Friday, 29 March 2013

I'm having a change!!!!

Hi my loves, I'm having abit of a change.
Blogger has stopped uploading my pics again, it's sooo frustrating. So I've spent all day creating a new blog with Wordpress. So far so good I've uploaded a few pics already. Please be patient whilst I get use to a new set up.
I do hope you will join me, don't forget to re-follow :)
I've got so much to share.
See you on the other side my loves:


Good bye for now my loves and happy crochet x x x

Sunday, 24 March 2013

I'm back. Hoorah x x

Hello again my loves, I popped out briefly to check if the blog uploaded and to take a few pics. I can't believe how incredibly easy this is, I love, love, love it x

I just wanted to show you one of my birthday cards that I really like.....

I like it so much, I might even frame it :)

Okay, let's move on to the crochet.
A lovely lady at knit 'n' natter asked if any of us had any odd balls of yarn we no longer needed as a friend of hers was busy knitting toys for poorly children.
I dashed straight down to my shed and had a fab clear out (I'll show you a pic next time). I gave three big bags of oddments and brought a few in to the house for myself as I'm ready to take on a huge project!

It started like this....

I decided to use 20 different colours!!

I turned them into these....

315 beautiful colourful wheels. I tried sooo hard not to have two wheels the same!

I then turned them into these...

Fabulous stacks of granny circle squares. I love them and think that they look so beautiful. It's amazing how on a project like this the colours just work together so well.

I'm adding the cream border to 10 circles at a time and then sewing the ends in. I hate sewing ends in, but if I do it like this it's less tiresome.

The finished project is going to be a king sized granny blanket for my bed. I've measured it and have decided to make the blanket 20 x 15 squares which is 315 in total. I think this is wishful thinking and just know I' m going to have to make more colourful wheels.

I spend so much time making and creating for others, I thought it was time I made something for us :)

Mind you, it will be Summer time by the time it's finished!

I am enjoying it though, I'm enjoying the repetition on a pattern I really don't have to think about.

There is only one problem, I'm suffering from golfer a elbow from too much crochet!!!!!!

It is quite painful at times. My Dr said I should give up crochet for two months!!!!

My new iPad is a useful distraction :)

Bye for now my loves and happy crochet x x x x x x x x x

Saturday, 23 March 2013


Hello my loves, I've missed you all sooo much and the blog of course. I'm so excited to be back. I've got a lot to share with you, as you can imagine. It's been a long time since I've created a post.
I'm not really sure what went wrong, my pics wouldn't upload on my PC I tried everything. A post is not the same without pictures is it?

Last Thursday it was my birthday, I had a fab day. I also received some lovely presents from kind friends and family.
My best ever present was an iPad, yeahhhh. I'm so happy with it and can't seem to put it down. It is effecting my crochet it a little!!
The iPad is what has brought me here today. I found a blog app and here I am. It's so easy to take pics and upload as I go, I'm loving it.

If you've been reading my blog for a while you will know that I'm not technical in anyway at all. So I'm creating a short post today just to try it out and see how it all works.

This pic is a little dark, my friend sent around a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It's scary how fast birthdays come around, next year is my big one :(

I'm going to leave you now to take pics of all the things I want to share with you.
It's good to be back.

Bye for now and happy crochet.

Esther x x x

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Happy New Year x x

Hello my loves.

 I'm trying sooo hard to create a new post, I have lot's to share with you. Blogger will not allow me to upload pics at the mo' !!!! I've tried everything :(

I may have to create a new blog, I'll keep you posted x x x

In the mean time,

Good night for now and happy crochet X X X X

Monday, 24 December 2012

Taa Daaaaa x x

Merry Christmas my loves,

I just had to pop by before the big day to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I also wanted to show you my Christmas wreath which is proudly hanging here at Baggaley Cottage.

I evenly spaced Holly leaves with different coloured flowers.

I added pretty red beads for Holly berries and pearls for the flower centres. Are you ready?.....

Ta Daaaaa, I'm sooo pleased with how it turned out :)

I bought my polystyrene rings from e.bay. I found it was cheaper to buy a box of five rather than to buy them individually. I used creative cotton Aran weight yarn just because I love love love it!! And it looks so neat. Pearls and beads were from Hobby crafts. The Holly leaves were a Lucy of Attic 24 pattern.

Wreaths may be my new addiction!! I have plans for a Spring wreath, an Easter wreath, a Summer wreath, a Halloween wreath !!!!!!!!!!

I am determined to complete all projects over Christmas, including Gav's blanket!!

Have a lovely Christmas and a fantastic New Year my loves.

Goodbye for now and happy crochet x x x x x x x

Monday, 17 December 2012

Hello my loves,

 I have missed you, I'm amazed I've finally managed to drop by!! The last few weeks have been hectic, you wouldn't believe what I've had to deal with!!!!
A week with the flu, the dreaded OFSTED, lesson observation at school, lesson observation at college, a poorly Gavin and children, organising the Craft Fair and making sure it went well, and much more !!!!!

