Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Something Was Missing.....

Hello Friends And Curious Anonymous Readers,

I  hope you’re all having a nice , easy day .  :-)

 We’re having a bit of sun today and I’m appreciating it for all it’s worth because after the wind storms we had last  week we’ve been put on notice by Mother Nature that autumn will quickly lapse into winter soon.

 I could feel it in my bones and joints that the high winds were coming and thought I took appropriate steps to secure everything growing on the balcony.  I even strapped bungee cords around the largest plants and attached it to the balcony railings but I put too many together in a bunch and there was a bit of damage.   One of the larger tomato plants lost a couple of branches.  One was full of fairly ripe tomatoes that fell off easily because of it’s poor supported weight.  The other branch had some smaller green tomatoes which I’m ripening in a wooden box in the kitchen stored under a cabinet.  I did this last year when I was  less prepared for the late September winds and had a few dozen smallish, green tomatoes.

Since I was stuck indoors because of the weather I kept looking at the sofa and something about it was bothering me.  I was happy with the patchwok pillows, and little bolster cushions  but the arm caps just looked so plain and not blending in as much with the throw as I had imagined.  

Also, there was too much green and not enough of the terracotta, rust, apricot colours that I wanted to tone into it all.  So I got out my Phildar Cotton 3 yarns and a needle and hook and gave them a trim that they deserved.  The arm covers are reversible  with the green side being more for the summer and the flower side more for the winter.   I did a blanket stich around to start with followed by a couple of rows of single crochet in  the  dark green (Golf])) and then followed up with a row of classic “v”stiches in the terracotta colour (Acajou)  , another "v"stitch row  in apricot (Corail)  and then finally a scallopy row alternating single, hdc , dc, and trc in the minty green (Jade) colour which I made up as I went along.

I didn’t stop there, I also did the flowery pillows, too.   I left the dark green out on those as they didn’t need such a wide trim.

I took off the white afghan on the seat of the sofa and unfolded my latest big project to show more of it.

And here below if the final finished look for my summery sofa.  I know it’s a bit late in the season but I’m looking forward to the fun of putting it back on again in April or May when it’s time for a change to lighter fabrics.

As you can tell, I’m having a love affair with green right now.  I used to prefer blues over greens but I seemed to have evolved to  appreciate green and want to have it around me. 

I’m content with it now and am working on the finishing touches to the covers on my “throne” aka the very comfy Ikea recliner chair.  I’ve run out of yarn and have order from a new-to-me shop online and hope to have it within the next couple of days.  That chair is  where I  spend most of my life I think!  The sofa is most usually occupied by Mr. (not) Busy Hands who likes to stretch out on it for snoozes and tv watching in typical  Couch Potato mode.

Also, I made some coasters to go with my colour scheme.   I used an African flower motif that I have in a book but made my own by making a couple of changes.

So there you have it, the finished (at long last) results of my sofa's summer look.

As I’m composing this post I’m looking out the winter and taking in the colour changes of the leaves.  I  love those colours  of reds,  browns, yellows and greens and am getting ideas.

Now, on to the winter look  ………!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

It’s Done!

Hello Friends and Curious Anonymous Readers,

I hope that all is good with you wherever you are. :-)

This month has fairly flown by as well.  I’ve had a bit of trouble getting around lately so have been busying myself with things I can do at home and not exert myself too much.  I’ve had a few days of wrist problems though so even crocheting was either very painful or just impossible due to  frequent subluxations (partial dislocations) which is part of the Hypermobility/EDS “package”.

I’m feeling content right now  though because I finally, I mean FINALLY finished the green throw /blanket thingy for my living room.  I  started it in the beginning of May thinking I would have it finished by the middle of June but it took much longer than expected to finish as usual. 

It’s about 68”(173 cm) x 68”(173) cm—A large square!

 I used  this yarn:   for the body of  it and this yarn: for the trim . The shop does a very nice range of yarns with good service, very prompt delivery and reasonable costs.  It started out as a circle and I did it in a basic granny square pattern.  I increased the hook size after the first ½ meter or so around just for fun and  (also because I had the idea that a larger hook would go faster ) and the slight variation can be seen here if you look carefully.  It got a little bit  bulky to work because it was so large though the yarn is very lightweight.

I loved the feel of the silky yarn mixed with the cotton although it was a bit slippery and using a larger hook  than normally would be used on this weight of yarn didn’t help.

