Monday, 23 February 2009

The postman knocked twice!

I've had a very busy week, dejunking, cushion making, crocheting, gardening but I'm here at last! I had a surprise parcel on Tuesday my shabby chic cafe 'Cath Kidstonesque swap' from Bloomin Myrtle. On opening the parcel I found the above pic peeking out at me.

A beautifully made drawstring bag and inside this a bundle of pink tissue paper packages tied up with sheer pink polka dot ribbon.

And inside there was a soap in a ceramic soapdish, pink nail clippers, scrunchie, emery boards and two shower gels with roses inside.

Thankyou Elaine for the lovely swap.


The next day the postman came again with another parcel this time it was a giveaway that I had won from Janie at hedgecombers blogspot another Cornish blog. There was a cute egg shelf that fits in well with my kitchen, two sweet handmade hen egg cosies and two beautiful Cornishware egg cups my first pieces of Cornishware even though I'm Cornish!

If you haven't been to Janie's blog you must go and have a look. I can recommend her flapjacks they really are the best, I made them last week. thankyou for the great giveaway Janie.


I've also been given some awards first this one from the lovely Angel at shabby angel blog. I was given this a few weeks ago but I forgot, sorry Angel and thankyou.

Then the lemonade award from the lovely Julie at Gingerbread blog go take a visit she is truly the pincushion queen.

And finally these two from the lovely Beki Marie at the ramblings of an everyday mummy
another lovely blog to visit. Thankyou Beki Marie.

Now I must go and do some catching up and baking.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Pre and post snow goings on!

Before it snowed I did a bit of gardening, tidied up the water feature and hung out the washing.

If only!

We popped over to Eden to renew our 'locals' passes and took the opportnity to warm up in the rainforest biome, it's usually far too hot/busy to go in there but on that day it was very welcoming as it was blinking freezing outside.

I also did some baking I'd seen some recipes in a magazine one for butternut squash, raisin and orange muffins and the other for a flourless chocolate cake and then I had to make some carrot cake as that's my favourite. As you can see the muffins looked as flat as biscuits so I tried them again a few days later with better results (they loved them) I think I forgot the baking powder the first time! i'm not too sure about the cake, it was okay but quiet expensive - ground almonds, apricots, dark choclate, soured cream, 6 eggs! But it all got eaten so it couldn't of been that bad.

I've actually attempted a couple of bags, I used a Tilda pattern and Globatex fabric. I could've done with them being a bit bigger - I guess it serves you right if you make the pattern smaller because you think it'll be too big! One is for my crochet and yes I'm still doing those hexagons! The other was to hang in the hall for gloves etc but it might be quite nice for a Summer bag.

On Saturday there wasn't any snow here, blue skies and sunshine. So we set off to a book sale got literally 10 mins up the road and entered a winter wonderland, it was like a totally different world, the snow was sticking on the road but we had to carry on for another 10 minutes as there was no where to turn around. We very nearly got stuck as we have a Mercedes estate which is an automatic and it doesn't do snow! I was not happy missing the booksale but we went to a town in the other direction where I found this bath salts jar for £1.50 so that cheered me up somewhat!

I must show you our popcorn valentine hearts - for the birds. I was searching for a Valentine make for toddler group and came across these. It seemed like a good idea so on Sunday I stood and made a few batches of popcorn then on Monday I tried to thread some onto wire but this just wasn't happening. So I then spent Monday evening making holes, with a knitting needle in 2 bowls of popcorn! Luckily I was watching 'The Breakfast Club' at the same time so it wasn't all bad! I hope the birds appreciate my efforts, the toddlers did well though and it was great for their fine motor skills!

I was also tagged by Clare to show my fourth photo from my fourth folder and luckily this is it. It's a Tilda rabbit I made last Spring from 'Crafting Springtime Gifts' bit of a strange colour but it was the only bunnyish colour that I had.

I've amazingly finished my February swap for vivw at the shabbychiccafe - 2 weeks early but I'm not boasting lol, pictures next time.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Yay it snowed in Cornwall

Yesterday we waited patiently whilst everyone spoke of the snow that they had had. Then there were a few flurries in the afternoon which started to stick about 4 'o' clock.

A snow dance with Tara may help.

Gradually falling faster.

By 6 'o' clock it was getting quite thick, so we walked to work with Jodie.

Then this morning we woke to a winter wonderland.

We walked and played around the village.

Met a big snowman on the way.

Made a tiny snow creature/man.

And walked our dog down to the woods.

They say that we will have a significant snowfall on the moors tonight, I do hope so.