Sucess and failure

25th July

What an interesting few weeks we've had in our eclectic home.  I have been very sporodic in my blogging but hope to be better in the coming weeks, would love you to pop by and share a coffee with me over the summer, you would be most welcome.

This week I share with you both success which are fun and my failures not so much.

I am in Norway this week and the latest craze to take over knitting fantatics here are cotton washcloths, either for kitchen or bathroom use.  They are colourful and soft to the touch, I can see why so many become hooked on them.  In fact there is even a facebook page dedicated to a dishcloth a week.  So whilst in Rome and all that as well as it fitting in neatly with me continuing my knitting challenge of knitting more this year, I set to.

Dishcloths galore, clever mamma

My attempt, thought I would make a nautical one for our boat

It took a lot of concentration

But frogging had to occur again and again

In the end I decided to make a sample to get
the pattern correct.  I managed but could not see
it was an anchor.  Can you? So decided
the pain was not worth it

It was after this disatrous encounter that I felt it would be safer both for my sanity and hurt pride to return to my love of crochet.  Magazines here always have crafty goodness within to make and I fell in love with some serviette ring holders.  A day later and I had eight made.  I am as pleased as punch and now want to make some for all occasions, thinking Christmas next... Over on IG some thought I was making a summer bunting with them. I may just do that too!

The beginnings of serviette rings, colurful and jolly

Cake and coffee place setting

Mocha roulade made, just waiting on the coffee

Crocheted motifs and sewn onto ribbon

On a high from the above I decided to bring out the bunting I began a while ago and to complete it, I am almost done, so hope to have it finsihed by the end of the week, it's looking just how I imagined.

Starting to put it altoghter

Photographing in Norway is so easy, so many great places

In other news from home, the garden is progressing and we are mightliy pleased although we did have a path failure, which I share with you here, it has now been rectified and we are delighted, but this will be another post...

Oh dear, too angular and not the
flowing path I had imagined

And another failure with glass :(  I love glass fusing as some of you may have noticed and I decided to make my uncle a bowl similar to the one here  but on firing it came out with a sharp edged bottom and a tad wonky.  It's ok and I am already using it, but it has to be classed as a failure as I can not give it to the intended recipiant.

Do you have many success and failures?

Have a wonderful week, joining in with Amy,  here sharing my five sucesses and failures with you.  Hope you have time to pop back over the summer, you are most welcome!

♥ Happy summer everyone ♥

Glass sea scapes

6th July

I love colour, brights,  pastels and I always think red.  But since glass fusing has taken a hold of me, I realise I hanker to work with sea colours, blues, turquoises, pale greens, I just cannot get enough of them.

My blue makes so far...

So it should come as no surprise that this morning I began three seascape wall hangings...

Lighthouse by the sea

Sailing away

Below the sea

All three are still a work in progress, they need playing with, cleaning and re assembling as well as making and adding the copper wire hangers that need to be placed between the glass before fusing.  Once all this is done, they can be transferred to the kiln for an over night firing.  Never knowing quite how the heat will move and affect each piece of glass is always exciting.  I'm looking forward to these being completed.

  Have a great week where ever you are 

An eclectic hot week

3rd July  

So much to share and so little time, let the pictures do the talking today...

Eating for a healthier life style this week...

Breakfast in a cup

A meze lunch with family

Different salads all week for dinner

Playing with glass as much as I can...

Last weeks cutting... this weeks light catcher

A bowl in the making

A slightly wonky bowl produced

The sewing machine has been out this week...

A dress almost completed, fully lined too!

Last weeks fabric became this weeks bunting,
today it travels to the USA

I quite fancy it for myself though!!

A week of traditional British sport...

Even out local florist supports Wimbledon

Love the tennis rackets and suspended tennis balls

My daughter and friends on the river Thames, with our boys quad
in the background preparing to race at Henley Royal Regatta

A beautiful day by the river

Perfect weather

So very British

A little bit of garden tranquillity after sad news of Wink...
I wore my flowers from Amy as a gift from one blogger to
another to honour the memory of Marinke, who lost her battle
with depression last Friday. 
A great blogger and inspirational crochet designer.

A Red Admiral butterfly finds a moment of peace
in our ever constant renovating garden

♥  This week I'm going to take time out to hold my loved ones just that little bit closer, sending warm regards to you all   ♥

Joining in with Amy sharing my five things with you this week.

WIPs and recent makes

26th June

Mood blanket 2014 and the Attic 24
Scandinavian influenced cosy CAL
Works in progress make many appearances on crafting blogs and this one is no exception.  What is it about starting something, the excitement, the challenge, the unknown, so why then does this all slow up and often just grind to a halt?
Last year I enthusiastically began the  mood blanket  , chose the perfect blanket colours, just for me, loved that I was crocheting in cotton and then BAM, five months later, I stopped.   Phil from the wonderful blog The Twisted Yarn, often asked me if I was going to pick it up again but she has now stopped asking.  It's been playing on my conscience and today I brought it out of the back of the wardrobe and am leaving it out, just in case I maybe ready to pick it up sometime soon, fingers crossed everyone...

