Sunday, 27 June 2010

You can always do with a new purse!! 'in' thing at the moment is little felted purses. Made by knitting with beautiful pure wools, then felting and adding some decorations, linings and zips! I'm really enjoying doing these and they are lovely (even if I do say so myself!)

  The top three are made from Twilleys 100% merino wool, this is lovely to work with and felts so easily and the last two are a local, organically reared Hebridean wool which is the most delicious looking dark chocolate colour and contrasts so well with the pink. These five are in my Folksy shop and there are a few more coming soon in different colour combinations.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Beautiful Things in Unexpected Places!!

It's been a busy day today, up this morning to get along to Woolfest . It's a bit of a drive over but goes through some of the Lake Districts most beautiful countryside. Although I really enjoyed it, looking at all the gorgeous woolliness , It was a bit different to what I expected. I guess I thought there would be more little crafty type stalls but most of it seemed to be supplies, loads of fleeces, felt and skeins of wool. I'm sure if I had gone with a pocket full of money and a big shopping list then I would have felt a bit happier but in the end I came out with a few balls of plain 100% wool and a lovely skein of handpainted wool and that was it!!! The experience probably wasn't helped by having two very tired and hot children with us!

And no pictures either....after getting an extremely snooty, stroppy attitude of one of the stall holders after I had taken a picture I suddenly realised that the majority of them had polite notices up asking for no photos to be taken...oops! 

Still...we then went of to the seaside for some munchies and a paddle before heading home through some more beautiful countryside. 
That was until the brakes failed coming down a particularily windy, steep hill...aargh. Hubbie did a sterling job of getting down safely and fortunately our breakdown cover is up to date! On the plus side we couldn't have broken down in a more picturesque area!!

While waiting to be rescued I took the kids down to have a look at a little chapel down the road...WOW!

It's just a little church but beuatifully looked after, with the most amazing prayer kneelers you could imagine. Each one was hand stitched (cross stitch - I think!) and each one had a little note sewn to the back saying who had made it, who it was made for, and a dedication...a real labour of love! It's amazing what you find in the most unexpected places. Here are just a few of our favourite ones........gorgeous!


Aren't they just something really special and only 'discovered' because our car broke down!! We got home safely in the end but I will definately be going back to that little church when we pass next!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Midsummer Fairies.....

Hurray! Finally got myself in gear with a Folksy Friday....
We've been off on a Midsummer Camp this week with a group of other Home Edders and have had a fantastic time. Midsummer Eve was spent with the kids dressing up as fairies and wizards (amongst other things!) and eating LOTS of marshmallows around a fire....sugar overload!! So here is my Folksy Friday for this week, all about lovely fairies and things!!.....

Friday, 18 June 2010

Summer Madness....

I feel like I've done loads and got nothing done for the last few weeks!! This blog, my Folksy shop, twitter and everything else has been seriously neglected!! It's just been a bit mad, so here is a quick catch up.....

1. I've now finished my charity exhibition piece, then completely forgot to get pictures of it before handing it in...dur!

2. Worked with hubby on a couple of jobs which ended up being very long days painting and decorating.

3. Visited the Mother-In-Law and did some more painting (of fences and gates this time!) I decided this may be the way to go if all else fails, it's really quite pleasant sitting in the sunshine, on my own, having people chat to you as they wander past with their dogs! This could be a new business venture!!!

4. Helped out in the craft tent at Party In The Park, which is a fantastic family fun day run by our local church.

5. Been busy making things for the monthly craft fayre at the end of the month, some lovely little felted purses.....soon to be seen here and on Folksy!!
..... and all the usual family things that go on.....

And..... tomorrow we are off for another three night camp with our Home Ed group, I'm busy getting some bits ready so I can sit and sew linings and zips in purses and maybe even knit a few more. We'll see how many actually get done!!

I will be back for a while after that, so I must get a stack of bits listed on Folksy and Zibbett and get a move on with the craft fayre's never ending!!!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Going Kind Of Potty - Folksy Friday

Folksy Friday is early again as tomorrow we are off to a Crafty Monkeys Ceramic and Pottery Studio near Penrith for the day. Sunshine, picnic, treasure hunt, two happy kids painting ceramics, one happy hubbie playing on the potters wheel and one contented mum drinking coffee and chatting!!  Great!! So to get us in the mood this Folksy Friday is all about Ceramics / Pottery which are a little bit different from the norm....hope you enjoy them! 


.........and one from the Crafty Monkeys themselves.......they've only just got started on Folksy so go and show them some luuuurve!!!!