- 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.
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
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
For the past couple of days I have only been able to view the most recent blog post and blogger isn't allowing me to 'view more', or scroll down. Is anyone else having the same problem or is it just me? Any help would be much appreciated as I'm getting withdrawal symptoms from not being able to catch up on bloggers news.
Thanks, Alison aka CB, x
Thanks, Alison aka CB, x
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Sunday, 15 June 2014
Remember a while ago I showed you some hexies I'd pieced together (my first attempt)? Well I finally got round to making them into a circular bag for the Little Lady
Enjoy what's left of your weekend, x
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
I would like to point out that since the photo was taken hubby has changed the water bowl.... the birds didn't seem to mind the 'gunk' but I did. So now they have a nice clean swimming pool/drinking bowl.
Next time I'll share some of my finished UFO's, x
Saturday, 7 June 2014
OK, don't panic....its not mine, lol.
I wanted to share some lovely news....we're to be Grandparents again. #1 Son and his partner are expecting their first baby together, due in December. A beautiful little brother or sister for the Little Lady, who is so excited.
We've known for a while but were sworn to secrecy until after the scan.
Expect sparks to be flying from the knitting needles.
'til next time, x
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
Well hopefully the above cardigan will keep my eldest Grandson warm. The pattern was an old one I borrowed from my neighbour. She knitted this for her Son who is now approaching 50!!! Although it looks like a complicated pattern it was in fact so easy and quick to knit up. I also find raglan sleeves so much easier to sew in. They always seem to sit so much neater. I also loved this shawl collar, just the thing for a growing little man. He will be 4 in a couple of weeks so this is part of his birthday parcel.
I also managed to pick him up a stripey collared t-shirt that blended just perfectly with the cardi, then 3 lightweight books finished the package. I had to think about the postage. Normally we would travel north of the border around the time of each of the grandees' birthdays, but at the moment that amount of driving for me is definitely off the agenda. Perhaps next month we may take a trip up by train.
Keep warm and fingers crossed the sun will be back out soon, x
Monday, 2 June 2014
As you can see I'm still crafting away, a little slower recently, but that's only because I've been trying to do a little bit in the garden here and there. About 20 minutes at a time is my limit but that's better than nothing, and hubby is slowly beginning to learn a few things so is helping out where he can. Weeds and flowers can be a bit confusing for the humble male...
So above you can see another one of my crochet doorstops, and below, using up scraps of chunky yarn I made 3 more hanging owls. These are so quick and simple to make thanks to the easy tutorial by bunnymummy blog. Thank you Jacqui.