28 June, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - Minecraft time on a Sunday.
DJ - Has to have his turn too...  I know you are there .....

Linking up, late...

25 June, 2015

Thursday Thanks


  • Health checks with good results.
  • Great feedback at parent/teacher.
  • Friends who bring you a meal.
  • Busy work days.
  • Sunshine.

21 June, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - proud of his finished pirate ship!  It's huge!
DJ - excited about having a play with BJ's pirates that he gave to BJ.  

Linking up with the 52 project.  

18 June, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • He may be 7 now but he's still a Gift every day...  
  • Stuart is well at last!!!  
  • New heating in our home.  What a difference & a blessing!
  • Grandparents that will help out at short notice.
  • Cards on hand that say the right thing when you need one.
  • Chocolate snowballs from the local chocolate factory!  A winter treat!  
  • Satisfying days at work that make your own craft important.  So lucky in this!
  • Perfect days for winter gardening.

17 June, 2015

At Long Last

It's quite embarrassing really how long it has been since I started this ripple blanket.  It was when DJ was only 6 months old.  Check him out here!  Well it wasn't much use to him in the cot as I was intending to make it as big as BJ's rainbow ripple.  I did rows sporadically up until early last year when I discovered that a couple of my colours had been discontinued & I hadn't even thought about it while I had not worked on it.  It put me off as I needed it to make it look balanced with the mix of colours throughout.  

I did search high & low for some but none was to be found.  So I decided I had to make do.  I had counted the stripes on BJ's & was aiming for that.  I didn't think I would quite make it.  But decided instead to straighten the ripple ends & then edge it around.  I ran out of 2 colours in the end.  But it's finished at long last!  I'm quite pleased with how it looks.  I sure will be determined not to leave something so long again though.  

But DJ is in a bed now though so it will be nice this winter as an extra layer if necessary.  


16 June, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

Party food is fun!  

11 June, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • Birthday celebrations.
  • Improved health.
  • Time off to recover.
  • New heat installed!

10 June, 2015

Minecraft Day

An early start to the day for us all.  Birthday boy & his little brother were beyond excited!  

Early morning birthday haul.  Lego is always a winner.  

After school party with 5 school friends.  It was all about Minecraft which BJ lives & breathes these days.  The resources online are amazing.  All the printables I used are free.  The ideas are endless, right down to colouring Creeper faces on green party cups (& added the children's names on the back of each cup!) & also the green balloons that were all around the room.  It was fun shopping for lollies that would fit the bill of many of the Minecraft elements.  

A TNT cake.  TNT is rather important in Minecraft it seems.  (bought red fondant that looks rather pink!  But a 7 year old doesn't notice too much!)

BJ, DJ & a little friend all enjoy party food to excess!!!  lol

Party bags are an important feature for the children heading home.  Once one is given out the rest see it & they all want to go home so they can get theirs too.  I don't usually put as much edible stuff in as I did this time but it was hard to find themed things.  The Minecraft Hangers were on sale recently.  Bonus!  They are a keyring in a blind bag, so it's always a surprise what you will get.  A roll of Fruit Tingle lollies with a Minecraft printable wrapped over it.  A box of Smarties with a Minecraft printable wrapping paper over it.  Two TNT bundles that we had fun making out of raspberry twisters & a licorice wick.  A lollipop that isn't your average lollipop, in the front of the picture.  These were called Crystal Sticks on the packet even!  Perfect!  Crystals from Minecraft as well.  Couldn't be better.  Seems they were all rapt with their party haul.  

 Cake looked rather pretty in the dark with all it's TNT wicks glowing brightly before being blown out!

One very long day for all.  One very over tired, newly turned 7 year old.  He had a huge day with an all day excursion at school too.  What a bonus on his birthday that was!  So all in all a very exciting day, after a long time of much anticipation.  

08 June, 2015

Playing Catchup

It has been sometime since I have picked up a crochet hook.  I was getting further behind with the CAL that I run.  Ooops...

Winter has set in though.  I have pulled the crochet hook out to catch up on a few things.  I need to stop making socks - only temporarily mind you.  lol  I have more yarn at the ready.  

So I have almost caught up on the CAL squares.  I ran out of 2 colours so am stuck till I restock at work this week.  I probably won't get to it until the weekend though with birthdays & things like that going on this week.  

So here we have it - 5 new squares.  

Beauty in Excellence

Floral Kaleidoscope

Sierra Square

Impossible Hexagon

Mum's the Word

07 June, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - rolling the truffles in the coconut!  Party prep for you!  
DJ - clowning around as ever...  life if a big party to you!  

Linking up with the project.  

06 June, 2015

Good Weather For...


Yes I have knitted another pair.  Finally got a picture as I wore them before I even took a picture! Enjoying this Roam Fusion yarn though.  It's the same brand as the last pair I knitted which Stuart got.  

OK, not it's good weather for another variety of soup  - that makes 4 different ones this week.  (but I only made 2!)  

04 June, 2015

Thursday Thanks

  • A busy time at work.
  • Enjoying my work.
  • A reward for good manners & politeness at school.
  • Successful birthday shopping!  
  • Family fun preparing party things.
  • Soup week!

01 June, 2015


A portrait of my boys once a week for a year.

BJ - posing for his own selfies!  

DJ - having a quite rest time with Dad.  Watching Wind in the Willows & concentrating making chicken bum face...