Friday, 26 November 2010
Well, Christmas is nearly here...how did that happen? It is the same each year; weeks to go and then all of a sudden it is almost here. Must remember to post overseas cards next week...I have family in South Africa and post seems to take so long to get there. There was a time when I made all my own cards....before motherhood! I still have the book I used.....
It is out of print now but used copies are still available on Amazon. It is full of the most incredible 3D origami creations, all made by cutting and folding white card. When I was a student I had very little money to spend on presents so I used to make fabulous cards and spend a lot of time wrapping gifts and making them look gorgeous and special even if the contents were very humble.
My little S is already really giddy about Christmas and has written his list to Father Christmas.....Lego features heavily!And it got me thinking about a list for me. Those of you with children probably put all your focus and energy into Christmas for the little people; I know I do. I can't remember the last time I actually thought about a list of presents that I would like. So....here it is...money no object....my Christmas wish list....
1. Alice Starmore's book of Fair Isle Knitting
I have wanted this for some time and am almost at the point of buying it when I think that I could buy more yarn with the money!
4. A pair of Durbarry Galway boots
Goretex and leather and a lot more stylish than wellies!
5. A book of textile designs by Henry Moore
7. A glass teapot
Ah....glass. Is there a more beautiful, ephemeral, magical material? Just look at this teapot by Wagenfeld. Magical.
Who isn't crazy about stationery? Ah the sheer joy of opening a gorgeous new notebook with all its possibilities....these journals are from Ecojot.
9. A pair of sheepskin slippers
Because there is nothing like sheepskin for keeping hands and feet toasty. These are by Wassbring.
What is on your wish list?
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Hello...bright and sunny morning here in my patch and I am feeling brighter and sunnier too. Did you know it is nearly Christmas? I mean almost Christmas? Yikes! Where did 2010 go? Well I have been preparing. I made my Christmas cake last night, fed it and put it to bed. I will unwrap it and feed it again a few more times before it is decorated by my very excited 7 year old!
This was the yummy dried fruit mix soaking up brandy....mmmmm
And I have actually finished another gift........
Yay! The zig-zag stripe is finally finished. You know I almost ripped this as I just wasn't enjoying the colours...and even up until I did the edging last night I wasn't sure. But I love it! It is cosy and soft and full of colour.
Ooo it feels fantastic to finish something after what seems like an age! Still have more to finish though....my Gretel beret by Ysolda has had to be put on hold until I finish Christmas gifts. I have made some progress and am really enjoying the pattern....
And I have bought myself a little treat to attempt to make some socks!!!
Aren't the colours fab-u-lous?!!!! xxx
Friday, 19 November 2010
I am busy busy busy with presents for Christmas.....and a cable beret for me. Will reveal those later as they are completed. As the weather here is so dank and cold and gloomy, I thought I would show something very cheery. It is a little baby blanket I made over the summer for a friend's first baby. I had just finished my first giant granny stripe and thought the baby granny was a good way of using up the left-over yarn. Granny stripes are so quick to do and this little one took no time at all. Before I knew it it was finished and posted off to Devon for little Lily.
I knew that the blanket was for a girl baby so that made it easier to select the colours. Whereas the big granny was randomly striped, with this one I wanted hot pink stripes separated by bands of cooler colours. I really like the way it turned out.
As you can see, I took these pics in my garden on a glorious summer day. I remember it being so hot!!! Well, I think little Lily might be glad of this snuggly blanket now.
PS Thank you for your kind comments....I LOVE to get comments xx
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Ooo something to cheer me up.......my lovely, talented sister has just posted these photos of my Christmas present. It is a Fair Isle scarf in production and I am so excited about it. She is making it from King Cole pure merino DK yarn. I have used this myself previously and love it. She assures me that the colours are nicer in real life but I think it looks gorgeous anyway. It is lovely to get hand made gifts. I really appreciate that someone has taken the time and trouble to make something just for me.....
I am busy making progress with the zig-zag blanket. I did consider ripping it out but am so pleased I have continued with it. That is the thing about these striped blankets...they don't really 'blossom' until you are quite a way on with it. I think it is starting to look quite lovely now! I hope my mum thinks so as it is for her.
And yes.....started another granny stripe too!!!!!! This one is for me, I think!
Depression is a hard place and those who suffer from it need to find little things that bring colour and light into a dark world. My stripes, my friends and especially my boy and my sister bring those. xxx
Thursday, 11 November 2010
A week from hell, with one thing and another. Little things have kept my head above water. And also this not so little thing......
This is my gorgeous boy in a fabulous photo taken by his uncle as the two of them played with Lego way past bed-time one evening!
He makes me laugh so much! We had this exchange earlier this evening and I laughed out loud for the first time in days.....
Him: "But anyway, pink is just a colour....why is it scary.....it isn't really a girl's colour, is it?"
Me: "Would you wear pink?"
Him: "NOOOOOO! Everyone would think I am a girl!"
The difference between theory and practice.......
And putting a smile back on my face.
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Saturday, 6 November 2010
I'm being lazy with this post. It has been a terrible week. We were burgled (twice), I failed my third driving test and now my lovely old cat is dying. This is to cheer me up a little.
My last post had some images of 19th century Scandinavian design....this one is a bit more up-to-date!
I am absolutely crazy about Northern European design from the 1950s onwards. In particular textiles and fabric designs. I love the colours and patterns and the whimsical subjects........
|I love the use of herrings on this cloth!|
|I can't tell you how much I want this salt pot!!!|
|There seems to be a fish thing going on!|
I think we are getting a really good picture that it is not all stripped floorboards and gingham check! Scandinavian design is vibrant, witty and colourful. I love it!
There are some fantastic sites around where this sort of thing can be bought...but there is also a wealth of modern vintage inspired design such as this....
|Hus and Hem|
|Hus and Hem|
|Fabric by Kokka|
|Fabric by Kokka|