Friday, 29 January 2016

Five On Friday

It has been a random week, so I thought that I would continue with the randomness today!  I present Five moments of random from the last seven days.

One

I don't know if I will have time - or the will - for Valentines decorations this year, but I had to put my button heart out.  I still love it!

 

Two
 
Hubby took me out for dinner recently.  When we arrived at the very nice restaurant there was a pebble on the table - about two inches by three and fairly flat.  We wondered what it was for, moved it around a bit and then ignored it.
 
Turns out it was there for a reason...
 
When they bought the bread out the bought out the butter balanced on the blade of a knife, they then used another knife to cut off a piece of butter and placed it, yes, you guessed it, on the pebble.
 
No, we had no idea what to make if it either!
 
Three
 
I find it really hard to get gloves that fit.  I have really big hands - long, not fat.  So when my favourite pair of leather gloves strangely ripped on one thumb I thought I would see if I could repair them.
 

There you see the hole and then you don't!  Not the most elegant of repairs, but it does for me and means that my thumb doesn't catch on things now!


Four

The latest winter storm is due this weekend - for the UK - and it is named Gertrude.  Do you know how these names are chosen?  No, me either.  So I looked it up.  There is a whole section on the Met Office website explaining it.  Which still didn't really give me an answer.  You can find the page here.  What I did find though was this list of the names of the storms for this year.  I see that we can only have 14 more this year!

Name our storms list

Source - Met Office

Five

I started crocheting with cheap metal crochet hooks, then I progressed to my aluminium "racing hook" as I called it.  Now I have progressed further and these are my new favourites.  Knit Pro's, light as a feather and so comfortable to hold and work with.  I think these are my new favourites!


Those are my five random moments from the week!

Thank you to everyone for your support over the last week and especially your congratulations yesterday about my new business.  It is only small at the moment I realise, but it is the taking the step that is the big thing for me.  Thank you!!

Happy Weekend and Hugs to you all!!!

Amy
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54 comments:

  1. I remember that button heart too! Knit pro crochet hooks are brilliant as are their knitting needles too. Ever so slightly flexible and warm to hold, I love them, my favourites also. Very very odd about the butter must say!

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  2. Your button heart is just lovely!

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  3. Wow, that is awesome with the red buttons!
    In Germany you can give a donation for the weather service, and then get you own name for the next high or low, or chose a name, I read once. Well, I do not intend to "buy" me a high or low ;-)
    Have a nice weekend, not so bad storms

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  4. Great repair Amy, you are my kinda lady! Jo x

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  5. Ah we have a little Clodagh, she wasn't very impressed with the storm being named after her I love your button heart, it is very pretty. Oh I am sorry that it has been one of those weeks, hopefully it will mean that the weekend is wonderful. Thank you for hosting and take care lovely xx

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  6. Your like me. Never throw out if you can repair! Good job on the gloves. Love your button heart. Hope all goes well with your Etsy shop..thinking of you. Barbara x

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  7. Storm naming grrr ;-). Interested in your crochet hooks. Decent kit makes all the difference xx

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  8. I enjoyed your post Amy - full of interesting stuff! Fancy putting the butter on the pebble, hope they washed it first after getting it out of the car park! 14 storms is definitely quite enough, good fun to see the rest of the names. x

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  9. An excellent random selection! All that faffing with the butter seems a bit strange - and perhaps a bit unhygienic? I love your button heart! Have a greta weekend, Anne xx

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  10. Love your button heart. I had difficulty at Christmas finding red buttons to act as berries on my fabric wreath; it looks as though you knew where to look! I've never come across a 'butter pebble' before but like the idea a lot and your glove repair is great. I like a nice storm at the weekend if we don't have to go out, so shall light the stove and look forward to Gertrude. Have a good one. xx

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  11. Have a lovely weekend Amy.
    What a way to serve the butter. And that heart is very sweet. Thanks for Five on Friday again.

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  12. I like the way the button heart is displayed. A great repair job to the gloves.

