:: Pinned It, Made It! - Memory Game

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

I've been a follower of The Purl Bee since I discovered blogs back in 2008. Since then I have fallen in love with many of their projects from knitting to sewing. I happened to perfect my knitting skills with this pattern.

It was through Pinterest that I discovered this gorgeous Memory Game made from Liberty fabric... LOVE! I had to make it... I had all of the materials that I needed and it was the perfect way to use up scraps that were too good to part with.

Honestly I could photograph this fabric all day long. I love the brightness in colour and the delicate floral prints. There's a mixture of 1930's Reproduction and pretty finds made at various craft shows. The tutorial itself was so straight forward and easy to follow. It does take a little time to cut and sew all of the fabric and felt pieces into 3 inch squares but I kind of enjoyed the challenge.

All up I made a set of 20 matching squares. I chose a gorgeous mustard felt colour as the back and used contrasting mustard coloured thread for the border on the front of the square. I finished my fabric squares off using my pinking shears - I kind of like the fancy zig-zagged edges and it'll help to keep the materials from fraying too.

And what did Sunny think?

I'm pretty sure she liked it! I've made a few more as gifts to give away in a drawstring bag. 

Handmade toys - Does it get any better than this?

Crushing on Pinterest

Wednesday, 11 February 2015



Oh how I love Pinterest! It's my online inspiration board. Pinterest gives me my few minutes of visual bliss in my days. To date I have a little over 11, 000 pins! 

Addicted much??? 


So I'm going to share what I've been crushing on lately. Links are included under the mosaic and it will take you to my boards where you can find original sources. Am thinking a wall hanging may be on my to do list this week. Oh, and some garlic and herb bread too :) Happy pinning!


What's inspiring you lately?

It's About Stitchin' Time!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

My, my how time flies...

How is it that you wake up one morning and four months have passed?

Where have I been?

Right here...

What have I been doing?

I wish I could say something glamorous like island hopping in Greece... Instead I've been keeping on keeping with life.

For four months my knitting sat in its basket, my unfinished quilts on the shelf, my garden take over by weeds and my camera in its bag. It's been a lovely break and one I think that isn't all that bad to do once in a while :) No regrets.

My hands are itching to knit, my machine threaded and ready to sew, sprouts waiting to be replanted and an online photography course that promise to get me onto manual mode...

What have you been up to in the last four months?

Knit, Eat, Bake, Make

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Knit, Eat, Bake, Make - A Pinterest Collection 

Knit - Cushions - With one more month of Winter left my knitting is starting to slow down somewhat. I'm pretty proud of my knitting efforts this year and with a few projects left in my basket I'm wanting a little something that will brighten up my home. A bright cushion cover would be perfect to throw on the lounge don't you think? And I'm kind of loving the colour combinations of these cushions. Simple yet bold and stylish.

Eat - Chicken and Leek Pasty - I've had Chicken and Leek Pie on my mind this week and after searching my ever so extensive 'Food' collection over on Pinterest I came across this lovely recipe. Why not a pasty! I'm definitely going to give this a go on the weekend and I'm kind of looking forward to making my own pastry and not buying the pre-made stuff! I'll let you know how it goes...

Bake - Coconut-Buttermilk Pound Cake - A Martha Stewart original. Find her recipe here. I'm a sucker for coconut and a good pound cake... Put the two together and you get this fine looking thing! Another one to add to my weekend list of kitchen duties.

Make - Dotted Canvas Clutch - Now this lovely thing is actually for sale over here but if you have crafty fingers like mine then you could probably give this clutch a go yourself! I'm loving this tutorial. It even shows you how to make a gorgeous polka dot print on your fabric.

Yarn Along - A Few Finished Projects

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

I've spent a little time away from my space here for the last few weeks but not from my knitting needles. During the few days that we did spend at home, Sunny and I both had out little crafty projects out. I managed to to finish off three scarves, including this cowl that I started way back here and of course my Double Basketweave Cowl in Dijon, which has made its way to my sister. I loved it so much I knit another one in a Mint colour in two days which is now warming another sister! My only regret is that I didn't take any pictures of the complete cowls before I posted them off. They turned out so lovely!

Remember this Purl Bee inspired scarf...

It's now finally finished and measures at 16 inches. I'm absolutely loving the feel of this Alpaca wool around my neck!

I also managed to pick up the one I started for Sunny way back here. I ended up finding another yarn for Sunny's scarf so I've started the project all over again. This yarn is a 10 ply, which is what the instructions intended. My last yarn was only 8 ply. The difference is great. I'm really liking this double moss stitch. Wouldn't it look lovely in a cardigan...

Reading these days have been with Sunny. Ever since starting school this year and learning the basics of reading her love of books has only grown. Over the school holidays I introduced chapter books to my girl. So every evening we'll huddle together under a warm blanket and enjoy the tales of Pippi Longstocking. The lovely Alicia of Posie Gets Cozy has put together a Summer Reading Book List for kids. So many of the books on this list I have already read together with Sunny and are more for younger children but there are a few that I can't wait to get my hands on such as this lovely one. With Sunny being that little bit older I'm on a quest to create my own list with books suitable for her age group - 5+ years. I'm eager to introduce her to a few of my childhood favourite books by the likes of Roald Dahl, E.B White and Lynley Dodd just to name a few.


So tell me, do you have any favourite childhood books that you would recommend that I read with Sunny?

Little By Little

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Back to school. 

Back to work. 

Time to re-set routines. 

Time to get back to basics of eating well, sleeping, exercising the body, mind and soul. Something tends to happen during the holidays where I end up sleeping less, running around more, eating conveniently rather than mindfully and abandoning my regular exercise routines and habits. Instead of feeling relaxed and refreshed I'm tired, uptight and dreading all of the things that need doing. I'm yearning for regularity and familiarity in routine.

Today Sunny went back to school and I finally have the time to pop in and say a well overdue "HELLO!" to you all in this little space of mine. So as I sit here sipping on my detoxifying lemon tea made from fresh lemons from a backyard tree and hot water, I'm contemplating all the things that now need to be done between the hours of 9am and 3pm. I've never been the 'all or nothing' kind of gal. I despise pressure and any feelings of being overwhelmed will definitely result in my being completely uncooperative and unresponsive. So little by little I'll be re-introducing familiar routines - ways of being, thinking, planning, doing... Today I'm starting with fresh lemon and hot water and a wholesome organic chicken soup made in the slow cooker.

Welcome back routine! 

And welcome back to my space....


How do you cope with re-setting routines after a holiday? 

Crafting with Kids - Let's Paint!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

We're into our second week of the school holidays and the novelty of staying at home in our pyjamas and exploring toys is slowly rubbing off. We've played nearly every single board game Sunny owns, have watched a few DVDs (over and over and over - Frozen in particular) and built cafes and houses out of Lego. God bless Lego!

Over the past few days I've been researching some simple painting projects over here, trying to find some ideas to brighten up Sunny's bedroom walls. There are some wonderful links to blogs dedicated to children's art and craft with activities that are just plain gorgeous!

Sunny has always enjoyed a bit of craft, especially painting. She enjoys the challenges of a structured activity with a number of steps involved and she also has a creative imagination when it comes to free drawing. I often find her pouring over my drawing books, copying illustrations adding her own artistic flair to characters dancing in her imagination.

So with tomorrows weather predicted to be windy and cold I'm thinking a day spent in a corner of a room where the sunshine still reaches with some paint, brushes, paper and a jar of water we'll be letting our imaginations dance through our fingers to create some beautiful works of art! Hopefully I'll be showing you Sunny's Gallery Wall very soon filled to the corners of her framed artwork :)
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