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I Made My First Jumper – Just in time for summer!

I’ve not tried to crochet an item of clothing before but I thought this jumper looked fun and easy to make. It’s a nice baggy style which is how I like my jumpers and I loved the wool chosen. It was Stylecraft Life dK in Silver Nepp. It has lovely flecks of colours throughout. I did find it came up a bit big, probably my fault with tension. I’m still not good on measuring tension and I tend to come up big. I chose the size 16-18 as I’m a 16, but I wished I’d gone a bit smaller now. But no worries, I’ll be wearing once the winter arrives, I’ll be able to layer up and keep warm.

I found the pattern in Simply Crochet Magazine issue 81.

How Did I do?

For my first attempt at a jumper, or even any item of clothing, I think I did quite well. It’s wearable anyway. The sleeves seem a little long and they are baggy. but if you look at the model wearing it in the magazine you will see it is actually supposed to be like that.

I really enjoyed the pattern, especially the bobbles, they are so easy and fun to make.

To do a bobble stitch you simply keep working the trebles into the same stitch. On the sleeve and the bottom of the jumper I worked 5 trebles into one stitch, on the motif I did slightly bigger bobbles by working 7 trebles into one stitch.

The Motif

To make the motif I had to follow a chart. I have done this before with my Spring blanket and it’s really quite easy to do, it’s all about counting!

I really love my crochet, it relaxes me and takes my mind off other things. It’s also incredibly satisfying to see a project come together.

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The Squishy Things in Life

My children love tactile things like slime or squishies. We have spent many an hour destroying having fun in the kitchen making our own slime. But when the disasters became too unbearable we went on to buying stuff instead.

Now you may think this is an easy task, most stores sell some sort of slime or Squishies, just take a look in The Card Factory or The Works. They probably even sell it in the supermarket. But, we are a fussy lot and we like ours to be particularly squishy, or squidgy or smell just right.

We love Etsy for this, it’s a risk buying online because you don’t get to smell or squidge before hand. But then most products sold in the shop come in sealed containers so you don’t know what you are getting until you open them anyway. We have come to love a few Etsy sellers that have not let us down and we would like to share them with you.

Slime Marshmallows

Kristi from Slime Marshmallows is our ultimate favourite seller for slime. She always contacts us after an order to make sure it’s sent out at the right time if it’s for a special occasion. Slime does have a ‘shelf life’ but if I’m honest, we still have some fabulous slime from her that has lasted for ages.

All slime orders come with: borax powder, a small bag of extras, a personalised note and a care sheet. You can generally choose whether you want a basic pot or a stronger one. The stronger one is more expensive but your slime will last longer in it.

The orders are always a delight to receive and they often come with extras which can include either: glitter, foam balls, fimo slices or beads!

Her shop items change regularly but I’ll show you some of the favourites we’ve tried or wanted to try.

In Your Dreams £6.50
Love Potion £3.50
Rainbow Chiffon Cake £6.25
Unicorn Ice cream cloud £5.95

I bet you never thought slime looked so good! It also smells and feels amazing. (oh, okay, I admit, I like it too!)

Squishies

The thing about squishies is; they are fabulous while they last. Sadly, as they are meant to be squished and squashed they do tend to fall apart. So, don’t expect them to last forever…unless you don’t squish them which defeats the object.

They also come in many shapes and sizes. Some like them hand size so you can just squish away while doing other stuff like watching tv or homework. Some like them bigger for that stress busting squish experience. I think they are cute so I like to have one on my key ring. Big or small, it’s so nice to give them a little squish every now or then.

Squishes can be really soft or a little firmer, some squish and come back into shape immediately and some are slow rising. Everyone seems to have a preference.

Here are a selection I’ve found to share with you.

Some Squishies look yummy but don’t eat them!

(my son found half a doughnut under my daughters desk in her bedroom and told her she was disgusting for leaving food in her room…I went to see and found out it was a squishy doughnut!)

