Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Woyww #143 - shhh it's a secret

My giveaway finished yesterday and the three winners were : Jumbleberries, Crafty Mushroom (much ado about paper) and Fruit Salad. So I have had to abandon everything I was working on (or all the things I should have been working on) and start making the things that they won.

One of my gifts is finished but I can't show you becuase I have to send it and I don't want to spoil it for the recipient. The others are being made right now.

So all I can show you this week is this

........ And this

.......and this


I can guarantee you will find much more interesting desks than mine if you go to

Monday, 20 February 2012

Giveaway Winners

Today I drew the three winners for my Pay It Forward Giveaway.

We used the very random generator that is a load of hand written pieces of paper ........
.........put into a bowl face down
.........and Mr Random Huffle closed his eyes and picked three pieces of paper.

Ta Dahhhhhhhh
Well done ladies. Your gifts will be sent shortly (don't expect them too soon though).
Talking of giveaways I have also entered the Giveaway over at Debbie's blog? Go and have a look. She is a talented lady and is giving away some fabulous stuff.

PAY IT FORWARD GIVEAWAY ( scroll down for today's post)

I am hoping that if I have posted this right it will stay at the top of the blog until the giveaway is finished. (ignore the date - its the only way I could make it stay here)

So as promised, this is my Giveaway post!

Pay it forwardRecently, I was very lucky to be a winner of Annaboo's House 'Pay it Forward' giveaway and so now, it is my turn to announce my own GIVEAWAY!!

The rules of this giveaway are that I now have 365 days in which to find three bloggers who would like a handmade gift from me and are prepared to do the same.

It's so simple.
Here's how you can enter:

1: Be a follower of this blog and leave a comment. You don't have to have your own blog to enter and you can be from anywhere in the world.

You can gain an additional entry into the draw by:

2: Posting a link on your blog or website about this giveaway, linking directly back to this post.

3: Adding the giveaway button to your sidebar and linking to this post.

If you do any of the extras above, then make sure you comment to let me know- I don't want you to lose out on a chance to win!

The winner will be drawn on February 20th at random.

Good luck x

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday #142

WOYWW as hosted by Julia.  This is a weekly desk hop around the world.  Showing what our workdesks look like each Wednesday.

Last week I was ashamed because my desk hadn't moved since the week before, but this week I tidied it all up and put everything away.  I even finished something.

My knitting (the bag for February Monthly Make) is still there, only one inch to go.  A hat I started knitting but then put down to make the bag.
My Mollie Makes Magazine with some gorgeous ribbon - umm what can I do with that?  A hot glue gun.  For mending Small's boots and for sticking together the three heart shaped rocks I picked up off the beach for Huffle's Valentine present.  I tied them together with raffia and he liked them together so we are going to try and glue them.
My cup of English tea and our valentine's gingerbread biscuit.  My wind up radio playing something random.  Can't get digital radio here in Canada and I really miss it.
Small's toiletries bag.  FINALLY!

 ....and another gorgeous stone I picked up at the beach.  It is really flat and really really sparkly.  I wondered if there was any way I could make it into a pendant for a necklace.  Maybe wrap wire around it.  It is so pretty and just the right size and shape.  Any ideas?

Anyway, that's my desk this cold and snowy morning.  What's on your workdesk?  I'm off to have a look.

Monday, 13 February 2012

MMOM #7/12

Meet Me On a Monday is hosted by Clare over at
I am very late posting this today.  Blame Huffle's cousin, HB who is visiting at the moment.  Anyway it is still Monday here so, what have I been doing or what am I going to do this week:-
Walked a lovely walk to the lake and the beach.  It was beautiful.

Snowboarding tomorrow with HB and Smallest.
Sledging - we went yesterday.  It was so much fun although there were a few minor injuries.

Listening to the new Maverick Sabre album.  Wow what a voice.
Reading my new Mollie Makes Magazine that Moo sent me.  Inspired me to try and make some gorgeous crocheted wrist warmers.
Knitting my bag still.  But it has grown a little bit.

Made a snowman with the kids this afternoon.

Watching Bomb Girls
Eating too much English Cadbury's Chocolate
Baked Gingerbread hearts for valentines day for Small to take to school tomorrow for his friends.

