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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Autumn has...

...officially been with us for a week now.

There doesn't seem to be much evidence of the lovely 'Fall' colours just yet but the leaves are starting to fall...
...these leaves are not from my garden but the Elder is starting to shed. This will be the last year of Autumn colour in my garden as the trees come down at the end of November - if they don't the garage wall will cave in as the trunks are pressing against it.

At primary school, we all entered a competition to write a poem.

We were provided with a start line - "Autumn leaves are falling down" - and we had to continue from there. I was lucky enough to win a prize and have my poem read out on the radio but unfortunately our poems were never returned and the only part that I have ever remembered was:-

Autumn leaves are falling down,
Orange, yellow, green and brown.
They lay in heaps along the street,
And make a carpet for my feet.

I know there were more verses but after all these years (and there are a lot LOL) I'm surprised that I even remember that much.

So Autumn is with us and after a hot & humid Summer it is noticeable that the temperatures have taken a nose-dive. But it is dry and the days have still been warm - it's just the very chilly starts and the now chilly evenings because it is getting dark so much earlier.

Most definitely knitting & crochet weather.....................................................................

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Knitting Loom...

...had a good 'workout' at the weekend.

 In addition to my paper-crafting stuff, I had a 'play' with the knitting loom again...
 ...so quick & easy to 'cast-on' and in no time I was away. The knitting grows very quickly...
 ...and before I knew it, I was finishing off not one...
 ...but two children's "Santa" hats...
 ...all done & dusted, just waiting for the pom-poms.

The photos don't really show how pretty this yarn looks as both the red and the white are sparkly.

A couple more items for the sale table at work......................................................

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Plenty of colouring...

...was completed at Saturday's crop.

I wanted to 'play with my newest snowman stamp...
 ...isn't he fabulous. Such a great image and such fun having the penguins too.
The stamp is a good size as you can see from this photo...
 ...I placed one of my Copics over the image so you can see the size.
With the addition of some Stickles to the fur on the hats...
 ...this was another image completed and ready for use on a card.
The next stamp that I had a 'play' with was this one...
 ...I fell in love with this image as soon as I saw it at Pinnacle Crafts but this was the first time that I had actually inked it up. Isn't it just adorable.
I had some more of the snowman stamped so I coloured some more...
 ...two different colourways from what I did to begin with...
...and just awaiting a bit of sparkle (it was too late to use Stickles at this point - it wouldn't have dried by the time I was going home).

Debbie & Suzie were busily working on the albums for part of their Kathy Orta "Trunk" project - they are looking amazing (but soooooooooooo much work).

So there you have the photos I promised of part of my weekend crafting activity. Tomorrow I will share the rest.......................................................

Monday, 26 September 2016

What a busy...

...few days.

Friday was the start of "Members Weekend" at Pinnacle Crafts and as usual, I met up with Hilary for our bit of retail therapy followed by coffee and then lunch. She went off to her parchment class and I went and collected my new car.

Exciting but scary.

Saturday was Carol Whalley's crop at the Toby Carvery so the car got it's first taste of being loaded with crafting stuff and off we went (me & the car that is).

As normal, come lunchtime it was downstairs to the carvery...
 ...a fabulous array of veg - those roasties were scrummy. Debbie & Suzie declined the Yorkshire puds...
 ...but how can you have a roast dinner without the Yorkshires? The only problem being that the Yorkshire takes up a lot of room on the plate...
...and everything else looks much more 'heaped' up because of the lack of space.

The food was lovely and it was great to have a chat & a giggle.

It was quite a productive day as far as the crafting was concerned too. I'll show you what I got up to tomorrow.............................................................

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Say 'Hello'...

...to Duckie.

That is what my Sister has named my car because it is a sort of cross between Powder Blue and a pale Duck-egg Blue.

The name I can live with as it is quite cute but I'm not so sure about the Bow-tie that she says the car should have - just like 'Duckie' (Dr Mallard) in the TV series NCIS - I do wonder about her sometimes LOL.

Anyhoo, here is Duckie...
 ...all shiny and new. For a small car...
 ...it isn't so small. This is the 'Play' model rather than the basic 'Expression'...
...and there might not be loads of Bells & Whistles (buttons & gadgets), it has everything that I need to get me from A to B.
I'm not a lover of the big chunky keyrings that the dealerships provide so I got myself this...
 ...I think it says it all.
The interior is quite basic but not sparse...
 ...I mean, it even comes with a 'Smartphone' holder...
 ...(shame I don't have a smartphone) and there is plenty of legroom in the front...
...without stealing it from anyone sitting in the back.

So 'Duckie' now lives with me and has been introduced to some of my friends. I have been out and about a few times - mainly to get the 'feel' of the car because it is a while since I drove anything other than an Estate style vehicle. I'm getting to know where everything is but yet again, I have a car where it needs Einstein to work out how to change the time on the clock. At the moment, it shows 20:00 in the 'am' and 08:00 in the 'pm' - other than that the time is right LOL. Still, I have a month to work things out ready for the clocks going back at the end of October. I have followed the manual, step-by-step, but pressing the buttons stated changes the mileage display - NOT the clock.

There you have it; that's 'Duckie'....................................................................

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Knit & Natter...

...the second gathering.

Another good turnout for our Knit & Natter group with two new members putting in an appearance.

Here are some photos of what folk were getting up to...
 ...Debbie & Kristian were hitting the Granny squares again. Pam decided to join us...
 ...as she feels this will be the only way she gets her son's jumper finished. She has been knitting this for quite some time as can be seen from the state of the pattern LOL. Heather finished off her last snowflake...
 ...she now has 21 of these so the next step is to join them all together. I've been playing with knitting looms (the colourful pegged circles)...
...they are a bit like a huge version of the "French Knitting" that I used to do as a child - remember the wooden cotton-reels with four nails in the top that you could use to make knitted cords?
I was finishing off this little hat that I was making for a colleague's grandson... 
...the good bit about these looms is that you can knit stuff fairly quick & easy and there are no seams to sew up.

Sheenaz & Francis also popped in. Sheenaz forgot her crochet but she was up for a natter and was intrigued by the baby jacket that Francis was knitting (I had put my camera away, so no photo) as it was made-up of a pretty 'wave' pattern.

So there are some photos of what everyone is currently up to. You never know, next time I might convince them to have their photos taken too.................................................

Monday, 19 September 2016

It's Monday...

...and it's back to work.

It has been a pretty hectic week dashing about getting the car serviced and sorting out a new one.

This is a pretty awful picture...
...but it was the best I could manage from the cover of the catalogue (the shiny paper made it hard for the camera to focus without getting glare).

On Friday I will be collecting a powder blue Renault Twingo.

For a small car, it isn't that small and will be my new runaround.

With luck I will be able to get some better photos of the actual car so you can take a look at my new toy......................................................