Pegboard Baskets – free pattern

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I was given some Ribbon XL yarn to try some time ago by the lovely Gwen from Hoooked and have finally had the chance to have a little play with it.

I’m on an organising kick at the moment and needed some pretty storage solutions to control my mess (ahem … creativity ūüėČ so these handy little ¬†baskets were just the thing I needed and are the¬†perfect size for storing all your bits and bobs. ¬†I’m hanging mine on my pegboard but they can be hung anywhere you like.

Made in my favourite stitch, the Linen Stitch, which gives them a wonderful woven texture.  I’ve included instructions for a basket with a contrast band around the top or you can change colour in any round to make your basket your own.

¬†What you’ll need:

  • 6.mm hook
  • Ribbon XL yarn¬†‚Äď I‚Äôve used ¬†Mint Green and Sweet Pink. ¬†(I’ve¬†only used 1/2 skein of each colour to make 3 baskets so there’s plenty left over)

US Terms Used (UK terms in brackets)

Abbreviations:

ch:  chain

pm:   place marker

sc (dc):   single crochet (double crochet)

sk:    skip

st/s:  stitch/es

ss:   slip stitch

yo:  yarn over

Pattern:

Worked in spiral rounds. Place marker in first st of each round, moving marker up as you go.

 Base:

Round 1:  Make a magic ring  (or ch 4 and join with a ss).  6 sc (dc) into ring

Round 2:  2 sc (dc) into each st to end (12 sc (dc) )

Round 3:  * 1 sc (dc), 2 sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to end ( 18 sc (dc) )

Round 4:  * 2 sc (dc), 2 sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to end ( 24 sc (dc) )

Round 5:  * 3 sc (dc), 2 sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to end ( 30 sc (dc) )

 Sides:

Round 6:   sc (dc) into first st, * ch 1, sk next st, sc (dc) into next st. Repeat from * to last st, sc into last st

Round 7:  sc (dc) into first st, * ch 1, sc (dc) into next ch sp. Repeat from * to end.

Rounds 8 ‚Äď 10: ¬†Work as for Round 7. Change colour at the end of Round 10 (when you have 2 loops left on your hook for the last st, yo with new colour and pull through to complete st). ¬†Fasten off main colour.

Rounds 11 ‚Äď 13: ¬†Continuing on in contrast colour, work as for Round 7. (Linen stitch pattern ends after Round 13)

Round 14:  ss into first st, Ch 5, skip next 4 sps and sts (2 sps and 2 sts), sc (dc) into next st, sc (dc) into each sp and st to end

Handle:  5 sc (dc) over ch sts from previous round, join with a ss into next sc (dc) of previous round. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Happy hooking!

Michelle x

 

 

Crochet Ribbon Christmas Tree Pattern

ChristmasTree_NewHello friends ūüôā

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas !? ¬†Nope. ¬†Me either! ¬†My head is still firmly stuck way back in June somewhere and I’m not at all ready to start thinking about Turduckens or Christmas cheer.

Despite my un-christmasy mood, ¬†I’ve put together a quick and easy pattern for you to deck your halls (or tree).

So without further ado here ’tis…

Crochet Ribbon Christmas Tree

Edit:  You can now get an ad free, print friendly version here on: Ravelry | Etsy |Love Crochet

Finished size: 13 cm

What you’ll need:

  • 3 mm hook
  • Small amounts 8 ply/DK cotton yarn. I‚Äôve used various brands from my stash but a stiffer cotton works better than a soft cotton for these.
  • Aprox 13g for the tree
  • Aprox 3 g each in 6 different colours for the baubles
  • Yarn needle

Tip:  You can use any weight yarn for these but they will turn out a different size.  Use a hook smaller than you normally would for your yarn so that your work is nice and firm.

