Thursday, 13 October 2011

Dottie Angel's Book

I have been buying loads of books at the mo and one that has bought me such great pleasure is this book by Dottie Angel.

I love her book...it really is something very different from what I normally like to read and I love it!  I pre-ordered my copy and was rewarded with lots of extra goodies!!! I found her Blog through the Molly Makes First Edition magazine. There was quite a large article on her homespun ways which I found very interesting and her way of writing very funny. Like I said, her style is different to mine but I love looking at her photo's and crochet creations and reading her witty comments on life at the 'Mossy Shed'. She has recently had a book launch in the US and this records the evening...

I like watching this clip and thanks to the internet I can capture the atmosphere of her book launch. The display is fantastic too, only wish I could of been there to meet her.x


Monday, 10 October 2011

I have a thing about Crochet Bags...links to some of my favourite free patterns

I have always liked the look of a crochet bag.
My Gran had a lovely green broomstick crochet knitting bag with a scarlet 50's print fabric lining which I really used to envy. It was finished off with over-sized tortoiseshell handles that clacked together whenever it was in use.
 
There are some beautiful crochet bags online many with free patterns of varying complexity. 
Take a look at my Pinterest board here.
 
One of the more popular patterns for a crochet bag can be found here.
Its a good basic pattern with easy to follow instructions for those of you who want a go.
 
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It was a pattern taken from Lucy's bag here, but made in a single colour.
 
 I set about making this exact bag for my mothers birthday in July this year and it turned out fine. I used 100% cotton and lined the bag to stop any little buttons etc. escaping. She seemed over the moon with it.
 I have been looking on Raverly for some other patterns for crochet bags for my next project (for me this time) and these are my favourites 
 


Links are on my Pinterest board

 So now I'm just mulling them over,wondering which one/ones I could make......mmmmmh.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Suzanne Vega

Coco Rose Diaries inspires this post tonight. I remember this Suzanne  Vega track from when I was at my first year at Uni and wanted to record this somewhere so I don't lose it again. This song evokes such memories for me. The lyrics are ...

The Queen and the Soldier......

The soldier came knocking upon the queen's door
He said, "I am not fighting for you any more"
The queen knew she'd seen his face someplace before
And slowly she let him inside.


He said, "I've watched your palace up here on the hill
And I've wondered who's the woman for whom we all kill
But I am leaving tomorrow and you can do what you will
Only first I am asking you why."


Down in the long narrow hall he was led
Into her rooms with her tapestries red
And she never once took the crown from her head
She asked him there to sit down.


He said, "I see you now, and you are so very young
But I've seen more battles lost than I have battles won
And I've got this intuition, says it's all for your fun
And now will you tell me why?"


The young queen, she fixed him with an arrogant eye
She said, "You won't understand, and you may as well not try"
But her face was a child's, and he thought she would cry
But she closed herself up like a fan.


And she said, "I've swallowed a secret burning thread
It cuts me inside, and often I've bled"
He laid his hand then on top of her head
And he bowed her down to the ground.


"Tell me how hungry are you? How weak you must feel
As you are living here alone, and you are never revealed
But I won't march again on your battlefield"
And he took her to the window to see.


And the sun, it was gold, though the sky, it was grey
And she wanted more than she ever could say
But she knew how it frightened her, and she turned away
And would not look at his face again.


And he said, "I want to live as an honest man
To get all I deserve and to give all I can
And to love a young woman who I don't understand
Your highness, your ways are very strange."


But the crown, it had fallen, and she thought she would break
And she stood there, ashamed of the way her heart ached
She took him to the doorstep and she asked him to wait
She would only be a moment inside.


Out in the distance her order was heard
And the soldier was killed, still waiting for her word
And while the queen went on strangeling in the solitude she preferred
The battle continued on


Beautiful...x

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The Jitterbug - Supermario style


Found this link through a vintage knitting blog on Raverly.This dance is fantastic and really shows what fun Jitterbugging is and how it can be adapted for the modern day. Myself and the kids watched this in awe this morning...and couldn't stop smiling!!!



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