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Easter bunnies and ducklings

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Hello my lovelies xx
Well, I’m having a little sit down for a moment and thought I’d say hi to you and share a new tutorial. 
My goodness!! It’s been so rainy and miserable today.
Our weather clock has been on our snowy snowman in March! Bizarre!

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I’ve not been outside at all. I quite like it though. I like cosying up as you know and I’m sure you appreciate. I will be glad to see the back of this freezing, cold weather of course, but there is something I like about it in short spells and it really makes it more wonderful when the sun eventually comes out.  Oh my word, I’m babbling on!

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It’s been mothers day, here in the UK.  My lovely sister set me a challenge and crikey! It kept me busy! She loves wonderwoman and it seemed a fitting tribute to our mum, so she asked me to fathom the logo. Well…. I tried doing a zigzag pattern…. Too wide…. Tried a ripple pattern…. Not quite right, so in the end I  made each straight edge of the logo and pieced it together. By gum! As they say up north…. It took a while!! Any how, I’m pleased with the result but it could be neater!

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And I made my lovely mum a little owl for her card from me as she is a very, very wise owl and I hope that me and my little owlette turn out to be as wise and kind.  Xxxx

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Ah, look at my little owlette here! It is on her birthday and she is so excited!  We endured two hours of softplay, sweatbox hell for her with her toddler pals and she had a fantastic time!

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Here she is with one of her birthday presents.  I’ve mentioned before that my musical ear detects talent here, but crikey mikey! It is in short supply on this machine as she belts out the demonstration buttons!

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I’ve been busy with easter projects here too! Here, amidst my yarn you can see my little duckling egg cosies. Waiting for their little hats to be made. And here they are….

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Mummy duckling

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Daddy duckling

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Skater boy duckling… And….

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Pompom hat duckling.

Aren’t they lovely! I did these for a lady but imagine her little ones faces when their dippy eggs arrive with these chirpy fellows on top.

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Today, it’s been bunnies and I’m going to show you how to make this lovely little bun

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Right…. To begin….
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Chain 8 and slipstitch to make a ring…
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Now, chain 2
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And then make a further 15 double crochets into the ring (UK trebles)
Slip stitch to close the round.
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Now, chain 8 to form the first ear….
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And do a double crochet into the 4th chain from the hook.
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And continue to double crochet to the bottom of the chain. single crochet into the next stitch and again in the next stitch.

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Now chain 8 again and repeat the process above…
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Now single crochet all around the head until you meet the first ear again.
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And slip stitch into the crease below the ear. But your wool but leave a good length and fasten off.
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Now thread your wool and weave all the way around the ears. It will strengthen them nicely and stop them flopping about.
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Now pull the yarn from the central hole really tight to close the ring. Now thread that piece and stitch across the hole several times to secure.
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Thread some pink wool and over the hole make three stitches, slightly decreasing the length each time. Fasten off in a knot on the reverse.
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Thread some black wool and make two eyes….
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And then choose some wool to make a sweet little bow. Thread through the ear and tie.
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There we have it. Really fast to make and so sweet and pretty.
You could make a lovely easter wreath or garland with them. Or sew them onto something.
I’d love to see your pictures of them. Look me up on facebook under windyhilldays and share your pictures with me or just say hi! Even better, leave me a comment on here, It Would be lovely to hear from you.

Goodnight world, and good blessings xxxxx

Hello sunshine

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Aaaaaaaaaa! Aaaaaaaaaaa! Can you feel that? Can you feel that golden warmth on your face from the early spring sunshine? Aaaaaaaa! It is wonderful!!!! Hello, lovely world! The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! It’s still cold, but if you find a sheltered spot and sit back for a moment, it’s wonderful.

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Little b and I have been out and about in it when ever we can. Here is a rare shot of us together… Usually it’s me behind the camera. If you look really closely at the big rock behind us, you can see the ice at the bottom of it from the waterfall. This is at newstead abbey. It’s a wonderful place to visit,right on our doorstep. It’s where lord Byron lived and was once a monastery. It has secret gardens and passageways that delight little b, peacocks that impress us all and a lovely, warm cafe that does a nice cup of tea!

