Sunday, 14 August 2011

If we took a holiday...


 Hi lovely people. I've been a little quiet as I've been away on holiday.  I won't bore you silly with loads of photos of my time away, but I will share these few.

 Beautiful Peak District where we spent our time in a little cottage in the country.

 We did lots of activities including visiting these guys (the highlight of my week)at the Tropical Butterfly House

 
 Following our holiday with four boys we could do with a little holiday to get over this one, infact I'm looking forward to getting back to work for a rest!

I did manage to sneak in a little bit of crafing whilst away, I did make a start on some new crochet squares, you can't tell here but they are tiny, and will take me an age to complete anything substantial but I have had my heart set on owning a springtime throw from the Cute & Easy Crochet Book (Nicki Trench).  I'm making these all in merino soft baby cashmere silk, so when it's finally done it will also have cost me a small fortune.
Whats the betting I give in and turn them into a cushion?


I've also been dipping my toes into cross stitch again, something I've not done for ages.
It started with a charity shop haul of these Cross Stitcher Magazines for 20p each.  I love them lots and have since subscribed!



A couple of them still had the little free kits included, untouched so on my Summer holiday I sat and made cross stitch Christmas Gift Tags, yes I'm mental!



In the last magazine there were patterns for Ice Lolly Bunting, I adapted it to make this, I thought it might make a nice greeting card.


And whilst I was on the cross stitch roll, I made a couple of these bookmarks, not for the easily offended...


I sent them out to a couple of foul mouthed blog friends (Annie& Alex) and they were well received, I've since been asked to make several more, I'll have to get my needle back out!
So that's me, I'm looking forward to spending a few hours catching up on all your blogs and makes. I have several hours of soap operas to work my way through, not to mention a pile of ironing bigger than me... oh hell I could do with a holiday!

~ ♥ Back Soon ♥ ~ 

23 comments:

Alex said...

Oh I'm glad you had a lovely time. Don't give in with the crochet squares though - you CAN make that throw!

I'm such a div. It took me ages to work out what the ice lolly cross stitch meant. D'oh!

ps - everyone is so impressed with the bookmark! It's absolutely genius.

LaaLaa said...

I hope you have better luck with the spring throw than I did, honey! I'd bloody 'spring throw' it somewhere!It is beautiful but the squares are just too small and time consuming for my liking. Loving the cross stitch. That is my favourite mag of all. I pore over it again and again each month. xx

Liz said...

Welcome back - glad you had a good holiday, although it looks as if you were pretty busy!
Liz & Shortbread & Ginger

B............... said...

I love 'cross stitch' mag all though spend more time flicking through than I do attempting the patterns lol.
Great to have you back hun!

B xxx

Bethany said...

HA!!!! Love the bookmarks! I know what you mean about a vacation from vacation...they're relaxing but hard work at the same time :)

Pootle said...

PMSL. Love the bookmark!! Hilarious. Sure your throw will look fab once its finished. x

A mermaids purse said...

love your creations, especially the crimbo tags and the crochet.
also those 'f'ing reading tags- how funny i did laugh x
looks like the butterflies must been a magical sight-- happy times xx

Ali said...

Glad you had a good holiday. What a lot of lovely mags - love the bookmark - lol - strange I didnt see that pattern in my magazine - I think you should contact the publishers - lol xx

Vix said...

Welcome back, glad you had a wonderful trip.
I'm glad Alex got in first, it took me a while to puzzle out the FAB thing, too. x

Rebecca said...

Glad you had a wonderful trip! I am so luck to live by the Peak District :)
Those magazines were a real find! I love cross stitch so much, I find it really relaxing x

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

FAB lollies, that takes me back. That bookmark would come in handy at work when you are on a lunch break, just to annoy the people who annoy you when they say "are you at lunch?" and proceed to put work in front of you when your'e stuffing your face and cant reply! Do you do one that says "F off im eating you moron?", i'm being a real rebel today xxx

daisychain said...

I have an actual addiction to fab ice lollies at the moment! I love the cross stitch one!

Gem said...

Glad you had a lovely holiday, I'm actually quite jealoous about you meeting a little skunk - how cute was he?!?!Cross stitch is a great craft, a handbag craft I like to call it, you can take it anywhere - brilliant. Love the bookmark I saw it on Annie's blog and was very impressed, it suits her well ha ha xxx

Pink Poppy said...

20p for Cross Stitcher, what a find! I love cross stitching and I`ve just bought the latest Cross Stitcher mag and fancy making the Make Do and Mend cushion.
The bookmark you stitched is fab and I love the tiny squares too.
Dx

A Blessed Life said...

I don't swear but I don't care ...I just laughed at those bookmarks and I think you could become rich making them .Glad you had a good holiday.

Mimi and Tilly said...

Lovely things, I love your book mark, it's inspired. I'm having a wee giveaway if you fancy popping over. Hugs, em x

Rae said...

ROFL... I totally love your bookmark! Brilliant! Like the lolly cross-stitch too and the labels, but the bookmark is the best thing ever!

MissGinger said...

love the book marks, i want one in huge writng.... tut tut to us!!x what a great bargain - all those cross stitch mags, i get it too, it does have some good patterns to do. xx

abatha said...

where did you get your bookmark aida from?! i need that bookmark in my life, so apt! haha. p.s. thank goodness you're back off holiday my friend is going to order me a belated birthday present from your folksy! Abby xx

Amanda said...

I bet Annie loved the book mark. Now you've told us about the throw you've gott to do it!

hart44 said...

Im so glad you had a great holiday :) only trouble is they go so quick.
Love the cross stitching including the book mark lol.
Keep going with your squares, they are beautiful :)

xx home bird xx said...

Ooh I hope you make the springtime throw, I love them and seriously want to make one in beautiful soft cashmerino but as you say it's so expensive!

I'm really new to crochet but I have to say that I prefer doing the bigger projects rather than small granny squares which then need to be sewn together. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday, bet it seems ages ago now...

Nicki xx

Wendy said...

20p was a bargain as I see one of those is recent... I got the 4 most recent issues for £1 each off a market stall - I thought that was a bargain until I read this! I too have decided to subscribe! I bought a haul of old cross stitch mags a while ago in a charity shop, about 20 of them for a couple of quid and whilst I found a few nice patterns, most were fuddy duddy so the new look cross stitcher was a really nice surprise.