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Word Of The Week

1 Aug

Sunday 27th – Saturday 2nd August 2014

This Week My Word of the Week Is Currently.

I’ve actually taken this word inspiration from Jocelyn over at The Reading Residence, the lady who hosts Word of the Week.

Jocelyn also hosts #paperypeep and this month she is encouraging you to take a Paper Related Photo a day over on Instagram.


Friday 1st August word is Currently, which has been my inspiration for Word of the Week.

I have not been blogging as much as I would have liked for the past few months so I thought using the word Currently I would catch up on the goings on here at Hundred Acre Farm and tell you what’s Currently been happening.

Currently Crafting:
I’ve got a few Crochet WIP on the go I would like to finish up this year.

* Granny Stripe Blanket – Needs addressing as Debbie Bliss has discontinued some colours I need. I have a new yarn in mind it’s just a case of purchasing it.


* Flora Bunny – Needs her Ears finishing. I might have to ask for some help with this as my hands are still to bad to be able to do this.


* Baby Blanket – Due to my joints the Baby blanket for our niece never got finished, that and Mr S spilt coffee over it. I am now finishing it more as a cat blanket rather than a gift due to the coffee spillage.


Currently Aiming:

* To Start I Quit Sugar again. I managed my aimed quitting period up till My Hen Party & The Wedding.
Now it’s time to get back to it as I really did feel better.

* To blog more, continuing with my blog theme; finding the good in everyday helping me to remain positive.

* The next year Mr S & I aim to continue doing the house up. So lots of DIY and craft projects to follow.

Currently Happening:

Mr S & I are enjoying being married, we have a our Honeymoon in Florence, Italy that we are really needing and excited about.
We are looking forward to re-establishing our routine and enjoying our free time once more; it’s amazing how much time was taken up with Wedding Things. We are planning lots of relaxing time together getting back to the things we enjoy.

So that’s my Word of the Week.


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Wool Week

14 Oct

This week 14th-20th October 2013 is Wool Week

The aim of Wool Week is to give prominence to wool as a “natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre” (Campaign for Wool, 2013).

My Wool week started Saturday with my fellow #PostCircle local #Geese when we toddled off to The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London.

Firstly wow what an amazing building Alexandra Palace is, it’s beautiful!

Saturday Morning we all meet under the amazing architecture of The Palm Court for the first time.

I think I can speak for us all in saying we had a nice day chatting, shopping and having a lovely lunch.

So what did I buy you ask… Well here we are.

This Soft soft soft italian cashmere yarn makes these lovely baby hats from one ball.



Toft Yarn: again this part alpaca yarn is so soft and is heading for a herring bone scarf with these super fluffy pompoms at either end.


The Cats LOVE these pompoms!


I’ve hidden them as our Parrot Cat has taken to grooming them.


More Toft (and I could have brought lots lots more but tried not to get carried away with strict instructions to my fellow #Geese to STOP me spending!)

This little bag is for crocheting The Toft Edward’s Menagerie.


This is a sneak peek from the Toft website.


The book is gorgeous! And highly recommend!

What’s next ? Arr Yes Debbie Bliss from Black Sheep Wools Bargain Bundles.


Again with all the Rowan and Debbie Bliss and other Beautiful Yarns at great prices I could have spent a fortune! With the Black Sheep Wool stand.

Finally; If you read my blog you know for a while I’ve been wanting to try extreme crochet/knitting. So I’ve brought some needles 28mm, not the biggest but I think the biggest I can deal with.


That’s my Wool Week.
I still need to finish the blanket for the new baby due in the family this November, so the above projects will have to wait for a bit.


Yes I said KNITTED!

20 Aug

Look Look Look !!


Yes that’s right I finished my wrist warmers started on the Beginners Knitting class at The Sheep Shop, with the very patient Sarah.

I attend the next stage Moving On class last Wednesday too, so now I’ve no excuse not to dive in and give a pattern a go. Which will mean I will also be ready for the Correcting Mistakes class next year then haha.


I added another ball of yarn to finish off, sewed them up and added crochet detail – All By Myself – no phone calls of hole’y desperation to My Mother or L.
I even thought at one point I had dropped a stitch so picked it up again.

To the seasoned knitter this may not seem like much but for me it is, hence the excitement.

I’ve knitted things in the past a beanie hat or two, lots of scarfs, a bag etc, but I’ve always had supervision and help when it went wrong. But this time though I had guidance it was all me!

So here is to my confidence to attempt more knitting and not give in when it goes wrong.


Learning New Crafts

31 Jul

Each week seems to come round so quickly. In fact how on earth did it get to the end of July already?

I have been lucky enough this year to be able to have the time to follow my crafty passions and develop my homemaking skills – this is how I sell sitting enjoying crafting lots.

