Can I first of all start by saying a big thank you to all the wonderful and encouraging comments that have been left since my last post . I have loved reading them and they have given Lucy and I a great deal to chat about , thank you !
Well , I hope your all enjoying your Easter Sunday ! My family and I have had a very chilled out day . The children have had a mini revolt and refused to get dressed , they have been so happy having a p.j day and munching chocolate treats !! I myself have been in a very laid back mode and in a crochet happy place . I decided yesterday to give myself a break from 'Handmade Over Yonder' sewing and work on some personal projects which have been quite neglected of late . I have also realised that over the last week I am quite wiped out after the last few weeks and I am in need of a bit of winding down time . A bit of cooking and a bit of crochet was called for , I find theses two things very therapeutic .
Usually I would spend the build up to Easter baking but not this year as my poor oven has died and it's final ! I was warned the last time it was repaired that the next time it went I had to buy a new one . Oh flippin! heck , no money in the pot to replace my big oven , well not for a few months any way , I do feel odd not being able to bake . But I am soooo very grateful to have a slow cooker a Bread maker and an Halogen oven . So this year their is no Simnel cake or Easter buns . However I can still use the gas rings on top of the oven so I changed tack this year . I went for homemade Easter gifts for friends and family of Lemon Curd , which I hope they think is yummmmmyyy!!
It is a recipe I have used a few times now always with perfect results , the recipe is out of this Pickles and Preserves book I was bought at Christmas . A couple of hours in the kitchen making these gifts really was a bit of much needed therapy .
When I went to bed last night I had already decided today was going to be a crochet day and in particular a blanket day ( I do have 3 on the go !!).
So I decided my eldest blanket was the project for today and it was time to tackle the boarder( for the 3rd time) . I've started and unpicked and started again with a different idea and unpicked again ,but last night whilst looking on pintrest for inspiration I put together some ideas . I love pootling on over to pintrest for visual inspiration !!
Oh what a simple pleasure it has been today sat in my favourite chair in the bay bathed in sunlight ! Now I have finished the Granny squares and joined them ( I joined them as I went , 120 in total ) I am going for a simple and mainly white boarder with hits of colour . I am hoping this will reflect the main part of the blanket . I am opting for rounds of single crochet and so far I like it !! I haven't had the urge yet to yank it all back as with previous attempts . But it is important to get the boarder right as it will either make or break the overall look of the blanket .
It has felt strange not working on the much needed stock for 'Handmade Over Yonder' , my shop has been empty for quite some time now . Mainly due to the studio and my other job as well as being a mum and wife . However in this last week I have had chance to be on the sewing machine in the studio which has felt good.
I am presently working on stock for the studio as we are planning an open studio date in the not too distant future , which is an exciting prospect indeed !! ( date to be decided)
I am also picking up quite inexpensive pieces to furnish the studio with , I found a very cheap and quite old cooling rack and turned it into something very use full.........
.......a tool hanger , it works so well with some little 's' hooks' . I also found this little sweet 'wot-not' in a new antiques\ collect ables shop that has recently opened in town . I was a little unsure where to hang it so it lived here for a while .
I am really enjoying the fantastic light our new studio has as well.
But best of all I am enjoying growing into my space !!
But tonight I am really enjoying being sat on my bottom blogging !!
So I hope you enjoy your Easter break , however you decided to spend it and if like me you need a bit of a rest I hope you get that too !!
Thanks for popping by and ta ta for now .x