Category Archives: creativity

On the hook this Friday

mandala madness with spirostar centre

Can you see the hint of a darker turquoise?

This is how she looked just after I added that row:crochet table cloth

Sitting on the table I am making her for. I did wonder whether to stop here and leave it as a large mat for the table as it looked so pretty, but I’m itching to see what this pattern looks like when finished, so on I went.

I’ve had the mahogany table for years and I love the details in the design. I had to take it outside to get a decent photo of it.

vintage mahogany table


As you can see it is not easy to clean!

The crochet pattern is Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton and I have used Spiro Star in the centre. You can see my tutorial here.

I am using Scheepjes Cotton Bonbon and a 2mm hook.

It will measure approximately 1m across when completed.

In the top picture I have just started the 10th ball of the main colour.

It measures 29″ or 74cm across.

The background is one of my unfinished abstract paintings on canvas in acrylic paint.

Pop over to Nanacathy for her weekly gem ‘Knit and Natter Friday’ where you can chat about all things yarny.





vintage truck

no silk or satin

to grace my skin, happier

in a rusty truck


Cathy-and-Daffy’s One-A-Week Photo Challenge – RUST


Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, Prompts: SKIN and SILK

Join in our challenge by adding a link in the comments on either blog, we’d love to see your interpretation of this week’s subject.

Next week – REGAL

From Rust to Regal, we like to mix it up!


Silly Saturday with Maggie



shell person, person made of shells

A pretty pole dancer named Maggie

Thought her boobs were becoming more saggy

So she worked out every day

Stretching this and that way

And now her bras are quite baggy


Her workouts she did every week

Her figure now toned and more sleek

She trimmed up her thighs

And to her delight and surprise

She had gained much firmer bum cheeks!


Poem by Judy E. Martin

of Edwina’s  Episodes


Judy and I join together each week to follow the antics of little characters that spring into life when I start to play around with shells, flowers and other natural objects. I never quite know what will happen when I start.

We have fun and we hope you enjoy our little rib-ticklers each Silly Saturday.

Fairy Festival

Last weekend I was to be found at the New Forest Fairy Festival  with number one son, his two boys and daughter A and her 3. The weather was glorious ……

there were Green Men


stilt walkers


lots of fairies, obviously ….


inflatable unicorns




and other beings


live bandsDSC_0346

disgusting blue ice creamDSC_0358

and circus skills to try


a Fire Engine that the children could sit in with its very own Fairy


a man on a bicycle with a bubble machine at the back

dire warnings


and wonderful flags – (I want need one of these flags)DSC_0302

it was fun

a very Silly Saturday (and Sunday)


I’m so excited about this coming Silly Saturday …….. yes, that’s tomorrow! ……. there is a surprise in store …..



Soothing for a Sunday

Spiro MandalaMadness

17 for 2017: May

Life is still very busy and although I have not been blogging very much lately, there is still lots of creativity and crafting going on to share with you in the future.

Only two items to add this month, a walk and Yes! and Yippeeeee!!!! I met a fellow blogger!

17 – walks longer than an hour


One this month, during Half-term with my daughter’s three bouncy children. We were at Kingston Lacy from 11.15am until 5.30pm, walking through the gardens and woods and clambering up and over all sorts of obstacles. The children also did some carpentry: making a walking stick, a little easel and a bug hotel. It was a great day out.


We even saw some ‘pineapples’ – the children have run on ahead, can you see the dots in the distance? They call this the ‘Pineapple Path’ as they think the trees look like giant pineapples.

And here are a couple of lions especially for Cathy



I like hers better though!

16 – handmade greetings cards.


15 – beachy things (split into 3 x 5s – 5 pieces of beach related art, 5 beach cleans on new beaches, 5 beach clean sculptures, assemblages or mandalas)

Zero so far – this is the one I’m most disappointed about, but there is still time.

14 – items for my Etsy shop


Remains at 5.

13 – drawers, cupboards, shelves or boxes sorted out.


Still 7

I’ve shuffled things around a bit, but can’t claim anything has truly been sorted out.

12 – WIPs finished


Still 6.

11 – paintings/ art works


10 – house and garden tasks


9 – textile books worked on.


8 – hand written letters to grandchildren


7 – find 7 interesting objects


6 – items made for Pippin or improvements to Pippin (the caravan in the garden).


5  – random acts of kindness


although of course there are always more to do

4 – new National Trust properties visited


3 – make three up-cycled items of clothing 


2 – meet two fellow bloggers


So happy that I was able to meet up with Jane of Rainbow Junkie. She came to my local town and we able to meet up for a walk along Ringstead beach. It felt very special to sit over a cuppa after our walk and share life stories. She gave me the most generous and beautiful gift of her very own Celtic Coasters – I am so thrilled with them! Lucky, lucky me! Thank you Rainbow J. ❤

1 – car boot sale


0 – Buy zero new clothes



Others participating in 17 for 2017 are Nanacathy,  Mrs Snail, Mrs CraftMurtagh’s Meadow, Cherie,  Erin, Deb, …………… and? Let me know if you would like to be added to the list.


Paint Party Hedgehog

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My sister’s latest masterpiece – I just love how she captures the expression.

Joining in with Paint Party Friday