Thursday, 20 November 2014

Colour..........











I love doing this.


Choosing colour combinations.

From photos in my home to images found on pinterest, I have taken colour inspiration and put them together.


I just thought I'd share my colour palettes for new project ideas.





Dresser Colours.

I guess probably one of my favourites. I think I need something in these shades for sure.





Mediterranean Kitchen Colours. I think I'm quite liking this palette too. Quite a cosy one, and teamed with ecru could be a winner.



Bright and Airy





Cosy






Retro Brights







Rowan Pure Wool DK Yarn





Cascade 220 Yarn





Autumn/Winter Colour Blocking





Caron Aran





Autumn Brights






Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK





Spring Brights







Caron Aran





Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK






Caron Aran





Sorbet Soother




Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK





Drops Andes





Drops Paris





Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK






Drops Andes





Drops Paris




All slight variations on a similar colour theme, with a bit of 'bright' thrown in for good measure. 

I am just loving all these colour combinations at the moment.

Any colour combos take your fancy too?


xxx






Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Hello There......









Just popping in to say hello there.


It feels like it's been ages. It hasn't, but it sure feels like it.

It's been hugely manic in my little world, and to add to it, I've been hit my the mother of all winter viruses. It invaded our home, and hit us all one by one. It's knocked us all for six, and I've been amazed at how much it's taken hold of me. Urgh, I hate admitting defeat, and as a mum, I don't have the luxury of spending a few days in bed to get over it. I think I was a bit run down to begin with and it took advantage of that. I had thought about pressing the pause button on my blog for a bit. Just for a bit. Today, is the first day in what feels like ages, that I've been at home to get stuff done and woken feeling like I had the strength to tackle a day properly. So I'm hoping the pause button can be kept at bay for a while. I've sat and managed to make a dent in my inbox which is good for the head, and a good cup of tea has refreshed me.


Also......



..... the sun is shining today!

Woo Hoo!






I have a burst of colour in my kitchen and they look just glorious.








The sun is shining everywhere......and Oh.........it feels so energising.








Usually, I am a bah humbug at this time of year.

I've said many a time that the last couple of months I find really stressful. It's mammoth family birthday time, and I find, I'm always so concentrated in trying to get them all sorted, that christmas just suddenly appears and I'm not ready. I've started to not feel christmassy AT ALL these past few years.


But, this year, I'm trying to make a BIG effort.

So, I've started early.......








I couldn't resist actually. He was really rather adorable. I think I might want him around all year.








I snuck in a mini tree too. Oops.






I have so much to pack in, and time is not on my side. It hasn't been for the last few months. I'm itching to be able to craft. I'm getting quite frustrated and ratty I think, as I don't have the time to start anything new. I have some projects I really want to give a go. Grrrrrrrrr.

The only thing I have made is a cup warmer. Not exactly thrilling, but I like how it turned out. I am trying cable in crochet. I really am a texture girl. It's the one thing I love about knitting, but, I have to face reality, I SUCK at knitting. So I am trying cable in crochet and have some great projects lined up in my head. I just have to have the time to get them from my head to a finished piece.

I have been gathering colour inspiration from pinterest too, choosing yarn brands and colours from pictures, and I'm SOOOOOO wanting to get going. It'll just have to wait a bit. Probably until after Christmas and hopefully things might have settled down a little more in this little world of mine.

So, I've said my hello. Gosh, I wish I had time to blog hop and say hello and catch up with what's going on in blog world, but housework beckons me. I'm so behind, it's laughable.....seriously laughable.

Cheerio


xxx




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Trying Something New......











The kind people at Deramores asked me if I would like to try some of their yarn.

I get asked a lot if I will try things out and review them. 

I tend to always say no.  

I said yes, because of one thing really.

When I was a little girl, my mum knitted......a lot. I remember being dragged around to local yarn shops whilst she checked out what was available. Now, it seemed to me, that every village, town and surrounding area we visited, had a yarn shop. I seemed to always be in one.

Not so much now in this day and age.

With fewer yarn shops in villages and highstreets, online yarn shopping is the way to go for many. It's absolutely great that places like Deramores exist so that we can have a huge choice of wonderful yarns all under one roof. 

The problem I find is this. 

I stick to the brands I know. The ones that I have seen (and felt) from 'real' shops. I know that a huge part about choosing a yarn is its 'feel'. When choosing yarn online, you get a feel for it's colour and it's texture, but you just cannot grab it and see if it's what you want, like, need. If you don't have a local yarn shop, how on earth are you supposed to have ANY ideas as to what the yarns are like?

I do always love when other crafters use and talk about yarns I have never used or come across before, as it's the only way I can get a sense of what it would be like in reality. I value this feedback a lot in terms of online purchasing. I also know that many crafters are utterly honest in their opinions of products that they use, and I value that.

So, that's why I said 'Yes' to Deramores. 

They asked if I would like to try some Phildar Phil Coton 4 Yarn

When working with cotton yarn, I have only ever used King cole's Bamboo Cotton and Rico Design's Creative cotton. I was actually quite keen to try something else and see how it faired.









With the shades I wanted to make a  flower brooch. One that could be put on scarves and bags. I liked the idea of making it in cotton for its robustness. In the end, the grey colour didn't work as well as I had hoped, so I stuck with the pinks and the green which I think have worked out nicely





I was pretty pleased with the results. I used a pattern from this book.....






available here



...but I adapted it a little to suit me better.


