Operation Yarny H.U.G begins…

A little later than I had anticipated, but operation Yarny H.U.G has begun. 

H.U.G being a ‘Happy Unexpected Gift… a yarny one of course!

hooking happy...
hooking happy…

Whilst I was enjoying the short daily posts throughout February as part of #yarnlovechallenge I set to work with my hook and some scraps of yarn and made these beautiful may roses by Lucy @Attic24.

may roses in the making...
may roses in the making…

With the addition of a hanging loop and a clip, I soon had a little tree full…

Jess approved of course…

I also have a small shoe box full of half completed ones too. 


With the cute little cards attached I am ready to leave them all over, just waiting, ready to be found…A Happy Unexpected Gift; a great big yarny HUG.

Why not join me in spreading a bit of yarny love.  To get involved just leave me a message. 

Take it, embrace it, be a part of it!




Day 21 of


and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘library!’.


This isn’t my library… but probably the world’s smallest library ever, in a phone box!

You can read all about my visit here. 

I made these cute little flower bookmarks and left them as a present.



Day 18 of


and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘gratitude’.


A yarnpom

the perfect way to express gratitude!


A yarny HUG in 2017

A yarny HUG or Happy Unexpected Gift. 

A new project launched here at the nest which will run over the course of 2017.  Aiming to distribute love, joy and hope at random through yarny little gifts.


I will post more about this over the coming weeks.

There will be the chance to join me if you wish,

Take it, embrace it and be a part of it!



Hooking al fresco…

I have been so blessed to escape life for one whole week and kick back with the Robins clan…

WP_20160813_20_14_23_ProThe weather was more than kind to us, we even braved the sea for a session of body boarding!  That in itself may not seem that amazing, but if I tell you that the only water that Mama Robins likes is of the hot and bubbly variety…body boarding in the sea was a small miracle (it was so much fun too!).

InstagramCapture_4cd5d3ea-d57d-47ed-8631-cfc17f410c9bOf course I got some hooking in; mostly on the go.  Instead of taking a mammoth project like I usually do, I took just one hook and a single ball of yarn.  I didn’t even take a pattern and made it up as I went…


The yarn was the hank I had won a few months ago all the way from South Africa from Joey over at her fabulous blog, Littleblackdog, which you can read about here.

InstagramCapture_d6cd7a58-1408-4400-99e6-4f8c05f068f5The freedom of just one hook and a little bit of yarn meant I hooked every where…beach hooky….pool side hooky…farm hooky…

WP_20160817_19_35_55_ProI met the coolest sheep too, just take a look at him.

WP_20160820_15_21_49_ProBut I think the most yarniest place we visited was this place…

WP_20160818_12_59_15_ProClovelly…a tiny village of quaint cottages that seemed to tumble down into the harbour.  The cobbled street is so steep that it is unsuitable for vehicles and can only be accessed on foot or by donkey.  To stay overnight at the cutest bed and breakfast, your belongings are transported from the car park at the top to your accommodation by sledge…yes, I said sledge!!

WP_20160818_14_49_01_ProThe steep journey down is rewarded with an 18th Century harbour which the boy Robins loved. Taking much delight in hurling rocks into the sea with a catapult!

WP_20160818_13_15_27_ProWP_20160818_13_26_11_ProBut, I digress slightly…yes, it is a yarny place.  On the way down I discovered this beautiful doorway

WP_20160818_13_11_31_ProAnd this little cottage with a yarny roof


And a yarn bombed lamp post

WP_20160818_15_08_51_ProAnd of course I did a bit of my own hooking.


Hooking al fresco has proved quite satisfying indeed.




Flower Fiesta


This is my flower fiesta art piece… a colourful creative explosion of all things flowery… and that now occupies prime wall space in the Robins nest.  It’s exclusive purpose is to cheer and gladden, created specifically to subconsciously brighten the spirit.  Made from yarn, felt,  buttons and a few beads here and there.


sweet mandalas

Sweet mandala’s

felt flowers

Felt flowers

cotton flowers

Cotton flowers

(The links under each of these photo’s contains relevant pattern details).

