Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Monday, 1 December 2014
Monday, 13 October 2014
I am trying to kick myself into gear by thinking of new recipes for baked treats, so hopefully they will be developed soon.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
It's autumn and although the weather is still warm I felt like making some soup to have as a tummy warmer in the evening.
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Friday, 12 September 2014
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Thursday, 4 September 2014
Monday, 1 September 2014
Sunday, 31 August 2014
Once the back is done I'll have to decided what I want the front to look like. I have a couple of ideas but won't commit to anything until I get to that point.
Over the last few days I've also worked on the chart for the the back, using Excel. I looked into charting software and online apps but the software was too expensive and the apps didn't provide me with what I needed. Excel is a little fiddly to start with but once you get into a groove it's quiet easy.
My target for the rest of the week is to finish the motif, this will be the last week before the trips start school so they'll be a lot of back to school errands to run.
I really can't wait until this is finished, I'm even considering making another one to sell as a finished piece. Lets see how things go.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Thursday, 21 August 2014
Monday, 18 August 2014
This summer holiday has been very busy and there are still another three weeks until the school term starts and four weeks until they, God willing, start full time.
I had planned to take them out to various places, however, things haven't gone to plan. Two weeks ago I had been looking after my two year old nephew and I wasn't about to go out and about with three 3 year olds (as they were at the time) and a 2 year old who thinks he's a little B'boy, bopping around the flat. We managed to go to the park a few times, but travelling anywhere requiring a bus was a no no.
This week I'm looking after the tripolatas' friend, who turns five in three months. Being surrounded by all these children for weeks on end (not counting the four years since the trips were born) is enough to send anyone doolally. To keep my sanity I have devised a few things to help me get through the day. Before you read on, this is not a list of cute craft ideas to keep the children entertained or child friendly backyard activities (we don't have a garden). You may not agree with all of them, but this is what works for me.
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Saturday, 9 August 2014
What ever you're doing today I hope you have a great day.
Monday, 4 August 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Valerie has really made a difference when taking pictures, my pieces look a lot more professional. I've retaken the pictures for Elise and Romani and will update the main pattern pictures when I get a chance.
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Monday, 23 June 2014
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Tuesday, 3 June 2014
|Crocheted Earring Samples|
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
I've decided to give up on the Ladies Shrug for now, there were too many issues with the pattern and I fell out of like with it.
To get back on track I decicded to look for something else that would be quick to make up and could use up the 10 balls of Rowan Belle Organic dk yarn that I've had in my cupboard for over two years.
|Baggy Bolero by Pickles|
|One half of the Baggy Bolero|
Monday, 7 April 2014
It's the Easter holidays and that means 24 hrs of tripolata fun for the next two weeks and two days. It also means that I won't be able to do much by way of blogging or any other form of social media. By the grace of God I'll survive the two weeks with my sanity intact.
Saturday, 29 March 2014
For the past week and a half I have participated in linky parties all over blog land in an attempt to get more people reading my blog and hopefully build up my followers.
It's a lot of hard work, remembering to actually add a link and then checking other links that have been posted. Things have been made a little easier by Alice of Mum's Make Lists. She has a great calender on her blog that lists a vast array of linky parties plus their general start times. I've selected a few each day and linked these to my Google calendar.
I think that all the linky parties I've participated in so far are based in the States, so for the first couple of days I was up late linking away not wanting to be number 183 on the linky list. I soon realised that I couldn't carry on that way and now focus on parties that launch between 7am and 11pm GMT.
As I have anticipated more traffic, I decided to vamp up the blog. So if you are a returning reader you'll now be able to see what I look like (well from the side any way). I'm also taking my time when taking pictures and have used various editing apps to give them a professional feel.
All this partying seems to have paid off as I've been featured in not one but two linky parties.
The first is over at Go Crochet Crazy and was for my Tropical Fruit Drops. The second was at The Weekend Wind Down for my Cinnamon Crunch Cookies.
If you're also a blogger and you haven't taken part in blog parties, I suggest you start now. I've put together a list of the parties that I take part in under the linkup parties tab.
Let you hair down and PARTAY.
Friday, 28 March 2014
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
This is the cake that I forgot to take a picture of in my last post, the almond cake that tasted great but was too greasy from all the butter. This time I reduced the amount of butter and allowed the batter to rest in the fridge before transferring it to the tin.
As soon as it came out of the oven, the tripolatas were all over it, I'm surprised that I was able to take the picture. They kept coming over to the book case (the only place were there is enough light), trying to pick out the almonds. In the end I gave each of them a few sprinkles of the almonds to tied tem over til dinner time.
Saturday, 22 March 2014
The first was for yet more biscuits, a sort of jam rolly polly biscuit. In terms of flavour, they turned out great, I just need to work on the texture of the biscuit itself, with the jam adding a caramelised Jammy Dodger feel to it.
The second recipe was for a cake, a loaf cake, an almond loaf cake to be exact. This was delicious, however, the butter content was too high, which left the base of the cake greasy.
I'll try another batch of the cake over the next few days.
As most of the week has been taken up by baking, I have done little to no knitting or crocheting. I still haven't received a response from the makers of the Ladies Shrug, but I know where the mistake is so when I get the urge I'll rip the last few rows and carry on.
Enjoy your weekend.
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Biscuits seem to be the baking staple of the U household. It's the only baked good that the tripolatas are guaranteed to eat (I've tried apple pie, they ate the apples and left the crust).
Mr U (supposedly) only likes plain cakes, no frosting, no fruit, seed or nuts. So until my boys learn how to appreciate a good home made pie, my oven will be filled with biscuits and the odd cake.
Saturday, 15 March 2014
|Unraveled Sweater by My Virtual Sanity|
Thanks to Pinterest and Dawn Prickett of My Virtual Sanity I've found a nifty way to put that old jumper to good use, and save money at the same time. It involves unraveling the yarn and using it to knit another piece.
However, if unlike me you don't have an old jumper, you can do as the original blogger does and check out the offerings of charity shops. This is a great idea as not only are you saving money on yarn, you're also giving towards a good cause.
Click the link to check it out.
Recycling Sweaters for Yarn
I will definitely give this ago, what other methods do you know of for reusing yarn from knitted or crocheted garments?