Food shopping this morning and running round to get cinema tickets. As usual went for a mooch around the charity shop and got my last bargain of the month - a new Yankee Candle small jar candle in (now retired) floral fragrance "Pink Lady Slipper" for £1.99. I LOVE Yankee Candles!
One lemon drizzle cake made, these box mixes are on offer in Asda for £1 a box.
Bookcase wall is finally finished (10.30pm)! I just need to fill it now. Also need to give the conservatory a good clean as he did all the sawing in there and it is now messy and dusty.
Think I would also like to repaint the conservatory house wall red now to match the flowers.
Anais is not feeling too well tonight, she has a cold. When she has a cold she likes to soak in the bath which she did this evening and then smothered her nose in vaseline and went to bed feeling sorry for herself :-(
At the end of each month I will try to do a review of the month. Here is review of January 2014.
* New Years Day dinner at mom and dads house
* Romanais was 1 year old!
* Mark made wine
* I finished my tapestry, it took 14 days!
TRIP'S TO THE CINEMA -
* The Reef 2
BOOKS READ -
John Grisham "The Partner"
Rebecca Tope "The Windermere Witness"
Dan Brown "Inferno"
Helen Fielding "Bridget Jones "Mad about the Boy"
Peter Millar "The Berlin Wall - "My Part in its Downfall"
It was snowing this morning! Walking to school Roman made plans - he needed a carrot, hat, scarf and shovel to make a snowman and I must tell Anais not to pinch all the snow! He was disappointed when he came out of school that it had not stuck.
Here he is when he got home, he refused to take his hat, coat and gloves off in case it started again so he could go and play in it! It made a change for him to keep his clothes ON for once!
On Tuesday Mark brought four book cases home, we decided to go with the bookcase wall idea.
After school today I went to Homebase with Nicolette to look at wallpaper for the back of the book cases. I had seen this floral paper online and loved it as it seemed very "Cath Kidstony" when we got to Homebase though the print was much bigger than I thought it would be although still very pretty. At only £3.93 per roll it was also a bargain.
A close up........
Mark built two book cases tonight. We wanted more storage but not more furniture in the living room. Since Christmas we have been considering taking the blinds down on one wall in the conservatory and having a wall of book cases along there. We never open the blinds on one wall as there is an ugly fence outside, you can see its shadow through the blinds in the photo below. I should have taken before and after pictures but you can see the blinds that always stay closed in this photo.
So far, two bookcases have been built, cut to size and wallpapered. There are still another two bookcases to do.
I spent a long time sorting and re-setting passwords for accounts today. I have two twitter accounts and two Pinterest accounts, personal ones and Romanais ones. I set them up last year but never used them properly. The only things I had pinned previously was the pig in mug cake and crochet flowers. I use Pinterest quite a lot to get ideas but never bother pinning anything and unless I link to the idea straight to my blog I forget the idea grrrrrrrrrr.
So, from today I am going to try and use Pinterest properly and when I see something PIN IT straight away so I don't forget about it. Here is my Pinterest page, I also added links to the top right of the side bar "GET SOCIAL!"
Mark has set me up with a new e-mail address to correspond with my blog which I also added to "Get Social!" - email@example.com
Also today I made two crochet doilies in the pink yarn Elaine gave me.
We had a phone call this afternoon to say Roman's swimming lesson had been cancelled as there was a problem with the pool and the centre was closed until Monday. Roman didn't seem to mind too much, he said "yay, now I can play on the x-box and talk to Jordan!". Not going meant that Mark could get on with the bookcases :-)
Finally, very happy today as Mark sorted my car insurance out which was due to go up almost £200 by auto-renewal. By shopping around he managed to get it even cheaper than we pay now saving a massive £259.26!
I popped out this morning after I dropped Roman off at school as it wasn't raining. While I was out the heavens opened and I got soaked :-(
The rest of the day I have spent reading. I finished Peter Millar "The Berlin Wall - My part in its downfall" - very interesting, I would like to revisit Berlin one day.
Anais went to film club after school to see "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters" which she enjoyed. Roman missed her and asked for cuddles on the sofa while he played X-box so I started to make a crochet owl using the pattern on this blog.
