Long Overdue Catch Up

Hello All You Lovely People!

My word, it’s been a long time since I last put pen to paper, (metaphorically speaking), and told you all about the makings.  Not to worry, I may have been sparing with the writing but I have still been making.

First up is a bake inspired by the BBC programme, Great British Bake Off.  Never heard of it?  There’s more info HERE.  I’d have given you the BBC link, but the programme is off to another TV channel next year, so Wiki will do.  I have become an avid watcher of said programme and about three weeks ago, the contestants were challenged to make a Bakewell Tart.  I thought I’d give it a go and came up with this:


The pastry was a bit of a nightmare as I used gluten-free flour and, as any of you who have tried making pastry with it will know, it doesn’t stay together very well.  Nevertheless, it tasted fine and was shared out with appreciative family members.  I used the programme’s recipe by Mary Berry, and actually made the raspberry jam from scratch, just as the recipe demanded.  It was surprisingly easy and didn’t take too long, although the whole thing took me ages – I’d never manage on the programme as I’d never cope with the time limits.

One of the crafts that has been keeping me busy over the Summer is card making.  I am endeavouring to make some money for our local Breast Care Centre, (seeing as they looked after me so well last year), and I booked a table at a recent, Table Top Sale, so I could offer said cards for sale.  Here is the table:


And here are a couple of close ups:

boidies-card card-samples

At the same time as all the card making, I was working on a ‘surprise’ for a friend of mine.  Now it’s completed it will soon be winging it’s way to her home on another shore.  This is what it looks like:


So that’s the stuff that’s been keeping me busy over the Summer.  I’ve got one more photograph and that’s of my latest passion, Art Journaling.  The internet is alive with ‘how to videos’ which are feeding my addiction.  Eventually,  I just had to have a go.  At the moment, many of the folks I follow are doing Halloween layouts, but as I don’t celebrate Halloween, I thought I’d celebrate the cartoon characters, Peanuts by Charles Schultz – characters I’ve loved since I was a child.  The Peanuts kids do celebrate Halloween, so this is my compromise:


It’s not quite finished yet – needs a bit more shading and highlights, but I thought you’d get the general idea.

Until the next time!

S xx

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Oodles of Doodles

Hello Everyone!

Sorry to have been away for so long – where does the time go?  I am still busy behind the scenes, so to speak, and there’s a crochet blanket and a couple of knitted things in progress to keep me occupied.

I have been trying out some artwork and calligraphy, or rather re-discovering my love of the same and I’ve just popped in to show you the latest.

The first is for a Welsh friend whose birthday is next week:

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There’s no worry that she’s spot it here first because my friend doesn’t like to spend much time on the computer.

The next piece is for a (possible) printed Christmas card for this year.  Here is the rough draft:

ccard2The second draft:

Christmas Card 16The words are from the Christmas hymn, “Love Came Down at Christmas,” by Christina Rosetti.  I prefer the second draft, but I will need to re-do it because the words are too close to the edge for the commercial printer’s software;   it’s quite expensive to get them printed I want to get it right.

Hope you are all having a lovely summer – or perhaps you live in a place where July is one of the colder months?  In any case, I wish you well,

S x


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Teddy Fashion Update #2 – Meet Arthur

Hello You Lovely People,

The needles have been a-clicking over the Easter holiday and I have now finished the jumper for the boy bear.  I have also found him a pair of jeans, which I hope won’t be too big..

I wanted to show you the two bears together, but unfortunately I only brought the one back with me, (her brother is safe, so not to worry).  Now, I have a confession to make… I am an arctophile.  Go on, look it up, I dares you.

I have quite a few Teddy Bears in my own collection.  They often help me with my work and some of them have become quite accomplished actors.

This is Arthur:

ArthurArthur is a veteran of many roles and has played; King David, The Prophet Samuel, the Elder brother of the Prodigal Son and, his greatest triumph, Jesus .

Arthur is very special to me as he was a gift from my children one Christmas, many years ago.  When he arrived, he had a ‘squeaker’ so that when you squeezed him he said, “Merry Christmas, Mum!” and sounded very much like my youngest son.  Alas, his squeaker no longer works, but Arthur still has a special place in my collection.

I am introducing him to you today as this is his first modelling gig.  I knew he would be able to stand in for ‘brother’ bear and so I could photograph them both together.  Arthur is bigger than the real brother who is identical to the girl bear, so his top is slightly too small, but Arthur can carry it off.

Here they are:

Teddies on a chair

So, there we are then.  Outfits completed and in plenty of time for the raffle on 7th May.

Have a good week.

See you soon,

S x

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Teddy Fashion Update #1

Hello All,

Just a quick post to update on Teddy’s wardrobe.  Here she is:

Girl Teddy 1

So, to shoe or not to shoe?

I will soon cast on some stitches for her ‘brother’s’ outfit so I’ll be back then.

