Friday, 29 November 2013

Photo Friday!

Keeping the festive theme this week I though I'd share my Pinterest Christmas board.
I couldn't choose five so I just shared them all!

Have a good weekend

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas Cakes!

Hi hope you enjoyed my last post.
 I had a blast writing it, it brought back all those wonderful memories of happy family times. I cherish them hugely, nothing is more important than family and they should always know how special they are. 
One of my favourite things about Christmas is being able to kick back and spend lazy days together enjoying the little things that make us happy. 
Long lunches, chilly walks, hot chocolates and pyjamas, games and late night chats putting the world to rights and dreaming dreams together. 
Lovely, can't wait.
Anyway lets talk cake shall we.
I love Christmas cake and always make mine in October half term to give it plenty of time to mature.
And I love decorating my Christmas cake. 
Deciding what artistic theme I'll be having and generally going to town on the festive design.
Here is a selection of some of them.
  The problem is with everything building up before the Big Day it often gets left to the last minute...........the very last minute. Then one year disaster struck, flu and TIME RAN OUT!!!!
Oh No!
 Everything came to a halt. 
This is where one of our favourite Christmas traditions was born.
 "Don't worry Mum" said the lovely children, "We'll decorate the cake, you'll love it!" 
And so they did, and I did! 

So here are some of my favourite creations, they are.............not ummmm............traditional! 
It's not the first time they've been on these pages but they make me laugh so much I just needed to share them again.
But I think you'll agree they have their own charm LOL!

So now we don't worry about RUNNING OUT OF TIME or FLU or anything, the in house artists have got it covered. Who knows what we'll get this year. 
We wait with bated breath.
Hope you have enjoyed my little snapshot of Christmas here in Baffins.
I'm off to feed my cake.
See you soon

Monday, 25 November 2013


I blame divorce!
Christmas changes forever when you get divorced.
It's never the same, there's all that who has the children on the 'Big Day' how will they get there, what if they don't want to go..............all of it not nice really............for anyone.
This was graphically demonstrated to me when my gang were still quite small. There I was enthusiasticly describing what we'd be doing on our Christmas (Boxing) day after they'd spent the first half of the holidays with their dad. Turkey dinner, crackers, flaming pudding the full works you know the score. When one of them piped up. "Really do we have to, that'll be the fourth Christmas dinner we've had!" 
Ahhhhh a penny dropped moment. 
You see divorce means the children are paraded from one set of parents to grandparents to step grandparents, step parents, the list is endless and for them slightly tedious, imagine all those sprouts!
That year we had curry.
And I had a think.
We came up with a new way to spend Christmas.
It started with the Christmas BBQ
And because we have mostly boys................
Brilliant and the added bonus of tiring them out!
They loved it, presents took a back seat, all that indoor time was exploded out of them and if I say so myself we made the woods look very festive in our hats!
The following year.
Same hats more people.
And a game of's muddy and involves hiding up trees and under bushes.......s'all you need to know really.
And the infamous Wedgie Wall!

The following year the pace changed a bit, well alot really, we're just too old and those boys are too big to tackle anymore LOL!
So Christmas is now themed.
Again a genius way of avoiding any stress and angst. 
To date we've had.
And this year
(Any definition you wish)
Everyone participates, it's hugely entertaining and actually less stressful!
We have had some stunning gifts in all categories, have a look at these.
Handmade blanket.

Tie and tankard courtesy Oxfam
Mmmm delicious honeycomb and chocolate truffles.

I think you can safely say we have created a tradition in our family and I love it. 

Wonder what this year will bring?
I'm looking forward to it enormously.The best part is not having to go near any heaving shops or get involved in any of that craziness, but just enjoy being together and cherishing each other.
Now that's a proper Christmas.
How do you cope with the festive season do you opt in or opt out? 
I'd love to hear about your own Christmas tradition.

