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Welcome to my blog
Welcome to my blog. I hope it inspires you to try something new as I share with you my crafts and a bit of chit chat.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Flying the flag

For more years than I can remember, Tony has wanted to fly a Union Flag at the front of the house.  he has spent ages painting the blimmin pole to attach it to.  Two coats of undercoat and a couple of top coats......... Well  Ta Daaaaaaaaaaaa...  We did of course manage to put 'in a safe place' some clips for the flag pole'  that we had bought when staying at my friend Anona's in Brightlingsea.  We popped into the chandlery down there and carefully chose the correct size.  Now that the flag is in situ we will probably find the blimmin clips. 

My local seaside town.

Less than twenty minutes drive from my house is a really lovely beach. Tony and I had  a drive over there yesterday for fish and chips.  Redcar has had a huge amount of investment and it certainly shows.  There is a lovely play area for children with little water fountains that spurt gently.  It was nice to watch the littlies running in and out of the water spurrts.  There are rock pools and a life guard patrolled area.  The sand is a beautiful honey colour and very clean.  We went for a long walk along the beach and even the breeze was warm.  I love that clean fesh scrubbed unmistakeable smell of salty sea air. In truth I really don't know why we don't visit Redcar more often. I think we may have to start doing that. Of course I had to leave my mark behind,,,, 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Altered box file

Yesterday I had a lovely afternoon crafting in the sunshine.  I took one of the (12) box files that I have inherited from my sons house move. Painted it inside and out with homemade pink chalk paint.  Then I added a few pompoms and a bit of ribbon..  I decoupaged the front of the box with a pretty paper napkin.  Inside I have added a sheet of thick white fibrous material.  I intend to sort all my different varieties of sewing needles and attach them to the fibrous material so that I can see at a glance which needle is which. This one I will use to store some of my embroidery threads and ribbon so that I simply pick it up and take it along to craft sessions.  I plan to alter another box and turn it into a little needle felting storage box.
The pink wine crate is another that I was given several years ago.  I have painted it in the same home made chalk paint and it will make a nice addition to my craft room.  I may add a pretty napkin at some point .

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Astro turf and the alien flower

After a thoroughly lovely but very wet walk yesterday I collected some sample pieces of astro turf that had been offered to me. I have a few projects in mind and will show you at some point. Later in the day the weather faired up and it was warm enough to go out and do a little gardening. In my garden I have the strangest mutation of a dahlia growing.  It is kind of like a non identical Siamese twin. The photos show what it looks like from each side. The other flowers growing on the plant are perfectly normal and in fact a very beautiful two coloured double flower.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Little scented sachets

Yesterday I took a piece of felt and ran it through my Bigshort with one of my cutting dies. Then I added a bit of bling or a touch of embroidery and stitched then together in pairs.  Before closing each pair I added a teaspoon of 'Unstoppables'.  These are the little 'inwash fragrance  boosters' that are sold in the bigger supermarkets and B and M.  Quite why you would want to add wax pellets to your washing machine is a little baffling to me buy hey ho, each to their own. The ones that I made are slightly bigger than a two pence piece and just big enough to pop in shoes and drawers to add a hint of fragrance.  I have put them in a scallop shell to add a little bit scent my bathroom.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Le Crafterie

We didn't buy a trailer yesterday although we did look at a couple. Tony has decied that we will continue to look. Today I think I may have to give Le Crafterie a really good sort out.  It once again is stuffed to the rafters with crafting bits and pieces. It has got to the stage where there is hardly enough room to move in there let alone do any crafting. I have a huge tree branch which when I get around to it will become a snake for my garden. I had planned to make a start on it tomorrow but have been asked to take my poppy wreaths along to a photo shoot by a local newspaper.  I do hope the weather is kind to us. It means that tomorrow will be a busy day for me. On Monday mornings I lead a walking group in a local park. Numbers in the group are starting to pick up nicely and everyone is really friendly. 

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Off to buy a trailer

He who would love to be obeyed has got it into his head that we need a trailer.  Our lovely friends have one that they are happy for us to borrow whenever we like but it seems that the time has come to be trailer owners.  When I say trailer, I don't mean a caravan. Oh no not at all.  It seems we need to own a trailer for gathering logs and shifting our green waste. Ho hum, boys and their toys.  Anyway, today is 'trailer shopping day' When Tony gets up we are heading over to Harlepool where a firm makes them. If we buy one today I will share a photo.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Fresh baked scones

I wish you could smell my kitchen right now.  I have just lifted a batch of beautiful 'Cheddar and Rosemary' scones out of the oven. The Rosemary is fresh picked from my garden. The reason why I have come over all domestic goddessy is that today is Tony's first footie match of the season.. He will rush in from work and pick up the picnic that I have prepared for him. Then he will drive a hundred and odd miles to watch a load of blokes kick a ball up and down a field. The weather forecast isn't looking great. Well not for him anyway.  I on the other hand will be delighted to see a good downpour. My garden really needs a good drink

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Such a lovely day (sunburnt knees)

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous today.  I have pretty much spent most of it gardening. This morning I finished chopping up and bagging the tree.  I have cut back the holly and dead headed the border.  Then I sat for a while and read my book.  If you like nice gentle chiclit novels then I can highly recommend Jenny Colgan and have just finished her book 'Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop'. I read the previous Rosie Hopkins story and loved it.  I noticed that Tesco are selling them... I bought mine from Amazon. I am not averse to buying books in the 'used' section.
My legs are of course scratched to bits from the brutal Pyracntha that I have cut back and I didn't think to rub suntan cream above my knee as my shorts covered the knees... until I sat down and they crept up.  I now have scratched blotchy legs and bright red sunburnt knees.  I look a real treat.  :-)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

I am a lumberjack.....jill?

At the bottom of my garden are two huge golden Irish yew trees. Or should I say that this morning there were two trees.....  I have spent most of this morning cutting one of them down.  The light and space that I now have in that area is vast. The garden looks like a lumber yard though and getting rid of the wood is another job. I bet Tony is glad he was at work because when I get a bee in my bonnet it buzzes until I release it.  The remaining tree looks really beautiful now. It is kind of a 'flame' shape and isn't for the chop.