Wednesday, July 09, 2014

#YouCompleteMe challenge update...

Do you remember me posting about the Craft Blog Club June #YouCompleteMe challenge?

The idea was to fish out a long forgotten, started but not finished, craft project and, erm, complete it...

Well I picked a lovely cross stitch picture I started more than a decade ago and decide I would make a concerted effort to finish it in June.
June 30th - not quite completed

So did I do it?

Errrrrrm. Not exactly.

But I did complete a whole page of the chart. Only three more pages to go!



To be fair I knew it wouldn't be completed. There are not enough hours in my day to do all the stuff I HAVE to do let alone all the things I WANT to do! However I really looked forward to the little bit of time I allocated each day to stitching and watching it grow over the days and weeks has been great!
I have loved all your comments and encouragement as I have updated each day's progress on Instagram too - thank you all for that!

beginning and end - only three more pages of charts to do!

So what have I learned from this challenge?

Mainly that I have way too many unfinished projects that I really should complete before I start anything new! (she types, whilst staring at knitting basket with at least four different WIP's stashed in it...)
I have also learned that I still love cross stitch - even if it is one of the most time consuming crafts! - and I WILL get this beautiful picture finished, framed and hung on my wall. And it WON'T take another decade...
Maybe...

still working on it...

I have linked up with Frugally Peachy's YouCompleteMe challenge reveal post, as have a few other craft blog clubbers. Why not hop over and see how everyone else did?


ps - I will continue to post #youcompleteme pictures of this cross stitch project on Instagram - you can follow my progress here :-)

Friday, July 04, 2014

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Here's a little recipe for what is quite possibly the stickiest, gooiest, sweetest, richest, scrummiest Chocolate Brownie I have ever had (and I have tried a few...)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Upcycled Coffee Tin Desk Tidy with Jane Means Ribbons

Did you notice the snazzy new 'I'm a Jane Means Blogger' badge in my side bar? I made the suggestion a few months back that the little tribe of ribbon bloggers might like a badge to show off  on their blogs and now we have one! (if you click on it, it will open up all the blog pots I have done featuring Jane's lovely ribbons)

I have used the ribbons to decorate empty gravy granule tubs before - now here is an idea for upcycling those lovely tins that the new Barista style instant coffees come in. (You could of course use gravy granule tubs for this make too!)


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Designer homewares at George Home at Asda

George at Asda have teamed up with The Prince's Trust to create a brand new designer range for your home.
Two designers - Dimitria Jordan and Amanda Bradley, both of whom were helped by the Prince's Trust to launch their own businesses - were selected to create an exclusive range of home wares for George Home with 10% of the profits going back to The Prince's Trust to help more young people get the help they need to realise their dreams.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm a knitty designer! Oh yes!!

Wow I am so excited! I am finally allowed to share my shortlisted design for the Wool and the Gang GangLabs competition!!

*woah there! I hear you say. What competition?*

rewind to mid-April...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Chocolate Orange Syrup Loaf Cake Recipe

I am a big fan of Nigella Lawson's no nonsense if sometimes a little over-indulgent attitude to cooking. Her 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' is my go-to book when I am looking for something yummy to bake just for the hell of it, and the Lemon Syrup Loaf cake is a definite favourite in our house!
Sometimes, however, only chocolate will do so a few weeks back I had a play with the Lemon Syrup Loaf recipe and came up with a gorgeous chocolate orange version...

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Craft Blog Club - June Challenge #YouCompleteMe

These lighter evenings are great don't you think?  The Other Half is spending more time in the garage 'tinkering' which means I have access to pc in the evenings. This week I got to join in my fave twitter chat #craftblogclub for half an hour before Roo's bedtime and it was great to catch up with some of the regulars and meet some new tweeps too!

Emma announced the June challenge - You Complete Me - last week (read all about it here) and, not being one to shy away from a challenge, took the opportunity to trawl through the huge plastic storage box full of bits and pieces, half finished projects and long abandoned craft obsessions to see if I could rekindle the love for something long forgotten...

And I found this...
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