Thursday, 29 April 2010

Busy week!

This week has been very busy for me, especially the weekend. On sunday i made an afternoon tea party for me, James and Rosie. It was delicious if i do say so myself!!! we had egg sandwiches, cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches, rosemary scones with cream cheese and parma ham, lemon shortbread and a victoria sponge washed down with some earl grey tea. I started making it at 8am and worked non stop until we sat down to eat it at 4.30pm. I actually thought it would be easy to do!! It was worth all the hard work though as it tasted lovely.
I have been busy crocheting too, and have been busy making 'Apple Jackets' which are now for sale in my Folksy and Etsy shops. They are really funky and i have really enjoyed making them, and even James has been taking his work apple in a red one i made just for him! Now i have made the pattern for the apple jackets i can get cracking on the crocheted food i have been dying to get around to.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Food glorious food!!!

That is what i shall be crocheting next - an assortment of sweet treats such as donuts and cupcakes, i am planning on coming up with a really good cupcake pattern (i nearly typed recipe then!)and then decorating it in fancy beads and other things to make it look like it has loads of sprinkles. I have got into the cupcake thing recently as it is soon Rosies 6th birtday and i have ordered a gorgeous cupcake book which is full of the most amazing cupcakes you could imagine (i am salivating at the thought of them...)and what better way to try to keep the inches off the waistline than to crochet them instead of eating them. In the photo is the little cutie i made last year.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Ta da!!

At last - Mario mushrooms complete, you will have to excuse the rubbish pictures the light was quite bad as i haven't got access to my usual picture taking spot! I will be taking pictures for Folksy and etsy tomorrow i think, so i can get these bad boys for sale in my shops. I am thinking of selling them as a complete set of 4 and also selling them individually incase there is a particular mushroom that people want.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Nearly there......

With thoes blasted mario mushrooms!! i have completed the 'power up' (red with white spots), 'super mega' (yellow with red spots) and 1-up (green with white spots) and only have 'super mini' (tiny one which is blue with white spots) to go! i am really happy with how they have turned out and in my own, James and Rosies[slightly biased] opinion they are marvellous.Rosie even has one on her bookshelf!
Well, i actually went ahead and had my haircut!! i haven't been to the hairdressers in years and wasn't quite sure what to expect - a few of my friends had advised me to have it done at a really good salon the first time to make sure it is spot on and then to find somewhere else a bit cheaper for the upkeep. I had decided that i was due a radical change, as i have been bored with my hair for years, it was halfway down my back and i always had it tied back as it is so thick and heavy. I was also a bit fed up with the colour, which is my natural dark brown. I am now the owner of a short dark blonde bob - which i am absolutely thrilled with, it is sooooo easy to style and looks great without much effort. I was at the hairdressers for nearly 4 hours and must admit that i nearly collapsed when i went to pay and it came to the tune os £161!! but even James said it was worth it.
We had a fabulous day at the zoo last Thursday and i came away with lots of ideas for some more amigurumi (now the dreaded mushrooms are out of the way!) i am thinking of making a tiger, which was Rosies favourite animal there - she even had her face painted as a tiger bless her - she looked so cute doing her scary tiger face!! x (the photo was pre-haircut in case you were wondering!)

Tuesday, 6 April 2010


I am super tired today, my husband and i walked 7 miles around a dam today as part of my get fitter regime. It was hard going, especially when i looked at the map and found we were only a quarter of the way round, after wht felt like we had walked for ages! we took Hamish wth us and bless him, he was absolutely exhausted (i suppose it's a long way to go when your legs are only about 3 inches long!) he had a right old adventure amongst the moorland though and was the happiest i have ever seen him! Looking at him now though - he is fast asleep on the chair next to me!
I am struggling a bit with my mario mushrooms, trying to get the caps to fit the stalk is proving harder than i first thought and was getting a bit frustrated with them before, but i will persevere and am sure i will get there in the end.
I have been looking through a a book i brought a while ago about making fabric flowers and have been busy designing some corsages that i may have a go at making when i get round to it (i think the mushrooms will be the death of me!) i will post pictures of them when they are finished.
I will be heading off to the shops tomorrow to buy some things to make a picnic with as we are off to Chester Zoo on Thursday and i can't wait (i think i'm more excited than Rosie). I have always loved the zoo, and used to make James take me even before we had Rosie. I am hoping to be inspired by some of the animals i see to give me some more amigurumi ideas!!

Monday, 5 April 2010

Mario Mushrooms

After yet more agonising on what to make next - i have decided to crochet some supermario mushrooms!!!!! Rosie is totally addicted to the game and plays it for hours on her ds, so what better to make than a 1-up, power up, super mega and super mini mushroom. I will be strting these a bit later on today and will post piccies on completeion!
I hope you have had a good easter - i decided to make a bakewell tart the other day to last us through as a bit of a treat, but unfortuantely it only lasted about 12 hours thanks to James (i can't blame him - it was delicious!) - i think i will be making another one soon.....