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Fayre or Fair?

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Yesterday was our annual village Christmas Fayre. A fun, festive event putting everyone in the Christmas spirit.

IMG_1410I had a stall selling my perfumed candles in China cups, printed bags and knitting. My little Sister helped and it was good to catch up with friends. As usual I probably spent more money than I made but it is great to meet fellow artisans and network. Christmas is heading this way fast so brace yourselves!

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Is it Christmas?

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I’ve had a “Christmas cactus” for about forty five years! Yes! The same plant! I have written about it before but it is worthy of another mention. This plant is psychologically confused! It blooms pre Christmas prolifically. But the flowers have always gone by Christmas time.

It then goes on to pretend it’s an “Easter Cactus” and flowers again. But not only that it displays blooms during the Summer! It works so very hard for little or no attention. In fact this year it had a really hard time when I put it outside for a fresh air holiday. The poor plant got damaged (I do have a tiny garden/ok patio) and two or three branches were snapped off. Un deterred I stuck the broken branches into fresh compost and they started to flower!

These offspring have now been passed onto friends. The lady who gave me the original plant said not to buy plants for the house accept gifts of plants from others. You then fill your home with friends not plants! So true!

Thank you Wikipedia for these images:)

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Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti with six species found in the coastal mountains of south-eastern Brazil. Wikipedia
Scientific name:
Schlumbergera
Higher classification:
Rhipsalideae
Rank:
Genus
Did you know:
The optimal temperature for Christmas cacti is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. networx.com

I Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way!

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Busy, busy, busy! A busy life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I never get to the end of my”to do” list ’cause as I tick something off I add more to the end! I am working towards a village craft fair on Saturday. It’s usually good fun, well attended and marks the start so the Christmas season for me.

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I’ve also been on a mission to complete one or two of my Works in Progress which I will report on at a later date.

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Vintage Cup Candles

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More of the same this year!

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imageimageimageI have started work making candles in vintage cups ready for a craft fair in a couple of weeks. I collect, hunt down or otherwise acquire vintage china cups all year round. Each year at this time I fill them with perfumed wax in readyness for Christmas fairs. Over the years the cups have got harder to find at reasonable prices. I suspect that this is because the charity shops have got more savvy on prices and vintage china is more in vogue. Still, it gives me something to hunt for!

I always use Soy wax as it burns with a delightful creamy colour, no soot and a clear bright flame. As well as being Eco friendly. The candle making is time consuming but good to do. This batch I have perfumed with Baby Lavender and my house smells delicious. I will also put some in my Etsy shop over…

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My Celtic Cushion is finished!

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Don’t you just love these colours?

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I recently finished the other half of my Celtic cushion cover and joined the two halves together.

I chose to sew the sides together as I thought that would be the easiest in spite of the fact that I don’t like and am not very good at sewing (probably some cause and effect here!).

stitchingI actually sewed from the right side because the stitches would tend to show anyway and I thought this way I would get the neatest result.

As a closure, so I can remove the cushion pad easily should it become necessary, I decided on buttons. buttonsI had thought about clear, virtually invisible, buttons but then I saw these and thought they were very pretty in an understated way.  buttons on cushion

I increased the length of the original side with a few rows of dcs for something to sew the buttons onto then used the natural gaps in the…

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A Vintage Christmas Gift

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Still in constant use!

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One of my favourite items when sewing is my trusty sewing box. This truly vintage sewing box was bought as a Christmas present by my Grandmother (Nanna Amy) when I was perhaps nine years old. So I know it is really vintage!!🌹

My Mum filled the box with notions. Now there’s a good word! It was full of pin cushion, scissors, pins, cottons, safety pins and so on. I still remember the delight on Christmas morning 🎄with this gift and I have used it ever since.

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I was going to paint it but Hubs convinced me not to and I’m so glad that he did.it deserves to remain in its original finish.

For quite a few years I would take this box to school for sewing lessons. I carried the box alongside a leather satchel full of books, PE kit and cold toast for playtime! This journey was right across…

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Focusing at Yarndale

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A great visit to Yarndale in Skipton a few weeks ago. This is One of my favourite days out of the year. Of course I didn’t go to buy any yarn, after all my stash is beyond measure! I just went to enjoy the woolly experience. Well, enjoy it I did! I enjoyed buying some beautiful four ply Merino wool. Well it was a bargain and it would have been rude not to buy it. I checked out all of the stalls, which are incidentally, located in a the animal pens of an auction mart. I enjoyed squeezing lots of wools and admired the rainbows of colours. It’s the colours that are the main attraction. I enjoyed buying a wool felt cushion kit. A girl can never have too many cushions (although when I will make it I have no idea!)IMG_1366I  did also buy hessian, now I REALLY needed this! Also a roll of Tweed scraps just because I could!

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