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A Few More of My Crocheted Pieces

It’s been a while since I posted about my crochet, probably because I’ve been so busy either trying to finish Crochet-a-longs, or CALs as they’re known as in the crochet world, and also because I’ve been desperately trying to learn what I could about British Politics – I’m not sure whether to laugh, or cry, that I’ve become involved right at this time, but I’m going to persevere, which means doing an awful lot of reading!

Fortunately, there are some wonderful Bloggers around, that lay out what’s happening, and what it means for us all, so I’m now slowly begining to understand where the UK stands politically – and, boy, it’s frighteneing!

Anyhoo, I thought I’d get away from that for one evening, and continue showing you all the things I’ve been crocheting over the last year or so – I believe my last post about it was on May 3rd – here’s a link: A Few More of My Offerings

The last project I showed you was  two shrugs I’d made for the daughter of a friend but, after that, I went through another awful patch of ill health, and so couldn’t do any crocheting 😦


The next project I finished, was a Wrap, designed by a wonderful crochet designer called Annelies Baes. You can get the pattern free at this link: Flight of Fancy.

The CAL was called Scheepjes Flight of Fancy Wrap, and it was done in weekly increments. I started the project on 10th June, and finished it on 1st September.

I was really taken with the wonderful yarn used here, by a company called Scheepjeswol . With this CAL, I was using one of their yarns, called Scheepjes Linen Soft , which comprised of 47% Cotton, 27% Linen, and 26% Acrylic, which made for a strong, and durable, yarn to use.

Here’s the Project page I created on Ravelry, which gives you the details: My Flights of Fancy Wrap The colours used were gorgeous, and reminded me of peacock feather, which I love 🙂

Here’s my finished project, which I gifted to a dear friend:

2015-09-01 - Scheepjes Flight of Fancy Wrap CAL - Start-10th June


The next project I made, was finished on 19th September, and was something that I made for my daughter to give to a friend. Her friend loved kooky presents, especially if they had something to do with the body, so I crocheted her two seperately coloured, and sized, eyes – including the optic nerves, too 🙂

I had come across the pattern by chance, at this link: Crocheted Eyeball by crochetninja, and just loved the idea of it – and making it was fun, too 🙂

I used various yarns from my stash for this, mainly acrylics, if I remember true 🙂

2015-09-17 -The Eyes Have It

I’m told the recipient loved them 🙂


My next project took me a bit of time, as my health was becoming quite dicey again, and I was still working on another CAL, too.

A friend was making up a package to send over to her grandchildren, a young girl and boy, and I offered to make them something. I showed my friend some of my patterns, and she found the one she wanted among one of my favourite Amigurumi Designers – Moji Moji Design or Janine Holmes, using her real name 🙂

Janine had recently released a new design, called Katie the Caterpillar – so how could I resist? Lol

I started making the two caterpillars, and managed to finish them by October 12th, just in time for them to be shipped to their new owners in the USA 🙂

2015-10-12 - Suzanne's Caterpillars
I used acrylic yarn from my stash again, and I think a lot of it was Red Heart yarn, as I had so much of it in my stash. I used the same colours in both, but just used them in opposite ways, as you can see in the pic. That way, we hoped the children wouldn’t fight over which one owned which caterpillar 🙂

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My next project, was the CAL I had started on August 2nd. I didn’t actually finish this until October 31st. This was another Scheepjswol CAL, designed by another amazing Designer that I love: Julie Yeager.

The design was called: Summer Mosaic Afghan, and you can buy the pattern from Ravelry, using the link provided 🙂

This time, the yarn used was Scheepjes Stonewashed XL, a wonderfully soft, but strong, mixture of 70% Cotton, 30% Acrylic.

Here’s the link to my Ravelry Project Page, and the colours and amounts used for it: My Summer Mosaic Afghan.

This was a pattern I loved, with a yarn I fell in love with, too. I made this CAL for Mr Night Owl, and it was fun and games trying to crochet it, where, and when, he wouldn’t see it all, as I wanted it to be a surprise for him, for our wedding anniversary that year. It was a couple of weeks late, but he forgave me when he saw it 🙂

2015-10-31 - Summer Mosaic Afghan


I have to admit to being totally exhausted by the time I finished the Afghan, and it wasn’t until almost mid-November before I took up my crochet hooks again, and that was because I had received my first box, from a company called Little Box of Crochet.

I’d come across them via my monthly crochet magazine, and the story behind their starting caught my attention, so I decided to subscribe for 6 months, to see whether I would enjoy it.

