-wonderful moustachionos appeared this week; meet the one and only Monochrome Mike, complete with a rather dapper and dashing Fred Astaire style white bow tie…

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Well that’s all my makingness for now dear reader, although I have started hooking up another crocheted mandala which I’m rather excited about, but more of that next time. For now I will leave you with a few pretty-pics of flouncy-floweriness I captured on my camera phone, whilst on my wanderings. Farewell dear reader, until my next bloggings and remember: keep on making!

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Thanking Fab Followers!

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Yes thank you dear reader! For unbelievably I reached the giddy heights of having 20 followers of my humble little arty-crafty bloggy thing this week! It is truly heart-warming to know that there are 20 lovely dear reader chums out there. I do hope I can keep you all entertained with my makeryness and crafty adventures, as well as inspiring you to get stuck-in with some creating!

I also have more exciting news dear reader, for I have finally purchased an electric sewing machine! Yes, following my recent exploits with a brand new sewing machine, which rather alarmingly kept sewing all by itself even when my foot was NOT pressing the foot pedal, I now have a much more friendly machine that only sews when I intend it to do so. I am very grateful to the muchly helpful lady at The Exeter Sewing Machine Company http://exetersewing.co.uk who was very patient with me with regards to my foot pedal fears and other ‘issues’!

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I have never owned an electric sewing machine before, having only ever used a hand-operated vintage Singer, so am still in the ‘tentative getting to grips with it’ mode at the moment. So bear with on the sewing front, dear reader! The lovely and talented Jane Foster http://janefoster.co.uk also visited the Exeter Sewing Machine Company this week which is a bit of a coincidence, as the first item I sewed together on my super new sewing machine was the Jane Foster dog sewing kit that came with an issue of the fab Mollie Makes magazine! How spooky is that?!? And here is that rather dashing Daschund..

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Not bad for my first machine sewing me thinks. Talking of Mollie Makes http://www.molliemakes.com the latest issue is just as fab as always and am rather smitten with Monsieur Lapin so have my hook poised ready to crochet the chap forth with…

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Talking of crocheted bunnies (I do so hope you are noticing all these lovely links dear reader) I also hooked up a cutie-pie of a bunny brooch this week from a Simply Crochet magazine pattern http://www.simplycrochetmag.com in prepartion for my Eastery ensemble. So I shall leave you with a Springful pic of my happy-hoppy bunny, as I have some makings to be getting on with and I need to hop to it (sorry)…

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