Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A Monstrous Post!

Just thought you might like to see all (well, nearly all - I've just one to finish) of the monsters in one big MONSTROUS hit...

Monster Collage

OK - off to put the finishing touches to the last monster now!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Last Rose of Summer

The weather has been so mild that there are still lots of flowers out - but I think this is going to be the last flower on my David Austin Crocus rose...

The Last Rose of Summer

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Just To Let You Know...

Rosie has been sold, but I've replaced her with Tanya Tutti Frutti!

Tanya Tutti Frutti

Beware -more monsters are on their way!!!!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Monster Monday

Save Me! ! ! ! !

The monsters are taking over...

Happy Monster for Dominic

Rosie Raspberry Ripple

The blue and green one is earmarked, but Rosie Raspberry Ripple will be for sale at the HOPE Christmas Fayre with some of her brothers and sisters too...

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Blankets and Bears

Well - just one of each at the moment.

I have nearly finished making this little bears (armless at present) from Simply Notable's FREE pattern...

Armless bear 3

If all goes well, I should finish it tonight.

It is for a little baby, George, who was born last Sunday (9th November), so I have to sew on the nose and eyes to make it safe for him. I also won't make the sweater (which is really cute) for this bear, for the same reason.

But I'm sure I'll make another one for the HOPE Christmas Fayre, so you will see what it looks like very soon.

As for the blankets - I am joining in the Attic24 CAL to make a Crochet Stripe blanket, and yesterday I received my yarn pack for the Wool Warehouse...

Wool Warehouse Pack front

Wool Warehouse Pack 1

I love that they have packaged the yarn in such a pretty way, with their own ribbon too...

Wool Warehouse Pack ribbon

Full Marks to you,  Wool Warehouse!

(They also sent it in double-quick time.)

Friday, 7 November 2014

Wearing the Poppy

I thought you might llike to see my latest project - a poppy for Remembrance Day.

It is from Wendy Poole's' FREE pattern, and I made it using two strands of DMC red No 20 thickness cotton and a 3.00mm hook.  The leaf was something I already had, and I sewed it on at the back and then sewed a brooch fastening over it too.

Here it is...

Crochet poppy 2

...and I think it looks rather good!

I will still contribute to the British Legion as if I had bought one of their (rather cheap-looking) poppies, of course.

I think it's a shame that the current poppy in their range looks so mass-produced, though I guess that this is because it IS mass-produced - thus keeping the costs down.

I remember when the poppies in the tray were actually attractive and there was a variety of styles - even a big, blowsy one for your car radiator.

Such a shame that things have to be tackier the cheaper they are.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Wombling Free - a Trip to the Tip

...or the déchetterie as it is in French.

Janet and I were shown this particular tip a couple of weeks ago, by a mutual friend, Julie, who lives not too far away from it.  It is unusual in that it has a purpose-built 'shop' where suitable items (thrown away by people) are sold in aid of a charity in Burkina Faso or re-distributed to local people in the community who are in need.  A very worthwhile philosophy, in my opinion.


This poster tells you a bit about it...

notice 1

It's  great place to visit - the inside is like Aladdin's cave...

Inside 1

Inside 2

Inside 3

...with something for everyone, including a corner with children's toys and other child-related items...

Toys etc

They also have garden furniture; toys for children to play with in the garden...

Outdoor chairs and toys

...and a varied selection of bicycles if you feel in need of some exercise...


The hanger that houses the shop was purpose-built by the lovely people who work here and willingly give their time and skills to manage the collecting, sorting, mending and selling of the items that you and I (figuratively speaking) have thrown away as our 'rubbish'. All the money raised either goes back into the community (the guys collect and distribute items to the local needy) or to help in Burkina Faso.

So if you live in this part of France, do donate your unwanted items to the nice men at Queaux so they can help others less fortunate than ourselves...

Today I bought this great side table with a tiled top...

...Tile-topped table 1

for the princely sum of 4€!