Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Found

 

Mandala

I have to admit that Mandalas and Suncatchers are two of my most favourite sorts of makes.  

I have finally completed this Mandala (15 inch diameter) for my niece over in Point Vernon OZ. I was thinking that it would look good on a sideboard,coffee table or centre for a table 

This is from a free pattern called April Mandala by Ella  and you can download it from Raverlry.    I used  Cotton Yarn Katia Capri and Anchor Style and  hook Nº 3.










Found

Many thanks for all your help in finding out the name of this little plant that I bought. 

As you can see not such a scraggly looking plant anymore as it is doing very well on that shelf by my mini Christmas cactus.  


Thank you Ellie from Feltabulous ,  Julie from My Threadbear Life , Dee from Pointy Little sticks , Sparklingmerlot, and all of you.  I checked out your suggestions and I initially thought it came from the Coleus family as it has such lovely vibrantly coloured leaves,although I couldn't find one exactly like mine during my online search.Nevertheless I really thought as they are so varied in colours it must be one of the Coleus varieties

Finally it was Linda from Linda's Crafty Corner who found the exact plant and here you have it.  


Commonly known as the Friendship plant and it is from the nettle family... but it doesn't sting!




My blog mascot

As I haven't got a pet of my own I have decided after receiving permission from Lenny boy's Mum to make Lenny my blog mascot!   Congratulations Lenny you will be known throughout my blogworld 🐶 😀.His Mum has sent me some photos of him the first one being when he was a tiny little babe and the others much more recent.



Such a sweet little babe who would have thought he would grow up to be such a cheeky stubborn boy! Definitely a quick learner especially where buses are concerned.   



Do you remember in a recent post I told you about his obsession with buses and how he loves to hug the heater under the seat in the bus. Well his Mum had to apologise to someone on the bus the other day because Lenny decided that it doesn't matter if his Mum doesn't get hold of a seat + heater! He wiggles through and flops himself down beside anyone who is in a seat with a heater! 

One of his favourite haunts to let himself go is up Primly woods in Paignton. Do you notice he is grinning? You don't have to say smile please to Lenny.





Personal hygiene is very important to Lenny most particularly he loves being groomed. 




Yessss just right..."a little to the left please Mum"

and a good roll afterwards





"Whoopee!"  "I feel so good... watch me run!"




Just thought I would finish off with this photo that I took last weekend when we went on another short house hunting excursion.




More to follow in my next post 🌞



Replies to comments on my previous post completed







Happy blogging


Amanda 🔆








25 comments:

  1. I love making mandalas too.The latest ones are on my last blog post(after the tomato seedlings photo).These I have hung in the garden.
    Barbarax

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    1. I am busy busy beejay.blogspot .com

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    2. Am following you now Barbara and have replied on your latest post. A x

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  2. I think your mandala's are gorgeous and always enjoy seeing the ones you make. Ah Lenny. You are a sweetheart. Amanda could not have chosen a sweeter little puppy. And you get cold. That's why you need the heaters. I'm sure the other riders understand. If you smile at them nicely like in the photo, they'll be happy to share with you.
    Have a wonderful Thursday!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. thanks Betsy :-) I always value your comments😊. Lenny really is a cutie shame my sister can bring him with her when she comes to visit next March. A x

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  3. Hello and welocme, Lenny! As far as crafting, do you block your crocheting? All the points in the mandla made me wonder.

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    1. Yes I do block practically all my crochet makes. It shapes it to give it a finished look . A x

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  4. The mandala is beautiful. I love the colours and your stitchwork is perfect. Lenny is a character. Every blog should have a mascot!

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    1. Thanks. He is such a character that dog...and also a fusspot!🥹. A x

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  5. Your mandala is beautiful. I think Lenny will be a perfect mascot for your blog.

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    1. Thank you Dee. I enjoy posting about Lenny he is a fun character". A x

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  6. I think your mandalas are absolutely lovely - they make me smile, thank you. xx

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    1. Thanks Joy! I assure you they brighten my life too :-). A x

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  7. Your mandalas are so lovely I do so which I could do them I have tried, dear Lenny he is such good company,lovely blog alway love reading it thank you xxxxx

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    1. Thanks😍. Shame you can't bring Lenny over here to visit ! A x

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  8. A beautiful Mandala which I am sure your niece will love. I'm pleased you found out what the mystery plant was. Lenny is a sweetie - what a great mascot for your blog!
    That's a stunning sea view too.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thanks Ellie. I think so too. It will be on its way overseas very soon. I do like to think my crochet travels the world😆. A x

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  9. Love the mandela, how long does it take for you to finish one, looks complicated. Lenny seems to be a right little pickle, keeping everyone on their toes. Furries, just have to love them . Hope your house hunting is going well xcx

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    1. Thank you Chrissie. This one didn't take too long at all as there was only a little overlay crochet in it. I'd say approx 10 days. I started off with just basic simple mandalas. There are lots of patterns on Pinterest. The difficult,intricate ones are the ones that use overlay crochet in detail. They are very intricate but impressive when finished. A x

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  10. I haven't heard of Mandalas but that one is exquisite! Love your doggy friends!

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    1. Many thanks Chris. I so wish I could have another pet but hubby is really very much against it. A x

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  11. Beautiful Mandala Amanda, I love making them too, I quite fancy making a few and attaching them to hoops to spin in the garden. I'm glad I found the right plant match for you, I love the texture of the leaves it should grow into a beautiful plant. Lenny deserves his title he's quite a character haha. Stunning photo at the end, what a lovely view. Take care. xx

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    1. Thank you Linda and now to send it off overseas :-) I have seen pictures of gardan Mandalas gently swaying in the breeze within a gardens. They look quite stunning. I quite like the use of Mandalas covering DVD discs which makes them shine in the sun. A x

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  12. Ah, dear sweet Lenny. I love the fact he just pushes his way through to the heater, he knows his charm.

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    1. He certainly has no qualms about doing that! He is such a character! A x

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Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)