Twenty one yrs ago.

Amazing  twenty one years ago and my last baby was born my daughter Eleanor Juliet pearl rosebud , such a little sweetie and I cannot believe where all the years have gone. Today she came around and asked for pancakes for a special birthday breakfast then we went to Wymmondham for a lovely lunch in the Mad Hatters Tea Shop which was cute full of homemadey cakes and toasted sandwiches. The weather was cold and very windy but we are really fortunate here in Norfolk to of escaped the awful floods that have been abating large parts of the country. Here in the East of England much of the bad weather has bypassed us and we have been able to carry on as normal. I have some packs of candles , torches , stove and bits and bobs should all that change but so far luck is on our side.

For the early part of this year I have been reorganising my craft supplies and deciding what to do with all my wares. I really want to use up all current wool and material before buying more and I am now assembling lists in a what to do order. I have at least six unfinished projects that need completing for a start. Before christmas I made my nan and my brother each a quilt and now my mother has asked for one. My daughter is always asking for crocheted blankets so I have plenty to be going on with. In keeping with a lot of other activity on some bloggs I made myself a poncho all out of gorgeous rowan aran wool and a couple of balls of cotton which is at present keeping me nice and toasty.

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I was quite pleased with this as my first aqttempt without a pattern and I purposely didnt want a traditional V type poncho.However I have done one of those for my nan and she was real pleased with it. They hook up nice and quick in a couple of evenings and now I am set to make a bright yellow one for springxx

Hope you have all been having fun out in bloggy land and I have missed out a lot as I haven’t been in touch with my blogg for months but have plenty to write about and show you all , please keep me informed of what you are all up to , take care and have a lovely weekendxx

pippaxx

Just love yarn bombing!!!

I’m really loving all this yarn bombing that is going on right now all over the world. It is gathering pace and brightening up many of our city streets.

I particularly would like to yarn bomb my bike and I recently found this image on facebook that gives me oodles of inspiration.

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isn’t it absolutely lovely. I am definately going to do this as I have oodles of spare bright colourful yarn. I will certainly get noticed on a bike like that.

I wouldn’t mind yarn bombing the tree in our garden as well. Presumably it doesn’t do them any harm ? hopefully the tree will not mind being prettified. Here’s some more pictures from around the globe of yarn bombing. Hope you like them.

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Today I intend to get creative. I have a number of W.I.P (work in progress) .Firstly I am renovating a vintage 1950s dolls pram , complete with antique doll and all handmade covers and blankets.

Secondly I have two blankets to finish as wll as two piles of squares to sew into blankets. One lot are all different cables in cream and the other lot are just plain red . I intend to join them with crochet using one colour throughout.

I have also two patchwork quilts to finish. I’m quite pleased with them so far. I recently went to a patchwork workshop day in North Tuddenham village hall nr Dereham Norfolk to learn some new skills. I met some lovely ladies who meet once monthly to share experience, advice and friendship. I was making a quilt for a baby and did the top of the quilt in the four hours at the workshop. However I am still not very good at getting my squares to line up exactly straight. There is a knack to it and I haven’t accomplished it yet! Needles to say i’m sure pratice will make perfect (well hope so). At any rate by the time the quilt is all sewn up it will still look good to me . You cannot always make something handmadey and make it look perfect. I mean I cannot anyway !

I’m not quite sure what to do with the large pink quilt I have made. I did think to send it to my auntie for christmas but we shall see. It has beautiful fabric bought over at grace and favour. they have an etsy shop called grace and favour13 and a facebook page called grace and favour if you are interested in taking a peek at their fabric.  It’s so resonably priced and I was very pleased with what they sent . I would send you the link but I cannot see where to link on wordpress (eek) I need to sit down one afternoon and really sort out my blogg. So far it’s all hit and miss as I’m usually in so much of a hurry.

Meanwhile I will just share a couple of my latest monkeys! I’m actually all monkeed out now and shall not be making many more. I have a couple of girls at work that want them but once they are done I’m onto pastures new. That’s how I get, I go wholeheartedly into making something for about two weeks then i’ve had enough.

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These two were made for a work colleagues grandson who unfortunately had chickenpox.I remember that well , itching all over. So I sent him these to cheer him up ,poor little bunny, every little child needs a cuddly toy when they are unwell. When I had the measles I remember asking my Dad for a teddy and can remember excitedly running to the window to see if he’d bought me one home (oh sweet memories)

Well must go as I will not be getting creative at all and to anyone that is reading this it’s so hot here today in Norfolk. I’m sure it’s going to be way up there in degrees. We need to savour the expereince , England has long dqrk cold wet winters. Long may the sun shine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toodleooops Honeypies

auntiepippaxxxxxxx

Summer Solstice Norfolk

Hi Honeybees

                         well I know its a bit late but here are some pictures taken on the summer solstice when Mr. M and myself went for a lovely evening walk. Hope you like them. I’ve been real busy of late and also tired and headachey. Am in need of a much needed holiday which will be soon! cannot wait , we are off for about ten days to Edinburgh and Durham. Hopefully the weather will of picked up nicely although it never really bothers us much as we do not go to the seaside as we live fairly near and go there often.

