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Monday, 8 February 2016

Crochet Heart Hat

Something for the Weekend

I have been reading a few blogs 
in recent weeks that have mentioned 
'weekend projects'

I am currently in the depths 
of a huge crochet blanket for Miss. B.,
and have to confess 
I was growing a tinsey bit 
bored with it.

Never ending granny squares 
can be mind numbing at times.

So I set about a quick and easy project 
to fill in a weekend
and take my mind 
off the blanket for a short time.

I came across the pattern  I used 
via Face book,
I think,
and it was free 
which was a nice little bonus.

It has very sweet little hearts in each coloured row,
so very appropriate for Valentine's day too.

It was a good distraction 
and refreshed my interest 
in the blanket too.

I guess  
a change is as good as a rest,
as the saying goes.

Silver as the main colour,
and Fondant as the contrast.

Unfortunately they do  not have a 
baby pink colour in the range
so I used a bit from 
my odd and bobs box.

It will likely have been a 
baby aran left over from when 
Miss B was a baby.

The pattern was simple to follow 
and I was so pleased with the result.

I bought a fluffy pom pom 
from EBay
for the top,
which Miss. B liked very much.

Fur pom poms seem 
to be very fashionable 
at the moment.

She was happy to model the hat
for me,
 but is slowly starting to be a little more
selective about where and when she wears some things.
It is such a lovely feeling 
when they actually like what you make them,
but I must remember
that they will develop their own
senses of taste and style.

It won't stop me making things for them
but I think I will
have to try and
become a little more thicker skinned
about their reactions to them.

Just love this little lady so much

Until next time,
enjoy your day.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Seville orange marmalade

Weekend Fun

The Seville orange season is drawing to a close and  I thought I would write a short post about marmalade making which took place this weekend.

Weekends are such a busy time at home,
and I'm sure probably very similar to most homes with young children in them.
We have a busy time with gymnastics, brownies, swimming lessons,
visiting grand parents and so  much more.

I sometimes sit down on a Sunday evening
and wonder where on earth the weekend has disappeared to ?

But one thing is for sure,
it's always lovely to spend time with family,
to laugh and giggle,
and make memories that will stay with us

This weekend I was determined to set aside some time to replenish my marmalade
supplies before I missed my chance to get hold of those precious Seville oranges
that only bless us with their presence for a very short period of time.

I pootled off to Sainsburys and found a bag of them and set about digging out my maslin jam pan.
I had forgotten it was a two day process so it was a bit tricky making the time to finish the process off.

I learnt from bitter experience last year,
this is not a thing that you can hurry.
Burnt on marmalade is a nightmare to get off your precious pan.

So, one late night later, I had five of the most beautiful golden jars of loveliness.
They are now tucked away in the 'jam cupboard' waiting to be eaten up or given away as special gifts.
I sometimes walk past the cupboard and just open it to admire the lovely home made contents that decorate it's shelves.
Needless to say I am easily pleased.

I have posted a link here for how I made the marmalade
and with  bit of luck you may still have a chance to get hold of the oranges before they disappear for another year.

Until next time,
enjoy your day.