And this is where it’s going to reside along with new pillow covers I’ve been making with the old fabric remnants I’ve collected over the years.

It’s adding a touch of colour and style while doubling as a comfy blanket for those afternoon snoozes.  Why have a plain old sofa when you can dress it up with all sorts of hand made soft furnishings?    I like changing them around from season to season or whenever I get bored with what’s on there at the moment.   I’m not really pleased with the arm caps on the sofa  (which are necessary around here for protection from clumsiness) and am thinking of something hooked rather than fabric……..

Today I’m busy with my last bit of baking and cooking in preparation for a visit from my son.  I don’t get to see him very often as he leads a very busy life and lives in a different country and traveling for me is quite difficult.   So I’m very much looking forward to seeing him and treating him to Mom’s cooking.  I’ve decided to make something in the slow cooker which I can prepare ahead of time and not tiring myself out with getting up and down  or standing to tend to what’s on the stove or in the oven.  It’s a gadget that makes my life so much easier and I can enjoy having guests rather than being exhausted by the time they arrive from all the preparation.  I did my baking for this  occasion a little at time over the past week and put it in the freezer.  There’s bread, cakes and cookies all for the enjoyment of Sonny Boy.  :-)

PS:  I need to work on taking and fixing up  photos .  I have two cameras and never seem to be able to get the settings correct.  They always look smaller and further away than they are. 

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Behind The Scenes

Hello Friends and Curious Anonymous Readers,

The past few weeks have just flown by so here I am trying to make at least one post for August.

We’ve  had a spell of summer weather lately and what a joy it is to feel the soothing warmth of the sun and to be able to wear summer clothes for a change.  I’ve been taking lots of walks in the  Oosterpark  which is  down the street from my house.  Me and my crutch have been having afternoon strolls there where I can take a rest on various benches throughout and enjoy the views.  This is the view from one of my favourite benches: 

Monday, 2 July 2012

Hi July!

Another week and another month.  I was glad to see the back of June, one of the wettest  Junes that I can remember.  The rain brings dampness and humidity and neither of these helps  the rheumatic symptoms of Fibromyalgia.  I’ve spent much of the past few weeks trying to make the best out of not feeling well and being in pain much of the time. 

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Dear June,

You have been a very big disappointment to all who love you.  Instead of being sun-shiney friendly, warm  and gentle you roared with your winds, shouted at us with your thunder and peed on us almost continuously.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Part II of “Dry Clean Only” And Other Myths

Note:  I didn’t post yesterday as I said I would.   I was feeling a bit fatigued and achy so took it easy yesterday.
Recently while doing my shopping on the Albert Heijn website I was looking for my old Ajax cleaner and saw something called “Cleaning Vinegar” (it actually says Schoonmaak Azijn)  but I’ve translated it for you.  

Sunday, 3 June 2012

"Dry Clean Only" And Other Myths

Part I
As I mentioned in my blog description I’m trying to live in a thrifty way.  That means I need to save money where I can.   

I  finally got around to changing my living room soft furnishings to the ones I use for summer.  (You can see them in this post. ) Included in it was a silk throw and some  rayon velvet pillow covers which were marked  “Dry Clean Only”.

I’ve had the pillows for about 12 years and they’ve never been cleaned. (maybe I shouldn’t admit to this) I occasionally spray some fabric freshener (which is homemade – recipe on request) and from time to time I stick them in the tumble dryer to freshen them up and deter/kill any mites, etc. that might be dwelling in the fabric. The throw is only a couple of years old but also had never been cleaned. So I reluctantly decided it was time to take them off to the dry cleaners. I gathered them up, put them in a bag and as I was doing that I was trying to guess how much it was going to cost. Plus I have trust issues with dry cleaners after a few bad experiences in various countries. I looked them over and got an idea. I chose one cover as the guinea pig and turned it inside out and zipper closed, put it into a lingerie bag to protect the fringe and put it in the washing machine ! I used some Woolite and set the machine on cold wash and a gentle spin cycle and crossed my fingers. When the wash was over I opened the bag and saw a wet but completely intact pillow cover! I laid it out flat on the clothes dryer and left it for about an hour and then I put it into the tumble dryer and set it on very low and for 10 minutes. When that was done the cover was still damp and I reshaped the seams a bit and put it back on the clothes dryer. A couple of hours later it was dry and perfect and clean smelling! The other pillow covers have now been washed and dried and ready for next winter. Now on to the throw: I put it in the wash but put the Woolite in the drawer instead of the dosing ball in the machine on top of the wash because I was concerned about possible spotting on the silk by the detergent pouring over it. In the drawer it’ll be diluted with water as it hits the wash. I set it on cold and low spin and crossed my fingers again. I was a bit concerned about the fringe and there was no mesh bag big enough to put it in. When the wash was over I took it out perfect, clean but wet. I shook it out and placed it in the tumble dryer on a low setting for 10 minutes. When that was over I took it out, shook it again and put it back for another 10 minutes. I did this so I could check on it and see if it was getting too hot in the dryer. I did these 10 minute increments for about 3 times and then took it out still a bit dampish to finish drying.

