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


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.



Day 118- Back with it!


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……





Rain! Rain! Go away! – Days 112, 113, 114 and 115


This should have been posted on Friday. I think it was atmospherics but it would not allow me onto the internet on Friday night.

Pitter. Patter. Pitter. Patter.

And so another day begins……another washout! In fact we were issued with a flood warning as a months worth of rain is falling over the next 24 hours. 😦  When is summer going to start? If you are travelling to the Olympics…remember to pack your umbrella! 21 days to go by the way….or three weeks today!

I have to start today with a little apology…again! Mr Grey has taken over my life!Have I done much making? I have to admit to doing some making……but not as much as usual. I also have to admit also to enjoying the pressure of completing something everyday being off for a little while. But now with book three finished it is refocus time. And just in the nick of time, guess what arrived!

Yes! Mollie Makes is here again! Hurrah!

I am definitely in need of inspiration after my last week of craft. What have actually been working on?

‘Blast it’!

Yes I have really tried to make headway with this dratted cardigan this week. Having had to unravel the two fronts and back…leaving me with two sleeves……I just want it finished now. Unfortunately I am getting bored with it and just want it done. It has been really monotonous. You know what it is like when you are making a garment for yourself, you have visions of what it will look like on and this spurs you on to finish it. Knitting it over again……….boring!

Well this is what I have so far……..

……..a back, two sleeves and a front. All matching. Only the right front to do…the problematic one! Hopefully this will be finished over the weekend….being as it is going to be a rainy weekend for all of us!

See you tomorrow


Day 65- only 300 more to go!


Good morning everyone! Good afternoon/ evening New Zealand! Bon jour France! Jambo Kenya! (Special good mornings to our new visitors. 🙂 )

Guess what! The gorgeous jam I made yesterday has been completely ignored! I can’t believe it I came down this morning and there they all were tucking into chocolate brioche! This will please our French visitors, but my little jam pots are feeling very sorry for themselves. Bah! I know that mum, Ter Lou and Auntie M will enjoy some of my stash so I will just take it to where it will be appreciated, so ner ner ner!

Anyway the real reason I am posting so early this morning is to show you this……..

(This is taking me ages. Is anyone else having problems with the internet this morning?)

Do you remember the book I won in the Mollie Makes competition. Well as you know I reviewed it on Amazon, and as a thank you Alison Nichols sent me the accompanying book! Hurrah!

This one focusses on the stories of craft businesses entrepreneurs and how they set up. It is the interviews that were made for the first book that have been compiled into a book of their own, written like interviews. It features both American and British designers. I found it really interesting reading all the trials and tribulations that starting up will bring. Also the triumphs of each company.

The underlying theme for all the interviews is that they all love what they are doing. This also features heavily in the top tips that are given at the end of the chapters. Enjoy what you do!

Talking of doing, I need to get on!

See you later



Day 57- Post 2


Good evening. I hope you are all well. 🙂

It seems that today we have gone global here at the make. We have visitors from Australia, Mexico and Canada to add to the regulars. Everybody is very welcome. 🙂

We had a very early start this morning. The Rooster was up at 6.30am….the middle of the night in my book. Still on my own, I managed to keep him sort of quiet until ten to seven. It was then he went and lifted the blinds to show me that it was in fact ‘getting up time!’ So it was downstairs for crispies and Thomas, one of us still pining for their pillow.

Then the early morning chaos began. I had set everything out last night….but my plans didn’t include the contrariness and sometimes bolshiness of children…..especially a Boo! We sometimes refer to Boo as the Kraken! He hates getting up in the morning and is always bad tempered when forced out of bed. I must admit to giving him an extra five minutes this morning because I could not face the battle before my morning coffee.

I was very happy when my magazine, Mollie Makes,  arrived. I have actually placed it to one side so I can read it at bedtime. I cannot believe how many people have emailed me about this post. I will reiterate again that it is well worth investing in, I love it.

I have been dashing here there and everywhere today, and feel like I have scarcely had time to draw breath. The make for today was not started until after tea this evening, and is still ongoing as you can see……….


These are being sewn and assembled for the Fair on Saturday and Sunday, at Baslow, Derbyshire …….. near Chatsworth. (Forgive the sales pitch….but if you are around 😉 )

I think you can guess what these are going to be….Jubilee trees! I will give you the big reveal tomorrow along with tomorrows makes. Tomorrow looks like it is shaping up to be busier than today however, so I am not sure when I will have time to make anything……but I will, I promise.

Anyway chaps, I want to get this finished before I climb the stairs, so I will love you and leave you.

See you tomorrow.



Day 57


Yay! Mollie Makes has arrived!

I know some of you will have seen this magazine. It has a handmade theme…but includes thrift and vintage too.

I have subscribed to other magazines, but this one is different in that they focus on much more contemporary artists and makers. The whole feel of the magazine is less glossy and more shabby chic. Much more my style.

I think a sit down, pot of coffee and a read later is in order.