Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Oh dear, very late again I've created my February digital page. These pages are really just for me to remember my year but making myself post them here does at least mean I get them done before December! This is my third year of creating monthly review pages and I do so enjoy looking back at 2012 and 2013 that I really wish I'd started earlier - 2000, the new millenium would have been good but I can't see that happening now!
Anyway, St David's Day and the daffodil brooch project kept me very busy in the run up to 1st March and I'm very happy to report that so far I have raised about £90 for cancer charities selling my brooches. I still have a few orders coming in so I'm carrying on through March in support of the Marie Curie Daffodil appeal. If any of my lovely blog readers would like a brooch just leave me a comment.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Its a beautiful morning here in Wales and we are celebrating St David's Day - and the first day of Spring (according to the BBC Weather department anyway). I've been fiddling about with Hama beads recently and made this heart wreath to represent daffodils - our national flower.
I can't remember where I found this cookery book from the long gone Wales Gas Board. Published in 1957 but I just love the graphics - including the Welsh lady version of the famous Mr Therm! Here are a couple of traditional recipes from the book.
I love the illustrations so much I'll probably share a few more pages in the next few days - anyone fancy a slice of Slapsan Sir Fon (Anglesey cake)!
Monday, 24 February 2014
Its St David's Day on Saturday next here in Wales and I've been busy with my crochet hook and our national flower - the daffodil. When I was little we were more likely to make paper leeks, the other emblem of Wales. They were easy - a roll of white paper crayoned green at the top, fringed carefully with a scissors and attached to your jumper with a safety pin. We made them in school and there was usually an Eisteddfod too.
I don't know whether its coincidence but the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, whose emblem is also the daffodil, usually has a fund raising period at this time of year - is it just in Wales? I don't know. However a couple of people asked whether I would be making daffodils following on from my Remembrance Sunday poppy making marathon last year. And I thought why not. I've made about 30 so far, which will make a nice little sum for the charity if they are all sold.
And luckily the earliest daffs in the garden have decided its time to come out too - always a joyful sight. It won't be long before every town and village in the UK is decorated with daffodils on verges and roundabouts but the first in my garden are always special and are duly recorded with my camera.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
I've finished my Nordic Shawl - I was hoping to finish it during our short break away two weeks ago but it didn't happen. I found the shawl pattern on Annette's gorgeous blog My Rose Valley and it seems to have become rather an obsession with many crocheters. I'm a bit obsessed myself and am already planning my next shawl.
So I had to add lots of extra rows and stitches to the pattern - which in case you need to know, was absolutely no problem at all apart from it taking a lot more time to complete my shawl. The colours for the striped panel were also skeins of various 2ply and 3ply yarns I've collected.
Do take a look at Annette's blog - even if you are not a fan of crochet it will make your mouth water!
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
We're battening down the hatches here in North Wales as the storm rages outside. No one wants to venture out unless absolutely unavoidable! Happily I'm in no danger of floods, but if you can't get to the shops to buy a Valentine's rose for your special other you might be able to make one of my pom pom roses (or even a bunch) instead - yes, pom pom mania is still going strong in my house!
Hopefully you'll have everything you need at hand or something very similar. I used a Clover pom pom maker and dark red acrylic yarn for my pom pom - you can use the old cardboard ring method (video here) or even just your hands and a scissors - here's a great video showing you how. You can even make them in bulk - Flax & Twine show how here - I haven't tried it but this method looks like fun!
Once you have your pom pom find a wooden kebab stick (really cheap in the supermarket) or a twig from the garden and push the pointy end through the centre of the pom pom. I cut the sharp point off the kebab stick once it was through. I used a hot glue gun to put a blob on the end of the stick and pushed the yarn strands into it to attach. I threaded on stamped office tags and tied green raffia under the pom pom to represent leaves. You could use felt or even just green card to make leaves and hand write a message instead.
Well the electricity has just gone off so I'll finish and find some candles now before the laptop battery dies. Hope you are safe where you are and keep warm!
Friday, 31 January 2014
Yes, its been wet, wet, wet! But at last I have decided on my monthly photo page design for the year. This time I'm going for double page spreads. It will mean my I can use rectangles instead of squares for my photos which I think is better for me as I use an ordinary pocket digital camera not a phone. Of course the double page is not as good for blogging but as always you can right click on the image and open in another tab if you want a closer look.
So here is January - its not been as bad here inland in North Wales as in other areas, although there was damage on the coast 20 miles away. The worst effects for me were not being able to clear the mess in the garden as its so soggy, and being ankle deep in mud when I go walking in the fields. But I count myself lucky that those are my only complaints.
I bought my templates from Jennifer Hignite at These Little Wonders. She has lots of other great designs if you fancy your own review. I treat mine like a pictorial diary and really enjoy looking back on my months and years.
Thursday, 30 January 2014
I've a great liking for embroideries of the first half of the 20th century - especially the Art Deco stylised designs of the 1930s. Some years ago I found a lovely book by Kathleen Mann, Applique Design and Method published in 1937, and recently I picked up two more of her titles. I'm now really fired up to start on another embroidery project myself.
I tried an applique felt and embroidered picture a year or so ago - a design I found in a 30s embroidery magazine, and I really enjoyed working it. I must get round to doing something with it; frame it or make a cushion or something.
Looking through photos of the cottage interior I've a feeling there'll be plenty of design inspiration to get me going. Hope I'll have something to show you when I get back. And if you happen to fancy a break at Ty Unnos too, its on special offer for the month of February. I can't wait!