Tuesday, 1 November 2016

A month in pictures - A spooky October

Well last night was Halloween night, and I managed to work my way through most of the sweets I had bought for the neighbourhood kiddies ... happens every year, and I know I'm not the only one. Hubby turns into a big kid on Halloween night and takes great pleasure in scaring the children that are foolish enough to come to our door. Last night he found some super spooky music (creaky doors / sound of children singing nursery rhymes over an organ playing in a minor key etc etc) so each time there was a knock, the music would play and he'd open the door wearing a cloak and holding a candelabra. The kids were unfazed, and walked straight to the sweetie basket! I think their parents appreciated it more. Ralphy was oblivious of course, if not slightly confused. I had organised a ghost walk for my town which went really well! We roamed the streets, torches in hand, passing other ghost hunters on our travels. They all seemed to really enjoy it, so I'm really pleased. Aside from all things spooky it's been a lovely month of Autumn walks, crafting and with the chilly nights upon us I've rediscovered my love of knitting. Here's out month in pictures ... PS. Did you see last weeks Poldark? well I never! 

The first crafty project I shared this month was my pretty pastel pumpkins that were featured on ITV's This Morning show. Include some scented pine cones so when guests arrive though the autumn period they're greeted by a lovely scented display. Pumpkins are for life after all ... not just for Halloween.

I also shared my video diary with behind the scenes footage from my morning spent at ITV studios - filming my Autumn craft segment for the morning breakfast show 'This Morning' with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. If you can't see the video please click here and if you'd like to watch the whole craft segment on This Morning you can do so by click here ... ITV autumn crafts for your home.

Our walks have been truly beautiful this month .... I always feel very lucky to live so close to the countryside at this time of year, and Ralphy has had a whale of a time chasing his football through the leaves.

After getting my woolies down from the loft I rediscovered the Autumn Leaves neck-warmer I knitted last year! Well ... it was meant to be a scarf but I don't have much patience when it comes to knitting so it became a neck warmer instead! I'm now knitting some fingerless gloves ... which were going to be cable knit but it became so fiddly, I ended up having a tantrum so I started again with a simple pattern inspired by the knitwear in 'Outlander!' I'll show you once finished ... IF they ever get finished. 

I had a lovely surprise this month when Magazine.co.uk voted me one of their top fave crafty bloggers! I was very touched. I think it was all down to Ralphy, he's such a little flirt. 

And finally came my spooky Halloween Ghost Walk! I decided to do a little research into the history of my town - and I was blown away by the sheer scale of ghostly happenings. This ghost walk will take you through just a few of the most haunted locations in Bishops Stortford. But even if you don't live locally you might enjoy reading about the ghosties that live in this old market town of mine, and there are so many ... I just hope they don't show themselves tonight!

Well that's it for this month in pictures ... I hope you all had a lovely, safe and spooky Halloween yourselves.

JM xx

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