US Terms Used (UK/Aus terms in brackets)

Abbreviations:

ch ‚Äď ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† chain

sc (dc) ‚Äď ¬† ¬† ¬†single crochet (double crochet)

hdc (htr) ‚Äď half double crochet (half treble)

ss ‚Äď ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†slip stitch

Pattern

Tree ‚Äď Make 1

Foundation row: Ch 182

Row 1:  Hdc (htr) into 3rd ch from hook, hdc (htr) up to last ch, 5 hdc (htr) into last ch

Row 2: Turn work upside down and work into bottom loop of ch, hdc (htr) up to last st, 4 hdc (htr) into last st. Join with a ss into top of beginning ch-2.  Fasten off and weave ends in.

Baubles – make 6

Worked in spiral rounds

Start:  Leaving a long tail (about an arms length) to be used for stuffing later, make a magic circle

Round 1:  working into ring, ch 1 (not counted as a st), 6 sc (dc)

Round 2:  2 sc (dc) into each st (12 sc/dc)

Round 3:  12 sc (dc)

Round 4:  * skip one st, sc (dc) into next st.  Repeat from * 5 more times, stopping half way to insert stuffing (roll long yarn tail into a rough ball shape and squish into half closed ball.  Use the blunt end of your hook to help push it all in before you finish closing).  Join with a ss.

Fasten off and bury yarn end back up through centre of ball.  Clip closely.

Assembly:

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Step 1:  Lay your tree piece out on a flat surface and fold end back aprox 8.5 cm

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Step 2:  Keep folding up, making each fold slightly shorter than the last until it looks something like this

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Step 3:  Place your first bauble at the base of your tree and continue up, placing baubles between 2 layers of each fold (see pic). You’ll probably have to fiddle a bit to get your folds looking right (and will need to fiddle even more when you start sewing in a minute)

When you’re happy with your tree shape, thread your needle with a length of yarn aprox 40 cm, using the colour of your choice (this will also become the hanging loop)

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Step 4:  Starting with the bottom bauble, secure your thread with a couple of small stitches in the centre top of the bauble (you won’t see this as this side will rest up against the bottom of the tree)

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Step 5:  Take your needle up through the first layers, pick up your next bauble and run needle up through the centre and then through the next set of layers.

Continue joining together this way until all baubles are attached.tree_6

Step 6:  Give the tail end a little tug to tighten (don’t pull too hard or you’ll squish your baubles out of shape).

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Step 7:  Make a hanging loop with the remaining yarn by going back down through the centre of the top bauble and make a few small stitches into the bottom of the bauble and the top layer of the tree to secure.

Give your tree a little ‚Äėfoof‚Äô and hang for everyone to admire.

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Until next time

Michelle x

Festiva pattern and a creative challenge

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Hi there

As promised last week, I’m back with a¬†creative challenge and a¬†‘pattern of sorts’, or as I prefer to think of it, a ‘recipe’. ¬†I’m calling it a recipe rather than a new pattern as it’s nothing new, just a standard solid granny square to which I’ve added other elements (also nothing new) to give it a little twist.

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Here’s where the creative challenge comes in; I’ve written out the instructions for¬†just the square but I want to¬†encourage you to then make it your own by adding your own special touches.

Let your imagination run wild with this.  Use up all your scraps, play with colours, make it a riot of colour or monochromatic, make it smaller or bigger, try out a new border, use your favourite joining method to make a blanket, a bag, a cushion, a coat or even a thingy-ma-jig.

This is not a competition but a fun exercise¬†to get your creative juices flowing. ¬†Let go of all expectations, try something you normally wouldn’t and see where it takes you. ¬†Sometimes the most pleasant surprises come from not overthinking a project, not worrying about using exactly the same yarn as the designer or not fussing about colour placement.

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I’ve deliberately not thought too much about mine and the whole point of starting my project was to use up all my scrappy bits of yarn (didn’t work btw – I seem to have just as many, if not more now :). ¬†I didn’t worry about colours going together but just used whatever I happened to pick up next. Admittedly, I’m not fond of¬†some of the colour combo’s but in the whole scheme of things it all just works so I’m letting go of my usual fussiness here.