The mood blanket is based loosely
on the stripy as you go blanket

In August my daughter will be 16.  We have frantically begun to re arrange the garden, which has involved moving sheds, demolishing sheds , cutting down and pruning trees, adding in new fences and completely changing the look of the bottom half of the garden.  And now we are about to put in a brick path, patio and more lawn area.  To dress up the new patio I decided that I was not busy enough in my life and it would be good to have some crocheted bunting.  A couple of years ago I made meters of sewn bunting and  we bring it out every year but I wanted something new and just for her party.  Having previously bought four balls of Drops Belle cotton/viscose/linen mix for the Knitting and Crocheting Guild/Yarn Stories competition and then finding that I had no time to design an entry, let alone knit or crochet it, had what I felt would be perfect colours for the bunting.  So on Sunday whilst watching my son in a rowing regatta I began...

The start of making 56 crocheted triangles for bunting

Each triangular shape takes between 10 and 15 minutes depending on my depth of concentration and each ball makes 14 of them.  they each measure 6 cm at the widest top part and put end to end will make just under three and a half meters.  what I cannot decode upon is would they look better with an equal gap between the triangles in which case I would end up with just over six and a half meters of bunting.  That's a lot of chain binding to make to string them together.   What would you do, what do you think would look best?

Which do you think would look best for the bunting?

You may recall that I have begun an obsession with glass fusing, see post here and this week I have made two pieces which will be fired over the week end.  Cannot wait till Tuesday to see how they turn out.  That is one of the many joys of glass fusing, you have an image in your mind and then you create as close to that as you can, but nature will take its course with the heat and you never know quite how all the glass will melt together.  Exciting times. 

Beginnings of a glass bowl, top
and a sea blue light catcher

I bean recycling and reupholstering this  1950's dressing table last week and admit to not quite finishing it.  From afar, it looks totally finished and I confess to being just a tad in love with it.  Notice the spotty material under the crocheted bunting in the photos above?  That's the material of choice for this dresser, pop over and see how it turned out. 

Finally a little bit of a cheat as this is not a work in progress, but as soon as I can tear myself away from the computer I will begin this project and it MUST be finished by Thursday.  It's to travel to Washington DC, which is across the pond from where I live.  My daughter travels there on Friday morning to visit my sister.  Her partner has begun a new venture and has bought a food truck selling British food in DC and requested if I could make three lines of bunting to go around the truck.  Turquoise, pink and white were requested, so I really must crack on....

Logo for the food truck

Unfortunately within a week of beginning, someone broke into
the truck over night and stole the generator!  It's still off road
whilst a new one is located.  Very sad and disheartening.

Scones, cream and home made jam can be
bought from this food truck in DC

Material all ready and waiting
to be made into bunting...

  Do you have many WIPs?  

Joining in for the first time in a while with Amy  from Love Made My Home,
taking five minutes out of my day to share with you all my five makes of focus for the week. Also for the first time with Willy Nilly Friday 5

Upcycle and recycle

24th June

It's official.

I. Can. Not. Reupholster.

About five years ago I was an avid follower and user of free cycle.  My most successful item was the
1950's dresser ready to be re loved
acquisition of a round pine table and four chairs.  See the post   here and  for paint details  here     At about the same time I also acquired a beautiful but somewhat unloved and neglected 1950's kidney shaped table.  By pure luck it fitted in an alcove in the spare room with only a couple of millimetres to spare each side.  And there it sat for five years, with me also neglecting and not giving it the love it deserved.  It was quite literally ignored.  I knew that I wanted to bring it back to glory with a modern twist but to find enough time was always the problem.

So as the dressing table was 'out of sight' and therefore was not a pressing item on my to do list,  I made the children carry it down the stairs and leave it in the middle of the utility room.  Now I was bound to have to do something with it as I would have to squeeze past it everyday.

How wrong was I?

In fact the dressing table became a convenient dumping ground for the whole family and a favourite sleeping abode for the cat.  We knocked into it, squeezed past it and cursed it for 6 months before I had had enough.

One sunny day last week I dragged it out to the garden, wiped it over to ensure there was no dust or grease on it and just slapped on the most amazing paint called Autentico.  I used the colour Dolphin.  It was touch dry in less than 30 minutes and I decided for good measure to give it a second coat.  That night it was back in the spare room, although not the room it was in before.  During the six months it sat in the utility room my son decided he wanted the spare room, so now his old bedroom was to be the spare room.  No more snug alcove for this dressing table!

Painting was the quick and easy part but in true old fashioned style all the drawers had previously been covered in material.  Having purchased some beautiful Designers Guild velvet in vivid colours I thought it would be great to add this splash of colour to the spare room and promptly began to staple gun and glue the velvet onto the drawers.  

Big mistake.

Have you tried fitting velvet around the corners of drawers?  I suggest you don't.  It was too thick and cumbersome and I could not close the drawers.  I had a genius idea to begin planning down the sides with my husband's granddads plane.  Great fun but it wasn't the right thing to do and it took me only a few minutes of planning to realise I was on a hiding to nothing and the velvet had to go and I had to seek out much thinner material.

100% cotton came to my rescue.
Adding the fabric to the outer edges was difficult
Recycling this dressing table was now fully in my sights and I stapled gunned the night away, literally and fabric glued where needed.  I am not quite finished as I ran out of staples sometime after midnight and now need to go and procure some more.  I notice too that two of the drawers are sticking a bit, so a little more planning may actually be in order, but I am delighted in how it is shaping up and coming along.  Just need to make sure I finish these last little snags.  

Originally where you see the long painted arm,
it had a fabric curtain to hide the drawers

I think once I have the spare room fully sorted and cleared out of unnecessary junk that this dressing table will make a great addition to the room...

Just a few snags left to sort out

Almost finished my modern 1950's dresser

  Have you upcylced any furniture,
what was your experience?