Tuesday, 6 June 2017

What Do I Love More

I actually can't decide whether I love or like crochet more than I love or like sewing. For now I love both. I've gone between one to the other for weeks, and am blissfully happy. I don't mean that everything is bliss but right in the middle of life's problem, the valleys and lows, the day to day, the losses, the confusions.......there is this. A place to put away the things that seem to tug your heart way too harshly, even if its just for a few hours. I consider myself blessed and fortunate to have a talent or knack for this kind of work. It really does bring light and contentment when situations beyond your control are far too willing to make life seem bleak. Blessed indeed, that's how I feel.

Then there's the days when Ezra is here.......need I say more. I thought it didn't get any better than when I became a mom to four beautiful girls .....he came along, the son of my beautiful girl. I smile at everything he does. He just got his first tooth, how did I forget how devastatingly cute that tiny first tooth is, its a tooth, but an amazing wee tooth, I know, cheesiness overload .......yeah!!!
Ezra started to crawl, he followed me yesterday as I vacuumed the hallway. No fear, just fascinated by this "strange noisy potential toy".
Lauren put a video of him on instagram, sitting in front of the washing machine, watching the spin cycle.....my heart melted. Why are babies so heart meltingly wonderful.

I guess life is always ups and downs, and though the not so nice bits are just that....not so nice, the joy of family, the pure pleasure of making something others look at and say "Karen , I love it ", the giddyness I always feel in my stomach when my lovely man walks in the garden gate & i see him through the window, far outweighs the things that would attempt to steal my joy.

How nice it is just to put this in words, feels more permanent, more real and makes me realise that I have so much to be eternally grateful for.

I'm off to enjoy some star trek time....voyager....yep I like star trek.....all of them.
I'll probably crochet too, blankets doing well, growing...........
Hope you enjoy your evening too.......however you spend it

Friday, 26 May 2017

Somethings old & Somethings new

Hello again.
What a week I've had. I've discovered some of the most beautiful blogs that I had never seen before.....they now have pride of place in my list alongside some blogs I've loved FOREVER. Some of the new discoveries are sewing blogs, some are crochet. I recently read its best to stick to one main sort of theme when blogging.....for the life of me I can't seem to choose. I love so many different things,grandson love, sewing, crochet, baking, eating my baking heh heh, painting (recent addition), etc etc.....so i guess my theme will be things I'm in love with!!!!!
So just want to share a few new makes & a few old makes from my blog break, also a crochet make that i started before the break and have a renewed passion for. I do solemnly swear to finish it completely within two weeks......

While i was away from here I had really lost interest in all of this, just couldn't seem to feel any kind of passion at all. Thank God its all come back. All my life I've loved to create, it was like a great big gaping hole in my heart, a weird feeling. Guess I could call it my BLUE PERIOD or something like that......ach..... sounds too dramatic!!!!!!
I'm just glad to be here again ....really glad. I've been inspired by your blogs, so big thanks to my fav creative people & to those I've yet to discover. I love your work, your style & your willingness to inspire people like me.

Hope you all have the best weekend, praying for amazing weather and new & fresh ideas
See you soon
Karen xxxxxxxx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Making Stuff Again

Hi again......Wow two posts in two days, guess I have a lot of catching up to do. Seriously, now that I've made the decision to get back in the blogging saddle again I feel soooo good. I'd forgotten how this place of bloggy prettinesses can get you out of the every day into a space of...hmmmmm.....not sure of the right word, but its like a form of escape from stresses & details & annoyances & the general mundane of day to day. Not that life is bad or anything like that, but my brain absolutely needs to feel part of a community or world where creating creative stuff is the aim, the focus, the centre. Do you know what I mean????

I browsed for far too long last night, in fact my fingers almost seized. So worth it though!!! Found some mega cute blogs I'd never seen before & caught up with some I've missed like a favourite teddy I thought I'd lost.

I also decided to get a new look, I found a very lovely simple template for my space on Etsy, felt I needed to have someone who knew what they were doing pretty this place up. It feels a bit like .....who remembers the movie "Calamity Jane"......well the scene when the new girl comes to stay and gives the old shack a makeover.....a womans touch....in this case a grafic "know how" person's touch. Can't wait!!!!!!! Should be done in a day or two.

So a little catch up.....besides being a granny now.......post. I'm gonna drive you nuts with Ezra images.......but not today. He is my new obsession :). I've been trying to start a wee online business with "of course" a baby theme......diaper bags, name cushions & a quilt or two. The blog will be my vetting place, where I can hopefully get feedback or helpful advice on whether this stuff will take off or not. But most of all because I love seeing the work produced by the many, many talented hands in the arena. I hope you'll enjoy mine & my ranting & strange Irish sense of humor (when it surfaces).

