Saturday, 21 July 2012

Shades of Grey - CYDA DT

Shades of Grey - No, I haven't read the book, but just about every other woman seems to be at the moment!  Anyway, it is our challenge for this fortnight at Craft Your Days Away:


I've gone for a fairly neutral grey and white with this crochet blanket that I've just finished.  Like I've said in previous posts, I haven't made a card for ages because I can't put my crochet down!  I know that a crochet blanket doesn't make a really great picture - but it makes a really useful item!

Remember that we are a multi crafts challenge blog so you can show us your paper crafting, stitched, knitted creations or anything else so long as you've made it!  We are being sponsored by The Pretty Little Ribbon shop who are offering a lovely bundle of goodies from their shop as a prize (and they have a sale on at the moment - well worth checking out!).   Pop over to the challenge blog for more details.

I did think about crocheting some flowers to add to the blanket - in a little cluster - not sure yet, I'm still thinking about it.  I've added a little scallop border because when I'd finished the blanket it just needed a little something extra.  Not bad for a first attempt - if I do say so myself!

Thanks for looking - enjoy the sunshine if you're in the UK.  We haven't seen it for weeks!


Thursday, 12 July 2012

Guess who? (Or, The hand that ruined my photo!)

Guess who's wearing the coral outfit - centre/right on the photo?

I know that there has been a terrible lack of cards on my blog lately - I do apologise.  Partly because of the fact that I am now working more hours and also because I'm getting (literally) hooked on crochet.

Anyway, I had to attend a meeting this morning in Birmingham City Centre so upon arriving at Snow Hill train station we were greeted with police and red, white and blue bunting everywhere, together with the smell of fresh paint and everywhere looking unusually clean and fresh!

Walking out of the station, there were crowd-control railings, thousands of people and flowers and flags being waved around.  I felt quite special until I realised that it was all for a special visitor was due about 10 minutes later!!!  Being a little early for the meeting, I found a spot at the front of the railings and waited - trying to spot the armed police, positioned on the tops of several office blocks around the vacinity.

The Queen arrived, together with the Duke of Edinburgh and it was a fabulous atmosphere in the City Centre - a great buzz in the air!  I just got my best shot line up (amazingly I had my camera with me from using it the previous day), the first chance I have ever seen a member of the royal family, got the zoom just perfect, focus okay, and then clicked the button - just as someone put their had right in front of the Queen for them to take a picture!!!!  Believe me, the coral dress does belong to HRH Queen Elizabeth II - my first chance in my whole life - and now it was ruined by a hand!

Within seconds she was whisked away to continue her tour - still, I've got some great memories that will always stay with me, even though it will take some convincing that the Queen really is on this picture!

Ten minutes later, I was in the work meeting and normal life resumed!

Thanks for looking,