Category Archives: daisies

Say it with Flowers

When I saw this message on Instagram, my heart leapt into action

Hello everyone. This is Emma and I'm asking you again for your help. I am asking for a "call to arms" or rather a "call to hooks"! Our girl, our lovely courageous girl has asked for flowers to decorate her coffin. I am going to be brutally honest with you and tell you that I am struggling to find the right words for this post. I am sorry if it's clunky. This young woman has more grit and courage than I could ever hope to attain and as far as I'm concerned, if she has asked me to ask you, then I will and you, I hope, will excuse the inelegance of my heartache. We don't have much time and I would love Jenny to see as many of them as possible so if you'd like to send a flower please do and as soon as you are able. Please don't be concerned about colour or yarn or technical ability, a flower is a flower and we will cherish every one. I know Amanda and Jenny are grateful to you all for your love and support. We can't always respond to all of your comments but we read them all and we appreciate them so much. Thank you all for everything. Emma x . . If you could send your flowers to us at: Little Box of Crochet, Atlantic Business Centre, Atlantic Street, Altrincham, UK WA14 5NQ . . You can also photograph your flowers and use #aflowerforjenny and she can see them that way too. Thank you x

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All my knitted and crocheted flower experiments, without a home, get put in a box waiting for a suitable project. Just the place to go to to find some flowers to send off to Jenny immediately.

all wrapped in tissue except a smiley daffodil to greet whoever opens the box

I’m lost for words, but I do hope “Love” covers all.

Photo Challenge Round-Up: RICH

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Kapow!

Says ‘RICH‘ to me

Taken at the local Show in the Flower and Produce marquee.

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Cathy at Nanacathy

me at Wild Daffodil

Denis at Haiku Hound

Christina A Look at the Little Things

Ellie at Wicked Rural Homestead

 

Please let me know if I have missed anyone

Thank you everyone for the richness of your entries.

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

 

Next Prompt is

DEEP

Birthday Blanket

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Miss E’s design is coming to life. The daisy squares have been added

The edging done

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Only the daisies to sew on in the centre.

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I’m hopeful it will be finished in time for her birthday.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along.

In a Vase: White

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Cathy, of Rambling in the Garden, has been inspired by Christina, of My Hesperides Garden  this week and is celebrating blogging friendship with a vase full of beautiful white flowers from her garden – which in turn has inspired my vase.

This little white jug has Tiarella Sky Rocket, a self seeded white lavender, saxifrage and erigeron.

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The props are some crocheted daisies ready to adorn a blanket for Miss E. I started this way back in April last year, doing the many squares for the border has halted the process, but it is her birthday coming up and I really want to finish the blanket in time.

Here it is without a border

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and here is the border in progress with daisies arranged by Miss E

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40 squares and 12 daisies and so many ends to sew in!

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I am also creating a pattern for the blanket so that if I ever did want to make one again (?!) I will have the instructions to hand. This will be available as a free pattern for anyone else who would like to give it a go.

White flowers are my favourite and despite the heavy rain this morning I managed to find some in the garden for another vase

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In the vase on the left there is feverfew, DSCF9288astrantia, DSCF9283and a perennial white wallflower with a gorgeous scent, especially at dusk.

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Streptocarpus Rhiannon

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and Streptocarpus Myfanwy

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Do pop on over to see Cathy’s vase and all the others that come pouring in from all over the world always lifting a Monday with beauty.

Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Happy Monday!

Update: Some photos of the plant which I think is a perennial white wallflower

Am I right?

Cards, Kits and Abstract Designs

I am still loving playing around with colouring the paper using Frances Pickering’s method, which can be found in her book ‘Under the Cover’.

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and thought these might make a cheeky entry into the Daily Post ‘Abstract’ challenge.

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I do love the way the colours blend and am wondering about framing some of them.

They are perfect for making birthday cards and this one went to Big Sister (6) to go with her letter ‘A’

She really liked it and asked me lots of questions about how I had made it. She wanted to make a card like it, but as I did not have all the necessary ingredients with me I said I would send her some of the paper and cut-outs to make some cards of her own – here is the little kit I put together for her.

3 folded cards and some bits and pieces to stick on them.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes.

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Friends

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a shiver of glee

so much warmth in the welcome

a new type of friend

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Our Photo Challenge Prompt: FRIENDS

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge Prompts: FRIEND and SHIVER

Ron has such a  generous spirit, he supports and promotes writers of every genre and he is encouraging his readers to go for the Photo/Haiku Challenge Combo – Hurray!!! THANK YOU Ron! He has recently published his co-written novel, Amber Wake, pop on over to his blog and check it out – he has masses of wonderful tips on writing a blog and every sort of writing imaginable.

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The photo: I was away last week on a Textile Course, which as luck would have it, was just a few miles from where Judy Martin of Edwina’s Episodes lives. Judy, or Eddie as I call her, and I have been communicating via our blogs for ages now and have built up a lovely friendship – well you can’t help it with Eddie, she is such a down-to-earth friendly funny kinda gal. So I asked if she thought it would be a good idea to meet up.

Not only did we meet up but we had the most wonderful evening of fun and laughter and an absolutely DELICIOUS meal made by none other than Mr Grump himself! (I shouldn’t really blow his cover but Mr Grump did not live up to his nickname at all – what a friendly, warm and welcoming couple they are!) Both Judy and I discovered that we were exactly as we thought we would be, which meant we felt we knew each other already and conversation flowed as we chatted about blogging, and all manner of other things as well.

This is the second time I have met up with a fellow blogger and I can highly recommend it. The first was a lovely summery meeting with Mrs Snail when we both turned up in bright pink, and now I see Eddie and I were both wearing similar tops – spooky!

And still on the subject of friends, I am giving Judy’s newly published book of poems to my walking friend for her birthday today

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With a card made from the paper I’ve been decorating (another handmade card for my 16 for 16 list ✅).

Here is the back of the card

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and inside is below – I’m loving creating this paper! I love it so much I have photographed some of the pages I like the best and put them in my Etsy shop as PDF instant downloads so that others can enjoy them and use them for their own craft projects, thus adding two more items to the shop out of my target of 14 this year ✅ – I’m ticking lots of boxes in this post!

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The book and card are wrapped in newspaper brought back for me by another friend from her recent trip to Mexico.

And to all my wonderful blogging friends – Happy Tuesday!

Next Week’s Photo Prompt is SECRET

Shhhhh!

Silver

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Bluedaisyz weekly Photo Challenge: SILVER

And joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday

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I am writing this in haste as I am away from home at the moment (I put the photos together before I left).

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These beautiful earrings were made for me by my sister.

More about the plants and the ‘props’:

I looked in my garden for silver coloured leaves – not many – i must put that right. The ones I found were lavender, perennial white wallflower, a strange furry leaved mint that is in flower at the moment with pale lilac coloured flowers, and the tall spikes are the new growth of a cotoneaster.

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hallmark

Hallmark on the Calendar

S.I.Ld = the maker or firm + Stokes and Ireland, Chester. Registered in 1890

The lion = Sterling Silver

The coat of arms = City of Chester

The letter = the date it was hallmarked/made = 1747

See also Cathy’s silver seat; Olga’s, up close; Jamie’s famous tower

Next week the prompt word is PEACE what would you photograph? Another tricky challenge.