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Sweet Pea Snapshots

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Evening all! Can I offer you a cup of tea? My lovely aunt came into possession of the most delightful Royal Winton tea set in Sweet Pea and very kindly gifted it to me. It is positively divine and I love every sip from it. I have a feeling that you will be seeing these pop up frequently from now on!

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The weather has been up and down this week. Beautiful sunshine, some much needed rain and a few grey, chilly mornings which have allowed us to wrap ourselves in the cosy blankets around the place. It makes me so happy to see them being put to good use.

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Even my Summer Garden Granny Throw was put to work as an impromptu picnic blanket.

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There has been a pleasing amount of crochet happening here at the moment. My South Bay Shawlette is coming along slowly but surely (the pattern can be found on Ravelry). The yarn is Drops Baby Alpaca Silk and is a dream to work with.

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Don’t you just love a bit of al fresco hooky? My Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 has become a 2015 mood blanket but I am loving choosing which colour it is to be each day.

However the most exciting news of this week has to be from Little Lady. Drumroll please…my little poppet is now eating!

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Yes, weaning take 2 has begun. I cannot believe how well she has taken to eating. She is even giving her brother a run for his money! So far she has scoffed banana, pear, orange, potatoes in all forms, carrots, swede, brocolli, peppers, tomatoes, Weetabix, Rice Crispies, turkey with five spice and ginger, steak, chicken curry, oxtail stew, red rice with feta, cheese sandwich, crumpets and probably loads more that I am forgetting. Here she is enjoying a pitta stick with cashew butter.

I cannot tell you how exciting I am finding this second journey into Baby Led Weaning (not least the improvement that we have seen in the length of time that she will go between feeds in the night now!). I will try to restrain myself from boring you with details of every meal time but please allow me this proud mommy moment as I leave you with one more picture.
See you soon!

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365 Project – Week 7

The Lake

Hello my dears. There is always room for another lake picture so I have squeezed an extra one in to begin with. Maybe next year I shall do a 365 lake project! Tree

Sunday 9th February: The mixture of sunshine and storm clouds in this picture is a perfect metaphor for this day. On the one hand, we had fun in the park and a wonderful party of family and friends for my brother-in-law’s birthday. On the other hand I had a poorly husband and my sister spent the day in and out of A&E after an altercation with a food processor. I don’t think this is the place to say any more but I am glad that my life is not usually full of such drama! A day that I will not forget in a hurry, that is for sure.

Mood of the Day: Pinky red – happy, dramatic, family and friends.

Leaf stitching

Monday 10th February: I make a very conscious effort to seperate my working life from this blog. Afterall, it would be a miserable 365 project if my daily image was a pile of books to mark each day (even if it does feel like that sometimes!). These pretty leaves, created to inspire my class in their creative endeavours, just had to appear alongside my cheerful, lilac square for that day. Life was feeling good.

Mood of the Day: Lilac – a good work day.

Crochet Mood Blanket

Tuesday 11th February: As always happens in these cases, work managed to throw a curved ball today to bring me down with a bump. Hey ho, let’s just bury ourselves in colourful crochet instead. (See here for my Week 6 update).

Mood of the Day: Peach – a very unsettled colour after my good mood being crushed at school!

Heating whisky

Wednesday 12th February: A rather late Burn’s Night Supper of haggis, neeps and tatties. After last year’s triumph, the whisky sauce once again took pride of place. Delicious and the Little Man loved it (the haggis that is, not the sauce!).

Mood of the Day: Bright blue – happy, bright, a good day.

Cheese and haggis sandwich

Thursday 13th February: The most amazing sandwich ever – cheese and haggis topped with tomato and fresh basil. Always the best part of having haggis for dinner.

Mood of the Day: Maroon – cosy, comfortable.

Valentine's Day

Friday 14th February: Happy Valentine’s day one and all. We shared a Chinese take away with my sister and her husband before battling it out over Settlers of Catan. A strawberry and kiwi pavlova from my lovely hubby topped it all off perfectly.

Mood of the Day: Bright purple – a happy feeling of deep contentment.

