Thursday, 21 August 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Yarn Along - Back To School


This is a school hat for Oscar knitted in an inexpensive wool and acrylic blend because lets be honest, it will probably get lost or trampled on at school. The pattern is The Snappy Hat pattern, possibly the easiest cable knit hat pattern ever invented. Oscar's started school today, but I am hoping he won't be needing a woolly hat for a few weeks at least. His school colours are red and grey (see tomorrows post for cutest school pictures ever), hence the colours of wool. I should have enough for a scarf and mittens, as requested by the boy himself.


Ok, so a lot of this is not exactly compatible with my Christian Faith, however, I believe Ms Moran is right when she says most of us are feminists taking advantage of the basic rights we have, which were hard won by previous generations. Despite the bedroom talk and frequent swear words, I can't help but like a lot of what she has to say. If you want to get the tone of the book, I would recommend this video first.

Joining in with GINNY and friends for Yarn Along

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A Creative Need

cheese on toast

I have a definite need to be creative on a daily basis. My fall back on creative slump days has for a long while been a bit of creative cooking, but sometimes even that does not happen, and Duncan and I end up eating only a little more than cheese on toast for dinner.

craft table

Oscar still loves crafting but now that he is a bit older there are other things which occupy his mind (dare I say it, Minecraft).

Homemade Book

I  buy plenty of craft and cookery books though, because along with Blogs they serve to inspire me.

Knitting is on going, and that really is a comfort fall back. I have 2 knitting projects on pins and 2 crochet projects on pin, and these 4 are not counting the jumble of half finished projects destined to be frogged.

Today I managed pancakes, blueberries and sour cream for breakfast, I would call that a creative triumph so early in the day. I am not sure where spag bol for dinner lies on the creativity scale though because I can probably make that in my sleep.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Loom Bands - It Could Be Worse

loom bands craze

As far as fads for the 5 to 15 year old bracket goes, this one is not so bad. Granted they get every where, and with a new puppy in the house they have presented themselves as a choking hazard, but, at least they are fairly pretty and fall under the old fashioned craft bracket.

All of the shops where we live have signs in the windows saying 'Loom Bands On Sale Here' and so it does make it hard to say no to them, and it appears that one can never have to many. However, I can see the appeal, especially since Oscar at age 5 can make them himself without help, and he is most definitely one of these children who like to have active hands. Speaking as a Mama who knits and crochets I can totally understand the comforting feeling of making something with my own hands and so for that reason I am actively encouraging this. I know most parents are thrilled when something physical cuts in to screen time in their homes and so I suspect this has been in part the reason this current trend has swept the country.

loom band craze

Mama's HAVE to wear them too, its the law.

loom band craze

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Little Scottish Castle

15th century Scottish Castle

I have mentioned before that we are very lucky with our geographical location. Not only do we have plenty of shops, banks, cafĂ©'s, restaurants, a library, a great school, several parks, a nature reserve and a beach all within a 10 minute radius from our cottage, we also have a 15th century castle perched at the end of our street. 

15th century Scottish Castle

Oscar has been down there a lot lately when we have been walking the dog. Its quite special to have a castle to play in as the norm. I guess we need some perks for living in one of the wettest places in the UK.

15th century Scottish Castle

The view from the castle in none to shabby either.
Have A Great Weekend.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Yarn Along, Art Journal, And Granny Blanket


I am still making a big monochrome blanket for our winter bed. I chose black and white because I 99% have white bedding and the headboard is black velvet. you can't see it from the picture, but the white is sparkly ( 3 for £2 from Poundland). I am going to love this blanket. I have a blue and green one in the lounge and I love that. I want to make this as big as possible, I can see me adding rows to it whilst in bed snuggled beneath it, sipping hot chocolate and watching TV, on the long winter nights.


This book is great, the sketches alone make it worthwhile, but it is really geared to motivate and push you into actually working. I have been working in my sketchbook every day since it arrived, so I can say it is living up to its promise.

