The Great Washday Disaster

I came in from shopping the other day, flustered and very tired. I went into the kitchen to put away the shopping and discovered I hadn’t put the washing machine on as I had previously thought. I hurridly turned it on, and continued with my day. A few hours later I went to unload the washing, and found, to my horror, that everything was covered in blue/purple stains. Continue reading


Turning a flat circle into a Basket.

Yesterday I gave the instructions for how to crochet a flat circle. This pattern has a lot of uses, but I’m going to show you how to turn it into a basket. These are ideal for making up Christmas gifts. You can fill it with little bathroom treats, or include it in a bigger hamper, and they’re really easy to make. Continue reading

How to crochet a flat circle

I have been busy making Christmas presents the last few days, and this has meant finding ingenious ways to use up my yarn stash and not spend any money. Amongst other things, I have been making small crocheted baskets. By using 3 strands of DK yarn together, I have been able to use up loads of oddments, and they took no time at all! Continue reading

The Metaphor Cardigan

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I find myself weaving in a thousand ends on a multi-coloured cardigan today. This particular cardigan has been sat at the back of the cupboard, half finished, for 4 years. Continue reading

Minted Marrow and Pea Soup Recipe


I don’t know about anyone else, but we still have a fair few marrows kicking around the place. By this stage I start to get pretty bored of them, so any recipe that uses an entire marrow is fine by me! Continue reading

Handmade Button Tree Decoration

As a crafts person I inevitably have quite a large stash of buttons and notions. Continue reading

Sticky sticks for toddlers

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Toddlers cost a fortune, but I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that! They outgrow toys in a matter of minutes, and I don’t know about you, but I rarely feel like I get value for money from them. Continue reading

Easy peasy cheese straw recipe

We went out for the day at the weekend. We decided to take the toddler to a local ‘amusement park’ type affairs that caters for little ones.  It’s called Twinlakes, if you’re in the area with toddlers I suggest you check it out.

Anyway, we decided on coming home before lunch, as they are pretty busy and really just serve chips. Delayed lunch means plenty of snacks, so on the spur of the moment I decided to make something I had been meaning to do for a couple of days – cheese straws. Continue reading

The Sweet Smell of Success

I’m not the world’s greatest housekeeper, this I will admit. I tend to ‘tidy’ rather than clean, and ‘potter’ rather than sort out. Because of this our house occasionally looks and feels a little neglected. Continue reading

An excuse to Make-do-and-Mend

As if I need an excuse! Last week my mum picked up an awesome ‘shabby chic’ water jug from a car boot sale. Obviously I thought this was the perfect thing to store my knitting needles in. I was right of course, but this made my knitting needle case obsolete. Continue reading