Well I must also share with you i’m doing an amazing course at the moment in journalling run online by Jani Franck and its free , check out her blog here  :    Janijellybean.blogspot.uk

This month the focus is on trees so hence I’ve been out taking some pictures and what awesome lovely trees are about , we really do not appreciate them enough , and the beauty they bring to our lives. Can you imagine if there weren’t any, the landscape would look so different. Anyway I hope you all had a lovely midsummer , toodleoops for now auntiepippaxx

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Taken in Litcham on the heath at about sixpm.

 

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I particarly liked this one with the trees on the horizon.

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just love the way you see the reflection of the trees in the water.

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See you soon will be back for another post to catch up with what I have been creating. More sock Monkeys and a quilt in progress plus my journalling, ooh I have been busier than what I thought.xxoff to work later today and tommorow but weekend off so lots of lovely creating and meeting with friends Cecilia and Quentin xx

 

 

 

 

Mr. Moore’s Garden

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Hi Honeybees

Mr. M  has been busy these last few weeks out in the garden. He loves growing perennial flowers and I must admit I love looking at them. We’re in agreement on this at least we aren’t really that fond of bedding plants but prefer the oldfashioned perennials that used to adorn the country cottages of years gone by. Unfortunately due to variable weather this year has taken its toll and we haven’t such a show of plants. I think a lot of our hollyhocks were taken by slugs, goodness me they are so annoying. You just get the plants to how you want them to look and pow! they all gone. We do however have some brilliant poppies like the one above. We have two great clumps of them in various states of flower mode.

Actually in Norfolk at this time of year poppies are everywhere to be seen along the sides of fields and there are some spectacular displays of these on the road between Swaffham and Thetford. I would like to photograph some but although is my day off it’s not the kind of day to embark on that kind of project. The clouds have come over and it’s looking like its about to pour with rain.

Anyway back to Mr. M and his garden. He spends most of summer in the garden clipping this and tweaking that. Does have its bonus though it gets him out of my way!! not such a bad thing i’m not complaining.

Well here are a few more little gems from his collection, what do you think of them?? I’m sure he would be pleased to know

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Well the pansies are bedding plants I know but the rest are from left to right Punctata, Alium, and Lettucesxx

Hope you have a lovely day honeybees even though it looks like rain. Celebrate! we are only half way through the year there is much to do yet,

Toodleoops

auntie pippaxx

Creative daysxx

Hi Honeybees

very busy today. I met up early with friends from the church for a general get together and praying etc for friends. After I had finished there it was a quick dash back home to say goodbye to babyhoneybee aka Miss Annabella. She’s off for a week holidaying in Budapest and told me in no uncertain terms not to email or text or any other means of communication, that isn’t apparently a cool thing for me to do. Never mind i’m sure she will contact us if she feels it is neccesary and she is twenty now! I can hardly believe that myself.

We then had to make an appointment for little Poppy to see the vet. Overactive playing with mumpho our kitten has led to Poppy coming off worse and is now nursing a poorly eye. Well Sixty five pounds later and armed with eyedrops and ear drops we are hopefully going to be able to overcome the problem. Don’t know how I can keep them apart as they love playing with each other but then Mumpo gets fed up and takes an almighty swipe at poor Poppy, leaving her retreating at a pace looking very sorry for herself.

This afternoon saw myself visiting the doctors as well for my usual problem of insomnia. Goodness it’s a real nuisance because come nine o clock at night and my mind goes into overdrive with amazing projects that I could do popping into my head, and generally not the kind of feeling you want to have for a peaceful nights sleep. I generally sleep for two solid hours then ping! i’m awake .   Thankfully my prescription didn’t cost me sixty five pounds although i’m not sure how much it cost the NHS, as all prescriptions are subsidised regardeless whether you pay or not. Hopefully they might help a little but I only really take them as a last resort as its not good to take sleeping pills per se , not good at all. The script of fourteen tablets will probably last me as many weeks because I will only take one a week just to help once in a while with a good sleep. Well that is the theory anyway. You might imagine all this lovely fresh Norfolk air would be good for you and you would be right , it is but the close proximity of birds in trees to our bedroom windows does nothing to help sleep when they start twittering at three in the morning.

Anyway enough of sleep problems. This afternoon I went to the Salvation Army to our knitting group. Had a great afternoon with quite an extension to the blanket i’m making for Annabella, oh I hope she likes it , a lot of work goes into these type of projects. But just say she’s a trifle fussy and unforgiving of any mistakes however small.

