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No WIFI

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No WIFI and that’s my excuse! Oh and I’ve been trying to focus-well sort of! I have been away quite a lot. One week looking after little Sis whilst she recovered from first episode of chemo and my birthday celebration in the Lake District. No don’t ask how old – just old enough to know better!

The week with Sis was in her caravan in Snowdonia and we actually had a great week! Fantastically she wasn’t too sick just uber tired. We travelled around each day visiting beautiful tourist hotspots and treated ourselves to lunch out every day and in search of crafty bargains and ideas!

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I am delighted to confirm that I was craft focused and completed a patchwork quilt that I must have started four or more years ago. I had no binding so I made up my own by joining on the bias, left over pieces of the quilt topper. I am really pleased with the result

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I also sorted out my current knitting. I had made it unnecessarily complicated. I had never before knitted an ” all in one”cardigan. I have almost made it to the neck so pictures will follow ( eventually)

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Weekly Blog (an attempt to focus)

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I have decided to focus and not have such a scattered approach to everything. One change will be to write a Weekly blog. It may not be the same day every week but blog on a weekly basis I will!

I don’t know about you but I find that I spend so much time thinking, planning, dreaming. I waste time surfing the net, reading blogs and deciding what to do, but not actually doing it! From now on I’m going to adopt a JFDI policy. (Just *ing Do It)

IMG_1399I have so many UFO’S (unfinished objects) that I am afraid to list them! So complete  “some”  I will. One urgent WIP(work in progress) is a must. Hopefully in next weeks blog this will be on display.

 

At the Hobbycraft show in Manchester last week I purchased some Sirdar Firefly yarn destined to become an evening shawl, using the simple enclosed pattern. There was also a beautiful length of fabric which will make a great skirt. A selection of decoupage papers to put in my Cruise craft project bag. And a much emptier purse! I had a great day and saw many ideas for future  projects. Or am I just creating more PHD’s? ( Projects Half Done)

Knitting moan.

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I’m still “dust busting” It’s amazing how having friends to dinner can motivate you to clean your house! That and the dusty remains of a new boiler installation. But even better news! I’ve finally got back to working on my own projects! Maybe I will even finish something.

IMG_1326I was traumatised to find an error on my Miriam pattern from Quince and co. It was only when I reached all the way to the sleeve insertion that I realised the error. The pattern instructions shape at the “sides” as this is knit in one piece. However whilst it does state 4 sts dec’d the instructions only decrease by 2 stitches. When I enquired I was just informed that I must be using an earlier edition of the pattern and subsequent editions had been amended. Well I don’t think that is good enough. Patterns should be fully tested before publishing. I have had to pull back hours of work which is so demoralising. Still lesson learned….. don’t buy un checked patterns from the Internet!

Autumn in the Clwydian Hills

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Where I live Autumn has arrived! I do enjoy the different seasons and living in the Welsh countryside means I really notice how the year changes. At the moment the farmers are, well, farming! The stock is being moved, the sheep are shorn, the fields are being worked and the hay is in. Hens are laying ( eggs are always for sale at the farm gates). Vegetables are still cropping and being sold at bargain prices. The hedgerows are full of blackberries and my freezer is full of gooseberries and plums waiting to become jam.

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So for now, smile a while see you soon!

 

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Dust, dust,dust

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They are still drilling holes through my 22 inch cottage walls! On the plus side we do now have hot water and warm radiators.

I have spent most of the day sorting out my cruise craft suitcases just in case I get another unplanned cruise. My next booked one is a double cruise next July to Norway and then to Sweden. But you never know!!

The twiddlemuffs are ready to be sent to a worthy cause and I have a very long shopping list. At least I’ve got an idea of a new craft list for the next cruise whenever that might be!IMG_1323

Maybe sometime soon I will get chance to work on my own personal projects. I’ve forgotten how many UFO’s I actually have. Perhaps I’ll make a list! The best thing about lists is crossing off the achievements. Next blog a list………..

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Village Show

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Yesterday in the U.K. It was a Bank Holiday. And the sun shone! As is the tradition, our village held its annual show. The sun shone, the buskers played, the teddies parachuted and fun was had in large doses. Actually, I wouldn’t have thought that watching Teddy Bears parachuting from a church tower could be so much fun!! Three got caught in a tree and had to be rescued. One floated off to goodness knows where, and a few bounced when parachutes failed to open! Oops! And the sun shone.

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The young farmers had organised a “slippery pole” charging £1 for three tries to knock your opponent off. A brave young man challenged my grandson who tried so hard to stay on. It was really good fun whilst raising money for good causes. And the sun shone.

Many charities, small businesses and individuals raised funds, provided games, sold ice cream, candy floss, burgers, do nuts and so on. And the sun shone! A great thoroughly British day out. And the sun shone.

 

Rainy Day Activity

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Welsh Wales weather can be very wet! However, on our recent seaside break in Llanbedrog it wasn’t too bad. We had a few nice beach days and a few variable days. To fill in a dull morning Step Grandaughter and I attempted some block printing. I’d gone well prepared with fabric paint, print blocks and linen tea towels. ( all left from my recent craft cruise)

As usual Benji dog wanted to play as well!IMG_1301IMG_1309IMG_1310Step Grand daughter did amazingly well. She is patient and plans carefully. We were both delighted with the result and great plans are afoot for teachers’ Christmas gifts!

Stitch for thought

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With thanks to Inspirations Magazine

ISSUE 104 | AUGUST 25, 2017
Hi Barbara,

Time to Stitch…

Your time is an extremely valuable commodity. Companies invest billions of dollars each year to try and grab your attention and divert your time towards their products and services.

Tech companies have teams of people creating ‘persuasive technology’ that they build into apps, websites, videos, newsfeeds, social media experiences, all designed to draw you in and steal your time.

Then there is your poor needlework. All your needles and threads just sit there waiting, wishing, hoping, that you’ll pick them up and start stitching. No voice, no tricks, no gimmicks, no proactive way of getting your attention.

Yet needlework has the most powerful tool of all – transformation.

One of the richest, rewarding and satisfying activities we can do with our time is stitch. It transforms us in a way few other endeavours can, but it does require something from us in exchange – it requires we give it our time.

So next time someone, or something, is trying to compete for your time ask yourself the question, is it as good as stitching? Our vote is probably not!

Memories of Canada

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The recent cruise that I was working on was to Canada. It was on Fred Olsen MS Boudicca and billed as “Rugged and Rural Canada”. And what a surprise it was rugged and rural! There was four days at sea in each direction, which is why I was on board, to teach crafts when at sea. Fantastic job! A few of the ports that we visited weIMG_1256MS Boudicca Sydney Nova ScotiaIMG_1258IMG_1259L’Anse aux Meadows school buses to show us around the Viking settlementIMG_1261IMG_1244St Pierre Island

I hope that one day I will return to Mainland Canada and explore further.