Monday, 30 August 2010

Pretty Postcards

Whilst on the hunt for postcards today for my first PostCrossing, I found this sweet little card just for me! Image from 1973
I just need to get a funky frame for it now, I rather like these ones, especially the pink, yellow and blue...Image from weheartit

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Flea Market Finds

I had a little mooch around the charity shops in Wolverhampton on Tuesday, and found this very sweet little chap...
Isn't he a cutie?! I have a bit of a deer collection going now, here are two of the others...For more flea market finds pop on over to see lovely Sophie Isobel!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Shopping List Saturday

I love writing letters. I have noticed on my shopping trips lately that I can find lots of lovely note cards, but it's pretty hard to find really nice writing paper for really long letters (they're my favourite kind!). So this week my shopping list is all about pretty paper... Stationary Set - Swirly Ivy by wevegotpaper
Bunting Flag Stationery Set by robayreBookish Owl Too Mini Letter Writing Set by StephanieFizerVintage boxed stationery set with 36 writing sheets and 23 envelopes by PinkPretties

It concerns me that this abundance of note cards but lack of writing paper may be a symptom of people not writing letters anymore. I love letters, and the excitement of hearing what my lovely friends are up to. I'd like more pen pals!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

My Creative Space

This week I have been playing with a new toy, a Tunisian Crochet Hook! I'm getting along pretty well with it so far, I've decided to make a throw blanket, I'm going to make lots of long strips and I'll sew them together at the end. It's nice to learn something new!


For more Creative Spaces, pop on over to see Kootoyoo

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Readings...

I looked forward to 'freedom' for the entire last six months of my degree, and one of the things that I really longed for was time to sit and read! So this is my reading list from the summer so far, it's been pretty good!

July - "Twilght" by Stephenie Meyer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Poe Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

"Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day" by Winifred Watson

"The Bridges of Madison County" by Robert James Waller

August - "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" by John Boyne

"Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier

"The Behaviour of Moths" by Poppy Adams

"Alice Hartley's Happiness" by Philippa Gregory

"My Summer of Love" by Helen Cross

"My Life with Dylan Thomas: Double Drink Story" by Caitlin Thomas

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Sometimes It's Worth Having a Sleepless Night...

Last Sunday we both had a bout of insomnia, and having been awake from 4.30am, we gave in at 7am and decided to go on the hunt for a cup of tea. We didn't find tea but we did find ourselves at Lake Vyrnwy. It's a beautiful lake which supplies the water to Liverpool, having done some geeking up on it I found that the dam was started in 1881 and opened in 1910, and building the dam involved flooding a village called Llanwddyn.As well as the Lake and the dam, there is a beautiful sculpture park, it's surrounded by trees and mountains, it's quite lovely.This is looking back at the path we took down to the sculpture parkAnd a tiny house that was tucked under some trees. Even the tiniest person couldn't fit through those little doors! The house is by a Welsh artist called Irene Brown. There were also lots of little clusters of mushrooms. In the strange early morning sunlight it was really quite a magical place. And right by the car park, overlooking the sculpture park was this gorgeous house (which I really want to live in!). I loved the granny blanket on the bench, it would be a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.

It was just the kind of peaceful little wander around that I needed, the fresh air was just the thing to clear away some cobwebs.

Flea Market Finds

My Flea Market Find this week is this gorgeous mirror. It was from the same little shop as my lovely sewing box, they have the best stuff! The little beaded lantern was from a charity shop, quite a while ago. They're both hanging up in my living room.
For more Flea Market Finds stop on over to see Sophie Isobel!

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Shopping List Saturday

Inspired by the Autumnal air that's creeping in, here is my cozy Saturday Shopping List!GREEN Cabled fingerless gloves by homelab Handmade Ruffled Neckwarmer Scarf, The Lemon Lime Muff by MegnificentCo
the BRANT cable BERET in eggplant by yarnovermovement Green Garden Shawl Crochet by filofashion
Lots of lovely coziness!

Funky Foot Stool!

I started a new project today! I picked up this pudgy footstool on Thursday from a hospice shop in Wolverhampton...It's really pretty ugly, the brown top is weird textured vinyl, and to be honest it's seen better days, but it was perfect for what I wanted it for; I've started working on a cover to cheer it right up! I got the idea from the shape of a crochet bag I was making, so I have been keeping my eye out for something that would work!
This is where it's up to so far, and I plan to put a fabric covered button in the centre. I hope it's going to look good!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

My Creative Space

I'm a teensy bit early, but here is my creative space! I know that I adopted a very sassy knitting machine only a couple of weeks ago, but I found a very lovely Singer knitting machine in a charity shop this morning and couldn't leave it behind! It was still in the box, with all the bits and bobs still in bags, and came with the instruction book! It was a real bargain too, only £10 (sponsored by my lovely hubby, thank you hubby!). So this afternoon I have been playing with it, and finally got it knitting.
It's quite hard to cast on properly, even with the book. My first swatch was full of holes and eventually jumped right off the needles (no idea how it happened...), but eventually I got going with this;
I even got a bit adventurous and started putting in some stripes!

The casting off was a bit tricky, and the one corner is a little mangled up, but I'm really quite pleased with my efforts! Going to have another go at it tomorrow, possibly with some double knit!

For more creative spaces pop on over to kootoyoo

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Flea Market Finds

This is one of my favourite Flea Market Finds ever! I found this little lovely on Thursday and the second I saw it I knew it was coming home with me.

I can't wait to fill it with all of my sewing and knitting bits and bobs, but it needs a bit of airing before I pop everything in there, it's a little musty!

There's no official Flea Market Finds over at Her Library Adventures this week, but Sophie Isobel's blog is so lovely that it's worth popping over anyway!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Books Books Books!

It would seem that the typical English rainy weather is going to persist and so I have the perfect excuse to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and some lovely summer reading! I picked up these books this morning on a charity shop jaunt, and I can't wait to get started on them.

Shopping List Saturday

This week feels like a purple week! So here are my purple picks of the week...La-Rochelle Porcelain Purple Ring With Delicate Flower Decoration by MaaPstudio
silk fabric journal - periwinkle, purple and light magenta by suebleiweiss
Cloth Book Cover, Petals Batik and Hand Dyed Fabric, Fits Most Mass Market Paperback Books by rdsutherland311

Friday, 13 August 2010

Friday Folksy Favourites

Some more of the lovely things that I've found on my journeys through Folksy!

Vintage Rose Studs by TangerinieAndPurpleHippos

So pretty! I'm off for a lovely evening with some fabulous ladies at Stitch and Bitch now, I'm taking along two granny square blankets (both a large square rather than hundreds of little ones!) that I'm working on, one to put on my bed for snuggly winter nights, and one for a special birthday present! Back tomorrow with my Shopping List Saturday picks, and I have a very fancy Flea Market Find this week too!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

More Knitting Fun!

These are my most recent knitted swatches! They're a little wonky, and all different widths, but they're all the same length, so they should be fine to put together into a blanket.Close checks, pyramids, large basket weave, and chevron
diamond panels, horizontal dash stitch, unusual check pattern, diagonal rib, and moss diamondsParallelogram check, fancy diamond pattern, zigzag stitch, dotted chevron, and king Charles brocade
Elongated chevron, checkerboard, top hat pattern, squares, and enlarged basket stitch.