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Hello Everyone :)

Wow, such a long time since I last posted! I have been quite busy of late, but am hoping to start catching up on my blogging again soon :)

This is a catch up post, such a lot has happened since I last posted! I have to see a pysio about my neck, as it is causing me real problems and pain, so hopefully the pysio can help with that :) I have flu at the moment, well, it is flu season, so that is to be expected I suppose, so keeping myself warm and hydrated, and spending time catching up :) All the animals are doing good, which I am so happy about :) And in general, life is good :)

The Shows I entered were wonderful, and I came placed 4 times! I got three 1sts, and one second! I entered the Herrington Village Show first, and got 1st’s on the two craft things I entered…

and for the Sunderland Horticultural Show, I entered the Venetian Opera Bag…

which came 2nd….

a jumper, which originally got 2nd ( as on photo ) but has now been bumped up to 1st, as the one that came first in the Show was disqualified….

and I also entered a floral corsage…

and a hat….

which did not come placed :) I really enjoyed the shows they were wonderful, and I can not wait to enter again next year :)

A lovely friend of mine is teaching me all I need to know about designing for myself, which I am finding wonderful! I have almost finished crocheting a cardigan of my own design, and am thrilled to be designing for myself, it is wonderful! :)

Have you seen the new style of Inside Crochet magazine? It is wonderful! A new publishing company have taken over this magazine, and it is just fabulous! The patterns in it are amazing, as are the articles, photography and layout of the magazine, I love it, and have earmarked so many patterns I want to do, lol, there is not enough hours in the day! But at least now I have the wool to do it! A few months ago, my local wool shop, Kemps, had a massive sale on, and were practically giving the wool away! They had bought all the stock from a closed down wool shop, and were selling it off super cheap, a 500g  bag ( or more sometimes ) of wool for only £1.00, and they had all kinds of wonderful wool, mohair, pure wool, DK, aran, brushed wool, cotton, all kinds! So I was constantly in there ( as were so many others ) buying sack fulls at a time, lol, I got loads, so am delighted with my purchases, and now have a stash big enough to last a life time, lol :)

There is a lot here, I know, and it looks like, with the amount I bought, I must of spent a fortune, but I didn’t, it was all so cheap, and too much of a bargain to pass up on :) So I was constantly in Kemps, when this sale was on, spending every spare penny I had on it, as this kind of bargain will never come around again! :) I got some cardboard boxes, and spent some time sorting it all out, according to colour, so when I want to do a project, it is easy to find :) I also labelled all the boxes, writing on each box how many number of balls of each type of wool is in there, eg 40 DK, 30 4ply ect… I do like to be organised, lol :)

Just a few examples ( above ) of my need to be organised, lol :)

Hasn’t this year just flown over! I can not believe Christmas will be upon us soon! Time to start on my Christmas crochet I think!

I am going to try my best to blog more regularly again, and read blogs again too :) So hopefully, I’ll be doing another blog post pretty soon :)

Until then, bye for now everyone, I hope you all have a wonderful day :) :) :) :)

Catch Up

Hello everyone :) I hope you are all feeling well on this fine Summers day :) This is a catch up post, I have lots to share with you :)

Do you like the floral arrangement above? Myself, and a few others made it in this months Women’s Guild meeting :) We were all shown, by our lovely Chairwoman, how to arrange flowers, as she is an expert and is a member of a flower club, then, 4 people, including me, were selected to be heads of a team, and we 4 had to then go and choose another 4 members to be in our team, once we did that, the heads of the team were given a bunch of flowers each, and what we had to do was, each member of the team took something from the bunch, and placed it in the wet oasis that was set out on a table infront of us, thus creating a floral arrangement :) It was fun, and I enjoyed it, and my team kindly voted for me to take the floral arrangement home, which I did, and I love it :)

It was a great night at the Guild, the Chairwoman kindly brought in some old copies of the Guilds magazine for me to bring home with me, and I have read them all already, and they are great magazines…

and with the Country celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee this month, and with the Guild been very big on the Royals ( The Queen was once a Patron for the Guild, and now Princess Ann is, and at the end of each meeting, God Save The Queen is sung ), we were all given a present in honour of the Jubilee! How lovely is that! All the members in our Guild were given a tin of Ringtons Tea, I do not know what the members of the other Guilds up and down the Country got, but I know that the members in our local Guild, including myself, were very happy with their Jubilee presents :) Here is the tin of tea…

and even the packet inside the tin, containing the teabags, is a special Jubilee packet :)

And whilst on the subject of the Jubilee, my kind dad and Pam kindly bought John and I a Jubilee pressie too, a tin of biccies :) So we can drink Royal Tea, whilst eating Royal biccies, lol :) ..

I really enjoyed all the Jubilee celebrations, and watched all the coverage on TV, it was wonderful :) And I really enjoyed this months Guild meeting :)

I thought I would share with you all a book I have recently bought…


I love the Country Diary series, and someone on Ravelry told me about this book, and how it has crochet patterns in it, so I just had to get it! The photos in this book are delightful!…

I can not wait to make a start on some of the patterns in this book :) And speaking of patterns, would you like to see my latest crochet? Well, remember in the last post, I showed you the Venetian 1914 Opera Bag I was crocheting, as a possible contender for one of the County Shows I am entering this year? Well, I have finished it, and love it! I love it so much, that this is the bag I am going to enter, but I am re-crocheting it in white thread, which is better quality, and will line it in a pink, or blue satin like material, and that will be my bag entry for the Show :) But here it is, my trial run version of the bag :)

And some detail shots of this bag :)

So that is the bag I am currently re-crocheting, ready for entering into the Seaburn Show :) I had crocheted 2 bags, and chose between the two which to re-do and enter, here is a photo of the two bags together…

So the little one, is the other bag I was thinking of entering..

But I think I have made the right decision in deciding to re-do and enter the Venetian bag, out of the two :)

I have also just finished crocheting an entry for the other County Show I am entering in September :) This entry is for the craft section, under the category ‘Something to commemorate the Jubilee’, so I have crocheted a filet doily, to commemorate the Jubilee :) Here it is blocking….

And once it is blocked, I will mount it, and then put it away until September, to then enter into the Show :) So the Show where this doily is getting entered, I only have one more thing to crochet for this particular show, as I am only entering 2 pieces of crochet into this one, the doily above, and a small dressed doll, as stated in the schedule, so I will crochet an outfit for my favourite childhood doll, my Tiny Tears doll, and enter that too :) The other Show I am entering, where I will be entering the bag, I still have that bag to finish, and also a flower corsage, a hat with a side decoration, and perhaps a Christmas tree skirt to crochet too :)

And another thing I have crocheted, which was just for fun, for a Garden Themed CAL/KAL I started in one of my groups on Ravelry, is this….

A cute little fairy :) The CAL/KAL was to make anything you associate with a garden, and just for fun, I crocheted a flower fairy :)

Speaking of Ravelry, I am also having a Lark Rise To Candleford Read Along, and Watch Along, in the LRTC group, so if you are on Ravelry, please feel free to join, and to also join in with the CAL and KAL that are going on in the Thriftiness group :)

I think I have caught up now, on all my latest bloggy news, lol :) I am actually unwell right now, I have caught this flu that is going around, so am feeling quite under the weather :)

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post, thank you for leaving your lovely comments :)

Take care everyone, bye for now :) :) :) :)