Monday, December 31, 2012

a few 'taadaas' to end 2012

I feel like 2012 was a bit of a bust craft-wise for me. I did a few things here and there, and enjoyed having a quick go at bits and pieces with my Brown Owls friends, but nothing really stuck (with the exception of hexy fever, which continues, but remains unfinished!).
I do however have a couple of projects to share that were finished either on our holiday or since then.

We had two new babies to visit in Denmark - a boy and a girl, and I made each a baby quilt as a present. I cut it pretty fine - sewing on the binding in the days before we left, and then embrodering their names once we arrived. Both were made mostly from a Riley Blake fat quarter bundle called Saddle Up, with a few extras thrown in.

For Miss J's quilt, I made 9-patch blocks then quartered and rearranged with a spotty border.

And little S's quilt - charm squares with solid borders (and more spots!)

Too cute, non?

For a less adorable model, I also finished my honey cowl.

I worked on it in the car on the trip to Copenhagen (& Malmo), and  on the train to Cardiff, and finished it somewhere between Cardiff and York (it could have been anywhere - it was a very long day!) It was just in time too - it got chilly quickly =)
This is us in York - just outside Jamie's Italian, which was a delicious end to one of the most fabulous days ever =)

And keeping warm with hot chocolate at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland =)

The pattern is available for free on the Madelinetosh website, and the yarn is BC Garn's gorgeous Semilla, from Suzy Hausfrau.

And one last finished crafty project - a Christmas stocking for baby Will

(Please excuse the tiny/crappy photos!)

This is my third stocking - I made one last year, and one in 2008. I am a bit in love with that fabric on the back - dancing penguins! - and with the stripey lining =)

And that pretty much wraps up crafty 2012 =)
I have some exciting plans for 2013 - some stitchy bits and loads more papery fun (i do so love my martha punches, and growing stash of washi tape).

I hope everyone has a fabulous and safe start to the New Year, and lots of fun in 2013!


Monday, December 24, 2012

December snippets

As always, december has been busy. We've been settling back in to our at home routine, and of course getting a bit Christmassy. Here are some of my fave pics of the Christmas baking, crafting and decoration that's been going on chez us =)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas stars

I've been having lots of fun with paper crafts this year, and I'm excited to get some Christmassy paper going on too.
I'm starting with my old favourite folded paper christmas stars. Last year we renamed these 'crack stars', because once you start making them they are totally addictive!

This year I got my hands on some kraft paper strips - I'm making a string of them along with red patterned and plain white stars.

Then I'll probably make more for the tree, and more just because =)

If you'd like to try them out you can find really good instructions here:



Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Our first view of Bath was from the train on the way to Cardiff - we both looked out the window and said "oooooh look at that - what's that place?". We had still been deciding where to go for a day trip from London, but that decided it =)
It was just beautiful - the abbey and Roman baths are so impressive, and then there's the gorgeous countryside all around.
Bath is definitely on my must visit again list - we'd love to spend a couple of days there at least.


We had a week in London, which of course is about enough to see a thousandth of the city =)
Hyde park winter wonderland - a huge german-ish christmas market- was lots of fun (as long as it was during the week - Saturday was a bit mad!). The markets at South Bank were gorgeous too.
My (current) very favourite parts of London are St Christopher Place and Covent Garden - we spent quite a bit of time at each, and they both had killer christmas decorations up =)
Actually seeing everywhere decked out for Christmas was one of the best things about having been there at this time of year - I might have to do a separate blogpost rounding up some favourites =)


Some dear friend of mine moved to Cambridge 8 years ago, and it was ace to be able to visit them over there.
It was super cold the weekend we were there - they got snow just a few days later!


York is my favourite city I've ever visited.
We were there for 5 days, which wasn't nearly enough to see all we wanted!
Again we stayed in the centre - right next door to the minster at Galtres lodge.
Mum and I stayed there last time, and it was so fabulous I'd never stay anywhere else - the rooms are cosy and the staff are really wonderful - we felt so welcome.
The York's Chocolate Story is new since last time I visited, and was loads of fun - our guide was excellent =)
I can't wait to go back to York


We arrived home yesterday - much to the delight of our furry little kitties =)
The UK was amazing!
Of course I took LOADS of pics - if you've been following our trip on Instagram you'll have seen these already, but I'm going to post a couple from Cardiff, York, Cambridge, Bath and London. Everywhere was so beautiful, these are just a few of my favourites from each place - hopefully I'll get around to popping more up on Flickr in the next few weeks =)

These are from Cardiff. We stayed in the centre of the city - it was pretty cool to have a castle at the end of the street!
We had two days of rain, and one amazing sunshiny day - we took advantage of the gorgeous weather with a walk in Bute park. Beautiful!