20 June 2014

A Crochet Bunny Pal

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet
A friend had a baby recently and she didn't find out what she was having until it popped out! A crochet nightmare! haha.  What was I going to make?

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet
I had been wanting to develop my Crochet Pals patterns and create more characters and I thought newborn baby Jessica might like a little pink bunny.

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet
I used the same basic pattern I had developed for my Cat Crochet Pal but made the body slightly shorter and the limbs shorter, adding some long flopsy ears to turn him into a bunny pal.

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet
 I always careful now to embroider on all facial features if giving my Crochet Pals to new babies.

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet
 Here is the little side view and also my hand as a scale guide.

All Crochet pals are made with Lullaby by Stylecraft yarn so I know they will be safe for babies and super soft, here the grey shade is Misty and the pink jumper is made in Sirdar Snuggly DK in shade 350.  His face is embroidered using black cotton yarn.

I stuff all my Crochet Pals with flame retardant, hypo allergenic child safe toy stuffing.

The Perfect Hiding Place - A Crochet Bunny #CrochetPal #Crochet
He even has a little bunny tail! Aw!

Crochet Pals can be made to order for £15 including all P&P.  They come in your choice of fur and jumper colour and I offer Cats, Bunnies, Bears and Pigs.  You can even personalise his jumper with a name 

if you know someone who might like a little Crochet pal, please do get in touch perfecthidingplace@live.com 

12 June 2014

I LOVE my Bike!

I think I have probably mentioned a few times on here that I love my bike! Well here is a little post dedicated to my recent biking adventures.

Ah the day she was bought! I have loved biking for as long as I remember, wizzing up and down the road and round the block with my Dad, then longer ventures out into the countryside on sunny evenings.  During uni and London years I didn't bike much at all but on returning home to Cumbria 5 years ago and meeting Mark, who is a keen mountain biker too, my love has increased more and more.

I had a really old bike on returning to Cumbria, then I borrowed an old one of Mark's slightly better than my own.  But earlier this year I bought my very own, brand new shiny beauty from Cyclewise shop which is located at Whinlatter Forest, Keswick, Cumbria.

So it is fair to say that since getting my new bike I am OBSESSED! I get really blue if I have not been out on it in a few days and see it sad and lonely in its dark cupboard! Sitting atop that saddle and peddling away as fast as my legs will go is my happy place.  It doesn't matter where I am riding as long as I am biking I have a big smile on my face! Check me out wizzing down the hill!

Biking for me is freedom, in loads of different ways! I don't have my driving licence (yet!) so on my bike I can get out of the city and discover new little roads and explore.  Also when I am biking something very strange happens. I forget everything, I forget my stresses, I forget about how I look, I don't fret about what I'm wearing and I don't give a dam what anyone thinks! I'm usually covered from head to toe in mud with a bright red sweaty beetroot face and I just couldn't care less!

We have been on loads of adventures so far in the short space I have had her, check her out on her first trip on the car roof (I was so nervous!) We have checked off 2 Stanes, from the 7 Stanes Scottish mountain bike routes so far, and will have the rest done by the end of the summer.

This is Mark and I at Ae, I loved this route! Fantastic fun.  I am not the best or most confident mountain biker when it comes to single track purpose built routes.  I like the distance and actually like the ups but with some of the more challenging technical downs, with lots of roots and stones to knock you off I get a little scared.  But many of the newly built bits at Ae are just perfect, lovely swooshy non technical downs so you can just get your fingers off the brakes and goooooooo!

Top tip on scary downs: They are not scary if you just get off and walk them! haha.

I love biking anywhere! Love the 7 Stanes trails and we practically live at Whinlatter, recently completing all 3 routes in one day (another resolution ticked off!). But I am equally happy with a quick 15 mile jaunt around the country roads of a nice evening. My bike and I do see some pretty sights on our travels...

For me a mountain bike will always be my thing.  I'll probably only ever have the one bike at a time, so it has to be dual purpose.  I like cycling on pretty flat tracks, pretty countryside roads and of course wizzing down single track at trail centres and my bike can do all of these.  I don't get on with skinny tyred road bikes, you can't go through the pot holes and puddles, whats the fun in that?

Recently my Dad and I rode along the South Tynedale Railway track (most now disused) from Haltwhistle to Alston, was just so lovely.  The viaduct in the pic below is called Lambley and it is absolutely huge! The track stops here as it passes through somebody's garden so the diversion takes you up some very very steep steps, oh yes, pushing the bike up and riding on the top of here wasn't scary at all!

Yep we even go out in the rain! Nothing is stopping me from biking fun!

My bike is a Cube Analog 29er, so it has 29 inch wheels instead of your standard 26.  This just means it is slightly easier on the downs and technical bits, you can roll across them and not get too much impact, so perfect for me.  Tight hair pin bends are interesting on a 29er though!
And I am never happier than after completing a long day's biking, with muddy bottoms, mud splattered faces and extra muddy bikes in the back of the car! Utter heaven!

The one downside of biking? Well of course there isn't any, but you do end up with some 'interesting' tan lines! haha.  Yes Meg, we all see you down there!

If you are thinking of giving Mountain Biking a go, check out this vid of my absolute fave descent, Red South Loop, Whinlatter, come on now, HOW much fun does that look??? I could watch this all day long... weeeeeeeeee! (Its not me or my vid!)

