Monday, 30 December 2013

Crochet chain shawl scarf

One of the reasons that I started crocheting was to use some of the various yarns that I had bought years ago in an unsuccessful attempt at knitting.  They were just sitting there and needed something to be done with them, and knitting was not going to happen.  I am a horrible knitter!!

As part of my yarn busting, I used this lovely Rowan Kid Classic to make this Shawl/Scarf.  I had 4 balls, and it is so soft and so beautiful, but it can be a bit splitty to work with, but budgets permitting, I would definitely buy and use more in the future.

So, here we go TA DA!!  One shawly scarfy!!

It is so soft and cosy and I expect that I will wear it lots.

Two finished crochet projects this month, and I have a couple on the go, yarn for more and all sorts of things pinned and noted in magazines.  I think that in addition to my horrid cold, I have also caught the crochet bug!!

I'm looking forward to lots of crochet fun in the coming year.


Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Christmas Day

Happy Christmas one and all!

I hope that you all have a wonderful day whatever you are doing, wherever you are and whoever you are with.


Monday, 23 December 2013

Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Wishes to All

Yesterday was the last Sunday of Advent. So we lit the fourth candle of our advent candles.

There are several traditions about the meaning or theme of each candle. The scheme that accords best with the Common Worship Principal Service Lectionary for the fourth Sunday of Advent is The Virgin Mary.  We also pray for Love.

I wanted to say a huge Thank You to all of those who left their good wishes for my Aunt.  She is continuing to improve daily at an amazing rate, which is so wonderful.  I am sure that so many people sending good thoughts can only have helped.


This blogging business has been more fun that I ever imagined or dared to hope.  Thank you for making it such fun, for the support care and interest you have all shown.  It makes it worthwhile and lots of fun.

I had planned to pop by all of those who follow me and who I follow to say a personal Happy Christmas, but I think that I have run out of time now!

So instead I wish each and every one of the people who read this blog a


See you all next year!

Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Miracles

Do you know all those cheesy (but let's face it great fun to watch) Christmas films that are on this time of year on afternoon TV that go on about miracles happening at Christmas?  If not, go watch one, there are loads on right now!

Well, I am here to tell you that miracles do happen at Christmas.  So believe and they will happen.

My Aunt in Australia has had a stroke.  I asked another friend in America to pray for her.  Right when my message came through to my friend she was visiting her most favourite church in the world, having gone home to see her parents for Christmas, which was my friends own Christmas miracle.

My friend prayed. 

My Aunt has had some miracle experimental treatment and is doing pretty darn good now considering.  Not perfect, but alive and speaking and complaining about not wanting to have to use a walking frame (to which she was told to get on with her physiotherapy then!).

So, Christmas miracles do happen.  My Aunt is doing so much better than we had dared to hope for, my friend is home her family and was able to offer up a miracle prayer for me for my Aunt.

What more could anyone dare to ask for at Christmas than that.  I have had all my Christmas presents for the next 10 years at least.

I hope that you can have a miracle at Christmas if you need one!

All my love to you, and thanks and best wishes.  Amy xx

Thursday, 19 December 2013

And Christmas at my house!

After Christmas at Basildon Park yesterday, here are some Christmassy pictures from my house!

A bit of Christmas in my big cloche!

This is my oldest Christmas decoration from the first time I ever decorated on my own, several decades ago!

These angels were wedding anniversary presents that my hubby and I bought each other a few years ago from Liberty's.

This little car and the angel below were presents from Harrods.

The reindeer above was a present this year from my Mum from Germany, and she bought the ball below for me last year.

The bell above is inherited from my hubbys family and is probably about 40 or 50 years old.  The ornament below is from our holiday in Italy this year!

The cable car above is from our first visit to San Francisco in 2001 when my hubby asked me to marry him!  The little santa below is from a set of handpainted ornaments my Mum bought me from Russia a few years ago.

And the whole tree!

The tree below was another gift from hubby from an airport in Germany on his way back from a business trip last year.

And finally my Christmas Village!

Can you tell that I love to receive Christmas ornaments as presents!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013