Monday, September 1, 2014

A Front Cover!

While I was away, I missed out on the chance to blog about having a crochet headpiece that I designed on the cover of Simply Crochet magazine. The most exciting thing about it was seeing it in all the shops and supermarkets overseas.... And I was completely uncool about it too. I would point it out to people near me and say "That's me on the cover" and they would look with pity at me until I would say, "The headpiece - that's my headpiece".  The boys were pretty over it by the end.
 So here it is.


 Ready to be shipped to England in a snug egg container.
Et voila!
And guess what.... Archie is featured in this month's edition with his crochet AND Stanley gets a mention too!
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poster Making and More Crochet Gems.

I think I have mentioned this previously, but we have a school ball coming up (for the parents). It's the biggest fundraiser in the calendar and is held every two years. This year is having a Moulin Rouge theme and my lovely neighbour has sketched out lots of posters that we are painting. It's the closest I have been to a paint by numbers set for years and I'm enjoying the process so much that it's hard to do anything else.
Except for make the occasional crochet gem. Sometimes I wish I could crawl into a quiet corner and just make gems and paint posters with people bringing me the odd meal. I think I could really get into that.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.
p.s. I am obsessed with the neon string used to suspend the gems.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Crochet Diamonds and Fabric Macarons.

Goodness me, with a title like that, I feel that I should now launch into a poem. Anyhoo, I've had an idea for crochet gemstones kicking around in my head for a while now and over the weekend one popped out. I can't wait to write up a pattern for Christmas decorations but I have to simplify the construction side of it first.

At the moment, I am making millions of these for our upcoming school ball (as in to fundraise for our children - not me gatecrashing a prom at the age of 37). They are so easy and fun and am sensing another tutorial on the way.
Hope you all had a good weekend.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.

Friday, August 22, 2014

We Have a Stanley Winner - and some beautiful Friday things....

Sooooooo, I just hopped over to random.org and drew a winner - the boys are with me and very excited about this.... Congratulations to Polka Dot Daze - please email me with your address when you get a chance and I will send Stanley to you. In the meantime, thank you so much to everyone who entered and made it so much fun. Some of the answers were hilarious including Georgia spotting him 'in the bottom left lurple rounded basket'.

 So, this is what I have been up to this Friday. Preparations with some of the mums from school for our upcoming ball - the biggest fundraiser on the calendar. Too much fun.
 And some magnolias.
And some roses and some lace with beautiful, Friday afternoon light.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate xxooxx.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Finally..... The Kitchen Sink.

Sometimes I feel as though I've tried to make everything but the kitchen sink. Well those days are over.

I present the kitchen sink.
Lots of love,
Kate xxooxx.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sundays AND Another Giveaway - with Kat Goldin!!!!!

We are having a quiet one today. Yesterday saw the boys dressing up as characters from Lord of the Rings for their cousin's party. Lots of fun and LOTS of preparation. Always handy having real bows and arrows on hand for costumes though.
Archie and I are still in our pyjamas this morning. He has been up in his room having a serious Lego morning with another cousin and Hugo is busily writing a speech on magic (which has to be performed tomorrow.....).
I couldn't resist showing you Hugo's cork castle that he made earlier in the week - complete with a Japanese kokedama ball in the centre.
 So much care and love went into this project - it was made as a thank you present to Jonno for our trip.


 I love the happy person at the top.
And now for some more exciting news, Kat Goldin - my absolute hero and author of 'Crochet at Play' and the soon to be released 'Hook, Stitch and Give' is holding a 'Stanley and the Hot Air Balloon giveaway  over here! Go and visit her now and say hello.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.
p.s. don't forget to enter into the crocheted Stanley giveaway in the post below.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Crocheted Stanley Rabbit Giveaway!!!!!

 This is a bit exciting - the first Stanley Rabbit giveaway ever. He is such a friendly little rabbit, I think you will be good friends. We took him on our adventures this year and he was so well behaved, taking in the sights and making friends. Stanley is also very humble, you wouldn't believe that he is the star of his own book. We love him. 
Read on for the giveaway details at the bottom of this post but in the meantime, see what Stanley got up to on our journey!
 This photo is of Stanley posing at the Tower of London. So exciting although I did end up with a few round, brown little pellets in my hand.
 In the Swiss Alps visiting Heidi's cottage. Archie wanted to carry him about on this day.
 He really is the baby brother in our family.
 Exploring a mini castle in Lichtenstein.
 Enjoying the view in Lichtenstein (odd place I must say...)
 At Loop in London.
 Stanley really loved Loop....
 At Glastonbury Abbey.
And once again, at Wool in Bath - a place that all people who love knitting, crochet, wool or even sheep should visit. Now, here is the trick. To enter into the giveaway, you have to locate Stanley who has been hidden somewhere in this photo by Laura's mum. Look carefully.
I don't sell crocheted Stanley Rabbits. One of the many reasons is that postage is astronomical as he isn't very flat. But, I also understand that not everybody crochets so it's nice to think that there is another way to end up with a Stanley in your life. A little bonus is that when I make a Stanley, he comes with a little signed birth certificate. This means that he is really yours.... forever..... and ever... not matter what, it's legally binding.
So, as mentioned previously, all you have to do is find Stanley in the 2nd last photo (at Wool in Bath) and comment in the section below. I will draw out a winner next Friday. Good luck.
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.

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