As part of this I enrolled last year on a pottery course which Ive continued with.


and In June I took part in a crochet granny square class at The Sheep Shop in Cambridge.


One thing I’m not, is a specific crafter- Jack Jill in this case of all trades master of none.
I do it for the fun & social enjoyment as much as the final ‘tadah’ moment (not that there has been much of that round here lately in the way of crochet projects).

Part of this enjoyment is often crafting with others; L, E & Myself have crafty meets here and there, with E we mainly crochet, L & I have been known to try other crafty sessions (note to L we still haven’t made soap and I have your book).

Having enjoyed learning new crafts & developing skills in a class environment, I have found myself booking onto more and more.


If you look around your local area there seems to be lots of classes popping up in lots of crafty make’y do’y things and not just at your local night schools.

I’ve picked the 3 places I currently have booked classes with.
I choose my classes on my interests and what I would like to learn. But it turns out I’ve also meet really lovely people while doing so.

My First was The Sheep Shop in Cambridge.

The Sheep Shop hosts numerous knitting, crochet & felting classes catering for all abilities and interests.

For Example;
Beginners Knitting – Lace Knitting. Beginners Crochet – Cable Crochet.

I’ve thus far had my Granny Squares Crochet class here, with a Fabulous teacher Joanne of Not So Granny and a Beginners Knitting class with Sarah of The Sheep Shop.


I choose to make slightly longer hand warmers for my beginners knitting class which has left me needing just more than my one ball of yarn, so I need to pop back and get another ball when I’m next in town before I can finish them.

Having caught the ‘bug’ I have booked up on several more knitting/crochet courses until Christmas as I really want to hone up on my knitting especially hence going back to real basics.

A Few Extra Points:

* The parking in the evening is much easier than I first thought and worried about for the centre ish of Cambridge and silly permit parking. But after 6 you are fine there.

* Each class was a nice size of 6.

* The ladies teaching us are very good at showing and explaining in a way that you will understand.

* We got handy information print outs that we could make notes on, which I have actually made use of rather than just ‘filing’.

* You can buy the kits you need for the class on the night if your unsure.

My Second class find was Nicola at Halfpenny Home.
To summarise the first time of meeting Nicola; I went in to pay for my class & left an hour plus later after a great chat; which felt like she was an old friend, & over a glass of pimms.


Nicola has the Halfpenny Home Haberdashery shop in Needham Market, Suffolk.

Mr S, Myself & The Dog were AMAZED at the shop.
Needham Market is a quaint Suffolk village. Adding to its mystery follow the signs to Halfpenny Home located down a small path in a ‘barn’, It’s a delightful mixture of the much coveted vintage and the new.

Halfpenny Home Haberdashery offers a variety of crafty classes. From ‘Yarn’ie’ interests such as Knitting, Natural Fibre Dying & Fleece Preparation to Soap Making, Needle Felting & Rag Doll Making to name but a few and if it’s not on the list contact Nicola she might have a course lined up for future.

My first class was “Rocks with Frocks” ~ great title isn’t it!
Crocheting around items such as pebbles.

You may remember my own first attempt at this ended in a hat rather than frock for my pebble.

I had a wonderful relaxed Saturday afternoon with Nicola and 3 others crocheting our pebbles. The time just flew by.
Accompanied by plenty of homemade cake, tea & chatter.

Oh yes and doing what I went there for Tadah…


My next class at Halfpenny Home was Vintage Bag Making.

*AGES* ago I brought a rather pretty vintage looking bag for its frame with the intention of giving it a re-vamp and that was 2 years ago. A few weekends ago I found it once again and was spurred on to find out how – queue Vintage Bag Making.

Once again I had a lovely time, over came some of my sewing machine fears with an always calm Nicola, learnt lots of little sewing tips and have a fantastic bag which is lined and trimmed I will have you know!



Did I mention cake again…Orange Polenta cake with Rosemary Drizzle.


A Few Extra Points:

* Nicola in a previous life work with Fabrics in Upholstery and Furnishings (I hope I’ve got that right). She is an accomplished seamstress so excellent at passing on handy tips & knowledge.

* Halfpenny Home Classes are inclusive of materials. No hidden extras. But if you want to purchase more you can. In fact try and resist visiting Halfpenny Home Haberdashery and not making a purchase.

* There is plenty of Free parking around the shop.

* The Classes I attended came with again useful handouts.

* Classes are very relaxed & friendly making learning much easier.

My 3rd class choice has been Betty Makes . A new growing venture by the delightful Jean-Mary.

You can read all about the classes that have taken place on the Betty Makes Blog .

Jean-Mary’s studio has a light airy feel and has the advantage of being the closest of the 3 to us.

*Ive borrowed this Photo From BettyMakes Blog where you can see the studio in its full glory.

