Another blooming cushion 

I thought it was about time I made something for me, but not too big a project. I love Attic 24’s blooming flower cushion, and having made 3 already, they’re quite easy to do. I wanted one to go on my bed. This is my gorgeous bedspread bought last year from BHS.

And this is the wallpaper that I chose ages ago for my bedroom, it’s currently still rolled up under my bed but one day in the not too distant future it will adorn my walls!

I love everything about this wallpaper, it’s so pretty.

I got my stash of Stylecraft Special DK out and played about with the colours, I love this bit.

After much deliberation I decided on these ones.

And in they popped to my basket, all ready to start hooking when I got time. There’s nothing nicer than a basket brimming with yarn, the possibilities are endless.

About a week later, it began.

Every time I joined a new colour I’d ooh and ah about how nice they looked together. I had no plan for colour order, I was just taking one row at a time.

I was loving watching this grow quickly, blooming into a beautiful flower. I even got a bit of early morning hooky in when Jude decided to wake early one day.

I always think crochet is more productive when accompanied by a few little treats don’t you?

So this is it with all the colours used. I’m just going to carry on randomly and see where it takes me.

I’ll be back with progress soon, in the meantime I’ve been very naughty and started another project too. Photos soon xxx

Amber ❤️

This week, we had to say goodbye to our beloved bull mastiff Amber. She was 9 years old and was suffering from a serious heart condition which is apparently quite common in her breed at her age.

The vets told us there was nothing we could do and that we needed to consider euthanasia. This news devastated us all, we were not prepared for it one bit. She was truly a big member of our family and her sister Pepper is missing her already.

She was an extremely cute and loving pet, always up for snuggles. She was so patient with Jude too.

As well as a cutie, she was also a very naughty pooch. She’s cost us a small fortune in damage to two kitchen floors, numerous items of furniture, and I’ve lost count of the times she swiped food that wasn’t hers.

I remember in the lead up to Easter one year, she found my stash of chocolate eggs and polished off the lot. I’m surprised she wasn’t ill with all the stuff she ate. One time at an X-ray they found a zip in her stomach! She’d eaten quite a few undergarments in her time too.

She’s going to be sorely missed. The house is so much quieter without her.

😢 xxx

Happy granny square day!

Hello to all you lovely hookers out there! I’m just popping my head in quickly as I just found out its Granny square day today. Who knew? It really should have been on my calendar. Next year I’ll be in the know.

Unfortunately I haven’t got a granny square on the go at the moment and not enough time to whip one up tonight so I thought I’d share a few pics of previous ones starting with my very first one.

This is still being used although it’s not looking it’s absolute best.

This was made for my lovely nan for Christmas last year and one of my all time favourite makes.

This was my least favourite one, just not keen on the colours. I gave this to my local community shop for them to sell as a dolls blanket.

And this was my most recent granny square, which is incidentally still available for sale if anyone should be interested?

The humble granny square is definitely my favourite woolly project to get stuck into, it’s easy, therapeutic and very satisfying. I cannot wait to start my next one 😍

My first and last amigurumi 

Hello! I finally bring to you a post completely dedicated to crafting. Now I always said to myself from the start of my crochet journey that I’d never attempt amigurumi. It just looked too fiddly and complicated and well, just way beyond my capabilities. Well, with the little fellas latest obsession being Bing Bunny from CBeebies and discussions with some hooky friends, they convinced me to have a go. Even downloaded and printed out a pattern for me. I couldn’t really worm my way out of that could I? Besides, I secretly wanted to challenge myself and just see if I could do it. 

If I was a fantastic mummy I’d have tried to make the Bing (the bunny & main character) but I chickened out and went for Flop (Bings carer/responsible creature) He looked far easier, plus I already had some leftover yarn in the perfect colour.

Flop started to take shape round about here. I was so relieved.

And stuffing now, go me!

When the instructions finished for the body, I had a massive gaping hole at the top still, you could have operated on his brain quite easily. I just kept going round and round, decreasing and decreasing until it finally met at the top. Where did I go wrong?

There’s his body. Well, not quite the body he was meant to have but honestly, who does?

