Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wibbly blanket update and coastal craft room beginnings.

Just a quick few pics of my Coast Ripple blanket in its new home. 

This is/was my daughters bedroom but, as she is pretty much settled in Edinburgh, I am starting to give it a bit of a coastal theme. I've nicked a few bits and bobs from other places (no money to spare as usual) and some of Bethany's stuff is still here, but it's coming together slowly.

It's such a tiny room it's really hard to photograph. For the same reason I don't think my idea of turning it into a craft room really works. It will be good for keeping my various stashes and WIP's in one place though, and a cosy place to dream of all those future projects - once I've got Bethany to clear out a bit more space!!

(Don't worry, dear reader, Bethany knows she's welcome home any time, her bed is still there if she needs it!!)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Wibbly blanket ta-dah!

Here is my recently finished wibbly wobbly blanket, a Christmas present from Malcolm. 
It's the first time I've made a 'one piece' project of this size and although it was great fun I was pleased to finish before the weather got any warmer! Take my word for it, it's very cosy :-)
The pattern is the Coast Ripple Blanket by the awesome Lucy of Attic24 and the pack, complete with pattern and colour order, came from her shop here. The 15 balls of Stylecraft Special DK come in a lovely gauzy bag and it was a joy finding and pulling out each new colour in turn. Once I'd made the long chain and got the first row out of the way it was pretty east to do and very relaxing. Lucy also has a great know-how on here with plenty of helpful pics.
My only problem now is where to display this seasidey loveliness. Anywhere downstairs is out of the question owing to the attraction anything wool has to our Labrador's hair! Our plan was to put it on our bed but as it's only a single size it looks a bit lost, even draped sideways along the bottom. I think I might use it on my daughter's single bed as a first step in turning the room into a coastal themed craft room now that she's pretty much left home. 
I'll take and post some photos when I get the chance so you can see what you think. Meanwhile, for better images than I could ever take, check out Lucy's on the links above.
Oh, by the way my mum is making the Cottage Ripple Blanket and it's equally yummy!!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Keep on keeping on!

Egads, I can't believe I haven't posted since August!
It's no surprise really after failing miserably with my Summer hols 30 day challenge. I put it down to the fact that I'd done most of the big stuff (cancelling expensive cover, insurances etc. changing suppliers and working out debt reduction plans) ages ago. Most things that I looked into when doing the challenge I'd either already done or weren't viable for me.
Ah well, I'll keep on keeping on!
This month has been particularly hard as I got paid earlier than usual in December and wasn't able to be sensible enough to hang onto it. Today, as it's still 5 sleeps until pay day, I decided to swell the lunch boxes with some fruit scones made from store cupboard ingredients.

These little beauties used up the last of a bag of supermarket basic mixed fruit. I used a different type of sugar, marge instead of butter and ordinary milk instead of buttermilk. Sorry about that Delia, but I'm sure they will all disappear very quickly anyway!!