Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This time next week...

Short post today, not saying a lot as I am just too excited.  
This time next week I will be travelling up to see my sister for the night (actually I am doing her filing!?).  
Then the following day I will be off to Paris for 4 days!!!


Photo taken on a trip a couple of years ago...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Today I have mostly been....


Seriously - like ALL DAY!

This is just a sneak peak - I will reveal all (but not for a while)
I am so completely in love with the script font above (another delight from The Book)

I have my nephew and twin nieces coming for Easter - this is 1 of 3!
 I have the others cut out I just need to sew...but 10 hours is enough and my hands hurt lol
They will be filled with a little tissue paper and some chocolate treats!
But Shhhh don't tell anyone ; )

What have you been doing on this extra long day? 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cat on the roof!

Not one of ours luckily - but this was the next project I have just completed from The Book:

Not the best photo I know...but is't he cute1

I have never been a craft book person for some reason but I am so taken with this one
I am already leafing through the book to see what I am doing next...and I have an idea of what I am going to do with the heart too....more on that later!

Yesterday was another lovely sunny day.  We decided to go to Levant Mine and take the walk towards Pendeen Lighthouse.  The walk was THAT interesting as it took you away from the coast a little bit - but it was nice.  Of course we have a little picnic before we headed back!

The sea was just the most amazing colour and we watched lots of Gannets diving for fish.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's the small things...

...that make me happy!

Like the sun coming out again after two days of greyness.

Snakes Head Fritillary - so cute!

Teeny tiny daffs

Bella finding a patch of sun

Bilbo snoozing beside her...

What a life...
and that King Size Quilt on the spare bed....made by my Mum!  (Love)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My ABC's

Got this from my sister so thought I would give it a go:

A. Age: 35

B. Bed Size:  King (and a Tempur mattress which we LOVE)

C. Chore you dislike: Ironing (just so boring, so I haven't done any for about 10 years - luckily my hubby likes it)

D. Dogs: No - more a cat person.  Had dog's as a child.  Overtime I have learned that I like dogs that are trained and obedient, but scatty dogs make me nervous

E. Essential Start to your Day: Waking Up?  I guess a cup of tea but I could take it or leave it!

F. Favourite Colour:  Green

G. Gold or Silver: Both really - depends what it is.  Rings are generally gold, but watch and earrings silver?

H. Height: 5'7"

I. Instruments you play/ed: I learned Oboe at school but I was kinda crap.  Also played the Cornet in the local Silver Band... get bored too easily (bad)

J. Job Title: Strategy & Planning Manager

K. Kids: None

L. Live: Penzance in Cornwall, UK

M. Mum's Name: Hazel (Mum or Moomin)

N. Nicknames:  Clarabelle (aren't nick names supposed to be shorter?)

O. Overnight hospital stays:  One night when young for suspected appendicitis

P. Pet Peeves: People not clearing up after their dogs (literally a Pet Peeve)

Q. Quote from a Movie:  "Woah Dream Big" (from Juno)

R. Just noticed there isn't an R in any of the links I followed from sisters post?

S. Siblings:  One older Sister Vix (Vicki).  She has lived very far away for a lot of our ADULT life, but now it is my turn.  I live 5 hours away but at least in the same country.  I so wish I was closer but we do love it here.  Please someone invent teleporting - PING and I would be there!

T. Time you Wake Up:  Usually around 8am (I know shout at me now all those with children (see K) but I do work funny hours into the night...

U. Underwear:  Er yes, always?

V. Vegetable you don't like:  Artichokes...seriously what is the point

W. What makes you late: I hate being late

X. X Rays you have had: Ankle (bad sprain) and teeth I guess

Y. Yummy Food you make: Lasagne, Sour Cream Coffee Cake - (I was a chef for years)

Z. No Z either... Zzzzzz are you all still awake?

Learn anything?  Go on - give it a go

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Azure Blue

No touch ups here....just look at the colour of that sea
We woke up to superb sunshine this morning.  The biggest and bluest skies we have seen in a long time.  We were up early (for us) and Kenny made some fresh Sausage Rolls and Eccles Cakes for our picnic. 

Spring board type rock...very scary

Also in our picnic were apples & cheese and hot coffee.  We walked in total about 6 miles we think  from Lands End to Gwennap Head - very up and down so my legs and butt are aching a little now.

Chough - Kenny managed to get quite close.
He was making such a lovely noise!

...and having a little scratch!
Wheatear - a bit blurry as this is incredibly zoomed and cropped (couldn't get close to these at all!)
What a day....we are so so lucky!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

First little project from The Book

I have flicked through The Book several times now and the below heart jumped out at me each time.  I haven't done any cross stitch for a good while... so I think I would get something going to get me back into it.  That is why I love this book so much I think - that instant gratification thing! (well not quite instant but two short evenings work)

Excuse the crappy photo - the light is bad but I didn't want to wait!

This is worked on 18 count Aida, with a kind of dark raspberry colour (Anchor 1019)

I popped to Truro today, and managed to find some Linen (32 count) in a dark natural colour.  

Now - what shall I stitch next!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Look what we found!