This evening I have been doing a creative E course in Journalling and have thoroughly loved it. It’s run by Jani Franck , the course is actually free which is an added bonus, tonight we just had to do a doodle of anything. It was see where you get taken and let the creative juices flow. So here is my attempt and don’t laugh, my kids are generally horrified by anything I do so I do hope they haven’t seen this post in particular. Happy Days they’ll know how good it feels to be creative one day perhaps , well my eldest son does anyway as he’s a musician that writes and performs.

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 Toodle Oops Honeybees

see you soon

auntiepippaxx

 

Sunday Cleanup and Cute dollyxx

This sunday I thought I would generally have an enormous clearout  of all unwanted possessions and the like. There appears to be a constant build up of paraphanalia that one aquires over the years so I decided to have a keep , throw charity day. One area for items to keep and one for charity and one that is no good to anyone that will go to the local recycling centre. So far i’ve done really well. I have managed to clear out a lot of old books that I no longer find useful or could easily upload to my kindle taking up no floor space at all. Loads of my academic books have had to go although it is difficult to part with them as they meant a lot to me whilst studying for my degrees. The trouble is even if I do go on to study for a Masters they will doubtless be of no use anyway so they were the first on the culling list.

I haven’t thrown any of my craft books away as I really do use them a lot as a point of reference but I never realized how many I have! (oops) I also have about twenty rupert bear annuals that quite honestly I might as well take to a charity shop as they aren’t really in good enough condition to sell and I never look at them.

Generally though I have been having a massive sort out and am trying to encourage Mr. M to join in although as yet he isn’t taking the hint. I wouldn’t mind but his wardrobe door will not shut properly and that annoys me, his vast collection of militaria is making its way out basically because he has too much in there.

I’ve also sorted out a couple of boxes of craft supplies that I intend to take to church for messy church ( creative day at church). I’m sure they can use the items and I have too much of it to even notice it will be gone.

So all in all I am feeling quite virtuous today I have done what I had set out to do and been around and gradually liking what I see. I want more order within the house but I still like to have my craft supplies and books but just not so much of them. Today has been good even though the weather is overcast without even a glimpse of the sun.

Never mind I will share with you my last little doll I made, she is so cute (well I am thinking so) I’m not sure who to give her to. However Mother has a fete/bazaar later on in the year at the disability centre she attends and I promised to make some things for that.

I’m hoping you have all had a relaxed sunday full of happiness with your familiesxx

Toddle Oops for now

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auntiepippaxx

Fakenham Vintage Market and Auction Norfolk

Today is the day where it all happens here over in Fakenham Norfolk. Most of the week this small town is asleep and you could happily walk around and have the whole place to yourself. However on thursdays it comes alive with people visiting from the local villages and up from the nearby coast of Wells.

There is a traditional fruit and veg market and also run of the mill stalls but also an antique vintage market and general auction as well. You can possibly find anything at the vintage market as you never know what is going to turn up. Myself and Mr. M made a flying visit this morning and had a quick look around with myself taking a quick walk up to my favourite wool shop at the top of the town

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This is a lovely woolshop with the addded advantage of having a coofee come cake shop at the back although I must admit i’ve never had coffee there as we always go up to the local church to have ours. The wool shop is what I would call a real old fashioned one selling not only wool but also haberdashery and all other manner of craft items. I do find a lot of these modern woolshops that are about these days are lovely and sell designer wools etc but that is all they sell. They in my mind are not real wool shops since i’ve been going in wool shops practically since a babe in arms and love the wool shops that sell a bit of everything.For instance today whilst browsing I managed to pick up some teddybear eyes for another project and some small flower embellishments as well as some wool of course!! I bought some more for Annabella’s blanket which is coming on a treat. Once the day is over and I retreat to the bedroom zone sewing is finished and crocheting begins. Currently i’m making a new blanket for Miss M in very pale pastel colours.

Well back to the market there really were a feast of stalls to choose from but here’s a couple I managed to grab a picture from when the crowds got out of the way,

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I really liked that religous piece of mother and child that is just above in the bottom right hand side of the picture and did consider buying it. I didn’t even ask the price, I cannot think why.Only just spotted the angel, oh fiddlesticks I would of liked that.

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Well he looks pretty gruesome doesn’t he!

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More vintage goodies however I don’t collect , Mr. M does he collects speciality itemsx

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I could take literally dozens of photos however you have a flavour of what goes on.Worth a visit if you are up at the North Norfolk coast . I think it lies about seven miles inland anyway it doesn’t take long to get anywhere in Norfolk as the roads are rarely crowded.Have a lovely weekend if I don’t post beforehand. I am no doubt going to be busy as i’ve just had a delivery of forty fat quarters and am at present just cutting them up and laying them out. Ooh I do love all that material  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Toddle OOps honeybees happy thursday and fridayxxxxx

auntiepippaxx