Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Kitchen

For those of you interested in seeing other people's kitchens this is what mine now looks like, minus the table and chairs as they are having a bit of a make over by 'im in the garage.  
Two shelves have replaced a huge glass cabinet that held so much stuff, most of which has now gone to the charity shops.

The kitchen is bright, clean and fresh looking

Unusual for a kitchen there is a huge bay window which lets in light and gives the illusion of space, underneath the table will eventually be placed.

This is what the kitchen used to look like, including another cabinet full of stuff, I haven't managed to find a home for everything that was in it yet!

This kitchen was about 18 years old, what you cannot see in the picture is how badly the frames on the doors caught all the dirt and grease.    However, some  parts of the kitchen have been salvaged and on the far left of the picture you can just about see the end of a set of drawers, these are in the process of being made into a piece of bedroom furniture.   The top cabinet on the left of the picture is now in the garage where it holds all the cleaning equipment.    It is amazing how much can be re-cycled.

The kitchen fitter said, "I hope you don't mind me saying this to you, but I don't ever fit such a modern looking kitchen for someone of your age"  I am hoping it was sort of a compliment!  

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Fandango Square again

Thought I would copy the same post title as my sister  did today because I also wanted to show you my finished Fandango Square, although mine is not taking a trip anywhere!

I certainly do not have as much blue thread as I used to after finishing this doily.  It was a shade that I hardly used, but it is now beginning to grow on me after working with it so much!

My new kitchen is finished and it is such a luxury working in it.  I've also managed to get rid of a lot of crockery and odd things that were lying around in cupboards and never used.   It has been very liberating and now feel the whole house needs to be de-cluttered.  Must show you some pictures of the kitchen, may be next time. 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Small Motif

Well I have just finished the blue square doily and need to photograph it so that you can see what it looks like.  I have no idea what tatting project to start on next, if any. So in the meantime decided to do something quick and easy tatting especially after noticing this motif which Jane has recently posted on her blog.   

I altered the stitch count so they came out a little larger and wondered if they could pass as snowflakes?!  Anyway they will go in with my Christmas tatting because at the last minute I always seem to run out of something to give to people and these will just fit the bill!

Friday, 12 August 2016

The Bride

I did not actually go to the wedding today, because I had to conduct a funeral service and could not be in two places at once.   But can show you a really lovely picture of the bride wearing the tatted necklace I made.

I am delighted that she wore it and it looks stunning on her.  

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Mrs Tiggy Winkle

This week marks 150 years since the famous children's story writer Beatrice Potter was born on 28th July 1886 in London. If you want to know more about her then click on this link.  She was a remarkable woman and not only  wrote but illustrated her books in a most amazing way.    She is famous all over the world.  Everyone must have heard  of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, about that naughty bunny who ran into Mr. Mcgregor's garden and of course The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle

I made this tatted hedgehog for someone I know in the village where I live who feeds and looks after hedgehogs when they come into his garden at night. And here is the pattern I made the small hedgehog.

The Royal Mint has made these 50p coins to commemorate the life of Beatrice Potter

How many of you grew up with the books of Beatrice Potter?

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Slow progress

I am making very slow progress with this fandango square, but determined to tat a few more rounds before I consider it finished.   There are four different shades of blue thread used in the making of it and the effect looks quite good.

This afternoon I sold my electric cooker in preparation for the new kitchen, which will start to be fitted next week.  I advertised the cooker on a site called Facebay which operates on the same principles as Facebook but you can sell or give away items on it in your local area.   A few months ago I gave away my old sewing machine and today the same person bought the cooker and is prepared to buy my fridge and freezer when they become available over the next week or so.  

Fortunately I have a slow cooker and a microwave which will tide us over for the next fortnight.  Also a chiminea for outside cooking if its not raining.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Fandango Heart

For some reason it took three attempts to make this heart, the first one I miss-read the pattern, the second one I tried to be clever by adding the bead but put it on the wrong bit. Third time lucky and by then decided to use Martha's version.  You can find the fandango heart that Jane designed here.

This is a notice in a shop that really amused me, although it is very old and worn the sentiments seem to be very true these days when it comes to customer relationships!