Saturday, 30 October 2010

Parcels , Pumpkins and Progress

Hello Lovelies, pull up a chair and share a glimpse of our weekend so far :0)

Yesterday, the postman delivered my second lovely parcel this week, I know how great is that.
The Amazing Fostermummy has sent me some of her beautiful handmade soap, so generous and thoughtful.

I love the pretty packaging and you will have to take my word for it , that it smells divine..............


Thank you so much Fostermummy !

This morning saw Mr BM roped in on the pumpkin carving , yay, I'm not keen on the smell of these things...........



Have you noticed the use of power tools , the boys thought this was soooo cool !
I have managed with a spoon and a sharp knife for years :0)

Must admit,though, the finished result looked pretty good, as it watched my eat my lunch.........



We copied this idea from some found on google images....it was a great way to use a small pumpkin the boys grew at school gardening club. Don't you think ?

And now to the progress part. My blanket is up to 144 squares, that's 12 rows by 12 rows. I've sewn all the white ends in too........



I love, love ,love it !!!!!! It's so happy and colouful, I think all the circles are different, which pleases me alot. I study them and choose a favourite , then find one I like even more !.....



I was thinking this would be big enough , with a wide border , but looking at it laid out I think it needs at least 2 more rows on the length. ........



So I'm making 24 more circles, centres first, production line fashion. And drinking plenty of tea in my new mug !!Love it ,thanks Emma :0)


Have a great Halloween, whatever you're up to .
Jacquie x

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Sunshine and Surprises

Hello lovelies,
Hope your week is going well. Thank you for all your comments on my recent posts, I really appreciate them.

After the continuous rain of yesterday it was so good to see the sun again today.
We decided to have a trip to a market town I haven't visited for ages.
It has a Lovely market square surrounded old buildings and a stunning church........


So much gorgeous stuff on this stall.........



Today I didn't actually spend any money, I was just happy to browse and window shop in lovely individual shops, not faceless chain stores. Even the slippers looked happy and colourful in this cute little shoe shop.......



And I loved this Nativity in a gorgeous gift shop.........



The sun continued to shine so we came home via the country lanes where I couldn't resist stopping to take more pictures.......



When I got home empty handed ( except for some Halloween stuff for the boys ) I was so happy to find a note to say I had a parcel to collect :0)

I went straight to the post office and collected this.....



My giveaway prize from the lovely Emma at Land of Emma. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw all this gorgeousness. Do you want a closer look ? OK then .
Firstly a lovely card.......



then there was some Rowan pure wool.......


Ooooh , I love this ,it's so soft and such lovely colours .

Next there was Cath Kidson Goodness..........



A mug , a mirror and the cutest little purse , I love it all Thank you.

Can you believe that wasn't all? There was also some gorgeous fabric,so pretty :0)



Then I spotted this !!!.........


Ohhh , handmade something, beautifully wrapped.

Inside were these cute decorations.....


Aren't they the best! I will treasure these Emma.

Here is everything , there was also some ribbons and smellies and knitting needles..



You really shouldn't have sent all this Emma , but thankyou ,thankyou, thankyou .
I love it all !!!!!!!!!!

Jacquie x
P.S. my circle blanket is growing, it's up to 120 squares now and I will post some pictures soon.
In the mean time if you want to see some really gorgeous crochet blankets, each with a lovely story behind it, check out Sucrettes beautiful post :0)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Half Term Part 1

Yesterday dawned frosty and crisp.But the sun was already shining. Letting the rabbits out first thing I was struck by the prettiness of the frost on the plants..........



But , my ,it was chilly. Perfect pancakes for breakfast weather........



I was so happy to get good weather as I had promised to look after one of the boys friends for the day.

So, mid morning we headed off to Beacon Hill. I've posted about this great country park a couple of times before .

I was keen to see this lovely place in a different season, and knew it would be an excellent place for 4 boys to let off some steam.

The woodland was still looking quite green in places , with the ferns turning brown beneath the trees ...


Other trees had gorgeous autumn colours...........


Loving the long shadows cast by the low sun even in the middle of the day........




The climb thorough woodland leads to a great viewpoint, today the distance was hazy,and magical.............



The jagged rocks making the image of a face against the blue sky.......



