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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Rainbow Pram Blanket


Beautiful Rainbow Stripes




There has been a new addition to our
extended family recently and I
wanted to make something a
little bit special for her when she arrived.

A hand made gift is always special to me and 
I hoped that by making something a baby 
it would always remind them of the
love they create with their arrival.

I have been working on this
beautiful pram blanket
made with the most gorgeously soft wool.

The wool was a bit of an impulse buy
(not like me at all - ha ha)
from KnitPicks
which I saw featured in an advert on Face Book

The yarn is called Mighty Stitch
and is an 80/20 mix of acrylic and wool.

It is so soft and snuggly
and the colours are gorgeous.



I used a pattern by Little Doolally called the
Its such a simple pattern to follow
but looks
 as though it would take
a lot of hard work to create.




I tweaked the border
to create  a  more feminine feel.

I also felt the blanket was a tad small
with the border detailed in the pattern
so I added alternating rows of
double crochet into the back of the loop
before adding the shell.




The inspiration for the shell pattern was taken from
here which again,
I tweaked a little but is basically the same.




I was so pleased with the end result
and my two little
people wanted to keep it for themselves.

I will definitely be using this yarn again.




It also gave me the opportunity
to make my first entry into my


This is a fantastic ring bound book
which helps you to keep
a detailed ledger of all your crochet projects
and has space for you enter notes about
the project,
yarn used,
and there's even a
sheet of graph paper for you to
colour in with your pencils and generally
have fun.

It's a fantastic little book.



All that is left for me to do  now is wrap the blanket in some
pretty girly pink tissue paper and parcel
it up ready to send.

Until next time,

enjoy you day.

Bernice
x







Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Painting fun

Ready Steady,

B-A-K-E



I have dabbled with acrylic painting 
for a few years now.
I find it a very therapeutic way to unwind.
The only problem I have is 
finding the time to escape from family life 
for a few hours to visit one of my most 
favourite places in the whole wide world,

It's fair to say,
this is my little bit of serendipity
that I came across quite by chance
and that I love to indulge in, 
in an otherwise
very busy life.

However, 
Little B is at a VERY clingy 
stage at the moment,
which is lovely in the sense that 
I feel so needed and loved,
but on the other hand,
I can't even go to the bathroom 
without company.

So the prospect of leaving him with Daddy 
for an afternoon,
whilst I disappear is just about impossible.

It's such a shame because Miss B has 
come with me on a couple occasions 
to paint,
and she really loves 
her time 'up on the hill' too.

I shall just have to be patient 
and wait a little while longer,
and the time will come 
when we can 'escape'.

The Crafts House is run by a wonderfully 
talented lady called Sandra
 and her lovely husband, David.

Sandra is front of house,
looking after all things crafty,
and David is in charge of 
creating and cutting all the amazing 
MDF shapes
that adorn the shelves of the shop.

These blanks all sit waiting for you 
to unleash your artistic ideas on.

Sandra helps and guides 
you through the process of
conquering the initial fear 
of picking up a paint brush,
and realising that painting 
is so much fun,
as well as medicine of the soul.

David made some letters 
for me quite a while ago,
and in between having children 
and juggling work
they got put into the UFO
(unfinished objects) box.

I started working on them about a year ago,
and I am ashamed to say,
it's taken me this long to make the
time to complete them.

An opportunity to get all my paints
out onto the kitchen table 
and indulge in some very precious
'me time'
happened this weekend,
and I loved it.

The kids were 'helping' Daddy clean the car,
a.k.a. the mobile skip,
so I was able to revel in the pleasure of
forty five minutes of peace and quiet.

I had already done all of the 
base colour work with Sandra,
so there was only the 
decoration to finish off.

I wanted to keep this simple 
so as not to look too fussy
when they were mounted on the wall.






The hearts and polka dots 
on the 'b' and 'e' were 
so easy and quick to do,
but very effective.




The 'k' was just a stitched line 
effect created with a white uni-ball Signo pen.
These pens are great for writing 
on most surfaces,
but especially black so those 
chalkboard labels that are 
very popular at the moment
are a doddle with this.



The 'a' was a little more 
time consuming with the rose pattern.
I was slightly apprehensive 
about this one because I had 
never attempted
to paint roses before.

In actual fact,
they were really simple 
but didn't 'come together'
until I added the white accent an dots.

I fixed them to the wall using 



These are amazing little strips of 
self adhesive Velcro that attach to 
the wall and to the thing you want to hang.

It eliminates fiddling about with 
picture hooks and such like.
There are no holes in the walls 
and no need for bashing the 
end of your thumb with a hammer.

 The great thing about these 
for my wooden letters was
that I could literally stick them 
to the wall anywhere in the kitchen.



So after a bit of playing around 
with position,
and height, etc. 
and advice from Mr. B,
I decided above the ovens 
was the perfect spot. 



Voila.

I love them and feel really
 pleased with the patterns and colours I chose.



Until next time,
enjoy your day.