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Halloween galore!

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Crikey!!! I think this has been the longest I have left my little chats with you. I’ve been very, very busy! Mostly because m has been working all the hours god sends and so I have been busy with my little friend, and also…. The impending Halloween festivities have had my fingers busy and messy at every opportunity. Well…. I think I am nearly done. So much to tell and show!

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The weather has suddenly changed to the gloomiest fog and drizzle and I am longing for the beautiful Sunsets and bright days we had recently. This sunset was caught from my upstairs window. that night, after my sister informed me, I put little b to bed and assumed position to watch the international space station go over. It was very impressive. I had no idea at the time that a crew of 33 were whizzing over my head, guided by a female captain! The following night, I gave them all a wave and b was singing her goodbyes to the world and waved to the ‘rocket’ as well!

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Everyones chimneys are suddenly smoking as it has turned chilly, chilly, chilly! It’s a comforting sight.

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So many green tomatoes failed to ripen this year and I can’t bear to waste them so in the pan they went with half their weight of onions, a large amount of dried fruit, mustard seeds, brown sugar and white vinegar to make….

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Green tomato chutney! Yum!

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Poor little b had her foot painted and stamped to make these cute little witches and sent to loved ones in the post

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An army of them!!! Oh, it was funny. I did laugh, squelching her gorgeous, tubby little feet over and over, and watching her confused, amused and giggling face as we did so.

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B and I watched my beloved David Attenborough in a documentary (well, a clip of it on youtube) about fruit bats and then set about recreating the scene. I tend to do this with most things that she doesn’t see in real life to explain and contextualise things for her. It was actually an amazing clip. Hundreds of thousands of fruit bats greying the exotic skies. She looked quite interested in my tale of one weeing on me as it flew over on my travels in the past!

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Anyhow…. I cut some bat shapes out of cardboard and let her loose with the black paint.

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And we even cut up an egg box and made it into bats…

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Cute! Not hundreds of thousands, but she seemed to understand…

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Maybe we’ll add to it!

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These sponge sticks are great for little hands and short attention spans. They make things so much easier.

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Whilst b was asleep, I made these little felt bats to hang by the fire….

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They look pretty cool….

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And will flutter when the fire’s lit.

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But these are my favourite creations so far, along with these….

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My crochet garlands! The first is basically just a flat circle pattern….

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That is embellished with some added leaves. I just poked my hook through my finished orange circle on the very edge

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And pulled through the green yarn

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Then chained 8 to make the stalk

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I then did half double crochets back down the stalk

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And slipstitched it back on to the pumpkin.

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I then chained 6 and worked my way back down with a single crochet, half double, double, half double and finally a single crochet. This makes a nice leaf.

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Fasten off and go to the other side of the stalk and do the same again.

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I made five pumpkins. I like odd numbers when making garlands. I then chained 80 then slip stitched in between the pumpkin and the leaves along the tops.

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I then chained 30 stitches between each pumpkin. After the last pumpkin, I chained 80 again.

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I then made the faces with a needle and black wool.

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And am really pleased with them!

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I will do another post very soon with the pattern I made for my cute little bat garland.

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Do you remember my little pompom spider I made b? Today, we made him a web out of icelolly sticks!

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And hung him up!

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He’s much happier.

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B and I also made this lovely little lantern

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We always collect pretty leaves and I put them straigt in a heavy book until I can figure out what to do with them. Well, this was really easy for little fingers! Simply brush clear children’s glue on the jar, put the leaves on and brush glue on top of them! I’ve decided this is to be our craft lantern and will be lit each time we make something together.

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Well, there’s more to come, but here is a little corner so far. What I love about this the most is the happy afternoons that b and I have spent at the dining table making our things. It’s nice to sit and work together and see where things take us. I feel that we are more connected spending time together on activities like this, rather than just running around the planet from activity to activity. B certainly seems very content and happy too. I can’t wait for her to wake up tomorrow, as I have put all of our handy work up tonight after she went to bed. Phew! Tonights been a long one! See you soon xxxxxxx