Making his limbs wasn’t straight forward either, I very much winged it here. The ones the pattern produced looked nothing like the ones on the tv. So I made my own up.

The sewing on part which I’d been dreading actually turned out to be the fun bit. I loved watching him come to life.

Now for a freehand face.

Not too bad for a newbie. I think it just about resembles him.

Jude couldn’t wait to get his hands on him.

He came out with us too..

And got to play in the park.

I think he likes him, and he seems to be standing up ok so far to being thrown around and carried by his ears.

I don’t think I’ll be rushing to do it again though, there was a bit too much concentration required for my liking. I’m very glad I managed this one though 😊

Family time 

We had one full day left of our trip and I’d planned to take my mum, nan and sister-in-law out for afternoon tea. All ladies lunching. It was a nice little tea rooms in a place called Sandhurst, just down the road from my nans.

My nan is a lovely lady and doing good for her 91 years. She’s getting a bit frail these days which is expected but still sad. Earlier this year she gave up her allotment which she’s had ever since I can remember. Her passion has always been gardening and growing her own produce. 

She lit up whenever I used to ask how her allotments were doing. At one point a few years back she had 3 plots on the go! Anyway, she reluctantly decided that she could no longer manage it. It was a huge deal for her.

We had a lovely time there, the food was great and the service excellent. 

I do wish I could sometimes transport myself down there to pop in for a quick cuppa and a chat. I know she gets a bit lonely and can’t get out as much as she used to. I can at least make an effort to call her more.

The next morning we got up early and went to Hythe for a boot fair. We don’t get many round our way. Jude did very well, tons of trains and cars for about 20p each. 

There was a vintage fair on here too, some gorgeous things. A lovely cast iron chair which would have been perfect for our garden by the water feature but it was very pricey. We found a couple of great records though.

We walked past the canal into the high street to the shops. This one was lovely, we added to our record collection again!

We stopped off for an early lunch in here.

Well, that was us done, time to pack up and get back on the road. We weren’t looking forward to the journey but after the dreaded M25 it wasn’t too bad. It was sad to say goodbye, the time always flies by so quickly. It was however, lovely to get back to our home, and our beds. And some crafting……

Vicki xx

Rye ❤️

Our trip down south would not be complete without a day in Rye, East Sussex. It’s a very special place to us. It’s where the hubby and I used to go for a rare child free day out when we first started dating, we had some lovely times here. We loved the place so much that we chose to get married there. 

First stop was to the little old fashioned sweet shop on the high street for a quarter of chocolate nibbles and peppermint creams. It’s like the law that we have to come here every time. The shopkeeper is usually very chatty with a story about Paul McCartney to tell. Not this time though, maybe he was all talked out.

Just along the High St and up the hill is Simon the Pieman’s. It’s often full when we come but today we were lucky and got a table.

We’ve been here in the winter before and it’s so cosy with the open fire burning.

Rye has an awful lot of history, I’m not going to bore you with it now but Google it if you’re interested. After lunch we walked just up the hill about 30 yards to the church. It’s beautiful inside. You can go up the tower and take in the view but we’ll do that another time when we’re without a buggy.

Just around the back of the church you’ll find Rye Castle and the gun gardens.

We had a lot of our wedding pictures taken here. 

Walking around Rye can be a little challenging depending on your choice of footwear. It’s worth it though as the cobbled streets are so pretty and full of character.

Some of the houses are a bit quirky , look at this one…

It’s the house with two front doors! There’s another road where a couple of the doors are numbered 44 and 44 1/2!

It’s the little things like that, that make this town so charming.

East Sussex is relatively flat but Rye is perched up on a hill and has wonderful views.

I think it looks a bit like a model village here. Down by the harbour there are some gorgeous antique shops.

I could pootle around these shops for hours if a certain little person wasn’t around. They’re crammed full of some really unusual pieces. The only person who came away with anything though was the above mentioned little person.

He found a little vintage London bus with Carnaby Street on funnily enough. It kept him busy for hours.

