February Farewells

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Well Hello and happy St David’s Day!  Now I know it’s a short month, but how quickly did February flash by?!  Even so, it was a full-on February for me (sorry I can’t seem to stop with the crazy alliterations), mainly taken up by my house move…

…I spent a bit of time at the beginning of the month saying ‘farewell’ to some of my most treasured Dyfi Valley places, like my favourite walk at Glaspwll…GlaspwllTrees

…and beautiful Tir Heddwch, where I got to have a go at helping weave a new willow screen…Willow Weaving…but then it was time to pack everything into the van, with much help from friends and family…VanMan&Woman…and say farewell to my Coach House flat, that has been my home for the last 3 years…Farewell CoachHouse…and head on down to The Marches, to my new house.  Which is in total chaos still, so I’ve got no pics to show you til next month!   But in amongst all the unpacking and sorting out and general exhaustion that comes with moving, I taught my brother to crochet!!  How cool is his first ‘happy-enough-not-to-unravel-it’ granny square??  Come on, how many of us did this well in our first week? – Not me, for sure! Robs1stGrannySquare… I don’t know about you, but for me, doing something creative is like going to a calm place when everything else gets too much.  Since all my sewing stuff was packed, I had a go at crocheting this snoodie-neck-warmer pattern with a lovely, unusual yarn that my friends Helen & Alison brought me back from Yarndale last year.  It’s made from corn fibre – yay, no allergies! – so I thought it would be nice to make this as I could wear it close to my face, unlike a lot of fibres.  It feels a bit like a cotton-acrylic mix and works up really nicely.  But it took me ages to get the hang of the pattern and although I like the effect, I’m not too happy with the size and shape it turned out.  I may well unravel it and just make a nice headwrap in this stitch instead…Popcorn Yarn Headwrap…so that was February, and here I am with a houseful of boxes, completely frazzled, and with so much still to be sorted out!  But it feels great to have done it, at last, and I love this area so much and am very pleased to be here…Hergest AfternoonI hope you all had a fabulous February: now here’s to clocks changing, daffodils opening, and all kinds of Springy Goodness in March!

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A Journey through January

TanyYCoedSnowAfter all the fun and good times of Xmas and New Year, January has been COLD and wet and dark and did I mention COLD, and the month I find the very hardest to get through!  It’s been a bit different this year though, for exciting reasons which I’ll share with you in a minute.  But first here’s some of the things that cheered my days during this dreary month…

…a beautiful bright full moon rising over the Dyfi Vally early in the month, taken from the woods near my houseDyfiValleyMoonrise…the successful completeion of the Blue Sheet muslin, enabling me to get cracking on my first Stashbusting Sewalong dress!  Auntie Janis & I are particularly pleased with the pockets…Sheet3…a magical snowy walk in my favourite woodland, with views of the Cambrians in the distance.  Armed with my trusty flask, of course!…TanYCoedSnowPicnic2…my gorgeous Purple Waves blanket has kept me company all month and is almost done.  Just one more round of edging to do and there will be a big WhooHoo!…blanketborder

…and here is the armchair where I’ve sat crocheting for quite a lot of this month, opposite the blazing fire or enjoying a rare bit of winter sunshine…ColourfulChair

…HOWEVER, my fireside armchair, and everything else, will shortly be getting packed up because in a couple of weeks I will be leaving the Lovey Dovey valley and moving house!  I’ve been planning to move for a while, and unexpectedly found the perfect place whilst visiting friends back home in Radnorshire over the hols.  So it might be a bit quiet here on the blog for a couple of weeks whilst I get relocated (and wait for BT to connect my phone & internet!), but rest assured, I will be BACK with plenty of colourful crafts very soon!

Thank you so much for reading, wishing you a wonderful week and a VERY Funky February 🙂

2014: Makes and Moments

Ah, it’s that time here in the Blogosphere, when the hols are over, the New Year has arrived, and we look back fondly (or not so!) over our favourite stuff from the past twelve months.  I’m not much of one for making resolutions (apart from resolving to hibernate during January!), but I do enjoy reading the ‘annual reviews’ on people’s blogs so I thought I’d do one of my own, with just my favourite Makes and Moments from each month…

All in all I’d say it was a pretty colourful year!  And despite the ups and downs of my health, I still managed to do a lot of making and get out and about a fair bit, and share a lot of laughs with good friends and family.  And I’ve loved posting here, sharing all the highs and lows of my year’s creative adventures with all of you!

