When Dinosaurs wore Nappies!

Many years ago when dinosaurs wore nappies and I was expecting my first child I discovered the small world of Stamping. Having to spend my last 3 months of pregnancy in bed, I needed something to stimulate the brain and stave away the boredom. On one of my rare outings I discovered a little tiny stall amongst the shops selling little blocks of wood that had rubber images adhered to them, the man demonstrated the wonders, that could be transformed into any kind of greetings card and the next three months were spent creating announcement cards, birthday cards and the likes, however, becoming a full time mum and life changing in always possible, making cards fell to the back burner and the little rubber stamps and their accessories retired to the back of the under stairs cupboard.

22 years later, I find that my family have grown up and are busy getting on with their own lives, due to illness and a retired hand from crochet for the next 6 months due to injury, I’ve dusted of the boxes from the under the stairs and pulled out those rubber stamps and set myself on the path once more of creating. Oh how things have changed and transformed in the passing years, not just the stamps, but in the way they are used, what can be created and the accessories.

I’ve grabbed my trusty crafting bible (Pinterest) soaked up the wonders that have been created. I’ve even taken on board the thing they call you tube and have watched and studied hours of video footage of skill and craftiness (Brandy’s cards .com) is a firm favourite for me at the moment and now I am ready to start.

My Mum is attending a family wedding in a couple of months and ventured to ask if I could come up with something that would be suitable.

Above are my five creations.

Hope you like them :) comments and feed back always welcome.

Lots of love Sam x

04 September 2014

Dear Em,

Hope you and the family are all keeping well.

My kids went back to school today, after a very busy 6 weeks of summer holidays.  The place seems so silent without the constant coming and goings, people having to be in certain places at certain times even right up to yesterday and now the house is almost too quiet.  This morning after dropping everyone off to their relevant places of work, I headed for an early morning treat ‘Costa’ ( a medium decaf soya latte and half hour of staring out of the window watching the world go by), before heading home to begin putting the house back together after six weeks disregard, I’m sure Boots thought I had gone mad, dashing around with the duster and hovering, she kept herself tucked away in her bed until she was well and truly sure I’d finished before setting a paw out and taking up her normal place of comfort on the sofa.

I’ve started tracing my family tree again as I said the other day, wow the prices of ordering certificates has gone up, £23 per item!, I don’t think I’ll be racing ahead with too many of those each month, especially with ODC & GDC’s birthday’s so close and then Christmas.  However, I have decided that I’m going to try to look into the family members more closely than I have done previously, I suppose you could say I’m doing my very own ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ watch this space.

My 2014 ‘Mood Blanket’ is slowly coming along, I’m on square 126 now, so really need to get a wriggle on if I’m to finish by the 31 December (365 squares) I think I worked out the other day, as long as I crochet two squares a day until the 31st I should have completed the challenge. I’m not sure however, if  I’ll do the challenge again next year, even thou I had read on Facebook that people were already thinking that far ahead.  The multi stripe blanket that I’ve planned for mine and GDC bed’s is now coming along even slower as I’m focusing on the mood blanket, but I’m in no hurry as I still can’t find new bed-clothes that I want to replace our old lot. I was thinking something plain maybe white or cream would suit, but I’m still finding it hard, never mind, I’m sure something will come along as and when.

I’ve enclosed a few photo’s hope you like them :)


Right I had better sign off now, as it’s nearly time to collect the kids, big hugs and kisses to you all.

Speak soon

Lots of Love

Me xx

Mr Humphrey !

It’s been awhile since I last wrote, inspiration had just evaded me, then the other day on Twitter Rachel (little room of Rachel) questioned why I hadn’t been blogging, I shrugged my shoulders and sighed a heavy sigh of despair (enough of this self-pity)   Then I remembered I was going to tell you all about Mr. Humphrey and just never got round to doing it.

Even thou I’m a Personal Assistant, my job is based in someone’s home and they have a gentlemen’s farm attached, certain times of the year, you can find that all hands on deck is called for, whether, you’re the Gardener, Estate Manager, House Keeper or little old me, Mid April to end of May is one of these times.  Lambing season :)   for me it’s time to sling on the wellie boots roll up the sleeves and get stuck in.  Me!, I’m on pet lamb duty.  Basically if any of the lambs need to be bottle feed then they get to come to me in the nursery.  Normally there are only one or two but as the farm is bigger this year we ended up with 8.

