Can you believe it!!!

I had some very exciting news this week and have just been waiting to have enough time to tell you…

I got my first blog award nomination!  Clare over at So Many crafts, So little time nominated me, it was a complete surprise and put a big smile on may face all week!

As part of my nomination I have to do a few little things;

1. Thank the person who nominated you. DONE, THANKS AGAIN CLARE!

2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post. HERE YOU GO!


3. Share 7 things about yourself. HMMM…

1) I was born in Belfast, grew up in Wales and now live in England, I should probably consider retiring in Scotland, just to round things off nicely.

2) I don’t eat meat, unless it’s chicken breast.  I don’t know why, and it drives my boyfriend mad, but I never have and I never will (So stop pestering me Tom!).

3) My best friend is my little sister, even though we used to argue quite a bit when we were younger and she used to pull my hair A LOT, I think she’s the bee’s knees and miss her quite a lot.

me and my super little sis!

me and my super little sis!

4) I love CHEESE!!!!  It’s my favourite food, or maybe it’s chocolate?  I do quite like avocado, and aubergine and hummus aswell.  And grapes and mango too…. Oh I can’t decide.  I’m quite partial to the odd cream tea too.

5) My favourite place in all the world is a little youth hostel called Casa Kiwi outside a small town called Trujillo in Honduras.  I went there when I was travelling in 2006, and it was paradise!

6) My favourite colour is green, although I’ve just realised I’ve never actually crafted up anything that is green, I should probably do that.

7) If I could have magical power in all the world it would be teleportation.  That would solve ALL my problems, I would never be late, I could travel the world without any of the inconvenience of actually travelling and I could see all my favourite people whenever I wanted to.  Could someone please hurry up and make a teleportation device!












5. Include this set of rules. 

6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs I’M OFF TO DO THAT NOW!



What was I thinking

I seem to have made that fatal mistake, again, and set ridiculously over the top New Year’s Resolutions. Why do I do this to myself?

Usually my will power wains by about 24th January, I have a second wind for the first few weeks of February, then it’s all over by March and everything goes back to normal.

This year I’ve added a twist and challenged my Mum and Sister to give up chocolate for the WHOLE YEAR!!!!

*head hits keyboard in despair*


It seemed like a really good idea at the time, appealing to my excessive competitive nature to ensure I stay on track, but really, what was I thinking?  To make it even worse, I’ve also challenged my boyfriend to give up crisps instead of chocolate, as they are his biggest vice.  I should have just stuck with my Mum and Sister, they are far more forgiving and I reckon I could have tricked them into eating chocolate sooner or later.  But my boyfriend? the competitive rivalry between us, particularly over childish bets, is off the scale.  And to make it worse, he’s now decided he LOVES chocolate!! grrrrrr…….

In addition to this I’ve also set myself 3 other challenge (I prefer the word challenge, it just makes it so much more exciting!!!!)

Not to buy anymore wool until I make a serious dent in my stash. (I did manage to squeeze in a sneaky little splurge on the 29th December, but seriously, this has to stop now)

the stash!!

To complete the equivalent of one hexipuff a day to create the amazing Beekeepers Quilt by Tiny Own Knits.


To write down everything I spend everyday in the hope that I can learn to budget a little better and be put off buying things I don’t need because I have to write them down.

So far, I’m 5 hexipuffs behind, I have no money until I get paid at the end of the month and there’s a wool sale on at John Lewis, I’m screwed….  but I’m NOT going to eat chocolate!





Christmas Catchup

Well….   Where has the time gone?  It seems I have slipped back into my pre-blogtober tardiness and haven’t written a post for aaaaaages!  I think there is a new year’s resolution in there somewhere.

There is a good reason for my blog post slacking… I’ve been so busy!!  Busy at work, busy making christmas presents and very busy making and eating lots of food!

travel knittingI’ve been on a look of trains recently and taken my latest project with me.  This is my sister’s Christmas present.

