Birthday Treats

I’ve just turned 43…43!! How did that happen?? I really do not feel grown up enough to be that old! Well, can’t stop time so best get over it 🙂

I had a quiet day as husband was working so I bought some cake and popped round to Sew Vintage to share a slice with Liz. We had a good natter and a laugh and Liz picked me some gorgeous flowers from her garden and bought me some very pretty gifts, including this tealight

I am really not easy to buy for so I helped husband by writing a list, well not a list as such, just an artists name so he could choose me a print. I received 3! Well done him! The artist is American and I stumbled upon him via twitter, falling in love with his work immediately.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but right up my street 🙂 Jon Carling draws with ink and creates mythical creatures, sometimes a little dark, sometimes uplifting.


Sorry photo a bit dark, but check him out online! Husband also got me a 3D hare felting kit,which does look like I need plenty of quiet concentration, hmm maybe a winter task.

We went to stay with friends in Exmouth over the weekend so turned out to be a great bday even if I am 43. One of my friends bought me an alternative to the usual cross stitch pattern books, this one involving squashed flies and barbed wire – very much appealing to my darker humour! ( I was a bit of a goth in my youth!)

I’m now wondering what my next project will be, I have nearly finished a pink rabbit for one of my gardening clients, after this I think  I will try something different. Maybe some baby related items, Hmmm,  so much to choose from! Will keep you posted.

Meanwhile let’s hope for some better weather, it’s been horrible these last two days and we are off camping at a festival this weekend!!

Have a great week 🙂



Looking For A New Home :)

20150713_161525 Say hello to Wooliphant! This squishy elephant is made from recycled mixed fibres, lovely to work with. It will be heading up to the Dartmoor Chapel Craft shop this weekend where hopefully a new owner will be waiting!

The opening of the chapel went very well, I think the whole village showed up !! There were so many positive comments about my work, I just hope my items sell!! People were particularly interested in my wool baskets and necklaces. I am now making a nest of small baskets made with wool and jute, quite stiff to work with but am happy with the results I am getting.

I will be selling through my Etsy shop again after neglecting it for a while. I will let you know when I get on to it! It will be a lot easier than going to craft fairs. I only have one craft fair booked this year so far and it will be at the National Trusts Castle Drogo in Drewsteignton at the end of November. I will have a look out for a few more heading towards Xmas. They are soooo time consuming and though I do love meeting people, both customers and other crafters, I feel that they are generally too much work for very little reward.

I am trying not to buy any more yarn for a little while. I bought a lovely tallboy from Ebay last weekend to store my yarn but it’s not really big enough! I spent much of a day this week trying to organise my stash and have come to realise I do have rather a lot!! The organisation is still ongoing, where did it all come from?! I seem to be a yarn hoarder 🙂

Well, today brings a bit more crochet, a trip to the shops (food not wool!) and an afternoon of paperwork. Roll on tomorrow! After a morning in Sew Vintage, myself and Husband will be off to the inlaws to be taken out for an early bday meal. Lucky me 🙂


Grand Opening

Darmoor Chapel Crafts in Belstone, Nr Okehampton, Devon

Open for business on Saturday 11th July.

 Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the summer

11am til 4pm.

EXciting isn’t it?!?! I popped in yesterday to drop some of my work off, ready to display next week. Still a few things to do but we will be ready in time. Am really looking forward to meeting the other crafters and seeing their work. It is going to look fab!

Belstone is a lovely village and a great starting point for walking on the moor, or for the less energetic, walk down to the river and have a picnic. Its easy to get to from the A30, either from Whiddon Down Services or Okehampton, taking around 15 minutes.

All crafters are local, most from around Belstone itself, so please come along and show your support (and bong plenty of cash as is only method of payment for the time being!!)

See you there 🙂