Crochet…

a scarf because is that time of the year….because I want to make something nice for my sister….because I needed a change from sewing and because I was tempted by this gorgeous pattern…oh and because you can take the sewing out and about  …today the girls have ice skating and this mama will crochet with a cuppa while they have fun on the ice…

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Isn’t this weather just perfect for crafting and other indoors niceness?

Wishing you all a peaceful and productive week….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

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A blouse…

 

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really really really enjoyed this one even though I struggled with the invisible zipper and by struggle I mean four hours of battling with it….thanks god for youtube tutorials…..but you know what? I now feel confident enough to tackle anything…well not anything…anything with an invisible zipper I mean….

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Adding the piping was lots of fun too and I simply love the pleats……I must confess though that I went for a ready made one…some short cuts are well worth it specially when the ready made one is a perfect match and does not cost the earth…..oh and I hand stitched the bottom hem and now wish I had done the same with the sleeves…..never mind….she doesn’t mind….

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Next, I’m using this same pattern for a dress but with a Peter Pan collar in a much thicker cotton….watch this space 😉

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

A pair of pyjamas …

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that she loves them would be the understatement of the year…..bless her she hasn’t even noticed that I cut them out upside down….

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I’m not going to lie and tell you that they were easy peasy…in fact the most challenging project so far….mainly because I did not have a very good pattern with detailed instructions so I had to improvise quite a lot…. here is the free pattern……it was meant to have a proper collar but, as I said, I could not follow instructions…….tried a couple of times and in the end, I opted for the always reliable bias tape round the neck-line option….

All in all I’m quite please with it…Alhamdulilah….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

When life gives you apples…

 

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you bake ….of course…or you delegate the task to someone more capable or more willing than you….

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Dd 14 made that scrumptious apple pie last nigh but today was my turn…I can’t remember the last time I baked….I quite enjoyed it actually…

Simple apple compote, sugar free just cinnamon loaded…..very tangy and refreshing….

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Apple crumble …with double cream of course…..Still plenty of apples left so thinking of making apple sauce  to freeze…I don’t want to see another apple for a while……

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Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

I love Mondays………..

well perhaps love is too strong a word but at least I don’t dislike them as much as I used to….and why you ask? cause at the young age of 44 I have been converted to the joys of online grocery shopping…I know, I know, I’m a few years late but had anyone sat me down and explained to me how much my Mondays/my life would improve as a result of shopping groceries online, I would have bought into it then and there……

I did it for the first time last week and the positive impact is so great that, of course, shopping groceries online is now here to stay…..no more procrastinating it until there’s nothing but crumbs in the cupboards and a piece of dry cheese in the fridge….no more wasting a whole Monday morning doing something I get no pleasure out of…and I swear, I tried the whole being grateful thingy, being of service to my family, being a dutiful wife who does not complain when there are millions out there who would love to be in my shoes and push a trolley full of nice food…gosh I’m really making myself sound like a real ungrateful b”£”ch…..I can’t help it…shopping for food is was the bane of my existence …..but not any more…now is just a 5 minutes job ….as soon as I’m done with the menu plan I do the shopping list online and voila….24 hours later the shopping comes to me….

This morning I’m doing all the Monday morning boring chores  with a smile on my face and a spring on my steps…..yes, that good!!! I LOVE ONLINE GROCERY SHOPPING….my life is better….this mama is happier…..this chick ….better stop now ……

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And now off to do Spanish with dd14…and by the way a few things on that list are a thing of the past now but my shopping is yet to arrive and we are awaiting it with open arms….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Sleepyhead….

tadah………….my first amigurumi is here…what a joy to make!…..can’t wait to start on the next amirugumi project….love love love amirugumi….love at first stitch for sure…

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And I managed to finish the pink finger less gloves too….busy busy busy content content content……like someone once said…’it is neither wealth nor splendour, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness’….

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

P.S tutorial and pattern here