Saturday, 1 January 2022

Photo Hunt 31 December 2021 - Celebrate

The end of another year but there is so much to celebrate.  Beloved and I do not celebrate birthdays, holidays, etc etc so I'm having to think outside the box for this one.

So what's to celebrate?

  • Being alive and reasonably well.
  • Having avoided Covid.
  • The wildlife that visits my garden and adjoining fields.
  • Having the ability to craft lots of wonderful things, eg, quilts (about 16 for Project Linus), crochet (blankets, hats, Christmas trees, etc) and any other craft that I dabble in, eg, cardmaking, free machine embroidery.
  • Happy to stay at home.
  • Happy not to have a holiday (last one was in about 1990).
  • Being able to shop online!
  • Looking forward to the daylight increasing daily.
  • Looking forward to new challenges in 2022, as I'm sure there will be some as our lives are never 'normal'.

Here are just a few photos that are classed as celebrations.

Going to Ribblehead on Christmas Day for a picnic in the car.

A card I made recently for a dear friend, who introduced me to quilting, papermaking
and so much more in my crafting activities.

I made a bigger version for myself and will practice my techniques.

Remember this?  Well I made one for me.

May I proudly present Claude....

There were some minor hitches during his construction
but I like a challenge and won!

He's about 24" (61 cm) tall.  

I'm pleased with him.

I'll continue to celebrate each day with a bit of chocolate!

Thanks Astrid to hosting the Photo Hunt.  It has been fun but sadly I've decided that I no longer have the time to join in.  I have enjoyed glimpses into other people's lives, so different to mine.   Click here to return to Astrid's link up page.

Bye and happy hunting!

Friday, 24 December 2021

Photo Hunt 24 December 2021 - Stocking

And another week has disappeared....

Well this was a hard one for me as I don't wear fancy stockings nor have I ever had a Christmas stocking.... so what do I write about?

When I worked (and always wore
trousers) I'd wear these.

Not stockings as such but crochet leg warmers
I made a few years ago.

They are so good, that I made another pair last year.

I must apologise for a thin (and boring) post.  I did not feel it was appropriate for me to take photos of the stockinged legs of school girls on their way home the other day!

Wishing you all the best over the holiday period and I do plan to be back for the last word of this year.  Thanks again to Astrid and click here to return to her link-up page.


Friday, 17 December 2021

Photo Hunt 17 December 2021 - Homemade

Once more it's time to interpret this week's word, Homemade, which (according to Google) is made at home rather than in a factory.  This was easy for me.  So I'll show you some recent homemade items.

Here is my Advent Calendar I made from a pre-printed panel.  As you can see,
it has been yielding its daily treats!  I have spare treats just in case someone
turns up so I can re-fill the pocket for them(and me!).

A better photo (I hope) of the filled pockets!

A tri-fold organiser I made recently; a Lynette Anderson kit.  A bit of a challenge for me
as I have little experience of putting zips in and the instructions were not always
clear but I did it and am very pleased with it.

The front of the tri-fold organiser had a panel which I had
to stitch; again not something I do much of so a bit of 
a challenge but I'm pleased with it.

A friend gifted me some yarn months ago and I recently
made myself a new hat; it is crochet using the crocodile
stitch. I wear hats all the time other than on the very
hot days.  It took 3 goes to get it the right size but
I do like a challenge.  I've yarn left over so I plan
 to make some matching mitts using the crocodile stitch....

I have an obsession with Christmas trees....  the ornament
on the left I bought many years ago but the other one
I made recently after Hawthorn sent me a photo of
one she'd seen on Instagram.  She likes to feed 
my Christmas tree obsession.... thanks!

I've recently returned to card making and
am having fun. The outer circle is made from
little fabric triangles sewn onto the pale grey
card.  The little Christmas tree is made
by sewing it on to a plastic film and then
putting it in cold water to dissolve
the film.

I've been practising a lot!
Christmas baubles as well as trees!

Bought a strip of the Paisley style
embellishments and have used them
to make cards.

Oh dear, it's another Christmas tree.

And another; I've been determined to use up my bought

Hearts bought but I made the card.
Not a Christmas tree in sight either.

Malcolm modelling a bag I made a few years ago.

This is now know as the Lava cake.  I made one last week 
and it rose and cascaded down the sides of the tin.
The cascaded bits looked like lava and they did taste good.
So I had another go this week, using a larger tin
and all is well!  It's a ginger and black treacle cake.

Well that's all for this week.  As usual click here to return to Astid's link-up page and I can't wait to see what you have for homemade.