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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.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Parcel of Poppies

Look what I received yesterday.  They have come all the way from Somerset and are from a lady that I have never even met.  This is the second parcel of poppiesthat Pat has sent me.  The poppies will be added to a lovely tribute that is planned at our local cenotaph

And here is a doily that I made from oddments of yarn

Nice warm neck

The weather is slowly starting to become more autumnal. There is a slight nip in the air and before we know it, winter will be upon us.  I hate to have a cold neck but don't always want to wear a thick jumper indoors.  My neighbour Joan gave me a pattern for what I can only describe as a jumper topper.....  It probably has another name.  It is simply a short, sleeveless high necked tabard, designed to add an extra layer over the chest and neck.  The back part is much shorter than the front and is ideal under shirts or zipped top.  I finished this one yesterday and mastered the very stretchy bind off.  This has given it an incredible amount of stretch.  Here is a you tube link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31nfF5pG-8I

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Oh you domestic goddess you

I am having a lovely day of cooking for the freezer and have made a tasty pork casserole which is simmering away in the kitchen.. It smells and tastes divine and will yield a good eight portions

While it is cooking I have dusted and polished,  cleaned both bathrooms and am about to wash the kitchen floor.  I will make a cup of tea and drink it while the floor dries then I think I will settle down with a bit of knitting for an hour or two.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

I think I may go on strike

He who would love to be obeyed has seriously annoyed me this morning........ do men ever learn? I think I may go on strike for a week.  I could leave all the cooking, laundry, cleaning, packed lunches, gardening, window washing and the other million little things that make up my week, to him........ but I doubt that I will.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Ceilidh

Last night was ceilidh night.  I had never been to one before but don't mind making a twit of myself.  Our group of friends were all 'up for it' too and a cracking time was had by all.  The band leader talked us all through the dances and we had such a good time that we are now going to be watching out for local ceilidhs.  It was lovely to see people of all ages perfectly happy to give it a go whether they mucked up or not .  Even those who were a little reluctant at first got up and joined in.  The men in our group were great fun and are keen to find another.  I think it could be the start of social night out revolution.
Today Tony is off to the football and I am hoping to get a bit more of Le Crafterie emptied. With a bit of luck I might get it finished this coming week.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

A housework kind of day

I have spent so much time prepping for my upcoming schools sessions that the house has gotten a bit neglected so today is a housework kind of day.  I had planned for yesterday to be a HW day until my neighbour rang me at 08.15 and asked if I felt like a walk. She said we could have a sandwich back at hers after the walk. Joan is 83 years old and lost her husband two years ago. I realised  that she was feeling a bit lonely and it really made no difference to me if the housework waited for another day. We set off at 09.40 and got back at 12.15.  The weather was lovely and we had a really nice long walk, chatting as we strolled along. We picked some sloes which I plan to turn into sloe gin for next year and when we got back Joan made me a lovely ham and pickle sandwich. We had a few tomatoes from my hanging baskets and spent another hour just chatting. Joan is coming to the Ceildih tomorrow and even if she doesn't feel like dancing she can chat with Tony and the rest of the gang.
Tonight Tony and I are going to my friend's for tea so I don't need to think about cooking today. I will have a tomato sandwich at lunch time as they are coming thick and fast now. The flavour is superb and I hope they go on fruiting for a good long while. I am still managing to find a little handful of strawberries every day.  They have given me a fabulous crop this year but are ready to be cut back now.  

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The lipstick

I am fed up with buying lipsticks that stay on for about two minutes. Yesterday I thought I would bite the bullet and go and buy and Elizabeth Arden  one in Debenhams.  I took the advice from the pretty young thing selling cosmetics and chose the one that she suggested would suit me. When I got to the counter and discovered that it was costing me £21 I didn't even flinch when I handed over the hard earned cash. I am a bit undecided as to whether it was worth the cost but I think I can have the occasional non craft related splurge.  I did see the same shade on ebay for a fraction of the cost but don't know whether it is a genuine one.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Too much packaging

I have just received this package through the post.  I am sure that the seller could have found a much smaller box. Seeing as how I am now a reformed character and not planning on cutting it up as a resource it means I have to dispose of it.... :-(       There was a huge piece of air filled plastic too? I bet a large envelope would have been plenty big enough

Wait till you see my new craft space

I no longer refer to the spare bedroom as being a bedroom. It is now my craft room that happens to have a bed in it.  Any visitors will need to fit in around my craft stuff .... which they are very welcome to play with. At the moment everything is a bit disorganised but  I am currently prepping for sessions in schools and don't have time to sort each and every drawer and container.  That will fill up my time on cold dark winter days and evenings.  I hope at some point  to be able to get rid of a lot of  the containers as I gradually condense everything.  I have already given away absolutely tons of crafting materials and am no way finished.  The bed is great for laying resources out on as I am able to see at a glance just how many of a particular item I have prepared.  Best bit of all though is I can simply close the door on it all and the mess is hidden away.  Tony came in from work and fell asleep on the bed while I worked.  If I had been out in Le Crafterie he wouldn't have been able to do that.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Seaside towns nearby

I am really lucky to live in an area surrounded by natural beauty. We have some lovely seaside towns practically on our doorstep. Less than thirty minutes away from home is the lovely seaside town of Saltburn.  It is very popular with surfers and watersports fans. The beach is a lovely golden sand and the town itself is renowned for its beautiful floral displays. This is a photo that I took of Huntcliff while walking along the promenade.

Less than twenty minutes away is the seaside town of Redcar...  Little fishing boats line the promenade. A windfarm is situated just off shore and the beach is a long stretch of golden sand.  You can walk all the way along the beach from Redcar to Saltburn