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Vintage Pinking Shears

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I enjoyed a lovely pre birthday lunch with my eldest child. He gave me these vintage pinking shears as a surprise ( not a birthday present) He said that he found them when trawling through charity shops.I was delighted with the thought and the gift. They are truly vintage, perfect condition and in their original box. They made me think of other vintage sewing items that I have. More about them later!

Felted soap

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My Sis and Daughter decided to teach ourselves how to make felted soap ( OK it was my idea!) We spent an evening watching “how to videos” on YouTube and much of the next day experimenting. We soaped, squished, laughed and felted.

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I then dry felted a heart onto one of my bars. The results were quite good with some room for improvement.

This is an eco friendly craft which will be great in the shower. The soap continues to shrink within the wool which also shrinks. Every piece of soap is used up leaving a piece of felted wool behind.

Well! Our hands were clean and we smelled delicious.

Crafty Loveliness

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I’ve been crafting away getting ready to cruise and teach crafts on a cruise ship. The cost for me is in stocking up on materials, making the crafts and organising the programme. Making the crafts is great because I get to let my ideas run riot and ( hopefully) materialise as something people would like to make. The initial outlay is not inconsiderable but also good fun. Today I bought safety pins! The plan is to make bracelets.

These are fairly easy to make but you do need a degree of dexterity as they can be quite fiddly.

I have just ordered 20 boxes of these pins! It’s surprising the variety of pins available but as I have to cater for up to thirty participants this seems the easiest way to stock up

No Room At The Inn?

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I recently visited Chester Cathedral with the intention of seeing a knitting exhibition. There was a display of knitted Bible stories, Hand crafted and lovely.

There was a “side” show of knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. Very admirable and kind idea.

The cathedral is a beautiful, large church, warm and cosy. What I couldn’t understand was why ?

Why Heat the lovely space to such an extent when all the visitors are warmly wrapped up in scarves and good coats?

Why have such a large attractive space open to the public when some of the public are homeless ( for whatever reason) and sleeping rough in doorways?

Why close the doors at night to keep the Church warm when some are shivering with no bed to sleep in?

I know that the homeless is a complex issue. Many people do help and do their best. Maybe I’m doing Churches in the UK a disservice . Maybe they do open their doors at night. Just maybe a little more could be done?

I must give full credit to the Chester shareshop and all their hard work for the homeless people of Chester and elsewhere. When I shop in Chester I always buy myself a coffee. It costs me only a little to buy another coffee for someone out there.

Trying to recycle

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I’ve made an attempt to save the World this Christmas but suspect it’s not a single handed job!

I bought and wrapped my gifts in recycled brown paper. Then realised that the roll I had bought was wrapped in plastic!! Come on WH SMITH!

I used fabric scraps to tie the gifts up but then realised that I still needed sticky tape (because I’m a rubbish wrapper!)

Some recycled gift wrapping ( the paper is recycled not the gifts)

Scrappy Tin ( that has been recycled)

I only bought Charity Christmas cards from the actual charities but spent a fortune on postage stamps! I had thought of not sending cards this year but I actually enjoy receiving them. Any novel ideas about recycling them next year?

Well I have tried so I will try even harder next year . I’ll drink plenty of wine then I can recycle the bottles!

Finished Friday!

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I’ve Finally finished my current project!

It’s scarf called Hitchhiker and can be found on http://www.Ravelry.com and is by Martina Behm This is the third time I’ve made this cosy knit. It is easy to do and attractive when finished.

First I made this one:

Then I made one for my daughter last Christmas, which I forgot to photograph, but that time I sewed purls to each point.

And now I’ve made this one:

Christmas Cookies

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Gorgeous Grandaughter and I decided to make Christmas Cookies, well she decided to so I went along with the plan. We have made Peanut Butter Cookies and Mincemeat cookies. We’ve batch baked twice so have a large supply. The point is we practiced and got better as we cooked!

Vintage Confession

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I have always been a chocoholic- until now that is. When my children were young I traditionally bought each of them a Selection Box for Christmas. One particular selection box was in the shape of a Christmas stocking covered with nylon netting.

Now for the confession, and not a lot of people know this! One Christmas I carefully un picked the end of the stocking and slid out the Mars bar. I, of course, ate it! This meant that I could buy a new bar of chocolate and slide it into place. I fastened down the end of the stocking and happily gave it to the intended recipient.

I am no longer a Chocaholic. In fact chocolate has not passed my lips for ten months. My halo is chocking me!

Finished Friday

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OK long time no blog! I’ve been very busy, excuses excuses! I’ve been very busy cruising in the Caribbean and I’ve been Very busy having Christmas. I know! I know! I’m spoiled but I love it.

One thing I did was to actually finish something. This was a scarf for Darling Daughter as a gift for Christmas. I used ” Hitchhiker” pattern from http://www.ravelry.com

I am pleased with the out come and nearly kept it for myself. It’s always a good gift when you don’t want to give it away isn’t it? But it did go to a good home!

IMG_1428I used a fine un dyed Merino wool which was good to work with. I do think that this scarf would be good in many yarns as it’s so adaptable.

IMG_1449As you can see I added pearl beads to the points and blocked it when completed.

Here is my original Hitchhiker scarf which is much bigger as I just knit until I’d used up all the yarn! I hate waste!

I promise to blog more often and I promise to work harder and complete more projects. ( In my dreams)

Top Tip

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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!