Monday, 27 August 2012

A Lovely Birthday

I have to admit, being 21 doesn't feel any different from being 20 except that everyone is now telling me I'm all grown up.

I've had a great last few days, starting on Wednesday when I spent the evening baking cakes for work.

Thursday was my birthday and everyone at work was so kind and loved my cakes - they didn't last very long, I took 24 cakes and after less than 10 minutes of them being in the kitchen over half had been eaten.  One of the admin women gave me a hug when she found out I was 21.  It was great getting to see my Bestie too and he gave me a lovely card and present.  In the evening my parents and Eve came over to see me.  They gave me lots of lovely presents: my Mum knitted me a jumper (you can see it here), I got new double pointed needles, and I got 2 Mochimochiland books - can't wait to get making stuff from these books!

On Friday, Eve came over to help me tidy, clean, and bake for the family party the next day.  I couldn't have coped without her help (also thanks to Mum who helped with the cleaning and dealt with the maintenance man).  When The Boy got back from work, he took me and Eve to Nando's for a meal and then we went to a fancy cocktail bar (Las Iguanas) and spent a few hours there with another of our friends from university.

On Saturday, we did some more baking and cleaning (and watched Beauty and the Beast which was another of my presents) then all of my grandparents came over to visit (and see our house).  I don't think I could have managed without help from my parents during the party.  Or after the party really, they helped me with the cleaning and getting the house back to normal.  Below are the cakes left over for me and The Boy from the party and after my parents had taken their share.

By Sunday I was glad we had 2 days left of the weekend so we can sort the house out a bit more - we had some furniture removed on Friday and now have a lot more space so can unpack some of the boxes we left under the stairs out of the way when we moved.

I need to get some more photos from Eve and Mum but I'll hopefully post them soon.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Lots of crafting!

Since I've been working this summer I feel like I haven't had much free time to crochet.  I've occasionally taken some to work with me but mostly I've been too tired to do anything and in the evenings I tend to just eat, clean up, then sleep.

However I do have a new appreciation of weekends!  Previously, I let my time fly by and wasted my weekends but now they seem to be long and relaxing with lots of time to crochet, sew, knit, and bake.

Over the weekend I crocheted things for when Eve goes away to uni (she got her results on Thursday and was very pleased), sewed a dress for my teddy bear, Ole, as she turns 21 on Thursday too, planned what I'll be baking over the next week (cakes for work and cakes and shortbread for my party with my family on Saturday).

As a birthday present to Ole (in case you didn't already guess I was crazy) I decided to get her a bear friend.  I had to go to the parcel depot to get him on Saturday morning and they have been inseparable ever since.  His name is Theodore which I let The Boy pick out of a list of approved names (if The Boy had free choice he would have been called Ethelbert).

Aren't they a cute couple!  He'll have some clothes soon but I'll have to finish some other projects first.

Friday, 3 August 2012

FO Friday - A Present for The Boy

I'm in a generous crafting mood at the moment so just want to make presents for people all the time.  I decided to make a present for The Boy as he needed a bit of cheering up because he wasn't feeling well the other day.

I made the lovely Little Amigurumi Wolf by Lion Brand Yarn as I have been eyeing up this wolf for a while and just needed an excuse to make it.  It didn't take very long to make and The Boy loves it.  He has decided to call it Romulus after the founder of Rome.

I'm also trying to follow my Mum's example of not starting to make anything new until I have finished something else so now that this wolf is finished I can plan my next project - probably some more amigurumi as I love how quick it is to make something utterly adorable.