Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Blip .....

Hello my lovelies

I hope all of your Christmas preparations are going smoothly
and you're managing to tick off your long lists?!
I'm slowly getting there.

I didn't mean to be away for so long
I've not been well again
I've been at the hospital this afternoon having more tests
I'm getting braver though
(I needed to!)
so thats a bonus.
I'm just feeling a bit worn~out, tired and despondent if I'm to be honest
I'm trying to be positive
I'm trying REALLY hard
and the thought of decorating for Christmas this weekend is keeping me motivated.

I've also immersed myself in the soothing stripy loveliness of my second granny scarf
this one is a Christmas gift
Sshhhh .....

You can see the first one here

 I've made this little seed pouch for my Auntie & Uncle too
they're particularly tricky to buy for but love their allotment
and this is all I could think of to make them!

here's my cross stitch panel for November
I'm a little behind in showing you 

A cute squirrel holding onto his acorn for dear life
you can't pick it up from the photos
but the snowflakes and the snow along the branch is glittery
and I like it.

It's almost complete now!

For those of you who are wondering
the pattern is from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
so much sweetness over there!

As always you can read about my other cross stitch months below

I've been working a LOT
And I've been very happy about it
It makes me feel like a busy Christmas elf
I'm so lucky to be able spend my days doing what I love
Thank you to all of my wonderful customers for allowing me to do that!

 Before I bid you cheerio for now
I must let you know that my shops will close on the 19th December
 and some made to order items will not be available after this Friday
 (that's the 12th December)

They will be closed for the whole of January (I think)
so if you were thinking that you'd like something please order soon!

Here's a selection of just a few of my Christmas goodies .....
Perfect for stuffing stockings!

I hope to be back soon
with some festive glow

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Just lately .....

there has been .....

a little of this

a LOT of this

a little of this

a lot of this

a little of this

a lot of this

Oh and there has been one of these .....

My bedside posy for November
I was worried that it'd be more tricky now
but it amazes me what beauty surrounds us all year round
Look at that pretty rose ..... one last bloom until next year
it was a little soggy but it smells divine
a couple of sprigs of rosemary and some rose hips


You can find my previous bedside posies below

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Butterflies, A Crochet Scarf For Sweet B and a Teeny Bit More .....

HaPpY Friday my friends!

Please let me introduce you to my

~ Liberty of London butterfly hair grips ~

I just love the way it looks like a beautiful butterfly was fluttering past
and has just landed prettily on a little head

Goodness ~ I LOVE making these

Liberty fabric is SO deelicious
that whatever is made with it
it can't fail to be

I think these fluttery little hair grips make perfect stocking fillers
maybe even a Christmas cracker gift
to pop into an advent calendar

I have packaged them in twos 

Yellow & Peach

Blue & Green

Double Pink

You can find them in both of my shops
with free UK postage!

I feel like I've had supersonic powers this week
ha ha I wish!
but I have finished Sweet B's Rainbow scarf

We are both thrilled with it
You can read about it's beginnings here if you fancy

It's been a joy to work on in the evenings
I still consider myself very much a crochet novice
so this was perfect for me
super simple and once I got going, no brain power was required
which is exactly what I need by the time evening arrives at the moment.

I have to thank the amazing Lucy
over at Attic24
her tutorials are always fail~safe
she is to crochet
what Delia is to cooking
and she's is so generous with her time and patterns

using a chain of 42
and I used Drops cotton merino

I tried a LOT of borders.
I unpicked a LOT of borders.
For a while I hated borders.
I considered no borders.
It's just that I had this idea in my head
A scarf all neatly edged with a lovely border that I would be proud of
I would not be beaten.
I googled.
Then I thought "Lucy!"
(Duh .....)
I came across this beautiful shell edged bag
I wasn't sure if it would work on my scarf
but with some jiggling it did!

I think that's my favourite bit.

This was most definitely NOT my favourite bit.

I've now started another one
with a grey background this time
I can't say who it's for as it's a Christmas gift
I'll show you when I can.

Oh and I made a toadstool

Bye for now!

Wishing you a wonderful and crafty weekend

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Sweetie Every Few Weekies :: Panforte & A Winner!

Hello my lovelies

It seems that
~ A Sweetie A Weekie ~
is easily turning into
~ A Sweetie Every Few Weekies ~
so that's its new name
..... both make me smile every time I tap the letters out on my keyboard

It's week edition three

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Thank you Gino D'Acampo
this was DIVINE
(and you're not too shabby either)

It was SO easy
and filled with everything Sweet B & I LOVE
Mmmmmmmm ..... I wish there was still some left.

Here is the recipe if you fancy making it
and you really should!
It's incredible with coffee
Be warned.
This stuff is truly addictive!

We'll definitely be making this again and again and again .....

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And now .....

Thank you SO much for all of your very kind comments on my pinny
It was really fun to come up with and to make
so I'm thrilled you like it.

Now are you ready?

(Please imagine a rum roll here * * * * * * *)

The winner is .....

The very lovely Jane from FlowerHouse blog

Congratulations Jane!
I'll be in contact for your details
and this gorgeous book will be on it's way to you very soon.

My work~life balance feels quite out of control at the moment
my life feels messy ..... disorganised
even though I am constantly working through my seemingly endless lists
each day is the same battle ..... too much to do & not enough time to do it in
it makes me uneasy and Oh So Tired
my mind is too busy
I don't like it One. Little. Bit.

I've been squirrelling away developing new things for my shops
(pretty & lovely new things)
trying to keep on top my orders
struggling to keep home
and so on .....

I've decided that I HAVE to save my sanity
new things will need to wait in line
New Year ~ New Things
There now, I feel calmer already
why I EVER thought that the Christmas rush was a good time to design new things
I shall never know!

I'm rather addicted to making these pretties though
SOooo many possibilities fluttering through my mind.

I've also added two new colour~ways to my
Sewing Pocket Organisers
both Liberty of London
They've been so popular that I completely ran out of the original fabric
I think these are super~pretty replacements
and a perfect gift for a lover of sewing
somewhere lovely to keep sewing notions close to hand

Thanks for popping by my lovelies
Wishing you a very lovely rest of the week

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x