Parchment/Silver Foil


Lovely little find from Aldi – parchment with silver foil. Yes, parchment one side and silver foil the other.  The parchment side has a golden lustre and will look smashing for Christmas food wrappings. This is hiding a Victoria Sponge with seedless raspberry jam filling and dusted with icing sugar. Tea and cake. How very English!

I will post the recipe next time I make it. This one was made to christen a Bundt tin that was ordered from Amazon and had to be tried out. PERFECT!

Remember the cash saving on the DMC embroidery floss? Amazon do it again. Olfa rotary cutter blades sell for about €7.00 each locally and in Dublin city centre. Amazon – pack of TEN genuine Olfa blades (45mm) after currency conversion and shipping – €22.00. Got to love Amazon. And Parcel Motel.


















I looked out of my front door this morning and realised just how big my Hydrangea bush blooms have grown. It’s so ostentatious with its pom-poms resplendent in vibrant hot pink / cerise. This one is the largest of the three in my front garden. I have another three in my back garden, too. It looks hot, hot, hot even if the weather says NOT.

Dublin Flea Fabulous Find


I think I have mentioned in previous posts that I *collect* clay ovens. I have some absolutely beautiful ones already but when I went to the Dublin Flea the other week or so ago and found this one, it had to be mine. I covet these things like Smaug with his heap of treasure.

It was €4.99. And, it’s really big. A large chicken would be accommodated very easily. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would fit easily. Okay. Perhaps not. But maybe a turkey, but not a H-U-G-E one. All the same, this oven is a really good size.

Wish we could hurry up and get the kitchen sorted out with some purpose-bulit shelving for my treasures. This will have pride of place.

Happy Hooking

Holly_IvyCrocheting holly and ivy leaves. It’s for the big C in December. I crocheted these in Twilley’s Fingering in silver. It makes such pretty leaves! I find it gets a bit hard to work with as the thread starts to twist into little coils and the working yarn has to be shaken out to ease them away. Apart from that, worth the pain because they really do make the most beautiful Christmas embellishments.

IVYYou can see how the Twilley’s transforms the ivy leaf into something decorative, although this gorgeous dark olive green cotton gives the ivy a Gothic, graveyard feel…

Just saying!















Here’s a stylised crochet of a Dutchman’s Breeches in cotton













But in gold Twilley’s it takes on a completely different, glamourous look.

And this Silver Maple Leaf looks super in silver, too.






















This is a Spider Web Leaf ( on You Tube for the free pattern). Am going to crochet this in red metallic Twilley’s so fingers crossed it will trun out just as gorgeous.

Well, that’s me done with the crochet bits and bobs. Still learning but still loving it!

Sheepy Peepy









This sheepy is off to Skipton in Yorkshire, to join a huge flock of sheep to be sold to raise money for the Martin House Hospice – a Yorkshire-based charity that supports the care of terminally ill children.

Full details about Yarndale, the hospice and the crochet / knitting patterns for the sheep can be found here:


Or go to Attic24’s blog – Lucy’s blog – the lady who worked out the sheepy pattern. She has the pattern and photos to help stitch it all together.


It uses oddments of wool, makes up in about an hour and a half (you’ll probably be a hookier hooker than me so might make it faster).

Deadline to get to Yandale is September 9th. All information about the address, packaging, etc is on the Yarndale site.

Happy Hooking!

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