Tag Archives: Wales

Mask Making (again)

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I only wanted to make a quick six more masks. And everything that could go wrong did. I’ve made dozens of face masks already so I thought it would be a breeze. Well it wasn’t!

The thread tangled around the shuttle. I reckon that this wasn’t helped by using a thicker thread on top. I was trying to use up odd bobbins of thread but should have known better.

The whole shuttle assembly got wedged in at an angle and was clogged with dust bunnies. I’m not very hot on the maintenance so must try harder.

The elastic was too “elastic” I used a different product from previously but should stick with what works.

The back of the masks was a knotted up mess and I spent ages trying to unpick it. I travelled 10 miles to buy a seam ripper to put the faulty stitching right. Surprise surprise whilst I was in the sewing shop some lovely trim jumped into my bag! Great though isn’t it?

All in all lessons learned. BUT I’m still in a stunning location, the sun is shining and ( nearly) all is right with the World.

The Journey not the Destination

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Today was all about the journey. I took the train from Criccieth to Barmouth right round the Cambrian Coast. It was an interesting ride all togged up in a face mask and appropriately social distanced.
Barmouth beach is a beautiful space busy with the bucket and spade brigade. Nice to watch the sand castle building and beach fun.
Lots of “ vintage” signs and lowering clouds
Space to roll up the trousers and wear a knotted handkerchief on the head (only good the old British will understand)
Poor beasts of burden I so hope that they are well looked after and loved.
The obligatory ice cream. It would have been rude not to have one.
Traditional fun fair
Sky diving Seagulls ready to steal your lunch.’
In disguise! Until next time folks!

Wild and Windy

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Here on the Lynn Peninsula we have been battered by Storm Francis

Stormy Criccieth

I only nipped out to buy some knitting needles from the charity shop ( as you do) and was blown and soaked to the skin. I did pause on the front to take a picture, opened the window and a wave washed over the car – well nearly.

It was invigorating but I was too nervous to get out of the car.

A potential Christmas gift

I did purchase my bargain knitting needles and am now cosy, dry and starting on a Christmas gift.

Yesterday I went to the same charity shop and bought a wheel chair for my poorly sister. It was a win win. The charity got the money and hopefully sis will find the chair useful. It folds neatly into the back of my car. I’ve just got to get it to her now!

Long Time No See

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Hello dear reader what a long time since I last posted! How our Worlds have changed! All is good in my little World. My friends and family are well(ish) and my new hips are wonderful. I’m so grateful that I had the surgery pre Covid and that I had them both done at the same time. Sometimes things work out.

I have been busy crafting as usual and have managed to complete a few UFOs ( unfinished objects) I will report back on what I have done in the near future! In the meantime I’ve taken up residence in my sea side home with the intention of crafting and relaxing. Well I’m relaxing all right. Here is the view from my sea side bolt home today.

Beautiful Cardigan Bay

I arrived at my little piece of heaven intending to have a full on crafty week. Hopefully to complete a quilt that’s been on the go for some time. I packed my sewing machine, half made quilt, batting etc and arrived yesterday. I organised the sewing machine only to realise that I hadn’t brought scissors, threads, needles etc!

So having completed one mini project last night I drove into Porthmadog and bought the ingredients for Crafting two more items. Ahh well! So much for completing my long list of UFOs One day I MIGHT be organised.

The trip into Porthmadog was also rewarded with a fab organic ice cream enjoyed by the harbour.

Cruise prep Beads!

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I’m still beavering away prepping my next craft cruise. Only ten days to go Whoo Hoo!This class is making a bracelet using beads and safety pins As with most beading it can be fiddly but great when finished.

Guess where I went wrong? Aww well! Practice makes perfect.

Hubs Benji dog and I spent a fabulous few days at our caravan on the Lynn Peninsular . Today was one for the forever memory banks.

Cruise craft prep

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I’ve been working hard prepping for my next crafty cruise which is just over two weeks away. This is a four week cruise so there has been a lot of work preparing all the craft projects. I think I’ve got an interesting mix of stitching, printing, up cycling and modelling. Today’s prep project involved Lush upcycled pots and pin cushions.

I did find time to walk the dog and enjoy the autumn sunshine

Criccieth Festival

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Criccieth Castle (Welsh: Castell Cricieth) is a native Welsh castle situated on the headland between two beaches in Criccieth, Gwynedd, in North Wales, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. It was built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd but it was heavily modified following its capture by English forces of Edward I in the late 13th century.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the information

Had a great couple of days attending two workshops at the Gwyl Criccieth Festival. The first was a stitching workshop made even better because my Sis came. We made beautiful lapel pins inspired by Cow Parsley. I took the pink one home to finish ( which, unusually, I did!) Then I made another. I will definitely make more in the future as they are a great small project to take away with me.

Many thanks to Kitty and Flo

Busy Day

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Busy, busy days but happy, happy times! Recently I went with Darling Daughter to a craft exhibition. The show was located in a beautiful village, encompassing the lovely 15th Century church, village hall and community centre. We have visited Gresford Festival of Crafts many times and never been disappointed. See http://www.gresford-craft-group.co.uk

The amazingly good crafts are displayed in the church, draped across the pews and decorating the nave. We wandered around happy to soak up the inspiration, colour, textiles and peace!

A beautiful display of Daisies hiding in the graveyard

The church is surrounded by a grove of yews, some of which are equal in size and age to those of Overton listed in the Seven Wonders of Wales. Twenty-five of these were planted in 1726, but one growing near the south gate is older. It was already an ancient tree at the time of Richard II‘s proclamation that ordered the general planting of yews to support the army and the use of yew in the Longbow.

Don’t Tell Anyone it’s a secret!

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The weather today was gorgeous so we took Benji dog to one of the ( many ) beautiful locations in Wales.

We walked from the beach cafe through the kissing gate

I love this kissing gate with the automatic closing mechanism (stone!)

We then passed the 5th century mini church built into the sand dunes for fishermen. Apparently they used the alter rails to hang their fishing nets many centuries ago

Not far along the sand dunes we reached the river estuary. As it was low tide we walked along the beach and Benji enjoyed a dip in the sea.

All this with the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park. Bliss.

The church is Saint Tanwg’s church

The name of the little village is Llandanwg and lies just beyond Harlech beach and castle. Don’t tell too many folk as I want to keep it between you and me!

When is a weed not a weed?

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Here in the beautiful Clwydian hills the hedgerows are full of colour. There are so many plants in bloom, going to seed and looking pretty. These weeds are a delight and blooming marvellous!

Weeds are just plants in the wrong place according to one definition. These weeds sorry plants are definitely in the right place.