Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monkey Change Purse

Pics as promised.

Made from the pocket of a boys shirt, a zip I got from freecycle and a ceochet monkey face out of Happy Hooker.

Cute eh?

Hope she likes it.

Old Age and grief

Had some rather sad news this week. Another one of my dad's siblings has died. My Aunt Doreen passed away the other night from a heart attack. She was 80 and had a long run. It was also quick, so no lingering illness. Tat leaves just 3 of them out of the original 8 brothers and sisters.
I'm still surprised by it and saddened. Surprised as my dad had 7 siblings and they have most lasted until their 80s, but it's not usually a heart attack that takes them. Dad's now 82 and this was his younger sister, really makes me more aware of his oldness. Saddend for all the usually reasons, but also Dad and I had talked about Aunty Doreen the other day and I was saying I should go see her. Too late. :o(

Swapping fever has hit me again. I'm busy working on some fun things for OWS swap, should be sending out my first two parcels tomorrow and hopefully my third at the start of next week. I lurve crafting.

My DD has borrowed one of the items I'm crafting, so I'm making her a little replacement. I'm usuing Happy hookers, Lil'Monkey pattern to make her a monkey change purse. Shouldn't take too long and should be cute.
Pics tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No Time

I need another Holiday. Life has been going so fast since I got back to work my heads begining to spin.

Anyway we got all the rooms moved around. Now I need to start on the long progress of sorting out all the mess.

My lovely friend Nicole popped over from the states for a job interview so I got to entertain her for a week...OMG it's been 8 years since we last met!!! We made snickerdoodles yummy I highly recommend them. These are an old American cookie recipe, a bit more crunch compared to the chewy cookies. I also did a batch today with sugar and ginger, agsin yummy. I also taught her scones and shortbread.
She took me loads of goodies over, kool aid for dyeing yarn, muffin mix ( you get heaps more varieties in the USA), candy for the kiddies and the most fab skull and roses material. 4 and a bits yards for £22. isn't it too die for.

Alexander Henry "Skulls, Bones, & Roses" fabric
Originally uploaded by Mellicious

I finished all my squares for the friendshipghan swap rnd 4 and they're winging their way to Kookie at the moment. I even decided to start another swap. It's an ongoing wish swap. It works so differently from other swaps that it's hard to describe. You claim an item from the last person to post a list. You claim to craft this item for them and then you post your list. the next person claims one of your items and posts their list and so on. It's looking like it could be fun. I've already started the items I've claimed.
More good news, the organiser from the Pick'n'mix swap has arranged an Angel for me. So I will after all be getting a parcel for this swap. My partner hasn't answered any pms since last month so we kinda gave up on her.

So back to my new nutty pussycat.

here's my underwear drawer:

are you confused yet?

well look closer:

Can you see her yet?
Closer still

Yes that's her eye you can see snuggled in the back of my underwear drawer.

See....this is her getting back out.

There you go nutty cat or what....That's our little Fizz or as we call her....you little MINX!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mummy Stop Working So Hard

Second day back at work and already she's feeling neglected.

The house is moving on nicely.....still huge amounts of crap, but at least most of the furniture is in the correct rooms.
Off course the couch is never, ever, ever moving rooms again!!!!!

I'm still working on my 8" squares and the litlle/medium extra. I got my parcel from Kookie (i'll post pics once batteries have charged). She sent me 10 fabby squares and some yummy soap.

Bought some yarn for my ravelympic Shrug which I will be making this weekend.mmm RED.

Anyway back to the grind.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

tagged by Taz

One Word Tag

1. Where is your cell phone? charging

2. Signifigant other? Honey

3. Worst bad habit? untidy

4. Hair? long

5. Favorite food? cheese

6. Your favorite thing? bread

7. Your dream last night? blank

8. Favorite drink? wine

9. Dream/goal? debtless

10. Room you are in? bedroom

11. Your ex? john

12. Your fear? Loss

13. Where do you want to be in six years? comfortable

14. Where were you last night? Bed

15. What you're not? fit

16. Muffins? lemon

17. Wish list item? slimmer

18. Where did you grow up? highlands

19. Last thing you do? snuggle

20. What are you wearing? Jeans

21. Your TV? Off

22. Your pets? many

23. Your computer? On

24. Your life? happy

25. Your mood? Tired

26. Missing someone? nope

27. Your car? old

28. Something you are not wearing? glasses

29. Favorite store? Charity

30. Your summer? busy

31. Love someone? totally

32. Last time you laughed? Today

33. Last time you cried? unsure

Well that's me.

