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Cards and herbs

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Where did Autumn go? One minute I am debating whether m will notice if I slip the heating on, and the next we are sitting in the sunshine. This little pic is of me ‘having a moment’… Just barely 5 minutes as m takes b to bring us all a post walk drink out at my local pub. A very rare treat indeed, but it was very hot and they put water out for thirsty doggies so that was my excuse!!! Such a lovely beer garden, surrounded by farmers fields and a very safe space for little b to explore.

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Not that I’d done much hard work…. I’m chief dog handler, whilst m makes short work of carrying an extra 2 stones on his back!

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What have I been making then? Well…. Aunty s’s birthday present is taking over still. I’m not a quick knitter and so it is taking some time. The clock is ticking though so I need to finish it up pronto! I’m busy busy in the kitchen most days preserving our fruit and veg… A place I am not entirely comfortable being as I do find cooking very stressful!! M is a superb cook and in all honesty, we all prefer his meals, but despite him trying to assure me that it is unnecessary, I feel duty bound to try to put a decent meal on the table for him as I am at home with b whilst he earns an honest crust. Oh my goodness… We’ve had (or I have) some epic disasters! Since I recently discovered Pinterest though, I’ve found I can cook!!! Sort of anyhow! I’ve always liked baking and that goes well, but I need to get better at dinners!

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So, my ladybird doorstop gave me an idea the other day and I thought I would make some cute little plant pot stones to go in my herb pot. They need a little more finesse perhaps, but you get the idea. I’ve glued some sweet little leaf buttons on, but they are hard to see.

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Then a friend of mine started a new teaching job at a new school…. I made her a little card to post to her pigeon hole at the new school to find on her first day there. I’m afraid I couldn’t find a lucky four leaf clover, so cheated and glued an extra petal on.

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The work continues upstairs and I am getting very good at closing doors and pretending there is no mess behind them!

Well, that’s it for today…. Next time…. Aunty s’s present unveiling!!!

Xxxxxxx

Ps
Mum and dad, if you are reading this on holiday, I love you very much x7

Love hearts

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So, I am going to show you how to make these lovely, crochet love hearts. You can use them in so many ways. I’ve made this card to send to some friends who have just got engaged, but I think it would make a nice wedding invite too.

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I’ve also used the heart pattern to make a colourful garland to go above my fire.

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They are very versatile and take about 15 mins per heart, once you’ve got the hang of them.

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To begin….

Rnd 1.
Chain 4. Now, you are going to do all of the following stitches in this round in the first chain.
3 treble crochet, 3 double crochet, chain 1, 1 treble crochet, chain 1, 3 double crochet, 3 treble crochet, chain 2 and slip stitch.

Rnd 2.
Chain 3, in the first treble from previous round, do a single crochet and a half double crochet, in following stitch do 3 half double crochet, in following stitch do 2 half double crochet, single crochet in the next 4 stitches. Chain 1. In the treble crochet do a double crochet, single crochet in next 4 stitches, 2 half double crochet in next stitch, 3 half double crochet in the next stitch, half double crochet and single crochet in following stitch, again 3 and slip stitch into the centre.

Rnd 3

Chain 3, in the top of the chain 3 from the previous row do a single crochet. In the next stitch do 2 single crochet. Single crochet the next stitch and. Do 2 single crochet in the next. Now, single crochet your way down in every stitch until you get to the point of the heart. Chain 1 at the point. Single crochet your way back up until you have 7 stitches left. Single crochet the next stitch, put 2 single crochets in the following, single crochet the next stitch, do 2 single crochets in the next and then chain 3 and slip stitch to the centre.

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Poke your yarn to the back and pull a little to make it secure and the heart more defined after you have fastened off.

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I’ve used  yoohoo glue to fasten it to some parchment paper and glued a matching button above it. I put a heavy book on top to encourage all the edges to be securely attached to the paper, and leave over night.  My friend loved it and said that everyone commented on it when they saw it….

If you want to make a garland then, Chain 50, attach by doing a single crochet into top of heart mound, chain 5, do the same on top of other heart mound and chain 10 in between hearts. Chain 50 after last heart and fasten off.

Other things then…

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Today is Friday and so I like to prepare my home for the weekend. I like to change the flowers in my vase and so these are now outside. Aren’t they vibrant! It’s the mystery orange flowers that I still don’t know the identity of.  I gathered some more sweet peas for inside too. They keep on flowering and flowering. 

After going to buy our fresh fruit and veg, I think I need a bigger fruit bowl!

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Little b has certainly upped our fruit intake!  She munches her way through so much fruit and veg each week that it has really made us eat more ourselves too.

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We went to buy some wool for our next project, some lovely chunky wool.

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And not a crochet hook in sight!  Yikes!!!! I’ve not picked up any needles since November!

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This box of goodies was given to me by aunty s.  She invited me up to the farm for a needlework lesson and taught me the ways of tapestry and cross stitch.  M had little b for the morning and I had a lovely couple of hours gleaming wisdom from someone who has been on this lovely planet much longer than me.  I managed to extract the date of her birthday too… Hence the secret red wool project! It’s in September so I need to get cracking!

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A week later and I was instructed to bring my homework with me when I go to fetch my eggs. Mmm, better get cracking then, so I set up shop on the old wooden table whilst b was asleep for a couple of hours. Crikey!!!! It’s going to be a slow process!

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Each row took an hour!

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I hope I speed up! The plan is to create a vibrant tray cloth. I think it may rival my crochet blanket in how long it is going to take!

So, that’s all from me for now, more on aunty s’s present later! Xxxxxxxww