Ok, let’s get started!

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What you’ll need (for one square) : ¬†¬†

  • Small amounts of yarn in 4-5 different colours. ¬†It doesn’t matter what type of yarn you use as long as it’s all the same weight. ¬†I’ve used 8ply/Dk for mine
  • Yarn for main colour. ¬†I’ve used off-white
  • 4mm hook (or size suitable for your yarn)

Abbreviations¬†–¬†US Terms Used¬†(UK/AUS terms in brackets)

ch:          Chain

dc (tr):  Double crochet (treble crochet)

sc (dc):  Single crochet (double crochet)

sl st:       Slip stitch

sp:          Space

Instructions:

Start:        Using Colour 1, make a magic circle or ch 3 and join with a sl st to form a circle

Round 1:  Ch 5 (counts as first dc (tr) + 2 ch throughout).  [3 dc (tr) into ring, ch 2] 3 times.  2 dc (tr) into ring, join with a sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  Break off yarn.

Round 2:    Join Colour 2 into any corner sp with a sl st.  Ch 5, 2 dc (tr) into same sp.  *Dc (tr) into next 3 sts, [2 dc (tr), ch 2, 2 dc (tr)] into corner sp. Repeat from * twice, dc (tr) into next 3 sts, 1 dc (tr) into first sp.  Join with a sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  Break off yarn.

Round 3:   Join Colour 3 into any corner sp with a sl st.  Ch 5, 2 dc (tr) into same sp.  *Dc (tr) into next 7 sts, [2 dc (tr), ch 2, 2 dc (tr)] into corner sp. Repeat from * twice, dc (tr) into next 7 sts, 1 dc (tr) into first sp.  Join with a sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  Break off yarn.

Round 4:   Join Colour 4 into any corner sp with a sl st  Ch 5, 2 dc (tr) into same sp.  *Dc  (tr) into next 11 sts, [2 dc (tr), ch 2, 2 dc (tr)] into corner sp. Repeat from * twice, dc (tr) into next 11 sts, 1 dc(tr) into first sp.  Join with a sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  Break off yarn.

Round 5:  Join new colour (can be a new colour or one already used ) into any corner sp.  [1 sc (dc), ch 3, 1 sc (dc)] into same space, *ch 2, skip one st, sc (dc) into next st.  Repeat from * to next corner sp, [1 sc (dc), ch 3, 1 sc (dc)] into corner sp.  Repeat this sequence to end.  Join with a sl st into top of first sc (dc).  Break off yarn.

Round 6:  Join Main colour into any corner loop, Ch 5, 2 dc (tr) into same sp * 2 dc (tr) into each loop space up to next corner, [2 dc (tr), ch 2, 2 dc (tr)] into corner sp. Repeat from * twice, 2 dc (tr) into each loop space up to starting corner (first sp), 1 dc (tr) into first sp.  Join with a sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch.  Break off yarn.

** On a side note, although they are perfectly fine for this square, I don’t use Ch3 as my first st or sl st at the end, but replace these with a faux st or invisible join. ¬†I’ll be back soon with a tute for both of these techniques.

Now let the fun times roll, here’s where you get to put your special touch to this square. ¬†Use your favourite joining method and border to make it your own.

I’ve joined mine with the¬†join-as-you-go method for my blanket but I’m making some more squares for a cushion and will be joining them with different coloured¬†rows of sc (dc).

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and carried on the block st pattern (rounds 5 & 6) in the border and added a picot edge. ¬†I’m very tempted to add pom poms too!

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and because it’s impossible to take a good photo on this dark and dreary day today, here’s a crap photo of my finished Festiva blanket¬†trying to look casually styled on the¬†couch …

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I hope you enjoy making Festiva. ¬†¬†I’d love to see your fab creations so be sure to tag them with #festivasquare on instagram or pop a pic¬†up in my Ravelry group if you prefer.¬†I’d love to see them!

