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Whilst rushing to complete a knitted Christmas hat I dropped stitches and couldn’t see to pick them up. Black on black is a nightmare in artificial light. Solution= Head torch!!

I’m not going down a mine but this torch really works. The actual light is directional so just wear and aim at the work in progress. It doesn’t do much for your hair and it’s not a good look. But hey do I care? It works!

Hat completed, hair flat, job done!

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Christmas Fair

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I am busy preparing for our Village Christmas Fair. I have been pouring candles into vintage China cups to sell. They make great Christmas gifts and usually sell well. I do have plans for other crafty gifts but as ever time is critical, so we will see.

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For my candles I use Soy Wax which is much better than paraffin wax. Soy wax burns slowly with a clear flame and no soot. And, importantly they are eco friendly! Today I have made ten candles in cups. They are gently perfumed with lavender. I will, hopefully make another ten later in the week. Maybe, just maybe, I will find time for the other project. But I will let you know!

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A Very Special Christmas

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Each year I go away, twice a year, for a long weekend with four girl friends. We have been doing this for nearly twenty years so have the formula right. This November we decided to have our very own, very early Christmas. We arrived at a beautiful cottage in Gloucestershire yesterday (Friday) which we proclaimed as Christmas Eve. We had a Christmas Eve buffet with generous glasses of Prosecco.

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Today, Saturday, we had Christmas Day. Father Christmas had left stockings filled with gifts. We had a log fire and lunch in a garden centre in Hay on Wye. ( which amazingly was open on our Christmas Day). The wearing of Christmas sweater was compulsory, which did cause some funny looks in the garden centre.

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The Turkey is in the oven and we will open our other presents around the table tonight whilst wearing Father Christmas hats.

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Accompanied by more Prosecco we watched the truly Vintage film White Chritmas staring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye filmed in 1954.

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A lovely Christmas Day. Roll on New Years Eve tomorrow (Sunday).

Bergere de France Demo.

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Today a friend and I visited Abakhan, Mostyn, North Wales This is a huge crafting venue and today the “man from Bergere” was there. He gave an interesting talk on the yarns produced in France by Bergere. The yarns are stunningly lovely and I have used them in the past. In fact I made my Mum a shawl for Christmas last year from a Bergere yarn.

imageThis shawl is actually a beautiful blue with a hint of sparkle. The photograph doesn’t do it justice! Sorry!

image image image image imageThe “man from Bergere” was good but it was obvious that he wasn’t a knitter. This is a mistake as he didn’t have a feel for crafting with the yarn. Whilst he may have been a good salesman he didn’t connect with the audience in a crafty way. I was also amazed and devastated when he announced that the demo garments were machine knit! How bad is that when selling a  hand knitting yarn?

As a higher priced product it is very attractive. Lovely colours and good to squeeze! I will certainly use it again in the future.

Vintage textiles, perfumed.

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I enjoy buying these perfumed drawer sachets as a treat. Now I know that they are expensive but I store them with my crafts creations, for example my knitting bag. When a project is complete it usually smells divine. Don’t tell anyone but this is an accidental sneak preview of someone’s surprise Christmas present. I will show you the whole picture when the gift is given!

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Today a parcel from ebay arrived. Six lush pieces of vintage textiles. I really do have loads of vintage embroidery and lace but I can’t bear to part with most of it! I will need to part with some as I am planning to lead a craft class of up cycled textiles early in 2015. With this in mind I have purchased more vintage table cloths and lace and doilies for not a lot of money. Maybe they are too nice to part with!

I will tell you more about the craft/up cycling classes when I know what I’m doing! I am thinking along the lines of up cycled bunting and maybe recycled cushion. The venue is nearly sorted so then it will be all go to organise the event.

Crafts and Candles

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This  week has been very busy, candle making, working, and just living! Tomorrow we have the annual Christmas Fayre ( why is it spelt this way?) here in our village. I have a stall selling candles. I have tried to be a little different and seek more unusual containers as you can see from the picture. Some of the candle are perfumed with “Baby Lavender” and some with an oil blend called “Tranquility”. The fine china cups and saucers that I usually look out for have become much harder to find, and often far too expensive. I try hard to keep the final price as low as possible.  This is a hobby not a real business I just need to cover costs. I don’t expect to sell out tomorrow, although I would like to sell as many as possible, as Hubs complains about candles taking over the cottage!

Next week I intend to front load my Etsy shop with remaining candles- well some of them! So visit noddfa.crafts@etsy.com

Oh and by the way pop along to the Fayre (fair) in Cilcain village tomorrow!

Busy Life!

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I have been busy busy as usual. Trying hard to finish my Mums Christmas present as I’m itching to start another gift! I’m always on “what next” mode, a great planner but not a great finisher. However,knowing this very fact about myself does give me the impetus to try to finish stuff eventually.

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I have also been busy adding stuff to my Etsy shop noddfacrafts. I have added these gorgeous creamy, leather gloves. They belonged to my Grandmother but have never been worn. The gloves come in their original packaging and with the swing tag still attatched. They are truly vintage and I hope that someone will like to buy them.

I have included a cosy Mohair wrap or shawl that I found in Yorkshire earlier this year. The pictures are slightly off colour as the shawl is a delightful blend of light green hues rather than tans but it is lovely.

Sort that Stash!

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At last! Normal crafting service is resumed. After the lull, post Christmas lethargy, lazy times I have finally got my craft mojo back! One of my Christmas presents was a beautiful, vintage pine box from my son and daughter in law. It is stripped pine and quite large. My daughter in law has waxed the lid to a beautiful finish. The chest is about to become a new home for my stash of “stuff”. I have had a great time sorting through my stash of fabric, wool, and unfinished items. I have remembered projects, refound gorgeous textiles and refreshed my enthusiasm,
The chest is full of textiles, yarns and notions and in place in its new home! Fab. The only problem is husband doesn’t realise that there is more! Don’t tell him and we are all happy!

Finished Fingerless Mittens

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Finished Fingerless Mittens

At last I have managed to complete a project! My fingerless mittens are just fab! They were relatively simple,very snug and just that little bit different which I like. I purchased the kit just over a year ago. As I had never knit gloves before I thought that a kit was the way to start. knitting in the contrasting fleece was simple and funky.The kit was from Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop in North Yorkshire,England http://www.wensleydalesheepshop.co.uk
I think I can feel some knitting projects as gifts for NEXT Christmas starting soon.