Lavender bags

A couple of months ago I happened on the idea of making crocheted lavender bags. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted them to look like. I couldn’t find a pattern anywhere so I decided to make one up as I went. The tulip stitch here is from a you tube tutorial by the brilliant Bella Coco.  
    

I did a couple of rows of the flowers, I could’ve easily carried on though, I love doing these. They look so pretty. I finished with a scalloped top.

Once I’d blocked it, I sewed it together and was desperate to see it complete with a ribbon through it. Even if it wasn’t the right shade of purple!   

  
  

I think these colours go so well together.

Next job was to make some little lavender pouches to go inside. Accompanied by a glass of vino and a roaring fire, it was very relaxing indeed. Especially with the strong aroma of the lavender flowers!

  
  

So, here’s the finished product, with a better colour of ribbon!

  
 

I’ve decided to try and sell a few over on my Facebook page, just in time for Mother’s Day.

While we’re talking crochet, I’ve decided to start up my own crochet group. The first one is this Wednesday, eek! It’s going to be very relaxed and a chance to sit and have a drink and hook away the evening with likeminded crafters. If any of you local ladies would like to join me, it’s in The Shrewsbury Arms in Oxton Village, Wirral from 8pm. It’d be lovely to see you, I’ll bring my crochet books for inspiration and I’m happy to show you the basics. Just bring a hook and some yarn. I’m slightly worried that I’ll end up sitting there on my own looking a bit silly!

Warmth

The weather today was looking rather lovely, I had no plans and no running kids around for a change. I took baby J to Aqua tots first thing but he wasn’t that keen on it today. When we got home it felt far too nice to be indoors so I grabbed the stale bread from the bread bin and a couple of handfuls of chicken feed and me and the little fella headed off to the park to feed the ducks. I decided to be good and walk the 15 minutes there instead of drive like I often do. I’m so lazy, I know! 

  The park was looking glorious in the sunshine, the bright yellows and oranges of the daffodils singing out loud for everyone to hear.

  
Unfortunately, before we got to the park gates, he’d fallen fast asleep so I decided to grab myself a nice cup of tea from the cafe. I sat outside and bathed in the sunshine for about an hour. It was such a perfect and peaceful time spent. I felt the warmth from the sun for the first time this year and it was so good.

  
Yes, that is crochet you see. I came prepared, God I’m getting good!

When he awoke, we went as planned to feed the ducks. They go mad for the chicken food.

  
I’ve just spotted the heart shape the ducks are making in the water there, can you see? Or is it just me? I do have a thing for hearts.

It was a lovely sunshiny, warm afternoon. Many more to come I hope.

Bye for now xx

The Pantry

We are extremely lucky to have a really handy utility room on the end of our house.  We always call it The Pantry though as it’s where The Pamper Pantry used to call home. If you’ve just clicked on that link and found yourself reading my previous blog post called ‘Pamper Pantry Reminiscing’ then I’m a clever girl as I’ve been trying to work out how to do that for ages! If not, then it’s back to the drawing board for me.  I’m certainly not the most techno savvy of people and need all the help I can get.

It used to be painted Passion Pink which was a perfect palette for the Pamper Pantry.  But since I closed that down, I decided it should be a much calmer, pale blue. We decided some time ago that we really needed an extra loo in our house. One upstairs bathroom in a large four bedroom house with six people in really wasn’t enough. There were always queues for the loo and knocks on the door just as you’d settled into a nice warm bubble bath. The only place we could squeeze an extra loo in was the pantry.  It was do-able but not that easy.

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These pictures were taken while our kitchen was being done back in June so we’d been using this as a makeshift kitchen. It’s such a useful space as it houses our washing machine & tumble dryer.  Our rubbish bin is also in here as Amber our bullmastiff would eat the contents if it were in the kitchen! The boiler is in here too which makes it super warm and toastie.  But the best thing about this room is this…

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An old victorian clothes airer. It has one wooden rod missing which one day I hope to replace but it is THE best thing for drying laundry. It’s right above a boiling hot radiator so when the heating is on, the warm air rises right up to the airer. It’s in constant use as you can imagine with a family of six, I wish I had another of these, I’d be sorted then!

So, when the builders were here doing our kitchen, we got them to make a start on the new loo area.

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They boxed it all in, the plumber laid all new waste pipes and fitted the loo.  It has made a HUGE difference to us having this. So much more practical.  The builder was meant to be ordering some new worktop as the above was just a temporary solution. He said he’d be back early August.

We waited,                                                                                                                     And waited,                                                                                                                          And waited a bit more…..                                                                                                Then chased him up….                                                                                                     On about 3 separate occasions….

Eventually we gave up.  We finally managed to source some worktop ourselves and had to go begging cap in hand to my father-in-law to fit it for us. He did an absolutely amazing job. I don’t think it was the easiest of tasks at all but it’s really transformed the room. He also replaced a pane of glass with a frosted pane for privacy.

I touched up the walls with paint, my hubby put up a new light ( which has made it the lightest, brightest room in the house) and put up a new blind. I also made a little curtain with some matching fabric from IKEA to hide all the chicken and dog feed stored behind it. I was really happy with my little bit of sewing here, I actually did quite a decent job. So here’s the finished result.