Fish and Chips

Saturday 15th February: Fish and Chips at the Black Country Museum. Amazing! I was quite concerned when we realised that the old chippie, who used to fry the chips in beef fat, had closed but these did not disappoint.

Black Country Museum

We had a marvellous time, stepping into the past and experiencing life in a Victorian mining town. The ranges were so beautiful, although I do not envy the women having to clean them out.

Mood of the Day: Steel grey – grey skies in the Black Country. Grey can be a beautiful colour.

So there we have another week in pictures. So much happiness. I hope that you take a moment to think back over the happy times of your week. x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 7

Crochet Mood Blanket

Evening all! Here we are, Tuesday again and time for Hazel’s Crochet Mood Blanket link party. Very exciting this week as we actually have photographs taken in the daylight. Whoop whoop!

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I am so pleased to finally show you the true blanket so far. You can appreciate the subtle differences in colour: the purples (usually school days) from the bright, cheerful shades for happy work days to the dull, lifeless tones for the tired, stressful days. The pinks showing happy days with family and friends and the blues indicating how the weather has affected my mood.

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A happy pile of colourful squishiness.

Ends

Tonight I made an effort to deal with some of those pesky ends, sewing and snipping to secure them firmly. So boring but a very satisfying job. The overall appearance will be improved ten fold when it is complete.

Happyland Play

Today has been a cosy, homely day with lots of cuddles and familiar play. Many books have been read, toy boxes emptied, the track has been carefully assembled and spectacularly demolished. All good fun.

Ripple Blanket

To top it all I even managed to hook a couple of rows on my sister’s ripple blanket (see, my dear, I have not forgotten!).

Pizza Soup

As well as a lot of stay at home time, we’ve also been living life al-fresco this week, dodging the grey skies and making the most of any break in the weather. Today I chanced upon a notice on the Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries website announcing a visit from a mobile zoo at Blakesley Hall. A cheap, easy outing which would allow us all to have a breath of fresh air and enjoy a spot of outdoor dining.

Tea and Scone

We demolished the rest of yesterday’s Pizza Soup before tea and scones for dessert (not homemade but you can’t have everything!). A lovely little outing before bedding back down in the warmth of home. x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 6

Crochet Mood Blanket

Ah, there it is. Never ending, squishy goodness. I am totally in love with this blanket! Due to its size and bad lighting, I admit that it is proving somewhat tricksy to photograph but never mind. We do our best!

Crochet Mood Blanket

Unfortunately I missed Hazel’s link party last week as my granny making slowed somewhat after a mistake in the joining. Pressure got to me and I took a few days off. It was such a relief when I had caught up and we are now fully back on track.

Crochet Mood Blanket

Oh dear, just look at those ends! I was doing so well. By next Tuesday, I intend to have them all weaved in and snipped. I cannot bear to leave them for long or I’ll never do them!

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I am still fascinated about what I have learned regarding my relationship with colour. Take the purple in the photo above. I have two almost full balls of it as I was never overly keen on including it in previous projects. It is not particularly offensive but lilac does little for me. If I think about my mood colours, however, that colour strongly represents my feelings after a good day at work. How strange that a colour that I am not particularly fond of can symbolise such positive emotions.

Anyway, enough of my musings for today. Back soon! x

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365 Project – Week 6

Sunday Morning Lake

Good evening! It has been wonderful to see so many of you around at the moment. I hope that means that you are not bored of seeing my little snapshots. I really love sharing them with you, reliving happy times and remembering forgotten moments.

Sunday Sky

Sunday 2nd February: We shall begin with a sunny Sunday morning, the start of a lovely day. Nothing much happened. We didn’t really go out anywhere exciting. But it was me and the Little Man and that does not happen very often. I ducked outside soon after breakfast to take the pictures above but I was not quite ready to leave the house yet. It was too warm, too comfortable. I was having too much fun!

Duplo

Amusement came in the form of the Little Man’s Duplo. Oh how I love these colourful blocks. We have a bit of a mottled collection. There are some old Duplo-style bricks that came with some rather strange farm animals, which were purchased from the charity shop, a Duplo farm and a Duplo zoo. Altogether they make quite a pleasing collection. It makes me so proud watching my Little Man exercise his imagination. He places the pieces so carefully – just look at the tiger in the top right corner, his foot placed gently on his giant slab of meat. And the giraffes and the elephants are always left in close proximity to a luscious green tree. He’s such a clever boy!

