Thursday, 31 March 2011

calendar challenge - March 2011


My March page for Calendar Challenge.

This was quite an involved page.  I used orange and red fabric paints watered down and painted over the page. I put a bubble wrap print onto it in the same colours. I added yellow and green painted squares then did a black bubble wrap print on top (seen here).  I couldn't see my writing on top of the black (d-oh!).  As a quick fix I used white sticky labels cut with pinking shears and dabbed green and orange and red watercolour paint on top to blend it in.  I then surrounded the zig zag with some black pen.  Doodles were added throughout the month.

A linky to other pages by other participants will appear at The Kathryn Wheel.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

garden 2011 - veggies


Four Year Old and I planted our veg seeds today - perhaps a little early given the Scottish weather...

I have another seed tray on order and I hope to do succession planting this year with the beans and peas and radish so we can enjoy them throughout the summer and not just for 6 weeks!

each column has 5 cells (thus hopefully 5 plants!) and from left to right we have

Courgette Venus F1 Hybrid
Squash (summer) sunburst F1
Dwarf Bean
French bean (Blue Lake)
Pea Avola
Pepper

The empty cells are for our red cordon tomatoes and yellow bush tomatoes and our little cucumbers (NEW for 2011) which haven't arrived yet.

I have also ordered a new plastic cover for our walk in greenhouse.  The old one was rather battered and ripped after last summers winds... which reminds me... I need some kind of windbreaker for the bean and pea wigwams...

Monday, 28 March 2011

garden 2011 - petunias

81 made it into bigger pots

Back in January I took advantage of a special offer by Thompson & Morgan to buy lots of tiny petunia plug plants, which I pot on to grow bigger and stronger before planting outside.  I remember they cost £4.99.  I thought the offer was for 48. They arrived through my letter box last week... all 84 of them.

84

Luckily I still have all the little pots I had from last years tiny geranium plug plant offer but even so... I will still have to find more pots for my other seeds (sweet peas and nasturtium)  and some more space in the conservatory (which is now a photography studio/greenhouse)

I'm looking forward to lots of colour this summer.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

knitting - eternity cowl


yarn for this cowl.

it is Baby Alpaca... super soft!

knitting - eternity cowl

Eternity scarf by Michele Wang

it may be Spring with Summer on its way but THIS is the next big project... (Ravelry link)

after all of this.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

alphabet street

found via Margaret Cooter.

image from La Famiglia

Artist Ben Ein  painted the entire alphabet in lowercase letters on the London business’ shutters from Liverpool St. Station to Petticoat Lane.

(Ein's website has Care Bears!)

Spring in The Loft @ Ardross Farm


The Woolly Brew will be at Spring in The Loft @ Ardross Farm in April!

We'll be debuting our two new kits (more sneaky peaks in the coming weeks)

Other makers in The Loft will include
Capercaillie Kilts, Tartan Teuchters, Glass by Kathryn, Lindsay Kilpatrick Jewellery, The Ochil Soap Company, Pewtermill, Roche Designs, Corsbie Furniture, Jennifer Pink Designs

Friday, 25 March 2011

to do list update

(not including Kingdom of Adventure or The Woolly Brew)

make 3 cakes for St Monans International Food Festival

knit a bride, a cake and cake board and assemble.  The groom is done... also need to do some piping too...
finish the sleeve of Four Year Olds cardigan
knit my other handwarmer since my chunky ones are looking a bit manky
finish the no stripe baby jumper
knit more stuff for Sea Queen!
do more with my hexagons (no... just got more fabric to do a different set of hexagons...)
finish Four Year Olds garden playmat
not actually finished but she has it and is very happy.
think about a blackwork beard... no but I have done another type of beard...
find an outfit for THE WEDDING
... DONE!
sort out the house - steam clean for spring!
some sorting but no steaming yet...
sort out the garden.  Even Four Year Old commented that there was a lot of work to do.... 
start planting seeds and potting on 84 baby petunia plants...
make up a photo frame for Four Year Olds 4th year and start sorting through her 5th year photos too!
knit two dolls for two 3rd birthdays... like this one...
make something special...
have a look at this... a free online professional photography course at HP

ladybird

a beautiful ladybird

Friday, 18 March 2011

Right Royal Pop Up


The Pigeon is having another Pop Up shop for 2 weeks starting at the end of April.

The Woolly Brew will be on sale as well as many many more handmade goodies.

Details and updates at Lovely Pigeon.

They have also organised an exhibition around the theme Beards and Tiaras.  Deadline for submission is 30th March.

I had thought about submitting something but time and other projects have got in the way.  The Woolly Brew is providing a little something though...

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Monday, 14 March 2011

new bag and flowers...


I finally got a new bag... I do still hope to sew my own bag... one day...

I embellished this one with a Woolly Brew Felt Flower Kit.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

new fabric

My mother in law brought me back some fabric pieces from New Zealand.

I'm thinking more hexagons...


The top right fabric is from the same collection as this fabric I bought for my needle roll.  One bought in New Zealand the other bought in  Lower Largo, Fife.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Blah

I have 274 unread posts in Google Reader
my laptop is no longer connected to the Internet...
the desktop is not playing fair
the bathroom sink is draining very S L O W L Y
the gas hob sounds unsafe
the kitchen tap is only a trickle
but I do have one unstuffed bride...

Friday, 4 March 2011

crochet 2nd sample

For a while now I've wanted to learn how to crochet - I really like the stitch pattern and I've seen some lovely crocheted toy patterns.  My first sample was way back in January 2010 (a year!!!)

The Woolly Brew is creating a beginning crochet kit (not just for me!) and whilst compiling Karen's instructions (she does crochet) I've picked up my hook again...


This is all in double crochet.  I still have the same problem with losing stitches at the start of rows which I think I can rectify by taking abit more care.

I feel more comfortable with the whole process though - I can see how the stitch is constructed now and my tension is better.   I hope its because of the wonderful instructions Karen and I have compiled!

Now onto treble...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

calendar challenge - March 2011 (update)


so using black bubble wrap print and not having a suitable pen to write on to it was a problem...

I couldn't see my words of wisdom!

so after the addition of some white sticky labels, pinking shears, watercolours and a sponge I'm happy.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

a to do list

(not including Kingdom of Adventure or The Woolly Brew)

make 3 cakes for St Monans International Food Festival
knit a bride, a cake and cake board and assemble.  The groom is done...
finish the sleeve of Four Year Olds cardigan
knit my other handwarmer since my chunky ones are looking a bit manky
finish the no stripe baby jumper
knit more stuff for Sea Queen!
do more with my hexagons
finish Four Year Olds garden playmat
think about a blackwork beard...
find an outfit for THE WEDDING
sort out the house - steam clean for spring!
sort out the garden.  Even Four Year Old commented that there was a lot of work to do....

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

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