Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Some 'Ta-dah' moments

I love this moment, the final moment when you have finished something that you have worked on and you can finally say “ta-dah”. I have a few of these moments to share with you today. 

A little before Christmas I was asked if could make some little birds and some flower brooches for Rebecca.  Rebecca had been to our local Community Arts centre where I have had some of my hooky lovelies on display. So now that
I know they have arrived safely to their destination I can show you some  pictures (I didn’t want to post about them before I sent them in case it spoiled the surprise).

 So here they are.  Two little crochet birds...

 and two little flower brooches...

 and here they go, to be sent off to their new homes...

My other “ta-dah” moment came when I finally finished my squares for Jill’s Beautiful Blogger Blanket 2012.  I was very surprised how quickly they whipped up.  The pattern is one from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Squares  (Square number 55) and I made them using Panda Cotton in 8ply.  I must admit I do love the updates that Jill has on her blog Stocki about all the squares that she is receiving (where the patterns come from and what yarns have been used).  It is lovely to see what other people have been making.  I can’t wait for the photos of this “ta-dah”moment.

 In other hooky news I am powering along with the Granny ripple blanket that I have been making for Little X.  I lost a bit of momentum there for a little while (I got distracted by Christmas), but now I’ve picked it up again and it’s coming along quite nicely. 

Today I am also going to make a confession to you all...during the holiday period I came across a U.F.O (unfinished object).  It is something that I started before Little O was even an idea (that puts it as a few years old).  It was hiding in a box under our bed.  I opened the box wondering what on earth could be in there to discover a granny square blanket that I had started.  The worst thing about it was that all the squares had been made, they had been sewn into strips and even the ends had been woven in, all it needed was to have all the strips sewn together and then a border to go around it.  Something big must have happened for me to put this aside and forget about it, or the other option which I am leaning towards is that I got inspired by another project/idea and that just took over.  Does this happen to you? 

But now I have a goal... I promise to you that I will have these finished by the end of.....

 ...January ....

Jees... who am I kidding...

...how about... February... hhhmmm

...no let’s do... March...yes...

...Yes, March it is!!!!

So this is my goal and my promise to you, two finished blankets by the end of March. 

I think I can.


(O.M.Gosh, just reading over what I have written and does this mean I have a really bad memory or does it show how often I clean under our bed...arrhh)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Feeling very lucky

Welcome back all!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and an enjoyable and safe New Years.  We did, a nice quiet Christmas with family, quiet in that we had family over for breakfast, then went to C's family for brunch who only live a few suburbs away, then home again for Little O to have an afternoon nap and my family back over for a light dinner.  I really enjoyed the day as it wasn't rushed, we could all take our time and enjoy every moment of it.  The weather here wasn't so crash hot with thunder storms and lots of rain but I am sure the garden at least appreciated it.

New Years was a different story.  We decided to go away at the last minute to stay with family and friends.  We had good company all round but the weather was the complete opposite of Christmas.  Hot northerly winds and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (about 104 Fahrenheit).  We were outside most of the time and with Little O having very fair skin like myself I felt that all I did all weekend was walk around lathering sunscreen on him (and myself) and constantly telling him to keep his hat on and drink more water.  I am sure on several occasion I saw him roll his eyes up at me, like "oh no, seriously mum, you want to do this again!" 

Once we were home and settled I jumped straight on the computer to check out all my favorite blogs (not literally, but you know what I mean..ha..ha :-)), I found out that Jill over at Stocki had awarded me this...

 ...The Liebster Award.  How lucky and special did this make me feel.  It is always nice to be acknowledged for things that you do, and even better when it is something that you love.  Thank you so much Jill.

Now according to the rules of the award, being the recipient I must:
1) Link back to the blogger who gave it (again, thank you Jill)
2) Paste the award on the blog
3) Choose 5 blogs to pass this award to (they must have fewer than 200 followers)
4) Let the recipients know about their nomination by leaving a comment on their blogs.

So here are my 5:

A beginner in the crochet world, but one very talented lady.  I must admit I have a secret following for the Hexipuff updates, I love hearing about their adventures.

Clair's photos of her daily life are just beautiful.  She has a way of telling beautiful stories with her photographs.

Bronwyn challenges herself to create something crafty everyday of the year, with great success.

I love the updates of the farm life, the crafting, the chooks, the garden produce, all told with a great sense of humor.  

I discovered this blog when looking for a pattern.  I loved it so much I then spent the next hour reading through the past posts. 

I hope that you take the time to visit these blogs and like me that they become your favorites too.