Until next time

Michelle x

 

I’m back and with a new pattern

Well hello there my blog buddies. ¬† It’s been a long while since I’ve been here hasn’t it! ¬†I’ve been up to my elbows in paint and plaster for the last 3 months renovating and ‘jooshing’ up our home. ¬†So not much time was¬†had for crochet but happily life has gone back to normal now and I’m back in my cosy little crochet zone.

Now that my house is finally spruced up I’m attacking my very (very) long ‘Poppy & Bliss To-Do’ list. ¬†Top of the list was getting¬†the pattern written for this Tunisian Triangles cushion which, according to my Instagram feed, first made an appearance some 82 weeks ago …. ahem … nothing like the present moment hey ūüėČ

TunisianTriangles_Fuschia by Poppy and BlissThe original is long gone to a new home so I dug deep into my huge WIP pile and finished off another two that I’d started in¬†different colour-ways¬†and had been patiently waiting for some love and attention.

TunisianTriangles2 by Poppy and Bliss

Fuelled with lots of coffee, I finally sat down and¬†got the pattern onto paper and hopefully for you to enjoy. ¬†I hate to get all ‘buy my stuff’ but if you’d like to buy the pattern then you can find it either in my Etsy or Ravelry stores.

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This is not a difficult pattern, using only Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) but some patience and concentration may be required for the colour changes at first. ¬†Once you get going though you will be powering along, excited to get to the next set of colours. ¬†If you’re comfortable with the basics of Tunisian crochet then you will be able to do this easily.
Charts are included for two different colour-ways plus pictures of even more to inspire your own creation.
I hope you like it!

Until next time

Michelle x

Crochet Basket DIY

crochet basket pattern by poppyandbliss.com

Hello friends

It’s been awhile since I was last here … once again, life and work have got in the way of all my good blogging intentions.

A few weeks ago my yarn basket snuck into a few of my pics over on instagram and fb and requests for the pattern were made. ¬†I nearly didn’t post this as there are so many fab crochet basket patterns out there already but here is my version. Enjoy!

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What you’ll need:

Hook:  5mm

Yarn:¬† ¬†Worsted weight cotton ‚Äď 2 strands held together

I’ve used one ball each of Drops Paris:  Medium Pink, Shocking Pink, Light Mint Green, Opal Green, Light Purple, Medium Purple, Light Turquoise, Dark Turquoise, Orange

And 2 balls of Strong Yellow which was also used for the base

Size:     20 cm diameter  x 26cm height

(You can make this basket any size you want by stopping when you are happy with the size then continuing on to the next set of directions and adjusting the stitch count to suit)

Abbreviations:

US Terms used (if you prefer UK/AUS terms just replace the sc with a dc throughout)

blo                   back loop only

ch                   chain

pm                  place marker

sc (dc)            single crochet (double crochet)

ss                    slip stitch

st/s                 stitch/es

Special techniques and stitches:

  • Standing sc (tutorial can be found in my post over here¬†)
  • Invisible join
  • Crab st
  • Crochet ends in

crochet invisible join tutorial

1.  Cut yarn and pull through last stitch

2.  Insert your hook front to back under both loops of next st (first st of round), tail end over hook and pull through st

3. Working from back to front, insert hook through the centre of the previous stitch (last st of round),

4. tail end over hook and pull through st

To secure the join, crochet the tail end in working in the opposite direction you have just been.  Your tail end will be locked in after you have woven them in this way and then crochet over them in the next round.

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Okey dokey, now we’ve got all that sorted let’s start making!

Base:

Worked in a spiral i.e. don’t join with a ss at end of each row, but continue on with a sc into next st and place a marker in this st

Note: to keep your circle nice and round, the increases are staggered in alternate rows

Base Round: Using 2 strands of Strong Yellow, make a magic circle (or ch 3 and join with a ss)

Round 1:        6 sc into ring.

