Finger Knitted Garland

A little while ago the Nester had a post about finger knitting.  Never had I heard of something like it and neither had anyone I spoke to.  If you haven’t done it and are going to try it then I highly recommend this video on You Tube.  It is the simplest one I have found.

I gave one ago with some spare wool at home and currently it adorns the mantlepiece in the living room.

And of course, then my imagination ran away with me and I decided that this was the perfect adornment for my bedroom window.  At home, we have all wooden blinds and I love them but it makes the windows look pretty plain.  I had a raggamuffin garland across my window (another Nester inspired project), but I get bored and I liked the idea of mixing it up.

I was going to do green, but the choice in the shop wasn’t great so I picked pink/red.

It doesn’t take that long to do and I found it best to watch TV and sit their with my balls of wool.  Note though, its a bugger to start and then stop for a while as you need to find a way to hold the loops in place so make sure you have some spare time and have been to the loo first.

But, when its done it could look like this:

I like the whimsy of it.  I will be changing the colours around again later in the season and I am thinking of a red, white and blue one for the living room in time of the jubilee.

~ Pru

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Jubilee Fever

If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I went a bit jubilee crazy.  With the Queen celebrating her 60th year on the throne, I took an extra day off from work and enjoyed five whole days of celebrating with my family.

On Friday afternoon, mum and I went into London to wander around (one of my favourite things to do).  We took a trip from Waterloo to Blackfriars Bridge to witness the biggest poster I have ever seen:

Whereas other countries often fly their flags (I see the American flag often shown on other blogs), the UK has a strange relationship with the St George Flag (English flag) and the Union Jack or Union Flag (the Great Britain flag).  Very rarely do you see them flown on buildings, unless a government building.  It has been lovely seeing bunting and flags and lots of red, white and blue adorning buildings in London.

Flags flying at Admiralty Arch.

And St James’s Park had the most stunning crown made from succulents:

I had bedecked the living room in red white and blue and took great pleasure in purchasing napkins, paper plates and cocktail sticks with flags on for a buffet tea which we had whilst watching the concert.  Oh yeah, and there was cake – tutorial and recipe on I Am Baker.

I went a bit crazy with the pom poms (just like the ones we did for Martha Mondays a year or so back).  I made big ones and small ones, tying the pom poms to garden sticks with the pipe cleaners.

Living so close to the River Thames meant that I got to see the boats getting into position before the pageant.  Mum and I stood by the Thames on Saturday morning and then walked along the towpath from Hammersmith to Putney to see more of the boats in the evening.

My view on the Jubilee:  Mainly, I loved it.  I loved the outpouring of love for the Queen and her family, I loved how Prince Charles spoke so beautifully about his mother and his absent father (Prince Philip was in hospital) at the concert and I thought that the whole event went very well.  The Queen was as gracious as ever and amazed by the crowds gathered.  The Mirror quoted her as saying ‘Look at all those people, Philip…look at them!’

There are great videos here:

Jubilee Pageant

Jubilee Concert Highlights

Thanksgiving Service

And it should go without being said, but I will declare that I am proud to be British and I loved having the opportunity to be so proud of my country and its history.

Did you see any of the celebrations on TV?

 

~ Pru

Clothespin Pinwheels & The Queen

My home is being bedecked in red, white and blue. I have always looked at my American friends with envy in July when everything is prettied-up with the national colours. But the Jubilee is rolling around the corner and so far I have made pompoms (small and large) and now pinwheels in red and blue.

I enjoyed this project chosen by Sara at Sassy Suppers. They are so whimsical. And I found that the card store had red and blue wrapping paper that had a white back so this was perfect.

I struggled slightly to get the drawing pin into the peg but it was so pleasing when they were done. They are currently brightening up the garden but I’m going to take then to the allotment to ward off the birds around the peas soon.

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I also wanted to share a couple of photos from last Tuesday. I took the afternoon off from work and mum and I headed to Richmond Park as the Queen was due to arrive in the afternoon. Friends, I saw the Queen! I have seen her once before, 23 years ago when I was only a nipper, and I barely remember so to see her now was remarkable.

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And even though the sky went from blue to black (and rain and hail) it was definitely worth it!

