Monday, 8 August 2011

One Sixth

From this:

To this:

To this!

I started making this blanket a few weeks ago now. It's very simple, but very large! I have never made a quilt before, and certainly never made anything this big. This is one sixth of the whole blanket, so I've got quite a way to go. Will I finish it before Winter? Hmmm... not too sure about that! I love it though. The colours, the hearts, the cute little squares. It is messy (be gentle with me, I'm still a beginner) but I don't really mind because it's rustic. (Well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway!)

The pattern is from Happy Yellow Hearts, and you can find it here. I am using Boyes own brand DK yarn. Cheap and cheerful!

I hope you all had a fab weekend.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Treats, and trying something new

Good evening everyone! I hope you're all having a productive, stressless and creative week! Or at least I hope you haven't been saturated too often in these heavy storms. I have so far managed to dodge them!

Anyway, an unexpected few pounds appeared this week, and although I am saving right now I thought that I might like a little treat! Here is what I got:

Of course I raced into town after work today as it's Mollie Makes day! I intend to subscribe at some point, I hope I haven't missed the offer they had. I am a notorious 'I'll do it at some point' type! So this is my evening pretty much sorted!

I also got an A4 exercise book, a glue stick, and some beautiful Staedtler Triplus fineliners in pastel colours. I have been lusting after them for a while now! They were half price in Ryman (with student discount on top) so quite bargainous really. And I had a bit of change left over, too. (Which I somehow resisted spending on chocolate!)

Anyway, the new thing I want to try is journaling. I have been reading a fab series of posts about journaling at the lovely Her Library Adventures. There were lots of tips about journal keeping, and links to some lovely journalers, and I wanted a piece of the action! Hence the book, glue, and beautiful pens! I wanted a thin, exercise book type journal just for doodling and putting creative ideas in while I'm at home. I already have a beautiful leather (look) A5 journal I'd like to use as an 'anywhere, any time' type journal - it's gorgeous.... and I haven't used it since I bought it, which was like two years ago now. Crazy! So it's about time I showed it some love! That link there takes you to the introduction post, and there are five or six others more recent, all of which are fab and have really inspired me!

Do you keep journals or idea books? I know Pinterest is a big deal right now (I'm not on it myself, not yet anyway) but do you like something tangible to keep your ideas in? I have Virgo rising and am an obsessive list-maker, so I have a great many notebooks I'm not using. I can't wait to get some things down on paper!

Monday, 1 August 2011


You might ask why. And it's because I am joining the Crafty Photo Scavenger Hunt! The idea is that each month there will be five themes on which you can take photographs, then at the end of the month we can all share our pictures and see everybody's ideas. It's going to be fun coming up with things to photograph and choosing my favourite pictures, and also seeing how other people interpret the categories. Very inspiring, and brilliant for getting the creative juices flowing!

Kirsty from The Leopard Anchor is masterminding it all, genius that she is, and if you are interested in joining in then click on the link above or the button in my sidebar and you can find out all about it and see the categories for this month! (And even if you don't want to join in you can follow the link to check out Kirsty's gorgeous blog!) How many exclamation marks can I squeeze into one post?!!!

Happy snapping!