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Please be warned, there are a lot pictures in this post, so I advise you to make yourself a nice cuppa, and sit in a comfy chair for this post, it is going to be a long one, lol :)

On the Saturday, I did some sewing and tidied my book/material room out, I put all my material into these 3 delightful ottomans…

and I sewed 2 new washing machine curtains, here is one of them..

I have not put the other one on yet, but when I do change them over I will take poics :) I made both from old table cloths, and with the material that was left over from this one, I sewed a new cushion cover…

and with the material that was left over from the other table cloth I used to make a washing machine curtain, I sewed a big draw string bag, to hang in the bathroom, to keep our toilet rolls in :)

I also sewed 2 other drawstring bags to hang in the bathroom, just to bring some floral prettiness to the room (the pics were taken on the kitchen door, as I was working in the room right next door to the kitchen )

and I also sewed another new cushion cover…

as I was trying to take this shot, Whiskey walked into it, the little sneak, lol..

I also changed our bedding from this…

to this…

I love our new floral bedding :)

On the night, I sat down with my magazine I had got the previous day..

read through it, then began cutting out pictures that I loved to glue in my inspiration books ( the saucer you see has glue in )

On the Sunday, John and I went to his parents for yummy dindin, after dinner, John and I washed up and cleared away, then joined his mam and dad in the sitting room, I crocheted, John read the papers, and we all chatted happily :) When we came home, I put on my flowery pyjamas, flowery dressing gown and flowery slippers..

and then relaxed in our cosy sitting room with John and our animals..

and as you can see, decided to take random snaps of what our room looked like at the time, with the tv on, my drinks at my side ( tea and orange juice ), my diary, notebook and novel by my side..

and what I was currently crocheting..

I decided to knock up a mini granny square blanket, to put in my beloved wooden dolls cot, which my dear grandad bought me when I was very young, as Whiskey has claimed this cot as her bed, so I thought it would be nice to crochet a blanket for her to snuggle into when she is in the cot :) ..

can you spot Whiskey checking her new blanket out in the next pic ?

Unfortunately, every time whiskey has been in the cot, on her new blanket, I have not had the camera to hand, but here is Little Dolly modelling it for you :) ..

In the next pic, the files you see are full of my crochet patterns, I backed the files in some left over Millie Rose wallpaper :)

On the Monday, I helped John decorate our bathroom…

John painted the walls, and the shelf, and put the border on, while I scrubbed the bathroom to sparkling whiteness and painted our accessories red. We did our bathroom red and blue because of the border we bought, and I have to say, I love it :)

I also crocheted the pink trimming to go on our bathroom shelf…

and I hung the bags up on the bathroom door..

On the Tuesday, John and I had a day trip to Hexham with my dad and Pam. We had a lovely day, we visited the Abbey..

and looked around the shops. I bought the Easy Living magazine, which came with a free Cath Kidston tote, but I have forgotten to take a pic of the tote I selected, it is the navy one with flowers, not the medallion one, and I got a copy of Country Homes and Interiors mag too..

I was intrigued by this pic in Easy Living magazine, a crocheted bicycle wheel guard!

and I loved the fact that in this months CHAI magazine, there were some crochet patterns!

I also bought a fab little casserole dish, which has flowers on

and John and I bought, from a charity shop, a glass demijohn for only 99p, bargain!!! Here it is fermenting some wine, in our wine cupboard..

and while in Hexham, we also bought a new shower curtain for our newly decorated bathroom, I love this shower curtain!

On the Wednesday, I started the spring cleaning, and spent a solid 8 hours scrubbing every inch, every nook and cranny, everything in our kitchen. On the night, I decided to snap more shots of our sitting room..

My grandad kindly bought me this delightful dollies swing, and the dolly (tiny tears) who sits in it :) I have had these, and the cot for years, and would not part with them for the world!

On the Thursday, Johns mam and dad called in for tea, we ate sandwiches made with Johns delicious home made bread…

My dad also called in on Thursday, and John had a shoot on, so a busy day. I decided to wash our woollens in  Dri-Pak soap flakes, I love these soap flakes, they are excellent for woollens as they keep them so soft, as opposed to alot of washing powders which are very harsh on woollens..

You have to dissolve them before putting them in the washing machine, a lovely domestic ritual in itself..

And when the water is clear, you simply add to your washer drawer like you would normal washing powder

I had planned on spring cleaning the sitting room on the Friday, giving it a proper turn out, but unfortuneatley, on Thursday night I began to feel quite unwell, and still do, I think I must have some kind of bug, my head is so dizzy and aching, my stomach is killing, and I feel as weak as a kitten, so instead, I have spent the weekend watching Miss Marple..

and crocheting, I have crocheted some trimming for the book shelf in the sitting room, which holds my favourite books (all my other books are in the book room upstairs )..

And I blanket stitched the edges of the tea towels I bought from Dunelm a while ago, then added a crochet border to those..

and I crocheted a new bathroom bin cover..