The first class I got to was Lino Printing on Cards One Sunny Sunday.

Arriving late I eventually caught up.
We all spent hours of therapeutic concentrating & chatting carving out our designs in the Lino. Before stopping for a pleasant catered lunch.
After lunch was the telling moment had our Lino Carvings been successful?


As you can see I choose a tea related design need you ask. You can see what the other ladies did over on Betty Makes Blog .

This class was a real enjoyable learning curve and I’ve caught the Lino Printing Bug too now. My prints were a bit rustic looking due to my paint application mainly but actually though unintentional I like it.

I’ve since framed my clearest card which is now proudly on display in the kitchen.


I can’t wait for my next class on Sunday at Betty Makes; Needle Felting with teacher Jenny Tidman (who teaches needle & wet felting at Betty Makes & Halfpenny Home Haberdashery)

I am taking my 14 year old cousin. Who thinks her needle felted critter will top my attempt – we will see – So watch this space for what we produce.

A Few Extra Points:

* There are not only weekday classes at Betty Makes but weekend classes too.

* Betty Makes has a wide selection of classes. For Example Crochet, Sewing & Lino Printing. Take a Look.

* Most Classes include your equipment. You also have the choice of buying certain class kits at a reasonable price to take away with you.

* Jean-Mary is CRB checked, she works with children & is an Integrative Counsellor. Oh & She’s a Mum.
What does this mean… Children’s Craft Party’s!

* Easy close parking.

I know this has been a long post but I wanted to show you all the classes at once. I can’t express how much fun craft classes are if your that way inclined and Great for making new friends.
All 3 also do knitting or craft nights as well so even if you don’t want to do a class you can pop in make new friends and take your latest project.

Do Look These Ladies Up or check out your own local classes.

Happy Crafting


Current Craftiness

13 Jul

Over the past week I’ve had some time to play with last months Crafty Creatives Box 12 (you can view CCBox12 full contents in a previous post) and thought I would show you my makes.

This months kit was cross stitch, I loved crossed stitch when I was younger so this was a welcome reminiscent craft.


There were 4 pattens to choose from and I chose the cupcake, but added my own touches. I added a 3rd colour; pink, a border, some beads & a heart topper. I really enjoyed doing it and it’s now joined the ‘tea corner’ in the kitchen.

My other Crafty Creatives Box 12 make was from the polymer clay cake slice charms.

I brought some clasps and connecting hoops and *heypresto*


Cake Slice Stitch Markers.

Last week was my last Pottery session of the term.
I finished my little house off at home before hand so It would be fired over the holidays.


In class I’ve wrapped up a few projects, glazing and embellishing which hopefully will be fired and ready to collect soon.

I’ve also been trying to improve my knitting skills and in doing so thought I would start again from basics.
A few weeks ago now Sarah at The Sheep Shop ran a beginners knitting class which I attended and though I could already knit found it very helpful to learn cast on methods and various other little bits.


We started handwarmers which I’ve been continuing with I’ve finished one but I’ve dropped a stitch on the other – and this is why I’m going back to learning!

Though fixing mistakes isn’t one of Sarah’s classes I’ve signed upto yet!

Also a Crochet WIP I have going at the moment is a baby blanket for my Sister-in-Law whose baby is due in November.


I have a soft spot for these little granny squares. We do not yet know whether she is having a little boy or girl but I’m intending on crocheting enough blue, green and eventually pink squares so that when we do know I can make a blanket out of what ever is colour appropriate.

My final crafty project this week has been a new notice board.
I purchased some of Miss Beatrix beautiful hand painted buttons a couple of weeks ago and wanted to find a good way to display them along with my Lupin Handmade Brooch.


So today I set to making a notice board to display a few select bits on in my craft room.


I covered an A4 flat artist canvas in spotty blue material and made some bunting. Before arranging & sewing on the buttons and attaching the primrose brooch.
Finally I attached a ‘washing line’ across the board to allow me to added other favourite bits.


Thus far I’ve added a #postcircle #goose sticker I received today on a lovely #postcircle letter, to my notice board ‘washing line’.

I can’t wait to add more! I will keep you updated.


All heard of a Bull in a China Shop…

9 Jun

But have you heard of … A Boxer in a Haberdashery…

Today Mr S, The Dog & I went to Needham Market a lovely little Suffolk Village, To visit Halfpenny Home’s shop & work shop.

*Photo taken from Halfpenny Home

Halfpenny Home was one of my Twitter finds; drawn firstly to her profile by the words TEA & CHICKENS two of my fancies, she got even better by being a crafty soul *click follow*

Having followed Halfpenny Home for a few weeks now and being intrigued by her shop and blogging. Today we took a trip to meet the face behind it all.