And here it is along with the pillow covers, all clean, all intact and costing pennies for cleaning. Those “Dry Clean Only”tags have now been cut out.
 Those  “Dry Clean Only”tags have now been cut out.   
Two notes here: 1) I folded the covers for storage before I decided to take photos hence the lines in them.  I’ve now rolled them up instead so lines will be gone by then time I take them out again.
2) I only attempted to wash these items because they are all a solid colour. 

Part II tomorrow……..

Monday, 28 May 2012

Tinkering and Fine Tuning

Today I’m doing this post from my balcony where it’s a very hot 27c (80f) in the shade and the sun umbrellas are in full use today.
 The weather has been spectacular for several days now.  I love this weather!  I would like to take this love affair with it from a mere flirtation to a more permanent relationship.  I'd marry this weather if I could!    

 I’ve been spending lots of time out on the balcony enjoying the weather and crocheting, dreaming and tending to my plants. 

When I’ve been indoors I’ve been tinkering around and fine-tuning my blog.   I’ve added some “social”buttons and stuff like that and I also figured out a way to add my real signature.  It involved trying to remember how to use a photo editing program.  The only one I really learned was Paint Shop Pro which was about 12+ years ago.  It was just a phase I was in and then the software was out of date (I had Windows 98 SE back then) and I just forgot all about it.   I recently treated myself to Photoshop but was overwhelmed with it all.  But I wanted a signature on my blog.  And when I want something I’m quite persistent with it until I’ve got it.  So I played around a bit and uploaded it to the blog and then saw that I had a white background with it.  After a bit of Googling I realised that what I needed to do was make the background transparent.  Holy crap!  I know I used to know how to do that but hadn’t the foggiest idea how to do it the other night.  I fiddled and played with PS  and finally figured it all out.  Yay!   I tested it out and it worked.  I don’t know who to add to it my HTML code (like I had to do for other modifications/additions) so that it’s permanently inserted in my posts but at least I got it.  I have to insert it as a photo to each and every post but at least it’s there.   I’m a happy camper now.  I just need to get someone to read it , comment and maybe follow me. 
 I’ve also managed to get the sewing machine set up (and my orthopaedic cushion in place on my chair) and am ready to get started with sewing some squares together.  I don’t have any designated sewing room or craft room (one of my fantasies) in my house since it’s too small for anything like that.  I have to set up in the dining area of our living room and I’m not looking forward to also having to have the iron and ironing board out, though.  Nonetheless, I’m good to go.  When the weather turns and balcony life is interrupted I’ll turn my full attention to this project.
I haven’t done any hooky stuff in the past couple of days .  I was so obsessed with getting my blog all pimped up that I neglected that a bit.  It’ll be business as usual with my I hook tonight, edging closer and closer to finishing the sofa throw.
I’m going to leave you all here for now.  My poor plants are gasping for something to drink and so am I.

Bye for now!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012


I’ve been waiting for some packages to be delivered so have been stuck in the house the  past couple of days.  The weather has been absolutely splendid though and  I've been spending my afternoons on the balcony working on the sofa throw.

It's about 39 1/2"(1 meter) square now.  Slowly but surely....

There's also been some progress with the little garden on my balcony.

The beginnings of the first strawberries.


A beautiful and very fragrant gardenia.  I wish you could smell it!

The merest hint of a Chinese Lantern has emerged!  I'm so proud of this since I managed to save it from last summer and get it to spring to life again this year.  I've still got a small bowl of the lanterns from last year sitting on my window sill in the kitchen.  The colour of them has cheered me up throughout the cold, dark winter.