The first Box came with everything needed to make my first Little Box Project, and this was 3 different types of toadstools:

  • The first was Aminita Muscaria, or Fly Agaric. I finished this on November 10th.
  • The second was Stropharia Aeruginosa, or Verdigris Agaric. I finished this on December 12th.
  • The third was Hygrocybe Persistens, or Wax Cap. I finished this on January 15th, 2016.

 

2016-01-15 - LBC - Fly Agaric, Verdigris Agaric & Wax Cap

These were designed by Kate Bruning, of Greedy for Colour, and were made using Scheepjes Stonewashed, with a small amount of silver yarn to give them a christmassy feel – and enough to make them into tree decorations if I’d wanted to 🙂



My next project was one I made for fun. My husband, and a good friend of his, have a running joke about Wood Nymphs – and, no, I’m not getting into that, as it would take an entire new post of it’s own! Lol

Anyway, we had been invited over to his house for a meal and, as a joke, I decided to make him a Wood Nymph hat, and this was the result:

2015-11-18 - Wood Nymph Hat!

I had found some Red Heart Camouflage yarn in my stash, and so added some flowers and bells to it, then made it a caveat that he had to wear the hat whenever he went hunting! 🙂
I don’t know why, but he tells me he hasn’t been hunting ever since! Lol


On the 19th of November, my Dad died.

I was devastated, as I was too ill to travel the 360-odd miles needed, to get back to my family home, to attend his funeral.

I really didn’t know what to do with myself, and felt helpless that I couldn’t say my goodbyes to him, nor comfort my Mum the way I wanted to. I spoke a lot to Mum on the phone and, wonderful woman that she is, a few days after Dad’s death, she suggested that I crochet something that reminds me of him, and send it to her, so she could put it in the coffin with him, and so that I knew there was something of mine with Dad in his rest.

My first thoughts were of his being Irish, and that special humour he had, that every Irish person I’ve met seems to be born with, and so I decided to crochet symbols of his Irishness – one for me, one for Mr Night Owl, and one for our daughter.

I looked through all my thousands of patterns, and settled on a combination Shamrock/Four-leaved Clover for myself, a Leprechaun for hubby, as he’s as mischeivous as one himself, and a Pot-o-gold, with rainbow, for our daughter, as she has always been our symbol of wealth, happiness and joy.

A week had gone by this time, and I worried about getting them done in time for the funeral, but I managed to  finish them, one each day, by the 29th, where I then quickly packed them up, and a friend sent them, post-haste, to my Mum. Fortunately, they got there in time, and that’s where they lay now, keeping my Dad, that funny, chronic, joker company.



I have to admit to finding it hard to concentrate after that but, in early December my Little Box of Crochet, for that month, arrived. Purely for distraction, I decided to give it a try, and the design came from Heather Collins, whose Blog, Pink Milk, was one of the favourites of the Little Box team, and was something that caught my fancy, too, and so I thought I’d give it a go.

The pattern, this time, was for a wonderful pair of Wristers, made with Debbie Bliss’ Baby Cashmerino. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I had to make these for my daughter 🙂

Fortunately, we have the same size hands, so I was able to make them to fit her easily. I also made her a second pair, but this time with yarn from my stash, in Black and White, as she loves monochrome, too, but more to my own design 🙂

I finished making them on the 5th and 6th of December 🙂

I’ll tell you about the rest in another blog 🙂

 

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Ten Things of Thankful # 17

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Mum on her 70th Birthday, 2009

What a difference a week makes!

This week has been full of terrible lows, when our family truly thought we’d lose Mum, and then amazing highs, as she turned a corner, and so very quickly came back to us.

My 10 things of thankful are dedicated to this:

  • I thank God that my Mum has survived, and is now on the road to recovery
  • I thank the doctors and nurses, once more, for their exemplary care where Mum was concerned. They battled long and hard to bring her back from the brink of death, and their fight was well worth it, as Mum suddenly turned a corner, and has made a rapid recovery so far 🙂
  • I’m thankful for all the support I’ve had from family and friends, and the concern and good wishes everybody sent us all over this awful time.
  • I’m thankful for the prayers made by so many people all across the world – and I’m totally convinced this helped in my Mum’s recovery – Mum was so very touched by this, when I told her 🙂
  • I’m thankful that Dad will have his love home with him very soon, as he’s not coped well without her 🙂
  • I’m thankful that Mum has survived to share another wedding anniversary with Dad. They will be married for 58 years on 27th of this month 🙂
  • I’m so very, very thankful that I was able to talk to Mum on the phone yesterday. I have to admit I sobbed my heart out with the relief of it all once we’d finished talking! 🙂
  • I’m also so very thankful to Alexander Fleming, who discovered the antibiotic uses of Penicillin in 1928. I’m so very much aware that, without it, neither myself, nor my Mum, would be here now!
  • I’m thankful for living at a time where all of this was possible!
  • I’m thankful, lastly,  for living where there is a free National Health Service still. There are many people all over the world who lose their lives, needlessly, because they have no access to a free health service, and I’m very much aware of how fortunate I am to live in a country where we have this. There is a huge amount of criticism for our poor, benighted services but, when it really counts, they are there for us, as they have been for me, since my birth 🙂