Coffee and Sour Cream Coffee cake at Priest Cove 

Yesterday was lovely and sunny so we packed coffee and cake and went to Cape Cornwall.  I would have blogged about this yesterday...but I was way too excited about The Book.

Look what we found

Apparently this is a "spiny starfish"
Corrections on a post card please

Close Up - the colours were amazing

Amazed at how they move!
I love rock pooling...amazing what you see!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Soooo excited - who would have thought it!

So readers will know that this is not a craft blog.  I skip around and flirt with the world that is craft quite a lot and often have grand idea's but some how they don't seem to come to fruition?  Honestly I have no idea why? 
Am I too lazy? 
Do I think it is silly? 
Do I think I will turn into my Nana overnight? 

Erm... No, No and No
(hee hee well kinda yes to the last one but that is going to happen anyway right - and if my Nana is anything to go by - or my Grandma then bring it on I say - AMAZING/INSPIRING WOMEN!)

Today, however my creative tendancies have been tickled in quite a serious and unexpected way!  I am EXCITED and can't wait to look in more detail at the below book that has just plopped onto my doorstep!

A Rainbow of Stitches

I like small projects - I have learned with the crafts that I have started/tried/abandoned..that I am an instant gratification kinda gal.  Things I can do in a night or a week (if I can see progress) are great for me.  I clearly have the attention span of a small kitten! 


I have been looking online for a little while for little motif patterns for Cross Stitch which I can use for Cards, Gift Tags etc... I haven't been that lucky.  Then - last week MoonCalfMakes posted THIS POST.  I immediately and spontaneously visited amazon and delved into my pocketses and made a purchase. 

It is chock full of little designs, motifs and ideas that can be added to pretty much ANYTHING
(hubby better not sit still for too long)

Now I need to find some monies for some fine weave Aida/Linen so I can GET STARTED!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Postie goodness

Back in January I saw THIS POST on the blog of the very talented Bagladee.  Emma was posting about some pressies she had made for Christmas - iPhone covers in leather.  Now I don't own an iPhone - but I had just received a Kindle (love love love my Kindle, a whole post on it's own).  I had been looking for a cover for it, but most from Amazon are of the folding variety and for me they defeat the object of the kindle being such a delight to hold when reading!  Most of my reading happens either at home (don't really need a cover) or when I am away - so I wanted something to protect the screen when I slip it into my handbag (all manner of things can happen in ones handbag!)

So I swiftly contact Emma to see if she could "adapt" the iPhone cover to become a Kindle Cover.  I sent the dimensions etc and we had a few discussions about what I wanted on the front - we settled on a little row of beach huts - entirely Emma's idea and just PERFECT for me!
Kindle Cover #1 was received with great anticipation that swiftly turned to frustration as the Kindle wouldn't fit - it was just a little too tight :(  Try as I might I just could not get the Kindle to go in!  Very difficult to make a cover for a gadget you don't actually own!  Emma VERY kindly said to send it back and some additional measuring was done and Kindle Cover #2 was under way!  She also very kindly said she would make the first one into a little zip purse - YAY!

Well....I recieved Kindle Cover #2 today and IT IS PERFECT.

and here it is with its little zip purse (this just happens to fit my camera in perfectly)
It has already been on its first outing.  Today has been glorious sunshine so we decided to go for a picnic on the beach (perfect Kindle outing).  Marleyman had already made some Eccles Cakes this morning so they were packed along with some fresh coffee and off we went!  
Coffee and a Sausage roll on Newlyn Beach
 (Eccles cake was eaten after and quite without thought of a photo)
Honestly, I didn't think I would LOVE living here quite as much as I do!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Really?....It's March already?

I can't believe it is March already.  Not only that it, is the 2nd of March!

Work has been busy and the weather has been a little grey recently so we haven't ventured out that much. 

I did however have a lovely girlie weekend with my 3 friends up in Manchester last week.  It was a belated Christmas Party that we were supposed to do in December when we had all the snow, also it was my Travel buddy's birthday on the 16th (another reason for a cocktail)....OH and my other friend finished Chemo and Radiotherapy just after New Years - so all in all, many cocktails were prescribed!

We started out at a Champagne bar called Epernay where we had a couple of very nice cocktails and some olives!  I say started - M and I had already consumed a Kir Royal at her house getting ready...but ssshhhh!  

I tried a new cocktail called a Polish Princess (it was yummy and had three blueberries skewered on a cocktail stick...but I can't for the life of me remember what was in it....Ginger, Vodka....and then it all gets a little vague)

From there we walked a little ways to Room... the food was good, but the music was too loud and it was all just a bit "I am here to be seen" kinda style... not really my thing.  But we had a laugh giving out our Secret Santa gifts in Feb!  Here I had a couple of Cosmo's...I was missing the Polish Princess though....yep you guessed it, after dinner we ventured back to Epernay (and got VERY wet on the way as it had started lashing it down)  All in all a LOVELY night.  On the Saturday M and I hit the Trafford Centre in style for a spot of retail therapy and met C for lunch too!  I have to say since moving to Cornwall, large shopping malls are a little overwhelming, but I managed a few purchases!

Apart from that - not a lot.  We have had a few nice afternoons weather wise, and Marleyman has cleaned the greenhouse and started the first lot of seeds!  

Take Care