And it's not just outside that there's been progress.

I finally got stuck in there and pressed all fabric, cut out all of the squares and have them counted and labeled since I had more of some fabric than others. In my old patchworking days I used a cardboard template, chalk and scissors.  This time around I'm armed with a great, plastic template (which won't slowly become 5 3/4" when it started out as 6"), a rotary cutter and mat.  I was able to cut out multi layers at once which cut the cutting out time down to a fraction of what it used to be.  The cutting was a bit hard on my wrist though and I had to take it easy with it today.

I’ve been playing around with the patterns and have got what I think my layout is going to be.  The weather has been too distracting to take out the sewing machine and move on to the next phase.

I was also side-tracked by needing to get my summer clothes down from there storage spot on top of the wardrobes.  I had to get the big ladder out and go up and down it several times with large plastic tubs full of clothes.  But I paced myself and got it all done and the winter clothes are where the summer clothes used to be and I won’t be hot and sweaty in my clothes like I was yesterday when I went out a bit over dressed for the weather and felt like a walking sauna. L

Tonight I’m just taking it easy and watching tv (Next Great Artist on Sky Arts) and blogging.  I’ll probably get in a bit of hooking when I finish this. 

I’m hoping for another beautiful, warm and sunny day tomorrow but if it’s not I’ve got my patchwork project to work on since I’m still waiting for the packages….

Saturday, 19 May 2012

A Plan Comes Together, Slowly…….

Welcome to my living room sofa!  It’s a very comfy sofa, only a couple of years old and opens out to a very comfortable double bed.  But the soft furnishings are boring me now.  I like to change them in the summer and winter just to give a new feel to the place.  

 Since I am at home a lot due to health reasons I need every trick I can think of to keep from getting bored with these particular four walls and everything contained in them.  This is my winter look although as you can see from the window behind it’s no longer winter.  Nature has done her spring thing with the plants and trees but the weather doesn’t know what to do next.  It’s been cold, windy and rainy here a lot lately.  I’ve even had to turn the heat on at times and this is May.   The sun comes out suddenly and randomly (like now) and it’s playing hide and seek with us and then disappears just as quickly.  So I blame the weather for not being inspired to change to the summer look.  It’s also the fact that the summer look bored me last year and I made a note to change things for this year.  My preferred colours are gold, greens (forest green to a mint/pistachio-ish tones) and rust (terracotta to apricot-y tones.)  I like to throw a bit of white in there too in the summer.  But I also like turquoise-y colours  and grey tones which I have in the bedroom along with the bits of pink (which the OH dislikes  but was able to sneak in here and there).

I have been working on something recently or at least formulating a plan.  It’s bits and pieces are coming together slowly but surely. 
I bought this yarn last year on the Albert Cuypmarkt because I liked the colours and the feel of it and because it’s mostly cotton.  I didn’t know what I was going to do with it but I thought it would become a garment of some sort.  Now matter what ,it was cheap ad pretty…..  A few weeks ago I decided I needed to have new coasters so used the yarn for this:

I whipped them all up in one evening while watching tv.

At the same time I decided to make a new throw for the sofa which also double as a wrap for going on the balcony in chilly weather and something to feel snuggly with for naps on the sofa in the warm weather.  (No matter how hot it is I like to be covered when I sleep.)  I really wanted to work with the yarn again so decided to use it for the sofa throw.  Here it is in progress a week or so ago.

It’s twice the size now and I figure that I’m about half-way through it at this point.  I even had to order more of this yarn.  The shop I got it from no longer had it but I found this place online and gave them a try.  I ordered on Monday early afternoon and had it on Tuesday afternoon! 
I have to note here that it gave me a feeling of deep satisfaction to be able to complete the entire transaction on a Dutch language website without needed a translator.  Not only have I mastered the Albert Heijn site I’m increasing my repertoire!

Now it’s on to the pillows, arm covers, piano bench, etc.

I looked on my remnants shelf and pulled out all of the fabrics and looked at the assortment.  Then I suddenly got the idea!  Why not do some patchwork?!  It was something I used to do a lot of many years ago but gave it up when it was difficult to find fabrics where I was living.   I’ve got various placemats and table cloths, runners, etc. out of these fabrics already and some patchwork would pull them all together with all my favourite colours in use.

