Friday, December 23, 2011

So much to catch up on...

Well it has been an age since my last post and that is due to just the sheer amount of time that has to go on all the other things in life like work, children, socialising with friends not on your doorstep, trying to make stuff for Christmas presents or the home and leaving the Blog life till the very last.

Since the last time I posted I have managed to have a WOO-HOO moment in finally finishing my Granny Stripe blanket!!!  Hurrah!  It has been gracing my bed as an extra snuggle layer since it's completion and getting daily praise from its creator on how lovely it is!! 
 The slight frill to the edging was a complete fluke really but I quite liked it.  Considering it was my first time on creating an edging, anyway!
 Check out all those rows of lovely, colourful stripey-ness!
 Had to do an inner roll-up shot...
...and an outside roll-up shot - all the "pros" seem to do this! LOL!

Did I mention little peoples' birthday celebrations as one of the significant reasons for delays in appearing on Blog-land?  Well youngest one had his birthday party as a shared "do" with 2 other friends and we made a Hungry Caterpillar themed cake...

 40 iced cupcakes later with added frosting and glittery green sparkles and we were ready to assemble..
 My friend and mum to one of the other boys made the head of the caterpillar...

...we were quite proud of our efforts!

I have also been busy making some Christmas decorations, one of them being for the lovely Hazel who was my Christmas swap partner from Hooking with LaLa's idea for a swap (see side button). The idea and pattern comes from a great book "Scandinavian Stitches" by Kajsa Wikman. I LOVE this book! I've probably had it for more than 6 months  and have had a "To Make" list for ages. Finally achieved 2 projects from the book. One of them being these quirky little angels...

 Above is the front view of the angel made for Hazel...
 ...and back view!  And this was the state of the room in which these creations were made!!

Luckily, this is a spare guest room/craft room, so I am able to leave the mess and just close the door although I do have to make sure the littlest tinker in the house doesn't go in and fiddle with all the sharp pins and scissors!

I think Hazel likes it and I hope she (the angel not Hazel!) is hanging happily from her Christmas tree.

I have since made 3 more of these and did change the hair once I'd found some linen thread.  One has gone to my sister to grace her tree in sunny Cape Town and the other 2 are hanging around my house.  I may just do a blog give away in the new year and include one of them!?

And finally, to end my long post, I received my fantastic Christmas Swap goodie parcel from Hazel early December and was completely bowled over by the enclosed loveliness...

 Above is the box just opened (with great excitement and trepidation actually)...
 The array of lovely goodies including a homemade decorations and we had both agreed on a home baked item...
 Close-ups of some of the goodies...
 ...and I've wanted one of those lovely Ness corsages!!!
 Absolutely scrummy tiffin which I nibbled at during play time tea breaks and whilst marking stories!!!  Kept my going I can tell you, Hazel but I'm sure I'm a few pounds heavier as a result!!
And a lovely handmade heart hanging on my dinky tree in the hallway greeting all our guests!  Thank you, thank you Hazel!  And I'm sorry it has taken me so long to share your thoughtful goodness and kindness with the people of Blogshere!

Merry Christmas to you all out there.  Lots of happy wishes and festive fun to all!


  1. Oh, I still have to do my lovely post dedicated to yours...I have nothing to transfer my photographs with! I am so glad you enjoyed your lovely goodies!

    And your granny stripe, hurrah its finished and it looks fantastic!!

    Have a wonderful christmas, only one more sleep until opening presents!!

  2. I love how your granny stripe looks! I think the edging is fab :) What pattern did you use for it?
    Have a lovely Christmas!

  3. Hi Jo - you won my giveaway. Please could you email me your address.

    Many thanks, Gillian x


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