Monthly Archives: November 2016

Skeleton leaves

My favourite place to walk our dog has to be the woods.  Walking under the canopy of leaves is cool in the summer and warm in the winter.   I could stroll for hours taking photographs of birds or picking up leaves.

On some of my walks I’ve found some beautiful skeleton leaves and have taken them home and pressed them in a big heavy book.  Recently I went through my collection and framed some of my favourites.

Triple setting

WBR setting 2

A1 setting 2

BR setting


WBL setting

The skeletons have been highlighted with a sprinkling of glitter and mounted onto acid-free card.   All available to buy in my newly opened Etsy shop :)


I need to work on my tension

I’m well known for having too many projects on the go so I’ve decided that I really must finish off as many as I can before starting any new  (haha, famous last words!!)

I took crochet lessons at a local wool shop two years ago.  Armed with a beginners knowledge of basic stitches I then made a nest of colourful baskets and also started “a winter project”, a granny square blanket for our campervan.   Over two winters I have made 144 little squares, sewed them all together, tied in all the ends (insert crying emoji here) and added two or three rows of border.

Granny Squares

This has really been a mammoth task and although I love the finished blanket, I am in no hurry to start another.  I am very slow at crochet and lack the confidence to look away from the hook at any point, and I found the sheer size of the blanket weighed me down in more ways than one (even though it could probably have been larger – one of us is going to feel a slight draught in the camper!!)

Crochet blanket (2)

I finished off the border with these adorable pompoms.


Does anyone remember making pompoms at school?  We used to cut out two cardboard circles with a hole in the middle, sandwich them together and wind the wool round and round.  Well not much has changed except there is now a little plastic gadget that doesn’t bend or disintegrate after one pompom.  Genius.

Crochet blanket (7)

Crochet blanket (9)

Looks like it has my cat’s approval.

Crochet blanket (14)

Autumn in the Park

As much as I mourn the end of summertime the colours of Autumn are never disappointing. We’ve been lucky to have had a particularly warm start to this season and the colours have been spectacular.  The leaves have remained crunchy underfoot because we haven’t had any rain to make them go all mushy.

The beginning of this week was foggy and I captured some of the beautiful scenes on my phone.






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