Friday, 5 July 2019

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

Here I am, back again with a round up of my week and generally
nattering to you.  It might be time to pop the kettle on if you fancy
reading to the bottom! 

I'll begin by saying thank you for the comments and messages
regarding last Friday's post, all very kind and so appreciated.

So what's been happening this week?

I popped up to Milton Keynes to see my good friend
and writer Carole Matthews.
Each month six of us get together for a crafty get-together.
Carole is kind enough to open her home for us.
I've forged the best friendship with these ladies so these
are special days indeed.

We indulge in all sorts of crafts - die cutting, stamping and this time I 
took my crochet despite it being a scorcher of a day.
I wasn't driving home until the following morning so I got to indulge in a 
rather special cocktail - this is The Laverstoke made with
Bombay Sapphire gin, seriously good!

And on the crochet front, I'm nearing the end of my Dune Blanket,
a dozen more rows and the border to go.
It will measure approximately 6 x 4 feet so will be perfect for 
Bella and I to snuggle under in the Winter, a tad warm right now! 

I've got lots more crochet projects planned and also
some works in progress - all blankets.
The boys questioned whether we are going to turn off the central heating
this Winter and just walk around wearing blankets. 
Now there's a thought!! 

I am totally enjoying this crochet journey,
it is so relaxing and when I cannot get near my hook and yarn,
I'm consumed with following crochet Facebook groups and 
Instagram accounts -  a whole new community!  
Apologies if crochet is not your thing - skip all the above! 

Other stuff...
Life's testing moments!
you know what I mean, those incidents that pop up and 
you have to deal with through gritted teeth.

Last week it was the plumbing this week it's the car.
My car decided it had had enough on Monday 
and wouldn't budge, (perhaps it heard that it doesn't have to hare up and 
down the motorway quite so much!)
 Turns out it was the 'diesel lift'. As per usual, an engineering part 
I've never heard of.  With my somewhat vivid imagination,
 I instantly saw a mini elevator complete with uniformed attendant
asking which floor was required! 

In reality it is a pipe that had split.  All sorted now 
thanks to Alan and his repair garage that is just along my road.
I can't begin to tell you how handy that repair garage is.

I also visited the cinema this week to see Marvel's End Game -
(can you tell I'm the mother of sons).
I do enjoy these films, total fiction, pure escapism
and frantic Google searches afterwards to figure out the time travel aspect! 

A round up of my week wouldn't be complete without mentioning
the spoiled pooch.  Bella had a doggy play date at Mote Park in Maidstone.
Mitchell met up with his work colleagues and their dogs for a day out.
He took a ton of photos - just of Bella, I think that's favouritism.

Now some papercraft.
I've got a project up on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog, a tutorial 
on customising little notebooks.
I like projects like this, so simple and who doesn't need a little notebook!
These plain notebooks come from Flying Tiger
if you have one of these stores near you definitely pop in 

My tutorial also shows how to insert an elastic strap around the notebooks,
invaluable for keeping receipts.

The finished notebooks.

If you have chance to pop along to their blog and leave a comment,
I'm super grateful.
Also, Hope and Chances stock Scrapbook Adhesves products here.

The end of my week means City working days and I've started to 
capture a photo or two on my way to work.
This blue building is my office at Aldgate. I'm on the 12th floor - 
you will not finding me using the stairs! 
I liked how the reflections bounced off the buildings in the sunshine
and always pleased to see the effort made with plants.

This weekend I'm back in the cabin having more of a sort through.
Please keep an eye on the website for Clearance, Pre-Loved 
and if you like the Jane Davenport items we have a new stock of those.

So...I think that wraps up this Friday's chat - wishing you a lovely 
weekend, too warm for a roast but perfect for barbecues! 

Take care friends.


hazel young said...

Wow, you have been a very busy bee. Love the tutorial and flying tiger shop. Have a great weekend xx Hazel

CraftyCoffey said...

Great catch up on your week. The crochet looks great, the cocktail looks amazing! Bella is so photogenic it’s no wonder Mitchell just took pictures of her.


margaret driscoll said...

Hello Christine
Glad all is well and you are still blogging!
Good the Crochet is still keeping you busy!
Take care
Love Marg

Littlelamb said...

Good to hear you are ok. Love all the crochet. Haven’t done anything to my blanket for a while must get back to it. I do like covering notebooks. Love yours. Must look out for Flying Tiger shops.

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Wow you have had a busy week. I'm 'in awe' with your crochet, the pattern is fantastic and did you say you were a beginner haha, you should feel so proud to have created this stunning blanket, and you and Bella will be so cosy in the Winter snuggling under it.
I'm so glad you and your friends have had a fabulous get-together.
Lots of love from Patricia xx said...

Morning Christine.
Wow you have been busy, do you wonder how you had time to do all your other projects.
I can only crochet a granny square, some how I just cannot go straight, so I just carry on knitting.
Take care and have lots of fun Kitty.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Enjoyed your catch up sounds like you have had a busy week.

Sandra Biggs said...

Morning Christine,
So pleased you had a busy week. Lots of different activities too.
They say change is as good as a rest and you definitely had that last week.
Take care
Sandra x

karenlotty said...

What a lovely post Lovely to hear about your week which I really enjoy and appreciate
Your crochet is amazing I recently became addicted but make amigurami (not sure I’ve spelt that right) animals I do have a blanket pattern that I would like to do I just need to get the yarn even though I have boxes full of the stuff!

nattyboots said...

Just caught up with your posts Christine ,no i have not deserted you i have a poorly lappy so i borrow Johns when i am able.
I must say your blanket is beautiful ,you must be so proud of yourself.

Your little notebooks are adorable , i so love a notebook , i use mine everyday as it is so useful .

Take care
Elaine H XX

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