As well as the happy memories it is the randomness that really pleases me – the giant giraffe and the huge tractor ready to trample any lonely animal that gets in the way. It reminds me of such games when I was a child – animals and people who bore no resemblance to reality in terms of scale or colour. As if this matters when you are transported to an imaginary world!

Inevitably our fun came to an end as the Little Man grew restless. Fresh air beckoned. We decided to visit the ducks and make the most of the sunshine which was to disappear by lunchtime.

Play Area Tree

Our path took us, as usual, to the play area. Whilst there I love gazing at this tree. There is nothing to spoil its sculptural quality – it just sits against the vast sky, the branches weaving their way towards the clouds.

Play Area Tree

Love it!

Mood of the Day: Deep blue – I wanted my favourite bright blue but I cannot bring myself to have two identical blocks next to each other whatever my feelings that day. I have to like this blanket!

Jigsaws

Monday 3rd February: A rather last minute photo of the day but these do represent my favourite part of the day – playing with the Little Man before bedtime. His smiles and cuddles make everything worthwhile.

Mood of the Day: Charcoal grey – wet, tiring, rather miserable day.

Sunrise

Tuesday 4th February: Not a great deal to say about this day but I did at least manage to take this moment to calm myself and marvel at the beauty of nature before work.

Sunrise on the Lake

Mood of the Day: Plum – dull, tired, stressed.

Toy Car

Wednesday 5th February: I wasn’t really sure what to photograph today but the sight of this little car sitting on the kitchen worktop made me smile. Probably left by the Little Man as he tried to snaffle some tasty morsel off the side!

Mood of the Day: Deep pink – a definite lift in spirits after a good day at work. Feeling very content.

Tea and Chocolate

Thursday 6th February: Sometimes tea and chocolate is just what you need. 🙂

Mood of the Day: Teal – a rather wet day but feeling happy.

Bathing with Candles

Friday 7th February: Relaxing in the bath, sipping Sambuca and getting rid of the cares of the week. Wonderful!

Mood of the Day: Deep red – feeling warm and snuggly as I relaxed into the weekend. x

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365 Catch Up – Week 5

Morning sky

Hello my lovelies, I hope that you are all well. I have been trawling through my albums, selecting my favourites for my daily snapshot. I do love this project, I love seeing how my life evolves day-to-day, bobbing along quite contentedly with regular moments of excitement. I have split this post up to help keep the size down so will just do a few days at a time. I have also decided to merge my 365 Project and my Crochet Mood Blanket by including which colour matched my ‘feeling’ for that day.

Cake and Crochet

Wednesday 29th January: Being treated by my husband – a custard slice and a crochet hook brought a smile to my face and gave me a bit of peace before resuming work for the evening.

Mood of the Day: Beige – warm, comfortable, calm.

Cuppa and Crochet

Thursday 30th January: Cuppa and crochet – me time. I have said it before but I am loving this enforced hooky time of an evening. It is so good for the soul!

No Knead Bread

In other news, I am still continuing my No-Knead Bread journey, although it has somewhat slowed for the moment.

Mood of the Day: Ice blue – cold, tired.

Sponge Cake

Friday 31st January: A slice of sponge cake baked by my husband’s fair hands. What a lucky girl I am! (Do also note the beautiful, warm and furry cardigan covered in stars. My favourite item of clothing at the minute!)

Mood of the Day: Light blue – another day at the end of a long, tiring week. Lightened by the fact that it was Friday.

Splashing in the Mud

Saturday 1st February: I love my Little Man dearly but, if I am honest, this was a difficult week for him and therefore us. The world can be an infuriating place for a nearly-two year old. A lot of frustration. A lot of screaming. Sometimes I did not even know what the crying was about. Where had my wonderful, happy-go-lucky boy gone?

