Sunday, 23 January 2011

Back on track.

Jose came home from school on Friday and presented me with a brown paper packet.....inside were some flowers.  Isn't is strange how when your children do something like this it always means so much.  This is a candle that she also made, the first time I had heard of Modge Podge.  Fantastic stuff.

My Granny Stripe is finished.  I have used up all of the Jacob wool that I have had in my 'stash' for near on 6 years.  But I ran out of grey, so I used some Cornish Gotland.  It is lighter then the grey of the Jacob, but looks similar.  I am please with it.  At the moment it is just on the back of the sofa.  My Dad came up yesterday to measure for some skirting and I said about it and he really liked it.  So, I have until Oct to make him his own one, even if he just uses it in his car,  not sure if that is what he'd really like but I am always stuck on what to make him.  I think I will stick to natural colours so I have just ordered some wool from here but they only have aran weight in the colours I want to use.  I thought I would do a test run first to see how it hooks up.

I haven't blogged much lately as I have a) not had the time (but have been reading lots) b) not really had much to write about.  The old mo-jo seems to be flagging a bit.
Poppy Cottage has been under going a few changes.  A wall down between the lounge and the hall has made a lovely big room, I have moved my bedroom downstairs (although I haven't spent much time in there as I have been staying 4 nights a week at a lady's house who's husband is in hospital, along with my Friday night at work)  The attic now is a massive craft room.  I wanted to put the fun back into making stuff and the smallest room (the attic stairs are in there) is now a clear white, peaceful room (OK I have to move a few things, Ashley's chair, need painting and gifting to her and the drawers need to go) but other then that it now holds my wool........well some of it.
The quilt top is one that I brought to finish off but I think that I will make it into a curtain for this room until I have the time to finish it off properly.  Mum doesn't really think that one curtain will look OK, but I can't split the quilt top, and I think it will be OK.

The stairs are now boxed in - just needs to be painted...........

My son also need to use a tray when he carries his coffee upstairs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the lounge - minus that wall...

The two sofa's on the left are the best buy of 2010.  £25 for the pair from eBay!!!!! Lily has kept her sofa.  just have to keep reminding her that the new (to-us) sofa's are not for her!!

See, much better, or I think so.  All I have to do now is de-clutter BIG time.

And  need to tidy up a bit more, well, a lot more really!!

But this bit is done and painted.  everything is going white, easy to touch up after a muddy dog has been through.

So you can see that I have been a bit busy.  But hopefully, I shall be back on track with my posts.  I also need to make this the year of the UFO's.  I have lots of things I need to finish.  My older sister, who lives in Cornwall is going to take a few bits of my stuff when she does a craft stall in Fowey, so I shall only make a few things to sell this year, the rest of the time I intend to do some courses, make some things for my cottage and most of all enjoy the places that are on my door step with Lily and go and explore.

Take care


  1. I'm not surprised you've been too busy to post - flippin heck!

    Your cottage looks lovely and so does your fab throw. Having a craft room will be great for you, but if you're anything like me things will start migrating to other rooms in the house. xx

  2. What a lovely cosy cottage you have...and a I'd love one of those!
    Lily,like Bella,knows the best place to make herself comfortable.
    Have a lovely week. :0)

  3. Wow, lots on the go. Everything looks lovely though and it is coming together nicely.

    Love the granny and, if your child is bringing you presents, you know you are doing something right! How sweet.

  4. You've made lots of progress, the granny stripe throw is lovely. I like your plans for the year too, doing courses, making things for your home and discovering your local area will all be fun.

  5. Your home looks gorgeous - I could move straight in! But look at all the wool stashed in the attic! You have more than my woolshop!!! Great to have you back Collette. xxxx

  6. It looks lovely and cosy; and that's only some of your wool- I'm envious! I wish you joy and happiness for the coming year, heaven knows you're due some x

  7. good to see you back :o)

    your cottage is beautiful and so snug. i love the photo of the pretty candle and paperwhites.

    may 2011 bring you all things good xxx

    love & hugs


  8. I'm not surprised you haven't had time to post - you've certainly been busy! Your home looks lovely, and what a bargain for your settees - brilliant!


  9. good to see you back, you have been a busy girl. One of my things for this new year is to de-clutter so that will make two of us then x you take care x


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