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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

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Autumn leaves and soup bowls!

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It’s a lovely, bright afternoon and little b is tucked up asleep in much needed dreamland. Bless her heart, her canines are really hurting her and I could hear her whimpering in her sleep all night last night. Consequently, she has been a little monster this morning!!!

I had to share this little snap of her on the monitor, fast asleep with her bum up in the air!

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Aaaaa! Sweet little friend.

Anyhow…. Today I am going to show you how to make these Autumn leaves.

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Firstly, chain 13.  In the second stitch from your hook, half double crochet. Half double again, double crochet, double crochet again, now do three treble crochet, follow these with two double crochet and then do two half double crochet. Chain 1 to help you around the bend onto the other side, now repeat the pattern until the you get to the top. Slip stitch into the first half double you did, now simply single crochet all the way around to make a nice, neat, sturdy edge. Now when you get to the top, slip stitch again into your first single crochet.

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Now, this next bit is to make the central vein down the middle and it is easier than it sounds. Find the first space in your original chain and poke your hook through it.

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Pick up the yarn and pull it up and slip stitch. Do this all the way until the end. When you get to the final space, poke your hook through and let go of the yarn. Instead, pick up your original tail and pull up. Pull it all the way through and release. Now put your hook up through the underside of your edge and pick up the tail and pull back through. Snip your yarn and knot the two ends. Weave the tails in and there you have it! Have fun with your new leaves!!!!

Well, I’m off to check on my pear crispy slices.

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I’m experimenting and whilst the oven is on low for a rice pudding I’ve made for b I thought I would wade down the pile that m bought home the other day. I hope they work like the apple ones as they are much easier to prepare, having no cores.

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I’ve added nutmeg this time so we shall see!!
We are enjoying our soupy dinners and b has the most adorable items to eat it out of.

Firstly….

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This royal doulton bunnykins bowl was a christening present from her grandma and pop pop as she calls him,
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Granny found soupy bear as we have christened him in a charity shop.
I can still remember a picture on a plate that I used to use, with great fondness so here they are little b… For years to come, when hopefully, they remain unbroken!!!!

Right…. Pears….

See you soon for a Halloween pattern that I’ve been working on xxxxxx

Autumn loveliness

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Hasn’t it turned cold!!!! Brrr…. There have been a couple of frosts here on windyhill. Thankfully, it’s been bright in the days and my little friend and I have been out and about all over the place making the most of the sharp, sunny days. Cold days like this deserve hearty food and today I used up a load of m’s tomatoes with a nice jaimie oliver soup recipe. Yum! We had a lovely morning at newstead abbey yesterday, the home of the late and rather strange Lord Byron and extremely ancient, pre- reformation abbey ruins. There are so many gardens there for b to discover and a lovely safe environment for her to run around in and let off some steam. We have had dry pants all week and she is extremely good at communicating her desire to go to the loo now, so although I keep a set of spare clothes in my bag, as of yet, they’ve not been used. Wow! I’m so proud of her. Many people wondered if she was too young at 18 months to potty train but I knew she could do it. She was making it very clear to me before hand that she was ready and her verbal skills and understanding is really advanced for her age so I’m really pleased I gave it a go and that I didn’t give up on the day that I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall!!! I’m intrigued to learn that babies in third world countries are trained by the age of 1, and I was talking to a fellow mum in my library who knew of a baby trained at 8 months!!!! My goodness!!!! That’s incredible! Anyhow…

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We’ve been enjoying a variety of baked apple puddings this week and m came home with a load of pears for us which we’ve been merrily munching our way through.

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And I learned a very good tip for removing that waxy coating on shop bought fruit. Warm water and white vinegar in the sink for ten minutes. Excellent!

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Poor m…. I think I have finished making Autumn garlands now, after playing with Autumn crocheted leaves all week. The result is a lovely cheerful….

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Garland for our French doors.

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I will put the pattern on for this larger leaf as I ended up devising one as I just couldn’t find a suitable one on the net.

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They are tacked on to some ribbon and I’m very happy with their Autumn colours and cheerfulness.

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After much hard work on m’s part…

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Things are finally coming together upstairs. This is the new en-suite he has built us. He has made this unit himself and there will be a nice little cupboard underneath soon.

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What a clever fellow he is!

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I’ll be glad to see the back of all this lot though…

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And a new carpet has gone down in the bedroom too, much to b’s dismay as it made a wonderful horsey in the living room! Night xxxxx

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Well look at that! My lupins are popping up again. There’s a lot of late goings on in the garden at the moment. I’m really pleased to see these lupins as I sewed many little black seeds hoping for a bumper crop of them and they’ve been hugely disappointing. Only one flowered up until now. Many shot their leaves and stalks out of the earth and teased with such promise but unfortunately, amounted to nothing. These flowers remind me of childhood memories for some reason. I’m not sure if they were in my parents garden or not, but something feels vaguely familiar and very comforting and evocative about them.

