We took a walk along Findhorn beach today as the sun was out. When I say beach it's 99% pebbles and not a lot of sand!! We were on the hunt for curly shells to add to our ever increasing shell collection!! You can never have too many shells :0) (Check out the mittens!! My sister Ruth bought me these a good few years ago and I don't think I've taken them off this year, it's been so cold).
As they say in Yorkshire "By Eck it's chilly" even the boats were wrapped up for the winter. We did have some blue sky for a while but off in the distance there were some really grey clouds which caught up with us on the drive home. If you didn't know how cold it was today you would have thought this photo was taken on a beautiful summers day!! As it was so chilly we had to warm up in the local pub and have lunch :0)
Yesterday afternoon I had no internet so couldn't surf or blog for hours!! What a nightmare that was :0) To pass the time I made a mini pincushion. It's a very simple pattern from a lady at How to make pretty pincushions. All you need is some felt, sewing thread, stuffing and a plastic bottle top. I might have to make somemore now!!
For anyone who, like me, LOVES Band of Brothers this series will be right up your street. The Pacific is about 3 real life US Marines in the Pacific in WW2. Once again a Spielberg/Hanks production that took 3 years to make and was filmed in Australia. Starts in the US on 14 March but we have to wait till 5 April so no plot spoilers if you watch it before me!!! :0)
When I got home from walking Moss this morning look what was waiting for me. A lovely pendant all the way from Phoenix, Arizona. It was made by the lovely Sherry and is in my all time favourite colour....lime green :0) Now I know I won’t wear it all the time so I’ve put it on a smaller chain and have attached it to my handbag. That way I can see it every day. Thank you Sherry for such a thoughtful gift. It was really kind of you to send me something. We’ve always had Just Because Presents in our family so it’s not a surprise when something arrives from Mum or Ruth. It is however, completely different to receive something from someone you’ve never met who lives on the other side of the world.
A sneaky peek at my Mothers Day presents. They're all finished but the big reveal will have to wait till the 14 March as I don't want to spoil the surprise!!
All made with things I had in my craft room. I'm on a self imposed stash diet in a bid to use everything I already have. Some bits are mine and some have been given to me by my Mum so it'll be nice to be able to do something with them and give her back something "whole".
** View from my craft room window early this morning ** I'm so sick of snow!!
Not the most exciting of pictures today (but then you can't have a good day every day) but it captures how I felt when I realised the white stuff was back. It snowed heavily till about 9.30am and then stopped. Typical is waits till after I get to work!
** A quick trip to the local Garden Centre after work to check out fruit trees and to stop and say hello to the birds. ** These guys are so cute and the little yellow one at the bottom kept coming over to the wire and waited for you to scratch his head. Samuel wanted to take one home but No!!
This afternoon I had the kitchen table to myself and made some new pictures for my kitchen & hall (once it's decorated). Nothing too fancy, just a couple of funky colourful piccies to brighten up my(badly needing decorating), kitchen.
Gracie Chicken I got from Debbie's blog over at Simply Debbie. Gracie is in all of her post and now looks good on my wall.
The birds are the same design as the Christmas onesI did for the girls at work and the heart is the left over one I made last weekend with some bigger cardstock ones in the background. This now hangs in my hall waiting for more reds to be added once it's all done up.
I'm really pleased with them all and think I might make a heart picture for my friend at work who's birthday it is next month.
Last night Samuel's sport club had a Tombola evening to raise funds for the club. Not being an expert in Tombola I had no idea what it was. It turned out to be a Bingo evening which I realised as soon as we got there and the young lad on the door asked me how may tickets I'd like to buy!! I duly bought a book of 10 games and got 2 free!! Needless to say John left all the "Blotting" to me when the numbers were called. You've got to be quick as the caller doesn't hang around. After playing all the games we had won the grand total of Nothing, Zilch, Nada!! Samuel swears blind that we had cursed tickets. The only consolation of the night was a big box of chocs we won in the raffle (although that was the second to last prize!!) Samuel came home happy and I got to eat chocolate so all in all a good night.
** View from the Fochaberian Garden ** in the village As the pond is off limits we walked Moss down to the River Spey this afternoon as the sun was out. Although the weather was chilly it was a beautiful day. This is a view from the Community Garden in the village where the names of local Fochaberians are on stones in the flowers beds. People who have contributed something to the village in the last few 100 years. It one of the big standing stones with the river in the background. The sun just had to feature in today's photo as it's been away such a long time.
