Thursday, 30 June 2011

Worthy Farm, Shepton Mallet, England.

This.

Glastonbury 2011


This is what makes every year so special. I love no place on earth more than I do Glastonbury Festival. Not my own home, my parents home, my garden, not even my local yarn shop. I love Glastonbury Festival and I cannot begin to even explain how happy that makes me. It sounds utterly ridiculous but it's amazing.

I'm on a bit of a Glastonbury come down at the moment, which means I've been very tired and I'm quite grumpy! I really don't want to be back in reality and this time it's going to last until 2013 :-(

I wanted to share a few photos with you although nothing can come close to being there. If you ever have the opportunity to go, do it.

Above was taken from The Park.

Tibetan prayer flags in the Greenfields
Glastonbury 2011

Greg. I took him to Glastonbury in 2009 and on the way home asked the campsite crew to look after him. They have ever since.
Glastonbury 2011

Shangri-La. One of the great things about Glastonbury is you can be whoever you want to be.
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The Unfairground.
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The locals!
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Greenpeace, a very important charity to me
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Hurrah! Some bunting craftyness in the craft fields!
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Elbow on the Pyramid Stage, Saturday.
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It's all over* :-( Beyonce closes the festival, Sunday.
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*well not quite. We stayed up til 4am in an underground Piano Bar singing along with Irish folk. Only at Glastonbury eh?!

You know what, I'm feeling a lot better for this little reminisce. I'm going to go now and apologise to all who I've snapped at today! Bye!

x x x x

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

A little sewing project

Hopefully by the time you are reading this, I'll be a couple of hundred miles from home, tent pitched, Oxfam Blanket purchased and soaking up the atmosphere on the best place on Earth ever. If not I'm stuck in long traffic jams...

To keep you occupied while I'm away (can you guess where I've gone!?) I cleverly scheduled this post to authomatically appear in my absense! Enjyoy :-)

I love owls me, I do! Have you seen that really funny picture of an owl with the O Rly? caption? Well it's here incase you haven't!

My partner and crime and I love owls. Not as much as our friends who went to an owl santury this weekend clearly but love them we do. I've had a lovely owl cushion for a couple of years now which I originally bought from ebay but have since seen everywhere.

Here she is!

Sunshine

When I took a trip home to my parents house I found a friend for her, a green owl (but I don't have any photos of him on his own...)

So a couple of weeks ago I was feeling a bit creative and not sure what to make. Ah-hah! I know what... So I gets my sewing machine out... some felt... my fabric stash... I think it took about 2 hours or so, it seemed pretty quick though... Want to see? Of course you do... ... ... !

Little Owl Cushion

!!!!!

Owl Family

Now given that this pattern / style belongs to someone (although I can't find out who) I can't really go doing a tutorial on this, but you know what I really don't think you'd need it. The little feathers on his front are made from felt, it was easier because I didn't have to worry about the edges fraying. The applique has all been attached with a simple zig-zag stitch on my machine, and the buttons were left overs from a coat I was changing the buttons on!

x x x x

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Swapsies!

I'm a little bit addicted to Ravelry, a website for people into knitting and crocheting. People like me. The only group I've joined is "We love Lucy" which is anyone who likes the Blog Attic 24 although it's a pretty random bunch; some knitters, some crocheters, some who just like talking to nice like minded people.

Anyway I'd seen that a few people got together a while back and had a swap - you know, pairing up, sending yarn over seas - and it seemed quite exciting! When the next one was suggested I thought I'd give it a go. Why not!

I am so glad I did, I was proper thrilled to bits with all the things my partner Nanita sent me! She's from Belgium, sadly she hasn't got a blog but I wish she did because she makes awesome amigurumi! My design tech teacher always used to say "a picture is worth 1000 words" so here's the proof!

Ravelry Swap


Ravelry Swap


New stash

LOOK how much yarn!!! Look at the colours!!! Boyfriend said "send it back!" haha! He thinks I have too much already...

Ravelry Swap

This is quite possibly my most favourite thing - A BEE!!!! He is bloody awesome isn't he? I love him! Look at his antennae! :-D

Ravelry Swap

These chickens are also amazing, I need to take some photos of their bums, they have really cool feathers at the back!

Ravelry Swap
And look, a really funky tin for all my random things :-D I really like this because I've got loads of "objects with faces" on and it's just really me!

My partner did a great job and I'm biased of course but I think I got the best partner ever :-D She took so much time finding out what I liked, making me a bee... I can't really say how amazed I was - actually a little speechless (yes I know...) when I opened it. I can only hope she liked her parcel just as much! As soon as she gets it I'll put some pics up that I took before it went on it's journey.

That's all for now, I've got some hexagons to crochet...!

x x x

P.S Nanita received my parcel and took a lovely photo, here's what I sent her!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Hexagon blanket

H-e-l-l-o! Yes I felt the need to spell that out, a big welcome to you all! What a week. What a long and borrrrrrrrrrrrrring week! It's been one of those where on Wednesday you think tomorrow is Friday and the real Thursday and Friday end up being a real disappointment - "this should be the weekend in my mind!"


Crochet Hexagons

Well nevermind, it's Friday now which is fan-flipping-tastic. I wanted to quickly share with you my current project! I realised I haven't actually made any attempts to blog about it and I should have done because I'm loving it!

Crochet Hexagons

I've wanted to make a hexagon blanket for absolutely ages (infact while I was making the granny squares...) so I'm really happy that I've finally started.

These photos admittedly were taken several months ago. The projects been on & off while I made other things, but never far from my mind :-)

mosaic_hexagons

It took a while to decide how to join them all as I wanted the hexagons to be fully formed with a white border, not colourful circles with a white border making them into a hexagon shape... Erm, does that make sense? Perhaps not! It did mean I had to figure this out by trial and error. When I dc'd them together there was a kind of ridge between them; this would not do! I've decided a much simplier option is to sew them together :-)

Hexagons

So I made a start! Back when I was visiting my parents, I made use of their lovely grass.

Hexagons

I'm much much further along than this but I don't want to show you all at once you see or it will spoil the journey of making! Hope you like :-)

x x x x

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Under the Tuscan sun

The lovely Teresa of Oregon (give her a wave!) said I should put up some photos of my travels so I thought why not! I'll be able to look back and think about all the nice things I saw and did :-)

I took far too many photos (not nearly as many as my brother who was on several hundred on day 2) so I decided to make a couple of mosaics so you aren't here all day...

Tuscany

Some of the little features in European cities (think Florence, Rome, Paris, Barcelona...) are just beautiful! I just don't see this sort of thing back in England, look at the amazing door bells and post boxes!

And of course the buildings are just stunning too! The leaning tower of Pisa leans a lot more than I actually thought, I really am surprised it's still standing to be honest.

Tuscany

The range of colours of the builings, gold, pink, yellow, blues are really beauttiful.

Tuscany

If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know I love flowers! Tuscany hasn't disappointed me, even though it's so hot they still have an amazing variety of plants that obviously love the climate and look stunning!

Tuscany

A little more unusual but something I also really love is the grafitti - not like we end up with here in England with a load of rubbish "tags" and mess - these I like to call street art! They're done with stencils and I've seen loads when I've been to Europe (you can see my set here) There were a couple I didn't want to post because there was a bit of swearing involved & I didn't want to offend anyone :-)

See you soon!

x x x