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All the “b’s” ..including the start of a Bobble Blanket


It’s been a busy few weeks here at Holly Cottage, we’ve been giving our garden a bit of a Spring makeover (although like most places in the UK we are still awaiting the arrival of Spring!) Today has dawned lovely and sunny and dare I say …even warm!

So first thing this morning after our first bootsale of the year I set to baking some brownies and some yummy bread pudding from our leftover homemade loaves.



I hate to see bread go to waste, but when you bake every day inevitably you will be left with remnants of loaves as you are tempted by the freshly baked loaf just made! The recipe I use is from the BBC Good Food website and is so easy and always produces scrumptious results.

Then it was out into the garden. Over the last couple of years we have collected old ladders from boot sales and painted them up to display plants on during the Summer months.


However the winter this year has really taken its toll on them so we got some new paint yesterday to give them a bit of a spruce up…


Whilst Mr Wonderful was doing this I was able to sneak indoors with a lovely cuppa to work a couple of rows on my new blanket which I am making for my brother.


There isn’t a pattern as such it is just trebles and bobble stitches. I got the wool from Aldi last week…they had some balls of aran wool, 400g at £4.95 each so I snapped up two of the grey and two of the cream. Only problem being I probably could have done with another ball of each to make the blanket a generous size and now they have sold out and there’s no telling when, and if, they will have any more in. 😦

I’ve also repurposed an old picture frame this week by covering it in some underfloor heating boards and then recovering that with some pretty fabric and ribbons to make a pin board for my garden studio.



I have also finished another blanket, but haven’t got any photos of it yet…I’ll get them done for the next post.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend…lets hope the sun stays!




Just learnt of an amazing giveaway at Diaper Mum through Hannah, with some gorgeous items.- it’s open until 17th Feb!

Handmade by Hannah

Until the 17th Feb Diaper Mum is hosting an amazing giveaway! The prizes are stunning! Here is a sneak peek:


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Backyard Makeover


I love our little cottage but I have to say that one of the spaces that has been sorely neglected is the space between the back door and the lawn area.


We just couldn’t decide what to do with the area and then this summer we were really lucky to be offered some handmade pavers which we hoped would be enough to complete the job.

Come the beginning of August we both had a week off so on day one we cleared the area and began to prepare to makeover our backyard.




By the Wednesday afternoon we were on the home straight….and finally ta dah! Our new backyard!