Thrifty temptations

Having lived in the long thin house for almost 14 years, and having amassed a few bits and bobs along the way I thought it prudent to start packing said bobs sooner rather than later in anticipation of the aforementioned house move , and as they are non essentials it would leave me more time to pack up the day to day items when we get the green light to go.

Very wise I hear you say, How organised I hear  you mutter….. but I am not good at empty spaces………..

they taunt me with their emptiness……………….

and mock me with their space………….

and so………………….

this happens……

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and this….

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this….

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Oh dear !!

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It seems it is as I suspected……..

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Resistance is futile !

Speak soon,

Mim xx

Come into the garden….

Our first few days of sunshine have made me start thinking of how much I like my garden

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Of how it looked when we arrived

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and how it looks now

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All the fun We have shared with friends

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and Family

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and of course the myriad of furry and feathered friends that have made it such a nice place to be

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it’s ever changing flora and fauna

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and how much

I shall miss it………………..

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Speak soon,

Mim xx

Caution Works in Progress !

With the rather chilly start to our British summer and our house move taking longer than we hoped My current WIPS  have a far better chance of being finished than if the sun was shinning and we were busy moving in to a new house !

My most recent project, which was started before finishing the project before..and the one before that….  is this

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It is a rather old and battered Ikea rattan footstool which needed cheering up, this is the before shot

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I used a pattern by the super talented Inverleith , you can find her blog at  http://inverleith.blogspot.co.uk/ , I found her pattern on Ravelry and tweaked it to fit this particular footstool.

Now it is finished I am returning to Chillis’ Emo blanket, thus named for its sombre colours, and the particular Teenage phase that is flavour of the month in the long thin house !

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My other WIPS are exactly that and shall remain so until the Emo blanket is finished as I am determined to finish one thing at a time and not start anything else !

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Although The Baby does need more granny sandals…

where’s my white wool …………

Speak soon,

Mim xx

A little bit of this and that

Now the sun has started to shine my Crocheting seems to have taken on more spring like hues

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Even Crochet for Baby Ramona has turned from blankets to summery sandals

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Things here at the long thin house are in a bit of a limbo, lots of things packed into boxes waiting for moving day…whenever that is !

I’m not very good at empty spaces, and now bootsale season has started again the shelves aren’t looking as bare as they should !Image

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Speak soon

Mim xx

The shape of things to come …..

It seems that I am not very good at this blogging malarkey,I am full of good intentions – and ideas for my posts – but not very good at putting fingers to keyboard !

Things at the long thin house have been a bit hectic, which is no excuse, but has led me to re evaluate my blogging strategy.

I know I would miss blogging if I stopped completely but I feel a change is needed to make me blog more, so from now on I shall be trying a new style of blogging, please let me know what you think, and thank you for coming along for the ride, it may be a little bit bumpy to start but hopefully it will settle down soon.

I shall start with a short catch up of the things that have happened here in the long thin house while I have been away.

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My first Grandchild Ramona s. Broadley was born.

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There has been lots of sewing.

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Plenty of crochet (more of this  to come! )

and also some of this…

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…Packing !!

speak soon xx

I Heart Hearts

Valentines day is not a big thing in the long thin house, it usually involves a homemade card, possibly chocolate of some description, (which is not that different from most other days) occasionally flowers, Tulips are my favourite followed by Daffodils and then Roses, and sometimes but not very often a glass of fizz (not cola !) with dinner. I think it is another Anniversary that is more fuelled by sales than sentiment, but the one thing I do like is a nice Heart ! whether it be a twiggy one, a glittery one , a pebble shaped one found on beach or an edible one I love them all !

Happy Valentines Day,

Speak soon,

Mim xx

 

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‘Nan’ Rules rule !

Here  in the long thin house… When I am allowed out of fairy land… I like to indulge in a spot of crochet.

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I haven’t been ‘hooking’ for long and i think i chronicled my early attempts on this very blog, but it  has led me to an appreciation of all thing ‘Nan/Granny’. My Children do not understand this, when I recently offered to crochet a blanket for my soon to be here Granchild ( who we have found out since I first announced the news is a Girl ! ) I was told ” I don’t like crochet it looks like something Nan would have”. Exactly ! How can the ways of Nan be underestimated ? I firmly believe that more Nan attitude would be a good thing. The make do and mend attitude of our Parents and Theirs before is to be applauded in todays consumer led society, I for one am really glad to see the re-emergence of crafty ways, mending ,making  do, recycling, and while I’m as guilty as the next person of buying  designer vintage ‘style’ products my greatest pleasure is finding that same style/type of item in a charity shop or bootsale, usually for a lot less money ! the same goes for designer mass made goods, give me handmade or vintage any day, the web is full of amazingly talented crafts people, and you get something unique and lovingly made,not factory made by people who’d rather be at home !

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Anyhoo getting down from my horse of extreme stature ! where was I …  Crochet baby blanket… Well I crocheted one any way, as I enjoyed doing it, and well, I am ‘Nan’ so it’s my job to introduce my Grandaughter to thrifty, crafty ways at every opportunity, even if she is too young to realise yet ! The blanket was met with a rather different reaction than I had expected…”oh it’s lovely ! ….. can you crochet baby dresses too, they are so cute” !

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I feel my ‘Nan’ vibes are working !

speak soon

Mim xx