Back up the hill towards the town, we found a national trust property. It’s called Lamb House and was the home of authors Henry James and E.F.Benson.

There were only 3 rooms open which were  nice, but it was the walled garden I was really looking forward to seeing. It didn’t disappoint.

You can have a nice cream tea sat under the trees, how lovely would that be? It was a very typical English country garden, so pretty.

Just a few minutes walk back into the town and we stopped into Grammar School Records.

It’s been there for donkeys years. It’s a proper old fashioned shop full to the rafters with vinyl records. We’ve recently purchased a record player so can now start our own little record collection.

Directly opposite is The George In Rye. It’s the most beautiful, elegant, Boutique hotel I’ve ever seen.

On the first floor there is a Georgian ballroom which is where we said our wedding vows and danced the night away.

So, six years on, we paid the garden a little visit for a drink in the sunshine.

The weather was pretty much as it was on our wedding day, just gorgeous.

All in all, a perfect day. I do believe a little piece of my heart will always be here in Rye ❤️

Beautiful berries

Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I posted this picture of my blueberries in my post Outdoorsy things? Well, my lovely blogger friend Hannah from The Artisan Duck took quite a shine to it and asked me if I’d mind her painting it. Hannah paints the most beautiful watercolour pictures, I’m very jealous indeed. I can barely paint matchstick men!

Well, it only took her a few days to produce this masterpiece. How fantastic is this? You can read her blog post about it here .

I absolutely love it! I definitely believe she should be selling her work in little boutiques and art galleries. I’ve seen some of her other ‘doodles ‘ as she calls them, but they’re so much more than that. Please pop over to her blog and take a look for yourself. She’s on Facebook and Instagram too.

London baby!

Apologies for the absence, we’ve had a few lovely days away visiting my family down in Kent. After a 7 hour journey down there we were exhausted. I had planned this visit down to the very last minute. I figured that if I did that, we wouldn’t waste time dithering about what to do and there wouldn’t be any disagreements. I wanted to make the most of every moment. It actually worked out well. The following morning, we got up early and jumped on the 9.04 train to London. Jude was rather excited as he has a huge train obsession. After about 20 minutes the novelty wore off though. It turns out he much prefers playing with them to travelling on one.  Our plan once reaching the city, was to hit the natural history museum first, that plan got scuppered by ridiculous queues to get in. The science museum just behind however had no queue whatsoever. We spent a while in there then made our way to Piccadilly Circus.

There just happened to be the Cath Kidston flagship store there, so I thought it’d be rude not to. It was amazing although I didn’t have time to look properly. I did make a couple of purchases though, from the sale rail of course! After that we decided to go for some lunch. There’s a great place we always end up in Soho called Bodeans.

They do the best pulled pork burgers I’ve ever tasted. Very reasonably priced too considering it’s London.


After lunch we went to some comic book shops for our eldest then found ourselves near Covent Garden. It’s been years since I’ve walked through there, I forgot how nice it is.

The weather was looking a bit grim by this stage but we carried on regardless. Up to Carnaby Street next.

There were some nice shops here but the one I really wanted was Liberty of London. 

I’d never been before and I fell in love. It was so much more than I was expecting. I felt like I really shouldn’t be taking photos in there but I couldn’t resist. Everywhere I turned I was wowed. It’s a beautiful building inside and out. They had these amazing chandeliers hanging through the centre. 

I only really looked on a couple of the floors as time was tight and kids were getting bored. I’d love to come back sometime and do an adult only day, it’d be a whole different experience.

Here’s a few yummy images from inside that I swooned over.

Isn’t it just amazing? Did you spot the fabric and all that yarn? I’d love to get my hands on some of that.

Next stop was Oxford street for the boys to visit the sport shops. We were all getting very tired now, we’d walked for miles. We grabbed a box of Krispy Creme doughnuts and sat in Trafalgar Square to eat them. It was my first ever Krispy Creme so I thought it should be a special moment.

We were ready to drop so got on the train to head back. It was a great day but also nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Everything is so busy in London, it does feel like you can’t stop, breathe and enjoy it. I certainly couldn’t work or live there but nice for just a day.