Monthly Archives: July 2012

Day 138- Give away Launch

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Good morning, afternoon, evening. How are we all? Are the flags out? Things are hotting up in the rolling hills. Literally 1 and 1/2 hours to go before the opening ceremony. DH returned home with olympic posters, flags….you name it. To say he is excited is an understatement!

Anyway folks; down to business. An Olympic themed give away.

I decided to launch the giveaway as the deadline, which I will tell you about in a moment, will collide with the half way point of my 365 days. So to celebrate with all of you that have tuned in to read my witterings, I put my mind to the task of thinking up something that would be easy to do, but then would also give a lucky winner a reward.

So what do you have to do?

Well for those of you that have tuned in for a period of time, you will know that I am a sports widow. Since the 6th of July 2005, this summer has been planned…in DH’s head anyway. The Olympics has been growing in momentum since then and it is nearly upon us.

I know that some of you will not be bothered about this particular world sports day…but spare a thought for those of us that have to be bothered whether we want to or not! The give away is for you too….promise.

I decided that as this is a creative and making blog, then what you have to do should be along these lines too. There are therefore three ways you can enter, all doing nothing more than commenting under this post.

You will have two weeks and three days to enter. The giveaway competition will begin today and last until the closing ceremony.

After the closing ceremony all names will be entered into a hat and a Rooster will pick the winning name.

But what do you win?

Tadah! Feather filled, 100% cotton patchwork Union Flag cushion measuring 30 x 25 cm approx.  I love it so much I have made a large one and small one to adorn my sofa.

So what do you have to do?

  • Tell about a creative way you are celebrating throughout the olympics.  EG. An opening/ closing ceremony party, an event BBQ (eg Men’s hockey final), rejoicing in a gold medal win of your favourite athlete etc.
  • Comment on where in the world you are watching the Olympics. Telling the event that you are watching, and the time that you are watching…I know some of you may be up in the night or very early morning to see.
  • Don’t like the Olympics? Tell us about the creative ways that you are avoiding it all. Have you booked a 2 week cruise down the Nile? Decided to climb Everest?

You can include a photo if you want or email it to me at ayearonthemake@gmail.com and I will post it for you.

After you have commented, sit back and relax.  The winner will be drawn on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Good Luck xxxxx

Days 135, 136 and 137.

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Good morning, afternoon or evening. Enjoying the sunshine? We have basked in the sun for the past few days, but today it is rather cloudy. I must admit that it is a little of a relief as it means the temperature has dipped a little, and I can get a few household chores done.

Well the summer holidays are in full swing. After the past few years where I have had children following me around wanting to be entertained, I decided this year that I need a time-table of events. We are taking this one week at a time….but making sure we get out for a run around to wear these boys out! Trips out are carefully planned so that cost will not become an issue, and picnics in the lovely weather. I have a bag full of ‘stuff’ for indoor days, but hopefully we won’t need it!

Crafting has become a little bit more of helping the boys express their creative side. Roo in particular, who likes making, but finds it frustrating when it doesn’t quite go his way. PVA glue, scissors, tissue paper, paint and fabric scraps really come in useful. Can’t wait to show you some of their creations.

Unfortunately the patchwork is rather slow going as it always is when it is done by hand. I am currently sewing the first patches of white, and the red are ready to go, so hopefully I will have loads to show you in a few days.

I haven’t been sitting idly watching my boys with their craft however…….

As you can see things have had to be tended in the garden, ready for harvest. The rain has really helped the garden this year and everything is lush and green.

The potatoes are doing marvellously too. I love digging up potatoes. It’s like a lucky dip to find the hidden jewels in the soil.

The salad and lavender certainly are making a fine display this year. And what is this peeping under the foliage?

…..The first of the raspberries. Mmmmmm! My absolute favourite fruit. I normally have to fight Dad for the first ones!

Further up the garden we find the most glorious display…..

I wish I had sound-o-vision, then you could hear the half-dozen bumble bees collecting nectar. Finally….better late then never we find the first strawberries of the season. (A month late!)

Can you see them hiding? Let’s pick a few…………

I can’t wait for tea time. Fresh fruit….yum! I have to admit to completely neglecting the garden this year. Rain, pain and craft have taken over. The little bits that I have done seem to have had a bit of impact however…..and if this is what happens when the garden is neglected, Fantastic!

Anyway, monsters are now baying for food, and my camera needs charging, so I will sign off for another day.

See you tomorrow……..START OF THE OLYMPICS! WOO HOO! (I have to admit DH, it is catching!)

xxxxxx

PS. I will be entering the spririt of the Olympics with a give away. Details will follow tomorrow. 🙂

Days 126-134: One patch at a time.

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Good morning/ afternoon/ evening! How are we all? We are all fine here, in fact we are getting rather excited as Summer is upon us…..Hurrah! Yes the sun is shining and we are all in our summer gear that has lain for many a month at the bottom of the wardrobe.

I can’t believe that it is actually a week since I last posted. Naughty me. Last week went so fast. as the last week of term always does. Concerts, assemblies, collective worship, own clothes days and disco’s all seemed to fill my days. I sat in the evenings with my crafting project, (which you will see in a minute), and wondered where the time was going.

