Happy hooky hydrangeas

After I finally took down my Easter decorations, my jug of branches looked very forlorn and bare. I decided it needed some yarny love. After seeing Lucy’s pattern (find it here) on Attic 24 for her hydrangea flowers, I thought they’d be perfect. I adore hydrangeas and often have jars and vases of dried ones around the house. These crochet ones are very delicate and pretty, exactly what I wanted to go with the theme in my dining room.

I selected some beautiful pastel colours from my stash.


The flowers are really quick and easy to make which has been great for me to just do a couple here and there as my hooky time is always so limited. With this gorgeous weather we’ve been having, where better to do some creating than in the garden?


I made 2 of each colour to see how they looked. I think that’s just enough. I’m loving the new stylecraft shades, I chose the mushroom and vintage peach for this project but am itching to use the buttermilk too.


Don’t they look pretty? I couldn’t wait to get them hung on their little branches.


There, what do you think? They cheer that corner up loads don’t they? I think that’s got to be one of the quickest little projects I’ve done in a long time. I feel like I’ve achieved just a little bit of crafty goodness which makes me very happy indeed .

I got post!

Last week I entered a giveaway competition to win a crochet wall hanging that was designed and made by the very talented Eleonora from Coastal Crochet. I thought no more about it afterwards, as most people do, thinking they have no chance of actually winning. Low and behold, last Friday, I discovered my name had been picked out of the hat!! I never win anything, I was gobsmacked. I remember when I first saw her Instagram post of this wall hanging that she’d designed for the Hobbycraft blog. I remember thinking how beautiful it was and how I’d love to be able to make it.


Here it is! The photo really doesn’t do it justice, the light was rubbish here today. It arrived this morning with a lovely postcard and message too. Eleonora had warned me it was well packaged, it took about 20 minutes to get into it but it was so well worth it. It’s absolutely beautifully made and the attention to detail is amazing. The driftwood is lovely and is just perfect for this. I really love it to bits, as does Jude. He was ever so excited when I was unwrapping it.


I’ve popped it on the wall here just to take a photo as it was the only place with 2 hooks side by side but there really is only one place that it belongs…..


Inside Jude’s beach hut in the garden. It’s just perfect! Please do pop over to Eleonoras blog here to read her post all about it and while you’re there you can take a look at all her other amazing work. I aspire to be able to crochet as beautifully as her one day. Xxx

At last, a Ta-Dah post!

I’ve been working on this blanket for about 2 months. 2 months!! That’s really too long but available time to happily hook away just wasn’t happening. I had a rough idea of how I wanted it to turn out but it sort of just happened as it went along really. I started off by doing 4 random granny squares and joining them.


Then continued round and around in all the colours until it grew before my very eyes.


After a few rows around of the same colour order, I decided it needed a large chunk of the cream followed by the lovely colours once again, but broken up by the cream in between. I do love the colours on offer from the Stylecraft range which is basically all I use now. We’re very spoilt for choice and the quality is always spot on, especially for blankets that will get lots and lots of use.

I eventually came to the end, put it down for a while ( a couple of weeks) and contemplated what kind of border it should have. It’s quite an important decision you know! Sitting by an open fire is THE perfect place for contemplating.


It definitely helped me come to the right decision anyway. I knew that after an initial row of colour for the base round (I picked the blue, purely as it was what I had the most left of), I wanted the border to be all cream. It seemed to take absolutely ages to get the first few rows done. It was quite a nerve wrecking time waiting to see if it looked ok. Then I ran out of yarn so had to get more to finish it.  The border certainly is a yarn guzzler. I made an executive decision to add a couple of extra rows of the border to make a little bit more of an impact, and I had plenty of yarn with which to do so now too! It wasn’t until I was right near the very end that I was convinced it was the right edge for the blanket.


It’s rather like a fancy frame for a beautiful picture. I love the way it has a gentle ruffle, kind of like a delicate lace. Very pretty and feminine.


As I finished it in the garden, I decided to give it its photo shoot out there too. Well why not? It was a beautiful day and purely by coincidence, it coordinated perfectly with our deckchairs! Here is my Spring Granny Blanket…… Ta-Dah!!



I’ve had such fantastic feedback on Instagram and Facebook for this blanket, it’s given me a much needed boost. As much as I love it, its now available for sale on my Facebook page so if you’re interested, just let me know! I’m itching to start a new one already but first things first, I must do coasters. Coasters are calling…. x

Flowers

Hello there, how’s everyone doing? Things are starting to look a little clearer here, I have a few blog posts in the making, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a couple of posts from this time last year.  The first one is all about the blossom trees that are just about passing their peak here at the moment. You can read it here.  I feel a bit lazy but there’s no point in repeating myself is there? The next one is all about the bluebells. Isn’t it just uplifting, walking through a bluebell wood when they’re in full bloom? Just reading doesn’t compare to breathing in that delicate aroma, but seeing is believing and you can read that one here.  I haven’t had much time to get and about in the fresh air recently so it’s nice to be able to look back in the archives and revisit the beauty and nature I was amongst not so long ago. That’s not too much of a cop out is it??


