Big Blanket Raffle…

The Garden Yarners have been busy with their knitting needles again to raise funds for Whickham Garden. This time the ‘raffle blanket’ has a spring theme, with crocheted and knitted squares in pretty pastel hues.
Following the success of our last blanket (where we raised £200 for the garden last September) we hope to raise even more this time with the blanket that’s big enough to cover a double bed!
Second prize is a crochet granny square cushion, third is a spring flower garland and there are also 5 runner-up prizes of a free drink in the garden’s Orangery Coffee House.
Raffle tickets are still for sale and can be bought in the café or from any Garden Yarner for £1 per strip, all proceeds go to the garden. We’re hoping to make the draw this Wednesday at May’s Garden Yarners.

p.s. The Garden Yarners meet every first Wednesday of the month, from 6-8pm in the café of Whickham Hermitage Community Garden, £4 entry with lots of tea and cake. All new members welcome :)

Knitting for remembrance

At our Garden Yarners group, we have been busy knitting and crocheting poppies to raise funds for the British Legion. After raising £200 for Whickham Hermitage Community Garden with our joint raffle blanket, we’ve now turned our hand to poppy-making: bespoke knitted or crocheted poppies of varying styles and shades to sell to the public as remembrance keepsakes in this, the centenary year of the start of the First World War.

From the start of August, we have been making and selling poppies, sometimes faster than we could make them! They’ve been a real hit!

I love the different individual style of each poppy and can’t wait to see how much we’ve raised as a group. Thanks to Julie for organising! And to others for taking part and selling the poppies.

The poppies are on sale for the next couple of weeks – get in touch via Facebook if you’d like one making just for you!

Until soon xx



Raffle blanket

Well, my first post in over a year! Nearly forgot my login password… Nearly forgot how to use the laptop as everything is done on my phone now!

I’ve been taking a break from most endeavours to enjoy motherhood and little bunting is now 10 months old! However,  on an evening and at naptime, in between the chores, chores, my weekly shower and yet more chores, I’ve been crocheting like mad! Must be making up for when I couldn’t do it when pregnant as it made me sick…

Alongside the 5 baby blankets , and two more underway, my mood blanket, (one square for each day of the year based on mood of the day [another post to come]) and squares for a charity blanket maker Warm Heart Crochet, over the last 10 months I’ve worked on a lovely project with all the Garden Yarners to make a raffle blanket to raise funds for Whickham garden.

I started up the Garden Yarners again after a 4-month break and in a bid to raise further money for the garden in which the club is hosted, we came up with the idea of making a raffle blanket! It was a real joint effort from making the squares to sewing them together to selling raffle tickets. Each square is individual, either knitted or crocheted and contains a touch of green to keep a garden theme. I also made a daisy cushion (first time I’ve made a cushion! [I used the pattern below for the daisy squares]) and a daisy chain garland as second and third prizes. Thank you to all the Garden Yarners for taking the time and effort to make such beautiful squares!

All prizes are currently up for raffle and are being displayed in the Orangery café. Tickets cost £1 and can be bought in the café or from me or the other Garden Yarners! The raffle will be drawn at the heritage open days in September and every £1 made will go to the Garden. Go on, buy a ticket.

Lots more blog posts to write but wanted to write about the raffle blanket whilst tickets are still for sale :)

Til soon xx


Warm Heart Crochet

Daisy pattern

Hello there…

It’s been way too long!! This little guy or gal…

…has been keeping me busy! Our first little one is due at the end of October!

I’ve been keeping up with the vintage fairs, my crochet club, the day job, and my instagram feed still (albeit with a little less energy) but I’ve not had as much time to keep up with my blog…

There’s a few exciting things coming up before I scoot off for a few months’ maternity leave: there’s a vintage fair at Mima in Middlesbrough on 10 August, and also two vintage fairs with LouLou’s Vintage fair (voted best vintage fair in the UK!) on September 14 and 27 in Newcastle and Sunderland, respectively. Hope to see you there!!