I wanted to round out the assortment more so had to buy more fabrics.  Since I have trouble getting out and about it’s difficult to get all the things that I need.  I rely a lot on shopping online but some things (like fabric) just have to be bought in person in order to really see it, feel it, smell it ( for cheap fabric print finish ) .  I did a spot of Googling and found a quilting shop in Amsterdam and even better was that it was relatively easy to get to with just a five minute walk to the tram and two minute walk  from the tram to the shop.   The fabrics were all so beautiful and I almost got side-tracked into considering two completely different colour schemes!

And now the plan is slowly coming together.  I haven’t been feeling the best lately so the progress has had it’s starts and stops but I keep working on it even if it’s just a couple of rounds of the throw per day.  My next step is to press the fabric in order to cut the squares out.  Hopefully I’ll get around to that this week.

What do you think ?

Saturday, 12 May 2012

My Fragrant Kitchen

About 6 weeks ago  I  bought some lavender to be grown outdoors on the balcony.  Actually I should say that I bought a LOT of lavender.  I put most of it in the planter that was designated for it and had a little bit leftover.  

Having just thrown out a hanging plant that didn't make it in my kitchen I had a free space.  I was curious what would happen to the lavender inside of the house.  Most attempts to keep other herbs in the house resulted in a bit of success followed by an infestation of bugs of the crawling and flying variety.  I know that lavender is supposed to repel many pests so I thought I'd put that theory to the test as well.  I put a small bunch of the lavender in a 7" pot and then into a hanging planter.  I watered it thoroughly and then hung it up and waited to see what would happen.  About four weeks into this I noticed that the plant was looking a bit leggy but thriving well.  I was letting it get rather dry before watering since lavender natively grows in areas that get dry.  Just as I was about to give it a trim I spotted something.  A bud!  In the past week or so the flowers have been appearing all over.  Beautiful, perfect little lavender coloured flowers!  And I haven't mentioned the fragrance yet !  Since about the third week I would walk into my kitchen in the morning to with the room full of fresh lavender fragrance. What a cheering smell when I'm still a bit stiff and groggy and trying to figure it all out while making my way to the coffee maker that I usually forget to do the night before and take advantage of it's timer feature.  No stale smells of last night's cooking either so that was a bonus.  From time to time I'll rub the leaves through my fingers for a nice fragrant blast.  Lavender is such an uplifting and happy smell. :-)  The photos below don't do it justice but here it is and I hope that you can see the flowers:

I can't seem to find the right light setting for my camera to get bright colours to show up indoors.

On Wednesday my kitchen was smelling fragrant for another reason.  On Tuesday afternoon weather related problems had me feeling a bit achy so I spent much f the day sitting, watching tv, crocheting and trying to keep occupied.  I was flicking channels after tiring of the Leveson Inquiry and endless economic doom and gloom that Sky news is fixated on and tuned into the Food Network  I wasn't paying much attention though other than that it was a Mexican food show but then I hear the word "flan".  That's the name of one of my most favourite deserts ever!  The first time I made it back in my early 20s and new to cooking I severely burnt a couple of fingertips when I stupidly put them into the pan of melted. caramelised sugar.  Ouch!!  I still have slight scars from it and have never been tempted to touch hot sugar (tomatoes were later added to the list) ever again.  Anyway, "flan"was being made.  But then I saw that it wasn't just any old flan it was chocolate flan.  A mix of a favourite desert (flan) and a necessity of (my)  life (chocolate).  It got my fullest attention and looked simple to make so I immediately got on the net to find the recipe.  I was happy to find that I had all the ingredients in the house thanks to my being a bit obsessive about being well stocked.  So the next afternoon I set about making the flan.  OH peeked in on the goings-on and saw the ingredients and declared whatever the outcome it was going to be "dangerous".  :-))  I prepared it all as per the recipe and got it into the oven to bake.  After the 1 hour baking time I checked on it and it was a gooey mess.  I decided to stick it back it for 10 mins. which made a small but noticeable difference.  After a few 10 minute increments the flan was firm and cooked.  Later on I read the comments on the web page and saw that most who tried it had to bake it for the 90 mins. I ended up having to do it so I felt much better about it.   It smelled so lovely while baking and my house was full of that lovely smell.  I made my own Caramel sauce since I had no "cajeta" but did have a bag of Kraft Caramels, which were individually wrapped. (Ouch from having to open them all!.)  I melted them with some milk in the microwave 2 minutes at a time and presto! caramel sauce.  But here are the results:

I had lots of caramel sauce left over so overdid it a bit!  It looks a mess but tastes sooooo good!  It was a firm custard but also a moist chocolate cake combined.  The mix of the two was a marriage made in sweet tooth heaven!  :-))


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Queen's Day

Monday, 30 April was a great national holiday called Queen's Day.  In Dutch it's Koninginnedag.  After 4 years of living here I can almost pronounce it if I try to say if really fast. (Learning Dutch has been a rough go for me.) 