Been working on more moving, as got nothing done yesterday with return of the cat. Who has decided that she likes to sit on my and snuggle like a baby when I'm at the computer.
4 squares done and two to go in my friendshipghan swap. i've started number 5. 1 down and two to go for Ravelympics.
Better get back too it.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Fantastic News

My poopie cat is back.
Got a call from a lady today to say she thought she had seen my cat.
We live in a fairly small village and apparently she noticed a little cat only a street away. I was rather dubious as we had been out lots calling and looking for her.
Anyway, the OH and I took a walk along to the road. I started calling "puss, puss, puss" about 20 seconds later there was a "meow, meow" and Fizz jumps out of a bush onto the pavement. I just couldn't believe it. She's been missing for 41 days and here she is as though nothing had happened. She's a little skinny and was very pleased with the bowl of milk and food we gave her. She's been snoozing on our bed ever since. See.....

Isn't she adorable? So happy to have her back.

Off course she put our plans for today on the back burner. It was meant to be big shift day. One desk to bottom room, one up to top room, table and chairs in from car etc etc, but I thought it would be unfair to do all this upheaval when we only just got her settled.
So I've done a little bit of tidying and I've started my ravleympic Lamb for the Amiguruni Toss event. It's quick so I hope to have it done by tomorrow.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

crochet squares

So I know I said that I was giving up swapping for the summer. well my mate Kookie decided that I should get involved in a 8" crochet square swap and because I like her I decided to take part. Heck what's 4 x 8" squares in a month. What's hilarious is that she's now my swap partner for this swap. This means that I'm doing 6 squares not 4 and I've started working on an extra little something for her too. Can't say too much as I know she's watching. I've asked Kookie to make me black/purple squares as I fancy a kind of gothic little lapghan.

I haven't been neglected my other tasks though.
We're still in mid room move. Our bed and chest of drawers is now in the appropriate room. Futon is dismantled and I collected a fab round dining table from Freecycle. Off course it is still sitting the car awaiting it's move to the sitting room. Which I'm planning for tomorrow. Heck I'm going to need another holiday to recover from this one. :o)

So progress on my 12" CAL is doing well.
another filler. This one is
Victorian Dream

Here's my progress so far on the blankie. I have attached a couple of the squares using black, but I think I'll wait until they are all done before adding any more.

Oh yes swapping. Another Lass from ravelry has managed to persuade me not only to take part in some swappage, but to join her team for ravelympics. After a month of not swapping I must be missing it. Anyway for the ravelympics I'm doing Converse Booties for the Baby Dressage, Crochet shrug for the Sweater Sprint and crochet little lamb for the Amigurumi Toss. the idea is that we start these items and get them finished with the time it takes for the olympics to start and finish. Should definitely be doable. Off course I do go back to work on Monday and i have a friend from the states visiting on wednesday and then the kids go back to School a week on tuesday. See all the time in the world. :o)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

I'm sorry I haven't posted for a while.
Spent a week in Shetland with my mum and kids. I'll blog that with some pics when I get a hold of my mum's camera.
Now I'm home and me and the OH are busy moving the rooms in the house around. I don't really want to spend my hols doing this, but winter will be here before you know it and I'm determined to have either a fire or a stove working before it gets cold.
Plus I want an area where I can invite friend round for dinner.

Crafting has been a bit on the back burner. I've finished my August square for the 2008 12" CAL
mine's a little wonkie, but still cute.

I'm involved in a monthly square swap on ravelry. This month we did a circle of friends square
This is how mine turned out.

It turned out much smaller than 12", so I did more repeats and finished of with a couple of rows of hdc.

Apart from that I'm working on a babies jacket for a work colleague and this
gorgeous circle cardigan
Unfortunately I got to the cast off for the sleeves and I had way more repeats than the pattern says. Oh well it still looks fine so I'll plod on. I'm making mine in black with a bright pink thread running through it.

Catching up on previous blogs. My pussy cat hasn't turned back up, so I still have my fingers crossed that she makes it back to her previous owners.
My Pick n' mix swap parcel apparently ended up back in Germany and the last I heard was that my partner was going to resend it. The parcel I sent her is still missing or so I presume as I haven't heard back from her recently. I'm not pleased. I put a lot of effort into those goodies. If I hear from her soon I'll post some pics.

OOh I have a wee recommendation for some things I have been reading and watching lately.
Bought my mum
Shakespeare Retold last christmas and we just got round to watching them. Fab stuff. So far watched "The Taming of the Shrew" and Much Ado About Nothing" Excellent. Loads of fab british actors and really well made. Looking ofrward to the next two.

Borrowed this book from the library. Cool crochet... Some fabulous stuff in it. Several I would really love to crochet.
I'm loving going back to the library again. Reading up a storm.