Thank you all, so very much, for your messages of concern for me over this last week. I appreciate it, and was comforted to know that you cared so much 🙂

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Ten Things of Thankful #16

I didn’t write a post last weekend. That was because I was busy getting ready for my parent’s first visit to my home in 25 years.

My brother was to bring them across the UK, from East Anglia, to the west coast of Wales, and we were all set to have an amazing time together, where I could hug them for the first time in 6 years (since my last visit to them, before I got too ill to travel).

I was woken up on Sunday morning, when we were expecting them to arrive, and I thought hubby was going to tell me that they had arrived early – but, instead, it was to the news that Mum had been up all night coughing and, that morning, was rushed into hospital coughing up blood!

As you can imagine, I was immediately on the phone to my brother, who had phoned hubby with the news. Mum was in intensive care, and having problems breathing. Her blood pressure kept falling through the floor, and she was in a very, very bad way.

I’ve spent this week, alternately praying like mad for her improvement, and on the phone, or on facebook, talking to my brother, and various sisters, trying to find out what’s wrong.

It turns out that Mum has got pneumonia, caused by a massive invasion of a streptococcal bacterial infection in her lungs that is, apparently, and according to the medics, eating one of her lungs away. The hospital had put her in the CAT scan while trying to find out what the problem was, and saw this – as well as the fact that she’s got a tumour on her kidney that nobody knew about 😦

The biggest problem that the medics have got, is the fact that they needed to do a biopsy, although I’m still not clear whether this is in order to find out which strain of the streptococcal bacteria Mum has got, or for the tumour – but my brother thinks it’s so they can target the infection with the correct antibiotic, otherwise they can only give her an overload of general antibiotics, and hope they do the job.

Another problem they have, is that my Mum’s heart is very weak, and so they can’t put her under anaesthetic to do the biopsy and, because she’s also on Warfarin, that’s a problem, too – so our family have spent this week praying, and hoping, and praying, and crying, and praying even more, in the hopes that there will be some improvement.

There isn’t any right at the moment, so any prayers for Mum’s recovery will be very welcome.

Because of all this, I was going to avoid doing the TToT today – but then I thought hard about it, and realised that there were some things to be thankful for – so here they are:

 

  • I’m thankful that my Mum is still alive, and still fighting.

 

  • I’m thankful for the emergency services that got her to hospital so quickly.

 

  • I’m thankful for all the doctors and nurses who are working so hard to keep Mum alive.

 

  • I’m thankful that my family are keeping me in the loop as, living 360-odd miles away, and being unable to travel myself, I’ve felt like I was 1,000 miles apart from them all.

 

  • I’m thankful for my brother, who, apart from being my parent’s official carer, has gone beyond any duty of care he might have for our parents, and has taken on all of the responsibilities of the Head of our Clan while Mum and Dad can’t – and is having to deal with all the negative stuff on the front line, as well as informing our huge, and extended, family – daily – of Mum’s progress, while also trying to keep Dad sane, as poor Dad tries to cope with the love of his life being so very ill.

 

  • I’m thankful that Mum’s still alive – this bears saying time and time again!

 

  • I’m thankful for my faith, which has helped to keep me sane throughout all of this!

 

  • I’m so very, very thankful that Mum’s still fighting – she gave us all her streak of stubbornness, so we’re praying that it helps to keep her going.

 

  • I’m thankful that, despite his own health concerns, my Dad is still able to go to be with Mum – as much as the hospital will allow, anyway.

 

  • I’m thankful for the love and support hubby has been giving me throughout      this awful week – I don’t know what I would have done without it.

 

I don’t know what will happen now, but I can only wait, and hope, and pray, that Mum will pull through all of this – please mention her in your prayers, too?

