Sunday, 7 September 2014


I have started crocheting a blanket to drape over my sofa!  Always wanted one.

I wasn't sure whether to go with a whole mix of colours using up all my spare wools or for a trendy tonal one.  Of course then I couldn't decide between blue (my go to colour) or brown (would go with my sofa) and then when I walked into Stitch Solihull last Thursday and saw these colours all sitting together I knew they were the ones.

I got the pattern from and it really is very easy (I only taught myself to crochet last year and I am managing just fine and am even joining them as I go to have minimal stitching upon completion! get me!).

Just in case you can't tell the blanket is actually made up of hexagons - here is my sample one:

I only bought the wool Friday lunchtime and I have done all this since then and believe me I haven't just been sitting crocheting but I did have a busy Saturday - lunch out with Mom and Dad (to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary!) plus shopping for an, erm, new sofa that hopefully this new blanket will still go with! (being grey I think it will be ok) and also reading the very first Wallander book - see as usual it's all go here!

If you would like to make your own I recommend both the instructions and the lovely Bergere De France Aran wool - if you are quick it's on offer at Stitch Solihull for £3.50 a ball during all of September - I bought 10 balls which hopefully should be enough.  Anyway that's it for now I am off to make another hexagon and then start the second Wallander.

Thanks for looking - hexagonally happy from Solihull

Wednesday, 3 September 2014


Hello everyone, Gosh it seems such an age since I joined in with the weekly snoop at crafters desks over a Julia's.  Probably because it is really - I seemed to be spending far too much time online looking at blogs, pinning or gaming that I took the decision to drastically reduce my pc time as I wasn't getting anything else done!  However after a nice long break I am back and raring to go!

Here is my desk as of last night:

Not the most exciting but I wanted to join in and it is what it is eh!  The cards on the left are table settings for my Mom's 70th Birthday lunch next week which are plain and simple but as today is another day they will probably be all inked up by lunchtime!

Anyway that's it for me now, thanks for visiting and I will hopefully be round to visit you today too.

Back into Cardmaking from Solihull.

Ooooh I have just looked and the last time I joined in was week 204! where on earth has 70 weeks gone??

Monday, 1 September 2014

I'm back!

Hello everyone, and thanks for bearing with me.  Have had a big break from blogging and have been spending the last few weeks catching up with friends and family and just generally having a very social time!

I have been doing quite a bit of crafting still with lots of sewing projects getting completed (and started), some knitting projects done (mainly blankets for the homeless this winter) and I have also tried to teach myself to water colour with re-inkers to no avail so I will be sticking to using distress inks and promarkers from now on instead!

I have also been busy making some you tube videos so if you want to have a look they are here: I would be grateful for any feedback.  There are just three beginners videos at the moment although I do have some more indepth ones lined up once the children go back to school tomorrow.

Hope you are all well and thank you for visiting - relaxed from Solihull.