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  13. Well done on the repair!
    As for the pebble, I can only presume that this is that restaurant's modern 'take' on a knife rest. These were in glass or metal or pottery and were usually oblong and placed on a table, close to the butter dish so that the butter knife, once used, could be 'rested' against it, the blade against the rest. I have a cut glass pair of such knife rests, they look like mini-dumb bells. I've never used them, but they are very pretty objets d'art.
    Margaret P

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  14. I adore the button heart decour.

    Yes, I wondered about the Met names for the storm. Interesting, thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good weekend, the stormy weather here is atrocious. I am glad i have the day off from work today, today is a day for house work.

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  15. Leather isn't easy to mend. Well done!

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  16. That heart is gorgeous, and you have done a geat job on mending your gloves. Enjoy your week
    Jill

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  17. Love the button heart and well done on the glove repair. I had to smile about the pebble, I've noticed recently that food seems to be served on anything but plates and dishes, we were given muffins recently on what looked like cheese boards or chopping boards:)

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  18. Your button is lovely - so many buttons! Love the idea of the pebble too. It's very satisfying isn't it to mend things and get longer life out of something.
    Caz xx

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  19. I enjoyed your random things Amy, that stone thing sounds very strange to me, I haven't come across it before, The valentine button plaque is lovely and should come out each year. Your glove repair looks neat much better than having to buy new ones. I have never tried those hooks my favourites are clover soft touch, not very pretty but so comfortable to work with. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  20. I have the same problem with gloves Amy, having long fingers. I usually resort to fingerless mitts! Thanks for the heads up about the crochet hooks. Have a good weekend.

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  21. Hi Amy, a good five here. Pebbles, hey? Interesting... Anyway, I commented on yesterday's post but it's not appeared (I was on my phone - it's glitchy), so can I add my congrats and support for your exciting venture? It's a brave endeavour – well done – and I have no doubt you'll be a whizz. I love those blue pom-poms. Have a great weekend. Sam x

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  22. Love the buttons! They're beautiful. And I use KnitPro too (knitting needles) - they're the best I've found, after extensive testing. Hope you have a great weekend :)

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  23. The button heart is fab, have a great weekendxx

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  24. Your Valentine heart is very pretty. Way to go on repairing your gloves. I use fingerless mitts covered by knitted ones so they are always easy to repair. The crochet hook I'm using right now is a bit short so I need to get a better one. Have a good weekend, and hope the approaching storm isn't too bad.

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  25. I'll have to look into those hooks to see if we have them here. I hate repairing tiny things, but now you have your favorite gloves back!

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  26. Hello Amy, such a lovely post! Your Valentine heart is indeed very pretty.
    Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend! xx

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  27. Happy Friday to you. I do hope Gertrude isn't too bad or damaging. The button heart is a fun idea. That's interesting about the stone on the table. I wonder if they put a fresh one on for each set of customers...
    It's always great to have the right tools for whatever you want to work on. Have a wonderful weekend and blessings on your new business. Click on the link on the sign up for ellen b. to get to the right blog for me because I need the URL option in the profile drop down to put my wordpress link into. If you click on my comment here you'll get to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog.

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  28. The storm names don't seem quite dramatic enough do they? I was having a conversation with the children about it this morning. They suggested Frankenstein for "F" instead of Frank. Much better I think! Lovely to see your beautiful heart again. Has it really been a year?! CJ xx

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  29. What?! Have I missed Valentine's Day?? Don't some of the fussy little things they do in restaurants drive you bonkers? Don't these people realise how naff they are? I'm wrestling with the idea of 'Storm Nigel'. Shouldn't these things have more fearsome names - Thor, Headbreaker - that kind of thing? Lovely post, Amy - have a great weekend.

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  30. Ramble as much as you like, it's always interesting to read. Interesting names for the storms, I wonder whose job it is to come up with them, it would certainly be a fun thing to do.

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  31. Hi Amy, I'm so excited for you and your new adventure with etsy! I love your Valentine heart. Enjoy your weekend and don't work too hard. Pat xx

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  32. I always enjoy the rambling, chatty posts about this and that. Good job on the glove repair. I hope the storm isn't too bad. The pebble butter "dish" is different - perhaps that's what they were after - some individualism. Certainly got us talking, didn't it? Have a good weekend and stay warm and dry.

