Thursday, 13 July 2017


..... sitting in waiting rooms .. it can get VERY boring x YES, you take "stuff" to do that keeps it at bay, BUT, sometimes you just have to give in and read the magazines that someone else has used and left behind for the rest of us x lol x

On (more than ....!!) one occasion I did this and one time read an article that said .. DONOT throw away the resources in your kitchen .. plant them! 

A couple of days later I was cutting up a pepper..

.. yes a yellow one .. and thought .. mm why not ? So instead of throwing away the seeds .. I planted them. NOTHING happened for quite a while ....but I left the pot alone ... and then  tiny little shoots began to pop through ..... now I have....


The same article stated that a tomato could be cut in half and planted .... NOTHING else.. just leave it alone (well water it occasionally ... but that's it !!!!!!!!!!) WHAT!!? 

Well I had one that was going all wrinkled ... so again ... why not?  NOW...

YUP! That's my free tomato plantation xx  lol

I am not a threat to any serious.. or not so serious.. growers, but, its fun ...  at no extra cost .. and, sort of free x I may never get fruits from them but, again.. it  has been FUN xx

Diane x

Saturday, 8 July 2017


... this blog as a way to chronical the sewing I was doing and as a to link to my daughter who had just then moved to Australia. It was meant for just me and her ....  HOWEVER, to my astonishment, it became like Topsy.. and other people began to read it .. and comment and like it .. and it became a community for us and for others as well, some family.. (they always get in on the act!! lol) .... and also new friends who came along for the ride xx 

In the last few months I have been AWOL.. I am sure you noticed xx

The reason for this is that my mum was diagnosed with ... and has been having treatment for ....bowel cancer. At times it has been hard for all concerned, at times it has been stressful and there have been tears and tantrums and SHOUTING... lots of shouting!

At times there has been laughter and  side splitting gallows humour that I am sure some people have been shocked by xx BUT it helped get us through .. so who cares what "others" think xx ! 

Now at last ... as with all things has been "got through" x The treatment is done and while there are still some "after effects" that we are dealing with in the main it is over with (we hope!!) and EVERYONE has survived xxx 

I do not know when .. if ever I will get back to full blogging ... but I am still here x Thank you for the messages that were sent .. it means a lot x

There have been times when I have sewn .. and times when I haven't, at the moment I have the time ... but not the inclination or even the concentrated brain power required !! So I having a break ... despite part completed projects that are sat looking forlorn and abandoned  x lol x

Knitting is easier as it seems to be more automatic and doesn't need a brain for long stretches of time xx lol x 

SO because a blog with no pictures is boring ... here goes x....

It has been a glorious summer here (so far!! don't want to jinx it !) PARTS of my garden look like this..

...and PARTS of my garden look like this...

(mmm have to get round to them xx lol x)

Some of my knitting ended like this ....

.. and some ended like this .... was THERAPUTIC to rip out and think about starting again xx 

I hope all is well in whatever part of the world you are reading this and that you can find something that makes you LAUGH today x

Diane x 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


.. we had sunshine with a cold wind .. not too bad x Then yesterday (Monday) the news was showing pictures of snow in Scotland .. well they like it for the tourists xxx

THS MORNING... I had to be out early to take mum for a blood test ... it had SNOWED and then frozen!!!!!!! WHAT.. its May next week .. this is "somewhat" close to the thoughts I was having as I scraped the windscreen !! lol x

These blooms are from yesterday .. today they are closed up TIGHT again xx

Walking home from visiting mum and dad me and the boys got HAIL STONES and rain .. now it is pouring with rain .. Hey-Ho .. this is England in the Spring xx lol Hope you are having it a bit warmer than us xx

Diane x

(ps. I thought I would try and bring a bit of brightness with the new background x ... what do you think?)

Monday, 24 April 2017


... a little sewing over the last few days ... some times it is good to just shut the door and leave every-one else out there xx .. well not Gus because he kicks up a fuss ...

.. he is having trouble staying awake now ...silly dog!

This shawl was garter and eyelets .. and SUPER fast as I did not have to think about it!!....

....again one to wrap around and around xx

We have had sun over the last 2 days so there have been some lovely flowers appearing.. is cold and dull so they are all closing up again.. don't blame them! lol x

mum has quite a few appointments this week .. blood tests, warfarin clinic and hospital.. so I may just be dipping in and out x.. hope you all find some time to craft this week.

Diane x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


... for to-day came out BIG.... in fact it came out ............. ENOURMOUS!!!!!!!!!

It is made with 4 ply and used about 2.75 skeins ... also it has eyelets and so just kept growing xx lol x The yarn is a mixture of wool and silk..... soooo soft and it drapes beautifully..

.. I had a lot of fun making it .. and because I enjoyed it .. it flew off the needles x

Continuing the theme the colour in the garden today  is...

..............YES the sun was shinning today xxx 

 ...... My granddaughter is coming to play tomorrow so I don't know if any crafting will happen .. you never know xx she will be ONE YEAR old next week .. how the heck that happened I don't know ! lol x

Diane x

Monday, 17 April 2017


... the fundraising from Sandbach Quilt Group we are planning a garden party ... ps. if ANY of you have contacts with the weather gods, we could do with, warm and dry in mid July xxx lol.......this means that small items for sale/tombola/raffle are required.

This morning I pulled out some pre-cut squares.... NO idea what they were originally cut up for !!! .... and began to fold and sew....

... then I started the finishing process and NOW...

... there are 12 pin cushions to donate . I was not going to make 12 .. I sort of got carried away x

I have no pink from the garden to-day .. but .. there is a pink and sparkly shawl instead...

.. I made this one with a gradient that was in my stash... I need to use up wool as much as fabric!! lol x It is in the present box now x

The colour from the garden to-day is...

It is still cold ,but, the rain has eased off x Hope you have enjoyed the Easter holidays.

Diane x

Sunday, 16 April 2017


... starting the catch-up with the shawls that have been completed over the month that I was away from Blogging.

It was a lot easier to put some knitting n my bag and take it along at visiting time .. so as you may guess .. there are a few xx

First there is this lovely one..

...the gold yarn has gold sparkle going through it .. so I decided to add even more bling and add on beads as I went...

.. it was fun to make ..LOVE it x

Next was a super quick one ... was a special request (yes I got paid .. Wooo-Hoo x) and I am told the recipient LOVES it x.... more tomorrow x


.. young lady came to play with grandma a couple of times .. and kept me entertained with her antics xx

The weather to-day has been awful .. cold wet and windy.. but I managed to capture a little colour from the garden in-between showers...

Hope its been a good day x

Diane x