Tuesday, 17 February 2009

collections............................

Whilst wandering aimlessly round the house last week, a skill I particularly excel in, I happened upon a few of the little collections going on around here at the moment................

Crochet..........it's everywhere. From the squares for my niece's baby blanket (must be finished next week, and boy, it's taken a long time) to the round cushion inspired by posy and now requested by nearly every family member, to little crochet flowers dotted around the place, the house is being taken over by baskets of yarn and every evening I'm to be found in my favourite armchair, glass of wine and chilled chocolate to hand, crocheting away. I think Ian finds it slightly disturbing and I have many times been likened to an old crone sitting at the gallows - NOT the image I like to think I'm portraying!

Bulbs..............oh, the joy! Flowers I can actually grow, why has it taken me so long to discover this? Now they're everywhere, you name it I shove a collection of £1.26 Lidl bulbs in and a few days later, flowers galore - pure bliss, and an extra place to push in a few crocheted flowers.
Beads..................hanging from the pretty rose hooks I bought in TK Maxx. The perfect spot to keep them, I can see them, admire their colourful sparkliness and it makes choosing one each day soooo easy. I'm a cheap jewellery fan, I have no diamonds or gold. I always have a favourite on the go, this is the one at the moment, isn't it fab?.............
Stuffed toys................obsessed is the word I'd use for my children, they can't get enough of them. can hardly get into bed because of them, all the old bits of crap that no-one else wants, we bring 'em home and squeeze them in. For a person with a bed making obsession it gives me palpitations. I have to fold the duvet around them because under no circumstances am I to MOVE THEM! I don't know how they sleep with them all but it makes them happy, which in turn makes me happy so I have live with the untidy beds (deep breathing, telling myself it doesn't matter, only looking at the bed with one eyes open - I've tried it all)


So, there you are, a brief glimpse of our overly cluttered house, see you all soon.....................



33 comments:

Leisa said...

Your becutiful crochet blanket is just stunning - what a great job you have done! Loving the lovely bulbs too!

La MaƱosa said...

Your granny squares are beautiful! I love the colors you chose. My favorite are the squares with the flowers in the center.

Deb said...

I really enjoy your blog and your crochet is lovely.

I stopped in to let you know that I'm having a giveaway over at my blog, A Fine Feathered Nest. Come on over if you're so inclined.

Cheers!

retrorose said...

Well I could just eat some of those photos, if you know what I mean. I love the crochet and the beads, even the toy filled bed looked good. I can agree completely with the joining in games. Some people enjoy it, some don't!

Louise said...

That cushion is indeed lovely and I think I need one too! What wonderful collections and what a cosy family home you have.

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

its not overly cluttered is a lovely warm comfortable family home :-)
love love love the pink crochet cushion!!! gorgeous :-)
Lesley x

Miss sew n sew said...

Your crochet is beautiful love the round cushion.
Just done the same with my jewellery much better than a tangled mess. Muat gve some bulbs a go.
Sarah x

Sew Recycled said...

Glad to see you back! Boy you have been busy with the old hook! I have started a hexagon blanket, so we will see how long that takes me!
Happy collections.
Emx

Sal said...

Gorgeous crochet! I love all of your photos too ;-)

Kathy said...

Hi Julia, It is so nice to have you back (all though I can talk!!) Love, love, love the crochet cushion - I am making one of those at the moment, but love the stripey effect one. Your crochet is lovely, really pretty. I too am a crochet freak and just cannot wait until I can sit down, glass of wine and crochet. But an old crone....charming!! We have just come back from holiday and I was even crocheting in the car (not driving!). Kathyx PS. Will you be handing out the teas again at the Vintage and Handmade fair in May?

lynnie said...

hi julie from one crocheter to another this is not clutter they are works of art in progree i have about 5 on the go which i am told is quite normal .love your blog too lynnie

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Such a pretty post!
Colourful and funny too!
Loving it!
Debbie Moss

Lizzie said...

