Thursday, 29 September 2011

Another make for September

Well what's going on with the weather day after day of red hot sunshine, last week I got out the winter quilt for the bed as the nights had turned chilly and then on tuesday I had to put the summer quilt back on because it was too flaming hot!!

Not that I'm complaining 'cause I love the sunshine.

I finished knitting/ sewing up my little slipover last week all ready for when autumn finally shows it's face

I knit it to match the scarf and gloves I made earlier (sounds like I'm on blue peter!!)
the reindeer's are marching along the bottom

with rudolph in the lead

Can't say I want the sun to go away but when it does I'm set for autumn with my slipover, scarf and wrist warmers at the ready, so that's my makes for this month. 

I've just cut out the fabric to make a knitting bag so I'm off to do a bit of sewing before watching Celebrity Juice with Keith Lemon, he's not everyones cuppa tea but I love him!!

Love Lucey x

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Down came a blackbird and "pecked" out a winner...

With only 3 short months left till the "big day" I thought I'd start sorting through my christmassy fabrics for all the lovely things I plan to make

so I dug deep in the fabric stash and this is what I found.

 I plan to make covered journals, brooches,  a knitting bag and lots of hand made gifts  for my swap partners, Annie the felt fairy in the christmas decoration swap and Bibbity bob in the advent swap and my family hope there's a hand knitted scarf for them in their stockings on christmas morn!!! 

My fingers will be "worked  down to the bone" at this rate, only kidding I  hate being bored and thrive on having loads to make,

 anyway on to the serious business of picking a  winner of the pumpkin giveaway.....

"down came a blackbird and "pecked" out a winner....

and the winner is.... Rose H UK....

Please e mail me your name and address Rose and Mr Blackbird will fly your parcel to you,

right I'm off to the sewing room.

Bye for now,  Lucey x

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Tea towels...

I was recently asked by the lovely al of if I'd like to try out one or two well just like a box of choccies I chose two of the best ones!!

My first choice just had to be "dip in" as I'm a great fan of both boiled eggs and soldiers  and ladybird books  I thought this would be an eggsellant (sorry) choice for the breakfast dishes,

and because I'm a real "sweetie" this tea towel made from linen would be perfect for afternoon tea dishes. As I've never used linen towels before I wasn't sure what they would dry like but they're realy absorbent, thanks ever so much Al.

The lovely Scott asked if they could feature my blog on "the best of the web" so I jotted down why I started blogging  and what I blog about  etc, you can find me featured along with many others at

I shall be drawing the winner of the pumpkin giveaway on saturday evening so there's still time to leave a comment if you would like it to be yours.

Bye for now,

Lucey x

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Old blanket...

I'd mentioned to my friend Julie that I was looking for an old wool blanket to make crafty things with and the next day she brought me two from her father's blanket chest that he no longer wanted, yipee, I was delighted.

So what to make, well I had a lovely notebook but it had a plain cover so I thought I'd cover it in a piece of blanket,

I rumaged about and found a clock face and a pretty heart shaped locket to go on the front,  a piece of orange ribbon to made  a bow on the locket and some orange threat to sew "notes" on the front,

I added a little "hand made with love" tag at the side and with the help of my trusty glue gun in just half an hour it was done, I love the original blue blanket stitch along the top.

My mam said when I was a baby she could only afford a nice cover for the top of my pram and the ones underneath she made herself. It seems you could buy blanket by the yard and then you edged it in pretty ribbon, hmmm  that's an idea for a cold wintery evening.

We went to the pet shop yesterday to get some doggie biscuits and these three adorable kittens were snuggled together I'm sure I heard one of  them say "can I come and live with you" but Mr Lucey said "no don't even think about it" oh well.....

Don't forget you still have time to enter my giveaway in the last post for the knitted pumpkin,

Love Lucey x

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

2 years blogging giveaway...

In a few days time on Sept 20th 2009 I wrote my very first post and that means I'll have been blogging for a whole 2 years, where has the time gone?

I've had such a great time reading all your wonderful blogs, participating in lovly swaps and have "met" some amazing people so to thank you all for reading my blog, always leaving such lovely comments and making me so welcome in the bloggy world I'm  having  a little giveaway, with a twist!!

Does anyone like halloween???

Good, because I've knitted a pumpkin and the twist is he has no face!!

Here's the pumpkin and I'll also supply a piece of black felt and you cut out a face and either sew or glue it on.