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Daisy, Max, Timmy, Benjie, Floppy, Roo, Groggles & Mr. Humphrey, all 8 have a special place in my heart, however, Mr. Humphrey is a real mummies boy, he came to me early on in April his mother had taken fright in the lambing shed and in her panic had managed to stamp one of her lambs to death and damaged the second lambs leg very badly, we weren’t even sure if the little fellow was going to make it. So he came to me, he made it through the night and after a bit of tube feeding I was able to get him to take the bottle, but he still wasn’t making as much progress as they hoped and walking on the poorly leg was a slow process.


End of April the Farm Manager made the decision that Mr Humphrey needed to be put down.  I could just feel my heart-break, the little fella had been so brave, I gave him lots of cuddles that night before going home and left with a heavy heart and tears streaming down my face.  I knew I was being silly, I knew why the lambs were being bread, but this little one had got under my skin.

The following morning I returned to work and headed straight up to the barn to check on the others, and there in the middle stood Mr. Humphrey with a grin on his face.  So I was told, Mr. Humphrey made the decision to get up and start walking just after I had left the previous evening and since then he has made leaps and bounds of progress.

On the road to recovery

On the road to recovery

I can’t believe how wonderful this little lamb is now, but I still knew that at the end of the season (September) the lambs would be heading off, I couldn’t cope with this, so pleaded my case and now Mr. Humphrey belongs to me.  He will stay for as long as he would like and will live in the field with Turnip the boss’s old horse and 12 other sheep that aren’t part of the flock.

Can you believe it? I’ve got my very own sheep :) if someone had told me years ago that I would, I think I would have laughed at them.

Granny’s Blanket

Way back in February I went to my favorite wool shop in Sheep Street and purchased 5 balls of 800 grams of Arun, two blues, one dark, one light a white, a rustic orange and a dark sea green with flecks of yellow, orange and red.  My middle son requested a new blanket for the winter months as the one I had made over two years ago he felt had too many holes (pattern wise rather than falling apart). I’m thinking he probably just wanted a new blanket as I’d made others more recently, maybe something a bit manlier.

So I set about trying out new stitches that I hadn’t tried before and as the blanket grew, I not only began to dislike the blanket that I was creating, but I didn’t want to put hook to yarn, so I placed the rows into the naughty corner and walked away.  A few weeks later, I retrieved the wool and started again, this time I only got as far as 6 rows down the line, before the naughty corner came back into play and that’s where it stayed.


Good Friday I spent a happy hour reading through my emails of updated blogs and gazed through all the completed blankets of loveliness displayed in many forms, the desire started growing inside me to start my sons blanket for the third time, I didn’t want to waste time so grabbed my hook even thou I should have been getting ready for a trip to London.  So not to waste time or the need to crochet, my hook and yarn worked hard as hubby drove to and from London  My granny blanket slowly grew, from a hankie

Hankie size

Hankie size

to a lap cover

Lap Cover

Lap Cover

and further.  However, it wasn’t until Saturday, that I sat back and started reading Rachell’s blog about her “Huge granny square blanket finished “and how she noticed the tilting nature of her squares, thanks to Rachell’s research I’ve now taken her wise words of wisdom, change direction with each colour change, so hopefully and all fingers crossed my blanket should not tilt as much as it may have.

I have to say that I am really enjoying working on the blanket and watching the clusters of three, stretch before me the colour’s mix well together and unlike with the other blankets I’m loving the sea green mix giving just the right of manliness for my 16 year old boy, I’m even 80% sure that this attempt will be staying far away from the naughty corner ;)

and still growing :)

and still growing :)

Handmade Monday (not)

Starring out of the window from the Snug this morning I watched a single plump pink breasted pigeon try to nestle into the branches of the bare Cherry Blossom tree, to protect himself from the constant battle of howling winds and torrid rain, his little clawed feet must have been gripping for all he was worth, for he seemed to be quiet fixed.

Against the dull greyness of the outside world my purple orchid tried it’s hardest to add a tiny bit of colour and brightness.  Beauty of that one flower in the darkness of the winter months really does sparkle – the glimmer of hope that spring will soon be on its way.  Even the little crocuses are determined to push their heads above ground level, however, for the moment I am only too happy to stay snuggled up in doors, while winter gets on with its attack.

Having not managed to finish a project for Homemade Monday this week I felt the only thing for me to do was to jump on the band wagon of 10 Random things, so grabbing my beloved mobile I started flicking through the weeks photos’ to see what we had been up to.

Valentine’s Day, Hubby and I didn’t have the most romantic evening known to mankind, but we did snuggle up on the couch, devoured a large box of Malteasers and watched the Adjustment Bureau – Emily Blunt and Matt Damon – Not the most romantic movie nevertheless if you haven’t seen it I can highly recommend it.