So, my part was done.  What I needed now was for Mr. R to work his magic, making a frame…

it's fabulous having a handy husband!
it’s fabulous having a handy husband!

Whilst he hammered and stapled, I tied off all of those loose ends…


and once the frame was finished, I began to plan out this fiesta of flowers, in all of their splendid colours

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I used skewers as temporary stems and then using a hot glue gun, secured each flower into position.


and began to hand embroider the stems.



I then set about hooking some little leaves; which I am rather thrilled with.   I hooked these without a pattern, whilst the boy robins watched a film and I sat snuggled watching the rain.



Rainy days are always the best hooking days!  

Anyway…I digress.  I did scribble my little leaf pattern down and you can find it just here.  Several rainy afternoons later, when I had made many,


I began the final stage of fixing them into position, with (yes you’ve guessed it) my trusty hot glue gun.




Finally, I set about finishing this piece; creating a signature and dating tag.



I simply LOVE this Flower Fiesta




Felt Flowers



Happy Sunday to you all.  

This is what I have been up to this weekend… felt flowers.

They are so sweet and tactile, I wish that photo’s were able to convey the sumptuous (ness) of these little discs of happiness.  


They are super quick to make too, the above is all that is required along with a hot glue gun or some super glue… and your own creativity of course.

Cut out your felt into circles, I chose two different sizes, achieved by drawing around a beaker and an egg cup.


then decorate… I used cotton yarn (dk), buttons, beads and felt balls



There are good tutorials on you tube for blanket stitch and french knots


Be as creative as you like


Just have fun


This one has a very special button, from my Gran’s collection… she would have been 99 years old this year.



So, that’s my weekends make… hope you have had a good weekend too.  


Possibly the world’s smallest library and crochet of course!

Over the weekend, I stumbled upon an article in the local newspaper, which has led to a little adventure today.  Today being a wet and grey and cold day, today being my first week day off since Christmas.  So as you can probably imagine, today is a treasured day and one just right for a wee adventure.

 So, after diligently completing the school run, I drove just ten little minutes into the very wet countryside 


into a sweet little village, which I have only visited a couple of times before, for the annual scarecrow festival held in September, when it would seem the whole world turns up.  Today, it seemed as if I was the only one here.

 My adventure was not a wild one, but it made me feel hopeful of humanity and I did find the tiny, little library


nestled on the corner of an ordinary street…



from a little way off you would hardly guess what an alternative purpose was hidden inside,


but once inside there were treasures to behold…

my current read!

and I had come prepared…a gift for the library…an old book no longer required.


So I nestled it on the shelf, wandering who would choose my book.  I also left a little yarniness…


some cute paper clip bookmarks , and I wandered some more about who would choose these…


and so with happiness in my heart, I drove the ten minutes home, feeling cold and wet…but not a bit grey


and made myself a brew, ready to come and tell you all about what is possibly the world’s smallest library, the back story of which can be found just here, and the often times, lovely spirit of humanity.


paperclip bookmarks


quick and easy and just a little bit cute.


using hot glue gun, glue a button to the top of a large paperclip…it is a good idea to bend the paperclip before gluing so that the button does not pop off on first use!


Again, using a hot glue gun, glue a crochet flower onto the button to finish.  There are many free crochet flower patterns on the internet…but to get started you can take a look here.  Simple.


A yarny day at work



Yes, your eyes do not deceive you…. it is a knitted boob! Now you know I didn’t  get my needles out to knit this because I  don’t knit, but you can imagine my delight at been given this at work today during some training I was doing.  It’s  to aid breast feeding support and to help with teaching hand expression and positioning and attachment for Mom’s that                                           choose to breast feed. 


Now my only problem will be restraining myself from getting out my boob at work…this yarny one of course!