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One-a-Week Photo Challenge: Cross

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the stars in my world

creativity blooming

with needle and thread

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Three generations of cross stitch.

The blue and yellow Binca pieces on the top were made by my children (now 35 and 41) at school. The white Binca is being decorated by Little Miss M (4) and Master R (7), he has made the first arm of the cross stitches, but got frustrated when he came to the corner, his mathematical Virgoan brain could not get it to be precise enough, so we had to take a break. I hope we can return to it next weekend. Shall I undo the corner bit? …… Hmmmm these moral connumdrums we Grannies face.

You can see my cross stitches on the fabric collage underneath, the start of another textile experiment.

Linking with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge.

This week’s prompts: STAR and BLOOM

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Cathy and I have put together a list of subjects for the whole year – jump in as and when you feel like it with current or archive photos, and leave a link in the comments to be included in the monthly Round Up.

Lost

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Meet Teddy.

Teddy was given to Miss E as a baby and has hardly left her side since.

This photo was taken back in 2009 october09 071

Teddy has become one of the family. You can see that she has aged a bit since the 2009 photo was taken and eventually, her red gingham dress was beyond repair. I knitted her a new dress, which I made up as I went along and now looks like this

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I had no idea Miss E had lovingly saved this relic.

Since then I have made a few garments for Teddy’s wardrobe.

Including this jacket from the book ‘Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards and Fairies’ by Annette HeffordDSC_0201

which in turn inspired me to experiment with the pattern and scale it up for babies and toddlers (with permission from the publishers).

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You can find the pattern here in my Etsy Shop, or here on Ravelry

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One day about 4 years ago Teddy was LOST – Miss E was distraught, the whole family were traumatised, she was lost for over 24 hours, it was awful – we searched high and low thinking of anywhere and everywhere Teddy could have gone – what on earth were we going to do. …

At last Teddy was found amongst other toys, her colours so muted that we had not seen her, even though we had looked there before.

I decided that Teddy should have some bight clothes so that she would never be hidden from us like that again. I knitted these

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But Teddy continues to favour more muted colours and only wears these dresses during the Strictly Come Dancing season. Thankfully she has never gone missing again.

Here she is with her friends and her collection of clothes minus a pale yellow cullotte outfit that is in the wash……. we hope….. we couldn’t find it ……. it might be ….

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LOST

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Do you have any photos that fit the ‘lost’ theme?

We’d love to see them, just leave a link in the Comments, to join our Photo Challenge.

Lunch

spying from my seat

beach activities below

wonderful delight

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Our Photo Challenge Week 15 : LUNCH

Ronovan’s Haiku prompts (10th April): WONDER and SPY

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Two weeks in the Caribbean! Lucky me!

I’m playing catch-up. Thank you so much Cathy for keeping the Photos purring along.

I can’t just leave out the two weeks of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge I missed – not after nearly three years of weekly postings, so I will be catching up with a couple of posts today.

A few more scenes from that balcony – not a bad place to sit and have lunch 😉

Looking towards St Kitts

Pelicans bobbing on the water in the early morning light

diving for fish

the boys going snorkelling

fishing

evening

storm brewing

Click on any photo to see it larger.

I was staying at The Hamilton Beach Villas which were beautiful, but not quite what they promise on their website. No Spa. When we questioned this we were told that they “had got a bit over enthusiastic on their website” !

There seemed to be a lot of that going on in the Caribbean. Often when travelling I have found people tell you what they think you want to hear – anyone else had that experience?

Floor

 

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of children walking in socks 

every day shine

 

Week 10 of our One-a-Week Photo Challenge: FLOOR

Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge prompts: KING and DAY

I went to stay with my son and his family in London recently and this is the floor in the hall of their 1950s house – I just love it.

