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Dog beds and snowdrops

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Well, it’s certainly cold when the fire is lit first thing in the morning!

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It’s not usually fire time until about 4pm… This morning was deceptively bright from the comfort of being inside. A quick breath of fresh air outside blasted our lungs with freezing air and so we had a quick potter around granddads garden and then hunkered down inside.

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Granddads garden is full of promise….

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This single snowdrop was warmly welcomed by us all. here in the UK, they are the first flowers of the year, promptly followed by the crocus and then the glorious daffodils.

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I love to have some miniature daffodils each year to brighten the window up. There’s something wonderful about watching them grow and then rewarding you with such a happy little bloom.  They’ve given me a fabulous  idea as well for my next project….

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And I reached for my hook to happily get cracking on it. It shouldn’t take too long, then I will show you.

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Now, if you’ve been a visitor of windyhill for a while, you’ll know that this faithful friend of mine is called tinky.  She’s an old lady now and such a gentle but powerful one at that.  Soft and lazy at home yet still a spring chicken with puppy craziness when she goes out walking…. Until the following day, when she hobbles around because her old lady joints hurt, poor thing.

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Firm friends and partner in crime with little b…. Poor tinky has had a nasty ear infection. Oh, it’s been grim. Nasty gunk coming out and the smell has been dreadful. Poor tinky.  She’s on the mend now though, after a week of having to wrestle her to put ear drops in..
However, I wanted to throw away her old bedding and get her some new ones. Luckily, mum and dad had a spare bed for her…

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Now, the thing about dog beds is that they are so hard to wash. So my good old mum came up with a
Clever idea and I copied her.

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She gave me an old bath sheet sized towel and I sewed it up around the outsiders like a pillow case….

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Leaving an opening in the middle of one end.  Mum used Velcro on hers but I didn’t have any pieces long enough so I’ve just left it open.

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Fantastic! It fits like a glove and means I can wash it easily as often as I need.

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Lay another old towel on top that I can change often and that’s the end of problematic dog bed washing. Thanks mum! I would have done it sooner, but a certain little lady had hidden my sewing machine foot so I have had to order a new one!

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Speaking of my little friend…. Look at those curls!!! They are popping up all over, poor little thing has inherited her mothers hair!

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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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