Sunday, 29 July 2012

A few photos to share with you


 My most recent yarn haul!

Choosing a colour to use next is hard....

With no decisions made, I'm still playing around with the border on my granny square blanket. I felt weird thr other day. I was tired and sort of finding it hard to breathe with all this pollen about. I didn't feel like carrying on with my blanket so I just started crocheting and seeing what happened....

 So, of course I ended up making a basket/ bag thingy. I had some King Cole cotton and bamboo yarn I got cheap, but only 100g of green and the same in yellow... so playing around and seeing what happened got me this! If I was going to make it again, I wouldn't have decreased as much when it got to the top bit... partly because it looks a bit holey... partly because the sides don't stand up anymore, and the hole in the middle is getting smaller and smaller.

I have been making progress on both of my blankets though! My Granny Stripe is looking amazing! I'm allowed to say that because it's the colours I love and look amazing. Not that this photo shows them very well... you just have to trust me! But right now I am going to use up some of that yarn I have and is taking up so much space! (Even if it would just be an excuse to buy more!)

Nana xxx

Making Pretty

A month or so ago I spotted this at a car boot.

It's a printers tray! I don't know the whole history of them, but I am rather sure that it is what printers used to use to put their letter and number stamps in before the world got all technological and showy-off-y. I seem to remember my brother having one when we were little to put his crystals in, and I have always been strangely attracted to them. They usually sell for around £15 so, having a small purse, I hopefully asked the guy on the stall how much it was. "Two quid" was the reply. I didn't need to haggle.

Whilst it was lovely as it was, it wasn't nearly colourful enough for me! So as we had some colourful papers lying about the house, meant for cardmaking, I set about covering each little whole in a different pretty pattern. This particular pad of papers has sticky backs so I didn't even need any glue! (Lucky, I don't think I would have been patient enough to use glue. Just adds to the fiddlyness.)

But anyway, I think I will let the pictures do the talking from now on. I hate to say it, but I am pretty proud of this.

Yay! I love how the sides being painted blue makes the blues pop in the middle! Now all that was left was to start filling it with small and weird objects! And that meant rummaging at carboots and charity shops!

I fnally put it up today! (With the help of Mummy Nana.) A week after finishing the prettifying stage.

(Ten points if you can count the giraffes in this picture!)

And it have me a place to put the rules of my room up!

 Harry Potter had to make it in somewhere. It just had to.

Ooh! Bet you didn't see that giraffe before!

And it would be wrong not to include some of the stamps contemporary to the actual object they are displayed inside!

Ahhh all the colour makes me so happy!

The whole thing was very fun, and I highly recommend you do the same! It's very nice knowing that this is totally unique. And there will not ever be one that is even nearly similar because all the objects are hand picked, but also random. And it will take a long time to fill up, so the fun hasn't stopped here just because it's now on the wall!

If you don't want to join in the fun and play, and if yopu see a printers tray thats £2.... give it to me...?

What follows is Mother Nanas trays she has done!

These ones are great because they have different shaped wholes. While I do LOVE mine, I have found it a little bit harder to find things that fit inside. I even bought a very old looking Royal Mail toy van today and it was just too big. I donated it to Mummy Nana. These pictures of hers were taken a while ago and have filled up significantly since then! But still lovely!

Even Aunty Nana has purchased a couple of printers trays and we had done then up too. I forgot to take photos though. It was silly of me.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

A lovely couple of days

This week I have been working a lot less than for the past two weeks. Which is good for the soul, but not for the bank balance... especially when you spend one of your days off shopping!

Me and mother nana went shopping in Cambridge. Because it's good. And I am mourning it a little bit. It can only have been a month since I moved away but I do miss it. It's good to be in my home town though! Of course, a visit to Cambridge means a visit to Cath Kidston. Which is excellent. If I had loads of money I would spend it all in there.

I have seriously got my eye on the new red spotty pattern, but all I could afford were these bracelets. Which were the best purchase of the day!

There is also a fantastic shop in Cambridge called Ark. It is so lovely and full of retro and vintage style objects for the home, and is a perfect place to shop for a gift for someone. (Or for yourself!)

I was particularly happy with seeing the milk bottle holder thingy thing because I got one at a car boot recently but it's real retro!

It was obviously meant to be, because on the same day, at a different stall they had two retro milk bottles!

They have some good charity shops in Cambridge. I wanted this so so much! It would look great in a retro kitchen!! It was only £100. I don't even know if thats a good or bad amount but I do know that the chairty shop in question is insanely cheap and I would have paid that straight away if I could and had my own kitchen! 


Speaking of car boots, the nana family ventured off in the depths of the night (7.30am) to a HUGE one this morning. It was very successful and the SUN was out. I had almost forgotten what it was. I found lots and lots of goodies!


This was indeed a good carboot, with lots of things to lust over. But we can't have everything! (and these lanterns were £20 each)

However, I was very very very happy with what I did get!

That box of knitting needles was bought because there were some pretty colourful ones in it, and it was £1 for the whole box. When I got it home I realised just how many crochet hooks were inside!! So it was a double whamy good bargain! Also, many many embroidery hoops all for £2 which I fully intend to do something amazing with one day!

Today we were mainly looking out for small items to go in our printers trays which we have before aquired. But more on that later.... I need a cup of tea I think!