Until soon!

From me and the bump xx

Some links:


LouLou’s vintage fair:

Happy Anniversary!

Happy 13th Anniversary of the day we met to my lovely husband! xxx

In Durham, where we met

Catch up…

It’s been a while… too long!

Here’s a catch up of what I’ve been up to! It’s been a quiet month containing: lots of crochet (of course!), my second Garden Yarners, Valentine’s Day, Pancake day, our 13-year anniversary trip to Durham, my mam’s birthday, afternoon tea with a lovely friend, a meal out with lovely friends…

February was a quiet month, but March is going to be busy… This coming week is the third instalment of the Garden Yarners, I’ve got two vintage fairs coming up and I’m exhibiting as the Vintage Corner at The Sage at the end of the month!

Until soon xx

Some links:

The Garden Yarners:!/TheGardenYarners

South Causey Inn:

Attic24 blog:

Like crocheting or knitting?

Just a little advert for my little crocheting / knitting group! The Garden Yarners takes place in Whickham Hermitage Community Garden Orangery Cafe on the first Wednesday in the month.

There is a £3 entry fee but this includes tea and coffee in my pretty vintage china and the fee also goes directly back to the Garden, a registered charity in the form of the room hire.

If you live in the Whickham area, or further afield, why not come along tomorrow night, 6-8 for the second meeting of The Garden Yarners?!

Hope to see you there! xx

The Garden Yarners:!/TheGardenYarners

This week…

This week has been a funny one! We’ve had snow since last Monday and, although I was at work for two days last week, I’ve not been anywhere else really! It’s nice sometimes but then you start to wish you could just get out and about without a second thought…

It’s been odd too as Matthew has been away in Costa Rica with his dad! This, and the snow has led to a kind of ‘limbo-like-hermit’ state of slouching, crocheting, drinking tea, checking the snow situation, watching some trashy programmes! Onwards and upwards…

Yesterday, unexpectedly, I did manage to make it to the Marriott Wedding fayre via Dawn Marie The Wedding and Event Company, where I was exhibiting as the Vintage Corner! I’m pleased I made the journey (though I got stuck in the car park, but the lovely girls Sara (from Sara’s Kitchen) and Jacqui (from JBow Jewellery) used their muscles and unfaltering ‘rocking’ ability to get me out of a pickle…

There are some exciting things coming up! Not least the long-awaited return of my husband AND finally getting to see Les Misérables together; getting involved a bit more with Whickham Herimtage Community Garden Orangery cafe and its social media; and yet more crocheting delight. But in the meantime: I do not enjoy sledging or snowball fights – SNOW please melt soon!

Until soon xx

p.s. Happy Birthday to my lovely friend Miriam! xx

Some links:

The Vintage Corner:!/TheVintageCorner?fref=ts

Dawn Marie The Wedding and Event Company:

Whickham Hermitage Community Garden:


Achievements and plans…

It’s been way too long and it’s a little too late, but I’ll say it anyway: Happy New Year!!

I’ve been reflecting of late about the year just gone and this year to come (it doesn’t take much to get me to reflect…) Last year was a great on the whole and I’ve made so many plans for this coming year already!

Last year was a busy year. My achievements in no particular order:

New Job

I left my old job and started a new one in a cafe

After my first day!

Wedding Fayres

I did my first wedding fayre at Durham Castle in January

Durham Castle! Also where I met the lovely Janette from Silver Birch Designs

And at As You Like it in February

As You Like it Wedding Fayre

And at The Sage, Gateshead with the Vintage Corner Girls in March

And again in September!

Enchanted Forest theme

Charity work

I raised or helped to raise nearly £1000 for charity!

