Springtime is always exciting for gardeners. Buds developing and seeds to plant, seedlings to grow on. Our greenhouse is bursting with activity of the plant variety and DH is spending a lot of his spare time in there with the lighter evenings and of course the sunshine we have been having recently has been nice too. We've even sat outside and enjoyed our evening meal and then read for a while whilst watching the sun setting earlier this week.
My weeks are kept busy with lots of activities with friends and as each group meeting comes round it seems to arrive quickly and of course there are family times with children and my granddaughter that keep me busy.
With belonging to local crafting groups and having designated hours each week to sit and enjoy sewing and knitting I seem to be getting a lot more achieved. Last weeks crafting consisted of the following :-
Stitching - Irish Garden had half the top right border filled in .....
Perhaps a finish of this tonight as its SAL night in the parlour with Barb and the ladies at Needlecraft Haven where we stitch on any LHN, CCN or Sampler Girl design of our choice. This year I'm stitching the designs from previous JCS ornament magazines that I always promise myself I will and never get round to.
A birthday in the family this week and the free design from The Snowflower Diaries was the perfect choice for a special card for an elderly lady who loves to receive a handmade card each year.
Charity knitting - 2 little matinee jackets were finished and will be handed over at Fridays group meeting. Brighter colours are being knitted as well as baby pastel colours in the hopes that the more vibrant colours in the cribs does not accentuate the pallor of the skin in the sick babies as the paler colours do.
Granddaughters birthday cardigan - the sleeves are completed ....
Now to the sewing up and picking up the stitches part around the neck and then down the fronts, the bit I am not fond of. The knitting I love, but this bit, I seem to procrastinate for ages over and put it off.
Perhaps if a write here that I will have done some on it by my next post to show you then I might just get on with it. What do you think, sounds like a good plan? We'll see next time I post, maybe you wont see me for a few weeks here as I daren't say i've not done it lol. Although as its her birthday towards the end of next month I do really have to crack on with it!
Sewing - The Craftshare group was busy as usual this week and all making different things. I made a quilted mat for standing my sewing machine on when its in use. A few of the ladies had them at the quilting day and I liked the idea. This pink flamingo fabric caught my eye and made me smile so now I have a jazzy little quilted mat.
The Book Borrowers reading group that I run at the local self service library is doing the Popsugar 2015 reading challenge. Perhaps I should have said, 'trying' to do the challenge. There are 50 categories to try and fit your book into. We have one lady who is a stickler for making sure your book fits the category. We had a fun meeting recently.
We talk about the books we have read each week and discuss various authors and other reading related things. We also have storytime each week (but we don't have to sit cross legged on the floor I hasten to add lol) At present one lady is reading to us a chapter each week from Shakespeare's The Tempest.
The book I had just finished was a lovely read. It was a Debbie Macomber, I had been given it in the book exchange at the stitchers meet up last November. Thank you Gill (no blog).
I thought about which category it would fit into and found the perfect one. A book with a colour in the title and ticked that off my list. "You can't have that said the stickler and non rule breaker lady, rose is not a colour." We all had a long discussion about this and with great hilarity it was decided that a vote should be taken by all members - one young member looked in up in an online dictionary. What would you have voted? Is rose a colour?
Would you have stuck up your hand as everyone else did apart from the one lady. She's a really lovely lady and such fun, but boy what a tyrant she can be sometimes. Perhaps being a stitcher with all my boxes of threads to look at I have a wider vocabulary of colours, or perhaps its just the little imp in me that likes to sometimes be naughty - there are plenty of books with colours in the title that would not have given us such fun that afternoon.
June over at Butterfly Wings - a lovely blog, if you have not visited I highly recommend it, its always full of lovely crafting and she has the most wonderful garden to admire - was kind enough to give me an award for my blog, thank you very much June. Quite sometime ago I had a bad experience when I took part in one of these and decided that i would make my own blog "award free" and i put up a widget at the top left to let bloggers know. It was this one till I changed it to the current one.
I have stuck to it and its sad when I have to email ladies who enjoy passing these things on to explain that I will not be taking part. So, if you have read June's blog and you have come along here to see why she likes reading my waffles and ramblings then I wish you a warm WELCOME. It's always nice to have new people stop by for a visit, I hope you found something interesting to read and enjoy. If you leave me a comment i'll pop along and visit you.
Wishing you all a happy, fun and craft filled week.
Blessings to you all