Welcome to my blog.
I live in England and my name is Diana, I have been married 41 yrs with one son and two granddaughters age 10 & 6, all of whom I adore.
I love many different crafts and have a wonderful Happy Room to use for my craft work. Please come in and take a look around.
I've made it easier to leave me a comment as I love to hear from you.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The holiday plant

Two years ago on a visit to France I saw a plant I really liked, it was very large so I 'pruned it' by removing ONE leaf and carefully wrapping it in my cosmetic bag.

On arrival back home I put it in a glass of water until I saw the first little root and then potted it up.

Look at it now... huge and just what I hoped for.

Anyone know what it is?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Serger/Overlocker Cover

Well I've started but when I'll finish is anybody's guess!

Having been recently diagnosed with asthma the Doctor and Specialist nurse have been trying to get me under control [ never an easy thing!]. A course of steroids to kick start the treatment left me manic and racing from one job to another, as the course finished I came down to earth with a bump and didn't want to move from my chair.  I am now feeling slightly more normal and more able to cope with the asthma symptoms.

During this time I did manage to machine embroider four ladies to make a cover for my serger. The choice of subject and colours are not me at all, but I really like the embroidery now they are sewn out.

For the next three weeks my time will mostly be taken up with my granddaughters, they are actually staying here for two of the weeks so I will put the serger cover embroidery away until I have time to myself again to actually make the cover.

Hope your all having a great summer.



Saturday, 19 July 2014

The thread bin

A friend sent me a link to make a little thread bin, so yesterday I set myself the task of making one.

Using the top of a Pringles crisps box [had to sacrifice myself and eat the crisps!] and some matching fabric to a sewing set I already have, I managed to made the thread bin and it will be very useful when out at workshops.
The new "bin" closed

The bin open

Added to my sewing set.
Main bag, pincushion, scissor holder, needle case
thimble holder and the new Bit Bin

Thursday, 17 July 2014

You think quilting is difficult

If you think sewing on Earth is difficult, try doing it in space like Astronaut Karen Nyberg!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0c1CijmH7o

This effort to make a quilt block will amaze you you!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tour de France v Crochet throw

I have been busy watching the Tour de France whenever I get a spare moment. I love the racing and the way teams work together. This year has started badly with Cavendish, Froome and Contador all going out so early in the race.
I decided to keep my hands busy while I watch the TV and have been working on my crochet blanket, my problem is I get so carried away with the cycling that I crochet faster and faster and my tension goes to pot!

This is a wonderful project for learning the basics and new stitches, plus I love the feel of the wool I am using [ that was recommended by the pattern maker].
The first few rows of 131 in the pattern.


Friday, 11 July 2014

The parcel

When I arrived home after my three days away a large parcel was waiting for me full of pretty wool.

Having just taken up crochet again after many many years absence a friend told me about a blog site notyouraveragecrochet.com that had detailed instructions for a throw worked in many different stitches.

I was definitely NOT going to be tempted, I have too many UFO's I need to work on and also I'm not sure I can do it... a day after she told me about the site I gave in, ordered the wool, so watch this space!
Eleven balls of pretty colours

A little retreat

Monday I drove to the Temple near Guildford in Surrey. It was an awful journey with the M25 more like a car park than a road. I was please to arrive safe and sound.  I settled into my room and then went  for a pleasant walk in the beautifully kept grounds.
Most of Tuesday was spent in the Temple, but later in the afternoon I decided to go back to my room for something to eat and then take another walk in the grounds, but the Heavens opened and there was a massive thunder storm and torrential rain so I stayed in my room and read.
Wednesday I did not look forward to my trip home, but all went really well with no hold ups.
It was a wonderful experience and I look forward to going again soon.

The view from the gardens

View from my bedroom window

Eleanor's Sports Day

Earlier this week Grandad had to do Sports Day duty as I was away.
Eleanor was delighted to see him, even though he found it hard to know where she was, a school full of 6 and 7 year olds all look the same when they come rushing onto the playing field.
Love the hat Eleanor!
The hurdles

Skipping

Running

"Javelin" throwing

Ball toss

Ladder running

Side to side jumping

Sunday, 6 July 2014

The Bath Mat finished

I got so excited watching the Tour de France yesterday I crocheted until I ran out of 'curtain fabric' so during the adverts I rushed into my Happy Room found a pink fabric I liked, quickly cut it into 11/4" strips and then back to the TV and viola! a finished bath mat.
It is lovely and soft to the feet and just the right size, PLUS it used up some of my stash fabric, gave a donation to a worthwhile charity [ see previous post] and kept my hands busy... what a great deal.
My new bath mat

Saturday, 5 July 2014

The crochet bath mat!

On the spur of the moment I decided to crochet a bath mat, I had been thinking of it for some time but not sure I could do it.
I found somewhere on the www with the idea of taking a bed sheet cutting off the corners and then making a 1" slit ripping the fabric to the next corner, cutting round the corner and the ripping to the next corner etc etc.. this making a huge pile of about 1 to 11/4 inch fabric all in one continuous length.
A trip to the local Red Cross Charity shop and I bought a pretty turquoise and pink curtain 58 x 72 inches for £3. It seemed a shame to cut it up but once I started the ripping process it was great fun and I ended with a VERY long piece of fabric which I wound into a ball.
Using a number 15mm crochet hook, [about the size of a finger!] I cast on a chain of 24 stitches, which turned out to be only 23 when I counted them on the next row.. hey ho!
With Wimbledon tennis semi-finals on the TV I managed to get started and now I'm really enjoying making my bath mat.
The curtain being ripped up!

