our hero

Monday, 15 April 2013

Not so much Air Guitar...

Have been giving a lot of thought over the past few weeks as to how I would produce the cake for her Prince Charming as requested by Mags, for his special birthday.

His party was on Saturday so I spent Thurs afternoon baking and then all day Friday filling, trimming and decorating.

You see aside from Mags and their sons, his most prized possession is his Lowden acoustic guitar which was made for him during the expected arrival of their first born. So Lowden 2 needed to make an appearance.

To say I was pleased with the result is an understatement and the birthday boy was very happy, until he had to cut it.

The only inedible items were the strings (wool) and the cocktail sticks holding the tuning knobs on.

Orders are NOT being taken!

Monday, 1 April 2013

All over the place

I feel all over the place at the moment. British Summer Time starting whilst the snow is still laying here in Dalewood is seriously playing with my mind. I've been unable to settle to just one crochet project, so Main Project Aran McPhee (as the blanket for Ann's bed is now known ) has slowed down somewhat - having said that, I only have 3 more weeks worth of designs to work through.

Side project #1 - Aran Granny Hexagon jacket (in the same colours as Aran McPhee) is still progressing but will need quite a few more rounds before it will be big enough to sew up.

Side project #2 - Ann's bathroom needed a clock but I couldn't find the right one so picked a plain white one up from my favourite Swedish store and am decorating it. All the crochet and blocking is complete - just need to get hold of a hot glue gun to finish.

Side project #3 - my polystyrene rings have arrived. First one will become a garland for Ann's bedroom door. Many thanks to Lucy at Attic 24 for her unending supply of inspiration and patterns. Have finished the stripey cover using the same Arans that feature in Aran McPhee - just need to finish sewing up and then will gradually work on the decorations. This will be a garland to last the whole year so I'm not going to rush this side of things.

Side project #4- Needed a cute basket for the little chocolate eggs so started this on Good Friday - finished this morning. The basket was loosely lifted from Mags 'cupcake' and the spring bunny is from Laura at Love the Blue Bird  .

Side project #5 - Brown Owl is interested in learning to crochet and she found this cute fellow also courtesy of Laura - have managed to complete him this afternoon but don't think this is a good beginner's project. so will have to find something else for her, in the meantime he is now perched at Ann's window watching over her slumbers.

My reading list

  • One Shot by Lee Childs
  • The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson
  • The Children's Book by AS Byatt
  • The Girl who played with Fire by Steig Larsson
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  • No!I Don't want to join a Book Club by Victoria Ironside
  • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
  • Brooklyn by Colm Toibin