Monday, 29 November 2010


Hello all you people out there. I hope you are all staying warm (all you UK peeps). It hasn't reached above zero for a few days and was a toasty -5 when I went to work this morning! Our little pocket of snow free time will be over tonight with snow on the forecast. So if I can't get to work tomorrow it'll be a good excuse for all day hooky, sledging and snowman time so win win if you ask me. This is earlier this years snowlady.......................

Tatania Queen of the Faries. Oberon was last year so will have to come up with another idea for the next opportunity.

I have been so busy hooking away, making Christmas pressies which I hope to post about tomorrow so until then I will say bye bye. xxxxxx

Sunday, 21 November 2010

I got a Beautiful Blogger Award!

Wow what a lovely surprise! Theresa Has given me a Beautiful Blogger Award. I am thrilled. As you all know I am new to this blogging milarky so it's lovely to know you are all enjoying it and I am getting something right. So now I believe I have to write 10 facts about me...............................................

  • I LOVE live music. I go to see Metallica every chance I get and sulked like a child when Mr TB was given a Meet n Greet ticket when we went to the O2 in London to see them. Notice it was ticket and not tickets!!!!!! He would even take me as his "thing to be signed" so I had to sit on my own 'til he joined me and hear how amazing it was. Gggrrrrrrr!

  • I have a phobia of mashed potato.

  • When I was little I used to think the fluffy bits of Dandelion heads were Fairies.

  • I once went to a ball at Buckingham Palace.

  • I have lived in three different countries. I only lived in one house as a child which is the house my parents still live in but since being married I have moved 6 times but don't ever want to move again, even though I REALLY miss Scotland!

  • I married my best friend. Mr TB and I were best friends for a very long time before we became a couple. In fact even before that  I disliked him intensely the first time I met him but as The Fast Show character Rowley Birkin would say he was very very very drunk!

  • I am a fully qualified nursery teacher (even though that is not my job now)

  • I love Geocaching . I love walking in the country and geocaching has introduced us to places we would never have found otherwise.

  • I love cooking and baking for my family and friends. My Granny taught me to cook and knit and sew when I was a little girl. She was amazing, she would plan a meal for her and my Grandpa then all their children and Grandchildren would turn up and she would still make enough to round us all!

  • oooooooooooohhhh look number 10 ......................okay ................ mmmmmmmmmmmm ................... I don't like raisins!!!!

There we go 10 things! I will do a post in a couple of days with photos from the stained glass workshop I went yesterday. I will just have to wait for the decorations to come out the kiln.

 So now to nominate.....................

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Logging Blogging and Third Time Lucky! (fetch a cuppa it's a long one)

Happy Saturday to you all. This is my third attempt at posting this and I am getting upset with the fact I haven't been able to finish before the internet goes all weird and my post has disappeared into the ether!!!!

It has been a cold damp and very windy week in The Cotswolds. The trees are skeletal with all but a few leaves left on their limbs. The sky has been that shade of grey better known as Bleugh. What to do to cheer the souls of The TB's? Aha light the woodburner! There is something about the fire burning in the harth that warms you inside and out and feeds your soul. Off I go outside to the wood shed but only to find all that's there is a few sticks and wood shavings. PANTS! Even Ray Mears couldn't have made a fire out of that poor effort. Nothing else for it. Round up the lumberjacks and off we go up to the barn, armed with hot chocolate, axes and hard work to do. The littlies all have their jobs when we go logging, Little one finds chopable sizes, Middle one stacks and loads them in the Landy, Big'un chops and loads, while me and Mr TB split logs until we are knackered. So we are nearly done when Littliest shouts out "Mummy! Mummy! Look what I found! You're going to love it." He scrambled over the logs with his treasure in his little gloved hands and brought me this.................

A heart shaped log! He knows me so well. I love it. I can't bring myself to chop it or burn it so it will remain on the fire place to make me smile. A lovely little nature treasure.

Ok so Crafting! I have had a productive week. I went to crochet club on Wednesday with C. She is such a good friend she calms me down and listens to my rants (which I have been doing a lot of lately) and when I have spent time with her I always feel better. C hadn't been before but we had a lovely morning hooking away. When it was done we stayed behind because ...... do you remember the lovely sock yarn I bought to make socks for my lovely niece for Christmas? This one .......

Well when I bought it I also bought a circular needle and was determind to teach myself this toe-up two socks at a time thingy. Oh boy oh boy was it biting off more than I could chew! But the yarn was there, looking at me, begging me to cast on and reveal her lovely stripeyness, saucy minx (sorry carried away there!) I was tempted to start on the double pointers but I spoke to L at my LYS and she said to bring it with me and she would show me how to manage the cicular beast. So I stayed behind and she should me some freaky moves that she called casting on and off I went on the toe increases. I came home rather proud of myself and carried on a little then the kids needed feeding. I mean feeding, for goodness sake couldn't they see I was knitting two socks at once???? Aparantly not! When I picked up the needle again I couldn't figure it out. It looked like it had been turned inside out and upside down and round and round by a rabid dog! So against my better judgment I had to frog it. So once the little treasures were in bed I went on YouTube and found a tutorial to cast back on magic loop stylie and off I went again. I am now finished the toe increases and working on the main foot. So proud of myself. Want to see?

I am loving them! Thanks L!

And so to Thursday.............

I went to my Stained Glass Class on Thursday. I have had it in my head for a while I wanted to use up some of the glass I already have form my previous larger projects and being a bear of very little brain it got me to thunking..........so I thunk.........and thunk..... and thunk a little more and I thunk of Christmas. After some geometric work and careful measuring and drawing I came up with an eight pointed star design for a tree topper. Out came the tools! I transfered the design to the glass, I cut, grozed, copper foiled and soldered and this is the result............

Now I just have to work out a cunning device to attach it to the tree! I am thinking a clip of some description but I will have to keep the grey matter ticking over on it.

I am now going to knit a little more now in front of the fire with a glass of wine so bye bye for now.

Slàinte maith, h-uile latha, na chi 'snach fhaic! xxxxxxx

Thursday, 11 November 2010

We Shall Remember Them.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary
them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in themorning, We will remember them.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have passed away and to our current serving friends and family, may they come back to us safe and sound.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

15 Years Ago

15years ago today I married the lovely Mr TB. He was my best friend for such a long time before we got together. I should have seen the signs when I hated all his girlfriends and he hated my boyfriends! Anyway some how or other we managed to tell each other how we felt and give it a go and hey what do you know it worked out just grand. We have been through such a lot together and such a lot to be together, but the last year has been a major roller coaster. It hasn't been our relationship, that has been firmer than ever, but there have been pressures on us that no family should have to endure .
 Anyway I couldn't be anymore in love than I am right now.
Mr TB was away last night and he had entrusted biggest littlie to give me my card this morning, while I had stashed his card in his holdall before he left on Tuesday. When biggest littlie brought it to me this morning I was expexting a nice card (he always chooses so well), but to my surprise there was also a gorgeous little bag ............

we don't give each other pressies for anniversaries as a rule so this was an unexpected and delightful surprise. So what's inside? ............................

..................the most lovely necklace and bracelet in purples and greens. Just my colours.

I was so thrilled and over the moon. I have worn it all day.
 So Mr TB you old smoothy!
I hope you make it home tonight and just to let you know you make my heart skip faster than anyone ever could
(even James Hetfield!) I love you more than words can say.
 Happy Anniversary! xxxxx