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Wonderful Weekend Book Giveaway

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Everyday I spend a a while looking for new blogs to follow, but I’m one of those “I wonder what I’m missing out there” people! So, I had a thought this morning, that most of the people I follow write blogs about their lives, their crafting, their homes and families; their desire to be frugal or just their love of thriftiness and car booting!

I decided that it probably stood to reason that all of those people, probably followed similar blogs and that wouldn’t it be great if I could get a recommendation list from them; the very people who are probably best placed to tell me “what I’m missing out there” 🙂

So, I thought I would have a little giveaway to thank you for recommending blogs to me that you think I would like. I decided upon the “Wonderful Weekend Book – Reclaiming Life’s Simple Pleasures” by Elspeth Thompson.

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All you need to do is to follow me if you aren’t already and/or reblog this post, leave a comment with a link to your recommended blog and a week from today, 13th February, I will choose a winner to receive the book.

Am really hoping that by this time next week I will have a whole new set of blogs to add to my favourites!

Nikki x

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A Busy Weekend Crafting

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This weekend seemed to whizz by and before I knew where I was it was Monday morning again. I had thought that I hadn’t really achieved much in terms of crafting this weekend, but I think that was because I didn’t have any large blocks of time for crocheting, rather I snatched an hour here and there, but they do all add up I suppose.

A large chunk of the weekend was spent painting some bedroom furniture for a client using Annie Sloan Old White paint. I do love this paint and am so glad I discovered it – it is so versatile and cuts painting time down enormously. Before I had always used Farrow and Ball or Laura Ashley paints for furniture, and I’m sure I will again if the shade required dictates it, but for now I am an Annie Sloan convert!

I will post some photos of the furniture when it is all finished, but it is at the waxing stage at the moment and scattered everywhere waiting to be buffed.

I ordered an Annie Sloan book too which arrived today “Creating the French Look” – I must admit that I ordered it in a bit of a hurry and was hoping that it would give me some inspiration for new furniture projects – I’m saving it for bedtime when I can sit back with a large cup of tea and drink in all the lovely photos.

I had such lovely comments and emails about my little lap blanket, that I decided as I have plenty of yarn left over that I would start another, in the same colours, but with a different pattern for the blocks…what do you think? There’s something so soothing about creating all those little squares (not so soothing when you have to sew in all the ends you haven’t managed to catch behind the stitches though!)

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I made a quick dash visit to my sister’s as well yesterday as I had a little flower headband I had crocheted for my little great niece who is just about 4 months old now. She looked adorable wearing it but I got to thinking that in this cold weather a little beanie would be more appropriate! So when I got home I raided my stash and whipped up this little hat for her….

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I didn’t follow a pattern as such, I just knew that it needed to measure 7.5 inches across and 5.5 inches high so made it up as I went along. The flower though is loosely based on Lucy at Attic 24’s Flower thought didn’t do as many petal rounds as Lucy did as the hat was quite tiny.

I hope my little great niece (and her Mummy) like it…might make one for myself if the weather gets any colder!

Nikki x