Popcorn Squishie £1.50
Mochi Squishies £1 each
Disney Squishies £4 each
Pack of 7 slow rising jumbo Squishies £15.81

I’d like to finish off with this fabulous party kit I’ve found. We have had all sorts of crafting parties for birthday’s in the past. Last year, Boo went to a birthday slime making party which she loved. However, this is a squishy party kit with everything included for 10 children to design their own squishes. All you need is a table with a disposable table cloth and the kids will have a wild time. So tempted to try this myself for Boo’s birthday this year.

10 person Squishy party pack £67.18

I hope you’ve enjoyed my squishy, slimy post 🙂 I have included affiliate links which if you click and go on to buy something you will help me earn a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself. So thank you x

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Way Day Sale

This post contains my affiliate links for Wayfair, they will cost you nothing to click through but may earn me a few pennies if you decide to buy anything while on the site. So, thank you for your support.

I love Wayfair and I was excited to hear that they were having a super 36 hour sale starting on April 10th. They are also offering Free Uk Delivery on everything!

I thought I’d take a look and give you a some of my picks.

Do Keep Checking the site though as they are having Flash Sales every 3 hours!!

To start with, I’m looking for a new coffee table and love this Villita coffee table with a shelf for my magazines, it’s currently priced at only £86.99

Next up, I am having a new carpet fitted soon and I need a rug. This geometric one is lovely and starts at just £24.99 at the time of posting this blog.

The weather is getting nicer and I’ll soon be spending more time in the garden. I would love this wooden Love Seat for my garden, it’s a bargain at just £67.99 at the time of writing this.

Then of course, it’s always nice to get some new bedding and at Wayfair they are reducing their prices a lot. Look at this lovely Everly Quinn set just £10.34 for a single or £15.99 for a double set

These are just a few of the many, many things on sale over the next few days. So if you are thinking of a Spring Makeover, do click through and check them out. They’ll know I’ve sent you.

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Easter is My Favourite Holiday

I love Easter. It’s in the spring time, the kids have two whole weeks off school and there is lots of chocolate! What’s not to love. You don’t even have to be religious to enjoy Easter, but if you are then you’ll know how uplifting the Church Service can be on Easter Sunday.

I’m going to visit some of my favourite Easter related things in this post. I may contain links to other sites and even affiliate links, just thought I’d let you know.

Easter Bonnets

My Children are too old for Easter Bonnets now, but here’s some we made earlier.

Easter Treats

Easter really is the time for treats, I know, I know, chocolate is a treat, but we’ll come to that later. Good things come to those that wait. First of all, how about Easter Cakes. I am a big fan of the Simnel Cake. I just adore marzipan (probably more than chocolate!)

This is my tried and tested recipe for Simnel Cake

Easter Simnel Cake

We made some yummy Easter Chocolate bark way back in 2013, It was fun and easy to make but my photography is not so good.

Easter Eggs

Do you have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday? We do one at home but a couple of years ago we went to a local National Trust Property to do one. We may just do it again this year. You can find out if there is a hunt near you by clicking here.

Finally, here is a pick of a few of my favourite eggs from Cadburys!

Newsflash!! Use the code EGGHUNT at the checkout for 15% off, ends 5th April, so hurry


A box of five of the best selling Medium Cadbury Easter Eggs. Perfect for a family to share or to use for an easter egg hunt. £15.45

Giant Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut Egg with sharing bar. Cadbury’s smooth milk thick shelled chocolate egg with Fruit & Nut inclusions and 1 sharing bar inside each presentation box! £12



Two of our NEW for 2019 a special Easter egg gift of a smooth Dairy milk chocolate hollow Easter egg with a plush Cadbury purple Easter Bunny Toy. £11.98

I hope you have enjoyed my Easter themed post

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Crochet Projects

I love to crochet, it’s so relaxing and I love it when something comes together and I can say I made this.

Last year I joined a CAL with Simply Crochet magazine and each month I learned a new stitch to make a block for a beautiful blanket.

The blanket came with two options, one was Stonewashed, the other Colour Crafter. I chose the colour crafter and it turned out like this.