Forge Mill Farm

My solution to tetchiness is always to get out of the house so a trip to the farm with my sister was on the cards. Blue sunshine, lots of mud to splash in and animals to entertain. What could go wrong? Let’s just say the journey around the farm lasted under 30 minutes, 25 of which involved moaning and screaming. Argh! Get me out of here.

Indoor Picnic

We decided to escape the biting wind and take refuge in a little barn fitted out with tables and chairs for indoor picnicking. Within minutes peace descended. Smiles returned and there was much laughter and chatter, especially as we were quickly joined by two dogs and their owners who were also seeking a bit of warmth.

Play area

As good spirits had been restored we decided to burn off a bit of steam at the play area before we left. A lovely way to end a rather awful outing.

Mood of the Day: Shrimp – bright, cheerful, love and cuddles. Even a bit of moaning does not stop me being grateful for my weekends with my amazing boy.

p.s. I am glad to say that, as all such phases, Little Man’s mood had lifted by Sunday so peace and harmony has returned to our household. x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 4

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

Good evening all, Tuesday’s here again – time to join Hazel’s link party and update on my Crochet Mood Blanket. Boy is it getting big! Already longer than I am and still 4 more triangles to attach. Hey ho, it’ll be a weighty finished item. I always like to veer on the side of caution as I worry things will be too small – this is why I do not sew!

I am looking forward to some sunny Spring snaps so that you can see the true colours as they are much more vivid, but also softer, than these images imply. I love the fact that I would not choose these colours for a blanket but they work so well. I do miss my yellows and browns but I do not feel ‘yellow’ so it cannot appear in my mood blanket. As I have discovered that the weather affects what colour I ‘feel like’ on any given day, brown may start creeping in during the course of the year.

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014

It has been a revelation that I feel so pink for positive days full of family and friends, whereas the working week tends to lean towards various shades of purple depending on stress levels. Beige and greys are for those dark, Winter days, although they do not necessarily imply a dip in mood, just weather conditions! The blues come out when the sun is shining and my mood soars – finding myself outside for at least part of the day definitely lifts my spirits, even if it is just for P.E.. My moss-green day stands out as when I felt most connected to nature this year at the Birmingham Nature Centre (read about it here), though I envisage more green creeping in as the trees begin to leaf. The colours definitely dulled to match my mood towards the end of last week so I am pleased to see the brighter shades return as I regain the spring in my step.

If you are taking part in the Mood Blanket 2014 party, please leave a comment so that I can see how yours is coming on.

Back soon! x

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365 Catch Up

Turquoise Ring
Well good day my dears. Thank you for your kindness in response to yesterday’s post. The haze has cleared a little and things are feeling a little calmer, thank goodness. It therefore seems like a good time to catch up on my 365 project and post my chosen snaps from the last week or so. Above you can see today’s offering which is me admiring my turquoise ring whilst hooking up today’s square for my Mood Blanket 2014. It was a Christmas present from my lovely hubby and makes me smile every time I look at it.

I am really enjoying this project. Many of the photos are less than brilliant, taken on my phone in bad light of an evening, and there is a certain repetitiveness in some of the subjects (I admit, my evenings are not buzzing in variety – I return from work, eat, play and work – limited opportunity for awe-inspiring photography). However, I love looking through them and seeing my life bob along merrily. If I have three days in a row where the highlight of my evening is something scrummy to eat whilst crocheting, hubby sitting by companionably and the Little Man asleep upstairs then I am happy with that.

So here goes…

Key Lime Pie

Saturday 18th January – The day of my party. I admit that I was useless at snapping the food that we served. There was cleaning to be done, food to be prepared and a little one to be entertained. There was no time for step by step snap for making brioche buns, coleslaw or the Key Lime Pie above! Never mind, it was all delicious and we had a marvellous time.

Birthday Picnic

Sunday 19th January – A perfect day. This day deserves a post all to itself and I hope to get round to it very soon. We had some family time at Winterbourne House and Garden, enjoying a picnic of soup and sarnies followed by cake and strawberries. Sunshine and laughter, so much happiness. I love this picture.

Frosty Morning

Monday 20th January – A frosty start to my birthday. Another lovely day. I am so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends.