~ Pru

Glittered Pumpkins

Did I tell you that I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? I have the day off as on the Friday mum and I are heading to Brussels for the weekend.  I’m perusing the Martha magazines and have already decided on the stuffing and I’m thinking of making whipped maple sweet potatoes.  I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and so what better way to celebrate than with a good dinner, and what will be the First Ever Roast Dinner I have ever cooked.  I’m pretty petrified.  It’s the timing that worries me.  But I think at my age its time to finally cook the dinner.

I hadn’t even started to think about decorations, but I now know that glittered pumpkins will form some of the decoration.  These are so pretty.  I have seen glittered pumpkins all over the blogosphere, but hadn’t thought to do them myself.  I am so pleased that Megan chose this as this week’s Martha Mondays project.  They are so easy to do.  I used a pumpkin that I had on my desk at work and was about to throw away (I used to think that pumpkins were for Halloween only).  And then I chose to do one of the gourds that we had grown at the allotment, and then my mum decided that two were not enough and so she went off to get more gourds, so we ended up with five in total.

When mum and I went to the Martha show nearly two years ago one of the giveaways was a 24 pack of glitter.  I have barely used it and was actually a little apprehensive about using the glitter on the pumpkin, but on I went.  I chose Fire Opal, Yellow Barite, Copper, Peridot and Carnelian.  I was surprised at how pretty the colours were and how fine the glitter was, and how little of it I actually used.  Which means, I’m already thinking up glittering projects for Christmas.  Yep, no fruit or vegetable is safe anymore!

 

~ Pru

Paper Snowflakes

Update!

I worked a bit more on this at lunchtime.  By the end of the week the window will no doubt be covered in snowflakes.  I think I’m hooked!

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This is certainly work in progress.  Crafting (and as it turns out, cutting pieces of paper) is not my strong point!

My office at work with my three attempts (so far).

Lyndsey chose Paper Snowflakes for this week’s Martha Monday’s Project.  The office seemed the ideal place to put these, as I sit right next to the window and also have a pair of scissors always to hand.  I always like paper snowflakes (although haven’t made them for years).  My snowflakes are very random and I think I will have to check out some snowflake guidelines to help me cut better. 

 

 

Martha Mondays – Glowing Hurricane Vases

Thanksgiving Table Decor was this week’s Martha Mondays task chosen by Karen and was great as there were so many things to pick from.  Obviously I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving although I wish that I did as I like the idea of giving thanks very much.  Instead I chose hurricane vases which would go with the gourds that are still lining our mantlepiece.  The vases are wrapped in layers of tissue paper to give a glowing affect when the candle inside was lit.  These were easy to make (although I think the instructions are harder than they need to be). 

I did a yellow one, a mixture of yellow and orange on the middle one and an orange one.  Next time I would layer on more paper.  These glowed all night long and I think they looked really pretty.  I am thinking of using the idea on some smaller glasses (I used vases for this) for Christmas.

Nesting – Photo Frames for my Bedroom Wall

The air is chilly now and I am in the process of ‘nesting’.  I have never really nested before but I am so inspired by different blogs that I read that I am very keen to give it a go.

My aim: 

  1. To tidy the top of my dresser and remove the photoframes.
  2. To work to a budget of £10.
  3. To make it stylish and easy to adapt later.

And I did it!  Thanks to Ikea frames and ribbon from John Lewis, I came in at £10.  And I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I am already thinking about using photos of me growing up at Christmas for December.

Here is the process:

The walls are actually a light grey, although they show up in the photos as more lilac. 

 

I laid the photographs out on my bed and decided on the order and how I wanted them positioned.  From left to right the photos are: Violet in the garden (some years ago), Violet and I in Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park, at an Il Divo concert in Norfolk, a wedding in Florence and ready for a night out in Sydney.

 

Instead of bashing nails into the wall I cut out brown paper templates of the frames and positioned them about an inch apart. 

 

  The Ikea hooks were ideally for hanging the ribbon from.  The ribbon then hangs from the gold nails in the wall.  I will be able to easily change the ribbon and height of the frames when I next change them. 

 

And the finished result.  After doing the frames I then sorted out my necklaces and it is less cluttered now.  And friends are very happy with their gifts of necklaces!