Friday, 23 September 2016

Patchwork August

Hello....... Here's a quick look back at August...........

A month of holidays, sunshine and star gazing here at the Summerhouse, some crafting too and as always lots of yarn.

Out in the garden the lazy days of summer were just perfect for enjoying the flowers, a mix of summer favourites and a few signs of autumn on the way with the viola's and cyclamen starting to flower again.

Well that's about it, each month I plan to post these patchworks at the beginning of the month but some how it never seems to happen, oh well better late than never.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Wednesday, 7 September 2016


Hello.............. Over the summer I took part in a postcard swap with some friends who also have chronic illnesses,  we all signed up to send five postcards over the Summer, to five different people. Such a good idea as there is nothing like a little bit of happy post to cheer a day up.

Plus it was the perfect opportunity to get a little crafty, I already had some postcards to colour and my first effort is at the top of this post.

Here are some of the cards I received over the summer months.  They say that postcards are dying out with so much instant tech these days, but I still think there is something rather lovely about them.

So that got me thinking how could I crochet a postcard ???? I thought about adding a pretty crocheted border to a card but in the end I opted to make up some little motifs I could add to a card.  

They were all a bit free style and crocheted from fine cotton.

I simply placed them onto the postcard and then started to doodle around them with silver pen.


One (sort of) crocheted postcard.

Lots more colouring went on to, for this card I used watercolour pencils, then went over them with a water wash.

Before finishing up with some glitter glue.......... (as you can never have too much sparkle!!)

The final card  I sent was one I bought in Southwold, I just couldn't resist these beach huts and the wonderful refection's in this photo's.  I hope you all had a great summer and perhaps received some postcards too, lets try and keep the tradition alive.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Seven Sunny Days in Suffolk

Hello......... Last week we closed up the summerhouse and trundled off to Suffolk.  I love this little corner of the world and have visited it so many time over the past twenty years it's like visiting a old friend.

As you know my health and energy levels have been pretty poor this year, so one of the first things we did was visit Dunwich heath, it's one of my favourite places, so we wanted to go while I still had some energy.

This year we visited the National Trust's part of the heath, as they have a tramper, that less able visitors can borrow, which enables you to get right out onto the heath and in amongst the glorious heather.

It's a little bumpy but there are wide sandy paths that you mean you can go exploring.

Wonderful things to see and wildlife to spot, the heath is situated next to the rspb reserve at Minsmere, (where Spring watch comes from) and we saw so many birds, insects and bunnies out enjoying the heath.

After being coped up in the house it was just wonderful to take in all the views

and as for the heather  wow, we caught it at it's very best I think.

Now in case anyone is interested the Trampers are free to borrow, but you do have to phone and book in advance, (we phoned in the morning and went in the afternoon).  

They do give you a little bit of training but they are fairly easy to use once you get the hang of them.

Now I knew there were going to be some days when I would not be well enough to leave the cottage so I took lots of supplies along, for rest days

I did however make it to the beach for the first time in a year

so wonderful to feel the sand between my toes and lie in the warm sunshine, a luxury for me as the medication for Lyme disease makes me allergic to sunlight so if I go away I always have a treatment break.

So it was lovely to sit in the sunshine with my crochet.

Another short trip I managed was a drive out in the car to Snape Maltings,

Where we saw the traditional sailing barges,

and on the way home I snapped a quick pic of the 'house in the clouds'

Lots of resting gave me time to read my holiday book, and it was lovely to just lie and read, without any enforced pacing, normally when I follow my pacing program to help manage my energy I can only read for ten minutes a day, but as I was on holiday I decided to relax this, so while everyone else was out having fun I was keeping myself entertained with DVD's and my book.

Now no trip to Suffolk would be complete without a visit to Southwold, although I did find it scarily busy with so much traffic up in the town. It was my last trip out for the holiday as by then I had used up all my spoons

So the last few days of the trip were spent resting up in the cottage, although I did manage a short outing to the village duck pond.  So that's about it, what can I say the weather was perfect and Suffolk is so lovely.

But after a busy week both my nephew doggie and I were completely wiped out and in need of a good rest.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Friday, 19 August 2016

Patchwork July

Hello.......... patchwork time again

July was quite a busy month here, lots of get together's with friends, for birthday's, a wedding and even a spot of garden table decorating, which of course took a bit of a toll on my health, that's the nature of ME/Lyme disease there is always a price to pay for spending too many spoons (spoon theory), there was of course a little bit of crochet though........