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Wonderful. And I’m going to collect their seeds and spread them around even further for next year.

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I’m keeping little beebop out of her garden at the moment as it is teaming with the most toddler- tempting toadstools of many, many types.  I’m hoping that they will die off soon, but at the minute…. It’s a no go zone!

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Aren’t these amazing!!!! Autumn crocus. Their colour is so vibrant I can’t take my eyes off of them. These are the only flowers that grew in our garden when we inherited it. 5 clumps of them and all the rest of the land was uncared for. Strange for a vicarage really.  They sit at the base of big tree and decorate his trunk. I’m going to attempt to split them up and spread them around for next year.

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Mum and dad have gone away again and mum didn’t want these flowers to go to waste so I am enjoying them instead. What a feast for the eyes!

I’ve made another leaf hanging to go above them. This time, I didn’t use the sewing machine, I just hand stitched the leaves.

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They look amazing in the sunshine.

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We’ve had friends staying this weekend so I wanted to add a few welcoming, warming touches to the house.

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I love the way that these pinecones look in my soup tourine!

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And I went in the garden to find some nice berry stems to add some colour here….

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And there…..

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And who knew it!  Tea lights float!

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And the berries look lovely against the candle.

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We’ve had a lovely, lovely weekend seeing dear friends who live in a different county. Even though m was painting the bedroom they were to stay in at gone 4am on the day of their arrival!!!!
And little b is doing fantastic. Doing her little tiddles and poopoos in all different toilets out and about, holding her weewees for lengths of time and amazingly, she has started to use her voice to actually warn us now by saying ‘weewee’. I’m pretty sure that with the exception of the odd little accident here and there, she’s got it. Brilliant.  I’m so proud of her. Xx

Sewing leaves

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Well! Here it is…. My leaf project! Lovely little b collected me some beautiful leaves and to preserve their vibrant colours, I wanted to dip them in wax. There’s no need to buy any special wax if you have some little candles handy like these….

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I put these in a microwaveable dish but please note!!!! Once you have taken them out of their metal holder, turn them over and there is a little metal cap in the bottom, like this….

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Make sure you take it out!!!! Once that is out you can then pull the wick out. Pop them in the microwave until they are all melted and get dipping!! Safety announcement number 2…. It will be scolding hot! Beware!! Safety announcement number 3….. Don’t put any waste wax down the plug hole, unless you really want to block your drains up! Pour it in something to throw in the bin.

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I spent a long time threading these leaves to help dip them…. Don’t bother! God gave them their own handles by way of their stems! I ended up snipping off all the thread! Once dipped, lay them flat on a piece of paper.

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Look how beautifully glossy they are! Don’t let surplus wax lay on them or they will go cloudy.

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This is where it got exciting!!!! Once they are dry, put your sewing machine on a long stitch and get sewing straight through the middle of them.

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Until you have a merry little chain of them!

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I added a pinecone to weigh them down a little and experimented with where to hang them…

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Maybe here?

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Or here? Mmm…. I will have to have another look in daylight tomorrow.

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I’m really pleased with this. Nature provides once again! A beautiful, Autumn feast of colour. It pains me that some people are so busy that they don’t see the beauty by their feet at this time of the year. It is my mission to try to encourage little b to appreciate the world around her and it’s abundant beauty. Just as I am in her beauty.

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Guardian angels

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B and I went out yesterday to blow the cobwebs away after a yucky, poorly week and to make the most of some glorious Autumn sunshine. I wanted to gather some of the beautiful leaves that are beginning to flutter down, so set little beebop on the mission.  We had a lovely morning, and it was also a huge success in pant land!! They remained dry!!!!! Bless her heart, she walked such a long way too. 
We got some fantastic coloured leaves and played with sticks and pinecones, ran down banks…. B’s favourite sport!!! And low and behold…. Met little b’s guardian angel on the way….

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What an amazing shot.  I was taking it of b running down the bank and when I looked at it, it had this celestial hue to it.  A loved one visiting? Or maybe the sunshine through the tree? Who knows…. But a lovely shot.

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we came back in with cold hands and rosy cheeks. What better on an autumn day to warm up with a snuggly blanket and your first ever drink of hot chocolate. Oh my! Little b loved it!

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We spent a while after she woke up, examining our leafy treasures and then a lesson on needles, thread and scissors…

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You see, I have grand plans for these little beauties.  A very fine needle goes through the stem easily and once b had finished examining the hanging leaves….

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They were put inside a heavy book to flatten out and keep safe until I get chance for phase two!

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In the meantime, tinky is clearly enjoying the firelit evenings, as am I… Especially gleeful tonight as today, I am extremely proud to announce that all wee wees and poo poos have been done cleverly on the toilet and potty… Even one whilst we were out and about at grannys church! Hurrah!

I will show you our finished leaf project next time, until then…. Wish me a puddleless few days ahead xxxxxxx