Mega May catchup

Well, May has escaped me, no blogging at all.  Time to let you know what I was up to while I was absent from my blog.  Mothers Day fell near the middle and I had a great day being made very special and then my mum visited and I made a sponge cake for afternoon tea.  Nothing better than a sponge cake straight out of oven cooled, spread with lime and raspberry jam and lashings of cream.  It was delish!  Here's a link to my recipe just for you!

My children and Dear Husband gave me this beautiful mother of pearl pendant.

Eggs on a Cloud made by Darling Daughter for breakfast.  Yummo!

I started and finished this baby blanket for a very special baby girl who arrived just in time for Mothers Day.  I used almost 600g of Bendigo Woollen Mills classic 8ply pure wool in the shade Rosebud and a 4.5mm hook.  The pattern I thought I might be able to manage was Heather Tucker's, Lacy Round Ripple Blanket, a free pattern I found on Ravelry.  I'm not a very experienced crochet pattern reader and I have to say the centre nearly defeated me, but I'm stubborn and once I got to where the rippling started it was pretty straight forward as long as you meticulously cross the rows off as they are done.  I washed and blocked the blanket and I was really pleased how it turned out.  Dear Husband delivered the blanket personally and met the divine little Miss.  

My little Miss Ruby loves her bed even if it is all pushed up in a heap!

Mothers Day when you have a giftware shop means making some special little things for the kids to pop in and pickup for their special mum.  I had a great time making these little items, so nice to be settled back into making.

Little fabric tissue packs for your handbag.

 Crochet brooches from cotton and mohair with fabric covered button centres.

Pom pom flowers.  These were super easy and easy enough for kids whip up too.

I love vintage linen and these little purses are great for using up little pieces of precious embroidery, hand crocheted edgings, and old jeans.  The flaps are crochet that I made using a pattern in a book I bought recently.  I'm really happy with the finished product, a bit fiddly but worth the effort.

I knit some cotton washers that are a great gift with a luxury MOR soap.  Pattern here.

Crochet cotton coasters were fun and they display really well at Kindrawares.

I made a trip over to our little shop and it's looking gorgeous as usual.  Love my time over there staying on the farm with my sister, The Farmers Wife.  The winter crops are all planted now they just need a bit of rain and harvest 2014 will be looking good.

The view from my sisters office!  Not bad!  The last paddock is almost done!

Good hearty food to keep us warm and contented.  The best thing about winter.

Winter is here and the fire has been lit, it's a great place to keep the apple and berry crumble warm beside a jug of homemade custard.


Anonymous said...

The pictures from your shop make it look so sweet.

It is hard to think about having a fire today --- it was 35.5C today and the sun was relentless. Whew!

Zara said...

May looks like it was a lovely, creative, delicious month for you. The shop window display looks great. x