I am now going to finish off on here, then spend the day snuggled under the blanket on the settee, crocheting and watching Miss Marple.

Let me leave you with some pics of our gorgeous animals in their various favourite places where they like to relax and sleep.

Scrappy on the hearth rug..

Foxy, on my feet on the settee…

Whiskey, snuggled into the cushion on the armchair…

and Jack, looking grumpy (he had just woke up) on the back of the settee..

And with that, can I just say, I hope you enjoyed looking at my week in pictures, and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave your wonderful comments :)

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

Hello Everyone :) How are you all on this fine day? Isn’t the weather just lovely! I can not believe how good a Spring we are having!

Please be warned, there are a lot of pictures in this post, if you would like to see them bigger, just click on them :)

As you have probably gathered from the title of this post, I have crocheted a few red, white and blue things, to be patriotic and to celebrate the Royal Wedding, and indeed, to celebrate been British, but before I show you those things, I have a few other things to show you, and the story behind the other things is this.

My dads partner, Pam, who as you know is lovely and I love her to bits, well, her mam, Amy, has moved in with Pams sister, as she can no longer manage on her own. My dad and Pam did offer to have her live with them, but she can not manage the stairs, and as Pams sister lives in a bungalow, this is ideal for her Amy.  Last week, my dad and Pam started clearing out Amy’s house, and John and I helped.  Amy only wanted to keep a few things from her home, the rest she said family could take, including John and I, which is so kind of her, and the rest of her things, furniture I mean, was to go to charity, things like bedding, ornaments ect the charity shop did not want, so that was going to get put in the tip, until I rescued it, lol :) I could not bare the thought of her lovely things just been thrown away, so I rescued as much as I could and gave them a new home :) Here are some of the delightful things Amy really kindly gave us..

Some lovely wall plates, which are now in our kitchen. We got some gorgeous Wedgewood plates too, to match a teapot Amy gave us, but we have not hung them yet, when we do, I will take piccies for you :)

A spotty teapot, to add to my collection :)

Floral cups, to add to my other collection, lol :)

Pretty cameo wall hangings, which are in our sitting room…

A lovely free standing lamp, I love this, I have been after a free standing lamp for ages now, and it matches our wallpaper so perfectly! We also got a table lamp to match, and when these are lit on a night, our sitting room is a truly cosy place to be :)

Pretty floral ornaments…

Framed tapestries which are hanging on our stairs…

And a Wedgewood (tall one ) and Royal Doulton (small one ) teapot to add to my teapot collection :) The Wedgewood one is the one which came with matching plates. Amy also kindly gave us a gorgeous gilt mirror, which we will hang above our fireplace, another mirror to hang in the computer room, some office furniture, which we have put in the computer room, and a lovely old, wooden cigar box which I am using as my jewlery box.  We felt awful taking all these things, but we were assured that they were  going to be  dumped, in the scrapyard,  and she would rather give them to us, knowing they are going to a good home :) Plus, this way, we have saved things going into a land fill, added bonus :)

Also, Pam rescued for me, from the bin, lol, her mams old sewing kit :) Pams sister had put it in the bin thinking no one would want it, but Pam said she knew I would love it, and I truly truly do!!!!

Opening this old tin, Amys sewing kit, was like opening a treasure chest for me, it was full of old sewing stuff, wooden bobbins with gorgeous threads on them, old buttons, it was lovely!!!

I put the buttons in my button tin, which is quite full now…

The flowers that you see the tins sitting on, is the blanket I got back in November, from Dunelm Mills. I thought I would put it on our settee, as a throw, to add more flowers to our room, and I love it more on the settee than I do on the bed, so it is staying there :)

The bag you can see in the bottom right corner, is my W.I.P bag…

Which is always at my side, and in it is the cluster stitch blanket I am busy crocheting..

I love these colours together :) And speaking of crocheting, here is the things I have been busy crocheting of late..

Slippers for Pam, as she loves these type of slippers :)

Some cupcakes to go on our cake stand, another gift from Amy :)

A patriotic cupcake, lol :)

Patriotic potholders (the plaque you see is something I won from Rosie In The Middle blog, I love it :)   )

And last but not least, my favourite Patriotic make, a red, white and blue tea cosy :)

I even crocheted the top centre rose in red, white and blue, lol :) ..

The table you see the teapot sitting on was another gift from Amy, Pams dad made it and I love it, I have it by the side of the settee where I sit, to keep my cup ect… on, very handy, and I love the multi coloured tiles on it :)

The teacosy lives on the spotty teapot, on the kitchen window sill when not in use…

And in the spirit of been patriotic, I just thought I would tell you that very soon, when it gets delivered, I will be the proud owner of a William and Kate teapot, which John bought me, yay!!! And, I have printed out a copy of the official Royal Wedding service programme, which I will keep forever…

And on that note, can I just say, thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and leaving your lovely comments, which I do appreciate very much :)

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