Round 2:        2 sc  into each st to end (12 sc)

Round 3:        *1 sc, 2 sc into next st. Repeat from * to end (18 sc)

Round 4:        1 sc, * 2 sc into next st, 2 sc. Repeat from * to last st, 1 sc (24 sc)

Round 5:        *3 sc, 2 sc into next st.. Repeat from * to end (30 sc)

Round 6:        2 sc, * 2 sc into next st, 4 sc. Repeat from * to last 2 sts, 2 sc   (36 sc)

Round 7:        *5 sc, 2 sc into next st.. Repeat from * to end (42 sc)

Round 8:        3 sc, * 2 sc into next st, 6 sc. Repeat from * to last 3 sts, 3 sc (48 sc)

Round 9:        *7 sc, 2 sc into next st.. Repeat from * to end (54 sc)

Round 10:      4 sc, * 2 sc into next st, 8 sc. Repeat from * to last 4 sts, 4 sc (60 sc)

Round 11:      *9 sc, 2 sc into next st.. Repeat from * to end (66 sc)

Round 12:      5 sc, * 2 sc into next st, 10 sc. Repeat from * to last 5 sts, 5 sc (72 sc)

Round 13:     *11 sc, 2 sc into next st.. Repeat from * to end (78 sc)

Round 14:      6 sc, * 2 sc into next st, 12 sc. Repeat from * to last 6 sts, 6 sc (84 sc)

Round 15:      *13 sc, 2 sc into next st.. Repeat from * to end (90 sc). Finish with invisible join. Fasten off.

Sides:

Note: All colour change rounds are worked into the back loop only (blo) and the second row of the same colour is worked into both loops as normal.

I’ve used the following colour sequence (bottom to top):

crochet basket colour sequence

Once you’ve used all your colours, repeat the sequence (almost) once again … I’ve stopped at Dark Turquoise the second time around and continued on in this colour to complete the handles

Round 1:             Join Medium Pink with a standing sc , working into the blo, sc 90

Round 2:            PM in first st, sc 90. Cut yarn, finish with invisible join and crochet ends in.

Rounds¬†3‚Äď36:¬† Repeat Rounds 1 & 2, changing colour every 3rd round.

Round 37:          PM in first st, sc 15, ch 15, skip next 15 sts, sc 30, ch 15, skip next 15 sts, sc 15

Round 38:         PM in first st, sc 15, sc 15 over chain handles, sc 30, sc 15 over chain handles, sc 15

Round 39:         PM sc 90. Cut yarn, join with invisible join and weave ends in.

Round 40:       Using only one strand, rejoin yarn in either the same colour or a contrast colour if you prefer.  Work in Crab Stitch to end (see below for instructions)

How to: Crab Stitch (Reverse Single Crochet)

This stitch is worked the same as a single crochet but is worked from left to right instead.

  • Chain 1 for the start of the row
  • Insert hook in first stitch on the right
  • Yarn over hook
  • Pull through stitch (2 loops on hook)
  • Yarn over and pull through both loops
  • Insert hook in next stitch on the right and continue from step 3 onwards
crochet basket by poppyandbliss

My original version of the basket. This one is shorter and wider than the above pattern. It was also made using only one strand of yarn so it’s floppier than the new and improved version.

Until next time, happy hooking!

Michelle x

Fleur Motif free pattern

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*** MAY 2019 UPDATE *** :¬† I’ve just published a modified version of this motif and pattern for a blanket.¬† Read more about it here¬†

Fleur Baby Blanket by poppyandbliss.com

Hello lovely bloggy friends. ¬†It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you. ¬†How have you been?

