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Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons are few and far between at the moment. Then I saw a ravatar for a Rav member called LacyKate. It is this quote:

"Yarn will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no yarn."
What excellent sense.

Beady Business

I finally used the beads I got in Istanbul.
The blue ones are cultured pearls and it's doubled up. The bracelet is on memory wire and is what my mum always told me were called Tigers Eye. So I feel a bit sentimental about it even though it is the most seventies looking stone I've ever seen. I used a catch on the necklace that I got at one of the Boot Fairs at the weekend.  Isn't it sweet? It was in a packet of mixed catches. I can't help wondering what the necklaces they came off were like. I used the last few beads on stitchmarkers, along with some tiny heads from Craftacular.  I think the cross looking one should always be used at the end of a row to show you should be getting on with the next one. 
On Twitter today there was a post about organising your buttons. I do have quite a few buttons.  Yes, quite a few. And I am quite happy with them, but I read the post about this method and the sentence... 
"Well as much as I loved having a giant box ful it just wasn't …

Crochet Button Necklace

I made one of these on Friday but am finally getting my self organised enough to post the photos. There are soooo many tutorials for these. I browsed a few before starting but basically you get some cotton, thread on the buttons then start crochet chaining.
I'm pretty pleased with it! It's hard to take a pic of yourself in a necklace so luckily SB was here to model.
I think she's looking a lot like me nowadays. I told her that and she wasn't happy.
The only downside is that it can get a bit tangly. But hey, I can untangle laceweight so I figure I'll cope.
Definitely going to make more.


Mater's Cinnamon Buns

It's tutorial tuesday. And what better than a gorgeous recipe for something warming as the weather turns colder.
These things are fricking awesome. The smell is almost as good as the taste. If you can have made bread before you won't have any trouble. If you haven't made bread before, you'll be fine. 
Ingredients
1lb strong white flour 1 level tsp salt 4tsp ground cinnamon 1tsp grated nutmeg (mum says fresh is best but life is short) 2 x 6g sachets of dried yeast 2oz caster sugar 8oz sultanas 4oz chopped glace cherries (mum's trademark) 5fl.oz. hand hot milk 1.5-2fl.oz. water 2oz melted butter 1 large egg
Glaze
2oz caster sugar 2 tbsp water
Place first 4 items in a bowl. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar, followed by the sultanas and cherries. Add milk, water, beaten egg and butter. 
Mix into a dough.Knead for approx 6 mins until smooth and elastic. Cover loosely and leave somewhere warm until roughly doubled in size (approx 90 mins).
Press air out and shape into 12 buns on a baking tra…

Weekend Curiosity

This is the venue for Saturday night's dinner. 
That is Mater in the photo. It was pretty amazing which is not surprising when you consider it is owned by the family behind the Miller's Antique Guides, and is actually called 'Millers'.  It is in Porlock, which is very pretty in itself... ... and the dining room looks out over the sea.  Pooch was enthralled. This is a really rubbish photo which gives the impression of the just off full moon rising in the sky with the moonlight dappling the water. It was awesome, and that photo is frankly a travesty of it. 
Staying with mother is always excellent as she is a mean cook and has a cat! Artemis is the dog's when it comes to cats.  She is pure hunter outdoors, and pure softy indoors. It's like a personality disorder.  She also sleeps with her paw over her nose, which is unbearably cute. 
So not only cats, but also mother's cooking AND two, not just one, but two boot fairs. We don;t have boot fairs in london. No big car pa…