  
  
  

I took this panoramic picture to try and give you an idea of the overall room. It’s not easy taking photos of little rooms!


There’s a lovely lot of worktop space for folding and sorting laundry. The handy cupboards store all our medicines, shoe cleaning kit, spare batteries and light bulbs. Also in the corner is our rubbish bin, recycling, vacuum cleaner and mop. All the things that are a pain to store. It’s so warm and toastie in there I find myself lingering in there longer than I need to. I think I’ve succeeded in making practical pretty. Although I have a couple of ideas to make it even prettier, but that’ll have to wait a while. There’s far too much else I must do first.

Thanks for stopping by to read me witter on, it means a lot 😊
 

 

 

Cupid strikes ❤️

Happy Valentines Day everyone! I’m just popping in very quickly this morning to give a shout out to my lovely husband. He’s pulled out all the stops and been a true romantic. We don’t need to wait for Valentine’s Day to show each other some love but it’s always nice to have an extra excuse. Look at these beauties..

  
Not one but two bunches of flowers! They’re equally beautiful, I’m so lucky.

   
 
Then he asked me how I’d like my eggs. They were perfectly poached, yummy!

  
Then I finished off with heaven on a plate..

  
I’ve been spoiled rotten and feel very special indeed.

I hope you all have a lovely day, whatever it is you’re up to

Lots of l💕ve,

Vicki xxx

Early signs..

It’s a little bit earlier than it should be, but I think spring is just around the corner! Yay!! This morning, although still chilly, was absolutely gorgeous. The sun streamed into our garden early so I snuck out to get photographic evidence, just incase it didn’t last long!

   
 
There’s even a little bit of colour unfurling too.

   
   

It’s so refreshing to see new life coming into our garden at this time year.

Yesterday baby J and I went for a little walk around The Dell in the very picturesque Port Sunlight. There are some beautiful crocuses and snowdrops just rearing their delicate little heads out from beneath the ground.

  
We must go back in a couple of weeks to see how they’re coming on. The daffodils should be out by then too. It’s a very exciting time of year, lots of new, fresh, colourful life. I love it. I do think Spring may possibly be my favourite of all the seasons. 

Captain America cushion

Hello lovelies, at last a crafty post!

So, I can finally reveal one of my recent projects to you, a Captain America crochet cushion that I made for my step-daughters 17th birthday. Today’s the big day and she’s opened it so it’s safe!

I was originally going to make it for her for Christmas but I ran out of time. She’s been a No.1 fan of Captain America for years and she loves her cushions so I thought this would be an ideal gift.

  
It was really tricky starting off. After many attempts I managed this star from a YouTube tutorial. Next bit was the trickiest, making a circle around the star. I just couldn’t get my head around the written pattern I’d found so I ended up making it up myself, hence the slightly wonky look about it. I was so frustrated by this point, this was as good as it was going to get.

   
 
As soon as the centre was done it worked up quite quickly.

   
 
It’s surprising how big it needed to be. Now for the back..

  
 It was no easy job trying to make this while she was around. I found myself hooking behind a big cushion many evenings!

So here’s the finished article..

   
    
    
   
It’s not perfect but I’m still pretty pleased with it and so is Abbie. Happy birthday! 

Vicki xx

Stop the clocks 

Does anyone else wish you could just press pause on the world every so often? Just for a short while so you can catch up with everything. I’ve been wishing that a lot lately. I’m finding it very difficult to achieve even the simplest of tasks. My days have just become a blur and my head is all fuzzy. I’ve been struggling quite a bit these last few weeks and I know what the problem is. It’s my gorgeous, pint-sized, cheeky little Baby J. He’s ridiculously hard work at the moment and he seems to have one mission in life, to stop mummy in her tracks. He’s doing fantastically. He’s managed to turn me into the biggest nag ever and I’m not liking me like that. The most popular phrases to come out of my mouth being, No, stop and get down from there. By his bedtime, I’m so exhausted, I just feel like going to bed myself. Instead though, I then start tidying the mess he’s created and start to cook our evening meal. I usually reach for a glass of my favourite red wine to help me unwind but not tonight. Tonight I’m enlisting the help of glucose in the form of pink lucozade!

  
Hopefully it’ll give me a bit of energy to catch up on things.

Earlier today we were going a bit stir crazy in the house, so me & baby J got into the car and drove ten minutes to the sea. I knew he was extra tired today after an early start and as expected he fell straight asleep. And, as I’d already thought that might happen, I’d come prepared and brought my current WIP along. 

  
It was a very enjoyable hour spent hooking away at those rhythmic woolly waves while watching the waves crashing outside. It really does de-stress me, I’d highly recommend taking up crochet to anyone who needs some relaxation . 

My darling hubby brought me two bunches of daffodils home with him today, just what I needed to put a little smile on my face.

  
I love watching the buds slowly unfurl into beautiful blooms.

Right, I’ll be off then, put some of this energy to good use. And later, when I’ve collapsed onto the sofa, I’m going to lose myself in the new Cath Kidston brochure, it all looks so beautiful, I want it all!