I’ve been missing in action working on a now kaput project. ¬†I won’t go into what it was but it was an interesting experience that sucked me dry creatively and sent me into the land of frustration and insecurity. ¬†However¬†I did learn¬†a lot about myself along the way and what direction I wanted to take Poppy & Bliss so all was not lost. Onwards and upwards!¬†So now I’ve dusted myself off and¬†jumping back in the saddle again and working on lots of new patterns and trying to get my blogging mojo back on again.

Here’s a quick and easy little motif pattern for you today. ¬†Enjoy!

Fleur_Motif_group by poppyandbliss

Size:  aprox 7 cm (3 inches)

What you’ll need:

  • 8ply cotton in 2 colours
  • 3.5mm hook

US terms used 

Abbreviations:

ch       chain

dc       double crochet

hdc     half double crochet

sl st   slip stitch

sp       space

tr        treble crochet

yo      yarn over

Special Stitches Used:

2DC CLUSTER

  • yo, insert hook into ring and draw up loop,
  • yo draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook),
  • yo, insert hook into ring, yo, draw up loop (4 loops on hook),
  • yo, draw through 2 loops,
  • yo, draw through remaining 3 loops on hook

Instructions:

Start:

Using contrast colour make a magic ring (or ch 3 and join with a sl st)

Round 1:

  • Ch 3, dc 1, ch 1, 2dc cluster, ch 3 (corner space)
  • *2dc cluster, ch 1, 2dc cluster, ch 3
  • repeat from * twice more
  • Join with a sl st into top of starting ch3

 Round 2:

  • Sl st over and into to next ch 1 sp
  • *[2 dc,3 tr, 2 dc] into next ch 3 sp
  • sl st into next ch 1 sp **
  • Repeat from * to ** 3 more times, working the last sl st into the top of the first
  • Fasten off

Round 3:  Note Рall stitches in this round are worked into back loop only

  • Join White yarn into the centre st of any corner from previous round
  • (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) into same stitch
  • dc into next 3 sts , tr down¬†into the ch 1 sp below in¬†Round 1, dc ¬†into next 3 sts
  • *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) , dc ¬†into next 3 sts, tr into ch 1 sp below in¬†Round 1, dc ¬†into next 3 sts
  • Repeat from * twice
  • Join with sl st into top of first ch 3. ¬†Fasten off

Round 4:  

  • Join contrast colour into any corner space
  • [ch 2, 2 hdc] into same space
  • hdc into next 13 sts
  • *3 hdc into corner sp, hdc 13
  • Repeat from * to end
  • Join with a sl st into top of first ch 2.¬†¬† Fasten off

Fleur_Motif_4 by poppyandbliss

Make lots! Joined together, they make a cheerful cushion (or blanket if you’re game)

Fleur_Motif_Cushion by poppyandbliss

Even the motif centres look pretty cute just as they are.  A pretty flower garland perhaps?

Fleur_Motif_Centres by poppyandbliss

Until next time, happy hooking.

Michelle x

Tunisian Crochet Washcloth

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Hi there bloggy friends

Can anyone tell me where this past month has gone? ¬†Time is whizzing by this year isn’t it! ¬†Despite all good intentions no blog posts have been written or many goals achieved yet I’ve been busy, busy, busy but with nothing much to show for all my busy-ness.

Here is one thing I’ve been working on though; a free tutorial to make a¬†Tunisian Crochet Washcloth, it’s now up over at My Poppet. ¬†Have you tried Tunisian Crochet yet? ¬†It’s a fun new addiction to add to your bag of crochet tricks.

This is a quick and easy project combining Tunisian crochet to make the washer then finished off with a crochet border.

Tunisian crochet washcloth by Poppy & BlissWith Christmas just around the corner these would make a great stocking stuffer wrapped around a nice smelly soap.

Tunisian crochet washcloth by Poppy & Bliss

And just when you thought you won’t see me again for another month complaining about how fast time is flying, I’ll be back in a couple of days with a feature story, a book review and a giveaway.

See you then

Michelle x