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01 September 2015

Florida


Hello everyone!

Well, I'm back at last.  Ok, I've been back from my holiday for a little while.  But now I'm getting back to the blog too.  I do have some yarny things I need to share with you but first I couldn't let a big trip to Florida go by without a picture or two.

It was the biggest trip we've been on for a while, two weeks instead of our more usual one.  Florida instead of just staying here or popping over to France and this time a whole load of us went.  Well, my little family, my sister's family and my Mum and Dad too anyway, which is enough.

We went to Kissimmee and stayed in a villa near Disney and did the whole tourist, Disney, Universal thing.  It was an amazingly busy couple of weeks, there is just so much to see and do.   We'd originally planned to build in some relaxing time too, some barbeques at the villa and chill out by the pool time but to be honest that was hard to fit in.  But it seemed a waste not to get stuck into everything that was there, after all, who knows when we will be back.



It was great to see the kids enjoy it all and it was fun for us too.  I have been before, but so many years ago that I daren't count them and so much has changed since them.  Animal Kingdom was new to me and way back then Hollywood Studios was MGM too.  I guess it's a place that never stays still.  There's always a new film to base a ride on and new characters to dress up as.

I was especially looking forward to seeing all the new Harry Potter attractions at the Universal parks and they didn't disappoint I can tell you!  It was tipping down with rain when we first arrived in Diagon Alley, but it didn't spoil it, it was still totally amazing.

I loved the whole area, the shops, the rides, the dragon on top of Gringotts Bank, riding on the Hogwarts Express, and seeing Hogsmeade.  Awesome and perfect for those big kids like me!


One of the nicest days we had was when we took a drive away from Orlando and headed out towards Clearwater to try and fit a beach day in.  We ended up at a place called Indian Rocks and had a gorgeous lunch at Guppy's and then a swim in the sea.  We only got about an hour on the beach before the storms came in and we had to run, grabbing our belonging as we went but it was worth it.  The joy of swimming off the Gulf Coast when you are used to the English Channel is not to be taken lightly.



Phew!  So now that we're back home again but I'm still looking forward to getting a moment to fit that 'relaxing' part in.  I'm thinking it might be after the schools go back and I get the house to myself again!


S x




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27 August 2015

Colour Collaborative: August




Dress

This is one of those occasions when I'm going to be very literal about the theme of the month.
Dress as a term can mean many things but I'm going to actually talk about dresses themselves.  Specifically, given the month, summer dresses.  You see, when it comes to colour I find dresses fairly inspirational.  Fabric generally is because someone else has thought up a palette for you, the work is done.

And that's what I'm doing here, stealing being inspired by the good work of the clever brains that have gone before and using that to create a ready made, harmonious palette ready to go!

Let's take a look at some of my favourite dresses and see what we get....



This is a Joules tunic dress, I love the duck egg blue back ground so that's a good start and unsurprisingly I love the palette it makes too.  Quite distinctively a Joules palette I think.



This is a more subtle selection of colours and one it's hard to pick out in this Stylecraft yarn.  My Cashmerino cards might have been a better choice as they have a more gentle range of colours.  Still it's one I've already taken inspiration from when I made my second Ricicles shawl.  
(This dress I think might be Laura Ashley.)


I'm beginning to notice a bit of a blue theme here.  This is a new dress that I got from Fat Face this year, all ready for my holi-holiday!  I love the contrasting shades in this palette, although the midnight I selected to act as my navy does look rather black in the photo.



 It also comes as no surprise at all that this Cath Kidston dress creates my favourite palette of all.  It's nicely retro as you'd expect and has her distinct and signature colours in, like the duck egg blue, pinks and bold red.  The background of this fabric, although hard to see is actually black so I've added that in too.  (Gasp!)  I know harsh and unyielding black isn't to everyone's taste but I'm coming round to touches of it here and there and for this I think it works.

 What potential palettes do you have hanging in your wardrobe I wonder?


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I yarn I used for these palette is Stylecraft Special DK

(There are no sponsored links in this post, I just thought you might be interested.)


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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River
Sarah at Mitenska

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.


S x




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01 August 2015

Taking a break...



The bags are packed.  The  Kindle is charged, the wooden crochet hook is ready to go and I have the list of 'yarn shops in Florida' safely stowed in my bag.

By the time you read this I will be on my way to warm, wet and sunny Orlando.  Maybe I'm in the departure lounge now, or perhaps we have boarded an are about to take off.  We might even be slogging around Disney or splashing in a water park, depending on how long it takes for this to find it's way to you.

Either way, it's going to be a bit of a mammoth trip, what with my little family, my sister's family and my Mum and Dad all along for the ride.  It feels like an adventure of fairly epic proportions!

Needless to say I won't be around for a while and all things bloggy and social will be on hold for a few weeks.  So any questions or comments both here and around the other places that make up my little corner of the internet shall all have to wait till I return I'm afraid.
(I might be about a little on Instagram, or maybe not, we'll see...)

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I'll hope to be back at the end of August sometime and will look forward to seeing you then.

In the meantime, enjoy your summer (or winter if that is more appropriate) and your own holidays and I shall see you soon...





S x




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30 July 2015

Colour Collaborative: July



Mend

Although I didn't turn the picture above into a colour a palette, I'm sure you can imagine the 'ombre' selection I didn't have the yarn to create, that colour sums up 'mend' more than any other to me.
Or rather, I suppose it sums up 'not mended' more than any other.

You see, that yarn is the one that I made my absolutely favourite pair of socks out of.  The yarn was gorgeous, soft as can be and the colour is divine.  The socks themselves turned out just beautifully too and although I wore them sparingly, their little life was all too short and swift.

I must be one of those people that are hard on their socks I suppose because I had barely noticed the threadbare patches before fully blown heel holes had appeared.  As you will no doubt imagine, I was fairly distraught about this tragic development.  All hope was lost, my work ruined and my favourite socks gone.  Nothing to be done for them I thought sadly to myself and I slowly, reluctantly, dropped them... into the bin!



Now I know that right at this moment you'll be saying to yourself (or maybe screaming at your screen) 'Why the heckety heck didn't you darn them?'  Well, quite.  I know.

I'm afraid it just didn't occur to me.  I don't know how aware of 'darning' I was back when this occurred.  I'd heard of it certainly. People always had to darn their stockings in Enid Blyton or Agatha Christie books, but I'm not sure I really knew exactly what was involved.  What's worse is I had plenty of the left-over sock yarn to do the job with.  Heartbreaking isn't it?  My only defense is time, it was quite a while ago...

Still, it was a lesson learnt because I did finally work out what darning was and realise just what a marvellous thing it might well prove to be for me in future.  So now, as well as understanding the merits of using sock yarn with nylon content to help prevent the pesky holes in the first place, I also know exactly what to do if they do start showing their ugly little faces in the heel regions.





So now, I always make sure I keep a little of any used sock yarn back, ready to leap into action should the need arise.  And that's why it's sock yarn that's inspiring my 'mend' palettes today.

Of course, I haven't actually tried darning yet.
I sense there will be a few more lessons to be learnt lurking in my future...



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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River
Sarah at Mitenska

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.



S x




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