Her name is Gill, and she has always been a fighter, so we’re hoping that she can win this one, too!

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. . . and The Night Owl is back again!

I’m ashamed to say that the last Crafting post I did was way back, on September 11th!


I hasten to say that this doesn’t mean that I’ve haven’t done any crochet work – it just means I’ve been so overwhelmed with health problems, that writing about anything I managed to make was just too much – plus, there was also the restraint that a lot of the things I was working on were presents, and I didn’t want the recipients seeing them all before the right time 🙂

In my last crafting post, I mentioned that I’d had the privilege of testing a pattern for a wonderful designer, Dedri Uys, who’s Blog is called: Look At What I Made (she can be found here:

http://www.lookatwhatimade.net). 

She wanted people of all levels of skill to test out a cute bonnet pattern, using the Crocodile Stitch – something I’d not come across until then – and she bravely allowed me to give it a try 🙂

This is what I made:


Unfortunately, the only yarn I had available, in the weight that she wanted used, was some Red Heart Super Saver, in Pumpkin, so that’s what I had to use. Now, don’t get me wrong, I actually love the colour – it’s just that, with my abysmal photographic skills, I couldn’t show exactly how lovely the colour really is – but you can definitely see the crocodile stitches! I’m quite fond of this little bonnet, as it was my very first item made with the crocodile stitch, and there had been quite an amount of frogging involved before I caught the knack of using it 🙂

I think that’s one of the main aspects of crochet work that I love most – there’s such an infinite variety of ways it can be brought together to make so many things, that I’ll never get bored with it 🙂

I also tested a pattern for another lovely designer – Candace Glabas, who’s Facebook Page, Crochet Dans L’air and The Grey Lady, is full of wonderful craft work:


Candace had asked me to test out a pattern, which involved using another new stitch for me, the Half Double Knit Stitch – which is actually a crochet stitch, and can be found here:


Candi’s pattern was for a Laptop case and, as it happened, I had need of one, so I was happy to attempt yet another new stitch, and have something useful at the end of it – and here’s the result:


Because I didn’t have the appropriate yarn to use, and was already 
waiting on an order of my favourite Red Heart Yarns, sent from the USA, I made it up to the thickness needed, using three strands of DK yarn I had in my yarn stash – a dark purple, a lavender, and a white. I used 2 buttons from my button stash as a closure, and I’m very pleased with the result – as was Candi, thank heavens 🙂


Since then, I’ve made quite a few items – including some bunting in various leaf patterns for a friend’s craft stall – which I forgot to take a pic of! But I’m hoping that she will take one of it in use and, if so, I’ll show you on another post 🙂

I’ve been quite busy making winter outfits (hats, scarves and gloves), for my parents, as it’s their 58th wedding anniversary on 27th December and, as they both use scooters to get around now, I figured they’d keep a little warmer with some snuggly winter wear 🙂

I was given some gorgeous cream-coloured Aran Yarn, flecked with tiny spots of green and brown, which was, unfortunately for me, 25% real wool, and so was a total trial to use – but I was determined to make a really warm set for my Dad, and so I made him a lovely warm Hat, a scarf to match, and some Glittens – or fingerless mittens – that I’d got as a Premium pattern from Crochet Spot, which can be found here:


– I managed it in the end, after having very frequent breaks to ease my hands (it’s a pain figuratively, as well as physically, to be allergic to real wool!), to get them finished – along with a set of house slippers that I lovingly crocheted with the same yarn, too – but my Dad is well  worth the pain of using the wool-blend yarn! 🙂
For my Mum, I was very fortunate to be given a wonderful pattern called, Lady Victoria’s Winter Warmers, a set of Hat, Neckwarmer/Cowl, and a combination of fingerless gloves, with a Mitten cap, to keep fingers toasty while not using them for anything intricate 🙂

The set was designed by a lovely lady, called Sue Pendleton and, if you like these, then you should go onto Ravelry, where she has a load of free patterns to be used – you can find her patterns here: 

My mum loves blue and green and, while I didn’t have any suitable blues, I did have just the right amount of greens available – Red Heart Super Saver Solids – in Tea Leaf, and Honeydew, and I also used a tiny amount of the Hunter Green for leaves, along with some vintage buttons I had just purchased, and so I was able to make the set for her 🙂 

The Hat and Cowl part of the set 🙂

See the vintage button in the flower? 🙂

Here are the gloves/mittens 🙂

 By the time I’d finished making the set, there was plenty of the accent colour (the Tea Leaf) left, and so I decided to make Mum an extra gift of some Leg Warmers to keep her legs snug on her scooter – and a pair of light house slippers to wear indoors 🙂

