Friday, 22 July 2016

Five On Friday

A random mix this week and then on to some news and chat!

Also, in case you didn't get chance to, please pop by and read this post just so that you know where I am and what is happening - nothing bad, no need for panic!


This week I met the lovely - she really is really lovely! - Alessandra from the blog Homemade At My Place.  It was totally by chance that we met, she lives halfway around the world, but I happened to notice from an IG picture that suddenly she wasn't halfway round the world.  I commented, we PM'd back and forth and lo and behold managed to arrange to meet this week.

It was wonderful!  You know I love meeting bloggers and I haven't ever met one that I didn't like and once again I was so lucky, we just clicked and talked and talked - we both talked as much as each other which I love! - and had a great time.

Alessandra was travelling with her husband and family who sat at another table.  Goodness knows what they thought of us, but I think they enjoyed themselves - I hope that they did!  They were lovely too and it was a pleasure to meet them all. 

Not only are you wonderful Alessandra, your family are too!

Thank you so much for getting in touch, I am so pleased we could meet.  We will do it again next time you pass by this part of the world!

Oh, and we exchanged a small gift each, I gave Alessandra a brooch (she is wearing it in the first picture) and she gave me a pot stand - I think that is what it is, I forgot to ask!  We discussed mandalas at great length and I don't think it is a mandala, but I am sorry if it is!  I am using it in my kitchen because I have red and blue accents in there so it goes perfectly.  And actually it isn't being a pot stand, it is being a fruit bowl stand! 

So if you ever get the chance to meet a blogger, do it!  Be safe and tell someone you trust where you are going and when and when you will be back and only meet in a public place, but do it!


Plans afoot for another shawl.  A three colour version of Jo!  Perhaps in stripes,  or perhaps not...  we will see!


I have had this book for years - nay decades!  Literally.

I love it, it is one of my favourites and has been much read.

I also used to own this version on tape.

But I lent it to someone.  I bought this version instead.  Sadly a few months ago now one of the tapes died.  It sort of exploded and imploded on itself at the same time.  Very odd!

I looked for a new version on good old Amazon and e-bay, but couldn't find one.

Then, when I was going through the box of tapes that Lady had been listening to I found a full set of the tapes.  Not just any set.  My set.  The set I had lent her years ago.

I have reclaimed them!  They are mine again and reunited with the others.  I have been enjoying listening to it.  I recommend the book, you will not be able to get the tape and I am sorry, but I am not parting with mine again!


Just a little crafting ditty!  I made this fellow from a kit from Homemaker Magazine.  Cute hey!


This is the computer case I have been making for my husband.  It is all done and has been in use.  He is very pleased with it.  It is all lined and be and I are really happy with it.

I just noticed that it looks rather pulled out of shape in this photo.  Not sure why as it doesn't normally look like that!

Because I am feeling frivolous a gratuitous sixth shot of some of my shawls hanging on the back of the door!  Sorry!

Thank you for joining in Five On Friday, I hope that you have a great weekend whatever you are doing.

See you next Friday before we break up for August!


Amy xx


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Shop Update

A little update of what is currently in my Etsy shop for those of you who don't watch the Podcast, but want to see what I have been making!

Full details for each item and the P&P costs can be found in the listing on Etsy.  If you would like to purchase anything, please do so as soon as you are able because the shop will probably take a break during August and will return in September.

You can find the shop here.

Crochet Baskets - assorted colours, as pictured.  £16.00 each plus p&p

Project Bags - or just anything bags!  Slightly different sizes, £12.50 each plus p&p.

Progress Keepers, can also be used as stitch markers, £1.65 each plus p&p - which is drastically reduced if you purchase more than one.


Set of Five Stitch Markers £1.65 plus p&p - again postage reduced with additional items, more than one set available.

Thank you!


Admin and Housekeeping

I was going to pop this in my post tomorrow, but it didn't seem to fit and was a bit long so I will just link to it tomorrow instead.  I think it works better as a stand alone post.

So, just a few notes of admin and housekeeping!

Firstly of all, Five On Friday.

There will be no Five On Friday in August, I always take a break in August and this year will be the same.  So next week will be last one until September when we will start again on 2nd September.  I will try and remind you the week before, but the link will appear in any case so I am sure that will prompt you.

I hope we can all enjoy the summer and stop thinking in Fridays!

If you have read my blog for a long time you will know that I have struggled with replying to comments.  If you have specific questions I always try to reply, but I don't always get to reply to everyone because a lot of people, and more all the time it seems, are no reply bloggers.

Going forward I will try and reply to all comments in the comments, so do go back and look to see if I have left you a message!  I will try and do this every couple of days, so if the reply isn't there immediately do look another time.  I have replied to comments from the last week if you want to go and see what I have said.

Also in the vein of comments, I find that it is getting harder and harder to comment on all of your blogs all of the time.  Up until recently I have tried to comment on every single one of your posts.  Not in a stalkerish way - I hope! - but in a friendly way.  However, I cannot always manage it now that I am busier working and with everything else that I have going on in life.  Just like you do!

I hope that you will therefore please excuse me if I don't always comment on all of your posts.  I hope that will not stop you from visiting me, and please don't think that I am not visiting and reading your posts, I might just not always say so! 

This is really really difficult for me.  I struggle with it a lot.  I feel that I should read and comment on every single post of everyone whose blog I read, and everyone who comes and comments here, but it really isn't possible.  I feel terrible guilt though and as though you will be upset, but finally something has had to give.

So please forgive me and don't be cross!  I hope that the replying to your comments here will help with our bloggy relationship!

Moving on from thinking about time, I said in the last podcast that I would be back in two or three weeks, and I may be, but I am also thinking of taking August off from that too.  I hope that you will bear with me if I do, but again, I just need some time!

Finally, I have been having a bit of a tidy up in Bloglovin as I was finding it difficult with all of the blogs I follow.  I realised that there were a lot of blogs on my list that are no longer active - and sadly when I went and checked quite a few that no longer even exist - so I have deleted them which means that I am no longer following them.  If I have accidentally unfollowed you and your blog is still active please can you drop me an e-mail and let me know so that I can pick you up again.  If I did unfollow and you are still active it really was by accident!

My hope is that by having just the blogs that are active on the list I can easily see who has posted and keep in touch with you more easily.

During August I am not sure if I will also blog as I usually do or less, but I will still be around and will definitely return in September.  I am not stopping blogging, this is just a summer break.

Also I haven't decided if I will keep my Etsy shop open during August or not.  I am going to do another - sorry, two in one day which really is very very rare for me - post in moment of the things I currently have, so if you want to order something please feel free to do so and then if I do put the shop into holiday mode during August you will not be waiting.

The shop will reopen again and the pattern shop on Ravelry remains open all of the time because you are purchasing an automatic PDF download so it doesn't matter if I am not around or not.

Sorry if this is rather rambly, you can see why I wanted to write it as a separate post!

I am terrified that saying all of this will somehow cause the most terrible offence and that you will all run off, but please don't take offence.  It isn't because I don't want to be in touch, or don't care.  I care deeply, but I need a little rest!

Thank you for understanding!  See you tomorrow, and next week - and shortly with that shop post of course! - and then we will see each other in September for sure even if we don't see each other so much in August!

Love to you all, from my home to yours!

Amy  xx