Wednesday, 31 July 2013

WIP Wednesday :: Tawny Owl ::

Oooh it's a been a while since I did one of these, but I actually have a work in progress that I can share with you!

Train knitting for a certain little baby being born today :)

Last month Milo and I headed off to Norfolk for a little seaside weekend away, as it happened we choose the perfect weekend for it and the weather was amazing.  The day we headed off a friend of mine went in to hospital to have her baby and I needed a little bit of knitting that would be an easy project to take away with me and would serve as a little gift for the aforementioned baby.  Preferably something that wasn't a sweater, as I had already knit her a cardigan and being a summer baby there surely can really be only so many sweaters she would need right now.

Bad start-snapped a needle-had to move down to 3

After a quick consultation with twitter, I decided a toy would be the best bet and as it happened I had never knit a toy before.  Before I knew it this gorgeous Tawny Owl by Ella Austin was working its way on to my needles.

Red white and blue... #fmsphotoaday #4

The pattern calls for 4ply yarn in 3 colours, as it happens I so rarely use 4ply my stash had very little to offer, I was also in a super rush to leave when I was hunting through said stash, but as it turns out I managed to find 3 small amounts of yarn in reasonably complimentary colours and correct(ish) weight.

WIP Wednesday :: Tawny Owl...oh so nearly finished. 

This pattern in fab!  I loved working up the body of the owl and managed to get all that you can see here done whilst away that weekend.  Unfortunately since then he has been sitting neglected in a bag, awaiting one wing, a couple of eyes and a couple of feet.  I hope to amend this tonight and Craft Night In.

The pattern is Tawny Owl by Ella Austin available to purchase :: here
My ravelry notes are :: here

You can see lots of other WIP wednesday posts :: here

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

By The Yard ::

By the Yard ::

So, I mentioned yesterday that last month my fabulous friend of Stuffed Nonsense, opened up a shop.  It's not any old shop mind, but I wonderful collection of handmade gifts and art, plus a venue for holding crafty workshops.

Oooh exciting #cheltenham

Unfortunately I was too busy to help out much in the lead up to the grand opening, but we did offer a little assistance, which if you were ever to happen upon Milo there he would point out to you.  His paint job, in his mind at least, is the most superior door painting work that there ever was!

Painting for @stuffednonsense


Bex and El did such a good job of transforming what was a very basic workshop/storage space in to a really wonderful retail unit.

By the Yard ::

By the Yard ::

 If you are a Cheltenham local or ever find yourself in the area you must go check it out not least because, if you take a stroll through the back door you will find yourself in Cafe Moochoo, where you will discover the best cake in Cheltenham.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Hello July ::

Oh my am I pleased to see the back of June! It was a busy busy month for me workwise, it saw the first time I turned work down and the first time I wish I had turned more work down!  There were lots of very late nights, lots of coffee and a few breakdowns!  But I made it and having a glance through my instagram shots from those 30 days, tells me (though it seems like it was now) it wasn't actually all work, there were a few peaceful, fun filled moments too.


First afternoon at school! He's so excited!

Yay! The first of my poppies have appeared!

At @stuffednonsensebytheyardlaunch party

First big(ish) fruit haul from the garden this morning :)

There was a momentous first day of school for the little one and a momentous grand shop opening by my lovely friend Bex, a first, of the year, trip to the lido and sunshiney days in the garden too.

But I am so pleased to welcome in July and all the summer holiday fun we have planned for the next couple of months!