Lest We Forget

Today is remembrance Sunday in the UK.  Since I’m stuck at home recovering from surgery, I’ve not needed a poppy to wear.  I saw a crochet poppy wreath kit on a website (it was sold out) so thought instead of a personal poppy, I could make a wreath for the front door. 

After searching for a pattern, I bought one and then ended up following a YouTube tutorial instead as I preferred the shape of the flower.  To begin, I crocheted the centre in black with 12 dc into a magic ring, and then added some gold glass beads into the front loops.

Next was to crochet the petals.  These are simply made by making 3 dc into the back loops of 3 stitches, turning, ch2 then 2dc in each of the 9 stitches of the previous round.   This is repeated 3 more times.

To form the poppy, the tail from the petal is fed through to the back at the start point of the adjacent petal.  The ends are simply tied together in a few knots on the reverse to secure.

For the leaf, I didn’t like the one in the pattern I purchased so I crocheted a basic leaf shape and then slip stitched around the edge, adding some bumps randomly to make it into more of a poppy leaf shape. 

Finally, for the assembly.  I purchased a grapevine wreath and used the hot glue gun to add the crocheted elements.

Dedicated To Dads

Sadly, two of my friends have lost their Dads in the past couple of weeks, one of those being due to Covid-19.  The casualty figures are harrowing but it really brings it home when it affects people you care for.  So, my post this week is dedicated to Dads, wherever they may be.

The love and thought that goes into any handmade card is magnified in a condolence card.  I find them difficult to design but soothing to make.  For this week’s card, I used Rooted in Nature and the ever-useful Peaceful Moments for the sentiment.

To begin, I used masks and sponge daubers to create a sun and mountains for my background on Very Vanilla.

I stamped the tall tree several times using my Stamparatus to ensure a solid impression.  The tree needed grounding so, using another mask, I sponge daubed Early Espresso at the base of the tree.  The panel was cut out using one of the stitched rectangle dies.

One of my favourite stamps in the set, the skeleton leaf, was used for decorating the liner and envelope.

The card was finished by mounting the focal image on a Crumb Cake mat and then onto a base layer embossed with the Woodland folder (retired).

I finished my week crocheting a rainbow to hang in my window in support of our NHS workers.

 

 

 

Images © 2020 Stampin’ Up!

Stay Safe

It is strange times indeed in which we are living.  My work is very weird as there’s around an 80% reduction in air traffic but we still need to keep the skies safe for the aircraft that are flying.  It is impossible to use radar to control aircraft from home so we are classed as ‘key workers’ and have to go out to go to work.  However, I feel that what we are doing is nothing compared to the key workers that are keeping our country functioning in these uncertain times, including (but not limited to) the NHS staff (including my sister), farmers, delivery drivers, the emergency services, the supermarket staff and the bin men.  Thank you all!

I haven’t been crafting this week but have been taking advantage of this gorgeous weather we’ve been enjoying and catching up on gardening.  The veg patch has been the focus of our endeavours and is ready for action unusually early!  Mr. L spent his time doing a long overdue cut on the leylandii hedge at the bottom of our garden.  About 6-8ft was lopped off the top so there’s a lot more light getting into the veg patch now.

Whilst Mr. L was doing battle with the hedge, I focused on weeding the beds and sowing some early seeds.  We’ve already got garlic growing, planted in January, and I sowed radish, various types of lettuce, carrots, red onion, spring onion, beetroot, broad beans, mange tout and sweet pea seeds.  Fingers crossed for a bumper harvest in a few months!  Whether it’s the weather or the enforced ‘at home’ time, the nation seems to be getting growing as my favourite independent seed websites have had to close for a few days in order to process the mass of orders they’ve received.  People getting out growing their own is great in my book, whatever the reason.  

I like to recycle when possible and I repurpose stuff to use in the garden.  I use plastic bottles with the bottoms chopped off to direct water to the base of plants such as courgettes and pumpkins, lengths of water pipe and scaffold netting to keep pests (and pets!) off the raised beds and I drill holes in the bottom of prosecco corks and use them as cane toppers.

I also sowed some tomato seeds indoors in the propagator and potted on my chilli plants which were sown back in February.  I’m also having a go at growing turmeric as the roots that I’d bought to eat had sprouted so I’ve potted them up.

In the evening, I’ve been crocheting.  I’m doing Helen Shrimpton’s My Nameless……. pattern which I bought ages ago but never got around to doing.  I always use a wool winder to transform my yarn balls into yarn cakes as the yarn flows more freely.  I also love the way they look!

I’m just under half way through the pattern, which will be about 5ft square when finished and will contain about 19 balls of yarn!  Here’s my creation so far…..

That’s all for this week.  Stay well.  Stay safe.  Stay home.