Come back soon I'll be talking Christmas cake decorating..........
.............yeah it's not conventional!
Thanks for visiting my little world.
See you soon

Friday, 22 November 2013

Five Photo Friday

This Friday got lost in cyberspace somehow!
Anyway enjoy a.............
Peaceful Autumn walk on Milton common.

Have a great weekend.
Will you be watching Dr Who?
Don't you dare tell me what happens cos we have to go out and will miss it!!!!!!
I shall stay in with the curtains closed till I've watched the fun.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Finishing off those odds and ends!

 Hello how are you all?
Hope your weekend was glorious if a bit chilly. Did you find time to enjoy some crafting fun, hope so.
I've been tying up loose ends as I had sooo many projects on the go, as we all do!
 Apparently here in the UK we can expect snow this week! 
So with that in mind I got out my stash and created some cosy things to wear and snuggle under.
First up some rather funky mittens crochet with some of my handspun merino, I though it was about time I used some of it even though it's not perfect with thick and thin sections.
So I got hooking and created these monstrosities!
Not...........identical as I forgot what I did and only wrote down some of the pattern, silly me I thought I'd remember the rest but NO! Note to self don't trust my brain, write it down.
Anyway they are done and on my bike they are fine, very cosy.
Wonder how good they are at snowball throwing.

Using up some other handspun I'm knitting a snuggly scarf, just garter stitch.
In real life it's a much prettier green. For some reason my camera seems unable to capture the true green colour. Have you come across this problem if you have any tips would be marvellous.

Using up my Stylecraft stash I've made a lovely granny blanket, just needs edging. Might do that in a bit actually. This one's destined for my shop I think.

Still spinning super fine yarn too, well super fine for me!
Really enjoying pushing myself to create a yarn I'm happy with.
This will become a cardi, hence the knitting practise.

And finally a project I'm really delighted to have finished because for a while I thought it had all gone wrong.
You may remember my joy at having this gorgeous fleece to spin BFL and silk no less, special indeed. I wanted to make something special with it so decided a soft luxurious scarf would be perfect,
 and it was apart from the fact that it wasn't really long enough, so I hid it away in the cupboard.
and then whilst gazing lovingly at beautiful wooly things on Pinterest it dawned on me. Of course a cowl!
I literally dropped everything ran upstairs hook in hand and 
crochet the ends together with a little scallop for decoration.
Very proud.
TA DAH!!!!!

It's lovely I've been wearing it all week, and if it stays chilly I shall wear it all next week too!
Hmm sometimes I think I don't get much done, but writing about it makes me realise how important my crafting is to me and what a huge part of my life it's become. Makes me feel very happy!
Another busy week beckons.
Next time I want a little word about Christmas if that's okay.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Five Photo Friday

It's been a week of chilly walks and birthdays, oh and a bit of fimo clay playing!
Busy making warm things to snuggle in, show you next week.

Monday, 4 November 2013

November List

I thought I'd start a new little feature and the beginning of the month seemed a good time, I've seen a few of these type of lists around the internet and I like them because they kind of sum up a moment in a life.
So at the beginning of November I'm currently. the rain.

Eating..................homemade natural yogurt.

Drinking...............fennel tea, delicious! poncho ( you can't be unhappy in a poncho!) and PJs.

Feeling.................tired, headachy, blimin hormones! get organised lots of events coming up which I need to plan for.

Wanting................The perfect winter ski jacket. 

Thinking................about Christmas and all the birthdays before it!

Enjoying................snuggling under crochet blankets to watch Downton.                                                                         

Making..................yarn lots of it for my very own cardigan and some new gloves.

Planning................a cunning cake for Olivers birthday, with a seagull theme!

Loving....................dramatic Autumn skies and seas and photographing them..

Weather................rainy windy,very windy!

What's on your list?

Friday, 1 November 2013

Five Photo Friday

 Ahhh holidays, I love them!
Early morning walks on the common.
Autumn mist rising.

Nosy swans

An Egret.

Time to spin, two of 5 bobbins!

Time to sew, skirt revamp.

Oh yes I love holiday time.
Don't you?