|Wearing my poppy with pride|
A quick search on line produced what I thought was one of the best looking poppies out there, why try to reinvent the wheel when there is already a great (and free) pattern out there. I give you my preferred poppy from blog and internet land...
I did not have the teddy bear/doll's eye for the centre of the poppy as suggested so instead this is what I did.
|Rough idea about how to roll the crochet|
Into the second chain from the hook dc and then dc into each chain till the end.
fasten off leaving a long tail.
Roll up the crochet into a tight roll, see drawing
Then sew in the loose threads, it almost forms a ball, I think it works well.
Sew the black centre onto the poppy and leaf and attach a brooch fastening onto the back, et voila.
After posting on my eclectichomelife facebook page, someone said I should sell them. Well for me that's not ticket, but I mentioned that if anyone wanted one and would donate money to the British Legion then I would make them one. Within the hour, I had 10 requests...
|Breakfast and my production line|
|All made and ready to wear|
|Wool from the Shetland islands|
It's half term here, school holidays are my favourite time of the year. It means we are no longer ruled by that silly clock and I am no longer that banshi woman with hair flaying wildly from the wind that I produce from running round after the children ensuring they have completed all the school tasks, music practice, and rushing from one training session to the other. I metamorph back into the person I once was pre children into a calmer gentler person who can laugh and have fun, in essence, I am a much nicer person in the holidays. You hear of these women who cannot wait for their children to go back to school who drag their children kicking and screaming to plonk them by the school gates, me, NO! I'm the opposite, I barricade the door and do not want to let my children return on the Monday morning. They in essence turn into the adults on Monday and remind me that by law they must leave my house and return to the educational establishment that creates in me this nagging monster... ohh noooo, I'm not looking forward to Monday...
This holiday we have stayed at home at the bequest of the children, who wanted lazy home days and to see friends, so we have stayed even more chilled than usual and took in the lovey Windsor Great Park and that especially of Saville Gardens. Autumnal leaves were played with, kicked about and thrown in the air, trees were climbed and a walk and talk with friends ended the day extremely well, ahh the holidays...
|The queen's swans, all swans in the |
UK belong to the queen
|Autumn sun and fabulous shadows|
|These swans were really teasing each other|
|Fun in the gardens|
|Spectacular autumnal colours|
In other news it was my birthday and my wonderful family bought me a microwave glass fusing kiln, I shall be inundating you all with glass, if I haven't already...
|Removing the kiln from the microwave you can see |
the hot glow from the melted glass inside
|Each kiln will fire slightly differently, this was |
my first piece and was not quite fired enough, I am learning
And finally my fifth thing to share with you is there is always hope. I planted these bulbs back in the beginning of September and was almost ready to give up on them, but this morning whilst making my coffee, I spotted the first peak of the green shoot, yeah!
|Can you spot what made me jump whilst |
choosing my bulbs at the garden centre?
|Finally after 8 weeks there are shoots...|
For those that missed it I also posted this week about my month of crochet, photos from everyday this month, all in one post, do click the link to see: Photo a day crochet
Sharing my five things with you this week along with Amy and all the others for Five on Friday.
♥ Hope your week is full of hope ♥