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Sunday Sevens #160

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series showing seven-or-so photos of your week outside the blog. I’ve been participating for over three years now and you can join in if you want! Follow the link to Threads & Bobbins to find out how.

1. It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago temperatures were registering -7C when this past week it’s been 23C – that’s 30 degrees warmer!! We soon admitted defeat and sought shelter from the heat inside the pub.

I’m wearing the lace cardigan that I made a couple of years ago.

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2. This little enamel pin arrived from Helen at Yan-Tan-Tethera Yarns – perfect for a sock knitting addict like me and I love it!img_5150-1

3. Excuse the hair – I’d just got out of the shower and the sun was out so we had brunch outside for the first time this year.img_5137

4. That same night we also had our first barbeque, determined to make the most of the warm weather while it’s here.img_5158

5. My sister sent me some photos of her painting holiday – aren’t they brilliant?img_5131

6. She’s kindly agreed to paint some Exmoor scenes for our b+b when we move.img_5132

7. At Knit ‘n’ Natter, Hugh brought in his fair isle cardigan that he’s been working on for six months. You can clearly see where he’s going to do the steeking for the sleeves – a technique that leaves me full of admiration.img_5145

8. That makes my socks look a bit less impressive, I must admit. Still, I’m on to the second one so should easily get them finished in time for my brother’s birthday next month.img_1534

9. I took Mr H-L to Pip’s Railway Carriage, a unique tearoom in Watergore, as he hadn’t been before and I often wax lyrical about it.img_5153-1

10. Using the sun-dried tomato sauce and pumpkin seed pesto that we bought from the tearoom, I cooked supper for some friends. Polenta, hot-smoked salmon and halloumi, with pea shoots, in case you were wondering what on Earth it was.img_5162

11. Pudding was this dark chocolate mousse cake brushed with edible gold – lush!img_5161

12. Our latest b+b guests were able to enjoy breakfast in the garden.img_5163-1

13. Finally, I took The Boys shopping for some Summer clothes. Don’t you just love how they each embrace their individual styles?!img_5164


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Deckchair-Striped “Coco”!

Click on the link to head on over to the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and read all about this month’s make :-

Deckchair-Striped “Coco”!


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Sunday Sevens #159

Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for another edition of Sunday Sevens – a weekly blog series giving a glimpse of your life beyond the blog.

1. This b+b lark is keeping us busier than we ever thought – we had to turn people away who wanted to stay an extra night, because both rooms were fully booked! The laundry though……we would definitely explore the option of a laundry service when we move to a ‘proper’ b+b.

2. Supper made from leftovers – no reason leftovers can’t look pretty!

3. We walked to the local pub and just ordered a prawn cocktail. The landlady had run out of prawns, so came out with this huge platter of breaded seafood instead!

4. Yep, we all needed a lie down after eating that lot:)

5. We met up in Wells to give my sister her birthday present and had a little wander around afterwards. Wells is such a lovely place for a meander.

6. Aside from my sister’s birthday presents, last week I also cast on some new socks, this time for my brother’s birthday next month.

7. I rescued this beautiful cross stitch from a charity shop and will reinvent it into something useful.

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9. Knit ‘n’ Natter on Thursday coincided with one of the ladies birthday and we all had cake.

10. Hubby and No.3 Son spoiled me with breakfast in bed on Sunday morning.

11. Apologies if you’ve already seen this on IG, but here’s the latest make for the doll I’m dressing for the school fair. Yes, I made the box, too:)


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Handmade Birthday Presents

It was my sister’s birthday on Monday and she had previously dropped a heavy hint for some more fingerless gloves, as hers (also made by me) had seen better days.

You may remember the knee length socks I made her for Christmas…..

….well, I had enough left over wool to make a matching pair of fingerless gloves – so I did!

I had also been inspired by some handbag charms by Tamsyn G on Instagram.

I absolutely love these and decided to use up some bits and bobs to make one for my sister. It was a totally organic process with no plan whatsoever, and this is what I ended up with.

Where Tamsyn G makes her own buttons, I used one from my button box.

The large end bead is from a broken necklace.

This fabulous ‘safety’ pin was in my Stitching Santa parcel, as was the ‘handmade’ tab.

Some hand embroidery on the surface adds extra texture.

Here it is on my bag, to give a sense of scale.

And here they both are on my sister/bag:)

I know, it’s utterly pointless but, as pointless things go, it’s bright and cheerful and I wouldn’t mind one on my bag, so I may cave in to the urge to make another.


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Sunday Sevens #158

Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for another Sunday Sevens…..

1. Week two of the Easter holidays started with us taking The Boys out to Hauser & Wirth in Bruton. No.2 Son looks bored, but he assures me he was just concentrating on the art commentary.

2. Afterwards in the bar…..serves me right for asking them for a nice photo for the blog!

3. We spent a day clearing some 8ft high undergrowth, helped by some appropriate refreshment.

4. A good day’s work!

5. Found this little nest amongst the brambles – don’t worry, it wasn’t currently in use.

6. Just a cute pic of my boy and a spoiled Tess!

7. There’s nothing like a bone to help you get your appetite back.

8. We have been fully booked for seven out of the last nine days with three different lots of guests, each booking both rooms. Our last guests were celebrating a birthday and were over from Belgium, so we surprised them with a traditional English cream tea – homemade, of course! They were delighted:)

9. After the rooms were cleaned and the washing was on, I sat down for the first time in what felt like days and had my own private cream tea whilst The Boys were at football.

