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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Throw Making

Hi,

I hope you have all enjoyed your Christmas fun?  We had a lovely Christmas and lots of fun together.  It just goes so quick...

Anyhow I can finally share a project that I have been up to for a while and managed to complete just in time for a Christmas present for my Mum.  I know she reads the blog so I could not let on what I was up to on here.

I used Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed - Stormcloud as the main colour for the throw.  I used just over 2 balls of this to complete the project.


I used a simple stitch which was made up of 3 stitches a double crochet and then 2 trebles, then skipped two chains for each row.  There is a full tutorial for this on www.crochetspot.com


I simply followed this until the throw was the size I wanted.  


My Mum loves a bit of sparkle in her life and for the border I chose Sirdar Soukie DK - Starstruck as it has sequins embedded within the wool.  Firstly, I double crocheted around the edge then followed round with a treble.  Next I used a simple shell stitch skip 1 chain 5 trebles in the next chain, then skip the next chain and repeat.







I am really pleased with the finished result and it has made a great throw.  I gave it to my Mum yesterday and she seemed very happy with it.  I hope it keeps her nice and cosy when our normal icy winter finally arrives...which I am sure it will when we least expect it!

On to my next project now.....

Bye for now

Von xx

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Christmas in Birmingham

Hi,

Wow! Busy, busy, busy!

However, we managed to have a lovely Christmas break in Birmingham today.  We visited the famous German Market and had a lovely wander around the stalls.  There was so much there!  Lots of people visiting so it was extremely busy.  Here are some photos...






We walked up to the Birmingham Symphony Hall after a wander around the market for the "Festive Favourites with Alan Titchmarsh" concert.  I have been to this a few times before but it was a first for my husband and daughter.  The Symphony hall is absolutely amazing and the photos below do not do it justice.  The acoustics are wonderful and we had a brilliant time singing along with the carols.

 



I would definitely recommend a visit if you live locally.  I am most certainly in the Christmas spirit now and can't wait for the festivities to begin.

Have a super Christmas!

Bye for now

Von xx

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Making Christmas Cards!

Hi,

     I have been so so busy!  This time of the year is always a challenge especially when you work in a school!  Christmas Plays and Fayres and all the other fun and exciting things that go on.  I have managed to make some more Christmas cards in the middle of all this and I have some other projects to share with you once they are complete!

    These are the cards I have made this time with a "ho ho!" theme.


I began by using some white card stock I had in my stash and used my circular hole punch to punch out two circles on the outer side of the front of the card.


Then I used some pale blue paper from this lovely "Silent Night" paper pad that I bought from Hobbycraft to cover the circles



I then used a snowflake die from this Spellbinders set to cut out two snowflakes using some of the white glittery effect paper in the pad of paper stock.  Next I attached these on top of the "o's".


Then I added some snowflake stickers on top to add a little more glitter!  


Finally I cut some "H's" from some poinsettia patterned paper I had found in my stash to complete the "ho ho."


All done!  A nice easy but quite effective Christmas card.  I have made a few of these.  Just need to write them now!  Looking forward to Christmas I hope you are too!

Bye for now

Von xx