Tuesday 21st January – At my parents’, crocheting another day’s square after enjoying a celebratory Chinese take-away. Find Tuesday’s Crochet Mood Blanket update here.

Dawn

This may be a strange picture to post but it fascinates me. The sky was full of a weird, ethereal pinkish glow which captivated me and so it will stay!

Key Lime Pie

Wednesday 22nd January – Finishing Saturday’s Key Lime Pie whilst admiring my Granny triangles. They make me so happy!

Birthday Cake

Thursday 23rd January – And today it was time to polish off the final slice of birthday cake!

Settlers of Catan

Friday 24th January – Welcoming in the weekend with a game of ‘Settlers of Catan‘ with my lovely sister and brother-in-law.

First Granny

The evening was made extra special by some yarny excitement as I taught my sister to crochet. It was a proud night for one and all when she completed her first square!

Lake

Saturday 25th January – A truly miserable day weatherwise, it was a blessed relief when the clouds cleared for a short time to let the last of the day’s sunlight poke through.

Soup and Soda Bread

Sunday 26th January – I have already written about my soup and soda bread adventures here.

Jigsaws with the Little Man

The rain was pretty incessant so we enjoyed an indoor sort of day. The Little Man has recently discovered jigsaw style puzzles and I love the concentration on his little face as he attempts to complete them.

Little Man reading

Happily his passion for books continues and he can entertain himself and us for many hours as he explores his favourites.

So, there we are, all sorted and up to date! Thank you, as ever, for stopping by. Your company is much appreciated. 🙂

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 3

Crochet Mood Blanket

Good evening all, lovely to see you here. It’s been a busy, happy weekend round here so blogging has slipped. I’ve got a few photos from the 365 Project to catch up on but will get around to all that soon.
Today, however, is time to update on my Crochet Mood Blanket. I am linking to Hazel’s Tuesday Updates in the hope that this should keep me on track throughout the year. It will be wonderful to have a record of how the project develops week by week.

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Awful as these pictures are (daylight would help) I have to say that I am loving how this blanket is coming along. I am so proud of the those diamonds joining together my little triangles. Eeek! I cannot wait to see it in a month or two.

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Tonight’s square was hooked whilst eating an amazing shortbread buttercream biscuit baked by my lovely mother. They were made on request in lieu of a birthday cake for yours truly and were as incredible as ever. Yum yum!

Well I must love you and leave you as it is past my bedtime. If you are also creating a Mood Blanket, please leave a comment with a link do that I can see how it is coming along.

Take care! x

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Crochet Mood Blanket – Week 2

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Hello and welcome, it is Tuesday Tally Time! Today’s post will update you on the progress of my Crochet Mood Blanket. Hazel over at Hazel’s Crochet is creating a link party for people to share how they are getting on so I am going to post how it’s going every week (to join or have a nosey, check it out here).

I am still loving my enforced crochet every evening.

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

I especially enjoy choosing which colour I will be hooking that evening. Having not assigned a colour for each mood, I just rummage inside my bag and pull out the colour that I am feeling that day. Wouldn’t want to end up with tired/stressed for Monday-Friday every week! Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

I love the way that the triangles are already beginning to tell a story. Moss green for Saturday as I was feeling relaxed and going ‘back to nature’ with out trip to the Nature Centre (read all about it here).

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Pink for Sunday as I was buzzing after attending a wedding fayre for my lovely friend’s upcoming nuptials. Beige for today as we had a Victorian School Day today and I was seeing the world in sepia. Such fun!

As I did not have a pattern to go by I had to botch together a plan but it seems to be working out okay. As this involves turning the triangle each row I will do the same with my granny squares – it adds pattern and texture, okay?! After a couple of days I decided to change the yellow centres to cream. The look of the yellows with the colours did not look like it did in my mind! As you can see, I still have the maroon triangle to redo. Other than that and a couple of stray ends, I feel we are relatively up to date on progress.

Crochet Mood Blanket Week 2

Yes, I am loving  my granny patches. There will be 14 triangles to make until progressing onto the squares for row 2. 26 rows of 14. This blanket should be some size!

If you are making a Mood Blanket, please add a comment so I can come and see how yours is getting on. 🙂

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