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Kid’s pocket money day came and went and my middle child decided to get creative with his!

Hubby and I had one of those rare moments of time to ourselves and we took full advantage by meeting up with the in-laws in town for coffee, something we don’t get to do very often which was a really pleasant change.

We managed two moments this week where we weren’t trying to hold back the tides of the flood and the sun came out to shine on the righteous.  I just had enough time to grab my phone and snap a couple of shots of the oncoming spring before the down pour began again.

We have a small apple tree in our back garden and in August and September it produces the crispest, sweetest, and juiciest of pale green and red apples. The tree gives us such a full bounty that as a family we are unable to consume all of them ourselves, so I hand them out to family and friends, but my little tree keeps giving.  My mother-in-law shakes her head in fake horror as winter comes, instead of running around and picking the bounty before the last leaf reaches the ground, I leave all the apples to cling to their storks to rock back and forth in the winter storms.  Not because I’m lazy or just can’t be bothered, more of a case that it’s a source of food to the local wildlife during the winter months and the wildlife certainly seem to enjoy it.

As well as continuing with mystery blanket from the Inside Crochet magazine, I’ve rummaged through my yarn stash to have a go at the heart wreath that Lucy made for the Simply Crochet Magazine.

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Boo and I had a lovely evening on Saturday, we had a girl’s sleepover at one of my friend’s houses, Boo and her best friend and me with one of mine.  There was lovely food, putting the world to right’s and really great company, plus a little one to play with.

Introducing Bernie! Isn’t she just adorable?

Writing this blog was a very long and difficult process this week, I had a very unhelpful helper, but I just find it so hard to be cross with her.

My tenth photo is Sunday lunch; the reason behind this picture is not because I want to show off what a wonderful meal we had, it’s more to ask a question.

The dark wrinkled green stuff on the plate is Kale.  I steamed it as per the instructions (12 mins), but for me it really lacked taste, so my question is this – how should I have cooked it?

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Hope this Monday is a good one for you.


Lots of love

Sam :)


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Come on in, grab a seat,

Would you like a drink – Tea or Coffee?

Do you have sugar?

Help yourself to scones, freshly made this morning!

So! What you been up to since we last spoke?


Well, I’ve started following the ‘Mystery Blanket’ have you seen it, it’s running inside the “Inside Crochet” Magazine.  Unfortunately I missed the first issue which was a bit of a pain, but I managed to create my own version from the picture supplied and if I say so myself I’m rather pleased

The magazine suggested using 50g balls of Aran weight wool and 12 different colours, nevertheless, Mr DC and I went to the wool shop in Bicester, the one on Sheep Street (that always makes me laugh).  I love the shop, they have such a vast collection of yarns, I really could spend hours in there. We spent a long time playing around with a large selection of different wools trying to find a large enough selection but couldn’t settle.  Right at the back of the shop on the left I found 400g balls of Aran from Stylecraft and Hayfield, not as much selection but because of the size of the balls it didn’t really matter. I decided on 4 colours and oh how I love them, I get a great thrill run through me each time I lay the crochet out and giggle of excitement escapes.

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I’ve completed part two (square the circle)

and have started part three (Bursts of Colour) This month’s pattern is only 5 stripes but each stripe has at least 3 to 4 rows. As long as I crochet 1 row a day I’ll be ready for next month and it allows me to have time to have a go at other projects as well, which leads to a happy me :)

So what projects have you got on the go at the moment?

Have you seen the heart wreath in “Simply Crochet” designed by Lucy? I’m thinking of giving that a whirl next.

Well it was lovely to see you, thanks for stopping by, hopefully see you next week

Lots of Love

Sam :) x

Handmade Monday

The weather was really foul outside the Snug window on Saturday, howling winds and torrential rains gave me no desire to venture outside.  The only thing for it was for me to make a start on the unloved and long forgotten projects, but before opening the under stair box, sitting upstairs on my daughter’s window sill was my first project to tackle.

I’d bought a circular box over a year ago to house all of Boo’s hair accessories.  I’d got as far as painting the lid and two-thirds of the body in an undercoat white and then for some reason I had simply stopped.  The box had been left on the window sill and been forgotten.

My original thought was to give the box an oversized cupcake feel to it, this being an appropriate theme as she adores anything to do with cooking or baking.  However, studying it now back on the window sill, I’m beginning to see it more as a small hat box rather than the oversized cupcake.  Whichever way you think it Boo’s over the moon with the finished article.

How are our homemades’ coming along?

Hope you enjoy the photos

Lots of love

Sam :) x