Sunday, 7 February 2016

Friday Night With Friends - Knitting and Stitching.

Good evening everyone.

I hope you are all well.

On Friday evening I decided to join in with like minded crafters from around the world who join together (virtually) that is.....on the first Friday of the month to do a spot of knitting, sewing, crocheting etc....


As I am learning to knit I decided to take out a subscription to a new knitting magazine.....where each week you are able to knit a square....learning different techniques and patterns and at the end of which you can stitch all your sample squares together to make a blanket....now I know this is an expensive way to do this (apparently there are 90 issues) but I love the colour palette and I'm enjoying myself.....plus as I'm only supposed to be doing small crafting projects.....these little squares are perfect....

Up to now there have been five issues and I am up to date......

On Friday I completed these two squares....

 
I also managed a few more stitches in my Beaded Santa ornament....


I'm pleased I made the time to join in this month and also managed to get something done....I will definitely be taking part again next month.....the dates already in my diary.

Now I can spend a bit of time having a look at what everyone else was doing.


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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ok....So I've Cheated A little Bit...!!!

Good afternoon everyone.

I hope you are all well today.

First of all I just wanted to say a big 'Thank you' to everyone for the kind comments and good wishes sent after I blogged about our recent car accident.....you are all amazingly kind and thoughtful....your lovely comments really cheered me up...Thank you.

So moving on.....last month...the 1st January to be exact I decided to have another go at doing Kate Crane's  365 Calendar Journal. I'm not joining any groups or adding them to any challenges, I just want to try and complete a full twelve months of art journalling if I can. 

So there I was already to be creative and then I found this....


......along with February's and March's completed pages....that is except for any journalling....well I decided not to waste them....so I cheated and changed the year at the top from 2014 to 2016....and away I have gone with my journalling.....now I have to think about what I can do for my April pages.....long way off....no problem.....yeah right, easier said than done.

Journal pages for January 2016 before adding my journalling....




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Monday, 1 February 2016

A New Start.....For Me At Least....

Good afternoon everyone.

I hope you are all well.

Today it was my first day back at work (or should I say half day) after almost six months off due to ill health.....I'm phasing in gently and hope to return to full time in ten to twelve weeks.....so far so good.....we will just have to see how things go!!!!!

I have decided as it's the 1st of February and my first day back to normality this will be the start to my year.....I will forget about January.....see last post!!!!!

I have started this....


I plan to do this....


I will finish this....


I will complete this....


And this....


And this...


I will continue to be sensible and only do a little at a time but if I manage to complete these few projects this year and remain well then I will be a very happy woman indeed.


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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Sadly Not So Far....Not So Good....

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

Just a short post to say that my aim to post everyday in January sadly fell by the wayside last weekend when we had a car accident....a slide on some ice, resulting in our vehicle on its side, sliding down an icy sloping road, coming to rest mercifully on the brink of another drop through the trees.

We are fine....a few bumps and bruises....mainly my elbow and a sliver of glass in my foot....surprisingly the neck is 'Good' but it could have been so much worse....we are not dwelling on what could have been, only how lucky we are.....

It was a bizarre and surreal experience and a complete freak incident but we are here.....suffice to say there were at least a dozen other vehicles that were struggling or in trouble....we were just unfortunate.

My partner had gone for help as there was no phone signal in the forest....and I was looked after so well, by so many people and I only wish I could 'Thank' them all personally from the walkers, drivers, cyclists, police, forestry commission staff, car rescue guys and a wonderful family...who gave me hugs, hot tea, heated hand warmers and gloves as mine were trapped inside our car....

They were all amazing....I only wish I could 'Thank' this amazing family.....but sadly I may never find out who they were.....but I will offer a prayer every day for them....what a wonderful family.

My faith in human nature and kindness is truly restored.....

And I still and always will love Dalby Forest.....no matter.....

It was an accident.....just that.....an accident.

But if anyone reads this and knows or is part of this lovely family who came to my aid in Dalby Forest on Saturday 16th January I would love to hear from you.....


I hope to get back to some blogging soon.....things were going so well!!!!


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Friday, 15 January 2016

So Far...So Good...

Good morning everyone.

I hope you are all well.

All in all it's not been too bad a week....apart from the snow and cold but Hey~Ho it is Winter.

I hope you have all had a good week.

So far....

My pain is continuing to improve and ease and I am managing to do a little more craft wise.

I have had a hot stone massage....for my neck and shoulder....wonderful.

I have had physiotherapy.....for the same problem.

I have arranged a date to go back to work....and we'll see how I manage. The plan is to increase my hours slowly....

I have managed to lose 5lbs in weight since New Year's Day which I am thrilled about especially as my will power is almost zilch normally....

I have read my first book in my 2016 Good Reads Challenge.....my target is 26 books this year....I over estimated my capabilities last year and failed miserably to read the 52 books I planned.

I have also nearly finished 3 of my unfinished crafty projects that I had abandoned to the depths of my work basket for month's on end.....

I did want to start the 1000 miles walking challenge on New Year's Day but I needed a new battery for my pedometer.....so I think I will start this on 1st of February......my date for starting back at work. I understand I need approx. 2000000 steps to reach this goal....it would be good if I could find something to plot my progress here on my blog....to keep me motivated you understand!!!! Any ideas?....


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Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Lincoln Baron's......

Good evening everyone.

I hope you are all well.

So it's arrived.....the sleet and snow that is and Boy!!! is it cold....

Today I have been having a look through my photos and realised that I have lots of pictures that I took last summer while doing the Lincoln Baron's Charter Trail. I thought I had blogged about them but on looking back I don't think I did....to be honest I hardly blogged at all last year due to one thing and another.

The trail was to celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta....

Looking at these photos really cheered me up as the Baron's were all beautifully decorated and I remember that it was a lovely warm summers day when we did the trail.....seems so long ago now.

All the Baron's had a letter hidden in their decor and you had to collect them and find the hidden phrase.....the prize was bags of gold coins....chocolate that is....we didn't find all the letters but had fun looking....

Here are some of the Baron's....



And yes I do know that strange man in the photo.....




Look....he's there again!!!!




There's a strange woman now!!!








I think there were 25 Baron's in all....dotted around the city....

And I think my favourite one has to be The Red Arrows Baron....I love watching them practise over Lincoln and the local area. I am often treated to a display while driving Brogan to and from the university....

I noticed last time I was in Lincoln a lot of the shops had their own tiny decorated Baron's displayed in their windows....another trail maybe....

While browsing through these photographs I thought they would look good on a scrapbook layout....now I haven't made one of those in a while....


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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Knitted Lace Flower Brooch...Almost.....

Good afternoon everyone.

I hope you are all well.

Well I'm keeping to my crafting mantra....Keep It Simple (& Small) for the time being at least...

I bought this little knitted flower petal brooch kit about a year ago, when I first started learning to knit and it has languished in the drawer until this last week or so.....

I have now been told by my physiotherapist that I can start to do a little bit of crafting....carefully......but not too much!!! 

So.....I thought this was the perfect 'tiny' project....


It is slow but I have behaved myself and only knitted one petal per day...there are six of them and now they are ready to be sewn together...I feel sure it won't look anything like it does on the leaflet though.....but we will see!!!


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