Sunday, May 20, 2018

Fire Up the Barbie!

We bought this little beauty today, a gas bbq. We decided to leave it in its box until we can get the weatherproof cover for it. Hopefully the shop will have restocked by next weekend.

The garden furniture is due to arrive this week, and more seeds have been sewn. I'll be ordering a couple of tonnes of top soil too. It's all go!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Scrap Patches

Making a quilt results in many scraps. I have tried to be very frugal in my use of fabric, just as my Mammy taught me many years ago. The goal is to make the project, whilst generating the smallest number of scraps. But scraps are created. 

The block on the right is made from 2.5" squares. The one of the left is made from even smaller bits. The crazy patchwork would look good with similar patches in different colours, with a neutral sash between them.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Loo Roll Pots

I saw the idea a while back, and decided to give it a try. Take the centre for a loo roll, make four snips in the bottom, and fold them up. This produces a little plant pot for seeds or cuttings. As they grow their roots will emerge through the cardboard, and the the cardboard will start to decompose.

On the left, there's two mint cuttings, and on the right, sugar snap pea seeds. I'll plant some more peas next week. 

The table the tray is sitting on was bought about 15 years ago, and it's been outside in all weathers. It's seen better days, and now it's been put into retirement as a gardening table. A new table and a couple of benches have been ordered. They will look rather swish in comparison. I'm also going to get some solar powered lights for the garden. There will be garland-like ones for the front and back walls. Once the raised beds have been filled with soil, I'll get some larger ones with a stake on the bottom and put them into the beds.

Blue Floaty Scarf

My first Made in May for Me thingy! It's a light, floaty summer scarf. The fabric was squared (rectangled) off, and the edges hemmed. 

I had been looking for a navy scarf for some time, just a light little thing that could be used to shield the back of my neck from the sun, or from air conditioners.

City Slicker - Sewing the Blocks Together

Last night, the lovely Mannin Quilters helped me arrange the blocks. Oh my! It's big! This morning, I started sewing them together. Ava tried to help when I laid the blocks on the floor. (That's why they're draped over chairs in the photograph.) And, now the heating element in my iron has broken! The Beloved (wonderful man that he is) will look for a new iron for me during his lunch break.

Until play re-starts, I'm going to hem a scarf, do a bit of crochet, make dinner etc.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

City Slicker - All Blocks Made!

All of the blocks have been completed! The original goal was to have the top of the quilt finished by the end of the month. It's looking like I shall be able to do that tomorrow. It was all going so well, and I decided to make a push to get them finished for this evening. There's a meeting of quilters, and I'm going to take them along to have a play with arranging the blocks. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rummaging in My Drawers

Today's focus remains in the kitchen
  • check that the things done yesterday are still done, if not re-do them
  • clean hob
  • clean oven
  • empty each drawer in the kitchen
  • declutter contents
  • clean drawer
  • organise contents

The work surfaces had been lightly strewn with stuff, but it was far less than at the start of the kitchen clean-up. The dirty hob was sticking out like a sore thumb amongst the clean, tidy work surfaces. The hob has been cleaned, and it seems wrong to have a clean hob, but not a clean oven. All f the drawers have been done.

Items that have been waved goodbye to are: 4 stock cubes (I don't like the flavour), some cake sprinkles and some fondant (both out of date). This brings my total to seven.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Laxey Glen

This wonderful place is Laxey Glen. It's not too far from home, but it's absolutely beautiful. Yesterday, we had a lovely walk along the flat part of the glen. The skies were blue, the water rushing, gushing and glubbing, blue bells are just making their presence known. The sun was shining, and a very, very pleasant time was had by all, especially Ava. She loves being off the leash and having the chance to run and sniff and investigate.

The next stop was Laxey Station. A great deal of work has been done in the station area, and it's looking great. The stone paving has come from the same quarry as the paving in Castletown. The fossils and corals, and rock colours are so similar.

A group of bikers were cooing over Ava, declaring her to be beautiful. 'Beautiful' was very interested in the ice creams we had, and I shared mine with her. When eating ice cream for a little spoon she is a dog of grace and delicacy. However, when I gave her a whole scoop she wolfed it down in one!  No more ice cream by the scoop or she'll have a sore tummy.

All in all, a very pleasant little jaunt in the Manx countryside.

Ava, the New Door Mat

I appear to have a new door mat!

When I came close she raised her head and started panting. Well, yes, you will pant if you are snoozing in the sun! 

The sound of her water bowl being emptied and re-filled with cold water caused some gentle movement. And she has since decided snoozing on the back step is not the bestest place to be.

Time to Clean Up

After a week of feeling crap, I'm ready to do stuff. We have visitors coming next month, and I want the house to be clean and tidy for their arrival. (I want the house to be clean and tidy for us too.) To this end, I'll be dipping into some of the 31 Days of Spring Cleaning list, as well as re-starting the Declutter 365.

My tasks today are to:
  • declutter the kitchen sink
  • clean the sink
  • organize the sink area
  • declutter the work surfaces
  • clean the work surfaces
  • organise the work surfaces
Oh, and make granola. Might at well do that whilst I'm working in the kitchen.


All done, and one item has been properly decluttered - a fork. I don't like the shape of it. It feels odd when I put it in my mouth. 

Friday, May 11, 2018


I'm feeling grotty. The sort of grotty where you don't want to do anything, but stay in bed, cry a bit, and do almost nothing. Well, apart from writing a blog post about feeling grotty. Whilst looking for an image that would capture my mood, I found a rubber duckie in a bubble bath. This made me feel a little better.

Yesterday's MMM18 was a summer skirt. Today's (when I get dressed) will definitely be something warm and woolly. That's the way the weather goes on this little island.

A "To Do/Ta Da!" list is definitely required today. If I don't have one, then nothing is going to get done.

To Do
make the final outside blocks for the quilt
dry washing
put away dishes
wash floor
make dinner (chicken tagine)
empty kitchen compost collection tub
make yogurt
make granola
watch a comedy

Ta Da
make Ava's breakfast (salmon, veggies, and dried biscuits)