Monday, 26 May 2014

A few days away

Hi there just popping in to say a quick hello
Aidan and I are having a three day break in the garden county of Ireland.
Lots of relaxation, sightseeing and food. 
Enjoying it so much. 

See you soon
Karen xxxx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Something New

Oh, but its been a busy week, what with bridal sewing & pinterest searching
(for wedding ideas) & a wee bit of hooking
along with all the usual day to day business........but its all good!!!
I thought I'd share a few new bits & bobs that are floating around my home 
at the moment.

New Ripple

In Candy colours....I love candy pastel colours

Easy going & relaxing in the evening....ripple,
cookies then ripple again.
New Cookie Plate....................

With fresh NEW cookies of course
A New Birthday, so a new age & a new year for Ella

A new cake from Sophie

Luscious Brownie cake with pink vanilla butter icing &
Loads of tasty candy coloured Smarties Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Charming message!!!

New crochet books......I'm dying to hook up a beautiful 
hexagon blanket from "Granny Squares"

A new place for walks.....I've lived in my town for twenty years & have 
only just discovered how nice "The Point" is.
Shannon is a town built around an airport & industrial estate.
It doesn't have pretty shopping streets or any
beautiful old buildings...although there are castles & manors
& abbeys nearby. 
I've never been impressed with the look of my town
But now I love this part of it.
I always just assumed this area would be unimpressive too,
I was wrong...its so lovely.
 Lots of walking for me..............

A New mirror to go with my New bargain Laura Ashley wallpaper
( six euro a roll ) Pretty!!!!!

A new dress....actually this is the first bridesmaid dress.....almost complete.
Just needs a sash & twenty mini buttons down the back.
I'm so glad the first one is done, its always the most
difficult as you're testing everything in the 
first dress. Now I've got the 
whole dress plan sorted the next three will be easier.

Four dresses in different pastels, one blue, one lilac
one pink & one yellow...this is so Lauren, think she has similar taste
to her Momma!!!

So back to the sewing machine for me.
Thanks for visiting,
Lots of Love Karen x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


Oh I am pleased to be able to say, that I have completed this blanket.
I started this a year ago...........really!!!!!
One whole year to hook up a blanket, pitiful.
Seriously though, I've put this down far too often & a month ago 
finally got my act together, to put this together.

I had wanted to use up all my colours & decided on this easy pattern for it.
May be easy, but all those wee squares can be a bit mundane after 
a while. Now though, I'm a happy chicken, cause I did it,
I brought the project to completion.

Did use a lot of my colours, but still have loads left. Used more cream than 
anything else, I do love cream in a blanket.
It seems to soften even the sharpest colours.

This will blend in anywhere in my house, but I might just keep it as a pressie
for someone special in the future.............MIGHT!!!

Thought to have it tah dahed last week, but the border drove me to distraction.
I wanted a real nice finish on it cause I think it 
deserved to be finished well.
Tried two different borders before finally settling with this.
A lot of frogging went on & other things "not to be mentioned".
This came about through pure chance & I really do 
like its simplicity, though it took three evenings to work up.
 So at last TAH DAHHHHHH!!

So now its on to other things, I couldn't touch anything else all of 
last week until I had done with my blankie

I love you dear blanket, you've been a constant companion these last two months
On now to bridesmaid dresses, fabrics have arrived & today 
I start drafting pattern blocks....JOY!!!!
This evening, a new crochet project, prob another blanket.
Can't have too many.
 Seriously though, they just about look good anywhere.
See you soon
Thanks for popping by
Karen xxxxxx

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Thinking of......

Yes, it's a new thing for me... thinking. 
Actually, Lauren is going to make her own wedding invitations & I, as her 
"creative mother", have been called upon for help in this endeavour!!!
I'm not a dab hand at card making though & I think she WILL do a much 
better job herself.
Anywho today I tried one or two TRIAL runs... these are not too 
good but it's just the planning stage

Next one's a terrible blurry photo, but hey......

These wouldn't be the colours & papers she would use, it's just ideas
Nope I don't think sooooooooo... back to the drawing board
Can only get better, eh!

Cushion overhaul.....looks so much better & Ella loves it.
Really matches her blanket.
Think this was my first Granny Stripe in my favourite shades.

Simple back trimmed in nice blue cotton ribbon.
Actually this is a fav fabric of mine, have it years & finally 
used the last of it in this lil project....fabric designer Dena Designs.

Also as the "almost finished" wee squares blanket is on the final run, border stage
I've been thinking of my next project. Has to be another blanket 
So after feeling inspired by This Gorgeous Blanket over at Coco Rose Blogspot
I've made my mind up, it's a ripple for me.
I've done two before in colours that weren't really me
so this time it's gonna be a ripple in sweet pastels, just my taste.

Can't wait.........
Thanks for popping by, see you again soon
Karen xxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Look What Sophie Baked For Me......

Well she baked them for all of us but I bet I eat more than 
the rest of the family put together.
Homemade digestive bikkies....................

I found the recipe in my March issue of Country homes

Before chocolate treatment.......

After chocolate treatment SLURP!!!!!
I will never eat a shop bought digestive biscuit again
Oh my goodness these are amazing
Happy Weekend
Karen x