28.2.12

four

Dear Annie,

S is four today. I can hardly believe it. Such a big chap!


Happy Birthday, sweetest of boys.

Love from,

Laura

27.2.12

dinosaur birthday party

Dear Annie,


It was S's fourth birthday party today. Twenty three little dinosaurs gathered together to celebrate.

We dug in the sandpit for 'fossils'; decorated party bags with dinosaur stickers; played 'pin the horn on the triceratops', musical dinosaur footprints and musical dinosaur statues. We ate dinosaur sandwiches, dinosaur biscuits (iced by my brother's lovely girlfriend) and of course, a dinosaur cake.

I completely neglected to take any photographs at the party, apart from the quick snapshot above of the party boy waiting for his guests! It was a whirlwind afternoon, but the dinosaurs went home happy.


Love from,


Laura


PS: Thank you to Libby for the blog award, we really appreciate you thinking of us.

25.2.12

The Iron and I

Dear Laura,


My relationship with irons has never been one of love. They are hot and yet they require you to pour water into a tiny hole at the top which then leaks on to the irons surface, sizzling and spitting as it goes down. Not to mention the electrical chord which constantly flips in front of the iron tempting it to melt the plastic protection, short circuit the whole thing and create its own set of fireworks, whilst throwing you across the room. And so for the majority of my life I have stayed far far away from them. 


When I was younger, still at home, and wanting money, my mum used to pay me to iron, I got quite good at ironing my dads shirts, 20p each. I was also allowed to watch 'Home and Away' whilst doing this so it was win win for everyone (especially my mother who sensibly delegated the ironing tasks of the house to someone else, a lesson for us all). Then of course there was that minuscule ironing board we had in Thailand, 4 inches off the floor and about a foot long, I would desperately iron my teaching skirts every morning sat cross legged on the floor trying not to burn myself. Since then I have avoided ever buying clothes that involve ironing. I have a shirt at the moment which is supposed to be wrinkled, perfect! 


It turns out though that the iron might just turn out to be my friend after all. All the sewing means that sometimes, sometimes, I have to get the iron out and iron down my seams (yawn yawn...but it does make things look better and easier to sew). And I found some new toys and now it seems the iron might be the best thing ever. 


Check out my bias binding maker...








There was one casualty though. 


 Lots of Love


Annie

24.2.12

the beginnings of a quilt

Dear Annie,


For almost a year now, I have been musing on my next quilt. I am making it for little S, and I want it to be just right. My collection of bluey green fabrics has grown and grown until at last, finally, I felt ready to begin cutting.


I decided that for this quilt I would use an arrangement of simple squares, fairly small ones to match the delicate prints on the fabric. Armed with my rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and some You Tube tutorials, I braved the first cut. Cutting out squares wasn't unduly difficult. What I struggled with was figuring out how to make sure that there was minimal possible wastage with each piece of fabric. 


It's been a bit of a learning curve but I now have some small - but growing - piles of squares, a stack of fabrics ready to be cut, and my bag of fabric scraps remains comparatively empty. Slowly but surely, a quilt is taking shape.


Meanwhile, in knitting news, I have finally cast off the second of my one-skein handwarmers (which I talked about in this post) As it turned out, I needn't have worried- I finished them with yarn to spare. The trickiest part proved to be photographing them (always a challenge when you are your own model!)




Love from,


Laura


PS: Thank you so much for my beautiful birthday present. Needless to say, I love it. xx

PPS: Knitting details, as ever, on Ravelry.

22.2.12

Birthday Wash Bags

Dear Laura,


I have been rather slow on the crafting side of things lately but luckily your birthday inspired me to make something new and exciting. I found this amazing oil cloth (well not quite oil cloth it is kind of coated fabric) with this great pattern. I couldn't resist it and I thought you would like it. So I made a wash bag, I have been trying to figure out the pattern for ages, and I think I have it figured out now, there was little trial and error on this one though.






Lots of happy birthdays to you, I hope you like it.


Lots of love


Annie

19.2.12

snowdrop sunday

Dear Annie, 




Last weekend we went to see the snowdrops in the garden of the nearby National Trust house. There was still some residual snow on the ground and it was lovely to see the flowers peeking through their frozen coverlet.

Back at home in the warm, it seemed the perfect opportunity to get involved in Emma and Cathy's Den Building Week.


It may look like cushions, blankets and an ironing board, but to those in the know, it's a home for a veritable menagerie of imaginary creatures!

Love from,

Laura

18.2.12

Cushions and Blankets

Dear Laura,


When I was visiting you I did a little photo shoot of all the things that I have made you over the years. And my there are a lot! I think you have been the lucky recipient of nearly all my crafts some better than others (we won't mention little S's rather strangely shaped jumper). Either you are very polite and you have a very good memory, and put all those things out just for my visit, or you actually quite like them. I hope it is the second because making things for you is so much fun, a happy recipient is all anyone needs to encourage some more sewing/knitting. Here are some of the things I found.


A teacup cushion...




and a little boys blanket...



Ok so I didn't find the blanket draped over the back of the sofa, it was actually in the blanket box, R retrieved it for me. It was easier to photograph on the sofa.

Thanks for liking the strange creations that come out of my head and in doing so encouraging me to make more.

Lots of love

Annie

16.2.12

tea cosies

Dear Annie,

I have a bit of a thing for retro knitted striped tea cosies. As far as I am concerned, they combine some of my favourite things in the world- knitting, tea and vintage style. I have every intention of knitting one at some point (and the Ravelry queue to prove it). Luckily, my tea won't be getting cold in the meantime because I have two vintage beauties. 



The top cosy I found in a vintage shop on St Catherine's Hill in fabulous Frome and the bottom cosy belonged to my beloved Granny Tiger. I often see others in various vintage emporiums but have so far resisted on the basis that I only have two teapots, and so one more could only be the start of a collection.


It was my birthday at the weekend, and I was treated to a morning to myself to have a little mooch around Bristol. I was delighted to find this beautiful print by Katie from As Petals Fall at the Harbourside Market- how could I resist?! Funnily enough, I had been looking covetously at her work online just the other week, but I didn't make the connection until I got home. Even D, who is not exactly a tea cosy fan, was taken with it, and not even because it happens to be in the colours of Bristol City FC!


A pot of tea brewing, and to go with it, a slice of cake. A beautiful birthday cake, handmade for me by my wonderful boys. 




Yum!


Love from,


Laura

14.2.12

sew much in love

Dear Annie,


Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that love is in the air on your side of the Atlantic.


Sweet D must have remembered me showing him a picture of this spool holder in Mollie Makes a while ago. A surprise, and rather a fitting gift from the man who bought me my sewing machine all those years ago (if you have forgotten the story, you can read it here.) 

D...thank you, and I love you.

 

Love from,

Laura

13.2.12

Crocheting on the Metro

Dear Laura,


We had some snow, look at these poor daffs thinking it was spring and suddenly being plunged into sub zero temperatures.
It was pretty cold this weekend so we tried to remain firmly indoors. As I mentioned last week, it has been rather hard to motivate myself (as well as find the time) to do my granny squares. So on Saturday I decided to attempt crocheting on the Metro as we wound our way to the Portrait Gallery. I felt this was rather brave as I have tried knitting before and it was all elbows and pointed looks. 
It turns out crocheting is much easier. Less nudging the person next to you and much more actual knotting and winding and creating. 

Look I even managed a whole square!
Here is one of my favourite exhibits at the gallery. It is a gorgeous building as well but I will leave those photos for another time.
Initial crochet success means that I am going to try to granny on my commute. Wish me luck!


Lots of love


Annie
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