One of my little trips was to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show.  Have you ever been to this show?  It’s incredible!  This year they asked people to contribute to an entire knitted village to put on display, it was amazing…

knitted village

There was even a complete farm yard and vegetable patch…

knitted veg patch

The show filled me with inspiration and emptied my bank account at the same time, but it means I’ll have a lot of projects to keep me going in the new year.  There were some brilliant pieces of work on display and this little one definitely caught my eye!


I’ve also attempted my first, and quite possibly my last, ever embroidery!

embroideryThis was a present for my niece’s, yes I’ll say my niece, although my boyfriend thinks she is just his niece, christening.  Who knew embroidery was so much hard work, it definitely doesn’t complement my short attention span and, like my needle felting experience, I ended up with multiple puncture wounds.  Seriously dangerous.

Still, I am quite proud of it, particularly the little church…

embroidery churchmaybe I will try it again, one day…

I’ve also been crafting up a few other things….  A pin cushion for my secret santa at work, or christmas tree decoration, whatever you fancy really.

crochet pin cushionand a not so little stocking for my niece, there you go, I said it again!

handmade stockingThere’s still one or two belated christmas presents I’m trying to finish off, they might become birthday presents instead.

And, as well as all that crafting, I’ve been doing quite a lot of eating too…

christmas dinner!Yummy!  I’m actually quite looking forward to a salad filled January now, I have definitely over indulged, but it is Christmas…

Well, I guess that’s me for 2012, I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year!  Hopefully a bit more regularly.


I love my mittens

Well, after all the fun of blogtoberfest I’ve found it quite strange not writing a post everyday, but not strange enough to want to do it again yet, it was hard work!

It’s been raining all day today, this completely ruined my plans for a big bike ride (which, let’s be honest, was unlikely anyway) but provided the perfect opportunity to stay inside and make stuff.

You might remember this mitten I finished a while ago, well I finally finished the other one, and it’s only slightly smaller than the first one, so that’s a bonus.  They are both massive though so I’ve had to put a little bit of elastic around the cuff to keep them on my hands.  I’ve also added another little addition to them… a big piece of string to tie them together!

I feel like a little kid again!  But just in case I have to behave fairly sensibly and it’s not appropriate to have mittens dangling from my sleeves, I’ve made them detachable!

I used a little hook and eye on each end of the string.  I’m really quite proud of myself, you might have noticed.

As well as finishing off the mittens, I’ve also finished my little bird, with minimum blood loss (those felting needles are lethal).

He’s only little, I might attach him to one of Burt’s antlers, or maybe I’ll find somewhere else to put him…

Day 30: deery me

Since Bert arrived I’ve become a little obsessed with deer heads.  I’ve bought three new deer heads and quite a big stash of wool to do a few more, I just need to find the time!  I’m also planning a few non woolly additions to the Taylor deer head collection, I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s a few of Bert’s distant relatives I discovered this week.

Fox Bunting

The Ugly Sweater

Manafka Mina

Greedy for Colour

Day 20: woolly goodness

I don’t normally buy Elle decoration. Not because I don’t like it, but because I usually want to buy everything in it and that’s not good because I don’t have a house to do up yet and it’s all a bit pricy. But I decided to treat myself this weekend, and I’m so glad I did!

There is a lot of knitting inspiration in here this month. It just all looks so snuggly!





Even this little guy got some!


Day 10: manga camera

I’m still stuck I’m a hotel so I’ve been looking for things to keep me occupied, I think I’ve come up trumps! I found the app manga camera!

This app is pretty awesome. Instead of just changing the colours of your photos, like most other apps I have (you may have noticed I’m a bit of an Instagram fan), this app changes your pictures into Japanese style comics! It’s amazing!



Aren’t they amazing! I’ve even done one for my latest knitting project…

I think I’m going to do this to all my photos from now on, I LOVE IT!!!