Monthly Archives: August 2010



We have a new member of our family ……

at first I had thought he would just be passing through ……

moving on to pastures new …..

to make new friends …..

and make others happy …..

But ….

we just can’t say “Goodbye”

So let me introduce him to you ….

his name is  JOE

Isn’t he handsome!

He has come here from Elaine

at Bloomin Myrtle

He has shoes and socks to put

on in the morning,

his shirt buttons to do up,

his working dungarees

and then he is ready …..

to inspect the plants!

He is good at gardening!

See his Designer Label ….

if you haven’t discovered

Bloomin Myrtle yet why not pop over ….

His brother Sam and sister Violet live at

also his lovely cousin Missy lives at

PHEW! all that plant watching is

jolly hard work on a hot day!

If you have time …. please call on his family and say Hello from Joe!

and not forgetting to call on Elaine (his Mum)

Hope you enjoy Bloomin Myrtle   :0)

have a nice day!

Decopatch! Love it!


If you haven’t tried this brilliant craft yet, I recommend it


Though it must be said …..  it is Very Addictive!

This was a plain ordinary card box bought from  ……

But then the fun begins!

I didn’t have a colour, or theme or even an

idea, just using up bits I had left over.

Do you want to see what is the special job  for this box?

OK! ….

It is …..

my ……

Hexie Store Box :0) for my hexie quilt along with

236  so far :0)  a long way to go!


as I said, Decopatching IS ADDICTIVE

and so …..


a few more coat hangers!

these are for someone special :0)

Happy decopatching …… have a happy day!

Come Fly with Me! …. Dolly Donations … and …


The time has come!

It is time to say “Goodbye Betina …. Goodbye Alfredo”

Here they are ….. on the first stage of their journey …..

to be posted …..

“well, are we going then – to the post office?”

(Bella is always ready for ANYTHING!)

“yes, in a minute!”

THEN on they go to California ….

from there they will be sent off to Haiti after the 1st November

to arrive …. ?  I don’t know when!

But I hope there are two friends there to love them

and that Betina and Alfredo ….. in the words of Jimmy Durante …..

Make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy;
Make just one heart the heart you sing to.
One smile that cheers you,
One face that lights when it nears you,

Make someone happy,
Make just one someone happy,
And you will be happy, too. …………….

That is just how I feel about Dolly Donations,

if Betina and Alfredo make just two someones happy ……

then I will be happy too!

I send a BIG THANKYOU to Sarah at Dolly Donations

for the privilege, and opportunity  she has given me to share in her vision. :0)

also ready to post away ….

a new Soldier Quilt

this makes me happy too.

A crafty gift


While on the subject of woolly things I thought I would share

a little happy time I had recently …..

In the summer my oldest friend

(though she isn’t old, at least 15 years younger than me,

but she IS my oldest friend because we have been friends since about 1978ish)

came to visit …..

Angie  lives in New Zealand and so a visit from her is

VERY SPECIAL and looked forward to with great anticipation …..

She is very gifted in many ways, but she  is a very gifted pianist.

We first met when she was studying and for 50p and her tea she taught our boys piano!

We were very privileged :0)

But I want to show my pressy that Angie made for me and popped in the post

aren’t they GORGEOUS!

they came in the post because they weren’t quite finished when she had to go …

How about a closer peep …

The yarn is Kaffe Fassett and the pattern is called

Mermaid …… because it twirls round like her tail!

This is Angie’s 40th pair of socks …… and not a pair for her yet!

Ever Hopeful!

OK ….. in a minute then !

Whatever you are doing …… have a good day!

I’m addicted to decopatch coathangers!

20 Minuters


Last winter, in preparation for long cold evenings,  I bought a fantastic book

200 crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans

by Jan Eaton

(Isn’t Bella cute!!! always ready to play!)

On moving to a new area I suddenly realized that

my old blue sofa was looking rather tatty to say the least. Looking through my book

for inspiration I found two squares that I quite liked the look of.

My original thought for a throw was to use all the same colour,

but then I do get rather bored after a while with “sameness”

– that was when I chose the second square to add a bit of variety.

Also different colours ….. I am quite happy with the end result though I will

probably extend the border ….. perhaps with another colour or two!

I do think it is an improvement at any rate :0)

and it will be cozy for the long cold winter evenings!

so that was  my 20 Minuters for a few weeks !

Dolly Donations


Please say a Big Hello to BETINA  AND ALFREDO

all excited about their first  flight on a plane   …..

their first stop  is USA to meet Sarah at

Then when she is sorted for them their onward flight to


and to meet their special new friends ……


Here is their new home :0)

Betina has a Tote bag and Alfredo a rucksack so they can have

their passports handy for Immigration and Customs  :0)

I have grown quite fond of these little friends …. but they are heading to happy hugs

so I will just say a fond goodbye and wing them on their way ……

with hugs and kisses xxxxxx

Dolly Donations


Let me introduce you to


who will soon be heading off to Haiti via the USA

But just now ….. she is sitting around waiting for Alfredo to show up ……

(they have a joint air ticket )……

but he is late in the making.

When he arrives they will wing their happy way to Sarah at

Betina is made from

Free Dolly Pattern

on Sarah’s blog ……

Must dash now and look for fabric for Alfredo!

See you soon


Betina and Alfredo are my part of this idea

click on the button on the righthand column for more inspiration :0)

20 Minuters


It is absolutely  AGES since I showed anything to do with my

20 MINUTERS commitment – it is very lacks of me

and my apologies to my Leader Fiona!

Truth is I just didn’t have a camera available

but also Truth is I have been 20 Minutering just the same!

Sometimes patchwork, sometimes crochet and sometimes


I love Decopatching ……

Here’s my favourites of the moment …..

I am totally smitten  :0)   :0)   :0)

and now I live within walking distance of ….

well, the sky is the limit!