Thank you so much for reading – here’s to a Big Fat Funky 2015! 🙂

 

Happy Winter Solstice!

taliesinsunsetHurray, the shortest day is done!  From now on it’s sun, sun, sun…

Well, OK, it’s grey skies, rain, howling winds and floods here at the moment but I just thought I’d cheer you up!  It was in fact too dark and drizzly to take ANY pictures at the lovely Solstice (indoor) picnic up at Tir Heddwch today, so I thought I’d share a pic of the sunset over our bay from a couple of solstices ago instead.

I’m taking a short break for the hols now, so here’s wishing you all a very happy holiday season, full of much merriment!  I’ll be back at the end of the month with a festive round-up and a look back at some of my best makes & moments of 2014.

Have fun everyone! 🙂

 

Notes from November

NovemberfromthebarnIt’s been a month of farewell to autumn and settling in for winter here in Magical Mid-Wales!  As the month’s worn on it’s turned cold enough to need a fire every night.  We’ve had some lovely frosty mornings and bright clear days – great for walking! – and there’s a feeling of everything slowing down and getting ready for the holiday season…

…my Christmas Cactus, that I’ve had for around 10 years, decided to flower early and is looking spectacular on my bedroom windowsill…xmascactus

…catching up with my friend Ursula on a break from her epic OneWomanWalksWales hike for Target Ovarian Cancer/Penny Brohn (go HERE to find out more & make a donation), and helping to take down the Tir Heddwch yurt for winter (and eat lunch!) in between rain showers…UrsulaAfterTheRain…FINALLY putting the finishing touches on the summer beach bag I started waaaay back in June!  A full ‘WhooHoo’ post on this one shortly…bagfinishing…late afternoon sunshine on the walk down from Llyn Barfog as I stop to rest halfway…halfwayhawthorns…lots more crochet for the craft stall!  I’ve been happily hooking these colourful mandala-like circles and stitching them together into little purses, inspired by Vendula Maderska’s colourful designs on Flickr…pursecircles2…and crossing the little footbridge on my favourite walk, noticing that all the leaves are pretty much gone off the trees and it’s proper winter now…Llyfnantbridge

…here’s to a magical December, with just the right amount of snow (ie the ‘wow-it-looks-like-a-Christmas-card’ kind, not the dangerous-to-drive-home-in kind) and lots of festive happenings to look forward to!

Wishing you all a very lovely week and month ahead! 🙂

October harvest

Reposted from 2 Nov 2014

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It’s been a month of lovely autumnal walks and lots of crochet and craft projects, some of them by the fire as we’ve had our first few chilly nights!

…a storm brought down a bumper crop of chestnuts from the tree in the field behind my house, more than the squirrels could grab in one go, so for once there were some left for me – delicious!

chestnuts…I’ve been making tea cosies galore for our stall at the Christmas craft fair, but this one was a long-promised gift for my mum (with matching coasters so’s dad didn’t feel left out!).  You can find this lovely pattern with a great tutorial over at Crochet With Raymondmumscosy1…and speaking of cosy, I couldn’t resist taking a pic of my favourity hippy house on my favourite walk.  It’s nestled at the bottom of a magical wooded cwm beside the river, with woodsheds and an old caravan in the garden…honeyhouse

…spindleberries in the hedgerow by our lane!  I’m always amazed to see these growing ‘in the wild’, one of our most colourful native shrubs…spindleberries

…a big WhooHoo! moment for me this month too, as I finally finished the Crochet Turtles! Just a little sneak peek for now as they haven’t yet arrived at their new home, but expect a full report in the next week or so…

turtlesneakpeek…and finally, on the last day of the month, an outing to Llyn Cwm Mynach with a picnic by the lake.  It looks much chillier in this picture, it was actually a really mild day!cwmmynachI hope you all had a lovely October.  I’m looking forward in November to a new winter crochet project, sewing a Christmas party dress, and making lots more tea cosies!

My blog is one year old this week, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who comes along to read about and share in my creative adventures.  I really appreciate all your lovely comments and emails, and look forward to lots more blogging in the year to come!

Happy Celtic New Year, everyone. 🙂