Chicken corner complete 

Hello, how is everyone? I do hope you’ve had a lovely May Day weekend? For those of you that don’t know, we have chickens that live in our garden. They have a perfect little spot that I like to call Chicken Corner. Their coop was on it’s last legs and the ground is just like a muddy bog over winter so we decided it was high time the girls had a bit of a makeover.

This was their new shack. It’s actual name is the Chicken Shack!

Quite a bit bigger than their old coop, much more like a chicken castle. Very sturdy and spacious, hopefully it’ll last us a good while. While we were waiting for the muddy bog situation to be resolved, I painted the coop a lovely green with some white accents.

I thought that the only way to stop the muddyness would be to change the ground surface, so my hubby shifted tons (actually tons!) of excess earth from their corner of the garden. We then got Astro turf put down. 

I knew the girls wouldn’t be over impressed with that as they weren’t keen when we did it with the rest of the garden. But it’s the best option for them and so they still have some dirt to bathe in, I got these for free from our local tyre garage. 

I spray painted them to make them much more girly. My hubby cut some plywood to put in the bottom then filled them with soil. The girls think these are the best thing since sliced bread, they especially like the pink one!

These four girls in the above photo are new, we got them just last week. They’re called Chicoletta, Dumpy, Daisy & Oreo. Sadly, a couple of days after they came, we lost of one of our older girls, Rolo. She was beautiful.

At least she got to see the new pad. Do you want a little look? Please bear in mind that it’s extremely tricky trying to take photos in a teeny tiny corner. They’ve moved in just in time to enjoy the gorgeous ceanothus in full bloom above them. 

And inside their shack…

It is SO much easier cleaning them out now, it was backbreaking before. And no more mud. And now the ban has been lifted, they no longer have to be cooped up inside and can come out to play again. We have happy hens once more 🐓🐓🐓😊

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

Starting over 

Hello! Remember me? I used to be Vicki the Craftaholic. I do still have a serious addiction to crafting but decided to take the big, brave step and start a whole new blog to coincide with my re-brand. So a big, warm welcome to my new home, Florrie and Rene. If you’ve only just discovered me, then hello, it’s lovely to meet you! If you want a bit of background about me then have a browse through my old blog here.

This is my first blog post in about a month. I feel so guilty about being away for so long. It wasn’t intentional, I’ve just been extremely busy with all kinds of things, and every time I thought about popping into blogland, my mind kind of went a bit blank.  Anyway, I’m here now, and thought I’d take this opportunity to share with you some of the things I’ve been up to in my absence.  A couple of weeks ago,  I spent a lonesome Saturday evening in my dining room with Ed Sheeran making Mother’s Day cards. He wasn’t actually making cards of course, just helping me along by entertaining my ears! Here’s what I came up with…..

What do you think? If you already follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you will have already seen these. They’re now for sale on my Facebook page. Mother’s Day is really coming round fast, I must sort out presents for the mums in my life.

I’ll be back very soon to show you what’s on my hook. Please do click on the follow button so you don’t miss out!
Thanks for reading!

Vicki xx