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Unfinished Business


Last week I made a little promise to myself, I gathered together all my unfinished knitting and crochet projects and had a stern chat with myself “you really MUST get these finished” I told myself, I thought about why I seem to leave this things unfinished and realised that its the stitching together that mostly seems to be holding up proceedings, closely followed by the desire to start a new project that is sitting calling my name, like most crafty people I have magpie tendencies when it comes to ‘stuff’ I just LUUUUUVE it!!! So I set about completing everything that is outstanding I promised myself that I WOULD NOT start anything new until these were finished and sat it their rightful place.

Granny square blanket (just awaiting lacey edging) Bavarian stitch something or other (a cushion cover maybe) another granny square cushion cover (needs a back) a scarf of leaves and flowers (I’m just not sure why) an amigurumi cat (I only just started this so doesn’t really count), a large knitted owl (just needs eyes and beak)


A happy flower from Lucy’s blog Attic24 which I adore (I need to stitch together and add beads), I tiny birdhouse (again just needs stitching) a little sail boat (not sure hat I’m doing with that) several flowers and leaves that I hope to make into a broach (you guessed it needs stitching!)


and this is just a bunch of stuff that quite frankly I just don’t know what I’m going to do with, its things I make when I have a spare few minutes when I know I have to really be getting on with something else!

All started well


Cute little birdie house got finished, shopaholic loved this and immediately a home was found!


The Happy Flower Decoration this is destined for my bedroom

And that’s when I come to a grinding halt!! I’m distracted, its not hard, you see I suddenly have divine inspiration in the form of Kirstie Allsopp do you remember this little lot?


Well I did this! I have since found better handles so will be swapping them.

Then I couldn’t stop so started on these………….




I’ve given them all a coat of undercoat and am about to give them a top coat and a few finishing touches, in the meantime I decided that I would clear out the room which is at the front of our house which we don’t actually use, the primary reason being its a dumping ground! Further inspired by Kirstie and her TV programme Fill Your House for Free I decided to part with a few items that I really don’t need, so I made signs stating I’m Free Please take me! So at 8am I placed the stuff outside on the drive in view of passers by and waited, first to be go was a little pink chest of drawers that belonged to Shopaholic that were in perfect condition but really needed the owner to be about 10 years old! then things seemed to go quiet and I thought I would be fetching the things back in and taking them to the charity shop! but on my next sneaky little look through my landing window the wine rack  Had disappeared! woohoo!! Just as Son and Heir returned from work we saw the light fitting winding its merry way down a little jitty a few houses down from me! This just left a coffee table feeling alone and sorry for its self, Hubby arrived on the scene laughingly saying he wouldn’t mind that coffee table where should we put it? (ever the comedian) during the aftermath of feeding everyone and discussing fetching in the little table and setting it out again in the morning a knock came at the door, it was a young man wishing to thank me for the coffee table he was thrilled with it!!! and I was thrilled that I was able to give some of my unwanted stuff new homes, it really made me want to do it again, but alas it is raining today so I won’t be setting up a little stall, but maybe by the weekend I will have gathered more unwanted items to give away!

I did start to clear the room and together with Shopaholic came up with a master plan! so I feel that I can justify my broken promise to myself! (for now)


This is the room after we have cleared of some of the junk (I see at least 8 more unfinished projects!)

The Doll’s House is on a whole new level of unfinished business, this project has been on going for at least 15 years!!!! one day it will be finished maybe in time for my grand kids!



Busy Busy Busy!


What a mad few weeks I’ve had since I last had time to sit and write!

The cavorting frogs produced plenty of frogspawn which has now hatched into tiny little tadpoles, I was amazed at the speed this happens.

But the maddest thing that has happened is that hubby and I  popped over to the in laws for our usual weekly visit (obviously this is only usually mad when you take into account that dear old D-I-L is ever so slightly losing his memory) The usual things happen cup of tea, have you eaten? that kind of thing, when M-I-L announces we’re moving to Bude! can you take us at the weekend to have a look at some property? So a trip to the seaside was planned.

We were booked into a sweet little B&B then escorted around several apartments each one having its own charm, but secretly me and the hubby loved the first we viewed. After a few hours of oooing and ahhing over the size of the rooms, the distance from the beach and town etc hubby declared a snooze was in order as he had been up since 5am driven 300 miles then climbed what seemed to be the equivalent of the north face of the Eiger in stairs!

After what only seemed like minutes we were awoken from our slumber by a little tap on the door, its the old folks! “We’ve been and signed the forms and put a deposit down on one of the apartments!” pipes up M-I-L, so that  was that much jumping up and down with excitement and a couple more visits to the apartment (which was of course the very first we viewed) and a date was set for moving the 10th May!

In the weeks that followed 30 years of clutter was packed, recycled, rehomed, thrown out and sold. Moving day came and everything was packed into the lorry and disappearing down the M1 by 9am, followed by hubby myself and the old folk.


Oh the excitement of moving to the seaside!

We were going to hire a beach hut for the summer!

beach huts

It would be wall to wall sunshine!

On arrival in beautiful Bude the weather was doing its worst, but the hail and driving rain would not dampen our spirits!

Stormy weather

Stormy weather

Amazingly by teatime the furniture lorry arrived!

By 8.30pm we were sitting the local Indian Restaurant having left the apartment in a semi unpacked state.

Fast forward to the Bank Holiday weekend and Hubby and I are winging our way down to Cornwall on a visit to the Old Folk.