I've painted some boxes with a first coat of Annie Sloan duck egg blue chalk paint  I really want to put some kind of embellishment on the ends of them, perhaps my favourite flowers, one on each box, but can't quite decide.  I should have finished more of them, but I've been watching the Winter Olympics and loving it, especially the skiing and snowboarding events - totally in awe of the feats they achieve.

I also found a bag of small granny squares tucked away in my craft cupboard (it's getting less cluttered by the day) and thought I would crochet some more to make a small project bag.  I have a few  unfinished WIP's lurking about so I've made myself a promise to finish them before starting anything new. 

Maybelle Squares...there are more.

Solid Granny squares... cot blanket?  Just need someone with a baby!

Round cushion cover.....almost complete.

There is a basket full of stuff that I haven't examined too closely. I f…
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Heart pattern from Atty's blog 

Her face says it all!

As I mentioned in a previous post, this Bernat dog coat was meant for Pearl, but despite measuring her from collar to the base of her tail, it worked up in a larger size (my tension was off, I guess) and swamped her.  Lucky that she has a slightly larger sister!

However, someone was not at all happy with it, refusing to co-operate in my photo shoot.   I was hoping for a canine, Ellie McPherson style strut on the decking, but Elsie was having none of it and flatly refused to look at me. It's quite mild here at the moment but when we have a nice cold snap, she might be more appreciative of it.

I have also finished my Nordic Shawl. I've already been wearing it in the evenings, before the fire is lit and it's so warm and cosy.  If you want a lovely warm item of clothing that crochets up really quickly, give this a go. Information and links showing lots of examples are in my previous post.   I ought to block it, as the drape isn't q…
I bought my first bunches of daffs today, as my yellow tulips were shedding their petals.

They look like a bunch of green artists brushes at the moment. I love the transparency of the tips, hiding those soon to be, beautiful blooms.

Pearl is crashed out in the background after a mammoth walk this morning. So much for good weather today. It started beautifully, then blackened, then rained, then snowed and now we're back to glorious sunshine.  We took our chances and luck was with us on our walk and both dogs are now pooped.  I was quite excited when it started to snow, as it was the first we've seen this winter. I so wished it hadn't rained and the snow had settled for a few hours.  I do suffer from snow envy when I read other blogs and see shots of pure white fairy tale beauty.  Ah well.

Valentine's day is looming. I don't know how you feel about it, but over the years, I've come to view it as another consumerist activity that guilts people into spending money…

I've been feeling really cruddy recently because of a nasty cold that Mr. felt the need to share and it was just as our lovely girl came to visit.

It was great having her here, but our nights were late (lots of laughter though) and it caught up with me.  I had started to feel better, then today after four huge sneezes it was back. How does that happen?
The weather today is atrocious, with rain and the wind blowing a hooley,  so I thought, why rush to get up!  I lolled in bed with my Nordic shawl and did a few more rows of colour.  Mr. had a lie in but then decided he was hungry, so went and made us a lovely cooked breakfast, cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon, baked beans and hash browns... it was delicious!

Although it looks quite bright outside, it definitely wasn't!

We did get some lovely weather though this week on our daily afternoon dog walks and unfortunately, feeling diabolical does not get you out of 'walkies'.

Mr. also went to the allotment to harve…

My blooms are almost spent, but I do love them at this stage as you can see the inner workings, so to speak, which are so beautiful.

I bought these colours, as that's all that was left in the shop at the time, but it's the yellow ones that truly make my heart sing.

A few in the kitchen.

I put some in what we call 'the gaudy vase' in the dining room too.

On the home front, I've been sterilising my cups and mugs today -  yes, I know, I lead such a glamorous life.  I'm not a hygiene freak  you understand, it's just that I hate tea stained china (and teaspoons).

We did have a dishwasher, but jointly decided to get rid of it as we actually enjoy 'doing the dishes'.  We tend to do it together - aaaah, the romance - no not really,  it's just that there's only two of us, a dishwasher seemed daft. Also, when the Aga's on, it creates so much hot water, it seems stupid not to use it.

Interestingly (or possibly, boringly) I couldn…
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, …