And so the holidays are here. Children are baying to be entertained. Honestly I do not know how they would cope without a TV! When I was younger the children’s programmes finished at 10 am and we had to amuse ourselves throughout the day. Boo asked me if I was born in Victorian times when I explained that there were no such things as videos let alone DVD’s, I player or Nintendo WII’s when I was his age! Cheeky monkey!

We have had a Fab day today in Konk! I have to explain that this is a pet name for York. Roo has trouble with some words and he knew there was a K in it somewhere. When asked where he was going some time ago, he replied with ‘Konk’! The name has stuck.

The sun shone all day for our stolen excursion. We had a gorgeous lunch. Visited Jorvik viking museum, leaving with bows, arrows, daggers and a sword. (Heaven help us!) Then it was a boat ride on the Ouse. Always a lovely treat when it is not raining. Finally the Castle Museum. This is a particular Favourite of mine, as I remember visiting for the first time with my Grandad. I also remember snagging my tights on a seat in the Edwardian pub! The smell of the sweet shop in the Victorian street brings back memories of me waving to Grandad through the window as he peered inside. Bows, arrows, daggers and a sword were firmly placed back in carrier bags for this visit. Then back home, on a delayed train, to be met by DH who had to work today. (Hence the stolen excursion!) Hot, tired and ready for a cup of coffee, we enthused about our day…..to a grumpy DH!

So I am just catching my breath and revving up for the make of the day.

You will no doubt remember the organising that I was doing last week in preparation of the next big project. Well this has certainly gathered pace.

I have begun with the blue as this is the largest colour. I wanted to make sure that I had divided the different patches equally between the eight blue sections. This meant that I had to share the patches out, bag them up ready. Talk about faff!

I set to, to make the first section of the blue. I’m not sure if I told you, but I love patchwork! Seeing all the colours working their magic together is fabulous. It soon became apparent that I needed to start on the white and red too. Having completed the first blue section, I want to make sure that it fits together like a jigsaw. I don’t want a repeat performance of ‘Blast it’! So I set to again with the scissors.

White, red and more blue patches ready to be made into hexagons. I have also cut more card templates ready for covering. It is definitely full steam ahead. And I am loving every minute of it. I hope I will be back very soon to show you an update.

See you later.

xxxxxxx

PS. DH has read the above and told me off for calling him grumpy. So I will put it another way…….perturbed at not being included in the trip to ‘Konk’, as he had to work, DH was quiet and a little disinterested at our enthusiam for our stolen day out. (Is that better DH?)

Days 123,124 and 125- Where are they all going to?

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Good  morning /afternoon /evening! (Please delete appropriately! 🙂 )

Yet again I am amazed that my little corner of the world is reaching out so far. We have had our first South American visitors to the make this weekend with some viewers from Chile. You are most welcome. That means A Year on the Make has hit every continent now….well can we discount Antarctica? Yes I think we can. I’m not sure Emperer penguins would be bothered about knitting and sewing!

The other news is that the rain has stopped! Woo Hoo! I can honestly say that I am so pleased that I live at the top of a rolling hill and not at the bottom. A few showers today, but we have had a lovely weekend.

So what has been happening?

Well we woke on Friday morning to find this had been deposited outside our house….

What makes me laugh is the way it has been positioned on guard right next to the post box. I can’t say that I am impressed with its appearance as it is right in front of our house. We have to count our blessings that it is 15 metres away from our front door though…..our poor neighbours!

But why is it here?

Are we going to have an impromptu rolling hills Glastonbury? A street party? Nothing so exciting I’m afraid. We have workmen replacing drains!

Sports days and summer fairs this weekend. The monsters are revving up for their summer holidays. We have made it to the last week of term with all the excitement. DH is limbering up for the Olympics…..I’m just wondering how I’m going to keep the monsters occupied for six weeks; especially if this rains continues. Please Mr Sunshine, come out to play! I think lots of wearing out walks and picnics are in order.

I am also stocking up on craft equipment in case the rain doesn’t go away. Play dough is an essential item of the kit. Maybe dough figures are a future make? If anyone has any ideas for crafts with two boisterous boys, please do tell.

Well the recent make is taking shape. I love patchwork, especially hexagon sewing. The problem is that the preparation takes so long. Last week I spent a long time sourcing the fabrics. Still some way to go with red and white fabrics though. I thought that as the blue has the majority of sewing, I’d start with this.

Just to remind you of the latest project…inspiration from Mollie Makes. Love it!

Although my project is far from finished. I just hope that this one does not end up like ‘blast it’, losing momentum half way through.

I love how these colours look together. I am about to get going sewing the first blue hexagons together. Hopefully I will have something to show tomorrow. Talking of showing……..

 Can you see the gorgeous tea-cup? This little beauty was for sale at my last craft fair. I’m glad I didn’t sell it however because I think it looks gorgeous sitting here. I love that the candle shines through the china as it burns down, and it is reusable too! Hand-made by Ter Lou.

Anyway this is not getting hexagons sewn.

See you tomorrow.

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Days 119,120,121,122- A third of the way there!