Well that's me finished because it is nearly Tuesday.
Pop over to Clare's to join in.  Have a nice week. X

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

WOYWW #140

Heelllllllloooooo.  It's Wednesday.  Here's my Workdesk.  Courtesy of

I am ashamed to say that it doesn't seem to have changed much from last week except that my knitting has grown a little bit.  The pattern says to knit the pattern to 21" and I have about 5" to go so hopefully it might look different next week.  I haven't done any of the other things I said I would do. Poor Small still has a hole in his boot because I can't find the glue gun.  Poor Smallest still hasn't got his badge sewn on his swimming towel.  Poor Small still hasn't got an embellished wash bag.  Poor me, my jeans are still ripped.  In fact, looking at the picture I don't think I have even moved the magazines.  It's been so cold up here in the loft (which is where my desk is) that I have mainly been knitting on my knee in front of the TV. ....and I'm late joining this today.
I wonder how Moo is getting on with her Cardi?
I have been baking.  Some disasters 

And some triumphs.

I am still hosting the Pay It Forward giveaway.  This is a lovely giveaway as you get to host your own if you win and I know you are all so talented out there.  Think how many people would like to win a handmade gift from you.  They would, I'm sure.  Please enter here.
Off I go now to pop around the world to the rest of the desk on WOYWW.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Meet Me On a Monday #6/12

MMOM as hosted by the lovely Claire over at Jumbleberries.

So what am I doing and what have I done?  I'll tell you....................


Watching my first game of Ice Hockey with my family.


Preparing for our next visitor to our new home.  HB is coming on Saturday and the boys are very excited.

Knitting a bag!  I am following a pattern but I cannot quite visualise it.  It's a very slow pattern but I love the colours.  This is for my February Monthly Make (please let me finish it for February).

Having my hair cut.   Yeeeeaaaaahhhhh.  I can't remember when I last had it cut.  I am also hoping I will be able to buy some hair straighteners as I haven't been able to straighten my hair since I came here mid November. arrrrggggghhhhhhh.

Baking another Cinamon Raisin Bread as I had a disaster with it last time.  Also planning to bake some scones as I found a foolproof recipe - I shouldn't say that but I've made them several times before and they were so easy and so amazing.

Remembering how much fun we had at the Winter Carnival at the weekend.

 Proud that Smallest won first prize for his colouring.

Enjoying seeing all the photos friends and family are sending us of the snow in the UK, while we are enjoying a fairly mild Winter here in Canada.

Playing several online games with my friends - we can play and chat and they last for days.

Watching Cake Boss and seeing who the next great baker is.

Listening to Gotye.  OMG, I've been hearing this song on Radio 1 over and over again and each time I miss who it is.  This morning I heard it on the radio and used Sound Hound to see who it was.  The new album comes out next week.  It is on my "I need this" list.

Hosting a giveaway (open till 20 February).  This is a great thing to enter.  Especially if you make your own stuff.  I will draw three people randomly to receive handmade gifts from me and then the winners host their own giveaways and it goes on and on and on.  Please enter - you know you want to.  I received some adorable gifts from Annaboo's House.  


Wednesday, 1 February 2012

WOYWW #139 (a mess and a giveaway)

 It's that time again.  What's on your workdesk Wednesday?


What a mess.  All works in progress though.  Here goes:-

Knitting Needle bag, I was looking for a circular needle to try something new but couldn't find what I was looking for.  Haven't put it all away yet.

Smallest's swimming towel with a badge from home that I must sew on.

Some magazines I'm reading and a library book called Chicks with Sticks about knitting.  It's very good.

My cardi knitting pattern - oh yes must check with Moo whether she has sewn it together yet.

All the cards we were given or sent when we left the UK and moved here.  I wanted to do something with them?  Any ideas?  I've not done journalling and wouldn't know where to start!

My craft bag with my knitting in.  Am attempting a knitted bag to go with the handles I won from the felt fairy (hoping this will be my Monthy Make for February - arrrggggghhhhh it's February today)?

The same bags in the same state as last week.  Ummmmmmmm.

A picture I drew and coloured - inspired me to do something with it but not sure what yet.

A sock with a hole in it.  I thought I might try a sock monkey!?

.....and Small's toiletries bag, still in the same state as it was last week.

I just noticed my jeans to repair are still on there.  Didn't even notice till I looked at the picture and a tiny weeny crochet hook I found that I thought I could make something with.


That's it apart from to say that I am having a Pay it Forward Giveaway and would love it if you would enter.  Just go here and leave a comment for a chance to win something handmade from me.