Friday, March 11

note taking...

before i hoppity skip to a 'day at the office' several things to note...

note one: when thinking up a cunning plan to make peace with ones man in the way of a marmalade sandwich, t'would be wise to actually check the larder cupboard first. upon inspection just now, i see it is bare of marmalade. on closer inspection of what else i can rustle up apart from my chocolate spread, i have spied a lettuce leaf destined for Speedy the Tortoise. now i am torn between Speedy having his breakfast and my man being offered a lettuce 'peace' sandwich


note two: my 'simply sampler' blanket is coming along a treat, albeit slowly. i have noted it is going a little wonky in places but i am thinking this will add 'charm' to the finished sweetie. however if you are waiting on me to do a bobbly how-to i fear the wait maybe longer than you may wish to sit and twiddly your Mr Hook. but no worries, for the lovely Cuckoo has done a marvelous job at showing us all how to achieve a lovely bobbly crochet. i am actually in awe of her fabby tutorial because not only has she done a tres peachy job of it but Cuckoo wrote this with babe in arms, and i am talking about a few days old babe in arms with little ones running around too! i think that is brilliantly brilliant and worthy of a gold sticky star in my books

note three: i am not one for buying US magazines often, however there is one magazine i have come across recently which i must tell you has me rather giddy. it is called Anthology and features creative and inspiring folks and interiors with soul. every page is a treat to look at and it is beautifully presented. i am most happy to have found a US magazine which ticks all the right boxes for me


note four: i noted this morning around the same time as noting my lack of marmalade, that Little Olive and her crocheted blanket have become the best of friends and seeing her all slightly 'tubby' in her little nest of crocheted goodness makes me smile. nothing quite like a furry friend.

she is thanking you kindly for the lovely comments this week and wishing you a little bit of happy for the weekend ~ Tif

39 comments:

wood & wool stool said...

bubbly little olive goodness! :) sigh...

~Sheri~ said...

so sweet....and she sleeps in a vintage suitcase....I love it!

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

I LOVE Olive!
T x

elise said...

Tif,

Oh how I love your sweet world !
Thank you for sharing all the lovely things you do. Wishing you weekend Happiness.

Best,
Elise

by Teresa said...

Dear Tif, Little Olive is one lucky little fur kid to have that lush peachy blankie to cuddle up in. You're a very good dog-mom. I went to the most amazing yarn shop in Portland, "Yarn Garden".. have you been there when you're "down under" in Portland visiting? You simply must go there. I got a basket full of Drops Alpaca in the most pretty colors.. do pop over to my blog and see what inspired me.. :-)

Hugs from Teresa in the gorge

Phyllis said...

You have the most beautiful blog and voice, many true thoughts. I also love the soft and melodic colors that you use. I am going to look for the new magazine, Anthology.

Carol said...

You do tickle me young lady! We’ve run out of marmalade too (some Seville oranges out of the freezer wouldn’t quite do the job) but I found some scrummy black cherry jam which I managed to force myself to eat. Of course Speedy should get the lettuce but hold the bread.
Little Olive with her lovely chubby belly, she really does score on the cuteometer.
Glad you are enjoying your hooking, a Japanese flower lap quilt I’ve been making just blossomed!
Hope you have a great weekend too.
Carol xx

Katie Bee said...

dear dottie, your little olive makes me wish I had my own little pup around so very badly. Her little blanket seems perfectly suited to her little home.

Leanda said...

Noted... each and every one! I'm wondering exactly what you could possibly have done to upset your man to the extent of having to make him a marmalade sandwich! And now you've got me thinking about marmalade which is cruel as it's hard to come by in the land of sun! Bobbly crochet... love it! Anthology... have to check it out! Little Olive... sublime! You are a wonder dear Dottie :)

Frogs-n-Butterflies said...

Totally love your find!!! I'm going to have to duplicate that! Pretty colors!! Little miss Olive is a lucky girl! :)

Lyn said...

oh lovely Olive.
Have a good weekend
love
Lyn
xxx

Little Blue Mouse said...

Olive looks adorable snuggled up in the peachy blanket with one ear up and one ear down!

I'm not sure if a lettuce sandwich will have quite the same peace making properties as a marmalade one; let's hope you don't need to resort to it :)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Oh how cute is that Little Olive!! :)
Vivienne x

Marika said...

Is Little Olive a puppy or full-grown?

Jill said...

Thanks for the magazine link! I will have to decide whether to subscribe or not as it's not available in my state yet. The videos on the blog though were fun!

Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher said...

I love your blog! It is so colorful and fun! I live in Douglas, Alaska (close to Juneau).

I hope you visit my blog too!

Thanks for brightening my day!

Cuckoo said...

