14 Jul 2017

Nuts about Lavender Fields is finally finished!

16 weeks.
11 designers.
35 challenging squares
A beautiful border
And finally a surprise cushion
I thoroughly enjoyed my first Crochet-a-Long!


BoJangles was in charge of quality control and he says she passes muster!

Here’s a better look at the squares from the last four weeks.

Week 9 was 'Fall Blossom', designed by Aurora Suominen

Week 10 - Moroccan Window, designed by Heather Gibbs.
and 'Sweet and Fair', designed by Julie Yeager.
Week 11 - 'In like a lamb, out like a Lion' designed  by Margaret McInnes.


And the final 3 squares for week 12 were 'Lisa', designed  by Polly Plum.

Weeks 13 and 14 were given over to the joining of all the squares,  and then week 15 was time for the border, designed by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk 
I changed mine slightly by adding an extra row of picot.
And finally there was a surprise on the very last week, a cushion,  to enable us to use up all the left over yarn.
Once again I changed mine, using an extra square of Tropical Delight that I made in week 8 as the centre of the cushion and then adding a flower to the centre back.


Happy Crafting,

Whatever your passion may be!



29 Jun 2017

Worried about Withdrawal Symptoms

I’ve been having so much fun joining in with the Nuts About Squares  crochet-a-long, I was worried that as it nears its end,(only 1 week to go) I would begin getting withdrawal symptoms.

For that reason I decided to join in with another crochet-a-long, ‘Stardust Melodies’ on Polly Plum’s blog, Every Trick On The Hook.

This time we are making 24 lovely textured squares, some free patterns and others paid for in an e-book.
We are making two squares a week, 1 x free and 1 x paid for, so six weeks in  I already have twelve squares crocheted and blocked. 

The CAL has been very enjoyable so far, with some squares I have found quite challenging.
I’m not totally sure what I will do with them all when they are finished, but I’m thinking that maybe I could make them into baby blankets for my local Neo-Natal unit, a project from the Helping Hands Facebook Group,  seeing as there are no large holes in them for tiny fingers to get caught in, we shall see.
Happy Crafting,
Whatever your passion may be!

Crafter's React to the Terror Attacks

It’s been back to quilting for me over the last week, participating in a joint project with my fellow crafters who belong to the Helping Hands Facebook Group. 

Over the last few months some members of the group have been working on a wonderful project, making quilts for those injured in the Manchester and London terror attacks, to show that there are people out there who want to show them support and wrap them in love.
To date, in excess of 50 amazing quilts have been made and donated to those affected.
I myself didn’t feel confident enough to attempt a full sized quilt all on my own, but when the call was given, asking for people to make individual blocks that would be  made into a quilt for the policeman who was seriously injured in the London Bridge/Borough Market attack, I thought this was something I could help with.

Each block made will have a message of support or thanks and the plan is that one of the members will co-ordinate the blocks from all across the country and make the final quilt.

Here are my four blocks and my first attempt at Japanese Folded block.
And this is a photo of the blocks created so far by the group.

And this is a photo of the blocks already made by other members of the group.
Happy Stitching!


30 May 2017

Nuttier Than Ever................About Lavender Fields.

I’m still plodding away with the ‘Nuts About Squares’ CAL and have three more weeks’ worth of squares to share.
Week  6  - ‘Bavarian Beauty’ designed by Heather Gibbs.

Week 7 - Fantastic’ designed by Julie Yeager.

Week 8 was a little different, in that we worked two different patterned blocks.
The first was two blocks of ‘Cat’s Claw by Margaret McInnes

And lastly we had to make just one block of the beautiful ‘ Tropical Delight, designed by Susan Stevens. 
But I loved it so much I made an extra one and am considering doing another. 

I think, no, I know this is my most favourite of all the blocks so far!
Happy Crafting,

Whatever your passion may be!



29 May 2017

Squiddly Diddly

I few weekends back I was invited to a family party, celebrating one of my cousins 65th birthday. 

It was  a wonderful opportunity to catch up with several of my cousins and their families that I hadn’t seen for many years, including two second cousins that had just recently had little ones (Jake & Finley) of their own.

 I knew I had to make an Octopus for each of the babies, especially as more than 30 years ago I made one for Finley’s dad Stuart.

Imagine my surprise when Stuart told me that he still has the one I made him all those years ago in his memory box!

Happy Crafting,

Whatever your passion may be!



15 May 2017

Come on Barbie, Lets of Party!

Who would have thought that at the age of 60, I would still be playing with Barbie Dolls!

Well that’s not really accurate, but I did buy a cheap one recently so that I could make some clothes for my Goddaughter’s  two girls.
I did a search on the internet and found  a great site full of patterns for all sorts of things and many of them free.

Freya had a beautiful, big Barbie house for her birthday that she will share with her sister Ava and it has a swimming pool, so the first thing I made was a swimming cossie.


Two crocheted sun dresses complete with matching bags and sun hats.


Knitted cropped trousers with a crop top.
There was also a knitted dress and jacket that I found a free pattern on Pintrest.
And finally, Barbie even has her very own Unicorn hat to match the ones I’ve made for the girls.
Happy Crafting,
Whatever your passion may be!