Photo An Hour

I actually managed to catch the Photo An Hour hashtag on instagram early enough to take part this time. 

Last Saturday, Little Lady was competing in the district Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod is a major thing for Welsh language schools and she has been rehearsing for months. She was competing in both the singing solo and the choir. 

So in case you are nosey…. I mean interested, like me, here’s how my Saturday looked:

5.30am. Eating breakfast in my dressing gown. We’ve got a long day ahead and the early start is not helping!


6.30am. Washing my hair


7.30am. We’ve arrived and have found seats. Although we do actually end up moving to the other side of the room for a better view. 


9am  I’m so glad I’ve brought some crochet with me as we have only been going an hour and are behind schedule already! Sigh!


10am. Little Lady is about to compete. So proud of her just for getting up there. 


11am. We are still on the prelims! So behind now. 


12noon. Time for a cuppa. This flask is fab. The tea is still hot over 5 hours later. 


1pm. Feeling grateful for plenty of supplies. 


2.30pm. The threat of missing the rugby is helping push through the programme πŸ˜‰


3.30pm Closing the competition with the National Anthem. Sing it 🎢Gwlad Gwlad🎢


Missed a few by driving home and having tea. Tea was McDonalds to celebrate Little Lady getting through to the county stages in two weeks time. 

5pm. A nice, well deserved cuppa. Those plastic chairs were so uncomfortable. 


6pm. Finishing my book. I loved this book as a child and was overjoyed to see it on the BBC The Big Read list. I’ve read 3 from the list already this year which is amazing for me. I probably didn’t read 3 books in the whole of last year!


7.30pm Kids are in bed. I’m in my pj’s and hubby and I settled down with a bit of Project Runway on Netflix. 

The rest of the evening looked very similar so I didn’t take any more photos.

Hope you enjoyed the look into my Saturday. How was yours?

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2016 Roundup

Wow! Can you believe it’s 2017 already? Little Lady will reach her double figures this year! Time really does fly as you get older. Last year has gone in a flash. I think I have achieved quite a bit in 2016.

I did quite a bit of running


We did quite a few things as a family


I made a number of things from fabric and wool

And food featured a lot in 2016 too


I love looking back at highlights of the year and can’t wait to start making “highlights” in 2017 too. 

What was the best bit of your 2016? Can you pick one?

Zero Waste Giveaway

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!

Zero Waste Week seems ages ago now but when I wrote my pledge I promised a giveaway. Being a bad blogger πŸ˜‰ and also extremely busy with the start of the new school year, I am only now getting around to it! Oops!

In keeping with the Zero Waste theme, I am giving away 5 handmade, reusable make-up remover wipes. 

These wipes can be washed in your machine at 40* and reused. By using and reusing these wipes you can cut your dependency on cotton wool pads and/or balls. 

These reusable wipes have been handmade by me and can be purchased over on my crafty Facebook page. However, if you would like to win your very own set of 5 complete with a knitted basket to store them in, all you have to do is comment below telling me whether or not you took part in Zero Waste week this year. The names of everyone that comments will go into a hat and a winner will be randomly chosen by either myself or Little Lady who loves being in charge of picking giveaway winners πŸ™‚ 

The competition opens as soon as I press the publish button on this post and ends on Sunday 27th September 2015 at 5pm BST.

Please feel free to share the giveaway with all your friends πŸ™‚

Rainbow Ripple

This post has been a long time coming.  But after months and months of rippling my Rainbow Blanket is finally finished πŸ˜€ 

One of my favourite crochet blogs is attic24 If you haven’t read it I do recommend you pop over, Lucy is so talented with a hook and yarn. It was there I first came across a ripple and got it into my head to make a rainbow ripple throw for the settees in the front room. 

 
I tweeted this picture back in July last year. I was so excited that I had managed to actually make it ripple πŸ˜€But the first row was so hard!! I completed the first row and put it away – in the bottom of my knitting basket never to be seen again. I was gutted. I had seen so many people on Twitter say how easy it was but I found it took so much concentration that I didn’t want to think about it anymore 😞

The ripple stayed in the basket until April this year. We were offered the use of a friend’s caravan over the Easter weekend. While packing I had a look in my knitting basket to see if there were any unfinished projects I could take with me to do in the evenings. Can you guess what was staring back at me? Yep! I decided to give it one more chance, so I packed my hook and wool and off we went to the seaside. 

