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A Stitching Fest

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Recently I was fortunate to be able to go on a stitching fest. Imagine that! A whole weekend of stitching heaven! I went with the North Wales Embroiderers Guild to a beautiful Mansion called Plas Tan Y Bwlch. This C18 country mansion is now The Snowdonia National Park Centre and offers Accommodation and courses throughout the year. Each year The North Wales Embroiderers Guild hire the whole building, engage 3 specialist tutors and off we go!

http://www.plastanybwlch.com

http://www.embroiderersguild.com

I was so taken with the location that I took Hubs back for lunch in the tea room with the most spectacular views. Many other courses are on offer throughout the year including photography, walking in Snowdonia, art, Welsh history and much more.

I will tell you more about my slow stitching weekend ( and I am slow!)in the next blog. See you then!!

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The Holy Grail?

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Every time I travel I expect to find the “Holy Grail” of fabric, vintage finds or craft treasures. You know what I mean? That serendipitous item that always eludes but the thought of it also encourages the search. Well Italy was no different. I was certain that I would find cheap silk in Como market! Hello? Who on earth ever sells SILK on a market? Ah well I can dream! I thought that I would find that gorgeous bijoux craft emporium selling beautiful yarn! How wrong can you be?

What I did find was inspiration in the architecture, churches and tapestries. The craft work in the actual buildings is amazing and wonderful. The history is the very being of the country.

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This picture was made famous by the book “The DaVinci Code” as it portrays not twelve disciples but eleven. The twelfth person at The Last Supper is Mary Magdelaine leaning over Christ’s shoulder.

Solid silver alter, Bergamo image image imageThe ceiling of the Duomo (Cathederal) in Bergano is so beautiful. How did the artist manage to actually paint it! ┬áThis alter is made of solid silver! ( I wouldn’t like to clean it) Have you ever seen such ornately carved pillars as these-and they were outside! This HUGE tapestry was worked in the end of the 16th century by Flemish artists. The tapestries were commissioned to cover and protect painted murals underneath.

I must apologise for the quality of the image of the Last Supper. It had to be just point and shoot.

Perhaps I did find the elusive Holy Grail! Perhaps treasure is what you see when you look carefully!

Shabby shabby chic chic.

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This chair was upcycled by my daughter in law. She painted it a heritage grey and distressed it beautifully. The chair was further enhanced by creating the rose linen seat cover in toning shades, isn’t it lovely? Daughter in law is very talented and has upcycled dozens of items for herself and on commission. The super good thing about this chair is that it was a gift to myself as a surprise. The really super thing about this chair is that it originally belong to my Nanna (Grandmother) and was found in her attic when we cleared her loft after she died. Son laid claim to the chair and had it for many years before presenting it to me in its upcycled, new style.

The lace tablecloth was given to me by a friend. It is hand crocheted and from circa 1950. It is currently living in my linen stash which grows daily! This linen stash is intended, destined, to be upcycled but the thought of cutting it is impossible. Time will tell as to what projects I come up with. All ideas duly considered so watch this space!

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The table is an old pub table that I bought in the early 1980’s. It is perfect as an occasional kitchen table. It is extremely heavy due to its cast iron base. I have had many cups of tea and quiet reading moments at this table and certainly hope to have many more. Oh and this is where I normally blog so happy days.

A Hidden Gem

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A Hidden Gem

Today we stumbled across a hidden gem. It was “The Hidden Hut” a beach cafe with a difference. It is situated on National Trust land above Porthcurnick Beach, Roseland Peninsula, South Coast Cornwall. I say stumbled because we had just come along the Coastal Path in intense heat and really needed a nice break. What a joy! Great food, service and location.
Whilst we were there they were filming a celebrity chef for a BBC programme Saturday Bites going out in September.The chef was a guy called Tom Kerridge. He was cooking in the outdoor kitchen and walking along the Coastal Path -although
he didn’t walk very far.Too hot.
The painting is by Claire Henley

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