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Making like mad

The creative streak (if not the posting streak) continues!

After using up most of my wool stash on a crochet blanket, a knitted hat and snood and a crochet cushion, I decided the wool drawer looked a bit empty and promptly rushed out to buy more wool!

I bought myself a book called Simple Colour Knitting by Erika Knight a few months ago and saw a simple chunky jumper I wanted to try. I love her designs.

The jumper is knitted on 10 and 12mm needles so knits up really quickly. Did the back in just a couple of evenings so maybe another week to finish it if I only knit after work?

Here’s a pic below I took this afternoon before I finished the back…

And this is also the first post I have posted with the WordPress app which I don’t know why I waited so long to install it?! (Maybe coz I still type on my phone with one finger?!)

Will post a longer entry soon when I’m on a keyboard lol!

Hope you’re having a crafty weekend! X



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I am in the process of signing up for bloglovin, if you haven’t already signed up too, maybe you should have a look and see if it’s something you would like to do. I will let you know how I get on x

Brrr, Its Cold Outside!!

Well…….maybe not just yet but it soon will be, morning and evening temps are already taking a dip.  Winter weather can be a big threat to people living on the Rez in substandard housing and without adequate food and clothing to keep them warm.  Many find it difficult to find the money to pay for propane, wood or electricity and without electric they have no way to keep a pot of soup going on the stove or make hot drinks to help warm their body.  Some parents say they have trouble getting their kids out of a warm bed in the morning to get ready for school because the house is so cold.

For the next 3 months SFK will have an ongoing Warm For Winter project for the three areas we support:  Wanblee community and  surrounding areas, Marty Indian school in Marty, SD and the Martin area which includes the Sacred Shawl Society’s domestic abuse shelter and the My Space youth center.  Some of…

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Harry Potter Halloween Party

Hi peeps,

Just a super duper quick post today.


Have you started thinking about Halloween yet?

Do you like Harry Potter or know anyone who does?

Do you like Halloween or theme inspired parties?

Check out the link below for cheap ways to host a Harry Potter Halloween party…


Lumos! And the light of inspiration is lit!


Ellen x

The Liebster Award


Proof that somebody has been reading my ickle blog…YAAAAY!

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Keri at Thank you very much!

If you haven’t already seen her blog, then you should head over there now! I like seeing the creative ways she repurposes old things into new things. Very environmentally friendly!

I particularly like the birdfeeder post which you can find here….


I had never heard of this award, so here are the rules…


Answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you

Provide a link back to the person who nominated you

Nominate up to 11 new bloggers

Ask them your own set of questions (up to 11)

Post these rules in the post



Here are my answers to her questions below


When did you start blogging?

June 2015, so I’m a complete novice!

What is your favorite movie?

I have 2 – Chocolat and The Blues Brothers

DC Comic fan or Marvel Comic fan?

Marvel definitely!

Do you prefer being indoors or outdoors?

I like both. I think I am an indoors person who really wants to be an outdoors person, yet just can’t make it outside for whatever reason!

What are some of your hobbies?

Crochet, knitting, cross-stitch, candle-making, sewing, reading, keeping up with my German and French and desperately trying to learn a little Italian as well.

What genre of music do you listen to?

I like a variety of music. World music, film soundtracks, big dance bands…

Do you have a nickname?

Um…Saru! It’s Japanese for monkey…it’s a long story!

What is your favorite dessert?

Hot chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream…nom!

What is one of your favorite stores?

I like Hobbycraft, they are usually quite big shops in out of town shopping precincts. They have a good selection of different crafts under one roof.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

The most interesting and fascinating place I have ever been is Bangkok, in Thailand. There is so much going on in this city and it is so different to any other city I have ever visited –there are good shopping malls and the markets are amazing, the transport is really different (take a cab ride in Bangkok and take your life in your hands!) and the temples are really beautiful. I would go there again in a heartbeat if I could 🙂

What’s your favorite Starbuck’s drink?

Oh dear! I don’t have a Starbucks near me and have maybe been in one only once or twice in my life?!! I would probably pick the hot chocolate though as I don’t like coffee. I’m British, so tea would be good too – but with lots of milk and a biscuit!


My nominees:


And here are my (random) 11 questions for you:


Which 3 famous people would you like to be stuck in a lift with?

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

What have you learned from blogging?

Knitting or crochet? Pick one…

What would be your top tip for anyone starting up a blog?

If you won a million pounds, what would you buy?

What do you do in your spare time, when not blogging?

If you got rid of all your possessions and could only keep 3, what would they be?

If you could share 1 funny / embarrassing / secret thing about yourself, what would it be?

What’s your favourite kind of cake?!

Favourite place you’ve visited?


So, there you go. Over to you two!



Ellen xx

Reduce your use

I have just found this post by I think it was posted last month.

As crafters and knitters and crocheters and generally creative people, I’m sure we are all guilty of hoarding and collecting in the name of ‘stash’.

The amount of beads, threads, stickers, wool, needles, fabric, embellishments etc I have is unreal.

So instead of being in buying and consuming mentality I think it would be much better for environment if we got into sharing and reusing mentality. xx

The Snail of Happiness

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Recycle Week, with the aim this year being:

to get us all thinking about all the items we can recycle from around the home that we might not previously have thought about recycling (Recycle Now)

Now, I think this is a great idea. We should all think more carefully about what we can recycle. However, I think that recycling is similar in some ways to carbon off-setting, in that it gives us ‘permission’ to carry on as before with the same level of consumption. Telling ourselves that it’s ok to keep buying ‘stuff’ and using resources because they can be recycled is really not sustainable at current levels of consumption. Recycling takes energy, but less than production from raw materials:

It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to make it from raw materials. Making recycled steel saves 60%…

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