I used the Alicia Leg Warmer pattern, designed by Leah Addis, which can be found here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/alicia-legwarmers 

I followed the pattern, except that I left off the frilled edge and buttons down the length 🙂


These house slippers, minus the contrasting, frilled, edging, were from a free pattern on Jay’s Boutique Blog, to be found here:

Two other items I made – which were posted all the way over to Canada, were a couple of amigurumi sea creatures, to be placed on display in a Crochet-arium, organised by Michael Sellick, of The Crochet Crowd fame:


This took place on October 13th, at the Creativ Festival in Canada, where each item was sold on behalf of Crafting for A Cure, a charity project, which also covers North America. I don’t know what my two sea creatures went for, but I just hope that they helped a child somewhere 🙂

I made a Narwhal, and an Octopus – unfortunately, I can’t find the photos I took of the Octopus, but there’s a nice photo here (even if Mikey did get the place I lived wrong – it’s Wales, Mikey, not England! Lol), along with my Narwhal:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeyssmail/9836843594/in/set-72157635299722849/
I did make a collage pic of the Narwhal, so here it is:



I’ve made quite a few other bits and pieces but, until they are given to their recipients, I can’t show them on here, in case they see them before time 🙂

I do hope this has made up for my silence for so long? 🙂

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I’ve Been Nominated for The Triple Award!

I’ve been kindly nominated for The Triple Award, by Nirvana, of http://nirvanaamjad.wordpress.com/.

This is very nice for me, as I love that people are interested enough to read my Blog with any regularity 🙂

The three awards are, as follows:
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I love this one, as it means someone has found something in my writing to inspire them. I was fortunate to have had an English teacher who did the same for me so, if I can encourage anyone, even a little bit, to write whatever is in their heart, then I’m happy to have passed on that inspiration given so freely to me 🙂

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I absolutely love the idea of this award, not only for my own sake, but because it reminds me so much of my daughter. Her favourite quote comes from Oscar Wilde ‘We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.’ She took that quote to heart, and recently started up her own group, called ‘The Gutterstars Collective’, where she performs fire routines within plays. If anyone shines brightly, it is she 🙂

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I love the idea of this award – it a definite feel-good thing! 🙂

Now, apparently, there are a few rules to accepting this triple award, and these are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate a list of bloggers who inspire you.
  5. Include this set of rules.

Right, so I have thanked Nirvana, who nominated me so, check 1.
I’ve posted the award itself onto my Blog (as above) – check 2.
Now, #3 says I have to share 7 things about myself – so here goes:

  1. I’m absolutely petrified of spiders! Intellectually, I know there’s nothing to be afraid of, but years of conditioning by a mother who screamed every time she saw one means I’m still terrified to absolute freezing whenever I see one!
  2. When I was about 10 (in the 70’s), I had a pet rock! Don’t ask me why – it was the thing at the time! I named it Boris, and kept it by my bedside, and didn’t do very much with it, as you might imagine 🙂
  3. Out of all the seasons, I prefer Autumn. Whether it’s because I was born in September, or whether it’s the smell of bonfires and rotting leaves, I’m not sure, but it’s the time of year I prefer to any other 🙂
  4. When I was young, my older sister, who was left-handed, wrote what we called mirror-writing, and we used to write each other ‘secret’ letters this way, convinced that nobody else had ever done the same (not realising our mother, too, was a lefty).
  5. I’m a total and utter sci-fi/fantasy addict, and am re-reading (for about the 10th time) the Anne McCaffrey-Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Powers That Be trilogy. I have every single book Anne McCaffrey has written, and am well on my way to having all of Elizabeth Scarborough’s too! They are definitely in my ‘keepers’ category, to be read, and re-read, as often as I feel like it – I never get tired of reading about space adventures, Unicorns, Dragons, and Cats! Lol
  6. When I was 3, I was nearly thrown into the public bonfire, on Guy Fawkes Night, that our family was attending at the time. It was only the quick wits of a stranger that the boys who tried it didn’t succeed! I’ve never enjoyed bonfire nights since 😦
  7. Despite being a total bookworm, I am now thoroughly, and utterly, addicted to Crochet! In the 16 months since I taught myself to crochet, I’ve managed to gather 4,000 patterns already – I’d need to live to be 1,000 to complete them all but, knowing me, it wouldn’t be possible anyway, as I can’t resist a new pattern, so I’d have to live forever to manage it – now that’s an idea! 🙂

As for #4 – here are just a few of the Blogs that I get inspiration from. These men and women are absolutely amazing writers:

23 Thorns – for his ability to make me laugh so much I could wet myself – plus, his wife writes the most amazing posts on historical stuff, which I love 🙂

Lizzi of Considerings – for her ability to make me laugh, or cry, with ease, as I read her amazing stories.

