30 November 2011

Still here

I'm still here.  I've just been very busy this past week with sporting events, new windows, crochet, making goodies out of felt and catching up with my reading.

I'm half way through The Wives of Henry Oades and it's OK so far.  I'll may leave judgement until the end!!

In the late 19th century, Henry and Margaret Oades emigrate from England to New Zealand. There, Margaret and her children are abducted by Maori and eventually given up for dead. Grief stricken, Henry sails to California, where, many years later, he marries a young widow, Nancy Foreland. When Margaret and her surviving children show up on their doorstep, Henry and Nancy take them in, and all attempt to adapt. Berkeley townspeople rise up against the apparent debauched arrangement. Henry is charged with bigamy, a crime punishable by hanging. As their legal troubles mount, Margaret and Nancy find themselves allying in ways neither could have predicted.

21 November 2011

Ripple Goodness

Although I've been crocheting for almost 2 years now I still couldn't bring myself to start a Ripple blanket.  It looked far too complicated and way beyond my experience.  All the blankets and cushions I'd seen over on Flickr and at Attic 24 looked amazing and I was desperate to have a go so the other weekend I cast on my 219 stitches and took the plunge.

Then the dental pain started and I had to put it down as I couldn't concentrate.

There are always some consolations to laying awake all night as it did get me thinking how the stitches would work out and low and behold I've managed to do it.

It's taking me a while to get into it as I keep having to stop to count how many stitches I have and I have also learnt (the hard way) that if I crochet while watching something good on TV I end up having to undo it and start again!!!!!

19 November 2011

My very own Kandinsky

Samuel has been busy in Art at school over the last few months and their artist of choice was Wassily Kandinsky.  I L♥VE it .  It is destined to be framed and hung in the hall.  It even has lots of my favourite lime green in it (even if it doesn't show very well in this photo).

If I'm honest I've never heard of him but then I can't draw and have no interest in Art.  This is one from the man himself.
Wassily Kandinsky (Russia/France, 1866-1944) renowned both for his abstract and non-objective work was also perhaps equally renowned for his political activism. The combination of both earned him the significant role as member of the avant-garde artists of the time. Deeply involved in the Bauhaus Movement, his work influenced the world both culturally and artistically catapulting the Modernist style to the forefront.

15 November 2011

Almost back to normal

I'm please to say that due to wonders of modern medicine I no longer look like a Cabbage patch Kid!!

13 November 2011

Thank you

Thanks to everyone for their get well wishes.  I'm feeling much better today now I have stopped taking the co-codamol which made me feel worse than the sore mouth!!

I thought I'd treat myself to an afternoon of crochet seeing as yesterday was a write-off.

12 November 2011

Poorly me

I had a sore tooth on Thursday night so got an emergency appointment with the dentist on Friday morning.

He said my tooth was OK but as it was still causing me problems 4 years after having root canal treatment, he would send off a referral for me to have it removed.  He took and x-ray and charged me £20 for the privilege.

I went back to work and took some painkillers.

I bought extra strong painkillers after work and took some of those.

I was in agony all night, couldn't sleep at all, felt sick and went through the packet of pills in record time.

I phoned the out of hours dentist this morning.  He hadn't replied after 2 hours so I took myself off to the A & E department (ER) at the local hospital.

I saw a lovely lady doctor who checked me over and told me I have a dental abscess.  She gave me anti-biotics and more painkillers.

I'm now only just up after spending the afternoon laid up in bed..  I'm very thankful today for Samuel who has looked after me all afternoon especially after I've discovered that I can't take co-codamol without feeling really sick.

What a boy ♥♥♥

Hooky decorations

So, do you want to see what I made with all those circles?

OK here you go.................... They are Christmas Tree decorations.  I thought I'd have a bright and funky tree this year with some hand crafted decorations.  I saw some hooky decorations that Lucy at Attic 24 did a few years ago and adapted it from there.

I'm now looking forward to decorating my tree as I also found some bright coloured baubles in Tesco in almost the same colours as I crocheted.  Great minds think alike!!

9 November 2011

What will it be?

A few bright hooky circles are the start of my next project.  I'm into brightening up my home at the moment and these are just the start.  Stay tuned!!

4 November 2011

A Woolly Week

It's been a woolly old week this week.

:: I've finished one blanket....

 ::  and have been trying to sew odd squares together to make another one.....
 ::  and making another three of these for friends and family.
I wonder what's next on the wool agenda?

3 November 2011

Last weekend

Amy at Over at Our Place likes to read posts about what people get up to at the weekend so with that in mind I snapped a few piccies while out with my boys (all 3 of them).  I meant to blog this earlier in the week but got carried away with wool!!!

::  The "Boys".  You can just see Moss on the left.

 :: Loving the colours at the moment.
 ::  Ferns turning from green to brown.
 ::  Leaves a beautiful orange colour.
 ::  A view of the village.
 :: And of the River Spey.
 :: Some late Heather.
 :: And a tired teenager!!!
Love it ♥