Saturday, 25 April 2015

Easter Holidays

We are back to school tomorrow. We have had a busy few weeks for Easter break.

AJ built the Empire State Building to sit alongside his Eiffel Tower

We went to Knebworth House and watched the jousting

Knebworth House

An amazing place to visit. 

I did a Mother's Day Demonstration in a craft shop .....

Progess on my flower cushion
Progress on my cosy blanket from Attic 24

I have also started the Janie Crowfoot/Stylecraft Lily Pond CAL
I had some difficulty with the panels so decided I will use all squares for my blanket. I will
be making my own squares to fill in the panel sections

First squares for the Lily Pond CAL

I shall be making squares of my own design for the panel sections



Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Half term is busy

Half term here and we are not sitting still for long

We had a lovely, but muddy walk around Audley End on Sunday.

I have finished my poncho.....the fuzzy photo is courtesy of AJ, aged 7 on my phone :)

Book post this week for AJ and me.  AJ will be reviewing Polly and the Puffin by Jenny Colgan as guest reviewer. :)

A card I made this week

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Happy Sunday, folks!

It is Sunday and I have caught up with housework so I am now sitting down to play with my die cutting machine and design some Mother's Day cards.

I bought some lovely new Xcut dies  and papers  from the DoCrafts range.  will post pics when I have finished.

I am reading THE MAY BRIDE by Susannah Dunne.

Book post this week was

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by Elizabeth Renzetti  and..........

I am still working on my has been a slow project due to struggling with a
chesty cold. I have been too tired to read or craft most evenings :)
I have chosen a light grey, mid grey and black for my poncho.
Hoping to finish this today :)
What are you reading or crafting this weekend?

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review: Just One More Day by Jessica Blair

  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349402698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349402697

  • The blurb

    When Britain declares war on Germany in 1939, Carolyn Maddison is still a schoolgirl. Her elder brother Alastair wastes no time in joining the RAF as a flying officer, and Carolyn decides that when she is eighteen she will follow him into the service by joining the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

    While reporting to the Air Ministry in London she meets a good-looking, charismatic pilot, Charlie Wade, currently employed in propaganda work. He believes that with her calm demeanor and resilience, Carolyn should work as an Intelligence officer, and suggests she serve on an active bombing station. At her side throughout the courses and postings that follow is Lucy Gaston, naturally quick-witted and sparky, a perfect foil for her friend.

    The young WAAFs both obtain prestigious postings in 5 Group Bomber Command, where they perform the vital tasks of briefing and debriefing aircrew returning from operations over Germany. Lucy, an incorrigible optimist, falls head over heels for a member of a Lancaster bomber crew while Carolyn resists her feelings for its dashing pilot. She decides it's not worth the risk of loving a man in wartime. . . only to wonder if she has done the right thing when a new WAAF on the station sets her cap at him.

    For Lucy and Carolyn, life on a WWII bombing station brings drama, heartbreak and suspense in this touching love story.

    We are introduced to the close family, The Maddisons, at the beginning of this story. The son, Alistair decided to join up as war is declared on Britain in 1939.   His devoted sister, Carolyn wishes to follow her brother and finds her niche in the WAAF after a chance meeting with a handsome  pilot Charlie. Her new career path has been set.

    The story unfolds as Carolyn joins her command and meets new pilots and her dear friend Lucy. Their job is to debrief pilots and their crew on return from missions.  Not always an easy task and Carolyn witnesses some of the horrors of war from her station. Carolyn is not really interested in romance but with all those dashing pilots around, who knows.

    I enjoyed this romance sage set in WW2, especially as I knew the identity of the author and the fact that they have a good knowledge of the subject in the storyline.
    I was a little put off by the fact that sometimes information and detail was given to us directly in speech making some conversations seem a little too staged.

    Review copy. This did not influence my review in any way.

    To find out more about Jessica Blair go to
    and on Facebook at Jessica-Blair-Books

    Friday, 30 January 2015

    Here comes the weekend....

    This week I finished JUST ONE MORE DAY by Jessica review will be here on 5th Feb.

    I am still working on my cosy granny stripe blanket for myself.

    I have started knitting a cuddly dog with Sidar crofter is lovely ....pattern here

    Hopefully can show you a progress photo next week.

    I am reading THE GREAT CHRISTMAS  KNIT OFF by Alexander Brown

    What are you crafting or reading this weekend?

    Thursday, 8 January 2015

    January 2015

    So the New Year is here and Christmas is over for another year.

    I am settling into my new job and loving it. 
    It is tiring some days with family life, too.  The biggest change is to my free time.
    I am having to manage it much better. With that in mind I have decided to set aside time each
    day or few days for reading a crafting.

    At the moment I am reading GIVEN THE CHOICE by SUSAN SELLERS.
    I have also started FISH SOUP by MICHELLE HEATLEY

    I want to read an historical romance next.  It has been a while since I picked up an historical read.

    Craft for this month is a very colourful Cosy granny stripe blanket for myself.  The pattern comes from
    Attic 24 and I am using the suggested yarn which is Stylecraft DK.
    I don't often follow a pattern for a blanket, but really love this one and so am using this pattern but changing the colourway .

    Here is my progress so far.........



    Review: The Snow Globe - Sheila Roberts

    December 2014
    Publisher Piatkus
    ISBN 9780349407395

    The blurb
    Discover an unforgettable holiday treasure in Sheila Roberts' heartwarming tale of love and laughter, magic and miracles, friendship and coming home . . .

    When Kiley Gray discovers an enchanting snow globe in an antique shop, she has no idea how much her life is about to change. For years, the snow globe has passed from generation to generation, somehow always landing in the hands of a person in special need of a Christmas miracle.

    Kiley could use a miracle herself. This year, all she wants for Christmas is someone to love. A hopeful shake leads her on an adventure that makes a believer out of her. When Kiley shares the story of the snow globe with her best friends-two women with problems of their own-they don't believe it. But they're about to discover that at Christmastime, sometimes the impossible becomes possible and miracles really do come true.

    A magical story about an antique snow globe that allows the owner to see their present and future more clearly.   As this snow globe is passed down the generations, it's magic is passed down too.  Kiley is in need of magic this Christmas and maybe the globe will help her see things differently.

    A sweet and easy read that can be enjoyed anytime of the year.  It was enjoyable.

    Review copy - This did not influence my review in any way.