Wednesday, 26 May 2010

It's CRAZY in our household at the moment - so to balance this out I thought I would show you one small area of calm - my lovely colourful books from the hallway. Before I did this they were completely chaotic. This way they are rocking a more 'styled' look rather than screaming 'jumble sale table'!

I am also now contributing to UK Handmade's blog and quarterly newsletter. I've been a big fan for a while now and they've decided to let me have some input in the role of Editorial Assistant (!) Basically a "news hound" sniffing out interesting crafty stories, people, events etc. So chuffed and excited to be part of their team.

The Hoxne Artisan Market which is also approaching fast. This week I have been making lavender fish....

lavender hearts and 'smelly dogs' with knitted ears....

Nothings finished (....panic!) I'm going to have to get my skates on. Anyway my studio is a complete mess thanks to two little girls who have also been busy doing their "jobs". I'm too busy to be too bothered about this disaster zone at the moment- it can join the queue.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

We had friends to stay this weekend and so we all went to the beach at Walberswick, Suffolk. As you can see from the photo its wasn't the best of days but we did have it pretty much to ourselves. We braved it for half an hour and then went to the pub for a pint and a hog roast roll.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

So we are back from our holiday in Puglia, Italy. It was lovely....... some beautiful hot sunny days (although interestingly even Southern Italy at this time of year can be grey and rainy as we discovered on a few days) We indulged in generous helpings of scrummy Parma ham, olives, gorgeous breads, pasta, prosecco, more olives......we LOVED the food!

It did however open our eyes to the reality of travelling with two children under 4. Gone are the days of strolling around markets just as a couple (the buggy was just to difficult to negotiate amongst the crowds and the children's patience wore thin pretty quickly) So we spent most of our time at the villa which was no hardship as you can see from the photo of the view of the pool.

Back at home I have plenty on the go. The Hoxne Artisan Craft Market is coming up in June and I'm busy making things. Developing a new knitted hairband idea and you can see my lovely work in progress here in amongst the lobellia. So pretty.

One last thing I want to share is the review I enjoyed on the UK Handmade blog of Erika Knight's new book Simple Knitting. Although I'm a massive fan of colour I also share her love of classic and neutral and I think this book could be worth looking out for.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

I'm back......just

Got back at 10pm last night and here I am at 6.30am catching up on all my favourite blogs while the kids are still asleep. I've missed all the crafty stuff sooooo much! Anyway just wanted to draw your attention to the Sixty One A Giveaway. Its well worth entering for the chance to win one of the lovely birdcages.