I made these crochet flowers yesterday. They’re for a very special young lady called Jenny. She’s the daughter of Amanda who owns the Little Box of Crochet, monthly subscription box. It’s not my story to tell, and I don’t know enough information to give accurate details, but all I know is that Jenny has been battling cancer for 5 long years, and her fight is coming to an end. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to hear this news, she’s just 19. It’s one of her wishes to have her coffin covered in beautiful crocheted flowers, so the word was spread through social media, and the hookers set to work. In just a few days they’ve had such a huge response that they’ve now said they have more than enough. Isn’t that fantastic, how the crochet community pulls together? A shame that it’s in such sad circumstances but I think everyone feels privileged to have been allowed to contribute just a tiny bit to such a brave and inspirational young woman. #aflowerforjenny

10 days

It’s been 10 days since I last posted and I thought it was high time I popped back into blog land to show my face. 


Hellooo! How is everyone? Hope you all had a good Easter break? We’re back to school and back to routine this week and I must say I’m loving it! I’d almost forgotten how much I can get done with no toddler around. We’re still in a bit of chaos with the house, but day by day it’s improving. It’ll soon be back to complete normality and then I can really get stuck back in to my crafty ways. 

I’d intended to go to town with Easter decorations this year but with our dining room still housing our bathroom I scaled it back a bit.


Just a few twigs I collected while we were out walking, with some eggs and cute bunnies hanging from the branches. Next year it’ll be amazing. We did an Easter egg hunt just for Jude this year as the older kids are too big and too cool for skool! He absolutely loved it and I’ve had to repeat it many times already.


Next year, if the weather is good, I hope to have a bigger affair and invite some friends too.

I’ve been doing the border on my current WIP but am soon to run out of yarn so I’ll show you when I’ve finished, after my yarn top-up order has arrived 😉

On Saturday I had quite a few hours to catch up on some much needed crochet time so I chose to do some experimenting.


I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I’ll show you what I got up to next time. I’ve still got more to do yet.

It was my nieces birthday on Monday so I got my card making bits out and came up with this…


I wanted to keep it fairly simple, so used my big shot to cut out a princess castle, a glittery cloud and her name and age. I bought her a crochet book ( for kids), a set of hooks and some yarn to start her on her crafty way. It may be a little early but she’s shown an interest in crafts. It’s just a shame we don’t live closer so I can help her.

Well, I’d best be off, lots to do. It’s been so nice seeing you, until next time……….  xxx

DIY overload 

Firstly I’d like to apologise for my absence. It’s been absolute chaos recently. We’ve stupidly decided to do all kinds of home improvements, all at the same time and it’s just bedlam. It’s all coming together slowly but living with the mess is getting hard. I just have to keep thinking it’ll all be worth it in the end, and our beautiful forever home will be done, properly.

One of the improvements is updating our bathroom. I managed to get a final bath the other night before the thing got ripped out. In amongst the dust and rubble, it wasn’t actually too bad.


If you can see past the hole in the wall and the rotten plasterboard and just focus on the candle and magazine, it was actually quite relaxing! We’ve not even got this now so I’m really looking forward to getting all the work complete so we can get back to our normal bathing routines.

Our little basement was cleared out to make way for a sweaty man cave (karate dojo) which I’ve now painted and is all ready for training. The STUFF from down there was deposited around the house for me to sort. We’ve had the loft partially boarded out so some has gone up there, some to the tip and some to our community shop. I’ve been very ruthless with my craft stuff that I’d built up over the years and condensed it down into a much more manageable amount. Those things I thought might come in useful one day just had to go.

With all the upheaval, I haven’t had a real chance to indulge in much yarn therapy. I did however have a couple of hours to myself the other evening, so I parked myself in front of the fire in the dining room and studied my crochet borders book.


I needed to find a border suitable for my current blanket. I decided on #57 and have made a very small start on it. I’ll work on it whenever I can, it’ll be my little escape from all the madness that surrounds me at the moment.

I’ll hopefully be back soon with some progress pics to show you.

Thanks for reading xxx

Good old granny

Well hello there, welcome to my second post on my second blog! Today I thought I’d show you what’s been on my hook just lately. After lots and lots of dithering about what pattern to use for making lavender bags, I ended up giving this a go.

It was my first time using a cotton and it was rather lovely.  I made two small squares to join together and then stuff with the heavenly scent of lavender flowers. A few weeks later I decided to make another, but a slightly different design.


I don’t know why but I had a sudden change of heart and decided this wouldn’t make a good lavender bag after all. Me being me, I didn’t want to waste a thing, so turned it into a little bag to give to my neice for one of her dolls.

I kind of gave up on the whole lavender bag thing for a while and decided to just start another blanket. Cos you know they’re truly my favourite thing to make. I went to my newly organised yarn dresser to select some yummy colours.


I must admit it was really tricky to pick. 

I got started straight away…


I love the start of a new blanket, the possibilities are endless, it’s just so exciting that you struggle to put your hook down.


Before I knew it, I had the centre finished, ready for lots and lots of lovely colours to wind around and around and grow into something warm and snuggly. So last week, this was where I was at..


It’s at a good size now and keeps me super cosy while I’m happily hooking away of an evening. I now need to decide on a border, I think I might try something a little special with this one. Watch this space! 

Happy hooking!! Vicki x