What a lovely girl you are Tif! thank you for linking to my bobbly tutorial, it's been lovely to have some new visitors, you do have nice friends. And what you said about me was so uplifting, I was having a bit of a looooong day but I went to bed with a broad grin. Fingers crossed I haven't missed anything out on the tutorial otherwise there'll be some wierdy bobble blankets out there! Mind you there's perfection in imperfection so I take comfort in that. The wonky bits in your simply sampler blanket will be adorable xxx

Susan Potter said...

little olive is so adorably cute - what a sweet picture.

soisses said...

what a sweet dog :)

Little Nan said...

Little Olive looks so cosy. I do enjoy reading your little blog!
Kelly xx

DawnWillBreak said...

That room is so cool!

Tuin 21 said...

I love you're blog, full of great crochet inspiration. I'm going to try to make a bobbly blanket too. Thanx for sharing.

Sloane Solanto said...

Little Olive looks snug as a bug in a rug! She is a very lucky pooch to have a mom that makes her blankies. My Johnny B prefers a crochet blankie also. He is the kind of guy that likes to be covered up and preferably in my bed, in which he can see out of 3 windows..so the crochet allows him to be covered AND still see outside at the same time! Genius! This one came from a crazy lady who made them while drinking, she had a ton! But it is wearing out and I don't know her any more. I need to get busy!

Vicki K. said...

The preview of the Anthology magazine looks wonderful! I was so happy to wake up on a sleepy (rainy) Saturday to see that Tif had given us some Friday Notes. If you ever start a new (additional) blog called "Nothing But Little Olive" I will be the first to follow...

Yvonne Stehle said...

Oh Tif! Instant inspiration! Only minutes after reading your post you could find me today starting something bobbly. Due to the lack of wool (because we are moving and everything is already in the container on its way abroad I just found enough for a potholder but as you can imagine the process of bobbling along and looking at it makes ma already very happy!
Yvonne

Claire said...

Dear Dottie, aka Tif,

Your blog is really wonderful and quite an inspiration to my crafterting ways... Little Olive's crocheted blanket is absolutely gorgeous, what sized hook did you use to make the squares? - they look so lovely and fat and comfy ^-^

Please drop by my blog if you have the time, I've just started up again after madly deleting it after a three-year run!

Claire x

slightly-noodles.blogspot.com

huismus said...

I just love that dog !

Debrina said...

Hello lovely dottie - just letting you know that as a challenger of the utmost kind (yes, still attempting it in my own little way with my barter circle) I have changed my blogspot address. It's now: http://debrinaaltered.blogspot.com/

Always nice to pop on by here and see what gorgeous things you are up to :-)

Ann said...

Lovely post...
And I so love your images, and of course Antology too.

Ann said...

I mean Anthology...
sorry for the typo

sue said...

Oh Tif! That's a terrible calamity, no marmalade, there should always be marmalde, lettuce just doesn't do it in quite the same way!!! I'm sure you managed to make a marvelous 'peace' sandwhich in the end.............just hope the tortoise didn't go hungry LOL!

Tracey said...

oh, little olive is looking perfectly sweet nestled in that there little rug! I am adoring the cover on your mid century sofa.

Monica said...

When I die I want to come back as little Olive. She has quite the wonderful life eh.

Have a great week-Monica

paperbird said...

Precious Olive- she looks so comfy in her sweet little bed. The crocheted blanket is so beautiful. My sweet black cat named Jack would envy this little pup!

dottie angel said...

yes, little olive is fully grown. she is hoping her legs will get a bit longer but at nearly 2 yrs of age i am thinking she is going to need more than hope :)

love the vision of Johnny B on his bed of crochet!

and Cuckoo, i am so delighted to have featured your tutorial, i meant every word of it... and no worries, most folks figure things out whilst they go along. trust me, my 'how-tos' are always containg a bit of this. keep smiling my dear :)

Claire, little olive's blanket came from the thrift store, however the one i am working on is with a size 6.5 Mr Hook, when it is done i will share a bit more about what i did

thank you for you kind words my dears :)

dottie angel said...

debrina! lovely, thank you for letting me know, i have made the change for you :)

dottie angel said...

lovely color choices Teresa!

i have enjoyed reading your wonderful comments this morning with a cup of tea in one hand, pencil in other for scribbling out and editing cap balanced on bonce,
thank you my dears!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh how fun! :o)
I loved your post so much I read it out loud to my husband. And he enjoyed it too! :o)
Sincerely, Trish
ps. I even have orange marmalade in my fridge!! ha ha ha!

Roysgal said...

Olive is adorable. I was so excited to see her, I have a (Doxie) Buddy just like her. You don't see many Piebalds.