- cockney blonde
- My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.
Monday, 6 October 2014
My sudden departure from blogland was due to the fact that my Mum got taken into hospital on 19th August and basically I was there 24/7 until she sadly passed away on 3rd September.
All I'm doing today is letting you all know that I'm still here and will be back shortly with crafting makes to show you, but today I am sharing with you the beautiful flowers we chose for her funeral.
I was wanting to match as closely as possible the colour of Mum's wedding dress and the Gerbera fitted the bill perfectly according to my cousin who was about 10 at the time.
Friday, 15 August 2014
Thursday, 14 August 2014
This is the larva (caterpillar) of the Elephant Hawkmoth.
The following information I've extracted from the SAGA site:-
The caterpillar should technically be referred to as a larva since it is the offspring of a moth rather than a butterfly and this is a big one!
The moth in question is called an 'elephant hawkmoth'. Hawkmoths are large moths with a fast and strong flight; there are nine species resident in Britain and probably a further eight which occur as migrants.
The elephant hawkmoth gets its name from the appearance of its larva, not because it is big but because it has a long, trunk-like nose.However when the larva senses danger it can withdraw its trunk creating a slightly more bulbous head shape; this is when the large eye-like markings on either side of its head can give the impression of a much more imposing creature to scare off potential predators.
During August we are probably more likely to see the larva than the adult form of the elephant hawkmoth but it is worth looking around any outside lights for one of these colourful insects. The adult is about 4 cm long and its markings are a combination of olive green and pink!
So, after all that creepy crawly stuff here is a photo of a yummy dessert I made for our recent visitors. I decided to make the meringue myself rather than rely on a shop bought one being intact.
Filled with 0% Greek Yogurt flavoured with a little vanilla and sweetener and then loaded with kiwi, nectarines, raspberries and pomegranate seeds.
It went down a treat.
We had a brilliant day at Chester Zoo on Monday which I will share with you next time, x
Thursday, 7 August 2014
You will have to wait a bit longer for the third (crochet) item, as its becoming a labour of love.
I'll be missing for a few days as we have visitors coming for an extended weekend. Hopefully I'll have some photos to share with you next week of what we get up to...weather permitting.
Have a good weekend, x
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
I shall go again in a fortnight and am thinking about starting a quilt for when our new grandee is able to go into her cot.
Next up....another finished item, x
Monday, 4 August 2014
The radishes above were looking a bit past their best, and they were, so to the compost heap they went.
This weekend we managed a bumper harvest as you can see above and below....courgettes, broad beans, mange tout, turnips, carrots and beetroot.
Also hubby managed to collect some wild blackberries while he was out dog walking. This will supplement our small crop this year (first proper year for our blackberry bushes).
Hope this hasn't made you hungry.
Tomorrow I'm off to my first quilting class so hopefully I'll be able to report some success next time I'm in blogland, x
Sunday, 3 August 2014
I don't think so. Several evenings more like. But then I am a beginnner. I just wanted to challenge myself to making a round playmat and this looked rather cute in the magazine. Me thinks I'll stick to the square ones in future.
Really pleased with the end result, but as I say, I'll stick to square ones in future. I already have fabric to make another.
Hope you like it, x
Saturday, 26 July 2014
The needles and hook are still in action so no 'show and tell' on those yet.
Must stock up on PINK yarn.........
'til next time, enjoy the lovely weather and have a good weekend, x
Friday, 25 July 2014
Our crop of potatoes has been amazing, yet again. Second year in the same area, although it was well manured and composted first. I will rest this area next year. In fact we have plans for some fruit trees instead.
The last of the strawberries which has been a bumper crop again. I'm just sorry I forgot to share them with you.
Lastly, the mange tout. Just a small picking yesterday, but we've had loads of fresh helpings on our plates and there is an ever expanding bag in the freezer.
Visitors and neighbours have all been benefitting from our garden.
We've also had goodness knows how many radishes, and there's plenty more growing. Turnips, beetroot and turnip have been good again, and the carrots are excelling themselves.
New this year are parsnips and cauliflowers. I will report on their yumminess as soon as the time is right.
Next up some crafting to share. Til then, x
Thursday, 24 July 2014
It was a kit from a crafting magazine, a while ago, and she dutifully sat and stitched this. I did the cutting out and helped with a little of the sewing but mainly she did it all by herself.
Really proud of her, x
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Hope you're all enjoying this fabulous weather, x
Thursday, 17 July 2014
So proud of her, x
:: I say 'English' grand-daughter as we have 2 Scottish ones alongside our 2 Scottish grandsons
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Now, if I had remembered my camera yesterday I could have shared many photos of a lovely day out with Neet (Hickydorums) and her other half. They had already discovered Blakemere Craft and Antique Centre a few weeks ago, so I met them there and after coffee we browsed the various buildings.
