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So I needed a break from the revision……..

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Hello all! I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been up to over the run-up to Christmas. It’s always a bit of a fraught time for me, this year especially so as a member of my family was really unwell earlier in the year (thankfully doing much better now though). It was nice to spend the day with my family (though not my other half of 10 years, but that’s another story that is far to boring to share with the world), and have some lush home-cooked food (prepared by someone who’s not me!!). My ma put on a fab spread of turkey, gammon, pigs-in-blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon, om nom nom nom), honey roasted parsnips, brussel sprouts (for which I’m still suffering, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without them!), stuffing, carrots and devil on horse back (prunes wrapped in bacon – honestly the food of gods!). There was pudding but I was so stuffed after the main that I passed on pudding, which is just as well because I got so much chocolate I’m not entirely sure I’ll get through it all this year! 

Being a student nurse, I am absolutely broke. So, this year I was a bit more creative with some of my gifts, particularly with the one for my little sister (she’s 23 now, and taller than me, but she will always be my little sister!). We were in a well known department store Christmas shopping when she saw a gingerbread house that I must say was magnificent. I thought ‘ooo maybe I could get her one for Christmas…. How expensive could it be?’ £75 was how expensive it could be so I thought sod that I’ll make one…… so I did!! It was a tad on the wonkey side, but it did hold its own, it stayed in one piece, and it even tasted pretty good. I can kind of appreciate the price tag though – the ingredients didn’t cost all that much, but I spent all of the day before Christmas eve baking, and most of that was taken up with her gingerbread house! I did plan ahead though: I used my normal gingerbread recipe (I’m not a mum and I love netmums, so easy and yet good for you at the same time!!), and a Martha Stewart template (I googled ‘gingerbread house templates’ and this was my favourite) and prepped it about a week before I baked it – basically rolling the dough and cutting it into all the pieces and froze it raw, taking it out of the freezer the day before baking to defrost, then I could bake it from cold (that’s what a lot of the gingerbread house recipes suggest). I even managed to make windows by popping in some broken up boiled sweets in the window holes just before the gingerbread was fully baked. As you can see, I abandoned the chimney (I ate it in the end!) but all in all, I was pretty happy with the outcome, and my sister loved it. 

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My mum asked me a little while ago if I wouldn’t mind making some macarons and florentines for the Christmas tea table, so the rest of my day before Christmas eve was spent making these. Now, my macarons are not the best looking things (I have little patience sometimes, and after having already spent 5 hours in the kitchen making the house and some gingerbread star trees, finishing with the macarons was not the best idea I’ve ever had…), but they were pretty tasty – needless to say I made sure there were a few ‘rejects’…….

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I have to admit I’m not as fond of Christmas as I used to be – the bf isn’t a great fan, and I suppose over the years it has rubbed off on me a bit. But I do love the food and the time I get to spend with my family, and it’s just the kick-start I need to get back into blogging……. What festive treats did you get to enjoy this year?

I keep my promises — it’s giveaway time!

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*fingers crossed for an early Christmas pressie….. for me!!*

not your average crochet

what the winner will receive

A beautiful yarn bowl handmade by my lovely and very talented friend Lauren:

yarn bowlA full skein of KnitPicks Billow (100% Pima cotton) in the shade Ice Lily:

billow bulky pima cotton in ice lilyA full skein of KnitPicks Brava Worsted (100% acrylic) in the shade Mint:

brava worsted acrylic in mintAnd finally a thread/yarn cutter keychain (I have one and have put it on a necklace chain):

thread cutter keychainI have tried both kinds of yarn previously and enjoy working with them very much, particularly with a yarn bowl made by my friend!

giveaway info

The giveaway is open from right now until November 25, 2013, when I will randomly draw the winner.  It is open to anyone, regardless of where in the world you are located.

giveaway rules

To enter in this giveaway, you must do ALL of the following:

  1. Follow this blog (can be via WordPress, e-mail, or Bloglovin’)
  2. Share this post by reblogging it…

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Denim Whale

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My goodness it’s been a while! Apologies to you lovely people who are following me, and hello to those just stopping by. My excuse is I had an assignment to concentrate on (and believe me it did take all of my determination not to post lots and lots in that time!!), but now that’s done, I’ve had a bit of a craft explosion (not so good – my next module involves an exam in January, and the reading material is mahoosive!). Here is one of my beautiful creations. I’m so happy with him, as he’s my first proper sewing project using my great aunt’s 1980s Janome sewing machine, and he’s not too shabby! I found the idea scrolling through some google images ages ago (I can’t remember what I actually googled, but I saw him, and the bf wanted one!). Although I had make my own pattern, it was surprisingly easy to do, and the blog post has some fantastic pics and a step-by-step guide. The best bit was it only cost me £3.99 for the stuffing (which was a 1kg bag, and I only used a fraction of that), as I had a couple of pairs of old jeans that I used (I may have mucked up a couple of bits…..). He’s not actually finished in this pic, as his underbelly needs closing up, but that requires hand stitching and I can be a bit lazy with that sort of thing! Have any of you seen this and given it a go? I’d love to hear your comments 🙂

What Vicki Did (finally!)