Here he is, cute!
He was finished off while Mark took Anais to her swimming lesson. Roman read his school book and then watched "Octonauts". Anais came home from swimming lesson and went straight to bed to watch TV for a little bit as she was tired after an hour swimming.
Here is the same owl I made using the same pattern last year in the caravan.
Horrible rainy day this morning so I took Roman to school, came home and hibernated for the rest of the day reading books.
I saw this pretty small doily in the library crochet book...
....here is my attempt, not bad, I am pleased with it. It was made using the remainder of a ball of white cotton that was used to make the crochet table runner.
There was still some left on the ball so I edged the pink doily I made last Sunday with a row of white.
As explained in this blog post, the first table runner I made which was stitched together had started to come apart. Today I finally got round to repairing the joints that had worked loose.
I have also been reading Peter Millar "The Berlin Wall - My part in its downfall" today. 59% of the way through so far.
Anais had orchestra today and Roman went to club. Mark had an early start as he had to go to head office today.
Busy day today. Firstly a lot of housework done. Secondly a quick trip to the library to get some books for a "rainy day". There is no group for me now until after half term at least so I can read these craft books to get idea's in the week. I also popped to my favourite charity shop for a mooch around but no goodies :-(
Project car boot table....
I gave the top a second coat of paint earlier and Mark gave the legs a second coat of paint when he finished work (legs were tricky for me to do) We put it in front of Fred to dry and here it is in the conservatory.......
......with a crochet doily, mats and my little owl on top of it.
Before and after............
PROJECT CROCHET TABLE RUNNER IS COMPLETE!
36 hexagons done in total, it is size 3 x 12 hexagons.
It is tiny I am a little disappointed. This would only just fit across my table never mind run down the length of it. Picture is of it sitting on the dresser. I think I prefer it in the thicker cotton (early blog posts in this link) it looks more substantial. Here is another pic. It took five days to complete.
As a reward for playing violin at the school musical concert last month (the school orchestra worked with the CBSO) today Anais went to the Symphony Hall to see the CBSO play. She said it was very good and she enjoyed herself.
Today we had a letter from school regarding Anais to say she had been nominated as a homework star for outstanding English homework! Well done Anais! xx
Lots of laughter from Roman and Jordan tonight who have played "Banjo Kazooie" on the x-box lovely together. Anais mostly sat watching them listening to music on her tablet. xx
We had a nice lie in this morning. We then went to Hobbycraft to look at the wool which is currently on 3 for 2 and I have a £5 voucher off a £20 spend too. I couldn't make my mind up though what wool, DK, cotton or aran? What colour? Brights or Pastels? One colour or a rainbow of colours? What blanket? Ripple blanket? Granny square? Granny stripe? We ended up leaving empty handed arrrgh!
I did buy this calendar from the garden centre though which was reduced to 25p.
It was the last "pretty" one, the only other ones left had pictures of fast cars or elephants. I won't use it as a calendar it will be butchered so the pretty papers can be used for other projects - one page is the calendar and the other page pretty things.
PROJECT CAR BOOT TABLE.........
On the way to pick the kids up from mom and dads we stopped off at Homebase to look at their range of bookcases (thats a whole other story!). We picked up this pot of mocha coloured paint reduced from £4.24 to £3.93 to £1.99 to 20p!
Remember last summer we brought this table from the car boot sale for 50p? We wanted to shabby chic it up but at the time didn't have any paint suitable for painting wood. I didn't want to spend a fortune on paint in case it all went wrong so we have been keeping an eye out for some "cheap as chips" paint. We saw the above paint earlier for 20p and as it was the same colour tones as our bedroom and the conservatory we got it! They had a load more in different colours which we probably should have got to keep for a rainy day. Oh well.
Here is the table before.......
We both had a go at sanding the table down (over the kitchen sink!) with sand paper and then cleaning it with sugar soap. Here it is dismantled, sanded, cleaned and ready to be painted.......
Here it is being painted..............
Here it is after the coat first of paint..........
We are now leaving it overnight ready for a second coat of paint tomorrow.