Via tea parties:

Make Time for Tea for The Eve Appeal in March


The Big Chocolate Tea Party for the Sick Children’s Trust in April

Tea Party in aid of Whickham Hermitage Community Cafe build in June

Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie with my mother-in-law Mavis in July

And a fun run!

Big Fun Run 5K in October

Voluntary work

I love volunteering and have done lots in the past. After organising our wedding, I realised that I have a passion for working at and organising events:

I volunteered at the AV Festival in Newcastle; a month-long series of events, one of which I was actually part of the exhibition at the Baltic!

I volunteered at Bishop Auckland Food Festival!

And I volunteer when I can and when I’m needed at Whickham Hermitage Community Garden Orangery Cafe!


One of my biggest achievements is learning to crochet! I went a couple of times to a knitting club with my friend Beth and I was ‘hooked’ (haha).

My first ever chain!


And progressed to bunting…

My first granny square! I was so proud!

Beginning of my first blanket!

My proudest moment: my first finished project, a baby blanket for a lady at work!

I set up my own knitting / crochet group at Whickham Hermiatage Community Garden!
Every first Wednesday in the month, re-starting February 2013

Our first meeting of The Garden Yarners!

Serving tea

I love nothing more!

The Fashion Ration in February

Jubilee Street Tea Party! Wearing one of Handmade by Martha’s Jubilee hairslides!

Tea Party for my friend’s surprise hen party!

Serving tea at the Newcastle Vintage Fair in October!


Back in January, I had the opportunity to work with the fabulous and seriously talented Katy from What Katy Did Next and Sally from Sally T Photography on our Alice in Wonderland-inspired photoshoot!

Image by Sally T Photography

And with The Vintage Corner girls we worked on a shoot with the fantastic Capture Photography at Dissington Hall!

Fairytale whimsical part of the shoot

And in July we had the fantastic opportunity to style a shoot for a local wedding magazine, LovedUp, at Lumley Castle:

Our movie-inspired shoot!

 In August, I worked with the lovely Jeannie, from Jeannie’s Cake Crumbs on a Summerhouse shoot where Matthew took the fabulous photographs! The shoot took place on a proper summer’s day in my Auntie Ann’s lovely garden and new summerhouse!

Some of these achievements may seem small to some, but I’m very proud of them and can’t believe how much it is possible to do in one year! I have learnt a lot about what I like to do and about what is important to me, and the more you do, the more you can actually get done!

On my to do list this year I would like to: do a 10k run; get fitter; lose some weight; turn my hand to a little freelance translation; complete some crochet projects; try to follow a crochet pattern; organise some cupboards in my house; redecorate a bedroom; do some more charity tea parties and some ‘different’ events; serve tea at some more vintage tea parties; collaborate with lots more inspirational people; and blog more!!

Until soon!! xx

Lots of links:

Event Durham:

Durham Castle:

As You Like It Jesmond:

The Vintage Corner:!/TheVintageCorner

The Sage Gateshead:

Dawn Marie Wedding and Event Design:

The Eve Appeal, Make Time for Tea:

The Sick Children’s Trust, Big Chocolate Tea Party:

Marie Curie, Blooming Great Tea Party:

Whickham Hermitage Community Garden:

Big Fun Run:

AV Festival:

On Kawara project:

Bishop Auckland Food Festival:

The Garden Yarners:!/TheGardenYarners

Handmade by Martha:!/handmadebymartha2

Newcastle Vintage Fair:

What Katy Did Next:

Sally T Photography:

Capture Photography:

Dissington Hall:

LovedUp magazine:

Lumley Castle:

Jeannie’s Cake Crumbs:!/pages/Jeannies-Cake-Crumbs/187243351366091

Catch up…

Not been up to too much lately… from the photos, I’m a bit obsessed by fox motifs at the moment; we went to Matthew’s work do at the Discovery Museum; it’s been snowing; and I’ve had some nice comforting drinks and snacks!

There are 20 days til Christmas; I’ve bought about one present. Best get to it.

Until soon xx