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  33. The only way I could crochet was with a hook that had a padded holding end. The small metal hooks are particularly painful for my arthritis. But, I taught my daughter the basics, and now it's up to her. I always enjoyed crocheting, but I have to understand my limitations. LOVED your button heart! How pretty! The little stone on the restaurant table was interesting and different. :-) Hope you have a great week!

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  34. I really must dig out my button heart again, it was so much fun making it. I wish you lots and lots of luck for your new venture. I will be checking in regularly to see what delights you have for us. The pebble is certainly a talking point, but would help for them to have instructions on what to do with it :) Hope Gertrude treated you well, we seem to have got off lightly in Lincolnshire xxx

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  35. I just love that heart of buttons - you talented Lady! You need to make one of those for your shop so I can snatch it up. ;)

    That pebble thing for the butter kind of cracks me up. What will they think of next? Lol

    You are a clever GAl - stitching that thumb up like nothing. Might as well not waste a nice pair of gloves, right? Great job!!

    I've always wondered about the storm naming here in the states too. Whatever works I guess. ;)
    Blessings on your weekend sweet Friend and thanks for hosting! xoxo

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  36. Interesting about the butter pat. I like your heart, you inspired me last year and I made one too, but it's not nearly as good as yours. What are the last hooks made of?

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    1. They are wooden Janet, in the USA they are sold as Knit Pics I believe. Hope that helps! xx

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  37. Happy that i found you. Nice greetings from austria your new follower
    Kuni

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  38. Hi Amy! I've never heard of anything like that with the pebble and the butter! I learn something new every day. I went down and read about your opening an Etsy shop and I so wish you well. You'll do great with it I'm sure. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  39. Love your random things, Amy! They are always interesting and often make me smile!
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  40. When the first big storm of the winter hit here, our local radio station had a field day calling it "A big gale"! LOL Gertrude is blowing about outside as I type. I wish she would just go away! Enough is enough! I wonder - could they not think of names for Q, U, X, Y & Z? I bet we could come up with a few! :oD

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  41. Love the button heart decor! :-) Have a lovely weekend

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  42. I love your button heart, Amy and congratulations on your new Etsy shop! I scrolled down to see your post ( my electricity was out yesterday), and I love your offerings! A big step, but one that I hope will be fun and exciting for you. That is funny about the pebble....Hope you stay safe while Gertrude blows through! Thanks for hosting! Hugs xo Karen

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  43. I remember your button heart from last year, it's so lovely it definitely deserves to be brought out for Valentine's Day again. Many congratulations on your announcement, it's such an exciting time for you, I wish you every success.

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  44. Love how you used all those red buttons! What a great piece to display every year at Valentine's Day!

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  45. I love your button creation Amy.....

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  46. That button heart is gorgeous, I'd want that on show all year round I think. And interesting about the storm names, I hadn't realised they were all chosen already. Thanks for hosting. Have a lovely weekend x

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  47. I love your random post today.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  48. Interesting lot of little things, which make up your week. Those crochet hooks also look very pretty. Take care.

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  49. Your button heart is lovely! Also thanks for the crochet hook recommendation, I'm still using the metal ones so will check those out.

    Zoe | floral and feather

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  50. Here I am, behind as usual! A nice little selection of five randoms. I love that button heart too, and when I finish decluttering (???!!!) I plan on getting busy with crafting and sewing again too. Nice repair to the thumb! I have large hands too and know what it's like to get a nice pair of leather gloves that fit! I actually bought my last pair at a horse gear store. They are riding gloves, but are a beautiful soft leather and no one can tell they're riding gloves. Beautifully made with reinforced stitching! Something to consider next time you look for a good pair ;) I like the wooden crochet hook. I still use metal knitting needles, but sometimes I buy a coloured set as a treat!
    I so wanted to join again this week, but time got the better of me with the kids and then visiting my dad. I know I'll be better organized when I finish decluttering.
    Wendy xox

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  51. love yours five on monday AMy!! Always amazing!!! xoxoxox

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  52. I love that heart. Thanks for hosting.

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