Monday, 13 July 2009

Cushions, Clouds and Crochet

I forgot to take my camera to the village fete on Saturday which was a shame really. We are very traditional when it comes to the fete. There is bunting, a brass band, maypole dancing, tombola and tug of war to name but a few of the many attractions. It was a happy event and well supported despite the sky looking like this a couple of hours before hand!

I thought that I would show you the lovely goodies that I received from my swap partner, Maggie. I feel that my parcel definately fell a bit short, but in my defence, I felt so unwell most of the 2 weeks leading up to the deadline.

A lovely scarf and mittens, a beautiful scented knitted heart..I don't think I have seen a knitted heart before? A pretty blue bag which the little fairy commandered as soon as I unwrapped it as a storage place for her nintendo games. And the most gorgeous tea cosy. Many thanks Maggie.

Isn't that just the sweetest tea cosy you have ever seen?

For my part, these were two of the items I did manage to make myself. Nowhere near as fab as Maggie's items. I made this brooch from a chart on Julia's blog, I know that I didn't do it precisesly as per her instructions, but as you know, me and charts just don't get along! I still think that it is pretty though.

The past week or two has seen me rushing home to see what the postman has brought me. I mentioned in my last post that I had gone a bit mad on Ebay and Amazon and here are some of my purchases. Food for the soul...

And talking of the soul, my heart skips a little beat when I see these little squares of coloured magic. This will be the first cushion I am crocheting to make my wrought iron garden furniture a bit my comfy and bright. Only another 36 to go.

The mystery item mentioned in my last post will remain a mystery for a little while yet and the gorgeous afghan is on hold until I sell a kidney to fund the yarn to make them both.

Lastly, check out Alessandra's blog to take part in a yarn & chocolate swap. Yes, you did hear correcttly, I did say YARN & CHOCOLATE in the same there anything better! I am not sure when the closing date is, so get over there right now.

Dev X


gwengoods said...

PBS just had the mini series Lark Rise for Candleford on here in GA but we didn't get to see it, I heard the ads on the radio. Wonderful squares and swap items

Just be happy! said...

thank you so much for announcing the swap. I'm so excited about it!


Have a great week!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello there Dev!
Your village fete sounds perfect, I love such events, especially the cake stalls ;-)
Lovely lovely goodies from your swap partner. As you say the tea cosy is just THE BEST!
Have a great week
Denise x

the pig lady said...

Hi Dev, your goodies look amazing. I think the idea of a yarn and chocolate swap is nothing short of perfect - so I have popped over and signed up!!!!
I think, once I have moved all our boxed a new stash of books is essential for the summer hols hopefully along side a stash of yarn and chocolate!! hugs Debs xx

pinkfairygran said...

Hi Devina,

SO pleased you liked the items I sent... I love the brooch you made, and have followed the link to the site, copied down the instructions and hope to make some myself now! You inspired me to have a go....
I love the books you bought as well, and wonder how you enjoyed Barbara Pym?
And isn't it lovely that you have a traditional fete, when so many places don't bother any more?

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

I have just discovered your beautiful blog. I have recently taken up crochet and love it!
Take care
Isabelle x

Alhana said...

Dev, that teapot cozy is so cute!! And your curhsion looks very pretty, 36 squares more are nothing :-)

Anonymous said...

What a great post Dev, I love your swap goodies, there fabulous! You will really enjoy reading those books, especially Lark Rise, your post is full of wonderful and scrummy things, loved it! xxxx

Tabiboo said...

How adorable is that cosy?!? And how very British - a cosy for a teapot, rather!!

Nina x

ps. yarn and chocolate does sound very tempting - I'm off to investigate.

LittleGem said...

Hello, I have just found your blog and am loving all the colourful crochet! I cant crochet but am a great admirer!! Your blanket looks fab xx Gem

Anonymous said...

Hi Dev, I'm sure our little Foxy will be fine, bless her.
Thanks for telling me about Practical Magic been on tv. I did check out that blog you mentioned, and I've added it to my blogroll, as I think it is a lovelyt blog.
Take Care
Love Melanie xxxx

Lavender hearts said...


Please do. I'm starting the course in September so I will most likely have homework to do. If not, I would love to get some experience and help you rearrange/redesign your home. I plan on setting a business doing that sort of thing. I know that people don't have the money to do major works or move so my idea is to just simply sort through things, paint, cover and reprupose items around the home. I don't live very far away from you either so it's defo doable. Drop me a line here:

Sian x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hello, I just found you! I simply love Alison Utterly too! I am crazy about crochet but sadly my brain is crochlexic and I cant seem to retain how to do it! I learn it about once a year and then forget it straight away!Much to my long suffering Mum's horror!
Lovely blog, Sarah x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hi Dev, me again! The Lavender festival is in North Kent, near a pretty pretty village called Shoreham. Nearest town Sevenoaks. It is held over two weekends when the lavender is at it's peak. They are cutting it now!
Next year I will try and remember to tell everone in plenty of time!
Love Sarah x

Anonymous said...

Hiya Dev, I think I will buy the Twilight books, I am really curious to see what all the fuss is about! xxxx

Pom Pom said...

That IS the cutest tea cozy EVER! Your brooch is sweet and sassy!