Colour Crafter Blanket CAL

Not only have I made a lovely, soft, cosy and colourful blanket, but I’ve learnt a lot of new stitches. Some of them I struggled with, but mostly it was straight forward.

Now for the good news, if you would like to try to can find the details over on the Simply Crochet Magazine site

There are even You Tube videos which can help you with the more trickier stitches. But it’s not as difficult as it looks. I still consider myself a beginner and I managed to make one.

If you fancy trying out Simply Crochet magazine please click the banner below for a great offer.

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Mother’s Day Gift List

Mother’s Day 2019 is on March 31st.

Here is a comprehensive list of gifts to please all sorts of Mum’s. I’ve spent hours compiling this list for you and the links are all affiliate links. It will not cost you any extra to click through these links but if you go on to purchase something I will earn a few extra pennies for my new wheelchair fund. So, a big thank you from me x

Thorntons

Thorntons are a great place to start, you can have your chocolate personalised if you wish to make it extra special. Here are just 3 of the gifts available, two are under £10 so perfect for the kiddies to buy!

Thorntons chocolate heart £8
Thortons Box of Chocolates £7
Thorntons yellow roses and chocolates £50

Cadburys

Cadburys offer some lovely selections especially for Mum, priced at £10, £20 and £30…perfect for every budget.

Cadburys Treasure Box £10
Cadburys chocolate Hamper and Fizz £30
Cadburys Mothers Day Chocolate £20

Pressy Box

Looking for something a little different or special, then Pressy Box has literally hundreds of fabulous products to choose from. You’ll be sure to find something that your Mum would love. Here are a small pick of my favourites.

From You to Me Book £11.99
Gin and Tonic Bathing Gel £8.99
Eyezone Massager £9.99
Collagin £34.95

Candles

I love candles, they add atmosphere as well as a beautiful scent to your home. I could have a hundred candles and it still wouldn’t be enough. Candles Direct are the place to go for all things candle and they have some great prices too.

Yankee Candle, Floral Candy -large £19.99
Gold and Peal Wax Burner £14.24

Etsy

You Can’t beat a look around Etsy if you want to find something really special for your Mum, from handmade to personalised and a whole lot more.

wooden box personalised
Personalised Mother’s Day Memory Box £34.95
Mum’s Knitting Bag £12.95
Bath Salt Pamper Basket £23.00
Sunshine Drop Ear rings £20

John Lewis

John Lewis have a lovely selection of gifts, including things you wouldn’t normally think of.

Gin Gift Box £50
Strictly Come Dancing Board Game £15.99
a shopper bag with flowers
Ted Baker Annacon Elegant Print Shopper Bag £30
an orange purse decorated with zebras
Sara Miller Zebra Purse £12.00

Flowers

How about sending Mum a gorgeous bunch of flowers through the post. You can even add chocolates or teddy bears as well as other gifts and cards.

Roses with chocolates £22.99
Spring Supreme with Chocolates £19

I hope you have enjoyed my list and found it useful. Let me know in the comments what you would like to buy your Mum for Mother’s Day, or what you would like to receive yourself.

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Free Crochet Patterns for kid’s Scarfs

I love crochet and scarfs are my most favourite thing to make. They are often really simple and quick to make and are great to make as gifts.

In this post I’m featuring some fabulous free patterns for kid’s scarfs. I’m not going to list them as girl’s and boy’s because who cares, kid’s will wear what they want. But these are super cute and most are real easy to make.

Rainbow hearts and fluffy clouds.

This scarf is super cute and colourful. Any child would be happy to wear a lovely scarf like this.

a rainbow coloured scarf with a heart on one end and a cloud on the other
Rainbow, heart and fluffy cloud scarf from Crafty is Cool

Pom Pom Scarf

What kids doesn’t love pom poms. This scarf is adorable, and would look good in whatever colourway you chose for it.

a kids' scarf in purple. pink and white with matching pom poms on each end
Pom Pom scarf from Skein and Hook

Harry Potter Scarf

Now this one should be really popular, there are a lot of Harry Potter fans out there who would like a scarf like this.