Back to ours for lunch where Cinderella (my hubby) had been slaving away all morning, and dog-sitting, and then back out (this time with Cinderella) so that I could introduce them to Lady Heyes, another craft and antique place. Part of my plan was to take Neet to Crab Apple Crafts, a card-making/scrapbooking shop. What a muppet!!! So busy starting at the opposite end of the place that by the time we reached the shop it had closed....it was 5pm!!! Where did that afternoon go?
Only one thing for it...... they will have to come over again and this time we'll start at Crab Apple Crafts. I should say that I did lead Neet into temptation by taking her into the quilting/fabric shop....nuff said.
Today's a lazy day as I have to balance a day of activity with a day of rest and this evening we're out to watch our beautiful grand-daughter in her first rhythmic gymnastics competition.
Enjoy your day, x
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
See you soon, x
Monday, 7 July 2014
As we were queueing to get in 2 helicopters flew over, which appeared to land very nearby, so I expect that was their mode of transport.
The weather stayed fine and the picnickers were out in full force. Becky (#1 Son's partner) and myself opted for fish and chips from one of the food wagons, and very nice it was too.
The Forestry Commission had made changes to the parking set up this year which seemed far improved from last years, including a traffic light system for leaving the Forest. Much better than the grumpy police from last year.
All in all a good evening but I'm paying for it today. Still in my PJ's...
Friday, 4 July 2014
BTW....Happy 4th July to everyone across the pond
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Tuesday's are good at our nearby cinema as they have a super cheap rate and for people over a certain age (hubby) this includes a hot drink....no dear she didn't offer whisky!!! The last time we went on a Tuesday I also got a complimentary hot drink....not today:(( I chose a low calorie soft drink and look what it came in....hilarious. It made me feel good though that she thought I was about 12....
As for the movie.....wait for it to come on the TV. It was amusing but if you usually follow the TV series then I think you will be disappointed.
Also, at long last I have a little bit of rubber stamping to share. This was a framey type card which was shown to us by the uber talented Pat Chesterton aka Chezzie at our last Viccy Stampers workshop. I finally got it finished and its now waiting collection by #1 Step-daughter for her birthday next month.
'til next time, x
Friday, 27 June 2014
This is another owl doorstop I've made, adapted from a cushion pattern, but this time on the needles rather than the hook.
Anyway, this morning, more people introduced themselves to Janet and myself and we were discussing, amongst other things, how important it was to maintain the community links as our village is not like your traditional village. Its quite sprawling, with no real centre, and with little mini communities within it. We don't have a church, a pub or a school as such, although they are very close by. We do have a little shop which supports the community well. So the hub of the village, if you like, is the Community Centre. The area is also largely populated by more elderly people and another subject for discussion is the recent introduction of local volunteer befrienders, especially in the winter months, to ensure people are safe within their homes and feel supported.
Some of the other interesting things we learned about from our new 'friends' was the voluntary work being done in the Romanian Orphanages, and the day the area near the old Roman Road was bombed during the war leaving a huge crater. I also met a fellow Southerner....we get everywhere....
Finally....50 Shades of Grey!!!....yep, you've guessed it.....it was on the table for the book swap...hilarious!
Have a good weekend folks, x
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Before I bore you with the details here's another one of those 'fancy' scarves I rustled up for the Little Lady....apparently she doesn't have enough!!! I thought the pretty colours would be great in the summer evenings when she just needed a little something to keep out the chill. Her response....lovely Grandma but are you making me one for the winter too???
#2 Son came to stay on Friday for the weekend, planning on going home tomorrow. This was an absolute blessing as he was able to help with dog walking and other heavy 'man' type jobs that I'm still not able to do, thanks to this wretched disease I've got. Then to scupper that I had to join hubby and have been up all night with stomach cramps and vomiting....lovely! So #1 Son to the rescue came over this morning to take #2 Son home as we couldn't envisage how to get him back tomorrow and #1 Son would be working.
The biggest down-side of all of this is we missed out on the 'Beach Party' being held at my Mum's Nursing Home, and I was so hoping to share some wonderful photos of the residents in deckchairs, feet in paddling pools, sandpits in use and the obligatory ice-cream van. So pleased they've had a beautiful day for it though.
So whilst it would appear I've come out in sympathy with hubby I've told him I'm not sharing my disease with him....it's all mine and not for sharing.
I hope everyone else is enjoying their Sunday and basking in some beautiful sunshine, x