It looks like I may have some illustration projects coming up, so I really needed to give myself a push. Oscar has been joining in with me, and I cant tell you how awesome that feels, to sketch together.

Joining in with GINNY and friends for Yarn Along


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Fun Day

On Saturday we went off to a place called Craigtoun Park. Both Duncan and I went there many times as children, and with a miniature train, boating lake, and tractor ride, we knew Oscar would love it.

Our time together this summer has been seriously limited due to Duncan commuting so far to work every day. The puppy has been getting me up at 6am when Duncan leaves for work because she doesn't want to be alone, so by 9 o'clock at night we are all pretty shattered. 

Saturday was a great day to hang out together and with friends and just enjoy the company.

I hope you had a great weekend too.



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A Wee Shopping Trip

Since the sun was shining Oscar and I decided to take a trip into town. I have to admit that Oscar is not too bad a clothes shopping companion, in fact my only criticism would be his OVER enthusiasm for some things (high pitched squeals, followed by "Mama that's ADORABLE".
 Meh, it could be much worse, I remember his brother.

boy on bus

We had lunch at Burger King (of course).

burger king

burger king

And Oscar insisted that we buy matching sunglasses (they were only £1 a pair from Primark).

mirror sun glasses

mirror sun glasses

When we got home we were roasting hot, and pretty tired, so we broke out the ice-cream

haggen dass

And while Oscar played (his beloved) Minecraft I perused my purchases.

White Stretch Vest/Dress - Size 18 - Primark

White Stretch Vest/Dress - Size 18 - Primark £3.50

Filigree Tassel Necklace - Primark

Filigree Tassel Necklace - Primark - £4

Printed Pencil Skirt - Size 20 - Primark

Printed Pencil Skirt - Size 20 - Primark - £8

Crew Neck Cardigan - Size 20 - Primark

Crew Neck Cardigan - Size 20 - Primark - Tag says £6 
on checking receipt at home, was only charged £3  

Girl Print Short Sleeve Sweatshirt - Size 18 - Primark

Girl Print Short Sleeve Sweatshirt - Size 18 - Primark £3 Sale Price

Strapless Aztec Jumpsuit - Size 24 - New Look

Strapless Aztec Jumpsuit - Size 24 - New Look - £9 Sale Price

And That's All Folks

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Frugal Cooking - Curry & Muffins

So its coming up to the end of the month and a wee bit of economy cooking is needed. Last night we had a rather unusual curry which had banana, mandarins and tea (red bush), in the list of ingredients, and I have to confess, it was pretty good, I would definitely make it again.

creamy curry recipe

Curry recipe is here

After dinner we had some muffins which I had baked in the afternoon. These were from the book How to feed your whole family: A healthy, balanced diet with very little money.
But in essence they were muesli, flour, sugar, honey, 1 egg, and they were also very tasty. I always feel the need for tasty food when the money is running low, it helps me feel less worried about half empty cupboards.

muesli healthy muffin recipe

Monday, 28 July 2014

We Finally Did It

black lab labrador puppy on the beach

We were able to take Biba out this weekend for the first time (7 days post vaccinations). We knew exactly where to take her too.....

black lab labrador puppy on the beach

black lab labrador puppy on the beach

black lab labrador puppy on the beach

black lab labrador puppy on the beach

Oscar had a great time. Is there anything more fun than a puppy on the beach for the first time? I think it is going to be repeated over and over again.

black lab labrador puppy on the beach

Friday, 25 July 2014

A Weekly Oscar

Monday's child is fair of face

Shrek musical amateur play

Tuesdays child is full of grace

Shrek musical amateur play

Wednesdays child is full of woe

Shrek musical amateur play

Thursdays child has far to go

Birthday party at gym

Fridays child is loving and giving

Birthday Party At Gym

Saturdays child works hard for a living

Shrek musical amateur play

 But the child that is born on the Sabbath day, is bonnie and blithe and good and gay

Sleepy boy