  It's a day when everyone wears orange and orange banners, etc. are hung from everywhere. People reserve spots on the side walk for up to 2 weeks before the day by tape out their patch and putting the word "bezet"on that spot. Sometimes you only see the letters "BZ". On the big day these spots are where they set up stalls mostly to sell old junk. Some people sell food and pancakes or poffertjes (little donut-y things) are very popular. A very big part of Queen's Day is that everyone over the age of 18 (and a few under) feels the obligation to get drunk. (Much like the Irish do on St. Paddy's Day, noted from my years of living there.) Public transport is interrupted and the city is full to the brim of Dutch day-trippers, Amsterdamers and tourists from abroad. Since I have trouble getting around and don't really like to make a day of drinking and regretable behaviour I avoided all the hoo-ha and stayed home.

The weather has continued to be awful. It's as though spring lost it's invitation to visit us this year. But miracles of miracles, the sun came out and warmed us up a bit on Queen's Day. (The Queen must be feeling very special that the sun honoured her.) So I used the day to tinker and potter in my little outdoor garden aka my balcony. I'm working on adding more and more perennials or making cutting of things from the year before and bringing some plants indoors for the winter . Some of those make it and some of those don't. It's a learning process. All of this is to try to save some money by not having to buy so many new plants each year, I love plants and flowers, both inside the house and outside so that's one of my spending weaknesses. But I finally got my tomato plants outside. I'm a bit worried about the temps not being warm enough for them but I put them out for a few hours a day before finally locating them permanently outdoors. I checked on them in the morning after their first night and they seemed to be just fine--no dropping leaves, loss of colour, etc.

Here they are now:

They're still quite teeny but I can see some growth on them since last week.  For space reasons I put three plants in one big pot.  I did this last year and had a very successful crop.  

Now if the sun would just come back out and warm them up a bit......


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Welcome to Spring!

During the second and third week of March we were teased with a bit of Spring weather.  Then we had a frost and were back into winter.  Slowly but surely we’re working our way back into Spring.  Thank goodness for that because my poor, achy joints can’t take much more of this damp, cold and rainy weather.

I’m also glad because my tomato plants which I grew from seed are taking up space in my cramped living room when they should be outside on the balcony for the summer already.

Seedlings on the window sill

Summer Home on the living room  floor

I'll be making progress reports on them as the Spring and Summer progress.  Hopefully the next photos will be outdoors!

Spring also brings new life and into our building a new life was born on Sunday morning when our upstairs neighbours welcomed a beautiful, tiny baby girl into their  home and lives via a home birth.  She’s absolutely beautiful and perfect and although she was late and her Mama was getting tired of being pregnant she chose to be born on Earth Day. 

I made a little gift to brighten her world and it’s been hanging in my living room for nearly 3 weeks now.
The finishing touch:

It’s made with mostly natural materials: 100% cotton and wooden beads except for the “made with love” heart .  I can’t vouch for it’s “natural-ness” but it’s very cute.

It’s time to turn it over to baby Ilaria now.  With love…….

Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Beginning -cont'd

It's been over a month since my first post.  All sorts of things have kept me from posting on here.  I've had a terrible flu, computer problems, no internet connection, a flare-up of chronic illness .

I've got lots to learn about this whole blogging thing and at the top of my list is how to post photos. I've seen some really great blogs out there with beautiful, vivid photos on them and I'd like to do that with mine.  If someone is going to step into my little corner of the cyber world I'd at least like to offer them something to look at in case my words and thoughts are boring.

I'm off to do a bit of experimenting with it now.  We'll see if I'm successful.......

ETA:  Success!!  The photo is of a "happy thing" that I crocheted a few months ago.  It could be a hot pad or just hung on the wall (like I did eventually) and the rainbow colours in it cheer me up.  I made another one with the colours in reverse for the front door to our flat,  Hopefully It cheers everyone up as they go up and down the stairs and past our door.