Oh man the photos are a wee bit fuzzy, probably because they're off my phone. Def time to dig out the camera :)

Well, its Saturday......"do nothing day", except blog posting, maybe bake some brownies, I'm in a kinda chocolate mood, does that happen to anyone else, I know I'm not alone in this....?????? Chocolate is without a doubt one of my very bestest friends, sweet always, never changes and only sometimes makes me feel bad, not very often though!!!!!!

So my friends have a wonderful weekend, be bright, be hopeful & if that's not happening for you take a seat, pull out a crochet hook or needle & thread or a paint brush (thats something else I've tried my hand at recently) or if all else fails i like to watch a few snippets of Michael McIntyre on You Tube (the more appropriate snippets OF COURSE) he does make me laugh and as we all know laughing and sore ribs are the best of medicine

Loads of Love Karen xxxxxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

Ezra Daniel

Goodness me, how long has it been........far too long. I've found myself longing for this space again. Life seems to have gotten far too busy and out of focus. I feel I've strayed a long way from working with my hands. But no longer.....its time to go back to some of my real joys, making things I love, writing a post, interacting with blog friends I've lost contact with and browsing endlessly on your pages. I think the last time I posted was just after my daughter's wedding. A great memory and a happy, happy day. Now two and a half years along and I have the giddy excitement of introducing you to my grandson......Ezra Daniel. I'm soooooooin love it's not funny. He's too wonderful for words and right in the centre of our lives. Say hello.......
Just had to show him off. Will be back really soon. Love & hugs Karen xxxx

Monday, 13 October 2014

A little bit of this & that

That just about sums up my day to day at the moment.
 I spent all summer in a flurry of activity, and now, I just don't know what to do with myself.
 I've been trawling through pinterest in the hope of inspiration....not sure what I'm looking to be inspired about ......I'm just browsing I guess!!!!
Anyway as I don't have any wonderful, new, handmade, all inspiring stuff to share
I thought I'd just post some images from everyday .......just for the
sake of keeping this wee space ticking over.
Hope you don't mind?

Ever notice when you're bored & lacking that bit of "get up & go", food takes over.
I've put on four Ibs in two weeks.....that's soooooo bad, starting with
a delicious courgette cake.......seriously more YUM than carrot cake.
Then cookies, can anyone say no???????
Chocolate covered pretzels.......wedding leftovers, think Laurens got a
few more JARS of these.
But on a healthy....well savoury note, some Lancashire hotpot.
Never had this before until I discovered a traditional cookbook in
our church charity shop & LO........ there it was a recipe for hotpot....meat
sauteed in butter no less!!!!
 It has lots of healthy veg too......
A very nice dinner.

I have found a project though, baby quilts, two of them, for twins, a lil girl
and a wee boy. Cute, way too cute, I loose all sense of balance
around babies. They just get me all mushy every time.
This perfect duo belong to some best friends from Israel, back in Ireland for a visit.
So two cutesy quilts coming up.

Thought I'd stick in a few snaps from the big day & my "mother
of the bride" flowers......well half of them. Had to split the bouquet in two, it was
huge. Pretty eh!!!!
Crochet bits & pieces & viola ....my blog offering for today.
Back real soon with quilts, I'm cutting into that pretty in just about 10 mins.

Have a great week
Karen x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Post Wedding

Well the big day is over. 
What a time we had as a family!!!!!
I'm slowly shaking off tiredness & looking forward to getting back to 
a normal routine again.
Just thought I'd check in and say "HI".
Also.... wanted to post a taster of wedding pics
which I'm sure will be coming our way here at home in a 
steady stream over the next weeks.

Lauren's photographer has such a great eye & talent for 
something new & wonderful.
Mind you the wedding party had a real talent for fun....
All makes for a great image
Thanks Annie 

Back soon with hopefully some makes & more wedding photos
Lots of Love Karen x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Its been a while

Oh boy I've seriously neglected this wee space all summer.
I have missed it terribly but haven't had any time for 
anything other than wedding preparations

Had to pop in though & say HI before I'm totally forgotten.
Also wanted to show you guys my latest make........
my only make apart from dresses these last months.
I signed up for THIS swap party to give me
something else to create just for fun!!!!!
I choose to make a tote for my partner, really hope she like it.

Her likes were something with a vintage touch, red, hexies were a must
& embroidery was a swap rule.
What do you think??????
I did enjoy the distraction of this, wish I could keep it
but it went in the post this morning.
Might make another for ME.

On the dressmaking front bridesmaids are done 
Wedding dress will be finished by next friday (well 
thats the plan anyway)
Favours 75% complete
Bunting....getting there
Six & a half weeks to go
Can't wait!!!!!!

Hope to pop by more regularly again
Miss you guys in blogland a lot
Lots of love Karen x