Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Monday, 30 April 2012

Attempt at Amigurumi

I had long been drawn to all those wonderful and varied tiny animals and toys that have become extremely popular to crochet .... I mean Amigurumi of course, so last summer I sat down to try my hand at one. The original pattern is not mine but from a photo of peas in a pod that I came across on the www, but for the life of me cannot remember where. However I did tweak the original somewhat because I didn't have the colour green at that time so I used blue and made a SEA POD,Dad,Mum and junior. I have to admit I did find it finicky to make it being so small....3inches long and now I'm not sure what I can use it for.
Perhaps on a key ring ...any suggestions ????

Sunday, 29 April 2012

To Mrs Thrifty and other followers

Due to the mess up I mentioned in my previous post the link on your Blogs I follow list will not work it just goes to my old blog could you delete and add this one to your blog follow list please.....verrrry sorry!!!!!!

Amanda :-)

How stupid can I get!!!!
This is me now...
I have just lost all my blog heart went glup I assure you......but have got it back again something to do with changing the web address to Crafty in the Med,,,,this is a shout out to all my followers and to all the others on my Blogs I like list who I am following and where I have written comments on their posts.    

Great start to a Sunday!!! :-)

City of Light

Good morning all....
just a quickie to welcome a new follower on my blog,Emma from The log cabin and to remind you all  Emma is offering a fantastic giveaway over there at the log cabin so pop in and have a look because its very worthwhile.
I said this is a I have to get my skates on because Sr P (hubby) hates to wait and I am a little slow Sunday mornings...its a battery thing!!! We have glorious glorious sun this morning and Alicante is living up to its name "city of the light" we'll probably go for a steep walk up through Santa Cruz the old quarter to the Santa Barbara Castle. As you can see in this snapshot it is a steep climb....have a great day!!!!

Santa Cruz steps.The old quarter

Saturday, 28 April 2012


Now don't worry ...... I have given my blog title a bit more thought and I think this new one identifies me more and its more intriguing!!!  Don't you think?? :-) So what was CROCHETIMUST  is now Crafty in the Med. 
and here's a glimpse of the Med:

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Granny squares will never die!

and they won't.........I've been inspired by the beautiful granny squares projects that I've noticed on following lots of really fab blogs like CreJJtionA Tale from Toadstool house and meme-rose....and many many more!!   My granddaughter's bedroom is getting to look rather drab and I thought a bright bright cushion cover made of granny squares would brighten it up.   I am using  NÂș 5 Perle cotton and a 3.00 hook.....I chose cotton because I have lots of bits ...left overs and I really need to use them all up.   I also think cotton isn't so scratchy as Cookie babe is a real hotpot even in winter she hates cardigans and such and wool will irritate her....I can see her flinging the cushion on the floor if its too scratchy. I suppose I could have done it in baby yarn though.....hmmm the next one!
Anyhow as you can see its underway and taking photos of it has given me another perspective of how the colours combined or looked quite bright to me but now it doesn't seem so in the photograph. I have also tried to keep the bedroom colour scheme in mind.     Amanda  :-)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

NO MOAN week

After reading Chipper nelly 's post today I've decided to have a NO MOAN week or rather for the rest of the week.  I'm going to remind myself of all that is good in my life and don't worry too much about problems. I have problems like everyone but I think we ourselves (at least I do) can make them bigger than what they are by worrying too much!

Ok here's a flower which more than represents how I plan to feel for the rest of the week and I am going to remind myself too about all the wonderful things I have be grateful for.    JOIN ME if you'd like to experience a NO MOAN week. :-)

I am thankful for:

  • a wonderful husband who I have been married to for 40 years this June
  • a secure home and strong family relationship
  • a job I enjoy very much
  • my grandaughter who I love to bits
  • a sense of humor that sees the funny side of things where others don't! 
and I am sure there's more but I have the rest of the week to think about them :-)

Monday, 23 April 2012

and there are two

Welcome welcome to my two new followers.....My4lilgirls   and Mrs Thrifty  so very pleased...that I'm not talking to myself anymore....I'm rather a newbie at this blog business and very nearly gave it up...but I'm not going to now.  :-)  A.

PS: Can anyone recommend an easy ...... dummie friendly user sewing machine...the last time I used a sewing machine was when I was at school and that was quite a few light years ago!!!

Starting it right.....

Monday.... and Mondays do not hold for me what it holds for others.....I am ready to go again on Monday...fresh start....Thursday is my Monday day as it is still one day before the weekend and my batteries have run down by then.  
Here we have a scrumptious dish of strawberries and I have started my day with a fruit breakfast with strawberries,plain yogurt and banana....mmmmm.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

CrochetImust: A very important member of the family

CrochetImust: A very important member of the family

and as I was saying Willie has been with us for 18 years.......this April. A sad but happy tale how he came to us........ a friend of my daughter's saw a plastic bag on the floor in the lift in the students residence in the University,and it started to wriggle! It was Willie of course trying to get out from under the dead bodies of his brothers and sister....poor babe!  His eyes still closed!  The girl's mother wouldn't let her keep him so she came to my daughter and my daughter of course couldn't say no.

She took him straight to the vet and he said Willie was about 8 days old,very weak and it was very unlikely he would live, nevertheless he gave my daughter free of charge powdered milk and the tiniest of little feeding bottles so she could try to get him to feed which he thought was highly unlikely. However Willie (at that time he was kitten no name) was a determined little chap and as you can see in the photo (old copy I'm afraid!) he went for that bottle as soon as it got near his mouth... as blind as a bat but he knew that was something yummy.

There is more..... :-)

Friday, 20 April 2012

A very important member of the family

I think its time I introduced Willie. Most certainly an important member of our family since he adopted us 18 years ago.

Willie has a story which I will tell you about in my next post!  A.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Beyond the square helps sun catchers!

Just started some sun catchers and they are beginning to look really smart. I have once again turned to my Crochet Motifs book to adapt something from there. I do like this book its so easy to follow and a great variety of motifs to crochet ,plus tips on how to start,end join color act.....yes I'm pleased with my purchase....... 7.95pounds from Amazon.
Have a dekko here

Amanda :-)

PS:Looking forward to hearing from someone I'm getting lonely talking to myself!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Just finished......feel totally ruffled now!

Finally....those ruffles took quite awhile to do......they are decidedly chunky.
My own pattern unless I make it up myself phew!!! daunting task that.
Just picked a stitch from a baby blanket I did and the ruffles are easy to do just a bit time consuming. This shawl is for my sister's birthday....just got to get it to her in Australia!!
My model (my granddaughter)isn't with me today so I had to use a chair and I don't think the photos have done it justice .....the yarn is really nice....bronze  shiny stuff  from Coats!

Ok I'd appreciate your comments if I ever get anyone on this blog. :-)

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Fiddling around!

Exactly that ...I've been fiddling around with my blog a little --not really know what I am doing but I've been able to add some other blogs that I've found to  the blogs list . I really must be doing something wrong because I have no followers except myself....wonder why!!!
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