10. Then it was back to our normal healthy eating.

11. The Boys enjoyed their second knit ‘n’ natter and can’t wait until half term when they can go again.

12. No.2 Son (in his new hat) bought some new yarn and has started making himself another crocheted blanket, this time in a more pre-teen colourway of blue and grey. Meanwhile, his little brother had picked up his blanket again after a long break.

13. She doesn’t read my blog, so I can show you the fingerless gloves I made for my sister’s birthday today. They match the socks I made her for Christmas with those see-through wellies. Free pattern is here.

14. This little knitted outfit was finished for the doll I’m dressing for the school fair in June.

15. Cardigan, hat, leg warmers and fingerless gloves, a paid for pattern by Knitting Nanny-Mo on Etsy.

16. Isn’t it cute?

17. I shall leave you with one very happy clucking hen!!


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Sunday Sevens #157

Linking up with Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for another edition of Sunday Sevens.

1. I went to a baby sprinkle, so called because they had a shower for their first baby and this was more low key.

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2. I finished the blanket I had made with just twenty minutes to spare! Yes, it’s a little boy this time.

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This was the blanket I made for his big sister two years ago.

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3. Tess is enjoying lots of cuddles with us. This is our bed and we can’t even get in it!

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4. We popped down to Brighton for the day to see our granddaughter, planning to have a picnic. The weather was foul, so we improvised and made a den under the dining table and ate our picnic there instead.

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5. Mum, Sis and I went to a vintage textiles fair at Ilminster Arts Centre and stopped on the way for tea and cake in a café on a converted double decker bus. Caught Sis mid-blink:)

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6. Also at the Arts Centre is a permanent crafts section. Love these animal puppets made from branches and sheepskin and might have a go at making something in the same vein.

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7. As it’s the Easter holidays, The Boys came with me to Knit ‘n’ Natter and went down a storm with all the ladies who were hugely impressed that boys could knit and crochet. No 3 Son wore a T-shirt he’d made for good measure and to impress them even more!

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8. Craft wise, I made a quilt for the school fair.

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9. These socks were finished and blocked.

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10. 25 more pots of jam were made, this time all for the school fair.

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11. I’m making a wardrobe full of clothes to dress a doll, also for the school fair.

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12. White T-shirt, tweed skirt and sheepskin coat so far.

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13. I’ve also started knitting an outfit for her.

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14. After seeing it on Lynne’s blog, I bought this book on Amazon. If I can find time to actually make anything from it is another matter entirely.

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15. And then it was Easter. Both Air b’n’b bedrooms were let from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, as well as having two extra family members stay for the weekend, so much of it was spent cooking and entertaining. Good job that’s what we do best!

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Happy Easter!


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Patchwork Quilt Made From Old Tea Towels And Pillowcases

Every year the school holds a Summer fair to raise funds for the PTFA and I make various things for them to sell or raffle, often at the last minute, so I’m feeling a little bit smug that I’ve already started this year – and it’s not until June!

In three mammoth jam-making sessions I managed to make 42 jars of Blackberry and Apple jam, 25 of which are being donated for the school fair.

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Last year there was a ‘Horsington’s Got Talent’ stall, whereby parents and pupils make all manner of crafty things to sell, and for which I made lots of things. It was a huge success, selling out completely apparently, so the Committee have put out another request for handmade items.

As I inevitably end up spending quite a bit of money on things I make like sugar and lemons for the jam, all the ingredients for 50 scones and cakes for the cake stall, I try to make the crafty items out of things I can source for free or that I already have in my supplies.

Like this pile of (freshly laundered) pillowcases and tea towels, all surplus to requirements and acquired from several different people who know I can’t say no to gifts of leftover/unwanted fabrics.

I don’t know what you see when you look at this mix but, add in a bit of vintage lace trim and it screams “Patchwork quilt” to me. No? Well, that’s how my mind works, anyway:)

The very word ‘vintage’ conjures up images of faded florals and linens, so I picked out the remaining old Ikea pillowcases (some of which had been cut up to make hats for the jars of jam) and 3 or 4 neutral tea towels which would work nicely.

My Olfa quilting set made short work of cutting out the 48 6″ squares needed to make a quilt just large enough for a single bed.

I laid them all out on the floor and fiddled around until I was happy with the arrangement.

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All seams were stitched with 1/4″ seam allowance and pressed as each strip was completed.

This is the finished quilt top.

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For the backing, I had to piece together bits of wadding and leftover curtain lining to make up the size I needed.

With right sides facing, lay the lining on the quilt top, then the wadding on top again.

I stitched around all four sides, leaving a gap through which to turn the quilt. Then the lace trim was sewn to the edge.

Finally I added a little “Sewchet” label.

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I may go back and add a bit of hand quilting if I get time, but it actually doesn’t need it.

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It’s just the right size to be a comforter on a single bed, or would make a cosy lap blanket for the sofa.

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It took me six hours yesterday to make, so the fact that it will probably be sold for about a fiver has to be put to the back of my mind – but at least the fabric was free!