While I was inside recovering, out in the garden summer was in full bloom. 

Well not much else to say about July it seems such a long time ago now, I really must get better at posting the patchworks on time

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Work in progress Wednesday

Hello.......... I thought I'd do a bit of a WIP Wednesday post as a bit of a catch up, as well lets face it I've been a bit rubbish at posting lately.

In my defence I didn't really have too much to share as energy levels are low and pain has been high and to top it all off this happened, I have no idea why !!! but the knuckle on my little finger came up all red and swollen and that kind of put pay to any crochet for a while, how I missed the yarn.  I'm guessing it's related to the Lyme disease as I'm currently off my antibiotics so lots of my joints have been playing up, but a red and angry looking joints is a new thing here. 

Any road mustn't grumble as of yesterday the hooks been back in my hand.

So a little catch up on the fingerless gloves, well it was all going so well and I was following along with the pattern for the thumb rows, until I hit a snag, as you can see I have teeny tiny hands and well the gloves are turning out to be just too big. So after much huffy and puffy and lamenting my tiny hands, it's time for plan b, just need to figure out what that is, as I adore these pretty gloves.

I'm still plodding along with my rainbow drops wheelchair blanket, which is coming along just fine.

Now it's confession time, as you may know I already have many ongoing blankets on the go eek, well I just thought I'd try to see if I could make one of the flower hexi's, from 'Cute and Easy Crochet with flowers'  That was my plan until oops I accidentally bought some yarn in colours that would be just perfect for this make.......

Well that's about it, hopefully once the Summer's over I'll be around a little bit more.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Wrist Warmers

Hello....... This week I've started a little yarny prep for Autumn, don't panic  I'm sure there is still much more summer to come, it's just with my limited energy it take me a while to finish a project.  

So I decided to make myself some Wrist warmers as I tend to get very cold hands stuck in bed not being able to move about too much.

So I had a hunt about online and found a beautiful pattern for some lacy fingerless gloves 'Here'
over on Henk's blog.  The pattern is free and has been very kindly translated into lots of different languages, so super helpful.  

I also splurged a little and treated myself to some very luxurious yarn it's Orielle by Lousie Harding, and it's baby alpaca, (how cute must they look)  I'm using the white which has a lovely delicate golden sparkle running through, (well you know me and sparkle, it just has to be done)  I have to tell you I was torn colour wise as there was most gorgeous aqua colour that I fell in love with, but I decided to be sensible and go with the white as it matches my winter hat and will go with more of the clothes I own, although, depending on how well this make goes I might not be able to resist making me another pair.

Now I have to tell you that this took a lot of concentration for me, but in no time at all I had the beginnings of my wrist warmers and so far they were looking pretty much like the pattern

Energy levels low and brain fog high, I've been working on them two rows at a time but I'm pretty sure for a fit and healthy crocheter you could probably make a pair in a weekend.

 As for me and my two rows at a time plan well so far so good, I still have to keep checking the pattern to know where I am and can you see as a memory aid I'm using a pretty peg to know what row I'm on (I'd be lost without it)

Oh but I'm loving this yarn it's soooo soft and wonderful to work with, I'm also loving how my wrist warmer are looking so far, aren't they pretty ?

I'll keep you posted as to how I go and hopefully before the Autumn I'll have a Ta-Dah for you, just got to get past the thumb hole first !!!

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Patchwork June

Hello............. Sorry for disappearing off again, I'm just not sure where the time is going at the moment and as always there is not much spare energy for getting things done around here.

Any road, let's do a little bit of catching up with some patchworks from June, it all seems so long ago now.  Looking back there was a fair amount of crochet in June, granny squares a mandala and some crocheted coasters I made as a little yarny gift, you can read more about these makes over in Junes blog archive if you want too.

There was also some dodgy health stuff, that left me feeling very tired, but I did make it out to visit a local castle gardens and of course the knicker bunting went up in the local library !!!

Out in the garden it was roses galore, how I love it when they all start to bloom, plus the summer bedding, and some new fuchsias for the wall planters, despite it being such a mild winter we lost all but one of the fuchsias we had over the winter, not quite sure why as they have been happily flowering away on the wall for many a year !!!

Well that's about it for now.......... Hopefully I'll be back soon with another post.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx