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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)

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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!

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!

Block Printing

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My latest crafting journey took me to Block printing. This is another craft that I am demonstrating on my next cruise. It’s fairly simple but feels very creative. I have been preparing samples but have realised that the possibilities are endless! I think that I will be blogging a lot more about this creative activity.

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Travel and Felting

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Another busy busy week. Not that I’m complaining as, fortunately, all is good.

I took Damnvan1 out of winter storage this week. I am very fortunate in that friends let the camper van live in their barn, so it has been warm and sheltered all winter. This year she did however need a new battery and a minor repair- all down to age I’m afraid. She’s not too old and low mileage but I keep thinking about changing/upgrading her. Shshsh! Don’t tell her! I might keep her forever!

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This week I’ve also been on a felting course which was free! I like free! It was a two hour introduction course, very relaxed and very informative. We were supposed to make an egg, which I did and then got bored. I went onto make a small piece of felted Textile which is destined to become a Wild Woman! More about that at a later date!20170330_111953

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Thats all folk see you soon!

Sneaky Weekend

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Last weekend Hubs and I had a sneaky weekend away in the Lake District. As you know dear reader we love the Lake District, Cumbria. We snook away without Benji dog ( he had a holiday with Grand Children) and went without Damnvan1 who is awaiting a service and minor surgery.

We stayed in a pub which served great food and a fine pint of real ale!

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The weather was unexpectedly kind to us especially on the Sunday morning which was cool, crisp, misty and perfect walking weather. We walked across the fields to Hawkeshead village and enjoyed the delights of a good coffee shop (and bakery, but don’t tell anyone about the pastries!)

20170305_122502On the way home we crossed Derwentwater on the very old chain car ferry. It’s a slow but efficient ferry that saves miles of road driving. It’s always exciting driving onto a ferry, requiring breath holding as I head down the “gang plank”

We waited for the ferry to return to us as it appeared from the other side of Derwentwater through the mist.

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We returned home to warm up our lovely stone cottage. This property loves to be lived in! It gets really cold when empty but the stone retains heat when warmed up. Log burner lit, dog collected, wine poured, bliss!

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No New Year’s Resolutions!

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img_1009I don’t do New Years Resolutions! I rarely keep them and can’t see the point. However….

THIS year I’m not going to start another craft project until I’ve finished at least one Work in Progress.

In 2017 I will NOT add to my stash.

Its a good time to start (another) diet.

By the end of January I will sort out my wardrobe.

This is the year that I will blog more, blog smarter and blog in a timely fashion

will be am happy, eager to learn and indulge in positivity.

I will practice acts of random kindness whenever possible.

And finally ……I will NOT make any New Years Resolutions.

 

More Vintage Tea Party

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Hi Folks,

As mentioned in my earlier blog I recently celebrated a Vintage birthday( Don’t ask!) with a Vintage Tea Party. Here are a few more pictures to show you the beautiful embroidered linens and a small selection of the Vintage China that we have available for hire. This is from Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party.

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We have beautiful China and lovely lace cloths. Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party offers a bespoke vintage service tailored to your requirements. You can hire all the vintage table settings that you need for your special event.

imageWe also offer bespoke vintage bunting and hand poured candles in vintage China cups. Call for information Nanna Amy’s Vintage Tea Party on 01352 740631

I love to Blog!

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I love to blog!

I love to craft!

I Love to love!

I found a recently written list of my UFOs ( unfinished objects). It made me smile as this list has not ( or hardly) altered. OK I’ve ticked off a few, but at the same time I’ve added a few. It is only with considerable effort that I have not added more UFOs (or WIP works in progress). Actually if these PhDs (Projects half done) were a visible mind map of my brain activity it would look more complicated than a pile of unravelled yarn. I constantly look, imagine, desire, seek inspiration for more projects whether sewing, knitting,crochet, fabric art, decorated journals, etc etc

Ive got all these thoughts going round in my head and what am I doing? BLOGGING! Well the blogging does help me to focus. Apart from inspiring, me these multiple craft blogs help me to channel my ideas. The BIG problem is that I am constantly demoralised by how prolific these fellow bloggers are. They churn out multiple finished garments, up cycled items and cleverly altered crochet. Or do they??

Another thing that I constantly do is make lists! That brings me back to the original paragraph in this blog.

My Current UFO List:

1) Gorgeous green sweater using Rowan Mohair Haze.

2)Hexipuff quilt -Bee keepers Quilt

3) Christmas Scarf for DD

4) Hexigon cotton quilt.

5) Nearly completed Village Quilt

6) patchwork quilt which only need binding.

7)  up cycled jewellery roll

8) Skirt to be sewn

9) Nepal sweater

10) Felt appliqué tool bag

On the subject of lists I was interested to read a blog Dream big,Dream often by Daniel Ray. He has published a post titled “Wealthy habits vs Poor habits-statistical data”. Within this blog it states that:

“81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs 19% of poor”

Now I’ve got my multiple lists so where is the wealthy?