I’m currently child minding Gorgeous Granddaughter but I’m not very sure whose looking after who! She’s a competent teenager and just needs a responsible adult in the house! Mind you, how did I get the title “competent adult”?
Because I’m here for more than a week I’ve come fully equipped with multiple crafts including my sewing machine. Today I’ve been trying to improve my beading skills. The first challenge of the day was getting the lid off the glue, which I managed with the help of boiling water and brute force. The second challenge of the day will be cooking dinner in a strange kitchen!
I’ll show you the end result when complete.
Hello again! I thought you might like to visit my craft room again. It’s a very small, but lovely room. You might have noticed the lovely curtains. These featured in one of my first blogs and were made by my Grandmother, known as Nanna Amy. She hand embroidered two pairs of these curtains onto white linen. They were made in the early 1950s and I cherish them. Both pairs are hung in my small Welsh cottage.
I also have a cute child’s chair which is at least fifty years old. I don’t know it’s provenance except that it came from my Mother’s house. A lovely example of a chair to sit a dolly or teddy bear on. Actually to frequently drape my sewing on!
This last weekend I was looking after my Gorgeous Granddaughter (or maybe she was looking after me!). She lives a couple of hundred miles from me so it’s always very special to see her. Her parents were away so we were home alone. I searched, trawled the net and tried to find something different to do with not a lot of success. Then I found a Salvage and reclaimation show not too far away. The sun was shining and the sat nav worked and we found Ripley Castle without too much trouble.
Despite being told that taking a child to a Reclaimation Show was tantamount to child abuse we had a great time! We saw chairs, nuts, bolts, garden furniture and so much more.We each bought a lovely snugly throw, we ate Asian take away and found decorative shells. A very happy day!
Ps mines the blue throw.
Finally! Last project for my forthcoming craft cruise.
This project is decoupage. I’ve got lots of wooden boxes, shiny glue and various papers. I have used a Winny The Pooh book that I picked up in a charity shop last year for the demo project. The result is really attractive. I lined the inside of the box with a contrasting paper and have sealed it with three layers of shiny glue. Had I had more time I would have done more coats as this then gives you the ability to finely sand the surface producing a better result.
A lesson learned from this cruise is to choose smaller projects next time! I have packed the craft case but there is a considerable overflow. At least we are not flying so we can have the remainder in our hand luggage.
A few weekends ago lovely Step Grandaughter came to stay. She brought with her a mini sewing machine so that I could show her how to sew! Never one to miss an opportunity I showed her how to sew along side me whilst I made her the dress in the previous blog. Get ’em young I say! I honestly think that if you show a child how to craft when they are young it will stay with them for ever. I am eternally grateful to my Mum and Grandmother for showing me how to sew. Those were the teenage days when I bought fabric on a Saturday morning, made a mini shift dress on a Saturday afternoon and wore it to the Co Op Hall on a Saturday night. Ah well I digress!
Despite a broken arm some weeks ago lovely Step Grandaughter was dashing away with her sewing machine. She designed and made a long length of bunting.
She struggled on valiantly making Benji dog a neckerchief. Benji was a willing model but thought it very odd to be taken for a walk wearing anything more than a lead.
She also made an eye mask to help her sleep! There was an attempt at mittens for the ever patient Benji dog but he did draw the line at modelling them.
We both had a lovely time designing haute couture ( for the dog) and sewing for much of the weekend. I strongly suspect that she will be back! I must think of some good projects. Maybe she will have her own design ideas after all Quant and Kidston started somewhere.
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……..
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!
On a visit to North Yorkshire I’m in charge of Gorgeous Granddaughter and Delightful Dog. The dog is a Six month old pup and into everything.He is a West Highland Terrier named Toby. Toby loves to watch TV especially when there are dogs on the screen. He would also like to learn to crochet but running off with the wool is no way to get round me!
I have spent the day in the company of my Lovely Grandson. In this part of the World it is half term so Grandparents all over the country are being called upon to mind their Grandchildren. I love these days and regard it as an opportunity to play childish games that I don’t normally have chance to do.
Today we were cutting and pasting. Not in the computer sence thank goodness, but using scissors and paper. We made a scrap book and Lovely Grandson drew delightfull pictures of his collection of “Skylanders”. For the uninitiated these are a tribe of Aliens who are used to play animated computer games and basically fight each other.
The drawings were all labelled with the characters’names, therefore improving writing skills as well as cutting out and gluing them into the home made book. Yes! That is something else that has changed. It’s no longer a “scrapbook” but a “smash book” – nothing stays the same.
Finally Lovely Grandson set up his Skylanders as a display using the
scrapbook smash book as the back drop. A creative, busy and fun day for both Lovely Grandson and Gorgeous Granny!
One of my favourite items when sewing is my trusty sewing box. This truly vintage sewing box was bought as a Christmas present by my Grandmother (Nanna Amy) when I was perhaps nine years old. So I know it is really vintage!!🌹
My Mum filled the box with notions. Now there’s a good word! It was full of pin cushion, scissors, pins, cottons, safety pins and so on. I still remember the delight on Christmas morning 🎄with this gift and I have used it ever since.
I was going to paint it but Hubs convinced me not to and I’m so glad that he did.it deserves to remain in its original finish.
For quite a few years I would take this box to school for sewing lessons. I carried the box alongside a leather satchel full of books, PE kit and cold toast for playtime! This journey was right across town, walking and two bus rides there and back. No wonder I was slim ( well slimmer!) I wrote my name on the base of the box presumably in case I lost it! This still brings a smile to my face. Memories are good.