Hi Julia. Glad you're back and all well. You have been missed. Love your photos. The crochet cushions look great, the colours are fabulous. Makes me want to give crochet a go. And I love all your beads, and am inspired to find somewhere better to store mine.

serendipitylovesnewyork said...
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serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Dito to wandering aimlessly around the house :), I could have a degree in it!!
Love your pics, I havent used bulbs either and I seriously kill every plant so it might be worth getting some!! Your crochet cushions and squares are lovely, I love the colours!!
Claire xx

Suzie Sews said...

oh so lovely to see you blogging again and what a post... lovely lovely lovely

Summer by the sea said...

Hi Julia - Lovely to see you back - I too have been busy crocheting little flowers - I love your cushion and have just downloaded a pattern from the internet so I can have a go at one myself. Also your bulbs look lovely, I currently have tete a tete in my hallway but my faves are hyacinth - the smell is wonderful - Natalie x

MelMel said...

I love reading your posts....so colourful...the crocheted cushion is wonderful!xxx

Things Hand Made said...

I am gald you love all the little homeless people/cuddlies @cause I can't stop my children from bringing them home and so if lots go to your house there will be less c*** in my house!

mollycupcakes said...

Hello honey,
yeay! your back with us, it's been to long.
Loving the cuddle toy story, isn't it just crazy at all the thigns they have to sleep with. Ours has things tucked under thier pillows as well lol
The blubs, beads and granny squares are wonderful.
Good to read you again and hope to see more of you on here once more. I've missed your colourful posts honey, your photos always cheer me up.
Hope to catch up soon.
And thanks for sayingyes to making our wedding bunting, I'll get back to you about it soon. We're off looking at a church this weekend, very exciting.
Oh I'm haivng a heart swap on my blog, so pop on over if you'd like to join in.
Hugs,
Catherine x

Mandy said...

Oh i love your blog! I love crochet blankets.
Can I ask you a question how do you put your photos together so there are about 6 together it looks so good!
Thanks Mandy

Aqeela said...

Its lovely to see you back here, ive been a fan of your blog for a while. Just wondered if you can help me out, can you let me know how you made your photo mosaic please? Id really love to feature some on my own blog but i dont know how!

Thanks, i hope you can help me,

Aqeela xx

asti said...

It all looks beautiful ! I like a bit of clutter (cosy is what I call it here !). Gorgeous crochet everywhere :)

vanessa said...

I love, love, love your Granny squares! That's going to be the most gorgeous blanket, the colours! Yum. The round cushion is lovely too. Basically, it's all beautiful!
Vanessa

sweetmyrtle said...

lovely collections.. just had to stop and say hi and that your grannie squares are the nicest i have seen in blogland... the flowers so pretty and the colours just perfect.
Happy weekend to you.
x

Curlew Country said...

Ooooh what loveliness Julia, I'm especially in awe of your beautiful, subtle granny squares becasue I am struggling to master the most basic crochet stitches! I'd love to knit a blanket like this one day.

And what a lovely way to display your necklaces. Mine are all in a dreadful spaghetti knot, you've inspred me to get it all untangled.

Have a lovely weekend.
Stephx

Aqeela said...

Thankyou so much for explaining how to make the photo mosaics, it makes sence! Now i need a flikr account! Always considered one but never got round to it.

Thanks again,

Aqeela xx

Merry said...

Your crochet blanket is so beautiful. The design is wonderful, with the flower blocks adding interest to the granny squares, and also - I love your color choices!
Merry

Anonymous said...

The collections look great and the baby blanket is lovely...a well loved child is going to use that one!

Tabiboo said...

Hi Julia, lovely pictures, lovely blog. I wish I could crochet (properly!)

Nina x

MelMel said...

Just popped by to say hi!xxxx

Jacoline (Lien) said...

what a great collections, I just wrote e blog about collections and now I see yours. Great!!

vanessa said...

Ooohh! Gorgeous crochet! I've just been catching up on my favourite blogs, yours being one of them. And I want to leave you a comment on each post I've missed recently, but have to get on with DIY........... sorry. Anyway, I just have to say it's all looking lovely, and I love your polka dot sheets!
Have a lovely weekend.
Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)