Sunday, 13 April 2014

Happenings

Thank you all for visiting and your comments on us trying to sell our home. Well you won't believe it but our second viewer put in an offer which we accepted and our offer was accepted on the 1930's home we wanted and voila....the deal was done!

It all seems too good to be true really and it's still a long way off, but we are counting our blessings and moving forward with the lawyers and mortgage company etc (all the dead boring necessary stuff). So, I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime we have made our home messy again with just living in it and I have been absorbed in crochet craftiness. I am running a little workshop for beginners in my friends art studio where she teaches art classes. The same place I made my needle felted hen at the end of March. To prepare I have been rolling out loads of little balls of colourful mostly Stylecraft yarn so that I can teach everyone how to make a basic granny square.

I am feeling a little nervous about teaching people how to crochet, I learnt from my mum and am no expert. I am going to try and make the experience full of fun and hope to install a real passion for this craft. It has also given me the opportunity to make loads of different granny squares to use as examples. I have had a bit of an addiction going on in the past couple of weeks...

I made a granny cushion to hopefully inspire them to make one and will be taking a few of my other granny square projects and blankets along to inspire the makers to keep going. I eventually sewed the buttons on my cushion this afternoon and rather like the end product.

Here is the cushion buttonless...

And now with buttons...

I used different colours on both sides and just loved making this simple but pretty thing. I have decided that Nothing but,Nothing beats a good old granny square :o)

Other than that it's all been about getting out on the weekends and enjoying the good weather we have been having, oh and some gin and pink lemonade!

How about you lovely people? What have you been up to lately?

xox

See you soon

 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Selling up

Hello dearest blog




I really have not been particularly attentative lately, been far too busy working and tidying and cleaning up our home with the view to putting it on the market. Stressful having to do all the paper work and having a proper spring clean and throw out to pretend that we live clutter free which is not the case! Amazing how when you are selling your home you almost have to create an illusion of not living in your home!







It was a good opportunity for me to sort out all my fabric bits in the loft where I have an old Victorian wooden chest full to the brim of fabrics and where I normally do my sewing in the Spring and Summer. It was really rewarding to give a lot away to charity shops too hoping that they will find happy homes to be recycled in.








It was also good fun finding things that I have made and have forgotten about in amongst my sewing bits and bobs.







I am quite keen to sew a few African fabric skirts this Spring, my wonderful mum packaged some beautiful navy African fabrics over to me which I received the other day. Will show you when they are made, I will have to jog my memory on how to insert a zip again.







I am actually enjoying having a rather neat and tidy home, not that we are very untidy normally, but we do live in our home it certainly ain't a museum!







I am feeling a bit nostalgic about potentially leaving our terraced Victorian home, with all it's beautiful character and original features...but am very excited about the 1930's home that we are hoping to purchase. We'll see what happens and no doubt I will log our progress here.

Hope you are well and enjoying the longer and lighter northern hemisphere days and maybe doing a little bit of spring cleaning yourself?

See you all soon

xox

 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

My Easter hen and other makes

Happy Mothers day to all you precious mums out there, I hope you get thoroughly spoilt and looked after on this celebratory day! I have found a little window in my day to post about my needle felting workshop I went on last Saturday. The aim was to make an Easter hen. I have never needle felted before and I was excited to learn a new crafting technique as I have always admired the beautiful things that can be made with this material.

It all began with a hairy, woolly ball and some very sharp barbed needles and a lot of stabbing and shaping which was a great stress release!


Then we got to admire and choose from lots of woolly colours



And learnt how to shape wings and make polka dots and flat pieces of felt to make my hens crown and tail.


And so, my Easter hen Harriet was born...




Everyone's hens turned out differently and it was wonderful to see how each one of the 5 of us made different hens from the same materials.



We got to bring out little starter kits home and I have made a polka dot heart since then. I hope this will be the beginning of a beautiful crafting relationship :o)

Lastly I thought I would show you what little pins (and an extra crochet covered pebble)I made for my blog swap with Hannapat of Cosmos and Cotton organised by the lovely Jo of Three Stories High




You can see the gorgeous gifts I received from Hannapat in my previous post of collages. I love this sweet blogging community of generous and loving people.

Have a wonderful Mothering Sunday everyone
xox
Penny

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Goodbye March

Is it really heading towards the end of March? It all feels like it's been rather busy for me and doesn't seem to be getting any easier and I don't think I will be blogging as much as I would like to in the coming weeks as we are hoping and praying that we might be able to sell our wee house for another lovely home we have found. I will try and pop in as much as I can, but work has become more manic and there just never seems to be enough hours in the day does there? Hey oh, the sun is shining here on the south east Coast and I am loving hanging my washing out and airing the house with fresh sun kissed breezes.

Here are some of my Instagram pics from March to show you a little of what I have been up to...

I am doing a little crochet a granny square workshop at the end of April and so have been rolling lots of little balls of different coloured balls of yarn and making sample granny squares to show and explain the process

We have been taking advantage of the Spring sunshine and having tea beside the sea

Playing with pretty pastel buttons

Sipping pink lemonade for a sore throat and tidying up the house to have photos taken by the estate agent

Finishing off my March read for #theyearinbooks whilst drink love mugs of tea


Treating myself to a pretty ceramic birdy necklace and beginning to crochet a jute bag which is rather stiff and ouch fingers to make, but hopefully worth it in the end :o)


Doing a fun swap organised by Jo and swapping with Hannapat, it was so delightful to get happy snail mail with Easter chocolates, little CK soaps and not one, but two handmade pins from Hannapat. Thank you so much it really was a delight to come home to see the package waiting for me.

Last, but not least my funny little needle felted Easter hen I made last Saturday which was great fun and I will show you more in my next post, together with some chopping up of fabrics and enjoying the beauty of crochet doilies


I do hope you are enjoying the warmth and energy the sun is giving us at the moment and thank you always for popping in

xox

Happy Days!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

A few good things

Life can be frantic sometimes and This last week has left me feeling rather squeezed from all angles, wrung out is how I feel this Saturday morning. Despite this, I cannot imagine a week going buy without seeing the beauty, the beauty of my world and what helps me through the messy stuff. So, here are a few of my good things to remind me that I can cope with whatever comes my way.


Pretties growing in our little space

Pretties growing in our little space

Alice and all her rehearsals for her show

A new exhibition on at the De la Warr Pavilion

Enjoying cups of tea by the sea in the sunshine, oh the glorious sunny shine I do love you so

And a spot of baking brownies with my girl

Making more pretties

Admiring Alice's wrapping a little box to gve a ring to her friend for her 13th birthday

And last but not least admiring some beautiful colour and pattern

I hope you have been able to see and experience a few good things too? Here's wishing you all a wonderful weekend, I am off to my very first needle felting workshop this afternoon which I hope to share with you

xox