A few rows of crochet.
Enough for one foot? in the bathroom.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Raspberry season

My Winter raspberries do not seem to realise it is still summer and are already producing fruit.
Last year they started cropping late August and throughout September.
I am now picking a tub full most days and they are delicious.
This first crop picked the end of June were made into jellies.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Off Roading with new friends

Some time ago Chris was contacted , as Rep for GLASS [ Green Lane Association] by a couple that were planing to holiday in our area.
Yesterday we arranged to meet them and their son to travel the lanes and byways of Leicestershire.
The weather was perfect, lovely and sunny but not too hot.
10am saw three fairly clean Land Rovers meet at Husband Bosworth and we introduced each other. Sharon and Paul with their son Paul both in Discoverys.

Being the only one of the five us that loves to read "tulip" maps I map read us around the course, plus Sharon and I opened and closed gates most of the time.

It was fun getting to know each other via our CB radios or on the driving breaks for food!

At one point the CB crackled into life "stop" and Paul and Sharon had a wheel problem which meant removing the wheel and a stone that had jammed into something underneath [ don't ask me what!]. Having overcome that problem a little while later Paul [son] was stopped by the police saying he had a light out, probably caused by the off-roading. He was asked to fix it and send in a report that he had done it, luckily the police man was nice and did not give him a fine.

All in all it was a great day ending about 5pm and I do hope we meet up with our new friends from the Cheshire Land Rover group.
Lining up to go through a gate

Chris is first through the water splash!

Paul and Sharon next

Paul hoping there is no problem as he has no snorkel!

My favourite sign post. All roads are
gated or unsuitable for vehicles!!

Fixing the wheel

Paul Jr. Sharon and Paul

Monday, 30 June 2014

Book v Kindle

A friend lent me this book, The Last Runaway by Rose Tremain. 
It tells the story of a Quaker girl from Dorset England who emigrated to America in the 1850's with her sister who was travelling to get married. 
Stories of slavery, quilting and life in a strange country are wonderfully interwoven.

I am usually a slow reader and found holding the book a problem so bought the Kindle version and then could not put it down.  A great read.

Friday, 27 June 2014

The Sewing / Embroidery machine cover

A busy sewing morning making my Embroidery / Sewing machine cover.
I had already completed the machine embroidery so just needed to put it all together. A few [ to say the least!] false starts and a lot of unpicking I managed to get the lining put together.
Next came the top which went together far easier.
I am pleased with the finished cover even though the sewing machine is facing the wrong way!
Note to self... be careful when mirror imaging items that have a definite right and left side.


I now deserve a White Magnum ice cream and some Wimbledon tennis!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Abigail's Sports Day

The sun was shining but it wasn't too hot as the children lined up for their Sports Day at Irthlingborough Junior School.
Grandma [me] and Grandad had been asked to attend and we found a place right opposite where Abigail and her class were sitting on the grass. I was so thankful to have my new walking cane seat [ see previous post]. The two hours of the races went by very quickly with Abigail running in the 200, 400 metres and relay race.
and we are off...

come on class 5MG

Abigail's near her teacher

we are winning!

time for a drink and rest

exchange at the relay race
waiting for the relay

Abigail racing to FIRST place

waiting for the off

around the last bend  in the 400m [A's 2nd]

showing off her 1st, 2nd and 3rd badges
WELL DONE ABIGAIL

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Milking Stool

Since having my knee replaced I find standing still for long periods very hard, and tomorrow I am attending Abigail's Sports Day which means lots of standing around.
Hopefully I have come up with the solution and purchased a walking cane seat, it folds flat to be used as a walking aid and then with a quick movement the little seat moves for perching. Chris said it looked like I was going out milking cows on it [ three legs!] but who cares if it helps.
In fact I can see lots of use for this handy gadget and it will be going on holiday with me and anywhere where I have to stand in a queue.

Wimbledon

The reason for my lack of blogging is TENNIS !  I cannot abide most sport but I love watching the tennis, especially Wimbledon. There were some thrilling matches at Eastbourne and yesterday I was pleased to see Andy Murray win his match but the most exciting match was Jo Wilfred Tsonga, which has still to be completed this afternoon.

However I have been working on the machine embroidery part of a cover for my Brother 4000D. For two years or more I have been meaning to make one and at last have it all cut out and embroidered, just need to make the piping and sew it all together.



Monday, 16 June 2014

The watch bracelet

With all the hot weather my watch bracelet has become rather tight so I decided today I would go into town [ a rare occurrence] and get them to put the spare link into it.
I needed a couple of new bras so put them and some food shopping on my list of "to do" while out.

While taking a short cut through one of the larger stores I spotted some cotton cut off trousers, and to cut the story short, walked out that store with two pairs of trousers two summer tops and a long sleeve top that was on sale ! They are all in colours I never wear but as I approach 70 years old I need more colour in my life! So roll on Summer I'm ready.
Ready for the next holiday!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Gym Fest 2014

Saturday we travelled to Stoke on Trent to see Abigail perform at the Gym Fest 2014.
The theme of the Fest was the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow Scotland and groups of children came from as far away as Scotland and areas of England.
The event was set up as a non competitive gymnastic performance seven years ago.

The opening performance was from the Northampton Rhythmic Club of which Abigail age 10 3/4 is a member. They had the prop of a ship and performed sailing into Glasgow it was really special, especially for a very proud Grandma [me]!
The group also performed the closing ceremony.
All the acts received a commemorative medal.
Abigail is front far right

Jenny their gym instructor giving a helping hand
Abigail is front row 2nd from left