Monday, 20 February 2012

Moody Monday cupboard cleaning.

I opened my daughters toy cupboard today and was greeted by this

Never in my life have I seen such a complete and utter mess. It was one of those moments when I wished I had kim and aggie from how clean is your house to come and help.

There were bits of Lego everywhere random doll parts and lots of pieces of polly pocket etc.

Five hours ( yes that's right five hours for one bl@@dy cupboard) five black bags and it was finally tidy. I forgot to take an after picture and the kids have been alone upstairs for an hour, I'm too scared to look in it in case it looks the same again.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Slightly sleepy Sunday

After a busy morning doing Zumba express then Zumba toning I've had a very lazy afternoon. A while back I had downloaded a free copy of mollie makes on the newsstand of my iPad. I enjoyed reading it so much so yesterday I bought the valentines issue because I had fell in love with the crochet hand warmers on the cover.

I hopefully will get round to making the hand warmers but at the moment I am busy making granny squares for a lovely throw that is in this issue.

For a limited time there is one free issue on the newsstand of cross stitch collection, cross stitcher, crochet today, mollie makes, the knitter, knitting life, simply knitting and papercraft inspirations and probably more but these are the ones I know of.

The girls were busy today with the last baking packet mix.

Tesco brownie mix

Didn't have a square tin so had to make it in a round one. Ended up crumbly but very tasty and the kids scoffed quite a lot of it.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Monday, 13 February 2012

I like to move things

I really like to move things and it drives my husband crazy. When I feel the need for a change I move some things from one room to another.

My husband found me a large stone in the shape of a heart a few years back (I love heart shaped stones) it has been in living room and beside front door. In both these places it was standing up and I was terrified it would fall on someone's toes, especially one of the girls or a visiting child.

Today I decided it was going flat and I have put it in our bedroom.

It doesn't look as if the door will close but it does.

Next I had to move the vase of flowers that sat in the place the stone is now taking up.

I recently moved one of the flowers from bedroom into our bathroom

I have also stacked up hamper and hat box so I have room for both.

Wonder what I can move next!!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Lil red heart

Lil red heart

Worked in stocking stitch 2 strands of dk yarn on 4mm needles, 4mm cable needle needed as Well.

Cast on 2 stitches

Starting with knit work 1 row

Increase 1stitch each end of next row and every row until there are 12 stitches

Knit 3, put next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next three then 3 on cable needle, knit 3

Purl 1 row

Increase each end of next 6 rows

Work 9 cable 6 as above work 9

Work 6 rows

P 2tog work last 2 stitches p2tog

Knit 8 cable 8 knit 8
purl 11 turn and work on these 11 stitches only

* k2 tog knit to end
P until last 2  p2 tog
Work two rows
K until last 2 stitches knit 2tog
P2tog purl last 2 stitches p2 tog
Work 1 row
P2tog purl last 2 p2 tog
K2tog.  K2tog
Cast of last 2 stitches

Rejoin yarn to other side work one row before following the shaping  but reversing that comes after *

Sew together leaving a small gap down one side to fill with toy stuffing then sew gap up.

Make a cord to make a hanging loop and two small pompoms made by the fork method.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Whoopie pies

My two girls love baking and they really hate it when I get involved. I love making my own things but sometimes a packet mix comes in really handy. Today was one of those times. I had picked up several packet mixes from the supermarket last time I was in. I thought it would keep the two monkeys busy because they have a week off school Thursday until Thursday.

They wanted to make the Whoopie pie one, I had seen a lot of pictures of Whoopie pies on the Internet but never made them before, I had even seen a machine that makes Whoopie pies but that seems a lot of expense for something that can be made quite easily.

Finished Whoopie pies.

Whoopie pies being made

They were very tasty and I think I will go browsing this afternoon for Whoopie pie recipes.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

knit and make newspaper

I was bored this afternoon so knit and make now has its very own newspaper with free patterns and news from the crafting world

                                                   knit and make newspaper

Love reading new blogs.

Just found the link for this lovely blog which is having a giveaway on another blog I follow

Here is some of the things in the giveaway

And the link for the blog and giveaway is here.

I will enjoy reading it later unfortunately I have to go Hoover and iron :(.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sweatshirt liposuction update

Still attempting to turn a sweatshirt into a cardigan but the amount of Zumba and other stuff I have been packing into my day is leaving me with litte time.

Recovering buttons that I may possibly use.

Wedding woes

I have a wedding later this summer and I'm on a mission to lose weight and tone up, I want to look pretty in my dress.

Since the end of last week I have been bouncing on my rebounder and zumbaing on the Xbox kinect like a crazy woman.

I really wanted to try the Zumba DVDs and thought now was the time to buy them because they were reduced to £29.99 on amazon.

Been having great fun.

This is what you get in the box.

Hopefully all my bouncing about like crazy will pay off.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Last day Thursday

Today is the oh's last day at home for 1/4 of a year :(. Normally he goes away for 2 months but this time it's 3 because we have a wedding and oh wanted to be home for some of the girls summer holidays.

Because he wont be here I got my valentines present early. I have a real candles and candle holder obsession.

Today I have been making use of oh and getting him to do some jobs before he goes off on his travels. One of the things I wanted him to do was hang a necklace holder on the wall for me.

A while back I had painted several picture frames to hang up in our bedroom and when I bought the necklace holder I really didn't have an idea where I was going to put it, looking at the picture frames today I thought it would look ok under them.

Wall before necklace hanger

Wall after

I also hung up the cute little birds that I won on a giveaway.

I love my gold sewing machine it's one of my favourite charity shop finds.