Christine of A Fly on our Chicken Coop Wall – for her ability to laugh at life, and keep her family and surroundings from falling into chaos.

Dyanne of I Want Backsies – for her fighting spirit, and her joy in life, that she shares with everyone.

Kristi of Thankful Me – for her ability to see all the good in life.

Clark of The Wakefield Doctrine – as he continues to shine the light onto our, sometimes disparate, characteristics.

Milly of Millyanna Trees – for her creativity – and for making my amazing Steampunk Owl.

Hannelore of Paper, Beads & Inspirations – for being such an amazingly talented friend, spiritual Sister, and all-round amazing human being.

Mikey of Knot Just Yarn: The Crochet Crowd Blog – for being the inspiration that drove me to teach myself to crochet 🙂

So, as I’ve also done #5 by writing all this, my work is done 🙂

Do feel free to go to all the different Blogs I’ve posted – you’ll be in for such a treat if you do 🙂

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November 8, 2013 · 6:57 am

I’ve been nominated for the Leibster Award :)

Now I’ve got to be honest with you, and tell you that, until I got a lovely message from Lizzy Allen, from the http://muddleheadedmamma.blogspot.com.au/, I hadn’t ever heard of the Liebster Award – but then that wouldn’t be hard, as I rarely have the chance to look around at the many excellent Blogs I’d love to keep an eye on 🙂

Reading Lizzy’s post about it, it appears to be an award that acknowledges up-and-coming new bloggers, with the aim of encouraging them to continue writing, and work at making their blog grow – something I’d be quite happy to see happening 🙂

According to Lizzy, the word Liebster comes from the German, and means approximately the following: sweetest, kindest, dearest, beloved, lovely, endearing and welcome – definitely words that I’d love to be associated with 🙂

I’m not 100% sure what I’m supposed to do now that I’ve been nominated, except to follow the rules Lizzy wrote on her blog, and answer the 11 questions that Lizzy set for myself and the other nominees but, as I feel very honoured 
to have been nominated, especially as new as I am to the blogging scene, I’ll do my very best to follow the rules, and to answer the questions as well as I can 🙂
To be nominated for a Liebster Award you should have less than 200 blog followers and less than 200 Facebook likes.

Here are the rules:

1. Answer the 11 questions set for you by the blogger who nominated you

2. Post 11 things about yourself 

3. Choose 11 bloggers who fit the criteria above and link them in your post

4. Create 11 new questions for your own nominees to answer

4. Visit their blog and let them know you have nominated them


So, here we go with my answers to Lizzy’s questions:  


1. What is the best holiday you’ve ever been on?

I think it would have to be the 2 weeks I spent in the Lake District with my best friend Alison, and her family. I’d only ever had caravan holidays in Great Yarmouth before this, and so the Lake Districts were an amazing, beautiful, and eye-opening delight for me 🙂 I used to wake up every morning to the sound of cow bells, as a herd was driven past the little cottage we were staying in. I had more new experiences on that holiday than at any other time previously in my life, and so it has stayed with me, even after going to many other spots afterward – it was wonderful 🙂

  2. Do you have/have you ever had a recurring dream? What is/was it?

Ooh, yes I do as it happens – I’ve had this same dream periodically throughout my life, and it used to scare me silly as a child:
I’m very small, and for some reason, I’m walking in a wheat field, with the wheat so high it’s over my head. I can feel the hot sun beating down on my head, and can smell the ripeness of the wheat, and all I can hear is the whisper of the wind as it blows through the wheat stalks, and the chirping of crickets and birds. I then hear the sound of an engine in the distance but, because I can’t see over the ears of wheat, I don’t know what it is, until I suddenly step out from all the wheat onto a path of sorts. I look around and, there in the distance, I see a big yellow harvester slowly coming towards me. I don’t feel any panic, as it is going slowly, so I step out into the path made by it’s first sweep, and decide to follow it to the end of the row. I’m walking quite quickly but, because I’m only little, it’s not very fast really and, before I know it, the harvester is getting closer and closer. Suddenly I trip over a loose sandal strap, and I hurt my ankle so I can’t get up, and I’m watching the harvester coming closer and closer to me until it’s almost upon me. I can’t see the driver as he is so high up and, despite me shouting and waving, the harvester keeps on coming. Just as it gets to about six feet away from me, my great-grandmother appears out off the wheat rows, snatches me up, and steps back into the wheat, and I’m overwhelmed with the sounds and smells of the harvester as it goes by. That’s always when I wake up 🙂 