At her little shop; which is tucked away on the approach to the railway station in Needham Market, adding to its mystery and charm.
Nicola offers a whole array of sew’y yarn’y pleasures to meet your crafting needs as well as offering classes in multiple different crafts.

Her shop is a feast for the eyes; Mr S said “wow it was like Alice in Wonderland or Something”.
It’s that type of organised stylish chaos that looks amazing, has your eyes flickering from one thing to the next and your mind buzzing, and I couldn’t create if I tried.
I’m sure if you want it Nicola has it or can source you it.


Some of my particular favourites being the millions (I’m sure I’m not exaggerating) of Buttons she has, Ribbons – Ribbons & More Ribbons and her personalised wooden knitting needles (I will own some of these if even as decoration in the craft room).


Today visiting with Nicola was a lady called Kay who makes Gluten Free, Vegetarian & Dairy Free Goodies which I sampled – Very delicious, but unfortunately due to chatting then a hasty retreat we failed to purchase any – This Time, I am hoping there will be a next time.


Mentioning our hasty retreat, I feel I should explain further by saying Mr S & The Dog went to the pub for an hour or so while I was chatting & browsing, enjoying a pimms with the ladies; I picked a good day to visit.
But on their return to collect me The Dog took a fancy to some rather nice Alpca Mix Yarn in a very vibrant orange, Our Boy has good taste.

So at this point we thought it best to retreat before he caused any damage. Luckily he is only a bit sneaky and not destructive, he sees it as his giving you a gift also something he does with socks- a story for another day.

It was past closing I didn’t realise until we were in the car, so sorry about that. It just shows the good suffolk hospitality of Nicola.

As I was taking pictures just before we left my battery died so I couldn’t capture all I would have liked to show you, but I am not sure a camera could do it justice as my eyes didn’t know where to look first. – You will just have to visit yourself and make a day of Needham Market.

All in All the 3 of us had a lovely afternoon.
The boys at the pub, The Dog had a good afternoon playing with local children, Mr S with his treat of a Guniness & Sausage Sarnie and me with the Wonderful delights of Halfpenny Home.

Oooo before I go I nearly forgot to show you what I got…

I just love velveted ribbon & teal matches our bedroom.


And this ribbon I’m not sure why I need it but I do I know that.


I’ve wanted some of this bobble ribbon, I’m not sure what its real name is, to edge the bottom of a blind in the spare room.


And finally The Dogs choice of Yarn how could I refuse him.


I’m thinking perhaps I will make some hand warmers with this.

Tonight we have been all getting ready for the working week once more.
Mr S is starting a new job tomorrow another step at working harder for our little family, Lets Wish Him Good Luck – We know you will do Great Hunny. Xx

Hope you all had a good weekend what ever you got up too.


Black Velvet

21 Feb

I heard the song ‘Black Velvet’ by Alannah Myles on the radio this morning while dropping the Woof off at Doggie Day Care (a MARVELLOUS! Place) and have not been able to stop it being the sound track to my day.

Again it’s amazingly cold today I look forward to my duvet tonight as I’m flagging this evening after an early start and long day out of the house.

L & I headed into the city centre about 9am to do some ‘browsing’ and grab a coffee/hot chocolate before heading to see E & Little Miss M for a crafty day.

Browsing turned into perhaps some shopping on my part; I’m not going to divulge at this point I’m going to wait until Mr S notices new things have appeared, anyway so my browsing made us late, coffee was turned into takeout emergency fuel for L, a quick pet food stock up was made, then a dash for some new sewing needles, a slight distraction in The Sheep Shop all I needed was a new ‘clover’ 3mm crochet hook (I would like to add how very good we were ~ lots of looking but no buying today)
Finally arriving with E & Little Miss M for 11am ~ an hour late is not to bad for my time keeping.

Ever the perfect hostess E prepared refreshments and lunch followed by cakes as we chatted and crafted and Little Miss M was entertained by ‘Mr Tumble’.

So my new 3mm hook was for this …

Greedy for Colour’s Flora Rabbit Tutorial.

I’ve intended this project for a year now. In fact a year ago this February L & I visited Loop in London on a girlie trip away and I purchased the yarn for this project .
So today the very helpful L gave me a kick start.

In the later afternoon I parted ways with E & Little Miss M to head off back to the real world of the post office drop and chores. Before picking a very tired dog up from day care and heading to pick Mr S up from work as I’d stolen the car.

Arriving home very sleepy I was happy at Mr S’s takeaway suggestion tonight and once full & sleepy I settled down with the parrot cat & Jazz Fm to do a little more crochet.
This is where I have left it tonight.




And this is where you find me ready for bed now with my little princess purring away in my arms my little hot water bottle.

So “Black Velvet if you please ~ if you please ~ if you please ~ if you please”

Good Night


Never be within doors when you can rightly be without ~ Charlotte Mason


A girl and her garden :)



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