Wednesday, 29 October 2008


Thanks Griffin! I have received this award which is lovely as a) it's from the Griffin who spins a delicate yarn, b) it's very attractive, don't you think and c) I have tonsillitis and am feeling a bit sorry for myself.

I think I'm meant to talk about six things I like. (Griffin did!) So for anyone who is interested here goes;

I'm rather pleased with my purchase of this inflatable rubber zebra. I love kitsch, unusual, tasteless. I like walking into a house and seeing piles of stuff, books, junk, treasure. I like a cluttered home, which is lucky!

I like baking. Yesterdays pudding, (well tea actually as it was just Simon and I eating and we were both a bit shattered) was chocolate orange bread and butter pudding. This is just like good ole bread and butter pudding but with the bread spread with marmalade, no vine fruit, and a sprinkling of dark chocolate chips between layers. When I cook like this it makes me feel like a 'real woman'!

I like my bed and often force myself to stay up till 10p.m when really I have been yearning for my pj's since 9.

I like lots of other things too, and usually there would be three more well thought out likes but I'll finish up with my top three for today; Penicillin, warm squash and ITV3.

I've been feeling the bloggy love from three lovely ladies in particular this week so if you fancy taking the tag Karen, Dogdaisychains, and Iris and Lilly please go right ahead, otherwise just take my thanks for cheering me when I feel so bloody miserable. (that was a whinge so I must be on the up!)

I'm sad to hear about Julia Caprara and will have another look at the work I started on a weekend with her. I was struggling with getting a technique until the last day with half an hour to go when I took the bull by the horns and just frantically started rotary cutting and bonding. I remember her giving me a big squeeze and saying 'good girl', I remember how that felt, someone else sharing in the happiness of creation. Usually textiles for me is so solitary and the blog is about trying to get that feeling of shared excitement. I'm wondering if anyone would fancy a round robin type thing in the new year. Maybe something based on a particular colour palate or stitch? Let me know what you think!

Friday, 17 October 2008

Bo Dangles

I've been playing again! Emma at Tamarisk thought that some clip on bag dangle-key ring type things might sell well at her shop, I already had some clips and I picked up a big bag of lovely chunky glass beads at the show for £3.50. I also have some tassel making plastic things which I haven't really used much before. The only thing missing was....a knitted bead. Daisie has been championing this phenomenon lately and I have really enjoyed making them, they are very quick, (I've been doing them on the bus to work). I.m pleased with the way these have turned out and just hope Emma likes them too. I think they have potential for Christmas decorations too. I also had a fiddle with anew brooch design. I used the embellisher to mount some circles of silk and organza onto a felt disc and then went mad with beads and sparkly bits! I think these could be much bigger and froofe-er!
Can you see the lovely red beads on the brooch and bag dangle? They were amongst an enormous bag of treasure given to me by my friend Ursula. She has amassed a huge amount of stuff and I was the beneficiary of a clear out. The picture shows a bag of beads (glass/coral/stone) thread (Chinese silk etc) and gold work supplies. There was so much other lovely stuff that I just can't believe it. She also gave me two squash and LOADS of apples. With friends like these who needs shopping trips?
One of the other items I picked up at the show was a Stef Francis kit. I considered this a real luxury item at £12.50 but the kit is amazing and I'm actually really impressed now I have had a good look inside. I think it will teach me three or more new techniques and I'll get something gorgeous to wear at the end. One particular technique new to me was stuffing tubular ribbon. I have never really seen the point of this type of viscose ribbon, but now I have put some wool down the middle I am in L-O-V-E- somebody stop me!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Beautiful Things?

I was really pleased to have so many entries to my give-away. Especially as no one (not even me) knew what the prize might be! Well Kate won, and said that her favourite colour was brown, the colour of chocolate cake so I put together a parcel with this in mind. Kate also said she likes making books, I never have so I haven't got a clue whether any of this might be useful for that! Anyway putting together a package for someone you have never met is strangely exciting, I highly recommend it!
If you haven't visited Kates Blog before that is highly recommended too, and as she is feeling a bit poorly at the moment a little visit might be just what she needs!

Monday, 13 October 2008

Knitting and Spending show

Well it was hot, sweaty, knackering, and expensive but by golly it felt g-o-o-d! This was how my treasure looked when I laid it all out on the footstool for Simon's approval (he pulled-'where exactly are you going to keep all that?!' faces.) But really it's not too it? I have started with the brooch making already, who could resist, the wool is ace! This is the first year that I have been to the show and felt the balance was more in favor of knitting than stitching. All the favourite traders were there but in terms of 'new and exciting' for me the wool and the beads had it.
There is much more to show you, so many more treasures and ideas lurking in that pile of fluff. I'm sure it will keep me going until next year. I hope then to get back to Harrogate. I just felt the gradate displays had more room there and I got more inspiration from that. Meet you there next year then?

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Tag, you're it!

Hello! Feels like a long time since I've blogged-sorry. Things have been quite exciting 'round here as my brooches and other treasures are now in another shop. Nila, my sister-in-law very kindly took some bits back with her form her hols. She had told me about a very cool shop called Mallory and Syds in Sheffield and they have agreed to put some bits out on commission. (I'm very excited!) I also spent a good long time mooching in Tamarisk who also sells my stuff. Emma is lovely and very happy to see what I've been up to. I can't tell you how nice it is after three pretty depressing farmers markets to find a home for my creations where they are loved!
This is my latest brooch design, three blooms in wool, lightly felted on the embellisher, mounted on a padded felt brooch with vintage buttons. I like this and might do some more in a posh wool on a green embellished felt brooch, what do you think.....a go-er?
The main reason for this post is that I have been tagged by the lovely and now rightfully celebrated Iris and Lilly. so here goes with a hefty dose of self indulgence as I tell you 11 things all about ME!!!!!
Clothes shop; I'd love to be all glam but since I've had the kids it's two T-shirts in the trolley!
Furniture shop; Our local independent, so friendly and delivers straight away.
Sweet; Wispa at the moment-I just can't resist.
City; York, Bath, Canterbury, you get the picture, old, smallish.
Drink; Beeeeeeeeeer, although posh bottled Cider is surprisingly a bit nicer than Woodpecker!
Music; Not techno pop cheese or opera or country but otherwise I'm e-a-s-y.
T.V series; Agatha Christie- oh how soothing you are!
Film; Like books there's not much I'd sit through twice.
Workout; walking. I do force myself to the gym but not as often as I 'should'.
Pastries; Chelsea or Belgian, I do like a nice bun
Coffee; oooooo no thanks,tea for me, and please don't stir it with a coffee-ish spoon.
Thanks Sharon, and I'm taging Cooplet, because she's just started Uni and might have som new discoveries to share!
I am getting very excited about Sundays trip to the Knitting and Stitching show, I don't know if any one else out their in blogland is planning a visit, but if you fancy meeting for a tea......

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


And we have a winner........I wrote out all your names,

I folded them neatly and Anna lent me her hair tie box and graciously agreed to choose a winner.............

And it is ......Kate from Beautiful things. Kate is a lovely lady and a very generous blogger with tutorials and advice. I will get to work on finding some suitable treasure!

Thank you all so much for entering, I love the variety of different replies I got. The winners reply came very late in the day but made me chuckle when she said that she liked red/brown and her favourite brown thing was.......cake!