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More of just what we all need on these dark and miserable evenings – Colour!  From baubles to flowers to grass to fabrics to crochet to pumpkins to balloons to fish….. more colour colour colour colour colour from CecilyMae’s 2013….

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Firstly, something that hardly ever happens…Stanley and Bobo snuggling together on the big crochet blanket…

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…and then – oh how exciting!  My house is being featured in next month’s Style at Home Magazine and in this month’s there’s a little preview and there’s my bedroom!!!!!  Right there!  In a proper shiny magazine!  The very same bed and blanket as Bobo and Stanley are on up there!  I literally could not be more excited and just can not WAIT a month to see the whole article.

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It seems literally about 3 days ago that we were putting up the tree and settling down to watch White Christmas but of course today it all had to come down again.  We hadn’t watered it quite as much as we should and within 10 seconds I was looking like a porcupine.  I just love the colour and textures of all the baubles together.  It’s such a shame for them only to be seen once a year.  I’m thinking of starting a corner of the house where they can be up all of the time.  The cats would love it and so would I.  In the mean time, why is Stanley looking quite so jolly pleased with himself?  Because he’s bagged the big basket full of blankets and crochet…

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Well, having been away for nearly two weeks, my camera is bursting with sunshine and colour and in my enthusiasm to share, I couldn’t choose, so here’s a very random selection of the last two weeks…

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Right everyone, I really need some crochet help.  A little while ago I started making the Fiesta Siesta Blanket.  I had it in my head how wonderful it was going to be and made lots of two coloured circles that look like this…

I then added two layers of cream round the edge of each one so now I have lots of circles that look like this..

I then added the third layer which is a lovely purpley heather 12 pointed star so now I have circles that look like this…

Isn’t it scrummy – look at them all together…

But here’s where the problem starts and where I need the help.  What now?!  I imagined the purple stars sitting in white hexagons all joined together but I can’t work out how to do this bit…

…how to get the star sitting neatly in its little white hexagon.  I’ve made it and unravelled it all day and not got it right yet.  Any suggestions?

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After all that gloomy gloomy gloominess it feels just a little bit brighter here at the moment.  I try so hard to keep it colourful indoors even when outdoors is grey grey grey.  Lots of happy colourful things were happening in our house this weekend including bright yellow cheerful flowers and Stanley and Bobo having a rare moment of sharing on the best blanket.  I’ve been making some lovely things for some lovely people and the sun has been casting beautiful patterns on the ceilings.  But the best of all followed an intense ten minute downpour.  The sun suddenly came out and gave us all the best rainbow I’ve ever seen!  It was so big and so bright, but best of all, had a fainter second rainbow hitching a ride on its back…

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I’ve been lucky enough to have lots of free time over the last two weeks (the Easter hols)  and have spent the time doing lots of lovely creative colourful things.  First up – a pair of ‘New Home’ papercut cards for a friend.  This isn’t them finished, but I liked them as they were being worked on, with their positive and negative…

…next up… A pair of vintage cartoon fabric patchwork cushions.  Gala (who’s four) helped me make them.  She’s getting quite good on a sewing machine now she’s overcome the noise.  She’s everso good at straight lines.  We made the Tom and Jerry one for Baby Arthur, and the Scooby Doo one for Gala…

             

   

 …I felt the urge to fill the house with flowers…doesn’t everything seem better when there are fresh flowers everywhere…

…I made use of the light box at last…It’s been acting as a wonderful source of light in our sleepy-summer fireplace, but I finally got round to finishing the dolls I’ve been working on.  They’ll be available soon in fabric kits, but for now, here’s ‘Hebe’ being worked on…

…I was so thrilled to receive a commission from New York!  The thought that someone in New York (New York!)  found my little site, and picked little old me to make their parents’ Golden Wedding anniversary present is just wow! 

    

My wonderful neighbour came round to talk crochet.  We use very different pallettes and I love the soft muted tones she uses…

 

We’ve spent a lot of time this holiday watching Puss in Boots.  We went to the cinema to see it when it first came out and have now watched it too many times on DVD.  Anyway.  I came home one day to find I have my very own Puss on Boots.  I think it should be Bobo on BooBoots

  

I spent a very happy solitary afternoon spring-cleaning (is it “I spring-cleaned”, “I sprang-cleaned” or “I sprung-cleaned”?) our living room.  We are lucky to have such a lovely room to live in and it feels so good to get it looking its best…

 

 

 

…I especially like all the blankets together – they look so snuggly and inviting…(excuse the cat hairs)…

      

…of course their favourite is the one on the bed…

 

It wasn’t all the fun fun fun of making things though.  I did some organising too.  I organised my studio by making some fun drawing pin numbers to help me prioritise my orders.  Maybe it was all the fun fun fun of making things after all…

  

…and then finally – do you remember those little squares that were just waiting to get sewn together?  Well it turns out they were right!  This quilt is going to a little baby in Guernsey and I hope she (and her mummy) love it!  I just think these colours and patterns look perfect together.  I may have to make a big version for me…

That’s all for now.  Hope to see you soon, Joey x

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We’re having a lovely relaxing sunday afternoon here knitting, sewing, doing the crossword and reading the papers.  I’m wondering what’s next for this fab little family of cotton dollies.  I love the daddy’s funky moustache especially….

 

I keep mine in several baskets scattered around the house.  I wish it looked as pretty as any of these…

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I don’t know why I do it but you probably do the same. Despite not having even nearly finished the harlequin blanket, I’ve started a new one. I’m calling this one the Fiesta Siesta. It’s going to look a little bit like this, this, this, this, this or this and this or even this, this or this. And hopefully, when it’s finished, I’ll be taking lots of siestas tucked up under it…

 

 

 

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