The boys ran and climbed over rocks ..with me saying " slow down a bit" and" It's slippy be careful"

It was still pretty chilly , but so refreshing. I rounded them up for group photos, including this arty shadow one . The stick I'm holding was picked up by one of the boys then given to me to look after.That happens a lot to mums doesn't it :0)...



Scary how big their shadows look...even my littlest looks pretty tall.
We stopped for a little picnic,which included homemade mince pies with a view...




On the way back down the boys were still finding frosty leaves where the sun hadn't reached......



Definitely a day to wrap up and seek out the suns warmth.I've dug out my Lucy wrist warmers which were such a life saver last winter,especially as my fingers go completely white and numb if they get too cold .....



As you can see I wear mine with gloves underneath, those with the little grippy spots so they are ideal for driving and taking photos ! My wrist warmers are made with 2 strands of yarn held together, so they are lovely a warm.

On the way home we stopped at a local play park as the boys still had enery to burn.I sat in the warm car and munched the last ,rather battered, mince pies with some milky coffee from my flask.
My, they are good, my homemade mincemeat is really tasty. I forgot to mention it was inspired by the lovely frugal queen......


Just hope there's still some left at Christmas !

Once home I had another activity planned for the boys, inspired by this .

All they did was glue squares of orange tissue paper onto jam jars,then make a face out of black paper,and add that. I made a wire handle and added a tealight.....



Sometimes I think blogs, mine included, paint a rather rose coloured take on life. But that's O.K.isn't it ? Today we have homework, housework and rain. Just so you know :0)
Jacquie x


Saturday, 23 October 2010

Two Hoots

Hello Lovelies,
Hope your weekend is getting off to a good start. Mine has been extraordinarily quiet so far,due to Mr BM being at work and the boys being out at a sleepover.

Have you noticed all the fabric owls about in blog land and in the shops at the moment ? I even spotted one on the cover of Country Homes and Interiors this month.
Well inspired by some lovely examples like Vintage Vicki's' and Ilarias' I decided to make my own.

I've had this old baby blanket in my stash for a few years now...



It's a lovely royal blue velour ,so soft and mostly cotton........



And yesterday some of it was used to make this.........



Oooooh, I'm so pleased how he turned out :0) I kept my design simple as I want to make one for all three boys so they had to be fairly quick to make. My eldest put in a request to have this one, so I used one of this old check shirts for the wings and gave him a green beak as this is his favourite colour......



I've called him Albert as one of the teaching assistants at the boys school has an owl with this name that she brings in for them to see.

This morning I've finished his brother. Meet Alfred !....



Again I've used one of the boys shirts to make the wings.......



I'm so happy with these and the only thing I had to go out and buy was more stuffing.

Here they are perched on our ever growing selection of pumpkins.......



Have a great Half Term if that applies to you . Otherwise have a great week .
I'm just off to make their little brother.
Jacquie x

P.S. nearly forgot , I've called my bike Felicity, after Felicity Kendal. She too is a girl who was most popular in the seventies ,but is just as beautiful and flexible today :0) Can't wait for Strictly Come Dancing tonight.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

The Fruits of Yesterdays Walk !

Hello Lovelies,
Well I'm pleased to report the apples I found on yesterday's walk did indeed make an excellent crumble.......



They were actually quite battered and bruised...



But I'm not complaining, once I chopped out the bad bits there was still enough for last night and a couple for the freezer,this one with a tasteful label........



I seem to have gone back to my youth on this one !!



Blame the lurgy, or more likely this.........



YES!!! I took the plunge , or more accurately asked my mum to buy her for my Christmas pressie ,THANKS MUM :0)



She is a Raleigh Stowaway , Mr BM thinks I've gone mad buying a bike from the 70's..





But I just adore her. My childhood bike was very similar, so maybe that's the reason....



Sorry if I'm boring you now ! but just indulge me a little longer .....



I love all the Vintage details ..........



Where as practical Mr BM just sees the rust and bald tyres.....



She has three gears ( I've never had more than that anyway) And working Dynamo lights And she is a flexible old bird.......





I'm glad to say the saddle is not original, but a super comfy modern one :0)...


Since I took the plunge a quick internet search has shown there is even a flickr group for these bikes and I've seen them for sale on E bay for £50-60 . So I don't think £25 was too bad .

I'm hopeing to be able to squeeze her in the car with the boys bikes so we can go to some of the great off road cycling locations around here.

Now she just needs a name, don't you think ?

Jacquie x