Friday, 27 February 2009

Pink and more pink!

I'm really in the pink mode just lately. We recently found out that our daughter and her husband's forthcoming baby is a girl. So now everything I'm looking at or planning to make is pink. I've already made a baby blanket in pinks and peaches, but now I'm looking into my stash of knitting patterns and books to see what else I can find.

I've been a collector, ( hubby would say hoarder) of a multitude of craft materials and books since I was at school, which was a long time ago! The vintage knitting patterns which I have are simply beautiful, some are over fifty years old. The materials are no longer available as the companies which made them no longer exist, so it's going to be trial and error with modern yarns if I go down that route.

I'm also trying to put together some fabrics for a patchwork baby quilt. I have all the fabrics, I just have to decide on which to choose. The ones in the picture are a few of my favourites.

This will be our third grandchild, and it's just as exciting as if it was going to be the first. The oldest has now started school and his little sister is almost almost eight months old. How quickly the time flies.

One thing is for sure, I shall have to get cracking if I want to get all these projects finished by the time baby arrives at the end of June!

Have a good weekend,


Thursday, 19 February 2009

Make and do.....a revival???

You don't have to look very far these days, in newspapers, magazines, tv or radio, to notice that everyone is now talking about "making and doing". Now we are in recession/credit crisis, whatever you wish to call it, there are articles springing up everywhere, advising us how to "make this, or do that". Well a lot of people I know, including me, have always been making and doing.

I was fortunate enough to be taught from a very early age, how to make and do. Both my parents were creative and inventive, and thanks to them I learnt a lot. During their lifetimes, their creative talents were born out of necessity. Living through the war and the years beyond were quite hard for them and many others, and due to their thrift, ingenuity and talents wonderful creations were made.

My father was very creative with wood, making us wonderful toys, like a rocking horse, dolls houses with all the furniture, a fort, a garage, and countless jigsaws and puzzles.
He was also an avid collector of stamps, labels and other various items.
My mother was creative with a needle, sewing, knitting and crochet, was a wonderful cook and baker.
I like many other people have a lot to thank my parents for. They opened up my eyes and my world to all the creative inspirations that anyone can have.
I'm also lucky to have a husband who is very creative and talented, and both our children (who aren't children any more) are creative too. Maybe they'll be passing it on to their children, I do hope so.

Saturday, 14 February 2009


Well I never thought I'd be doing this, but here I am giving it a try.

I hope that you will find something of interest on your visit, as it is my intention to share with you ideas, inspirations and projects that I have done or am in the process of creating.

I will also include some of my favourite recipes, books and music.

I don't expect this to be a masterpiece, just something of interest, in some way.

But today I will just like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!