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Rainbow Brooch Cards

Rainbow Brooch Greetings CardHere’s a new design I’ve added to my range today: rainbow brooch cards.

I had the idea to make these after being invited by the very talented Louise of Louise Goodchild Designs to take part in her Rainbow Market this coming weekend.

I have no idea why it had never occurred to me to add rainbows to my range of brooch cards before, because they’re so cheerful and I think anyone would love to receive a card with one of these brooches.

 

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What’s in a Pomelo?

What is a pomelo“What are those?” asked E.
We’re walking through the local market on our weekly trip to the library, and passing a fruit and veg stall.
“Um… It says they are pomelos.”
“What’s a pomelo?”
I had definitely seen that coming. I briefly toy with the “it’s one of those” answer and continuing on our way. Part of me is anticipating the usual ‘kids not in school today?’ comment from someone if we stop. But I do stop and we look at them. (more…)

How to crochet an i-cord

Crochet i-cord comparisonI’ve just taught myself how to crochet an i-cord! I may be a little late to the party, I know this technique has done the rounds, but as I was looking for help online, I didn’t find exactly the information I wanted, so I thought it might be helpful to set out my version of how to make a crochet i-cord here. (more…)

Crocheting Wash Mitts

Crocheted wash mittI’m using my crochet wash mitt pattern, which I haven’t used for a while, and it’s rather fun rediscovering it, almost as if it were written by a stranger. Terry toweling washcloths are all very well, but hand-crocheted wash mitts are definitely the business!

A friend of mine has asked me to make her some crocheted bathroom items to complement some new towels she’s getting – great way to quickly ‘refresh’ your bathroom if you can’t afford a new suite! (more…)

Letter Writing

Letter Writing Correspondence #writealetterbyhand Snail MailI often write in a journal – I wouldn’t call it ‘journalling’ as I don’t use it for reflecting on the day, really, but it does keep me sane at critical points to lay out my thoughts or to make lists. Quite often, I use it to give myself a little pep talk, and this week I took it a step further and I wrote myself a letter. (more…)

Pinterest

Little Conkers Pinterest BoardIn my list of goals this year was getting myself on to Pinterest, and understanding how it all works. I know, I know, I’m very slow to take it up, but I was reluctant to do so before I thought I’d be able to make a proper fist of it.

But I’m on there now! (more…)

Making the Twelfth Cake 2015

We made our Twelfth Cake today!

I try to ensure we have a full twelve days of Christmas, and like to make Epiphany special, which also off-sets the taking down of the decorations. Part of that is that we have our Christmas cake on Twelfth Night, and one of us gets to be royal for the day. This is a tradition in much of Europe, and used to be in this country before the Victorians rearranged things. Hence we usually find ourselves making our Twelfth Cake a week after the rest of the nation makes their Christmas Cake.  (more…)