  3. If you had to live on a deserted island for one year and you could only pack one book, which one would you pack?

It would have to be the Bible, of course. Despite being a sci-fi and fantasy buff, I’ve found that there are more tales of adventure and derring-do, of love, hate, passion, war and peace, in this amazing book, than anything I can find on the fiction shelves. Anything that can be attributed to the human condition is there if you look, so it would be a great companion for me – plus there’s all kinds of wisdom to be had to survive almost anything life throws at you 🙂

  4. If you had to live on a deserted island for one year and you could only watch one film in that time (there happens to be a TV and DVD player on this island!), which film would you pack?

Hmmm, that’s a hard one, as I have so many films that I love. I guess it would have to be one of my favourite disaster and survival movies – probably The Day After Tomorrow, which I never tire of watching 🙂

  5. What’s your favourite meal to cook when you have a guest over for dinner?

I’m quite experimental with my cooking, and always love trying out new recipes on my family and friends – when I’m able to cook nowadays – but I guess the two menus I cook most often, as we all love them, are either Kedgeree, or my Indian food spread, probably with my homemade Profiteroles, or Tiramisu, for afters 🙂

  6. What’s your funniest childhood memory?

I think it’s got to be my baby sister’s Christening party – I’m 10 years older than her, so that must have been my age -and this was when we lived in London. Without a drop of booze in the house, we started the party quite soberly, and it ended up with half the street doing a conga in and out of everyone’s homes – while picking up the local Bobby into line as we went! 
I still remember how exhausted with laughter we all were when it was over 🙂

  7. What is the most challenging job (besides being a parent) you’ve ever had?

Hand’s down, it has got to be when I worked with my hubby, as we would be painting and decorating one week, gardening the next, and then laying miles of hedges, or felling dangerous trees, after that! It was all hard, physical graft, but we loved working together, and I got quite proficient with the chainsaw 🙂

  8. What was your favourite movie when you were a kid?

The first one that came to mind was Mary Poppins, as I found Dick Van Dyke very funny as a child, closely followed by Bedknobs and Broomsticks 🙂

  9. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done?

I think it must have been the time when I arranged a lovely picnic for my, then future, husband and I. We sat on a small island with the river running all around us, and fed the ducks, and talked, and laughed, until the sun set – we still think back to that one particular time, as that’s when we told each other of our love.

  10. If you could have one extreme talent, what you want and why?

I’ve never even thought about this much really, so I’m not sure what I would choose – I dreamt of being a world-class singer as a child, and I’ve always wanted to write a book, but I can’t think of anything extreme that I might like. I guess I’ve read too many sci-fi stories, where people with extreme talents tend to have things go wrong! Lol

  11.What’s something about yourself that most people you know in real life don’t know about you? 

The only thing I can think of here, is the fact that, with my total love of books, I desperately wanted to be a librarian as a child – until I realised that I’d have to let people take my books out! No way would I let that happen! Lol


11 Things About Me:

  1. I can be very OCD about things that I do – they’ve got to be done in a certain way – as long as it’s my way!
  2. When I’m in the kitchen cooking, I can’t bear anybody else being there – if someone comes in, they’re quickly scooted out again.
  3. I’ve still got the terrible habit of biting my nails when I’m anxious – not something I do much now, but it’s a habit I haven’t managed to break.
  4. I never learned to ride a bike, due to inner ear problems as a child – and I’d really love to have one of the adult tricycles I’ve seen around – amazing things! Lol
  5. I can’t bear seeing a piece of writing where there are lots of spelling mistakes – I’ve just got to correct it, or it drives me nuts!
  6. My favourite toy as a child was a Gollywog my mum got by saving up coupons from her Robinsons Marmalade jars.
  7. I can’t bear the smell, or taste, of celery – if there’s celery in a recipe, I’ll always leave it out – putting leeks in it’s place!
  8. All of my books are not only in alphabetical order, but I’ve even put the authors in order, too.
  9. I can’t resist collecting ever more yarn, and crochet hooks, and patterns, even though I’ve got enough of them to last me a lifetime, there’s always something new, and prettier, coming out.
  10. I’m a chocoholic!
  11. I bought a second-hand sewing machine months ago, determined to re-learn how to use it, and haven’t touched it since :/


