Seahorses to Give Away!

dsc_0044I’m in the grip of another mini craze – it is such a great feeling when the tide of creativity sweeps me off on a wave of delicious delight – it’s a teeny bit like falling in love – do you know what I mean?

So this is how it happened – I created a crochet pattern, the Woodland Hoodie,  for Master R, then aged 4. dscf4642He loves the hoodie and wears it all the time, still! He’s 7 now. Master R has grown and the neck, which has always been a bit tight became impossible to get over his head, I cut it and bound the edges with bias binding,dsc_0003 which works but I need to adapt the pattern to make a larger opening for the head.

To work out and improve the pattern with a neck opening, I made the larger size for Miss E, now aged 9. Her favourite colour is blue. We are in the middle of a Beach Clean Art project, so I call this new pattern the Beach Clean Hoodie.

I ask Miss E if she would like me to crochet a fish or something to go on the hoodie and she requests a seahorse.dsc_0045-1

I look up Seahorse and lots of wonderful images appear.

I find a link to the Seahorse Trust and become a member. Miss E and I ‘adopt’ a seahorse called Usti, found on the Dorset Coast. We get a whole pack of goodies.

There is a pattern for a crochet seahorse on Ravelry but I find the chart difficult to follow so I create my own written pattern.

In order to work out a pattern I need to have several trial runs. I make lots of seahorses in different colours so that Miss E can choose which she likes the best. dsc_0042Then I just keep making them, each one slightly different with its own little personality.

The creative mind wakes up and wonders about putting them into the Beach Clean paintings – hmmm – they look better in cotton – more trial runs – now the tail needs to be longer, now the snout thinner. Now I need to buy more colours in cotton!dsc_0013-1

Result lots of seahorses. What am I going to do with them?

I will give each of my Grandchildren (age range 5 – 9) a seahorse for Xmas – but how should they be presented? – appliquéd onto something, mounted on canvas, as a single hanging decoration?

This is where you, my lovely readers can help, with all your wonderfully creative ideas.

What can I do to make them Special? Unique? Individual?

Your reward is a chance to win a Seahorse in a GIVEAWAY!

Leave me a comment with a suggestion of what I could do with the seahorses –  go wild, go whacky, go sophisticated, go classic, go where your imagination takes you, have fun!

Let me know which colour you would like and why.

Would you prefer cotton, wool or acrylic yarn?

And if you were to have one of these little cuties what would you do with it.

I will give away 3 seahorses on my birthday, the 11th November.

Please feel free to reblog or share this post and 3 new followers between now and 11th November will also get a seahorse.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along, where you can find all sorts of wonderful yarnsters and  the books they recommend.

Now I MUST go and crochet a few more seahorses, because I love them!



full bright Hunter’s Moon

the colour of fallen leaves

October morning


52 Week Photo Challenge Prompt: AUTUMN

Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: HUNTER and MOON

To join in the Photo Challenge, or the two challenges together please leave a link in the comments.

Also joining in with Cee’s Which Way Challenge

Have a gorgeous Autumnal Day.

Photo Round-Up: Mystery

And now for something completely different and very mysterious – love his creative thinking.


Jane at Rainbow Junkie ……………………………………. What?

Cathy at Nanacathy ……………………………………….. Where?

💜 me at Wild Daffodil ……………………………………….. How?

Melissa at The Aran Artisan ……………………………..What, where, how?

Denis at Haiku Hound ……………………………………. Misty – rious

Christina A Look at the Little Things …………………. Nancy Drew


The  💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Thank you as usual to everyone for your MYSTERIOUS entries, I loved how each of us interpreted this subject – it is a thrill each week to see the variety we come up with.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:


All the subjects are set out for you in advance so that you can plan ahead.

Next prompt:


Only 10 more to go! Yikes!



mystery unfolds

as sand is raked in circles

we gather to walk


trial run on paper

the reward is perfect

a Chartres labyrinth

Our Photo Challenge prompt this week is MYSTERY

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts are REWARD and TRIAL.

Once again I combine the two in a ‘PHAIKU’ Challenge (my own made-up word), Jen, Denis, Cathy, and when she can, Melissa (it was Melissa who started me doing this) also often/sometimes combine these two challenges in a fun challenge each week – it is not as tricky as it seems – come join us! Leave a link in the Comments below.


Join in the Photo Challenge by leaving a link in the comments here or at Nanacathy‘s, for me to include you in the weekly round-up, which usually appears on Sunday.


Joining in with Cee’s ‘Which Way’ Photo Challenge.

Mystery: Have you ever wondered how to draw a labyrinth? Have you ever wondered how Marc Treanor creates his magical sand designs? Have you ever wondered about the mystery of the power of labyrinths?

I learned to draw labyrinths many years ago but the sand designs remained a MYSTERY until 22.Sept this year when I was lucky enough to be able to join Marc on Mwnt Beach in Ceredigion, Wales for a supremely magical evening to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Marc Posted this beautiful short video on You Tube and Facebook

I felt extremely blessed to have been able to be one of those long moving shadows making our way around the path to the centre and out again, whilst a flute and ukulele played and children sat around the fire in the middle.

You can see me carrying a magpie feather on the left, in this photo by Dimlo Sighs, which he has kindly given permission for me to include.


Profound, mysterious, magical, unforgettable.


October Birthday Blooms


It was my daughter’s birthday yesterday, so I picked what my garden had to offer. A rather strange mix of colours, but definitely autumnal.

They sit in a metal jug that has ‘Made in Yugoslavia’ printed on the base – a bit of European history as Yugoslavia no longer exists. What a complicated story that piece of the world has.

I have included leaves of Liquid Amber and the berries of this shrubdsc_0003


Can anyone tell me what it is? Cathy?

Joining Cathy’s garden party over on Rambling in the Garden which a such a wonderful celebration of flowers in bloom all over the world

I included Pheasant berriesdsc_0041



And self-sown astersdsc_0040

which are a-buzz with flies and bees at this time of year

I’m hoping someone can identify this bee


Murtagh’s Meadow will know, I’m sure.

I’ve learnt from her website that many bees are identified by their bums! – so here it is..


The butterflies love it toodsc_0009

And at night I see little pale moths flitting around it. My front garden is a mess by my neighbour’s standards but it really is a wildlife haven and I love it.

I had to include one of my favourites, Schizostylis – has this got a prettier common name?


It’s fairy’s skirt of a flower deserves a better name. I love the twist of the buddsc_0035

and the tint and pattern of the stalk carrying the waiting blooms.

Today she is dancing in to Cee’s Flower of the Day.




Photo Round-Up: Button


One of the patterns I’m trying to get finished so that I can put it in the shop – with knitted BUTTONs.

Knitting it was easy, writing a pattern so that others can follow it without a hitch – that’s not easy!

Jane at Rainbow Junkie ………………………… wow!

Cathy at Nanacathy ……………………………. cuteness

💜 me at Wild Daffodil …………………………… made

Christina A Look at the Little Things …….collection

Del at CurlsnSkirls ………………………….. autumnal

💜 Jen at Let the Sewing Begin ……………….curious


The  💜 denotes a post that is also joining in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – it’s fun to combine the two.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Thank you everyone for your Buttons.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:


Next up


and in answer to the Mystery of the Safety Pin:

A campaign started on Twitter, it was mentioned on the BBC, you can read about it here, and in the Telegraph here, and the Guardian here, The Independent here.

I like the simplicity of it.

Artist at work


Little Miss M (age 4) spent the afternoon with Granny.


We had a heavenly time.

The sunset tonight seemed to take its inspiration from  her painting.


I played around with painting on tin foil.



Well why not!