I can't believe it's been almost a month since I did a post. Life has been incredibly crazy here over the last few weeks so I had to prioritise things - which meant computer time was almost nil. But I'm back now and have lots of catching up to do. Before I start - I just want to say a huge thank you for all the lovely comments I received for my tea cosy tutorial. It's been fantastic hearing from everyone who has made one! And a big hello to all my new followers - it's fabulous to have you here!
Remember this wee tea cosy? Well it's been on a bit of a journey recently. Sue from Five Course Garden contacted me earlier in the year to tell me about an upcoming A&P Show in Southland that had a craft section. I decided to enter my cosy in the crochet section and Sue took it with her on her trip to Invercargill. Now I live at the bottom of the North Island in Wellington, Invercargill is at the bottom of the South Island - I've never even been there, but my tea cosy has! I have always been the kind of girl who got the 'taking part is more important than winning' ribbons at athletics days when I was younger so I never received many certificates - unlike my very sporty little brother. So I'm chuffed to bits to get a little certificate for my cosy. Such fun! A huge thanks to Sue for giving up precious suitcase space for my teapot and cosy! I should also warn you that visiting Sue's blog will have you running to the kitchen to have a go at her beautiful recipes. Mmmm those Portugese custard tarts .....
I haven't touched my crochet hook for a whole week and I am soooooo looking forward to getting it out today. I only have a few more squares to go and my huge blanket will be done. Here is it laid out on my spare bed. It looks fabulous and oh so cosy. Doesn't it look fantastic with Karen's lovely cushion in the background that I won on her giveaway? I have to confess that my promise to sew in all the ends as I went has been well and truly broken. I started well but after the first ten squares, I got lazy. So now I have that huge job to do. I will make a new promise however. I promise to tidy all the ends before I do the very last square. That way once that last square is added - the job will be done. Nothing worse than finishing all your crochet then having to wait days and days to show anyone while you finish up with the enormous amount of ends!!
Today is a huge, huge day. Today my baby started school. It doesn't seem real - even though she is completely ready for it. So it's goodbye Miss 4, hello Miss 5!! The whole family went to school this morning to settle her into her new class. There are only two pupils to start with but many more are due to start next week. Mr 7 isn't so sure he wants his little sister at the same school but I'm sure he'll get used to the idea in no time at all.
We had her party on Saturday and it was a 'crafternoon tea party'. Eleven littlies decorating hair clips and t-shirts. Lots of fun, lots of laughter and lots of totally unhealthy party food. Surprisingly the fruit kebabs I had made were mostly left untouched, but the fairy bread was a total hit. You just can't beat white bread with 100s and 1000s on it!! Delicious.
Miss 5 had asked for a cake that had a daddy cake, a mummy cake and a baby cake stacked up. It turned out really well and had all the small folk screaming out for a particular coloured flower on their slice. My gorgeous girl insisted that she could make the flowers out of fondant so I showed her how to do it. After a few examples I was told I didn't need to be in the kitchen and that she could do it herself. And indeed she did! I placed them on the cake but she did everything else. She has a lot of patience, unlike her mother!
We spent the following afternoon building the Lego that she had received in her amazing stash of pressies. I have always been a Lego fan, and my son has always loved it, but this new girls Lego is really, really gorgeous. This is Miss 5 building the cafe, complete with oven, pies, milk shakes and cash register. I can see mummy is going to have a lot of fun with this too!
A big thank you to Rebecca and Lily for your lovely blog awards - you made my day.