Welcome to my blog

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.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Felt Party Hat

Yesterday at my crafty club I was shown how to make a felt party hat.  It is intended to be sewn to an Alice Band.  Last night I finished it off and will post a photo later on today. It is 06:45 and too dark to take a decent photo right now. Tony and I are planning on spending the day in Bishop Auckland. We are going to have a bit of a drive around some of the villages in that area as the scenery over that way is beautiful.... we may be tempted to sell up and move.... but we probably won't:-)

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Poppies, poppies everywhere

I was so busy that I didn't take as many photo's as I would have liked to but here are a few that I took today

The big poppy event

For months now I have been crocheting poppies. People, from all over England, have sent me little packets of knitted and crocheted poppies and today is the day that it all comes together.  The WI hall is booked for the day and my lunch is packed. A small group of ladies will be stitching poppies onto sticks while others knit and crochet even more poppies.  I will take photos as the day and the display progresses and share them back here this evening.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Needle felting

I have been playing with ;my stash of wool roving these past few days  while Tony has a snooze. It keeps me out of mischief  and stops me eating my way through the cupboards.  It is strange that now we have decided to reduce our calorific intake how I think about nibbling all the time. Good job we didn't buy crisps when we did our last shop or Iwould have eaten every single packet of them. 

Lavender fields at sunrise

The brown flower looks at though it has a big petal on the left. It doesn't.

Monday, 24 October 2016


For the past month or so I have received little parcels of poppies from all over England. Most of the packages are from people that I have never met but chatted with over on the Docrafts forum.  I mentioned that I was making them for a local display, and the lovely folks have been busy making some for me.  On Wednesday I shall be going along to our local WI room and helping to put together a huge display ready for 'Poppy Day'.  I will share some photo's of the day if the other helpers don't object.  If any of my fellow DC'rs read my blog I want to say a huge thank you. This is a packet that arrived today.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

A bit more upcycled pine bed

I thought you might like to see my latest love spoon.  Alexander may well inherit his old bunk bed back as a collection of love spoons one day  :-)
I have shown the front and back view so that you can see the whacking great knot that I have been fighting with

This is beautiful

It is ages since I found a nice crafting video that I wanted to share.  Please go and have a look at this gorgeous video on You Tube.  It is absolutely stunning and something that you could easily do with the kids...


Saturday, 22 October 2016

I need a rant.....

I need a rant and am going to offend cat lovers here....  They are the bane of my life. My garden seems to have become the toilet of every moggy in town.  The smell is truly horrible and we are sick to death of having to clean the garden before we can plant anything.  If cat owners had to keep their cats indoors and only allow them out on a lead, I wonder how many would be so keen to own them.  And don't tell me that cats are naturally free roaming.. Dogs would be naturally free roaming  in packs if they were allowed that same freedom as cats.Budgies would live in great flocks if allowed to..  Rant over.      

Monty Don told us last night that we ought to take the tomatoes off the plants now as they won't ripen if left outdoors.  Not us personally of course, I am refering to our favourite programme of the week Gardeners World'.  Sadly it was the last programme of the year but we look forward to it coming back in March.
Tony and I have emptied the hanging baskets of tomato plants today and replanted the baskets with viola.  We grew some last year and the display was beautiful.  Anyway, I now have a large tray of green tomatoes that will gradually ripen over the next few weeks.

Friday, 21 October 2016


Tony and I are sticking to a calorie controlled diet and only having the portion size decreed on the packet.  Do you have any idea how big a portion 30g is?  Not very much I can tell you.  Our hearts sank when we saw the starvation rations  :-(   Now I know you will be thinking that there really are people starving in the world and my heart goes out to them.  (If all the money collected over the years and sent to Africa actually reached the people it was intended for then there wouldn't be a crisis every year. )  But at this moment in time my concern is to lose a bit of lard and fit into those clothes that the naughty fairies have obviously shrunk since I last wore them. Alcohol and crisps are completely off limits and if we have a  scone or cake then that is it for lunch.  We are also limiting ourselves to no more than five cups of tea.  I think that is the hardest thing as we constantly drink tea when we are at home together.  One month from now we will look like different people......... skinny people.... :-)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

My halo is shining

I have just been out for my monthly meal with friends and turned down dessert...... you read that correctly. I declined dessert.  It is included in the huge cost of the meal....... £4.50 :-) My four friends all had dessert and d'ya know what?  I didn't even miss it. Tomorrow is my Friday walking group and I won't be having a scone then either....   I am determined to lose at least a half stone by Christmas... Hopefully I wll lose more but I am not being too ambitious.  Tony and I have decided that we will stick to a calorie controlled diet and will give up alcohol for a month in order to kickstart the weightloss.   Tony has more willpower than me.