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Happy Friday Number 12

Are we really at number twelve already?  I can’t believe how time flies, and it seems to go even more quickly when counted off as a weekly Happy Friday!

So what’s been happy this week for me?

Well, you might have seen I wrote and published a pattern for little crochet eggs (if not, it’s the post before this one) and that’s always a moment to celebrate.  It’s quite hard work!

Historically, Easter for me has been a bit low key.  In my years as a single parent that was when my offspring went off to their other family so I would be frantically trying to distract myself from missing them madly.  But this year I have a visit from  my darling daughter and other half booked for Sunday so a tea party with dear younger son and daughter in law and adorable smallest grandson is called for.  and then the following weekend the ‘South Coast Mob’, my eldest and family, are booked for Easter.  So decorations are called for, and cake and eggs and all sorts….very exciting!

I’ve found the Easter tree decorations…

Easter Tree decorations for Happy Friday…which I haven’t seen for ages, and I’m looking forward to adding in a few more crochet eggs and other pretties over the next week in the run up to the Easter weekend.

I had the loveliest email from Linda, who bought Miranda Mouse in aid of Comic Relief.  It’s amazing to think she now all the way across the ocean and living in Arkansas!

“Miranda arrived yesterday evening, perfectly safe. Oh my gosh!! I LOVE her. She is amazing! I am so glad I have her… Your work is perfection. She has such a personality—I find myself talking to her and actually waiting for her to respond. 8-) As you are, we are having down pouring rain and wind. As soon as the sun shines, Miranda will send you a photo of her new home. I think she will like it here. She is making friends with a couple of her roommates and they are getting ready to have tea.”

Miranda couldn’t have gone to a better place!

So, how has your week been? I love reading  your Happy Friday posts.  (By the way, I do leave a comment on every post, but sometimes it seems the comments get eaten so if you don’t see one, I tried, but failed!)

Please add your link to the Linky below and remember, this is a party for everyone to join in.  Make sure your post is relevant to Happy Friday, and link back to this post so your readers can enjoy finding new posts to read.  

Happy Friday everyone….see you soon…x
 


Crochet Eggs for Easter

I’ve been putting all my crochet eggs in one basket this week!

crochet eggs in a basketI’ve had the whole rainbow of Planet Penny yarns in play and twiddled around until I perfected a pattern for these colourful eggs.  (I can just about do them with my eyes closed now!)   I’ve written a pattern,  which is here…Crochet eggs close up… and played around to my heart’s content arranging the eggs in jolly ways as Easter decorations.  Would you like to see?

Crochet eggs close up

crochet eggs on ringcrochet eggs on treetree full of crochet eggsThese are the smallest flowers I’ve made and they work really well with a french knot or a bead in the centre when you stitch them on.  I think they will now turn up all over the place!

Don’t forget, you can buy the whole rainbow of colours to make these crochet eggs at the Planet Penny Etsy shop, and there are other patterns there too.  (Made with this yarn the eggs are about 5cm/2″ long. If you use your own choice of yarn make sure you use the appropriately sized hook, the size will vary accordingly.)

See you soon…x

Happy Friday for International Day of Happiness!

This Happy Friday is the big one, because co-incidentally, it’s also International Day of Happiness.  Who knew?  But what a fabulous idea!

You can join in here…International Day of Happiness

And if you want to join in with a happy dance click here!

I did a little happy dance the other day when I received an email asking if I would like to be a contributor to a new website all about crochet. I can’t say more at the moment because it’s all a bit in the air, but even so, I was asked….squeee…!

It’s been a bit cold and grey here in Norfolk this week, but spring is still in the air, and is very uplifting to the spirits…

Hawthorn buds - Spring on the way for International Day of Happiness(I’m so hoping the cloud breaks tomorrow for the eclipse, otherwise I’ll have to watch it on television!)

catkins

hellebore - spreading the love on International Happiness Day…and it’s lovely to have flowers in the garden to pick (although I think the hellebore was the victim of a small rampaging dog!)

pulmonarias

Great Dream - International Day of HappinessYou can take part in International Day of Happiness in lots of ways if you visit the website and use #InternationalDayOfHappiness on Twitter or Instagram.  You are such a positive lot,  I’m sure you’ll want to!                                                                                                                                 Joining in with Happy Friday on the Linky is as usual, please remember to link to this post from your own as well as adding your link.  We want to spread the happiness!

Have a lovely weekend…x


Knit for Winter with Sunrise Senior Living

A while ago I was invited to join a virtual Knitting Circle, helping to raise funds and awareness for the plight of the elderly in the winter months with Sunrise Senior Living’s Knit for Winter campaign.

We are all knitting hats, scarfs, gloves and mitts which will be donated to various charities to be sold in their stores so they can deal with issues such as people not being able to afford to run their heating in cold weather.

I was sent some pretty pink yarn and a pattern for Peekaboo Mitts, and I’m just about to pack them up ready to send off.  They are extremely cosy!

Peekaboo Mitts for Knit for Winter

#KnitforWinter - peekaboo Mitts

Sunrise Senior Living are planning to extend the Knit for Winter campaign next winter, so if you would like to join in with this very worthwhile project, head over to their blog where you can find out more, meet some of my fellow knitters and explore some new blogs!

Will you be joining me to Knit for Winter this year?  I do hope so…

Happy Friday Number 10

This is a ‘skin-of-the-teeth’ Happy Friday post!  I’ve been so worried I wouldn’t get here at all this afternoon…

If I say internet problems I’m sure you’ll know where I’m coming from.  At the moment BT Openreach are digging holes all over the place in our area and we can only hope that eventually faster broadband will reach our corner of a muddy field.  I don’t know anyone else who’s internet stops every time the phone rings!

Anyway, that’s not cheerful, is it?  What has made me very happy this week was an amazing donation of one hundred dollars to Comic Relief Red Nose Day made for Miranda Mouse, whom you might remember from this post.

Miranda is off to the US, and left today with her suitcase.  I’m rather sad to see her go, but really pleased with the fantastic donation…

Miranda Mouse for Red Nose Day - Happy Friday

I’m looking forward to reading your Happy Friday post, the link is below and you can also join in via Instagram, with #PlanetPennyHappyFriday.  Please remember to link from your post back here to Planet Penny so that more people find the Linky party,



Happy Friday Number 9

Welcome to Happy Friday once again…

I hope your week has been productive and fun, and even if it hasn’t overall, I’m sure there are some little nuggets of niceness to hold on to, so do share.

Spring Flowers Happy Friday

The main thing which is making me happy is…it’s March!  It’s spring!  The days are growing longer, the daffodils are popping out and the garden is full of birds.  I can’t help but feel optimistic even when things are tricky.

Even though it’s been cold, Higgins and I have started each day with a walk before breakfast.  (I would point out that it’s been me standing there in coat and fleecy hat swinging the lead, and Higgins buried under the blanket looking grumpy!)Mini dachshund Happy Friday

I’m looking forward to reading your Happy Friday post, and don’t forget you can join in via Instagram too, with #PlanetPennyHappyFriday.  Please remember to link from your post back here to Planet Penny so that more people find the Linky party.  Unfortunately I have been forced to delete one particular person’s links because they had nothing to do with Happy Friday, and everything to do with taking advantage to get free advertising.

Not in the spirit of Happy Friday at all!

See you soon…x

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