See you soon,

S x

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Fashion for Teddies

Hello Lovely People!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here in the U.K we’ve just had the ‘Budget’.  Our Chancellor of the Exchequer, (posh title for the country’s chief accountant), spoke for ages and ages but the bottom line seems to be same old, same old, so there was nothing in it set to help the day job.  Both churches I serve are facing rising costs and diminishing funds, so both are currently engaged in fund raising projects.  Last week one of the churches received a donation of two of these for an upcoming event:

Teddy Before pic 1Ahhh, isn’t he cute?  His brother, (or sister), wears a red jumper with the same message.  Now, these two are very patriotic and everything, but Darling, this look is soooooo dated! I had no choice but to restyle.  I am a long way from finished yet, but I have begun with making a dress for the ‘girl’ bear.

Teddy After 1Here she is in the first installment of her outfit.  Coming soon will be a white cardi and headband.  I am thinking of shoes too to cover the flag – but we’ll see.  I haven’t yet decided on how to dress her brother, but I do have a lovely pattern for a cricket jumper, which addresses the very British theme – I say, Old Thing!

More pictures will follow once I’ve actually made the togs.  In the meantime, there’s another fund-raising coffee morning tomorrow, so please wish us luck!

See you soon,

S x

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Springing into Spring

Hello lovely people!

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope the weather is treating you kindly.  Here in the South West of England we’ve had a very mild winter which has led to an early spring and everywhere ’round here is either in bud or already blossoming.  My neighbour, across the road, has the most beautiful Magnolia Tree, (ours over here are nothing like the huge ones in Georgia, USA), and it’s already well on its way to showing off its best blooms.

I’ve recently had a birthday, as evidenced by this:

Fleurs 2



and this:

Fleurs 3Aren’t they beautiful?  I feel very spoilt.

In addition to all my other presents, one of my lovely friends gifted me a hank of the softest, most gorgeous yarn, (the name of which escapes me at the moment), in clover colourway.  What to make?  What to make?

A Cowl, that’s what.

cowl in cloverVery simple, it’s just a folded rectangle.  Very soft and warm, just lovely!

Also on the hook recently:

Another Star Shaped Baby Blanket

Baby star in G and CThis one is destined to make some money at a church coffee morning in a week’s time, and a much bigger ‘Granny’ that’s going to another church to help with their fund-raising:

Blue and Gray GrannieThere.  I think that’s us all caught up now.  Hope life is treating you well,


S x

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Hello Lovely People,

You may know that, in recent months, I took part in the Spice of Life crochet along by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools.

I made this:

Spice of Life CAL2

and this:



solinspired poncho

And now this – Ta Dahhhhh!

This is a #SOLinspired poncho which is destined to be a birthday present for ‘someone’ whose 10th birthday is coming up next month.  I thought I’d try out the pompom edging that I’ve been admiring on other blogs and found a good tutorial HERE.  I am very grateful for this pattern and am particularly pleased as I made this from my stash of Stylecraft and didn’t have to go and buy any more yarn!!!! I know, right?

I can’t reference the pattern I’m afraid as I made it up as I went along.

Must hobble away now, (I’ve hurt my knee), as I’m off to the hairdressers.

See you down the road,



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New Year, New Blanket

Greetings All,

I hope you all had a very good Christmas time and are looking forward to all the New Year has in store.  Christmas chez nous was  quiet, because very sadly we lost a beloved family member.  Nevertheless we got together and enjoyed each other’s company as we remembered him.

So, it didn’t take long before the ‘stash’ began calling and I picked up the crochet hook for yet another Star Blanket.  This one is for my gorgeous daughter’s lovely friends who are expecting their first baby in March.  Their chosen colour scheme for the nursery is yellow and pale gray.  Can you guess what colour the blanket is? Yes, of course you can.  In any case, here’s a picture…..or two.

Yellow Star 2 YellowGray Star blanket


I made this blanket a little bit bigger than the others I’ve made as, (and I know it’s a long, long time since I had tiny babies – and none of them was particularly tiny anyway), the pattern size of 36″ point to point didn’t seem to offer enough ‘middle’ of the blanket for my liking.  Hopefully this will be plenty big enough.

I hope you are having a good time wherever you are!

Until next time,

S x

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It’s (nearly) Christmaaaaaaas!

Hello you Lovely People,

Thanks for stopping by.  Advent is drawing to a close and the Big Day will soon be here.  This year I have made 3 Christmas Cakes and only one of them is for me.  I used the BBC Good Food website for the cake recipe.  If you’re interested you can  find it HERE. I don’t use alcohol in my recipes, because I don’t care for it and I substitute orange juice instead.

There’s still a lack of light ’round here, but I took the photos anyway:

Two Christmas Cakes

Here are the first two, waiting for their cellophane wrapping so that they can go to their respective homes for the holiday.

My Christmas Cake 2015

My Christmas cake, which a gluten free version and isn’t going anywhere, except on my plate, (and the plates of any guests I may have).

I wish you and those you love a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Peace-filled New Year.

S x

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Advent 2015

Just a quick post to show my Advent calendar this year.  I am following the lectionary daily readings and responding to them by making these little circles.

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and a close up

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Sorry about the poor quality of the photos but it’s raining here and there’s been little light all day.

Bye for now


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