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Here’s little b, entranced by the water falling in front of her eyes and absorbing the immense noise of the cascading water.

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And here she is entranced by her favourite programme in my necklace that ive taken downstairs to re-use the pearls for my crafty projects. Anyhow…. Speaking of little projects… I have a couple of things to share with you today, firstly….

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Apologies, it’s a bit fuzzy, but do you have children and have any of these spare? Plug guards? Why? …. They make incredible……

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Playdough people! Ah! We had fun making these. Just draw what you want on them and they satisfyingly poke into playdough beautifully!

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We also made some to create Mr potato head style faces….

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And b had a lovely new experience with the usual playdough.

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I’ve been really busy, making all sorts of greeting cards. I’m doing my first ever craft fair in July so need to get on with it!

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Rainbows….

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Cherries….

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Bunnies …. (I got a bit broody making these! )

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Bears…… Ah!

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Birds….

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And houses……

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But mostly, I’ve been making lots of flower cards….

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And I’m going to show you how to do these little flowers too!

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Firstly, my hook is a 3.5 and I chained 7. Now, join to the first stitch with a slip stitch, this forms the central ring.

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Now, chain 1 and then do 4 treble crochets (US trebles…. Yarn over twice…. I learned how to crochet from American clips on youtube.)

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Now single crochet into the ring, and you have your first petal.

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Repeat this 5 times for 5 beautiful petals.

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And then slip stitch into the chain 1 of the first petal that you made. Done!

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And all of these little flowers turned into….

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Lovely cards. You could put them on hats, bags, all sorts! Well, sleepy time is almost over for my little friend and I am going to have a quick play with a little owl applique pattern I’ve got. Have a beautiful, sunny day, wherever you are, and if it’s cloudy…. Stay sunshiney in your heart xxxxxxx

Fairy toadstools

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I absolutely love red toadstools, I love the magic of them and the way they adorn beautiful illustrations in childrens books.  I had the bright idea of making a toadstool inspired plant pot cover….

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Ah. Isn’t it sweet!  I made the circles by simply chaining 4, slip stitching into a ring and then I made about 12 UK treble crochets USA double crochets into the middle, then I joined them with a slip stitch.  That’s a really easy way to make little circles, I then sewed them on top.

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Here are the merry little medley of plants so far, my spindly basil being the latest victim.  But look……

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They’re out! Honestly, every time I look at these plants they have changed. Maybe because they are toasty near my fire!

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I know someone else who is as well…. Sometimes I think that tink hasn’t moved from this spot for days! 

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It’s still bitterly cold here.  It was minus 7 the other night. That’s cold for here.  Today, the whole of the UK has been blanketed in snow. Airports and railways are closed and roads are terrible.  We really are pretty dreadful in our country at coping with the snow!

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These pictures are taken from my wonderful friends front door. She lives on the edge of Sherwood forest, it’s a lovely view isn’t it….

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And fantastic for her young boys to play in.  as I drove down this road to her house the other morning, I was absolutely swept away with the beauty of the place. The snow covered firs were glistening in the sunshine and it reminded me of skiing in Bulgaria a few years ago.  It also reminded me how incredibly lucky I am in my happy life. I love beautiful moments like that.

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May you have a beautiful moment today as well.

Xxxxxxx

I love plants and I love crochet…

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Well, it’s absolutely true!  I love, love, love plants and I love, love, love to crochet, so this little project is delighting my cockles!

I’ve made another one!

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I think I love crochet because I love colour. I love seeing things grow and I love the cosy comfort of wool. I am also a big believer in the effects of colour on your mood and emotions. I practise reiki and completed reiki level 1 and there is such a significant correlation of specific colours with our chakras. Perhaps this is why I love to be surrounded by rainbows… I’m inadvertently keeping my chakras balanced by seeing all the colours around me.

I’ve got a little bit swept away with my pretty plant pot covers. 

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And I absolutely love this calming green one with it’s pretty little crocheted star.

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And I love the little pearl in the middle.

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And I absolutely love the daffodils inside…. They are growing so fast!! They will soon be blooming and I can’t wait.  My orchid has also new buds ready to pop and I can’t wait to see those beautiful purple flowers once again.