Once I got past the first row of the ripple, it was much much easier. The ripple, I assume, is established by then and easier to follow maybe? Whatever it was by the end of the weekend it looked like this:

  
How fab does that look? I was so impressed. However, it is so wide it was taking over half an hour per row! I kept thinking to myself “I’ll never finish this!” But then Jen came to my rescue when she tweeted about the 100 Day Project. I read about it and decided I would like to sign up for it. But what was I going to do for the 100 days? Yes I am a bit slow and it took me about an hour before I realised that I could combine both problems (what to do for 100days Project and Will I ever finish my Blanket?) and ripple one row every day. 

I used the hashtag #100daysofrippling on Instagram and started rippling. 

I rippled in the house and I rippled in public. 

  
I rippled around the kids

 
And I rippled while snacking (oops!)

  
I rippled sitting in the car, while waiting for Little Lady to do her swimming lesson, up my parents’ house. I literally took my blanket everywhere with me. I had so many lovely comments while out and about. I even inspired one swimming mummy to finish her crochet blanket πŸ™‹πŸ»*high five*

By the end of the blanket I was crocheting each row a bit quicker and I was managing more than one row a day on some days. Eventually (due to running out of wool) I came to this:

 
The very last stitch! 

Ta-da

 I still have all the ends to weave in but the whole family loves it and so do I. To be honest I was so afraid that as it had taken so long that I wouldn’t like the finished product! 

The blanket took me about 5 weeks to make (once I actually got going) and cost me Β£16.47 in wool. I used 8x100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK and I used almost every single scrap of yarn I bought. 

Would I do it again? Yes definitely! 

As long as someone else starts me off πŸ˜‰

Made It Monday #11

I knew the run of MIM posts was too good to be true!! 😊 Anyway we’ll skip past that and I’ll show you what I’ve made recently as though the missed posts never happened! Lol!

As you know from recent posts, the first week of September was Zero Waste Week. The theme was One More Thing and as I wrote here I learnt quite a bit about how small changes can make a big difference.

I have slowly been looking at different parts of my day to see if there is anything I can change and one area is the washing up. We buy big bottles of washing up liquid and decant into a smaller bottle. It’s not ideal but I don’t know anywhere local to me that will refill my Ecover bottle.

After a chat on twitter’s #makedoandmendhour (Thursdays 8-9pm – check it out) I decided to have a go at crocheting my own dish cloths. We usually use the sponge things. We do put them through the wash to prolong their life but after a while they do need throwing out.

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I found this pattern on Pinterest and it was a lovely easy pattern that I managed to do while little lady was at her dance class! I used a cotton yarn (cotton wool doesn’t sound right does it?) which means that it’ll dry quickly. I chose this colour only because I already had this ball and I was too lazy thought it was more environmentally friendly(!) to use up what I had. Although someone has since pointed out that it won’t show up stains as easily, which is quite a good point for a dish cloth!

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What have you made this week?

Crafting and decluttering

Sorry I’ve been missing in action for a while. It’s not that I’ve been doing nothing. Just the opposite in fact. We have embarked on a decluttering mission here at a lifetime of DIY.

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We have sent boxes to the charity shop, passed things onto friends and family and sold other bits and pieces.

While our house is looking marginally tidier and slightly less cluttered (still a long way to go) it has highlighted the true extent of my craft stash. I am honestly surprised by the amount of fabric, paper, notions, haberdashery I have. Some of it I don’t even remember buying, I have *that* much!

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If we are to declutter properly then my craft stash needs to be reduced. So that’s my new mission for 2013 – to reduce my craft stash. I can do this in 2 ways:
1) Sell or donate items
2) Use it!
Personally I think I will end up doing both. While it will declutter my stash by selling and/or giving it away, I love crafting and so using it (and possibly selling the finished items) will be enjoyable for me if not a bit slower.

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By my own rules, I can now only bring down supplies for 2 projects at a time. This will keep clutter in the front room down and also ensure that I don’t start too many projects and end up overwhelmed.

Some of the projects made already under the “craft declutter” mission are shown throughout this post. Matching leg warmers for my little lady and Angelina Ballerina; some cards; and 2 giant pompoms – one each for lady and baby D.

I will endeavour to post photos of other projects as and when I complete them so do pop back from time to time to see what I’ve been up to. Hope you like my creations.

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