Oh boy what a week. I feel shattered. I have been feeling as if I have a cold coming on over this last week and I've had a sore throat, headaches, achy neck and shoulders.
Apart from going in to the office a couple of days I have tried to stay cosy in the house all week. I have been keeping myself busy with some craft projects though.
It only took a couple of evenings to make myself this hot water bottle cover and I am so pleased with it that I may attempt to make a couple of colourful covers for Christmas presents. I have threatened my family that they will all receive a crocheted item for Christmas!
I also had a go at making Christmas cards - they are so home-made looking that I may not actually send them! The thing is I love cards and I'm sure to see some that I just have to send instead.
On Friday I had to go out to attend a course. *Big Confession * I had to attend a speed awareness course after being caught speeding. Naughty me! I have no excuses for doing 34 in a 30 zone but I would just like to say that I was on a straight open road approaching the village and hadn't reached the houses where I would of course have slowed right down. I am such a cautious driver and have driven for 30 years without any offences so I was quite upset. My son, who hasn't passed is test but is currently taking driving lessons said there are no excuses and said "it's 30 for a reason", which is true of course. Slapped wrist for me.
It just so happens that the hotel where I attended the course was right next door to Hobby Craft so I met my sister and we enjoyed some retail therapy. Today, she came round with her felt and we made the Needle-felt Robin from Kirstie Allsopps Craft book. I am really, really pleased with my little Robin.
On my drive too and from work I pass a lady's house that has a little stall at the roadside with plants, cut flowers, jams and chutneys for sale. Last week I pulled over for the first time to take a look. It was the bright orange lanterns (Physalis) that caught my eye. A bargain I think at £2.50 so I popped the coins into her honesty box and came home to play with them. I say play because I spent quite some time deciding what to do with them. I tried hanging them along the beam in my dining room, then I tried arranging them in 3 different shaped vases until I finally found one to keep them upright. They have been in my kitchen/dining room for over a week and I have enjoyed the bright cheery colour. Today I decided to have another play with them and arranged the lanterns around a hoop and made this wreath for my front door.