Do you enjoy biking?  Where are your fave places to go?

9 June 2014

Personalised Crochet Pals

A friend who has previously purchased a Crochet Pal from me got in touch to put in a new order, she asked if it might be possible to put names onto the little Pal's jumpers?  Well I said 'I do love a crafty challenge' so personalised pals were born!

Here you can see the little Cat Pal hanging out in a roll of tape.  (This is also a good scale guide as well as looking super cute!)

The names are hand embroidered using the wool from the 'fur' colour to give it a nice contrast to the jumper.

I can even add a little matching bow!

All gift tags are handmade and can be personalised with your message. I will even gift wrap and send straight to your gift recipient if you wish.
If you know anyone who might like a little Personalised Pal, they cost £15 including P&P, do contact me perfecthidingplace@live.com

2 June 2014

This Month... May

Stuff that made me smile...
« My bike, my bike my bike! (I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!) « A weekend away to visit my favouritest Sister, just hanging out and chatting (wish she lived nearer!) « Crochet orders « sunshine « playing ball with Kara dog in the garden « super pretty bike trails with my dad « completing all 3 trails at Whinlatter in one day « Ae with Marky « Ferrets on leads « pretty flowers « the first sunburn of the year across my nose « Mum's baking « new baby soft bright green leaves (like in the photo), so pretty.
Stuff I snapped....
« Everyone cruises Ullswater after work of an evening on a private tour right? « What could be better than starting a new diary! « An old boy in a sunny spot. « A teeny Batman (costume made by his FAVE Aunt naturally! ;-P « pretty yellow poisonous beauties « LOVE this Peg pic, she looks like a kitten. « Our perfect biking day. « Love Mark's serious concentratey downhill race face (Photo credit: Matty Simpson)

Blog posts loved...
Scream! Love this plant shelf idea from A Beautiful Mess. I am SO going to make one of these for my new windows in my new bedroom in my new house (Yes I'm moving soon, wuhu!)
This post from the lovely Claireabellemakes is great.  I love finding out how other people stay organised and there are some fab tips here.  I like to think of myself as organised but after reading this post I'm not so sure anymore! I'm good at the to do lists and plans, just not so good at ever sticking to them! haha.
Another fab post to suit my nosey tendencies! I think peeking at other people's desks is so so interesting! I would be endlessly inspired if I had somewhere as pretty to work as Carrie does.
Emma's first attempt at a handmade dress is pretty dam beautiful! Wow, this inspires me to want to make one too. I very much doubt I will be quite this successful on my first attempt though.
This super honest post is a great read. I admire bloggers so much when they are honest in their blogs (I'm not brave enough!)  I found Chloe's story super inspiring, and how stunning does she look in that last photo! 
Tweet Tweet...
This month I wanted to share some of my current fave tweeters... Perhaps you will find someone new to follow.
@AThriftyMrs - Super thrifty tips
@Blogtacular - Missed the first ever Blogtacular conference like me and feel gutted? Check out the tweets and tweet chats for great tips.
@GemmaCorrell - One of my fave illustrators, her drawings just get cuter and funnier all the time!
@FSCKeswick - Local cafe, amazing food (American Diner style) and Cumbria politically minded tweets, great read!
@bust_magazine - American Feminist mag, great tweets and links to their fab articles with super cool people.
@Victoriabeckham - Everyone is just a teeny bit fascinated with her right? She comes across as rather nice and funny in her tweets and silly pics!

My May Goals...

So how did I do with this month's goals...

  1. Explore new places alone on my bike - Done done done! Went on some lovely bike rides, and plotted lots of exciting new routes.
  2. Stick to healthy eating - haha, no! Not achieved this very well.
  3. Spring clean and de-clutter - yeah, I've made a start on this. Still have far to go, but I have an end goal in mind (a house move!) to keep me motivated.
  4. Go on another camping trip - Boo! No we didn't camp at all in May, sad face. Let's hope June has lots of camping in store.
  5. Be braver with fashion choices - Well possibly a little bit, been wearing my new jeans a lot (I usually live in dresses) and they feel super comfy.
June Goals
  1. Complete 2 more Stanes, the 7 Stanes are super fun mountain bike routes in forests in Scotland, we have done 2 so far this year and I want to complete them all by the end of Summer.
  2. Sell some more crafts. I'm contemplating putting an ad for my Babygro Bears in the local baby boutique, too scary??? eek???
  3. Get some more sleep, I'm doing really badly at going to bed early recently and I don't ever seem to get a lie in.  Evenings are becoming un productive as I'm so exhausted. Need more sleep!
  4. Get off the internet! This will probably will help with number 3 too! yes obviously I love reading blogs, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, facebook etc etc but it would be horrid to count the number of hours of my week the internet sucks away.  I need to put my phone and laptop down once in a while (it will still be there tomorrow!)
  5. Get out running again. I used to love running, would run every night after work for a few miles. I have almost given up, (except for a weekly 20 min burst on the treadmill) in favour of my shiny new bike.  But every so often I do feel like a little jog, will have to see how I get on...
So June, what have you got in store for us? Blue skies and un broken sunshine??? Please please please....