Busy Weekend

Managed to pack quite a lot into the weekend. On Saturday we drove up to Clovelly on the north Devon coast. We went to see the lovely artist, Lydia, who owns Candyland Studio Gallery. She creates textiles and wallpaper using her own designs, as well as making prints, cards and badges like this one…

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What a handsome chap!

I had to have this gorgeous cushion with magnolias and moths, fab colours

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On Sunday, I was selling my wares at the Christmas Fair, Bude Castle. A big thank you to all those lovely people who bought my crochet! The weather was lovely and sunny but really cold so my mitts and hats flew out the door!! It was such a successful day and I had lots of positive comments so really boosted my confidence in my work. Will definitely be there for the next one.

It’s a 45 min drive from Bude back to my house, which gave me just an hour to unload the car, grab some dinner and then it was back in the car to get to Exeter to see The Damned!  You may not know them but they were a punk band from the 70s who then went all goth in the 80’s (I was a bit young for them but my big brother was a fan so it rubbed off!). Well, they were great, even though now in their 60s!

Luckily, I have a quiet week so can catch up on some sleep, am shattered!

 

 

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Summer Sun

Been lucky with the weather recently and looks like another warm one today. Time for a spot of gardening. Husband is off on the moor for one of his walks with his Dad so I have the day to myself 🙂

We took ourselves out for a change yesterday. It was my late brothers birthday and I prefer to keep busy at this time, rather than be at home with sad thoughts. If you look at my pics, you’ll see him, looks nothing like me, he was a handsome fella, and he knew it! So did the ladies 😉

So, we went out to Coombe Trenchard near Lewdown to the Home and Garden Fair and it turned out to be well worth the visit. It’s open today too. My lovely friend Sophie of The Dartmoor Soap Co was there, not seen her for ages so great to catch up. Her business has gone crazy since she appeared on TV, rightly so! You can buy her soaps online at The Dartmoor Soap Co

There were lots of other stalls including garden ornaments, vintage home wares,  various crafts, food and  plants, which were too tempting for me and so I did buy a couple, knowing full well that my garden is already stuffed but I just couldn’t help myself!

Everything was outside in the pretty gardens of the house. Apparently it is only on every 2 years, which would give me plenty of time to get some stock together. ….

I am still working on crochet, just haven’t finished anything new yet! I have 3 cushions and a mandala on the go, am sure to have one completed soon, watch this space 😉

Have a lovely Sunday x

 

The Great British Summer….

Hmmmm, not impressed so far. Very not impressed with last nights forcast!! ‘Heavy rain acrross the South West all day’, so we cancel work….yup, you guessed it, didnt rain til after 3 and only a little. So now a day behind, good job we have such lovely, understanding clients. We usually wait til the morning to decide whether or not to cancel, but the Met Office and the BBC were so convincing! The best weather forcast is looking out of the window.

Anyway, enough of this moaning. Popped into Kooky Nook to deliver a pair of seat pads (£15 each if you’re interested). Have to say, the shop is looking fab, well done Kate! All locally made crafts. As well as cards, crochet, wooden storage and soap (along with more crafts),there is a lady who makes lampshades, you can provide the material and she will make it at a very reasonable price. The shop is right next to the museum in Okehampton.

Am a bit lost as to what to crochet next. I have not had much time to do any recently, only seem to get a couple of hours in the evening. I only have one big fair which isn’t til August but I really need to get going with it, want to take the oppurtunity to really show off!

I will be glad when this month is over, it has been so busy at work and a bit stressful. May is  a very difficult time of year for me and my family anyway so looking forward to a bit of time out soon.

Well, lets hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, can’t afford to cancel again!

x

 

Oh What A Shame!

I found out today that Dartmoor Chapel Crafts will no longer be opening for the Autumn/Winter this year 😦 , a real shame but at least we gave it a good go, had fun and have met some lovely people 🙂

You can find my work at Kooky Nook in Okehampton (next to the museum) as well as beautiful jewellery from Dartmoor Silver Designs, Dartmoor Soap Co natural soaps and Marielle Ebners fab artwork, all part of the chapel group 🙂 so pop in and support your local crafters for unique Xmas gifts. Kooky Nook also sells upcycled furniture, cushions made from vintage fabrics, local photographs, cards and lovely crochet blankets and cushions.

I am still at Sew Vintage in North Tawton too.

I am booked in for a couple of craft fairs at the end of November – both National Trust properties – Castle Drogo and Finch Foundry – let you know dates when I can remember them!!

I can take on commissions and will hopefully be selling on Etsy soon (I know, keep saying that!)

Many thanks to the owner of the chapel for putting a lot of hard work into opening thru the summer, it has given me a lot more confidence in my work and I will carry on cos I just love it!!

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 🙂

Great News :)

Dartmoor Chapel Crafts, a new craft shop, will be opening for business next month (date to be finalised) in the very pretty Dartmoor village of Belstone, just a few miles from the A30 and Okehampton. The owner of the chapel (also known as the Telegraph Office) aims to promote and sell local crafts, my crochet being just one of a number available 🙂

There will also be childrens clothing from SiaSar, natural soap from The Dartmoor Soap Co., silver jewellery, photography, paintings, pottery…and more! Will keep you posted re the sellers.

There will also be the potential for young artists/crafters to promote their talent.

So, hopefully it will be a success. For the time being it will only be open weekends and bank holidays, just to see how popular it is. Belstone is busy with tourists and locals as it is a great start point for walking on the moor. There is a pub and possibly a cafe soon so fingers crossed. Watch this space 🙂

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