Monthly Archives: September 2012

Catching up

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Autumn has definately arrived here in the UK. The days are feeling much colder and I have spent every day this week with a scarf firmly wrapped around my neck. I’m quite an odd person as I really don’t like being too cold, but I love autumn! It’s my favourite season – I love watching the trees change to glorious reds and yellows, I love the golden glow of the morning sun, and I love getting wrapped up in scarves and gloves. My favourite days of all are those when it’s really cold, but when the sun is brightly lighting up all the wonderful colours of the trees. 

The lakeside Pantheon at the National Trust’s Stourhead House near Warminster.

Of course, we’re not quite at that stage yet (and knowing what our crazy weather is like, we may yet have another mini summer before we enter the full glory of autumn) but I’m looking forward to crunching through fallen leaves and getting wafts of sweet, smoky air as the neighbours light their fires.

Autumn also makes me want to knit. I sort of dabble all year round (although this year my focus has mainly been on crochet) but the colder months seem much more suited to knitting than when it’s warmer. As I seem to have so little time in the evenings to just sit and be creative I’ve come up with another solution – I’ve taken my knitting to school! I usually spend the first part of my lunch break in the classroom, tidying up from the morning, getting ahead with some marking or setting up for the afternoon. But I try to make sure I have at least half an hour in the staff room, and after I’ve eaten lunch I normally have at least 10-15 mins of just chatting before the bell goes. So that chatting time has now become knitting time. I’m only making a scarf, so I don’t really need to concentrate, meaning that I can still be sociable. But it’s a lovely relaxing end to the lunch hour before doing battle with an art or science lesson.

Photo: Had such a fab evening learning to crochet! Laura Dimon and Emma Higgs what great teachers u guys r! Thank u so much, am well proud of my coaster... That may be going to grow into a hat, or a bag, or a purse, or a table mat... Ah just endless possibilities = one WAAAY too excited Helen!! Lol!! <3

Helen’s first ever crochet circle – so much better than my first circle was!

I’ve also taken Debbi’s advice (see her comment here) and set aside Tuesday evenings as my craft time. This week that involved teaching a crochet class! That actually makes it sound grander than it was – a few friends and friends of friends gathered together and I attempted to show them how to get started on crochet. I was expecting it to be really stressful (I’ve only ever tried to teach crochet to one person at a time before, not a whole group) but thanks to my friend Emma (who’s far more professional than I am!) who lent a helping hand, it was a really fun evening.

Helen’s second circle – she started this at home with no help from anyone. What a star pupil!

One thing Emma and I both learnt was that there is often more than one way of doing something in crochet. Pretty much everything I do one way, she does another way! We tried to make it as simple as possible for people, so hopefully they weren’t too confused! I saw one of our ‘students’ yesterady – she came bounding up to me asking when the next crochet evening would be! This is someone who claims she doesn’t have a crafty bone in her body, so I was so excited that she’d enjoyed it enough to want to do it again. And she’s been practising at home too!

As well as teaching others, I’ve also managed to add a few more rounds to the granny blanket I’m making for a friend (she’s going to give it to her Nan for Christmas).

I’ve also enjoyed flicking through a couple of mags – I’m already getting very excited about all the Christmas stuff and am planning out some projects. I think that realistically I won’t have time to make them all, but I can dream!

And finally – I was recently nominated for a couple of awards. Rainbow Junkie passed on the beautiful blogger award

…and the wonderful team member readership award!

Thank you so much for your generosity in nominating me for two awards! I really feel like I don’t deserve them as I’m hardly posting anything these days, but thanks for your encouragement! I’m not going to pass them on at the moment, but may do at some point in the future.

Now I’m off to catch up on some blog reading – I have about 120 new blogs sitting in my inbox demanding my attention! Enjoy your evening, and I’ll maybe see you in another couple of weeks 🙂

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Spoke too soon?

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When I said I was back, I thought I meant it. I fully intended to start my regular posts again. But perhpas I shouldn’t have said that before I went back to school. I forgot quite how much time it takes out of my week! I spend most of my day at school, get home in the evening and have dinner, then get on with any planning for the following day before collapsing into bed as early as possible.

So I haven’t had much time for anything fun and crafty the last couple of weeks. I’ve added about 2 rounds to a granny blanket I’m working on, and that’s about it!

Hopefully once things settle down a bit I’ll be able to show you some pretty things again, but who knows how long that will take! So please bear with me – I’ll be back with you as soon as I can 🙂

A new, blue pinboard

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I’ve just had a week full of cleaning and tidying. I was properly ruthless and threw away a whole load of junk which has been cluttering up the place for far too long. Some things, however, still had some life left in them but needed a little facelift.

I found a pinboard covered in ancient letters, receipts and dust. It had been wedged between my desk and TV table for goodness knows how long. I decided that it was time for it to be useful again.

I covered it with some duck egg blue fabric. Sadly it wasn’t quite wide enough to cover the board completely from side to side, so I added some spotty blue ribbon. I also added a boarder and criss-crosses of white cotton. It’s all stapled on to the back – it’s pretty messy, but as it’s screwed to the wall no one’s going to see it!

I found the ‘Welcome’ sign on sale in Store 21, and decided that it would be perfect for haning all those leads that normally sit around getting tangled together. Plus, it looks pretty!

I added a few embellishments – a few button drawing pins and paper covered pegs…

…some cute little safety pins…

…a couple of paperchase badges…

…and one of my Jenny Arnott magnets (cleverly attached to a drawing pin).

Pretty and practical – a good combination!

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Go and have a look at Mrs M’s gorgeously generous giveaway – so many pretty things! The button ribbon and wooden buttons are my favourites 🙂

Mrs M Makes

Last week I found I had 50 followers and decided to have my first ever giveaway. I now have a few more followers. I’m going to send a surprise to whoever wins the giveaway as well as the items below:

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1m of five different ribbons

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15 painted wooden buttons

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An assortment of other buttons

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Some lampwork beads

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An assortment of other beads

And finally:

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A selection of jewellery findings including wire, earring hooks, headpins, ring bases, lobster clasps and more.

To win all of this and the mystery item, write a comment below as to what you might make with the goodies you would get if you win. You can gain an extra entry by either reblogging or mentioning this giveaway on your blog and then writing another comment on here to let me know. The winner must be Mrs M Makes follower.

The giveaway is open until midnight on…

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