Monthly Archives: March 2016



In and Around Abersoch


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imageWe spent the last week end exploring Abersoch, a small coastal town on the Llyn Peninsula, Wales.


I love the beach and these beach huts. They are tatty or should I say shabby chic? They are waiting patiently for their owners to return after the winter. They will soon be full of wet suits, buckets and spades and deck chairs. This week end the beach was very quiet. It was vast and free, fresh and stimulating. Some have had a fresh coat of paint following the winter storms.


This “ship wreck” adds character to a muddy harbour which is overlooked by trendy wine bars and eateries. There was plenty of shopping opportunities and the sun shone!

Hopefully I will return later in the season with Damnvan1.

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Abersoch 2016


Textile Brooch


I might have mentioned ( just a few times?) that I am going on a cruise ship teaching crafts! This career change and next adventure is only a couple of weeks away so it has been heads down and fingers nimble to make the items to be demonstrated on board.

This explains the scarcity of recent blog posts. But I do have a lot to blog about and just need to find the space in my day!  Whoo Hoo!

We are nearly there with fabric cut and classes prepared. I intend to make a selection of textile brooches as one class. The problem has been how to present the various textiles in an interesting and exciting way. I have come up with the idea to make up “Inspirational Textile Packs”. These packs contain an interesting variety of textiles including lace pieces, delicate leather, colourful net, organza and gold thread or vintage buttons-plus much more. Hopefully these packs will inspire beginners and experts alike.



Here is the first of a few sample brooches. If you want to know more you will need to book on the cruise!


Colour Purple


Darling Daughter gave me these beautiful tulips for Mothering Sunday (but it happened to be Mothering Friday when I received them!). They look so attractive on my kitchen window sill. What is particularly attractive to me is the purple colour. This got me thinking about colours and the effect on our life, demeanour, and state of mind.

The Colour Purple

Purple is defined as a deep, rich shade between crimson and violet, or, more broadly, as a range of hues of color between blue and red,or as a dark color that is a blend of red and blue.According to surveys In Europe and the U.S., purple is the color most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery and piety.When combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity and seduction.

Purple was the color worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy.

Purple and violet are similar, though purple is closer to red. In optics, there is an important difference; purple is a composite color made by combining red and blue, while violet is a spectral color, with its own wavelength on the visible spectrum of light.

A Purple Patch.

One definition of a ” purple patch” that I found is a period of time when things go well. May we all have a long purple patch in our blogging World.



The Other Side of the Lake


Just a link to my travel blog. Enjoy!


Hubs and I went to the Lake District for a few days R and R ( well actually we are always having Rest and Relaxation so nothing new there!). We were extremely lucky as the weather was gorgeous-  cold, crisp and sunny. As some of you may know the Lake District Cumbria has had a hard time with extreme flooding and a super wet winter. Evidence of devistation is everywhere in and around Keswick. Houses are empty with builders re plastering, repairing and re newing. Shops have closed including our favourite supermarket, Booths. OK it’s our favourite supermarket as we get free coffee there each day! So we really missed it. But life goes on and I can’t stress too much that the Lake District NEEDS tourists back to enjoy the scenery and serenity.


Please excuse the quality of these images as they were taken through a bus window!  One…

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Maybe Mothering Wednesday


Here we go again…. Sorry to be late with this blog but life is so busy ( excuses excuses!) Anyhow here we are, we’ve made it this far!

For this year’s Mothering Sunday I made my Lovely Mum a photo album of her, and her family. I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed wading through hundreds of old photographs. The original idea was to reduce the number of pictures and make some storage space. In reality I could hardly bear to throw many out. I had a lovely time sorting, remembering and gluing in the pictures. I used one fab album, two sticks of Glue and loads of time.

Mum was much more delighted than I could have hoped. Her long term memory is sharp, she knew who everyone in the photographs and we shared a giggle. Hopefully the album will provide a conversation point in the future and a long term memory of happy days, a happy life and a wonderful Mum. Happy Mothering Day every day.