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Good morning!

I cannot believe that I have made it through a third of my journey already. So much has happened. I have looked through all of the photo’s that I have collected so far and I have a real sense of pride over everything that I have achieved.I feel quite optimistic about the next two-thirds of the journey now.

March

The beginning of my journey.

I hadn’t got a clue where my journey was going, all I knew was that I had to do something to keep me occupied while I was off sick. I started simple and with things that I knew how to do……….

The first bread basket and coffee pot set. I have made at least 20 more of these sets since! I first made these a couple of years ago. They were popular then and they still are.

April

What a month this was! sewing, knitting, crochet, cooking, gardening…….phew! From berries to tea cosies.  A brief impersonation of a Towns Women’s Guild member, and………

……….who can forget the first craft fair.

May

Continuing the success was my determination at the start of the month. Two more fairs…with mixed success. This is turning into hard work and it is supposed to be fun! We also had snow. It was this time that the topsy turvy weather reared it’s head.

We also began getting Jubilee fever.

June

Holidays! Hurrah! Also breaks from daily blogging. Rain. Rain. And more rain! Floods. Cancelled events….and more rain!

But we did have a very happy event too………..

…..a little miracle born two months early.

July

Rain! Rain! …..and more rain! This month is shaping up to be a wash out too. Dabbles in forgotten past times……….

…and planning for the future.

So what’s next?

Well I am squirrelling away red white and blue materials already. I will be rumaging in Mum’s and Ter Lou’s stash too. The hexagon cards have been dug out and are being covered, and the needles are being threaded. Hopefully I will have things to show you very soon.

Just before I go. I discovered this and it really made me laugh……….

….it’s true you know! (She says tongue in cheek!)

See you tomorrow.

xxxxxxxxx

PS. I have had really huge problems with the internet this week and last. I do intend to blog everyday but it has not been possible.

Day 118- Back with it!

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Good evening! Yes it’s me again, celebrating being back in the crafty mode again after a bit of a slump!

I have had a lovely day today…..even though it was another rainy one (more of that later!) Rain is such a pain as it really limits what can be done. I am really getting back on my feet now, and I am getting cabin fever. I was inspired today to bring the outdoors, indoors.

Before I show you today’s make however I just want to show some other inspiration with you. As you know Mollie Makes arrived again last week, and I have been so busy with family things that finding 5 minutes to sit down with a coffee and look through it has been impossible. I made time today and I have been inspired. Look…..

Sorry about the fuzziness, I took this photo of the magazine, but I think you get the idea. It is ‘The Union Jack’ quilt from Tacha Bruecher. This was the first type of patchwork that I was ever shown how to do, by my Auntie Kath, (not my real auntie!) I was off school and she was looking after me. My first efforts were badly sewn, but I have had a love of  hexagons ever since. Seeing this has made me think that my next on-going project will be a new bedspread…well it will make a nice change from knitting ‘Blast it’! Inspiration has started again.

I also have done something today that I have not done for years..painted a canvas. I have to explain that I began art A level many years ago, but I was intimidated by the others in my class. They were very gifted artists, and I compared myself to them, when in fact I was definitely a textile artist and should have focussed on that instead. It left me with a negative view of my own painted works, and I have literally not put paintbrush to canvas outside me teaching art classes in school.

So, feeling a bit wobbly confidence wise, I picked up my paintbrush and started to paint. Before I show you my masterpiece you have to promise not to laugh! I also need to explain that I was sitting in our lounge doing this. I took the inspirational photo after I had painted. (DH can vouch for me)  I am really nervous about uploading the picture as this is one area of creating where I am still lacking in confidence. I also don’t know if this is a GAH! or not. I just left this in the conservatory for DH to find as I was a bit embarrassed. He was impressed with it, more so when I told him that I had painted it. (Well he knew what it was!) If he had laughed it would be in the bin now.

Here it is……….

I know! I know! It’s not a Van Gogh, but it is all my own work.

The idea was to bring my gorgeous lavender from the outside to the inside. The only problem is that it doesn’t have the smell.

Here is the picture I took…..after DH came home. This is my own lavender from the garden……

 

 

 

 

Days 116 and 117

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Good evening.

What is this two posts in a day? I know I have been very slack in my posting lately. I can honestly say I have really missed it and I am determined to get back on track this week.

This weekend has been much more settled rain wise. Friday was terrible, it didn’t stop all day. I am really pleased that I live at the top of a hill! Why am I doing the totally British thing of talking about the weather? Well I started a project over two weeks ago…and then the weather changed. Yesterday and today have been the first time that I could get in the garden and try to complete some of my tasks.  Well I cannot say that I have finished what I started, but you judge for yourselves how work is progressing. These are some of the before photo’s………..

…..and these are some of the after……

What do you think?

I still have got lots of work to do. Gardening is definitely like painting the Forth Rail Bridge before the special paint……never ending! The garden has also been subject to the precipitous weather that is our summer so is lush and green, but the lawns need mowing and the weeds are coming up between the flag stones. Let’s hope that the rest of July and August is much better.

I could always invest in these……

See you tomorrow!

xxxxxxx