 You must have a blog to enter because all I ask is that on halloween (october31st) you show us your pumpkin with his face, so, to enter please leave a comment on this post and a week on friday, 23rd sept I'll draw a winner.

This is my pumpkin from last year can you make your face even scarier??

Love Lucey x

Monday, 12 September 2011

More on the WI...

Good afternoon everyone, it's not good weather wise is it with billy wind blowing his hardest, the workmen on site got a good look at tomorrows washing as I was bringing the bin in!! My skirt was somewhere around my neck showing everyone my knickers good job they were clean!!

I finished my wrist warmers and I'm very pleased with them

I took the photo in the mirror so that's my left hand, the frill is supposed to hang down but I think it looks better turned back

they're easy peasy to make, just two tubes with a slit for the thumb and a lace edge.

Well as you know last week I went to join the WI  and when I mentioned it to Rachel she decided to some with me so off we went to the church hall where  we were met at the door by a few ladies who smiled and said "hello". I explained that we had come as visitors with a view to joining so we were asked to pay our £2 were given a raffle ticket and we went into the hall.

As we went in I expected to see lovely bunches of home grown flowers in jam jars, maybe a table with home made goodies on and leaflets with things to do on but it was just a few chairs in rows and a table at the front.

(sunrise this morning)

A lovely lady called Dorothy assigned herself to "look after" us and briefly told us first there was Jerusalem then "the business" then a guest speaker and slide show on Durham cathedral and finally tea and social and she (Dorothy) did the teas.

After a little bit more chit chat I asked "what exactly does the WI do then?" Well not much she said because as you can see we range from 65 to 90 years old in this committee and I'm 80 and have been in the WI for 50 years.

She then explained they have a meeting once a month and also a day out to a country house or to the theatre and that's about it she said smiling, but we used to do things like keep fit and walking but not anymore. She then said they were probrably too old for us two but we'd be very welcome to join if we wanted to.

So we sang Jerusalem, someone read the minutes of the last meeting, they said how much they'd enjoyed the trip out to a  house and garden last month and then appologies from so and so who couldn't make it to the meeting.

We stayed for the slide show which was realy good, but by the time it had finished at 9.15  we had to leave as Rachel had to get back for the kids so we didn't have chance to have a cuppa and a chat but on the way out an elderly lady said "it's harvest festival next month if you want to come" and what does that entail we asked her and she replied "we just bring some produce and then buy it back again" but in a sort of  dejected voice if you know what I mean.

We said we will go next month as it might be a bit more lively but as for joining.....we were so dissapointed.

On a brighter note, this was Dylan last week,

in July he left his old victorian school along with all the otther kids as a brand new one was being built along the same road and then a couple of days before they were due to go back to the new school Rachel got a text saying the kids could have another week off as the new school wasn't ready for them, is that every kid's dream or what!!!

Mind you although he wouldn't admit it he was bored silly being off another week and this morning he was up at 6 with his uniform on and excitedly waiting for the bell to ring, so I'm just going round to see how his first day went.

Bye for now

Lucey x

Monday, 5 September 2011

Joining the W.I...

Hello everyone, 

the nights are getting a bit colder and the days shorter we tend to think a bit differently, thick cardigans come out and shoes replace sandles, I like to get some books out to flick through

I read the "what to look out for in autumn"  book to Alexa and we collected some acorns and fir cones on our walk,

squirrel nutkin soooo loves nuts!!

As it's not quite glove weather yet I've started to knit some wrist warmers, they have a nice lace pattern that goes on the edge and the pattern said knit it all in one but as I couldn't quite get my head around the pattern I decided to knit it seperately.

Last night it was dark at 8.30 so I thought I'd best be getting some candles ready to light I got some lovely red holders in the sale but I'm keeping those for christmas time, I need to look for some silver coloured ones aswell,

and I found those CK candles left over from last year in the back of the cupboard.

I bought this lovely old "carnation" receipe book from a fair so I thought I'd give the lemon crunch deserts a go I'm putting those lovely  biscuits in instead of ginger nuts as they're so scrummy,

and I shall make myself a "brew" in mr oswald owl or the pumpkin mug great size for hot chocolate too you can get just the right amount of marshmallows on the top!!

Tonight I'm going to join the WI (if they'll have me) don't realy know much about it but I've been to a few fairs and everyone seems realy friendly, I'll let you know how I get on, I'll be wearing my new red shoes for luck!!

Before I go I must show you this

I saw these mince pies on the shelves last week now I think the beginning of september is far too early, what do you think???

See you soon,

Lucey x