Project table runner.......... 3 hexagons done today, 25 hexagons done in total, 11 left to do.
Anais made these fairies at grandma's house.......
Thanks Rich & Deb we all had a lovely afternoon. Also hope Rich is feeling better xx
Remember the pink flower I made on the flower loom at the beginning of the month and the crochet flowers and bows I made last Saturday? They were a birthday present for Olivia. Now she has her gifts I can show them here too!
I used the glue gun to glue them onto hair clips. The large pink flower has a large hair clip on the back of it.
They were put in a small empty coffee jar and the large flower hairclip was put in a pretty organza bag. Pretty!
Remember the *lightbulb* moment I had on Tuesday? Pink and white granny square?
I also made Olivia a blanket for her baby Annabel as I keep seeing on Deb's blog how much Olivia loves her baby Annabel. I thought the colour's would match the pink pram she had for her birthday.
Remember the Hello Kitty bracelet Anais made? That was a present for Olivia too.
Project crochet table runner - 2 hexagons done this evening, 21 hexagons done in total, 15 hexagons to go. It needs to be pressed to make it sit flat.
Thanks Deb for the pretty crochet bookmark..............
..........and Anais and Roman say thanks nanny for the pom pom makers which they will have fun making. They had fun making pom poms in the caravan last year though we found it tricky cutting up cereal boxes to the right size these, will make pom pom making a lot easier! xx
Anais and Roman are having a sleepover tonight at grandma and grandad's house with Jordan, Dylan and Lexi.
We watched the film "Morning Glory" on Netflix and as it finished "Die another day" had started on one of the channels so we watched that too.
PROJECT TABLE RUNNER - only 7 hexagons done today, 19 hexagons done in total, 17 hexagons to do...
After school Roman made more rice crispy cakes...
Anais made a cake using a box mix of the caramel cup cakes but made it in a round tin instead. She then decorated it...........
This is to take to grandma's house tomorrow.
I borrowed some e-library books. Gone with non fiction this time as there were no fiction books I fancied. I downloaded and started reading Peter Millar "1989 The Berlin Wall" and Madeleine Albright "Prague Winter".
My phone is broke :-( After trying to help Anais with the cake and Roman melt chocolate at the same time, too many things going on, it got caught on a tea towel and fell on the kitchen floor, arrrgh. Mark is trying to look at it now.
Last night Mark went into the loft and found an old frame for the tapestry. It is now finally completed after owning it for 2 years but taking 14 days to complete - hurrah!
Today I have been food shopping, I thought I would go today for a change instead of tomorrow. I also did some housework and made the kids a quick banana and chocolate cake for when they came home from school. This was a packet mix for time convenience, two eggs, one mashed up banana and a bar of melted dark chocolate.
I brought some strong white flour and yeast from Aldi, we are going to try our hand at making bread if we get time over the weekend.
My next project is another................... Project Crochet Table Runner!
Remember the crochet cotton I brought from the charity shop for 50p per ball? The pattern for the crochet table runner said the crochet cotton needed to be fine and 400 meters per ball. The ball band to this white cotton (which is very fine) said there was 411 meters so I should have plenty. Previous table runners I made have been made using the thicker cotton.
The very first table runner I made I did individual hexagons and then stitched them together. Over the past 9 months the corner joints have become loose though as you can see here. I saved some of the cotton when I finished it expecting this to happen one day so I can repair it.
The other crochet table runners I made for gifts, I joined them together with the join as you go method. All posts on crochet table runners can be found here.
I thought today my next project could be to make me a nice new shiny crochet table runner using the very fine white cotton and a 2mm hook.
Today I made 12 hexagons (I still have to sew the ends in, I was planning to tonight but it got too late). 24 hexagons to go.
In this photo you can see how fine the cotton is and how much smaller it is compared to the first table runner I made which was made with the thicker cotton. They are both the same size of four rounds big.
Roman had swimming lesson this evening. When we got home we had tea and the kids had a game of Monopoly before they went to bed.
I am now off to find some new books for my Kobo and then bed. xx
I am Michelle (41), mum to Anais (17) and Roman (12), been married to Mark (46) for 18 years, stay at home mum.
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