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It’s not snowed since yesterday, but is very, very cold. It’s been nice and bright though and the snow looks wonderful against blue skies.

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I can see the church once again…. It was missing yesterday for most of the day.

The little star on my cover was made following a pattern on a blog that I love to follow called attic24.  there’s lots of lovely patterns on there…

Right…. I still have Christmas presents to finish! Yikes!

Lots of love xxxxxxx

Wintry days and crocheted flower pots

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Windyhill, wintry-wonderland greets you today, my friends.

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It’s a beautiful scene and we are all delighted that it snowed overnight. It is continuing to do so!

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The garden is lovely and tinky is running around like a young pup, snorting and chasing around in the snow….

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Big tree looks magnificent with his winter coat on….

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We fed the birds….

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And my beautiful unicorn, Mr bullfinch came to see us. Wow, I love him and his vibrantly, shy ways.

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Little b tried to catch the flakes…. It is her first year to walk upon the snow!! She was very unsure where her feet were disappearing to!

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And we made a strange looking snowman, with onions for eyes and a half eaten nose! Little b loves a carrot and she keeps pulling it out and taking a bite!!

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My secret project is finished! Are you ready? ….

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Hurray!! It makes me smile inside every time I look at it. I love it!

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You know when you just don’t have enough pretty plant pots and you don’t really want to stare at the brown plant pot they come in….
I thought I’d make a pretty, happy cover that I can slip off and use again when I plant these in the garden for next year!

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I can see that I am going to make all sorts of these as they are so cheerful. I can hear my basil plant in the kitchen calling me, begging me to cheer him up with one!

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I thought it a good idea to show you how I change colour when I’m crocheting. 

Ready?

So, I have finished with blue and want some red!  I take my hook out and leave a loop….

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I get my new wool, red, and create a loop….

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Slip my hook through the blue wool that I am finished with…

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Tighten the blue loop onto my hook by pulling the blue tail,

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And pick up the new red loop with the hook….

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I pull the new red wool through my blue loop….

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And pull the blue tail really tightly to trap the red….

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I then pull the red tail to tighten the red and single crochet in place….

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Carrying on and hey Presto…. A very neat colour change with no knots.

Keep your tails long enough to weave in on the inside when you’ve finished and then you can tie them together on the inside neatly if you wish.

The cover itself was really easy….
I just single crocheted a chain that fit the base of the pot and slip stitched it together…

Each new round you need to start with a chain one before single crocheting around in order to give it some new height. I changed the colours here and there to make it interesting and when it was the height of my flower pot I added a simple shell edge.

I did this by single crocheting in a stitch, then in the same stitch add the following…. Double crochet, chain 2, double crochet, single crochet, then move on to the next but one stitch and  repeat. 

I’ll do a separate post about the flower later on.

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Right…. Little b keeps wrapping her toys up in dusters and tea-towels, so I am going to think about a mini granny square blanket for her to use instead.

Much love to you all…. Pop by and see me on my facebook page xxxxxxx

Christmas Eve

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It’s Christmas Eve xxxxxxx yay!!!!! It feels like I have been waiting forever for this day to come. Little b has asked daily ‘Santa pop chimney mummy?’ ‘not today,Darling, soon!’ is the standard reply.

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Remember my Christmas fabrics I was being secretive about?

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Oh, they are lovely aren’t they. I turned them into…

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Pillow cases and I love, love, love them!

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Here is little b’s. Obviously, I didn’t take the credit….

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A certain little elf is skilled on the sewing machine!

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I’m so proud of them and surprised m with them yesterday evening too!

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I really, really wish I did a before and after photo of our bedroom cupboards here. This is a huge achievement. You see, m is so busy and comes in and dumps his tools, receipts and goodness knows what everywhere and these drawers were a huge pile of rubbish!

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And now I have a bedroom that actually looks nice!!

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I got out in the garden and picked some holly….

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Put some downstairs too….

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Found my crochet cloth and some fairy lights and couldn’t wait for darkness to come!

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But in the meantime, my poor little munchkin has been so poorly. She sank in to my new pillows and slept a little longer by my side….

