Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas makings and doings .....

Thank you for all of your kind wishes
I'm actually feeling a little better again at the moment
I hope with all my heart that it lasts
(I think that's you guys sending all that healing love my way)
I've been trying hard to take good care of myself too

There is SO much to do though isn't there?
It's just Bonkers.
I wrote a list of EVERYTHING that needed doing before the BIG day
(it was LONG)
after I picked myself up off the floor
I wrote them on my daily planner
spreading them out as much as possible
to make it less of a marathon
and that's what I've been doing ..... just working through each day
steadily but surely
and I'm getting there
lots of ticks have been added to the list
I like ticks.

Today I've been in the kitchen
I've made ::
Nigella's brandy butter
Nigella's fully loaded potato skins
(both from her Christmas book)
and Delia's eighteenth century chestnut stuffing
(from her Christmas book too)
It's all been stashed away in the freezer

I've been trying hard to sneak a little me time in there too

Sweet B and I had a crafty play~date on Monday
but we can't take too much credit for these
shamelessly copied I'm afraid!
I saw these little houses on the inspiring junkaholique blog
I nearly fell off my chair in love with them.
I bought some fimo air dry clay and we got busy
LOVE them so much x

My dear friend Chrissie came to play one afternoon too
I'd booked a place on Sarah Moore's Wild Wreath making workshop
with Chrissie and some friends
but sadly I wasn't well enough to go
so Chrissie being Chrissie decided that I shouldn't miss out
she came to me with all the supplies and showed me how it was done
It was such fun!

I've wintered up my mug shelf ..... the pretty holly one at the top is a new addition!

We made our visit to Oxenford Christmas tree farm
to pick our tree

I REALLY wanted to bring that little reindeer home too
He. Is. SO. Adorable.

I love looking in from the outside, don't you?
it's one of my favourite pastimes

I'm REALLY looking forward to the time
when we can sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of our labours
We deserve it!

This is what I shall be doing

I've hung the 'Closed' signs on my shop doors
(a little sigh of relief)
and Purdey and I are ready for a good long rest
me more so than her it seems.

I hope to be back with a special post before the BIG day
but if I don't make it
I'd like to say a

  'Thank you'

to you all for visiting me hear this past year
you are wonderful
and always light my days

Thank you to all of my wonderful customers
who allow me to do what I love
You are all my angels

Here's wishing you all
A beautiful, healthy, joyous and peaceful Christmas~time
filled with love

P.S.  Come and say hello to me on Instagram if you have an account
and if you don't have an account
Why not?
 ..... its a lot of fun over there!
I'm @thesweetviolet

P.P.S.  and if you do follow me on Instgram .....
sorry for using all those photos on this post ;o)

Back soon my friends
BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A Blip .....

Hello my lovelies

I hope all of your Christmas preparations are going smoothly
and you're managing to tick off your long lists?!
I'm slowly getting there.

I didn't mean to be away for so long
I've not been well again
I've been at the hospital this afternoon having more tests
I'm getting braver though
(I needed to!)
so thats a bonus.
I'm just feeling a bit worn~out, tired and despondent if I'm to be honest
I'm trying to be positive
I'm trying REALLY hard
and the thought of decorating for Christmas this weekend is keeping me motivated.

I've also immersed myself in the soothing stripy loveliness of my second granny scarf
this one is a Christmas gift
Sshhhh .....

You can see the first one here

 I've made this little seed pouch for my Auntie & Uncle too
they're particularly tricky to buy for but love their allotment
and this is all I could think of to make them!

here's my cross stitch panel for November
I'm a little behind in showing you 

A cute squirrel holding onto his acorn for dear life
you can't pick it up from the photos
but the snowflakes and the snow along the branch is glittery
and I like it.

It's almost complete now!

For those of you who are wondering
the pattern is from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
so much sweetness over there!

As always you can read about my other cross stitch months below

I've been working a LOT
And I've been very happy about it
It makes me feel like a busy Christmas elf
I'm so lucky to be able spend my days doing what I love
Thank you to all of my wonderful customers for allowing me to do that!

 Before I bid you cheerio for now
I must let you know that my shops will close on the 19th December
 and some made to order items will not be available after this Friday
 (that's the 12th December)

They will be closed for the whole of January (I think)
so if you were thinking that you'd like something please order soon!

Here's a selection of just a few of my Christmas goodies .....
Perfect for stuffing stockings!

I hope to be back soon
with some festive glow

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Just lately .....

there has been .....

a little of this

a LOT of this

a little of this

a lot of this

a little of this

a lot of this

Oh and there has been one of these .....

My bedside posy for November
I was worried that it'd be more tricky now
but it amazes me what beauty surrounds us all year round
Look at that pretty rose ..... one last bloom until next year
it was a little soggy but it smells divine
a couple of sprigs of rosemary and some rose hips


You can find my previous bedside posies below

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Butterflies, A Crochet Scarf For Sweet B and a Teeny Bit More .....

HaPpY Friday my friends!

Please let me introduce you to my

~ Liberty of London butterfly hair grips ~

I just love the way it looks like a beautiful butterfly was fluttering past
and has just landed prettily on a little head

Goodness ~ I LOVE making these

Liberty fabric is SO deelicious
that whatever is made with it
it can't fail to be

I think these fluttery little hair grips make perfect stocking fillers
maybe even a Christmas cracker gift
to pop into an advent calendar

I have packaged them in twos 

Yellow & Peach

Blue & Green

Double Pink

You can find them in both of my shops
with free UK postage!

I feel like I've had supersonic powers this week
ha ha I wish!
but I have finished Sweet B's Rainbow scarf

We are both thrilled with it
You can read about it's beginnings here if you fancy

It's been a joy to work on in the evenings
I still consider myself very much a crochet novice
so this was perfect for me
super simple and once I got going, no brain power was required
which is exactly what I need by the time evening arrives at the moment.

I have to thank the amazing Lucy
over at Attic24
her tutorials are always fail~safe
she is to crochet
what Delia is to cooking
and she's is so generous with her time and patterns

using a chain of 42
and I used Drops cotton merino

I tried a LOT of borders.
I unpicked a LOT of borders.
For a while I hated borders.
I considered no borders.
It's just that I had this idea in my head
A scarf all neatly edged with a lovely border that I would be proud of
I would not be beaten.
I googled.
Then I thought "Lucy!"
(Duh .....)
I came across this beautiful shell edged bag
I wasn't sure if it would work on my scarf
but with some jiggling it did!

I think that's my favourite bit.

This was most definitely NOT my favourite bit.

I've now started another one
with a grey background this time
I can't say who it's for as it's a Christmas gift
I'll show you when I can.

Oh and I made a toadstool

Bye for now!

Wishing you a wonderful and crafty weekend

BIG love
x Jooles x