It's been busy here in Hilly Town because it's half term and we like to keep busy at half term. In all honesty a lot of the activity has been in the house because the girls were exhausted. They wanted to stay in their pyjamas and play with their toys and I wasn't about to say no. But the last couple of days we have been staying with my parents and it was lovely to see them and have a change of scene. I really feel like a new woman.
I was pretty horrified though to walk back into my house and realise that I had left it in a terrible mess. This is most unlike me, I try to leave everything reasonably tidy when I go away so that I enjoy coming home. I seem to have let myself get into far more of a state than was necessary over the job thing. Never mind though, it must be time for me to join in properly with Pretty Crafty Home.
I've also read a lot over the past few weeks. I get the girls to bed and snuggle up on the sofa looking out over Hilly Town. It's peaceful time and I've needed it so much over the past few weeks. I have lots of books to talk about, so there will be a few of those posts coming up.
Creatively I have not been idle though, I managed to make my mother this funny little creature. Sock monkeys are strange beasts. I tend to start out with a pair of socks, a few buttons and my sewing machine meaning to create one thing but the spirit of sock monkeys takes over and they always come out very peculiar. This one was made with a perfectly gorgeous and rather expensive pair of Paul Smith socks, however she turned out quite strange....
I tried to warn my mother when she asked for a monkey, sock monkeys for adults tend to come out slightly sinister in all honesty. The cats are always cute, but the monkeys? Willful little creatures. I think she liked her though. I tried to make her a little less strange by adding a bright pink artist's beret (my mother is a brilliant artist), but it just looks like a mad old lady hat. I was desperately worried my mother would think I was being insulting, this could not be the case because a woman less like a batty old lady than my mother you could not meet. Fortunately she found Petal (as she has been named) hilarious.
I have to report though that my mother did not sleep well with Petal in her room. I bet that next time I go she has been moved to a different area of the house. My sister moved the one I made her out of her room as well, they are not restful in the slightest. I know it's a strange thing to say but the sock toys make themselves, they spring to life in my hands, I very rarely know how they will come out and am sometimes very surprised. I always give them to the intended recipient regardless, heaven knows what my mental state would be if I kept them all in the house.
I also managed a little make for the girls on Valentine's Day. I tried to make them each an amigurumi heart but couldn't get the pattern to work, luckily Gingerbread Lady came to my help at the eleventh hour with this lovely, and delightfully easy, pattern. I was able to make two of these in about 15 minutes, which was good, because I did not even remember it was Valentine's Day until about 9 pm on the 13th of February.
In other news my Valentine's Day presents arrived while we were away....