My 11 Nominees:

Lindsay @ Crochet d Lane

Candace CraftiCandi

Joy @ Food Diary of a Teacher

Doris @ Ideal Delusions

Martyn : Inside Martyns Mind

Lynnette @ ManicStitcher

Kari @ Miss Bloggypants

Mel @ My Diary of a Cat Owner

Jesselle @ Oh For Sweetness Sake

Hannelore @ Paper Beads Inspiration

Milly @ Millyanatrees


My 11 Nominees Questions:

  1. What was the very first thing you made in your chosen craft?
  2. What is your favourite TV show?
  3. Do you drink Tea, or Coffee – or something else – all day?
  4. Who is your favourite TV Chef?
  5. Where is your most favourite place to eat out?
  6. Have you got a bucket list, and if so, what’s at number 1?
  7. Do you have a favourite pet?
  8. If you had a choice from all over the world, where would you prefer to live?
  9. Do you play any sport and, if so, are you any good at it?
  10. Are you a morning person, or a night person?
  11. If you were stranded with a flat tyre, could you change it yourself?



       So there you are – all done!
       Now let’s see what answers come back 🙂

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Boomtown Arrivals . . .

RaggaRory was getting really excited now. Gabba Babba had told him that they were almost at the Boomtown Fair, and had dug into his little rucksack to sort out the things he would need to show he was a part of it. RaggaRory really admired Gabba, as he had been part of the Slamboree crew for some years, so was an old hand at festivals. He knew the best places to pitch the tent, the best bargains where getting food and drink were concerned – and he knew lots of the groups who played at the festivals!

RaggaRory only hoped that he wouldn’t make a fool of himself, like he had at the Secret Garden festival, and he was determined to be as good as possible, so Brex would continue taking him with her – after all, he knew she was going to America soon, with the UK Fireworks Collective, to show their Pyrotechnic skills. Brex had told him about last year’s trip, and he was eager than ever to go there.

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Brex dancing in front of the Burning Man, 2012.

But first, he had all the excitement of Boomtown to look forward to!

Gabba handed him a ring of material, with the name Boomtown on it, and told him to put it on, so that the officials there would know he wasn’t a gatecrasher. RaggaRory wasn’t  quite sure how it should be worn, and so put it over his foot, as he figured everyone would see it then. He couldn’t understand why everyone was laughing, and looked at Gabba, who sat there, Slamboree sticker stuck to his head, and with his shoulders shaking with mirth.

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Ragga wasn’t sure whether Gabba was laughing at him.

Brex leaned over, and gently patted Ragga’s foot, “Never mind, Ragga, you wear it whichever way you like.”

Ragga would have blushed if he could, but decided that he wasn’t going to let a little mistake like that upset him. After all, Brex had smiled so nicely at him when she spoke 🙂

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RaggaRory shows off his Boomtown bracelet with pride 🙂

Feeling really happy again, RaggaRory, looked around, and saw that they were nearly at the gates to the Boomtown site, and he started looking madly around, trying to see everything he could. It seemed as though, in no time at all, Brex had set up their tent, snuggled in among those of all her friends, and RaggaRory was getting more and more excited. He wanted to see how many people had already set up around them, and so Brex lifted him up to have a look around.

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RaggaRory was amazed at the sea of tents and vans surrounding them!

RaggaRory couldn’t believe how many tents and vans there were already – and this was days before the actual event would start! Brex told him that this was just the section for those taking part in the Festival, and that there were other sites for the public, when they arrived to enjoy the festival. RaggaRory couldn’t imagine how many people that would be – just the amount of people doing the entertainment alone seemed like a huge crowd to him. But, although he felt a bit nervous about that, he knew he had his friend Gabba Babba to guide him, and he was sure there would be others there to keep him company while Brex organised her part of the entertainments – both with Slamboree, and with the new group she had brought together, The Gutterstars Collective, whose début performance of Gul Deguu (Fire Sisters) would be performed at the weekend. RaggaRory loved the show that Brex had thought up, as he’d gone along to the rehearsals over the last few weeks, and he thought it would be pretty spectacular.

That night, RaggaRory settled down to sleep, full of excitement at what the rest of the week would bring and, as he fell asleep, he dreamed of Brex rising up into the air, just as he’d seen her do so often at rehearsals . . . .

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