Monthly Archives: November 2013

Vintage bunting

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Vintage bunting

I’m busy this week getting ready for another Christmas fair next Friday at the local school. Today I have made more bunting using vintage embroidery,lace doilies and old pearl buttons. I’m quite pleased with the results and worse case it will add interest to my stall!
I don’t cut up good items only those with holes or very worn,or stained beyond cleaning. I like to think that by doing this I am extending the useful life of these old textiles.
I am trying very hard not to start more knitting until I’ve finished at least one current project. But I’m biting at the bit to start a felted bag, having bought a book I’m inspired to give it a go. I’ve also bought some wool so watch this space!

Postcards and Blogs

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ImageI s not the variety that I send to grandchildren!Imageaw the Glow worm card on Blackpool pier! This is not the Image

Well, great joy! This morning I realised that I now have 50 yes fifty that’s a 5 and an o followers! Now I realise that in cyber terms that is nothing but in my terms that’s fantastic! I enjoy this blogging stuff and really do feel connected with the World.

Thank you to everyone who drops by my blog.

When my first Grandchild was born I realised that she would be a modern girl and grow up in an internet society so to maintain a contact and to balance life out a little I started sending her postcards via Royal Mail. I now have three grandchildren and every time I go away, whether for a long time or a day out I send each of them a postcard. I always send a local view,date them and say a little of who I am with and what I am doing..I bought nice boxes and encouraged them to keep them. I hope that in the future when they are as vintage as me these cards will provided something of a social history of me. Hopefully they may remember me as well!

More Knitting and Stitching

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Sue  Hinde working  on her latest Gold Work project

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My recent trip to the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate found me intrigued and interested in many different crafts. The biggest problems are lack of time and limited funds- like most people. I discovered a great, twinkly stall selling gold work Kits and supplies. Gold work appears to be a branch of embroidery using gold (obviously) threads,beads and fabrics. The results are stunning and probable heirlooms. This is definitely on my long list of crafts to try 🔆🔅

Take a look at http://www.golden-hinde.co.uk

Knitting and Stitching Show

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Yesterday I went to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show. Firstly Harrogate is a beautiful Victorian Spa town and is worthy of a visit in its own right,but sorry I had other fish to fry!

There was an annual stitching and knitting show with all things crafty,creative and cool. There were three huge halls full of textiles of every description- a crafty heaven. I had to hold tight onto my purse as sadly its not bottomless! I did treat myself to some wool for a felted bag,some “sock” wool to attempt to knit gloves which I’ve never tried before, and loads of inspiration and ideas. 

My favourite stall lay out was a young lady selling from a VW Hub. Now this is my dream a classic campervan loaded with gorgeous yarns and patterns. She is called “Lily and the Dub” and well worth looking out for. Info@lilyandthedub.co.uk or http://www.lilyandthedub.co.uk

 

Another favourite retailer was selling vintage patterns,yarns etc. I do like to see the patterns actually knitted up and these were very  stylish trendy. See http://www.susancrawfordvintage.comImage

Watch this space for more crafty info!

 

Christmas Angel

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I went to an “angel making” workshop this week and here is the end result! She is very cute and wearing a dress made from twelve days of Christmas fabric. She is carrying a Christmas wreath and wearing a very becoming crown. Her twiggy wings set her off perfectly. Best of all I like her curly hair. She maybe could have had a better hairdresser but hey ho! Or is it Ho Ho?
The course was at Liberty Bell in Chester and took all day. Angels don’t get made quickly you know especially when they are wearing red bloomers!

Book and Dec

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When we moved into our current cottage my Darling Daughter bought us a book as a housewarming gift. Whilst not truly vintage as it was printed in 1972, it is an interesting book to dip into. It is organised to have an entry for each day of the year about history,gardening,DIY,gardening,home maintenance and gardening. First problem -no garden. Next problem -no DIY know how, and final problem it’s the all American advice book-I’m British and live in Wales. However I love it and it makes me smile. Today’s advice was about aluminium doors freezing up- no aluminium doors but very interesting. I will visit this book again to learn of more helpful advice🇬🇧

I spent a few hours making hanging owls for my step Grand daughters this week. I had seen them on a blog but sorry I can’t remember which. They were quick and simple to make using felt,glue and buttons.🐇

The Katniss Cowl Revealed!

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Love this snugly cowl❄

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I knew that this was destined to be mine from the moment I saw the first Catching Fire trailer.

Introducing the Katniss Cowl…

Katniss Cowl 1

I have to say, I love Katniss Everdeen. Unlike a lot of heroines in YA fiction, she is tough and takes care of herself. However, she’s still human, and she has many loving relationships that mean everything to her. She has a balance that I feel like a lot of female characters lack. While she spends most of the books kicking ass and taking names, she’s not just a stereotypical Amazon. She has depth, and we can understand her feelings, even if she can get a little angsty at times. (What teenager doesn’t? Even if they aren’t destined to save the world.) As awful as it would be to live in the dystopian future that is the setting for the Hunger Games, Katniss can handle anything (and…

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Handmade Craft Fair

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Handmade Craft Fair

Our village hall held a handmade craft fair this weekend. The day was really good with a lovely, friendly atmosphere. Around 200 people visited all in search of Christmas gifts. There is a community cafe every Saturday afternoon in this village hall and always sells yummy homemade cake.(cheap!)
I shared a craft table with a friend. The friend sold really good handmade knits and I sold my candles in vintage china tea cups. The day was very lucrative for me and provided some ready cash to buy more cups! (Don’t tell husband!)
I have a few candles left so will supplement them with a few more and I have a date at the local school Christmas fair. So maybe I will make more money to buy more vintage china!
I must stage my photographs with more care as the white mug in the photograph is my coffee. It was so busy that I rushed to snap the picture whilst I had some cups left! But I also had some coffee left.

Lowri Morgana Cushion

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Lowri Morgana Cushion

I purchased this cushion as a kit and it was my first foray into English paper piecing.-Even though she is a Welsh lady! I pieced together the appliqué lady and attached her to the background by hand. I wasn’t really knowledgable enough to quilt the cushion at the time. I would probably still struggle with the quilting,but these days I’d be prepared to give it a go.
I’m all organised for the craft fair on Saturday. Hopefully there will be a good foot fall as everything will be handmade. I will report back.

A big thank you to everyone who follows my blog. I have passed the 100 followers mark which is amazing. I know it’s nothing in cyber World but it is in my World! Thank you.🙋

Winter Plaid Tablecloth

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Winter Plaid Tablecloth

I made a new tablecloth for my dining room’s winter make over. It was very simple- I bought two yards of fabric and hemmed it by hand. OK I have hemmed two out of four sides but the rest will happen! I will have to hurry as I plan to take it to the craft fair on Saturday to cover the trestle table for my candles and vintage bits and pieces.