Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas cake 2011

I didn't realise I hadn't posted anything since July!  That's dreadful, but life has just kind of got in the way again.  I'll try to do better in 2012.  I've been making loads of crochet/knitted stuff, but I just haven't had the time to take pics or do any blogging (anyone using Picasa to upload pics having the same trouble as me?  It just refuses to work, I don't know why).

I wasn't going to do my usual cake this year, but I started out with the marzipan and a box of coloured icing, and about 5 hours later I'd forgotten I wasn't doing anything fiddly this year!  Here's the result - I try to make my family smile when I turn up with a surprise decoration on the cake.  I think this one worked......and I had fun making it :-)

Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year to all my friends out there in blogland.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I haven't been around for a while, but I'm back now IF Picasa and Blogger will work.  Anybody else having trouble?  It's driving me insane telling me the security certificate isn't valid, and Picasa refuses to upload photos straight to Blogger. Grrrrrr

Anyhow, after a pretty traumatic time lately, I've been in Portugal for a lovely break.  It was an, erm, interesting break to say the least - with spooky goings on among other things.  I don't recommend anybody sprays fly spray and then shuts the door and has a nice warm bath by the way - it makes you feel VERY ill!  What an idiot, I should know better, and I do! Good job I can laugh about it now.

Well, true to form I had to make some Diabolical Doilies, but no beading this time around.  I took some lovely Lanarte cross-stitch with me to do for a change (I managed to sew my dress to that too!) but I didn't get very far.  In fact, I'm not quite sure what I did manage to achieve other than reading a fair few books and some crochet.

So, this year's Diabolicals are coming up :-)

I did make a couple of filet crochet mats too.  Not quite sure what happened to the pic of the second one, but here's the other - it's quite large (would fit a large tray) and took the best part of 5 days to do.

Forgot about these!  Just seen them in my album.  I was just fiddling about with the threads I had and decided to make a few coasters and a bigger version to put under a bowl.

I think that's about it.  I'm sure there's other stuff lying around I've forgotten to take pics of.  
And finally, just when you think the hols can't get any weirder, in the middle of nowhere in the Portuguese countryside, what else would suddenly appear trying to get a drink out of the pool?
Well, obviously it's a very tame budgie.  What else?  We managed to catch it and it now has a nice new home along with another rescued budgie :-)

Bye for now!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Trying again

I've given up trying to get Picasa to post pics to Blogger - the "fix" they say works just plain DOESN'T.  Grrrrr.  If this method works, I'll try to repost the pics from the previous post!

So, to test out another way of doing it, here're a few pics of some earrings I fiddled about with last week.  The bigger ones are made with regular #11 seed beads, and the smaller ones with #15s.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A weird week

I'm having a bit of a weird week - no change there then! I didn't know gardening was hazardous - I managed to pop something in my back and pinch my finger in the cutters all in the space of an hour on Saturday. I've been stuck at home ever since trying to move about slowly but with a lot of grunting and groaning like an old lady. Anyhow, I had some physio today and it's a bit easier so fingers crossed it'll ease up a bit now and I can get back to work - minus the hot water bottle stuffed down my trousers, lol.  Then my laptop did very weird things and I thought it'd died - black screen, white screen, wouldn't switch on or off.  I unplugged it, took the battery out and let it sulk in the corner overnight.  It seems to be playing nicely again now though so I thought I'd do a blog post while the going's good.

So, stuck on the sofa, I got some beads out and had another play - the pattern is from Beadwork Feb/Mar 11 issue but I adapted the beads and style a bit. It's a modified St Petersburg stitch, which is really simple once you get the hang of it. The finished necklace is about 17" long and drapes quite nicely. The green version was made with 1.3mm cubes and the red one with ordinary #11 seed beads - both work well.

Right, off to walk around for a while - I'm told it's good for me, but it might take me some time to launch myself off the sofa :-)

Edited to add:  the week gets weirder - Blogger ate my pics so I hope they're here now.  Grrrrrr.

Edited again 3rd April - Blogger and Picasa have an "issue" which supposedly is fixed.  IT'S NOT, grrrrr.  You can't upload multiple pics and you can't edit the html code as they suggest, because the code they tell you to edit isn't there.  Anybody else having this problem?  It's driving me insane.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Busy beading (mostly)

Too many things on the go keeping me busy, but this one had to be ready for tomorrow for my Mum's birthday. The pattern was in the Feb/Mar 11 issue of Beadwork magazine and was easier to make than I thought it would be (even though it was fiddly and took a bit of getting used to as it's a lonnnng time since I got round to any serious beading).
Anyhow, the result is a bracelet for Mum, made with Toho and Miyuki seed and delica beads and Swarovski crystals in the middles and for the button. Sorry the pics aren't up to much - photography is NOT my strongpoint - but I hope you get the general idea :-)

I ought to show you these cute little pieces, found at the Antiques & Collector's fair in Brighton a couple of weeks ago. Lizzie came over from Hastings (EXPERT bootfair rummager/collector, so she led the way) and we spent a fun couple of hours rooting about. We spotted these - one little crochet hook and one, erm, prodder I suppose you'd call it (although I have no clue what it's actually for) with mother-of -pearl handles which aren't split anywhere (which I'm told is good) - and I was busy admiring them when Lizzie stepped in and bought them. I had no clue she was buying them for me, so I came away very chuffed.

I'm mid-way through crocheting another ruffle cushion (that'll be 4) and trying to knit, yes knit a corgi. I can't say as I'm enjoying that corgi very much - it looks more like a dinosaur to me at the moment - but it's another one to add to my CV I suppose, lol. Before anybody thinks my plot has gone even further into hiding, the corgi is for a Royal Wedding window display in my friend's wool shop, and not just something I've decided to do at random :-)  TTFN
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Crochet bits

I've done a fair bit of crochet lately, just haven't got round to blogging about it.  Just a couple of bits to show so far - camera battery has died and the light has gone now.  Never mind, maybe it'll inspire me to take more pics another day and blog a bit more often :-)

So, first up is a baby blanket I did for somebody at work - they knew it was going to be a boy so I chose blues but tried to lighten it up with yellow and green.  It's the same pattern as here, but I didn't join this one as I went (wish I had!) and it's amazing how the dark outer colour changes the look of the whole thing.  I didn't like the look as much when it was sewn together so I did a raised join in light blue - gave it a nice textured finish.

After that, I was fiddling about with some ancient wool (which kept breaking it was so old) and found a ruffle cushion I wanted to have a go at.  Mum spotted it and asked if I'd make her one - next thing I know I had a bag of new wool to play with so I had to abandon mine immediately and play with the new stuff :-)
Here's the end result - same cushion, just different light.  The last pic is probably the nearest to the true colour.

I'm sitting here trying to remember what else I've made but forgotten to photograph - will have a root about this week and see what I can find.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seen on a mug, and makes me smile

I try to please at least 
one person a day

Today isn't your day
tomorrow's not looking 
too good either


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