New beginnings, out with the old (respectfully) x

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that I’m writing from a different place (no, really, not just metaphysically) than my previous blog. Just before Christmas, the time came to find a platform that fitted what I wanted to do, and focus on both the words and bright, shiny images with equal weight. So, here…

Calming down in January….

I get to the other side of New Year’s and want to get rid of the glitz and glitter. This doesn’t make me a scrooge -I’ve LOVED Christmas. I just want some calm. And vegetables. And less cake. I get drawn to calm, grey, soothing things, which is odd for me being a colour-fiend and…

A Woolly Christmas and a Hooky New Year xx

Pic: Natasha Gash @ Sophie’s Smile Christmas Fair 2014 My hook has warped with work this year, and it’s really begun to take off! I am utterly grateful to the crochet monsters in my neck of the words who have embraced the bright (often tacky) madness of what comes out of my workbag, and really helped…

Holy Cow(l) Batman! (Making a Cowl: The Basics)

So these are appearing a lot now that Autumn is on us (and Spring if you’re the other side of the world and it’s chilly too)… With kids they make that ‘wear a scarf’ thing so much easier -to loose ends, harder to get lost, no knotting thing that’s uncomfortable. I know there are a…

Chunky Crochet MacBook Cover…

Like Apple but not the generic plastic covers? Or don’t have the budget for a super-swanky leather effort (even though we’d all love one really?) At the end of the day I needed something to protect my new laptop from scratches, dust and damage, so I headed to Craftdays in Saffron Walden to pick up…

Making a week…

This week has been about the making -I still can’t get the balance right between actually producing stuff and blogging/etsy-ing and doing the research you need to get going! That, and I had to remake the little kitty cats made earlier in January as good old Royal Mail has them ‘somewhere’ over the Atlantic…grrr. So…

A Wintery Weekend…

We spent last weekend back home, enjoying the snow. Why not? Nostalgic and possibly a tad rose tinted (my feet were bloomin’ freezing) but not a panic buy or crazy driving experience in sight. x

January Days…

They’re not so bad…It’s getting colder (finally) with the chance of snow that makes this whole winter thing a bit more worthwhile. Some of this week sucked -grumpy baby, manic cleaning (trying to sell the house with two small children in it is a challenge) and trying to get some work done too. But then Thursday…

Blowing Away the Cobwebs…

So happy 2013 -we started the year with a walk on Studland Beach, which after several days of being locked in with rain, was long overdue and did the trick! Hope you like the photos, one of my many New Year’s Revolutions is to work on the camera-snappery…x

Mrs Beeton’s Christmas…No pressure then!

This was a from my sister-in-law in a charity bookshop, to add to the collection of Mrs Beeton books…The week before christmas this a) makes me feel quite festive, which hasn’t happened previously, despite -or perhpas because of- battling the crowds on Friday to try and get all the presents, and b) makes me panic a…

A pinch of spice and all things nice…

So after a couple of weeks of trying to track down Pumpkin Spice mix in the UK, and subsequently realising it would cost me at least £20 to import some, I figured there had to be an easier way! Having cross-referenced several pie recipes and with a little trial and error (and plenty of sneezing) this…