Thursday, 11 January 2018

This And That

I have had a busy few days having a sort out, giving the kitchen food cupboards a thorough cleaning and arranging everything back in date order.  It is amazing how untidy they get in such a short period of time.  I was thrilled that nothing has been wasted and I have been quite good since moving here about rotating and checking the dates on things.  The fridge has been given a good going over as well and I have been quite good with using leftovers.  My resolve to stop wasting food is still working well and has been good since our move.

I have not been as good with my crafting projects, I seem to be a little hit and miss not achieving very much at all.  I have made a start embellishing some napkins.  Stamping on a psalm and stitching on a wooden heart shaped button.  I want some small gifts ready in the gift cupboard which is looking a little forlorn as it is empty at the moment.





I have had some fun decorating a canvas bag with stamps and Harris Tweed.  Just need to stitch it all into place.




I thought it might make a great gift bag.  

I have also been working on not one but two crochet projects albeit slowly.  I found a granny square languishing at the bottom of the basket, which I intended to make a throw.  I am now going to make it into a cushion all ready for the craft room.



Storage is always an issue so I thought I would make some storage baskets.  I found a lovely pattern in an old issue of Homemaker issue 41, so a start has been made.



 As you can see lots of little projects but not one finish.  I am in no rush which is a good job really.  My eyes are drawn to the windows and the surrounding beauty.  I am always surprised by the differing views, the changing skies and lights that occur during the day making the skyline look so different.  I pray that I never tire of my little cottage and its views.  Today we have beautiful blue skies and it is only when you go outside you realise just how cold it is, although nothing like the freezing temperatures experienced by some of you.   I need to get on, a start needs to made on Hectors quilt whilst the light is good.  What are you working on?

See you soon.

31 comments:

  1. Good Grief, Lady! Do you ever sleep? Or are you so adept at crocheting that you do it in your sleep?

    If I accomplished only half as much as you do, I'd be so proud of myself.

    Keep it up - you inspire all of us.

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  2. It is good to have things on the go to keep occupied with isn't it!

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  3. You sound wonderfully busy doing all the homemaking tasks that I enjoy. Now as far as a craft project, I have yet to get one out--so sad. I really like seeing your lovely stamped napkins-what a lovely gift they would make! Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. ♥

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  4. I can only imagine the glorious Scottish air is energising! Your canvas bag with stamps and Harris tweed is lovely.

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  5. I like to have a few things on the go, but not enough to be overwhelming. I do like the bag, I have never tried stamping but it looks enticing. I like my food cupboards to be orderly, a good baking session can throw them into disarray in no time.

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  6. You always keep yourself nice and busy with your makes. The storage baskets are a good idea. X

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  7. I'm making yet another blanket . . . !

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  8. Love the fabric of those napkins, and those storage baskets look good. We have had some spring like days and I have heard the call of the long tail tits, 'teacher teacher' A sure sign of spring.

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  9. So much work!!! please take rest a little also...

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  10. I love your placemats. I never thought of stamping on fabric.
    I am working on a scarf made from some yarn from some sheep I knew in Minnesota, hand dyed and hand spun by a friend which I am going to keep for myself! I don't do that very often. It's turning out just as I envisioned it -- which is always nice.

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  11. Busy hands. It's so nice to have something creative to do. I tidied up my writing desk so I can write my letters without battling the mess. I am finishing off a few knitted dishcloths and doing some cross stitch when I have a few spare moments.

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  12. There are so many lovely views outside your windows. I can imagine that you keep the draperies wide open. Your canvas bag is quite wonderful. Harris Tweed is always nice.

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  13. Oh I love all of your projects. Sometimes it’s nice to have several on the go so you can choose what to work on. I can’t imagine ever getting tired of your view. We’re having -25F temperatures today with the wind chill. I think the air temp is 4F right now. Spokane sounds warm at 36F! I’m ready for spring. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  14. Lovely works, how do you stop the stamp dye from running when the napkins are washed? Is it a special type?

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  15. More lovely projects!! I finished scrap-booking the Christmas pictures today and put all the 'spare' pics in an album. Now I'm off to bake cookies with the littlest who just came home from school.

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  16. Those napkins are incredible, you always have such interesting ideas.

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  17. Very pretty crafting. I finally finished a cross stitch but don't seem to be rushing to finish anything else! I think it's partly the weather.

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  18. We had a rainy and windy day here in Oregon. Mtns get the snow. Working on two 2018 calendars this evening. Need to mail them soon. A quilt is next. I like your crocheted baskets. Very nice idea to have items put away for gifts that you've made. I need to work on that too!

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  19. You are working on some lovely projects, the mapkins and bag are lovely:)

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  20. Very nice projects you will have a lot of work ! I am waiting that the temperatures outside a cold enough to put the content of our freezer outside and clean it ! But we still have 6 to 8°and very unhealthy weather which leaves most of the people tired and without energy !

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  21. Love your projects. I just posted a long list of finished ones on my blog today. I have more on the hooks too. Today, however, I am tackling a room that has been bugging me. Crocheting later at night though. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  22. I should do my cupboards! lovely crochet and isn't it nice to have long term projects? I love that!

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  23. Talking about clearing cupboards, oh dear! Its been quite a while since I last cleared the cupboards.

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  24. You are amazing - and I love that canvas bag! My daughter has asked me to crochet 3 baby blankets for her pregnant friends and I am delighted to have been asked. One of my friends knitted 4 pairs of socks for her daughter for Christmas, bamboo because her daughter doesn't like wool, and was told by her daughter that she is going to give some of them away to her friends because she doesn't want so many pairs!! I am glad my daughter is more grateful and likes the things I have made her. x

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  25. You are moving along nicely getting things cleaned and made up for the house. Well done.

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  26. I so admire you for the organizing and using all your food and not wasting. I'm working on Lucy's Woodland blanket. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  27. You've been a busy bee. It's nice to have some craft projects on the go and it doesn't matter how long they take, just so long as you're enjoying working on them.

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  28. Hi Mama! I like your crafting projects and I also like a woman with the brains to scale a blanket down to a cushion to get a finish! Jo xxx

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  29. Hi Mama! You have some great projects there and I particularly like the blanket scaled down to a cushion - that is a woman with brains I would say. Jo xxxxx

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  30. Wow!!! You have many crafting pots on the stove, such an busy girl. Those storage baskets are going to be awesome; what a great and colorful idea . . . I love it! The way you stamped that fabric is pretty brilliant, too. I have totally enjoyed my visit.
    Thanks for entering my Give-A-Way and good luck:)
    Connie :)

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  31. I'm looking forward to seeing how the baskets turn out. Pretty colors for sure. I'm working on painting a table I bought recently for 1/5 the price of the new one I wanted. Trying to stick with Low Spend January.

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