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Her temperature rises and falls constantly at the minute. 39.1 in the night last night. Poor little mite.

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Darkness came and as m and b came upstairs, a strange, welcoming glow came from our usually un-welcoming bedroom!

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Surprised faces peeked in and found….

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Aroo had been busy with fairy lights again!

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And bought us some lovely holly…

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Everything looked lovely and a very poorly little girl managed a tiny smile, so a job well done xxxxxxx

Merry Christmas my friends…. Have a wonderful Christmas. Do leave a comment to say what you will be doing. Today, if little b is up to it, we will be singing carols around the Christmas tree in my village xxxxxx

Kites and coughs

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Ah! December is here…. Let the festivities begin! I just love the build up to Christmas. To me, it’s the best bit! I’ve made this happy little bit of festive cheer to put by my front door. It’s chalk, good old fashioned chalk, on a slate tile. I better stop pinching them from m’s stash or little b won’t have a roof for her garden house he is planning on building for her! I have been so busy making things and haven’t decorated the house yet…. So this is like a little festive peep into Christmas on windyhill. I will reveal all when we get around to trimming the house. I wanted to do it yesterday, but m is once again working incredibly hard at the moment, so it will wait…. It is very much a family affair. Even before little b came along and brightened our days. Speaking of the little monkey….

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Just look at that little face!!! She is mesmerised, looking at her kite flying above her….

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High up in the sky! We made this kite at rufford abbey in October and its fabulous! Only takes the slightest bit of a breeze to get it air born and is so robust!

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That’s our big old ash in the picture….and our house behind the hedge… We popped up to see aunty s and asked if we could fly it in her field. It was so bumpy and boggy up there after the horses have been in it that little b struggled to remain upright!

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She had a wonderful time though… Short and sweet as it was late afternoon and so, so cold.

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We flew it until the Sun was sinking low and then went home to warm up by the fire.

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I am getting the hang of this fire building business now!!

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Hot orange and honey was the flavour of our warming drink today…. Little b has a hacking cough. I found a recipe online for some tonic that we’ve been trying out. It seems to banish the nasty cough for a good hour or so….

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And looks a very pretty shade in a jam jar. As you know, I’m all for natures way and would much rather give this to b than counter medicines. The recipe then…. 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne 1/4 teaspoon of ginger 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar 2 tablespoons of water 1 tablespoon of honey. Now, I didn’t have any cider vinegar so I used white wine vinegar and it worked fine. Also, the cayenne pepper made me nervous, but it’s not hot at all in the tincture and little b doesn’t seem to mind it. So…. Dissolve the vinegar, cayenne, ginger and water together. I used boiled water. Add your honey and give it a good shake! Simple! It makes a small quantity, so it won’t go off and is enough for a week. I got this recipe from http://Nancyvienneau.com and she has some great ideas on her page. Little b managed to ignore her cough long enough to savour her first ever advent calendar opening!

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After talking about the picture and the concept of Christmas yet again…. (really trying to explain it all so carefully over the past month) we looked at the numbers, found number 1 and she was so thrilled that the door opened, let alone that there was a chocolate there for her! Bless her heart…. We don’t have chocolates, sweets or biscuits in our house and she loved it! She sat kissing it in between minute nibbles!

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Look what I discovered…. Clear baubles! I’ve got 6 to play with and here in the first one, I have put some roses in it that I dried from a bouquet I was bought when b was born from her uncle r. What a smashing little momento for years to come and I can’t wait to see it all glistening in the twinkly lights on the tree. Well…. I look forward to a festive post very soon, hopefully, when m wrestles with all the boxes in the loft…. You know how it is! Until then xxxxxx

Felt and festive

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Ta-dah!!!! Look at this felty marvel!!! I have made this for my little friend to play with from December the 1st. All the little decorations have Velcro on the back of them so my little b can decorate and re-decorate it til her heart’s content.

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It is slightly taller than her and is glued on to card. I just have to add on a little hoop to hang it with and away we go.

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Look at this fabric!!!! I could eat it, it’s so delicious. All those gorgeous Christmasy elf houses. Oh, goody gumdrops, I have a wonderful idea for it, but it will save until later in December.