A Harry Potter scarf in stripes of crimson and gold and with tassles at the ends
Harry Potter Scarf from Knotted Mom

Unicorn Scarf

Unicorns are very popular at the moment so I’m sure any child would be happy to be seen snuggled up with a unicorn scarf.

a white scarf with a unicorn head at one end and legs and tails at the other, the horn, paws and tail are all in a contrasting purple wool
Unicorn Scarf from Semi Sweet Crafter

Lego Brick Scarf

Kids love bricks, that’s a fact, and this scarf is a perfect winter warmer for all brick lovers big or small.

Lego Brick Scarf from Cool Creativity

If you loved this post but would like to see patterns for adult scarfs please see my previous post here.

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Crochet Scarf Patterns for Adults

Crochet is a perfect hobby when you are stuck at home a lot. I love new projects and scarfs are so easy and quick to make. I especially love when you can make one in a couple of days, it gives a great sense of satisfaction.

Here are a few crochet Scarf patterns that I have found.

Women’s Scarfs

This one is really easy, perfect for a beginner.

Simple Scarf

This gorgeous scarf can be used as a Spring scarf or shoulder wrap. It’s so pretty don’t you think?

Strawberry Patch Convertible Scarf

The Waffle stitch is one of my favourites and it’s a lot easier than it looks.

Waffle Stitch Scarf

Infinity scarfs are just great for keeping you warm and I love the pattern on this cluster stitch scarf.

Cluster Stitch Infinity Scarf

Men’s Scarfs

With easy stitches and chunky wool, this scarf is quick to make and perfect for a man.

Every Man Scarf from Fibre Flux

This scarf looks warm and snug for those extra cold days

brown warm crocheted men's scarf
Burly Tweed Man’s Scarf from The Good Life

This striped scarf is one I wouldn’t mind borrowing from my Man

Red scarf with a white strip and a grey strip inside the white stripe.
Vertical Stripe Scarf from Eating Out Loud

Check out my next post for kid’s scarfs

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Christmas Shopping – gifts for Him

It’s November already and Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas shopping no longer has to be the dreaded drudge through crowds trying to find that perfect gift for everyone. Shopping from home has never been easier.

Prezzy Box is a fantastic online store for buying presents. Everything is categorised and easy to find. You’ll find all sorts of gifts to suit all sorts of budgets. With Prezzy Box a lot of the hard work is already done for you.

Today I’m looking at Christmas Gifts for HIM, whether it’s your Husband, Dad, Grandad, Nephew or Son, there is so much to choose from at Prezzy Box.

Prezzy Box Gifts for Him

Dear Dad From You to Me Book £12.99 

Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit £24.99

Personalised Beer Pack of 3 £19.99

Men’s Well Groomed Gift Set £21.99

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John Lewis and Partners

There are some wonderful gifts for Men available from John Lewis and Partners, again at a wide price range to suit all budgets. Here are a few of my top picks.

Fitbit Charge 3, Health and Fitness Tracker £129.99

Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW, 1080p HD, with Wi-Fi & GPS £99.00

Happy Socks Retro Holiday Christmas Socks Singing Gift Box, One Size, Pack of 3, Multi £29.95

Stackers Wallet, Black £25.00

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Chocolates and Sweets

Most men like a tasty treat or two at Christmas time. Here is my selection of chocolates and sweets for those with a sweet tooth.

The Marshmallowist Blueberry & Gin Marshmallows, 120g £7.50

Cadbury Heroes Tub (660g) £8.59

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Gift Basket £35

Double Decked Selection Box

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Thanks for reading, I hope you have enjoyed my little shopping spree and I’ve given you a couple of ideas for Christmas presents that can be bought from the comfort of your settee. Please note that this post does contain affiliate links and if you buy anything you will not pay any extra but I may earn a few pennies. Thank you very much for your time and I hope to see you again soon.

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