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Ok, so I did say last week that I was hoping to post more of what Vicki did over the weekend. Well, last weekend came and went at alarming speed! Finally managed now to sit down and post a couple of bits. The father-in-law (almost, still waiting for that ring!) and his gf descended on Monday (I will not go into detail – we rub along well enough I suppose), so this week has been a bit frantic. I had uni Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and I spent much of Thursday and Friday trying to get my head around my lecture notes. But my crafting has not suffered too much – because of the fact that the lovely Hannah Davis is drip-feeding the pattern to the fabulous blanket, I am able to keep up and not feel too guilty that I’m taking time out from my studies. This means I am still crocheting. However, I do have a few other Christmas WIPs to finish/start – I’m sort of taking this weekend off from uni work so some of it will get done. But as I am naught but a poor student, I do have to do some paid work to keep me ticking along (and away from the ‘in-laws’ so to speak!). I can’t post all of my progress so far for my sister’s pressie as occasionally I know she pops by to read my little blog, but I can post what I’m making for my mum (who is a complete technophobe and thinks a blog is some sort of weird Borg cross-breed!) when I start it (it’s the frog prince from Storyland Cross Stitch). I’m also hoping to make some of the buttons featured in the book. It really is fantastic, and it comes with enough even weave and thread to make a small project, which is fab! I’ve never used even weave before, but it looks like it will give a much more professional finish so I think it might be the way forward for me and cross stitch in the future. 

So, here’s my CAL so far (haven’t quite caught up, I’ve got a bit of week 9 to finish the onto week 10):

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and here’s the sneak preview of my sister’s pressie (sorry about the quality!):

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Geocaching

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What a month!!! That essay that was causing me to procrastinate is all finished and handed in, I passed my drugs calcs test, and I’m half way through my second nursing module already! Thought I’d take some time out to post a couple of things – I only have time for the first bit right now, but I’m hoping to post some more of what Vicki did over the weekend.

In an attempt to get a bit more exercise in our lives, and try and make the most of the weather before it suddenly turns cold, me and the boyf went geocaching. The link I’ve posted isn’t the site we used, but I’m not sure what the name of the app that Sam was using – I’ll try to remember to post it when I ask him. New concept to me, but I had heard of it, and it was quite fun, when we could get the gps to work. It was probably a tad on the hot side when we left the house which was probably unwise, but we did feel all the better for it, and it having a goal/something to find made the walk more fun – usually I get half way to Yarmouth (we live within a half hour walking distance, and this was our target), then get bored and wish I’d taken the car!

The pics show a bridge in Badger Copse (cool name, I know :)) – one in Jan when we actually had real proper snow on the island (never trust the weather forecasts for the island – we were supposed to have thunderstorms most of this week, and so far we’ve only had a tiny bit of rain overnight). The other one I took on our geocaching adventure – what a difference 7 months make!

Anyhoo that’s enough from me for the mo…. I’ll catch you up on some of my WIPs on the weekend 🙂

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Origami Bauble

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So, 2 posts in one evening: I am definitely procrastinating (essay due next month). Forgot about this until I was sorting out my dropbox. I found it on Tutorial Tuesday and decided it was a good first project for my new glue gun. I’d wanted one for ages, finally got one, then had nothing to try it with (trying VERY hard not to start new projects, unless they’re short term, as I have too much to do that is sadly more important!). I think I googled glue gun projects or something and this popped up in images. As you can see, mine’s not actually a bauble – I made mine with origami paper I had (really need to stash bust that lot!), then stuck it to a bit of dowel I had left over from the mask  I made (covered it with origami paper first – up close that bit doesn’t look very neat, but I was having far too much fun with the glue gun to stop!). Rather than a Christmas ornament, I gave it to my aunty to add to her new home, but I think I might make a few more when I get annual leave in August, ready in time for Christmas!!

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My first CAL

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I’m not a very active blogger in terms of posting (it’s been a few months….), but I do like to read blogs, and I found this little gem via hannahackroyd. I’ve never heard of a CAL before, so I was intrigued….. it’s fab for me now as I’ve just started my nurse training and I need something to relax with that won’t have me distracted for too long. This is perfect – I started a bit late, but I caught up today, and I cannot wait for next Saturday’s installment. Thank you so much Hannah (Davis) for this lovely project! 

 

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Origami Envelope

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Origami Envelope

I was flicking through blogs (still don’t completely understand what I’m doing, but it’s all good fun!), and someone had posted some origami envelopes they had made (sadly didn’t make note of the blog, which I think is on blogspot), so I googled ‘origami envelopes’ and this is what came up: http://willynillywaterlily.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/blythe-wooly-lamb-hoods-origami.html

So easy to make, I got a bit crazy and made quite a few that I have no idea what to do with! I’m going to use this one to pop a handmade Easter card in for my little sister, and I suppose the rest will go away until needed

Cross Stitch Adventure!

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Cross Stitch Adventure!

Ok, so it’s not quite an adventure, and it’s a very easy to follow pattern as it is just cross stitches, but I’m really happy with how it’s coming a long, even if I’m not happy with my progress (a mix of laziness and work). I love this pattern by riverdrifthouse, and the kit came with everything except the embroidery hoop (which I got really cheap from ebay). The only problem is finding something to do with it once it’s finished – I hate making something that then doesn’t have a use – I have too much to dust and clean as it is! I think I’ll make a 2012 scrap book with this as the front cover – I already have a scrap book perfect for the purpose. If I remember, I’ll post a pic of the finished articles!

here’s where I got the kit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ELIZABETH-DIAMOND-JUBILEE-SAMPLER-Stitch/dp/B006QUUTYU/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1364570551&sr=8-10