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Final Christmas CAL Photo, the Christmas cushion

Way back in October, (or was it yesterday, it certainly feels like it,) I started a Christmas Crochet Along with Deramores. The patterns were for two baubles, placemats and coasters, a Christmas cushion and a Christmas stocking.

In my Catch up post at the beginning of December I showed you my baubles that I’d made. I’d also made the coasters and table mats but hadn’t done the lettering on them. I still haven’t done that. I did get sidelined with a Santa jacket for the new baby in the family, my great nephew.

Christmas Cushion.

Today, I finished the Christmas cushion. It looks nice but it is actually too big for my cushion pad. Actually, the baubles were pretty big as well so I think maybe I need to work on my tension, or making my stitches tighter and smaller. Or I could use a smaller hook? I’m not sure but I do know that it’s something I need to sort out. It’s fine for blankets and scarfs, but it makes it more difficult for smaller pieces. And of course, I would like to make sure I get my clothing sizes right. (the first jumper I made myself is pretty huge!)

Anyway, enough of the waffle, here is my Christmas Cushion, puffed up so you can’t properly see that its too big for the cushion pad.

Christmas cushion

I also managed to get some of the squares sewn up wrong so the holly is supposed to be in the four corners and the middle. Ah well, it’s a learning curve. There is always next time to get it right.

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas!

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A Place to Eat

Weekly Menu – Lamb Curry, not again!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last weekly menu plan. The lamb curry didn’t go down too well, slow cooking it made the lamb much softer and stringier and although it’s how I like it best, it’s not how my family like it. So I won’t be trying that again. Then we had a week with my birthday which involved in another lamb curry but this time it was a take out.

We also had a week where there was a lot of sickeness and keeping the family separated. Some ate, some didn’t and it was in different rooms and at different times. It was all a bit awkward. I ordered a Chinese meal on the Saturday as we had been out, but even though it was ordered at 6.30pm it didn’t arrive until nearly 10pm. Thankfully, the younger ones had opted for a Mc Donalds instead and their Dad had fetched that. Note to self, do not order food for delivery on a Saturday evening.

curry

Anyway, I do think we’ve had our fill of curry for now so next weeks menu doesn’t have it on at all. And if we order take out at any point, it won’t be curry and it won’t be on Saturday!

This Weeks Curry Free menu

  • Saturday – Fish and Chips
  • Sunday – pie
  • Monday – paella
  • Tuesday – fajita/ chicken wraps
  • Wednesday – sausages and mash or chips
  • Thursday – pasta bake/macaroni cheese
  • Friday – Quiche or Kiev

Although, now I come to think, I don’t believe we’ve had a Mapu Curry for a while…mmmm!

I’ve already started filling in my online basket for the Christmas food shop. There is no way I’d be able to handle the supermarket. I have also ordered my Turkey crown and a few other treats from elsewhere. We are picking them up from Marks and Spencers. I thought the Christmas pre-order would have been cheaper at Morrisons, but it wasn’t.

Keeping it simple this week and linking up with Katy Kicker’s Meal planning linky.

Katykicker
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Christmas Crochet (catch up)

Way back in October (Which I swear was a week ago) I told you about a Christmas CAL or Crochet Along that I was doing. I thought I’d give you a little catch up.

How Did I do?

Well, I could have done better, but I’m still happy. The baubles were first and I completed them in time. Here’s my little Robin and Reindeer baubles to go on our tree this year.

crochet robin bauble
Robin Bauble
crochet reindeer bauble
reindeer bauble

Next up I started on the coaster and the table mats. I managed two mats and all the coasters, but I’ve yet to finish the edging and lettering. I got a little distracted by crocheting this for my niece’s little boy.

crochet red and white santa jacket for a baby.
Baby Santa coat

It was so much fun and easy to make. I think I may make some more in different colours for my Etsy shop when I open it.

I have now started on my Christmas pillow because I’d like to get that done to go with our decorations. I’ve done the back, now it’s just the front to complete. then I’ll finish off the coasters. I’m not sure I will have time to finish the Christmas Stocking.

Christmas Crochet Gifts

My daughter has been asking me what I would like for Christmas and I really couldn’t think of anything other than chocolate. But then I thought of how much I enjoy my crochet so I asked her to take a look at the Deramores site and pick a crochet pack. You can buy a pattern and all the wool you need to make it. I can’t wait to see what she’s bought for me.

If you have lots of spare wool and not so much cash, then you can still check out the site for some really fabulous free patterns for crocheting or knitting.

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My Chronically Ill Gift List

This is my chronically ill gift list that I’ve put together to give people ideas of the type of gifts that people who are ill may appreciate.

I suffer from chronic pain in my back and legs, I hurt when cold, I am a wheelchair user and I don’t get out of my home a lot because of my condition. So here are the things I would love the most.

Something to Wear

Clothing is always a good gift, if you don’t want to worry to much about sizing then I’m pretty sure that scarves, gloves and socks are a good idea. If you have some idea of size then a nice pair of pyjamas or a dressing gown. Slippers are also a good buy if you have some idea of the shoe size. Although with slippers you can generally get away with Small, Medium or Large. I get through about five pairs of slippers a year, so they would be very welcome.

I have very cold feet so I’m always happy with socks or slipper socks, the brighter the better. I love these slipper socks from The Sock Shop

reindeer slipper socks

Hobbies

If you know a person’s hobby then buying them anything they can use will be a big bonus and I’m sure they will love it. This can be anything from paint, pens, pads, craft supplies, or if you are buying for me then wool. I can’t get enough of the stuff, ask my family! Better still, buy wool with a pattern to crochet or knit, like this lovely blanket from Deramores.

Pill Organiser

Someone who needs a lot of medication will need to keep it organized. I would love something like these pill organisers from Etsy to keep my medication safe and ready to take.

butterfly decorated pill organiser

Books and Magazines

Reading is a great way of chilling out, whether you are just getting ingrossed in a novel or learning something new. There are so many books to please just about everyone. Try the gift finder at Waterstones.

Christmas gift finder waterstones

If you can’t think of a book they would like then how about a magazine subscription. They make a great gift and you can buy a six or twelve month subscription. I love my crochet magazine subscription but I’ve also enjoyed cookery magazines, and I know plenty that would love the new Seven Worlds One Planet magazines.

magazine subscription

Candles

There is nothing I like more than having a candle burning while at home. It makes the room smell nice and helps to make me feel relaxed. At Candles Direct they have a huge assortment of lovely candles, including Yankee candles. They also have some lovely gifts including bath and body products and vegan friendly gifts.

yankee candle tree

Mindfulness Gifts

A lot of chronically ill people turn to mindfulness to help them. It may be that they enjoy mediation or yoga, or colouring books. LSW Mind Cards are a new product which are designed to make you become more mindful. Each day select a card at random and take the action stated on the card. Building the habit of making positive choices each day will help you lead a more fulfilling and happier life. The box is attractive and would make a lovely gift.

I hope you have enjoyed my little gift guide and that it has given you some ideas for gifts for that person you may know that is suffering from a chronic illness, or even a temporary illness. We all need a little pampering sometimes.

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See another of my gift lists here.

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A Place to Read

Book worms Monthly – December

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly December. This is the time for gifting fabulous books and hopefully getting one or two from your Christmas Wish list too.

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly December!

Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

Link up your Book Worm Monthly December book posts below.

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