A self-sufficient(ish) life with cats, a dog, chooks, a little boy and a bloke.

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The Inbetween-y Bit

Hello, hello!

I hope your big day went well, ours was lovely and Munchkin had the most wonderful time seeing family, munching on junk food and of course – pressies.

So it’s back to normal now, at least until New Years Eve. The snow, which had either turned grey or to ice has now been rained on and my little car is back on the road (well, he’s drivable!) so we had a quick jolly out this afternoon on a much needed food shopping trip. Later in the week we’ll go for a proper drive out to clear the snow-covered cobwebs.

Two of my presents this year included Sublime yarn from my Dad and a varigated wool mix by King Yarns from my sister. The sublime is being crocheted into a blanket and the varigated into a scarf, I’ll post up a couple of peeks soon – the light here is absolutely awful right now what with the ‘Big Thaw’ and fog we’re having!

Another of my gifts, this time from my little brother, was The Selfsufficientish Bible by Andy & Dave Hamilton – founders of this site and forum . It’s a great book, I haven’t had enough time to really have a good read of it yet but I’m liking what I’m seeing. I’ve been a member of the forum on and off for over two years. They’re a really great bunch of people on there, you couldn’t find a friendlier forum!

Oh! Have you tried Vegetarian Haggis by Halls?! Oh! My sister is living in Ullapool for a while and brought some down for us. How delicious! I was dubious at first but now I want to try more… or even better figure out the recipe! It’s a blend of veggies, lentils, beans and oatmeal, it’s very peppery and full of flavour. If you can get your hands on some I strongly urge you to give it a go!

Well, I need to go and sort a little Munchkin out. He hasn’t had a nap today and is getting a wee bit sleepy!

I wish you a very happy new year and shall hopefully be posting soon after New Years Day…

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Festive Sewing

Firstly, may I indulge in a little self-pity?
I’m writing this from my sick bed, in fact, it is also J & Munchkin’s sick bed, which makes for a sticky, snoring, hot and shivery place for three people to while away the flu in.
Munchkin has been sicky for a few days now and has developed an earache which I’m hoping Nerofen for littlies will help. Of course if he’s still complaining about it in a couple of days I shall whisk him off to the doc.
I’ve had sniffles until today when it attacked! Yuck! Lots of sneezing and sore throatiness and chills and all the lovely things that come with this little virus.
Thankfully I managed to make a stocking for Bachgen last night before I got really ill!
And J? Well he felt very sick this morning before heading off to work but is feeling a bit better now. Not that Jasper, my VW Beetle, helped – running out of petrol on the way home from work, tut tut, naughty Jasper…

Anyway, enough of the ‘woe is me’s’! On with the Makes!

Made entirely from scraps I had lying around. I very much wanted to use the red polka and red gingham but that would have looked WAY too girly for my very boyish Munchkin so I had to make-do! I added a couple of buttons that my sister gave to me absolutely ages ago with the intention of them going on something especially for her favourite (only) newphew. It’s thanks to a repeat of Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas that this came about – I had no idea what to do for him stocking wise and it goes without saying that it HAD to be handmade not shop bought.

The next lot of goodies were intended for sale on Etsy but as I haven’t as yet got around to sorting out a Etsy store I thought I might as well use them myself! With the decorations up and the tree trimmed, it’s starting to look a little more festive around here. And Munchkin is at the age now (THREE in April) where he has some understanding of the word christmas, and father christmas, christmas tree etc. One day when he’s older I’ll teach him about where all these traditions REALLY came from. Back to the sewn stuff, there I go again, off on a tangent! They’re all felt creations, there’s five of the hearts in total… (all pics clickable)

In addition to the ‘Noel’ bunting (please excuse the awful pic, flash did not want to go off) I made one in pastel-y colours with the word ‘Home’ which I may just hang up in the bedroom. I’ll show you it oneday, you know, when I’m not Mrs Snot Monster!

That’s all for now, Folks. I’m going to rest my weary head!

“Fenyw Fach”