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And my, my, I’ve had gluey fingers this week! I’ve made this for beebop to play with. I’ve got to add the backing fabric yet and figure out how to make it fold up and be portable…

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Emergency services….

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Houses at the bottom of our hill….

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The top of our hill…. Our house, aunty s and her farm, the windmill…. It is better than ours as ours has no sails!

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And rufford park, where we visit quite often! I’m doing several of these type of things this year…. Crikey! I’m going to get through some glue aren’t I! See you soon!! Xxxxxxx

Crochet bat garland.

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Hi there…. I have a very quick 2 minutes to do this as we have our Cornish friends travelling up the country as I speak and after a massive clean up operation this morning (m makes us marvelous things but makes a lot of dust as he does), dinner now in the slow cooker…. (One meat chilli and one vegetarian chilli for b and I) I have now got to run to the shop and buy all the groceries. So….
I promised my pattern for my bat garland and thought I’d better get on with it as Halloween weekend approaches rapidly!

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Here it is….

Chain 27
In the second stitch from the hook, single crochet. Single crochet again. Half double in the next two stitches, treble in the next two stitches, half double in the next two, single crochet,slip stitch in the next two, now chain four right there where you have just stopped. Slip stitch in to the first chain of the four, slip stitch into the next stitch. There, you’ve just made one ear!  Now do half doubles in the next two stitches, now for the other ear…. Slip stitch and chain 4. Slip stitch in to first chain of the four. Now slip stitch in the next two stitches. Single crochet, half double in the next two stitches, treble in the next two and half double in the next two. Single crochet in the next two and chain one to help you turn on to the underside of your bat.

Underside….

Single crochet in first two stitches. Half double in next two, treble in next two, half double in the next two.  Single crochet, slip stitch, slip stitch. Now for the bat body, you should be under his ear now…. Half double in next 4 stitches. Slip stitch, slip stitch, single crochet.  Half double in next two stitches, treble in next two, half double in next two. Single crochet in next two.  There one bat!!!!

I then chained one and then single crocheted along the underside to create a nice edge, but it doesn’t work on the top side so fasten off on the wing tip.

I added goggley eyes and embroidered a little pink mouth. I added green colour down the wings by poking my hook through the initial chain, pulling up the green wool and slip stitching down all the chain holes in each wing.

To make the garland, I chained 40 then skip stitched on to a mid point of each wing.  I chained 20 between each bat.  I chained 40 after the last bat.  I then used green wool to single crochet along the top of the chain.

Phew!!! I’ve done that fast, so if you have any questions, do ask.

Right…..  onwards and upwards!!! Xxxxxx

Ash trees and witches boots

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Once a year, my big old ash, lovingly known as ‘big tree’ sighs a great big sigh and breathes out all his troubles, releasing his leaves in one giant drop. Or that is how it seems. Where other trees release their withered leaves over several weeks, big tree seems to take a deep breath and lets them drop all at once. It is quite something. Something I’m not sure I would ever notice if I didn’t have such a loved, big old ash tree in my garden or the fortune to have the time at home to witness it.

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He has scattered my garden with a carpet of yellow leaves….

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Which will wither away eventually over the coming months….

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Big tree…. Have a good rest this winter and shelter us from the sun once more next year please x

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I have had a yummy, ribbony project to play with over the last week. An idea I have gratefully stolen from pinterest….

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It has involved felt, lace, Ribbons, cardboard and glue….

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Pins and sequins! Oh! It has been fabulous!

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A witches shoe! Here it is before its laces were added…

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And here it is finished, in all its splendour! I am totally envious as I would gladly wear such amazing boots!

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Little sequins imitate the shoelace holes….

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Now, would a bad witch wear such fabulous boots? My mum is often called a white witch as she is so clever with her remedies, so these boots are for a good witch!!!!

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I’ve framed it….

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And hung it….

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On my front door! So many pictures of my witches boot but I love it!!!!

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A few more felt bats on windows….

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And we’re nearly there….. Not finished yet…. I have more to show you, and ive not forgotten my bat pattern…. I am just a little short of time tonight.

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Until next time….. Here is b climbing in my fridge!!!!! Xxxxxxx