This particular yarn comes in 50 shades which is pretty good. It fairs better in shade choice compared to King cole Bamboo Cotton (having only 32 shades) and Rico Creative Cotton (having 29 shades).

It states that this yarn has added Aloe Vera, which adds a 'softness and freshness' to the yarn.

It's a dk yarn that comes in 50g balls for £2.89.

So, what did I think of the yarn, as that's the most important thing here.....

Well, I was expecting the yarn to be softer in feel, for saying it was supposed to have added Aloe Vera for that very reason. I noticed that a review of the yarn on the Deramores site, had stated the very same thing. So I'm not sure that would be a 'sole' buying point for me. Having said that, when touching a brand new ball against a half used ball, the half used ball did appear a lot softer in touch. Maybe it softens up when it's being worked.

Whilst it's a very personal thing this, I generally prefer working with 100g balls. I had the same gripe with Rico Cotton. I mainly like to use cotton for pot holders, and find if I use 50g balls, I often have to 'knot' balls together on a project with a big block of colour which I find frustrating. This is a negligable gripe though, as 50g balls are often fine when working with small colour blocks and projects.

It was a pleasant yarn to work with. It didn't split whilst working with it (very important for me), and I liked the depth of colour in the shades that I chose. I thought the shade choice was decent all in all.

Would I buy it now I've used it in the 'flesh'? Yes, I think I would add it to my list of 'go to' cottons. I think I really like the look of some of the shades. 

Chanvre, mercure, tournesol are shades I think I'd quite like to have in my cotton stash for 'go to' projects, and I think the yarn would mix and match with any other dk cottons you had already, quite happily.

So, all in all, a nice yarn, and one I'd happily use in my cotton crafting projects.

The brooch is a happy, fun brooch, and it will go well on scarves, bags and cardigans, and being cotton, will withstand a lot of wear!

Happy week all.


xxx

p.s. This is a sponsored post by Deramores, but the makes and opinions expressed are entirely my own.




Thursday, 6 November 2014

Craving.........









Space









These past couple of weeks have been manic. Crazy bonkers......and not really in the nicest way.

Half term went by in a flash. I did enjoy not having to get up and rush about on the school run, but the week was not a relaxing one by any means.

A half term week with half a week of gorgeous weather. Walking in sunshine without a coat and still in flip flops has been a complete joy. The other half of the week being grey and wet, but hey, I'm not complaining. Cosy evenings of soft light and candles sort of make up for chillier, and greyer days.


(Yes, Mr Moon has still not left my kitchen and migrated to Baby Bear's room. Shame. On. Me.)





It was a week of birthdays, mine included......and, as a woman who has entered her forties, I reserve the right to be a complete child if I want to be and not care, hence cake and sparkly crown. 









I had had this cake pinned for like EVER on my pinterest board (from this gorgeous blog). I had always wanted to make one, but perhaps a little put off by the fact that it was clearly a childs' cake and I only have bears who would NOT be impressed if I made it for them. Then seeing it made on this talented lady's blog, I thought, why the heck not make one for myself. My birthday was looming, the obligatory cake I make at every birthday was utterly fitting for this kind of dressing, and I had the animals. So I did, and it was lovely, and I don't care the others were made for a 4 year old and a two year old and I was in my forties. With a cake like that, it was only fitting the sparkly crown was worn too. I seriously think the older I am getting the more I am regressing in mental age. The cake was eaten within minutes, no surprises there with my lot (and Baby Bear did declare that I could make one just like it with transformers in party hats sat around a party table....so you never know), but other birthdays meant more cake was made. Same cake, just more nautical.





It was also a week of coughs and colds, sickness, seeing people and sorting stuff out. Not as relaxing as I had hoped. In truth I had a vision of lazy mornings and relaxing crochet. Puh.....as if.

I did get to visit my most favourite shop. I could be in there for hours at a time. It was without the Bears and it was just the treat I needed to boost my depleted energy levels.




So.......I just wanted to pop by and say hello. My big aim this year was to get a post out once a week. To keep up the blogging momentum and not be as sporadic as I was last year.

Real life has other plans for me.....and real life utterly takes priority.

With so much going on, I am craving space though. All I can think about at the moment is getting rid of clutter to create space......which in turn will give me that nice feeling in my head (you know that feeling you get when you've just blitzed your house?).

I also think there's also an element of being able to have a feeling of control about something. 

In the very brief moments I am having to myself, I am battling with whether I do the million mundane jobs I have to get done to keep my little family unit functioning.......whether I forget all about it and sit for 5 minutes in utter quiet with a favourite drink and a mag......or whether I try and articulate a blog post.

Boringly, mundane wins. I'm craving a good mag full of wonderful inspiration and a decent chai latte (for 'tis the season for chai lattes now).

I also have a little post lined up with a lovely little creative make. I have been desperate to get it finished, but it will have to wait for when I have the time to make the best out of the days lighting, to get it photographed.

Uh, it feels nice to sit and get a post out. Five minutes of quiet and clearing the head (a little space created today then).

Now back to the mundane. I am wincing at the piles of stuff screaming for my attention.

Have a super rest of a week all





xxx