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Quilts Quilts Quilts

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Darling Daughter and I went to a quilt and craft exhibition last week. It was in a very old church in a lovely village called Gresford.fThe exhibition is located in the beautiful village church. As we walked up the church path we were met by a Yew tree. This tree is 1600 years old!! Now that is old!

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The interior of the church is traditional and quite magnificent made even more so by the Quilts and crafts draped over ancient pews and hung by stunning stained glass windows. The Quilts were displayed to show the artistic and imaginative work to its best. I must apologise for the photo quality which was due to the reduced lighting (that’s my excuse!)20170623_111147I couldn’t ignore the wonderful Quilted Santa Claus or the many Quilts hanging nearby

20170623_112936This particular quilt was made using vintage lace doilies. Now I know what to do with my doily stash!

20170623_113151This wreath was good food for thought using Tweed, felt and Burlap. It was a super day out, full of inspiration and information. Oh and I must say that the village hall made a great cafe with tasty cakes, yummy sandwiches and good coffee.

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In Search of snow(boots)

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Why have I never quite got the right items? As I’m off to Norway I need some snow boots. I’ve got ankle boots, hiking boots, Knee high boots, fashion boots but no snow boots. You would think that living in the Welsh hills I would have snow boots but we don’t get a lot of snow. Most years there’s a few weeks of light snow although one year I was snowed in. High drama as along came a power cut( no heat) and Hubs was away. I rallied the troops(aka neighbours) who dug my car out and I heated soup on our log burning stove. I also quilted all day so was snug under the lush and cozy quilt! You see every cloud and all that!

img_0896By the way! The wreath on the mirror above was made by yours truly. I used a wire coat hanger and plastic sandwich bags. Easy Peasy!

As the year draws to an end I will continue my hunt for snow boots. 2017 and adventures beckon!

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Strange Times

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I do find this time between the old year and the new slightly odd! Everything feels as though it’s on hold. Paused awaiting 2017! I’m still busy working on cruise projects as it’s only three weeks tomorrow before we sail. Whoo Hoo!

In between this time and that, I have a weekend away to celebrate middle child’s 40 th birthday. How on Earth have I got children this old? Glad and grateful that I have!

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Well I’ve got to get back into my “little” black dress for the next cruise so I’ll just eat up the Christmas cake left overs and After Eight Mints then I’ll start the diet. Oh mustn’t leave the chocolate truffles or the luxury croissants!

Off to cut up fabric! See you soon💃

More Cruise Projects

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img_0902One day I might meet myself coming backwards! Well I wouldn’t want it any other way  Busy is good, interesting, exhausting and fun! In the last month I have been on a Caribbean cruise with Hubs. Oh the glorious beaches, spicy aromas and hot hot sun! We left Christmas in the freezer returning home to a very cold stone cottage in the Welsh hills the day before Christmas. Once we had warmed up the cottage we put up some decorations and cooked Christmas dinner for 10 family members.

The next day I made another project for my imminent craft cruise. Three weeks on Friday I go to The Norwegian Fiords on another cruise. This time I will be teaching crafts whilst onboard. I have nearly completed assembling the craft projects that we will be doing on this cruise so phew! Another job done.

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This bag is made using iconic Liberty fabric. It is quite simple because it has to be hand stitched. The bag is just the right size to use on board ship to carry your book and sun tan lotion. ( Although I don’t think we will need much sun protection during the very short Norwegian days of Winter!) I have added a pocket to carry the ships card in.

I will update you again soon dear friends so may 2017 bring peace, health and love to you all.

Early Noel

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Last weekend I went away with my girlfriends for our annual Christmas celebration. We generally enjoy a Christmas Eve Buffet on the Friday evening, Christmas Day on the Saturday followed by a Boxing Day Sunday. We have a secret Santa AND a stocking of goodies. How lucky are we? This year we had a beautiful penthouse apartment in Alnmouth Northumberland and we decorated it with our festive stockings and a Christmas tree.

