New Year Craft

wool 8So today the decorations came down! The decorations were bright and cheery and without their presence we are feeling a little bit sad!wool 10

The nativity has taken a serious beating from the cats and is coming down tomorrow so Becksie decided we needed something new to make Lizzie say WOW. So…………. some sticks and some scrap wool have become a new cheery ornament.wool 5

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This is a very easy yet satisfying project and we think it’ll look rather cheerful to see us through January and the best bit……. not a penny spent.wool 6

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Now for those of you thinking about how this fits in to our Year With Less…………..well, the whole point of the Year With Less is not to buy nothing, acquire nothing or make nothing, but to not hoard or hold on to things unnecessarily. So, we have made our twigs and will let them brighten up our living room window this January, but we promise not to hoard them once they have fulfilled their purpose and will re-purpose them into a new use (which will undoubtedly be as firelighters)!!wool 7

This little project also had a very Year With Less outcome. We have had the glass bottle we’ve used for the twigs for nearly 4 years – we found it on the side of the road full of mud and gave it a little clean, but it has sat grubby in a cupboard for a long time, being pulled for uses as an emergency vase when required, however in true Year With Less style it is no longer sat useless and dirty but clean and useful!wool 1

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A knitting announcement

knitting 4Becksie has only gone and done it……. she has actually followed and completed a knitting pattern!

Ok it was a simple pattern but it was a pattern none the less! Introducing Becksie’s home knitted hand warmers!!!! knitting 1Oh yeah! To say Becksie is proud of these beasts is an understatement!

knitting 5You may recall Beckie was determined to knit a cardy for Lizzie – well she was doing ok but she was knitting against the clock as Lizzie keeps on growing! So…….. our lovely friend Margaret (herself an amazing knitter) suggested wisely Becksie start something easy for herself that she didn’t need in a hurry – enter simple hand warmers in summer! As they are uber simple Becksie can’t be bothered to blog the pattern (it’s also not hers to blog hehe) so we’re afraid this post is nothing more than a ‘Becksie is a hero’ post but…… we’re sure you’ll understand!!

knitting 2So as we’ve already admitted this is a shameless post here are some photos of the newest knitter in town’s work! Becksie is happy to start to supply to local shops so……. let the orders flow hehe! Please order now for the 2090 winter season!!

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Our Napkin Is Finished

Napkin 6A wee while ago our lovely friend Mary guest posted all about ‘The Napkin Project’. This is a wonderful idea getting people to embroider a napkin on the theme of home to be given to a dementia sufferer.

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We were inspired to sew our own napkin and it really got us thinking about the subject of home. So….. here it is, our embroidered napkin. We know its not the neatest or most beautifully sewn piece but its been done with love!

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Napkin 4We are delighted to report that we have had a variety of emails / tweets to say our readers have been inspired to have a go. This is wonderful and we’d like to make a request that if you’ve been inspired to have a go you send us a picture so we can put a photo of your work on a year without supermarkets. Please email the pictures to teampugh@hotmail.co.uk.

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And if you’ve haven’t had a go and would like to details can be found here.

What does home mean to you?

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34 years

Becksie’s parents (aka Grandad and Mammar Gray) have been married for 34 years today! Wow what an achievement! What an inspiration!

mum and dad 1Ian and Becksie have very nearly been married for two years and already in those two years there has been a million occasions where both parties have been frustrated and entered into ‘polite’ discussion with the other so……. goodness knows how many times this has occurred in 34 years!!

So…… what do you get to celebrate such an occasion? Well google tells us traditionally 34 years is your opal anniversary so……….as we can’t afford a beautiful collection of gem stones or a new foreign Vauxhall, it’s easy ……..starbursts (are they opal fruits to everyone else still too)!!!!!mum and dad 3

And as starbursts aren’t exactly all that exciting we also got them a scratchcard each in the vague hope they’d win loads of money and remember their darling children……….mum and dad 2

Boooo……. it didn’t work (as in they didn’t win not that they forgot who we are).

And just so they weren’t too sad when they lost we (well Becksie) made a batch of french breakfast muffins.

As the weather was so lovely (again…… we think we’ve found the summer) we all sat in the garden and a certain small person had a heap of fun in her paddling pool – some bigger people may have also joined in.

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As an extra bit of fun Ian decided to make Lizzie a homemade sprinkler to play with (although we realised after we could have used Grandad’s proper sprinkler but…… where’s the fun in that). So……… in case you fancy making a cheap and fun summer toy or…… if you need a sprinkler to help with your gardening then…….. here is what you need and how to do it!

Take an old plastic bottle with a screw-top lid.mum and dad 6

Make a hole in the lid just big enough for your hose end to fit through.mum and dad 5

Use a heated skewer or a very sharp object to pierce holes all over one side of the bottle (the smaller the holes the higher the sprinkles).mum and dad 7

Push the end of a hosepipe through the hole in the lid.

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Turn on the tap and……

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PS – make sure you check you’re not subject to a hosepipe ban 😉

PPS – Best to get a responsible adult to help with this make

Feed the Birds

Last night was WI night for Becksie. As usual it was much fun and this month we made some lovely crafts using old teacups.

The teacup craft Becksie chose was such a simple idea but looks delightful so……… we thought we’d share our make with you all. So……. here goes:

Take a teacup

Take a teacup

 

Take some sand paper and sand the side opposite the handle - sand until the glaze has come off

Take some sand paper and sand the side opposite the handle – sand until the glaze has come off

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Do the same with the saucer

Super glue the sanded bit of the cup to the sanded bit of the saucer as far back as the cup will allow (this is for balance). You may need to hold it in a place for a while but be patient it will stick

Super glue the sanded bit of the cup to the sanded bit of the saucer as far back as the cup will allow (this is for balance). You may need to hold it in a place for a while but be patient it will stick

Take some birdseed........

Take some birdseed……..

Mix with lard (one cupfull needs about half a block of lard)

Mix with lard (one cupfull needs about half a block of lard). Spoon into the cup and smooth the surface. Add some peanuts to the saucer

 

Tie some ribbon on the handle and........... hang in a tree!

Tie some ribbon on the handle and……….. hang in a tree!

 

Await the birds! Becksie made this for Granny Pugh as a little gift.

Await the birds! Becksie made this for Granny Pugh as a little gift.