It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day when I arrived at Waterloo so I wandered along the South Bank, one of my favourite walks, there are always fascinating things going on. The tide was high so no beach-combing on this trip. Walking past the Tate Modern towards Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre I came across a poet with a Magic Carpet of poetry

 

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After looking through the titles on the envelopes I chose ‘Butterfly Rhapsody’, which he has in his hand.DSC_0239

He knew all his poems by heart and gave me a rendition of Butterfly Rhapsody – I was entranced – such energy and emotion, so I gave him a donation and have the poem, which I shall put in the textile book I am making for Little Miss M as she loves butterflies. Even though last year she asked her Mum if she could have a butterfly, her Mum asked her if she wanted it as a pet and she said “No, to eat it!”

Well we do put flowers on salads so when you are three ………..

I wish I could tell you the poet’s name but although he signed his work, I can only read his first name – Joseph. I also gave him a Love Rock. Here he is giving another poetic performance.DSC_0238

I wandered on over the Wobbly Bridge and west along the embankment which was bathed in sunshine. It must be a fabulous place to sit in the summer when the lavender bushes are in flower. The walk took me through Victoria Embankment Gardens where mimosa was in full bloomDSC_0242 (1)

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and this delicately scented viburnum which was growing in a huge pot.

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walking in sunshine

golden lights on a spring day

making my heart sing

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The walk from the Wobbly Bridge to my son’s office took just over an hour and a half, giving me another walk to chalk up towards my 17 for 2017. Loved it!

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Cathy and I have created the One-a-Week Photo list. To enter just leave a link in the comments, we’d love to see what FLOORs have fascinated you this week.

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Edit: Kerry’s comment below prompted me to find this 1978 song – the day definitely had this as it’s theme tune:

and now I can link to Ritu’s Musical March Meme

Happy

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ideas blow in

“please help me Granny”

happy days

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Cathy and I host a ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt : HAPPY

also joining in with

Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge: BLOW and PLEASE

Our prompt word this week is HAPPY, I’m looking forward to seeing all your HAPPY photos. Please leave a link in the comments. Click on the Photo Challenge link or Page to see what’s in store for the coming weeks.

Ceiling

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Taken on a blustery New Year’s Day at Mwnt. The little church dsc_0079providing a welcome haven from the dramatic weather.

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As we waited for the completion of the magical Sand Circle by Marc Treanor

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Our first Photo Prompt for our One-a-Week Photo Challenge.

Please leave a link in the comments.

Pop across to see Cathy’s ‘Ceiling’ too.

Button

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Rising with the lark

I photograph bright buttons

To meet the challenge

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The Phaiku Challenge!

This challenge combines our Weekly Photo Challenge with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge, a lovely brain teaser for the start of the week.

His prompts this week are LARK and RISE.

Edit: It is not LARK and RISE it is LARK and RUSH.

So I was in a bit of a rush to get this post out – back to the drawing board:

Rising with the lark

I photograph bright buttons

Rushing the challenge

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Our Photo Challenge prompt of BUTTON nudged me into looking on Pinterest for handmade buttons. What a labyrinth of delights Pinterest is – I have to ration myself as I can get lost for hours. I came across these:a04d901c05a57f300026087e4bae2dfb

Designed by Wink – excellent tutorial here.

So I thought I would have a go and make some buttons to replace the rather dull ones on my favourite cardigan. For speed I tried just tying the crocheted button onto the existing button, but that didn’t really work as the result is too heavy and hangs down. So I will need to take the old buttons off and replace them with the cotton ones.dsc_0005

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I wondered if joining two together would make an acceptable bead and I think it does.

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The two buttons were joined together with mattress stitch and stuffed with some yarn off-cuts, stored in a felted pot made out of Colinette all wool yarn (sadly no longer available).

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This ‘bead’ adds another type of handmade bead to my target of 10 for the 16 for 2016 Challenge. Only 3 more to go. I do love following where these challenges take me.

I am also joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams this week.

If you would like to join in with the BUTTON Photo Challenge or the Phaiku Challenge please leave a link in the comments of this post or Cathy’s Post and I will include you in the Round-Up on Sunday (or maybe Monday).

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Next Week’s Photo Challenge Prompt is

MYSTERY

I have added a little mystery to this post – do you know why I wear a safety pin on my cardigan?