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We had great views of the beach and estuary. On “Christmas” day we opened our presents and watched Christmas movies🌲We put the turkey in the oven and went for a long walk along the beach. When we returned the turkey smelled lovely so we watched another Christmas movie. Sometime later I went to put the roast potatoes into the oven and WOAH ! oven cold! Turkey half cooked! Oven broken! Disaster 🌲

 

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Not the turkey!

After a search on line we realised no fast food outlet would deliver pizza etc. We’d all had a drink so driving wasn’t an option and Christmas table already decorated! Finally we walked into the small village of Almouth and one of the only eateries did take out fish and chips. So that was our Christmas dinner complete with Christmas crackers, paper hats and a borrowed bottle of vinegar from the fish restaurant. Merry Yuletide!

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Cruise Craft #3

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img_0861Another project “in the bag” for when we go on our crafty cruise in January. K and I are working hard at putting the ideas, examples, and textiles together. We aim for all this to be done prior to Christmas so that we can sit back and relax. The preparation is hampered by the fact that we both have other cruises booked with our husbands in December. How lucky are we?

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The latest project is a cover for coat hangers using upcycled vintage textiles. Many of these vintage cloths have beautiful embroidery and have lace on them. Many are damaged with wear and tear so this is a good way to re purpose these lovely old textiles. The project is worked using hand stitching, lots of imagination and is great fun. Hopefully this project will appeal to people who can sew and people who can’t as part of the delight of demonstrating these items is helping them to finish an item. And enjoy the result.

 

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Each coat hanger cover includes a pocket in which I have put a perfumed piece of linen or could be used to hide jewellery. Neat!

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Just two more projects to go so watch this space……

 

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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Glass Half Full

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Hello Lovelies!

I am so pleased that I am a ” glass half full ” sort of a person as January has been a particularly difficult month somehow feeling dark and long.

My lovely Mum was stuck in hospital over Christmas and into the New Year because following a fall, the care home where she had lived happily for the previous five years felt that they could no longer “meet her needs”.  I was very upset about this at first but set about finding her another home. In fairness she does now need a home that provides more nursing.

This week saw her finally settled, and reasonably happy, in the new home. This home is a large old building set in lovely countryside. It has huge beautiful windows and lovely grounds. They have craft afternoons each week so guess who will help out?

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As January progressed my Soldier son smashed his ankle whilst on an assault course. It is a particularly nasty fracture which the surgeon called “category F” you work out the F! The long term prognosis is OK but will be a long haul recovery. Thank God for medical science.

In the mean time small Grandson fell downstairs hurting his shoulder. He was rushed to hospital but could wave at the nurse when asked! Kids!

Hubs has been laid low with what I called Man Flu but did turn out to be a particularly nasty virus. He’s well on the mend now,thank goodness, as he can resume dog walking duties.

In the midst of all this I went on a craft course which, hopefully, will allow me to teach crafts on cruises! More about that later. Life is certainly not dull so last night found me in the local village pub toasting the next month in and goodbye to miserable January!

Cheers! This glass is still half full!

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Sock Snowman

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Today’s Grandchild project was to make a snowman from a sock as mentioned in a previous blog. He is very simple, very quick to make and very cute! I had to buy a pair of white socks ( which actually came in a pack of three!) and some rice to stuff him with. This makes him very stable and easy to mould into a snowman shape. All the rest of the “ingredients” came from my sewing box, thread, pins, buttons, ribbon scraps, glitter glue. You can personalise him with whatever is to hand. I am sure that he will become a regular Christmas decoration but if anyone needs five spare socks……..image

Love Is?

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This is one of my favourite photographs. It is of my Mum, my Sister and myself. It was the first time that any of us had been to a High St nail bar. We were on holiday with Mum in Blackpool. For me the photograph epitomises the love between a Mother and her Daughters. Mum is poorly in hospital at the moment and Christmas is looking a bit grim. When I next visit I am going to do a manicure for Mum. A girl can always do with some pampering even an 89 year old girl!image