Lurking behind Michael Buble yesterday was this little fella. He's a smoking man and I bought him 16 years ago when John and I went to Munich for the weekend when we lived in Germany. His top half comes off and there is a space for little cones of incense to sit. Once lit, the top goes back on and smoke comes out of his mouth and he looks like he's smoking. He came from the Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This is a fabulous shop where it's Christmas all year round. The village is walled and has some amazing houses. When we were there there was a huge music festival on. It was a shame that as we were on a coach tour we only had so long to spend there. Definitely a place to re-visit. Maybe once the grumpy teenager has left the building!!!
After seeing the lovely heart that Kirsti made over at OneMadMoo I thought I would put the crochet hook down last night and finish the last heart I started making way before Christmas and never got around to finishing. It's now all done and hanging on the end of my bed smelling of lavender.
My friend Carol and I wore nearly the same outfit for work today. Grey trousers and long grey cardi, white t-shirt and black and white scarf!! Spooky huh? Not a brilliant photo from my phone but with the snow I had to scrape off the car this morning I forgot to pack my camera.
** Don't ask!! ** I was sorting out some things to go in the charity bag and asked John to look through his old shooting stuff. When I went into the living room there was Samuel with a pile of hats on his head!! You've heard the old saying "If you want to get ahead.......get a hat"!!
At the weekend my Mum asked me a crafty favour. Could I make some bookmarks for the ladies group she is involved in? These ladies all have stories to tell if you know what I mean? The group has different activities etc each month and in a few months time my Auntie is showing the ladies how to make cards and they wanted something crafty they could give to each lady at the end of the night.
They decided on bookmarks as these could be made from scrap of card, paper etc. I think my sister and cousins have been roped into this project as well so I don't have to make all 40 they need!!
I looked out some colourful card and bits of paper and then hunted through my punches to find my daisy punch. Less is more in my book. So one piece of card, one small piece of paper, one punched flower and one stamped swirl later I had a bookmark. Or should I say I had 10. I've just got to add ribbon (which I totally forgot to buy in town) and they'll be finished.
Today seems to have shot by. It started with ironing the school uniform and I'm now back from town a few £s lighter after taking the Landrover to the garage to get the brake pads changed!! Still it's not all doom and gloom. Samuel and I decide to spend the bus fare home on a trip to the cinema to see Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. It's no Harry Potter but I wasn't bothered as both Sean Bean and Kevin McKidd were in it. The latter in his Roman God skirt!!! For anyone not sure who Kevin McKidd is he's currently in Grey's Anatomy (which I've never seen) and was also in the brilliant BBC series Rome. And Sean Bean? Well he's just Sean Bean. Yummy :0)
The film is about a boy called Percy who turns out to be the son of Poseidon and has to search for Zeus' lightning bolt that has gone missing. Steve Coogan is brilliant as Hades. Not what you expect the God of the Underworld to look like :0) Samuel is now keen to read the others in the series and w…
Last year I bought some gorgeously soft and snugly Merino wool and started my first ever blanket (Afghan). I wasn't really sure what it would look like or how big it would be. Taking a few hints from the extremely talented Lucy at Attic24 I opted for smaller squares. She'd done a lovely Summer Granny Square blanket and I hoped mine would turn out as good. I quickly had piles of squares all waiting to be stitched together.
Even with stopping for a cuppa and an early mince pie!! Soon the rows were appearing faster than I could make the squares!! But with that came the feeling that I didn't "really like it". What to do?
Frogging was the only answer and soon all the squares were ripped ("Rib it", get it? - Frogged! took me a while!!) back and I made them into bigger squares of 4. I had my first go at "Blocking" them and they seemed to look better all ready. It got the point then, that I had a lot of bigger squares and was not looking forward to se…
** Happy Valentines Day to you all. ** Here in the Lee household it has been a productive day. I've spent the day baking things that we love, as I love to bake. I'm so pleased with myself as for the first time ever (and thanks to Marguerite Patten), I've managed to make Cheese scones that have actually risen and don't look like Frisbees!! They are my favourites (for today anyway). Samuel's favourite is Choc Chip muffins. So that's what he's got and John's favourite is Banana loaf. Or it is today as the bananas needed using up. I made all these with ingredients lurking in my cupboards!! Samuel has been busy building and painting his Warhammer figures and hasn't managed to super glue himself together once!!
John has been doing what he likes best - surfing the net. We're just off out to walk Moss and then it will be time for the big Ta Dah of Big Family Blanket!!!