I must admit I have felt a bit 'bah humbug' about everything and really wanted to postpone Christmas. I've felt like time has been running away with me, soooo much to do and just not enough time to do it :(

But do you know what, I've got through it, hoorah :)

The Christmas Craft Fair gave me the lift I needed, it was a wonderful day. I managed to get 26 stall holders and just about managed to squeeze everyone in! The crafts on show were fabulous, the atmosphere was fantastic and everyone commented on how lovely it all was. And to top it off we raised the most money we ever have, I am thrilled. We hope to buy sensory equipment for our special children. With all the stress I promised never to organise another fair again, it was so successful though, how can I not!
I am devastated, I didn't take one picture. I was so busy making sure everyone was alright it slipped my mind. So I'm sorry my loves I can't show you how fabulous it was, you'll all just have to come next time :) x

We finally got the decorations down from the loft on Saturday. I spent the day cleaning and decorating with the help of Daisy. Would you like to see some pics?

My favourite decorations are these.....

I bought them over the years from the German market that comes to town.

We also put out our reindeer....

I hung the bunting I made two years ago, it still looks pretty good...

I couldn't resist putting out the Santa and fairy Daisy and Charlie made a few years ago (I save everything they make).....

How cute x

We carefully put the paper chains away last year. They look fab, not a single crease.....

And the last thing to decorate was our tree. We have a real one every year. Gav and I pop out on our own to choose it, it is a real struggle choosing the right size, shape, it drives me crazy. This year we ordered one and had it delivered. I must say I was a little nervous as the net came off. To our amazement it is perfect, such a lovely shape.
Would you like to see it?......

I absolutely love it, it smells so beautiful when I come down in the morning.

As we were putting on the decorations we chose our favourites, I thought I'd share a few with you...

This last one is a decoration I'd made last year.

After the Craft Fair I felt relieved to be able to make stuff for me. The first thing I wanted to make was a Christmas wreath. I've been meaning to make one for ages. Much to my delight as I was blog surfing Lucy of Attic 24 was making one and so was Matt of According to Matt. It was great to get inspiration from them and to see what they had come up with you can check out theirs here and here Before you pop over and have a look at theirs would you like to see mine? 
I started by making a long strip of stripy goodness. I love these colours sooo much. I decided not to put any green into it so that the Holly shows up better.

My strip was 25 ch wide and using dc I kept going until it was long enough. I sewed it together at the end to form a ring. I then slotted my polystyrene ring into it and began to sew around keeping my stitches at the back. I love it x

I then made some Holly using Lucy's pattern. And now it looks like this....

I've got a long way to go and a lot more to add. The Holly is a fab pattern.....

Can you see the lovely little vains that run up the centre.

I don't want my wreath to be too fussy. I think I'm just going to make lot's of Holly and a few flowers and then I'll add some of these....

Little red beads and golden bells.

I might even use this instead of stitching.....

My new glue gun, a prezzie to myself. I can't honestly wait to use it!!!

Well my loves, it's been nice chatting to you but I really must get on with some Holly and flowers.

Speak to you soon my loves, I won't leave it so long next time.

Good night for now and happy crochet x x x x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Birthday Parties and Baby Blankets x x x

Hello my loves, sorry my posts are a little erratic just lately. I feel sometimes that there are just not enough hours in the day, I'm sure you all feel the same :) And sometimes my addiction to crochet (Instead of getting the lap top out) just takes over, well I do need to show you guys what I've been up to every now and again ;)

Well, I've loved crocheting the baby blankets and last week I finished my third. They're very quick, I make them 5x7 squares. Just big enough to fit a baby's cot.
This time I decided to make a baby girl blanket. Anita has not long got in a wide range of colours of Stylecraft DK. The colours are fab, I'll try and take a pic of it all at tomorrow nights Knit 'n' Natter.

I chose two colours to add to my stash for this blanket.....
A gorgeous pink and a fab raspberry.
I managed to sneak part of my stash in the house without anyone noticing!....
Well they've not said anything yet!!! Tee,hee. Maybe its because they've seen me frantically crocheting for the Christmas Craft Fair. (Not long now x).

Anyway, this is how the finished blanket looks....

Soooo pretty. With a gorgeous shell edging.

I've labelled and priced this up already.

My inspiration for this blanket came from meme rose blog. I'm so pleased with it, that when the mad rush of the fair is over I'm going to make one for my big old king sized bed ;)

I've also been making these....

Flower and heart key rings.

I've also made this....

Little bunny.

My stock is definitely building. Let's hope I sell some of it!

If you live local to Nottingham do try and come by the Christmas Craft Fair. It's on Saturday 8th December 11.30-3.30pm. It's at Carlton Digby School NG3 6DS.
We hope to raise Lot's of money for sensory equipment for our children :)

Well what else has been going on around here? I've saved the best till last. It was the gorgeous Miss Daisy's 11th birthday on Friday 16th. She had a great time. She had friends around for pizza and a DVD. Six littleish people ate their way through four huge Domino's pizza's followed by cakes and a sweetie platter. She got some lovely presents and Lot's of money. We're going into town on Sunday so she can spend it, on clothes no doubt ;)

Here she is with her Auntie Emma getting ready to blow her candles out.

And yes she did have her pj's on. As it was children in need day all of the children in her school went in their pj's, so they came to her party in them as well!! One of her friends had a sleep over and they stayed up to watch pudsey.
I forgot to show you this.......

Our Lego Pudsey, we bought him from the Lego shop in Liverpool x

Well that's my news for now my loves, I'll be back soon ;)

Night night for now and happy crochet x x x