Squeaky yarn

Is there anyone out there who enjoys working with yarn in HOT weather? You know, when your hands are a tad moist and the yarn sticks and squeaks as you work with it. Not me!

I’ve spent a couple of evenings making some mittens and now I’m really pleased to have finished them.



I love the yarn – pretty blues, mauves and grey. Perhaps when the weather turns cooler I shall make myself some too.

Look what’s happening in my garden…


Juicy raspberries ripe and ready to eat – just got to beat the birds to them 😉

Until next time,

Chris x

It’s a Bug’s Life

A big thank you to Jon, who tactfully enlightened me on how to use the different settings on my camera! If you recall, my photos were seriously less than perfect on my last post and he suggested that I needed to use a macro setting. Well not only did I find a macro setting on my camera (only had it for a year!) but there was a ‘super macro’ setting too!

Here are some more photos of my bugs using the correct settings – enjoy 🙂



This little bug is 1/2 inch long – sooo cute!




I’m thinking of making more buttons with these, no reason, just because 😉

And finally – couldn’t resist sharing this rose with you. I was given it last year by some special people and it’s blooming away magnificently


I think it’s called Sweet Blessings


Have a lovely week end,

Until next time,

Chris x

I heart Hearts

Do you suffer from ideas overload too? I have so many ideas of projects I want to make that sometimes I just don’t know where to start and end up doing nothing!

This predicament has definitely got worse since I started browsing Pinterest more 🙂

Yesterday I started a project which is inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, here’s what I’ve done so far…


They have a thin layer of wadding inside them to make them a bit squishy.


The fabric is some left over from my Rabbit quilt (see here).

This is what I shall be working on today if I get a chance 😉


The tomatoes I planted back in  April have put on a magnificent growth spurt. I usually grow them in growbags but for the past couple of years have had very poor results, so my Dad suggested using pots instead. I must say that the results this year are FAR better, the plants are bushy and healthy. I think I shall be ditching growbags and growing in pots from now on 🙂 .


They have lots of flowers so hopefully we’ll be enjoying lots of tomatoes later in the summer 🙂 🙂 🙂 Can anyone share their favourite ‘tomato’ recipes please, I have a feeling I’m going to need them!

Until next time,

Chris x

Frugal Quilting

In the UK (and probably in other countries too) quilting cotton costs an arm and a leg. So I always try to have a project in mind before I buy, and I always try to finish my project too (it may take a while but I do try!)

This is a picture of my gorgeous raggy quilt which didn’t cost a single penny to make…

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The whole quilt front is made from old cotton shirts that were either my husbands or were given to me.

I call it my ‘Garden Quilt’ because I embroidered it with garden motifs. I thought about what said ‘garden’ to me and made some sketches then simply sewed them onto some squares.

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The backing was an old flannel sheet which had worn so thin it had a big hole in the middle – but the edges were still sturdy enough to use. The border fabric is calico which was left over from another project and the wadding was made up from all those little bits which so often end up in the bin.


Being made of ‘already used’ fabric the quilt started life wonderfully soft and cuddly and is definitely one of my favourites 🙂

Do you have any ‘free’ quilts’?

Now, on the other end of the scale I have just started on a VERY expensive project for a friend which fills me with excitement and trepidation! This is the fabric – pure dupion silk. I have zero experience with working with silk so any tips out there would be gratefully received  🙂


Until next time,

Chris x

Horsing around

Today I’ve been lured outside by the sun shining 🙂

I have had a trip to a lovely garden centre and bought some tomato plants ready to plant up when the frosts have passed. I have also potted up some cuttings which I took last autumn. (I might have also popped very briefly into a craft shop too – but only because a friend dragged me in 😉 )

And I have worked on a little renovation project too.


Does anyone remember these clothes horses? I have fond memories of draping my Mum’s clothes horse in a sheet and making it into a tent and sitting in it imagining myself in all sorts of adventures!

Well, this one was in a pretty poor state, as you can see, and was destined for the tip so I thought I’d try to rescue it.


I’d already sanded it down which had left me as green as the clothes horse, and I’d removed the webbing (which was pretty much rotten)  and had had to enlist in some muscular help to remove the tacks which were giving me a few problems to say the least.

Today I have painted it white and am leaving it to dry before putting it altogether again.


Just got to buy some webbing and tacks ready for the next stage 🙂

Look at my camillia – flowering for the first time ever 😀

camillia collage

Until next time,

Chris x