What’s your inspiration? It’s the beach for me! What makes your craft juices flow?

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A strange week or so.  Still hospital visiting, still a sad time within my family.  However, when we get a chance we take a break and try and do something good for the soul, which means to me a visit somewhere special or a little crafting time.

Beach hut at Tankerton Slopes, next to Whitstable 

Recently there’s been a trip to Whitstable, one of my favorite places to visit.  I have mentioned this lovely coastal town on my blog before.  It is somewhere I gravitate towards and it’s just over an hour’s drive from where I live.  We usually park at Tankerton Slopes and walk along the prom towards Whitstable itself.  A stroll admiring the beach huts is wonderful.  If it’s breezy then troubles seem to be blown away, if it’s sunny then the warmth eases all the stresses within your bones.  Either way I love it there!

More huts on The Slopes.  The same day, different skies! 

There’s always been something special about beach huts for me. Someone has been very clever in a Whitstable pub garden.  The Smack Inn reveals the delights of beach huts as a seating area, with a BBQ area and there was a list of gigs coming up too.  We snatched a quick beer before we had to head back but it won’t be the last time we visit.

Huts at The Smack

I have added to my beach themed fabric recently too, which I guess is inspired by this visit and I feel a bag coming on.   No photo to share – but there will be!

It’s a friend’s birthday very soon too.  She has been admiring this fabric in a local shop.


At first we both thought of ‘a swingy 50’s skirt’! But it’s a fairly thick linen/upholstery weight and neither she or I are wearers of those anyway!  With a limit on crafting time and knowing she loves stationary … Ta – da – I made a book sleeve and I hope she’ll love it!  My fabulous sis in law gave me a Kaffe Fassett fabric book sleeve as a gift a while ago, it makes my notebook feel special, not just a book stuffed in my bag to be dragged out for notes and queries!  I am hoping my friend has the same delights when she uses it.


Not much else to show for the last few days.  I have a lot in my head (cotton wool my husband says sometimes!) , lots of craft projects amongst it, but life is getting in the way right now.  I have knitted a few rows here and there, sewn a little too, messed up a couple of ongoing projects, ripped back and unpicked.  There will be more to show off soon.

Signing off for now.




6 thoughts on “What’s your inspiration? It’s the beach for me! What makes your craft juices flow?

    Kate said:
    May 31, 2017 at 2:17 am

    I love that book cover! The flamingos make it so bright and cheerful!

      tinaor responded:
      June 1, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thank you. I love it too. Nice fabric and nice and quick project too!

    handmade habit said:
    May 31, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Beautiful beach huts, Christina! I enjoy all the colours, and what they’ve done at the pub. Brilliant idea. Oh, and I love that flamingo pattern (I love flamingos). What a cheerful flamingo-ed book sleeve. Lucky recipient! Cheers.

      tinaor responded:
      June 1, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Thank you handmade habit.

    MrsCraft said:
    June 24, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Love the flamingo book sleeve!

    tinaor responded:
    June 24, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Thank you Mrs Craft. I am happy to report the recipient now uses the book with the flamingo cover when we are out at pub quizzes – so I get to enjoy seeing her use her gift most weeks!

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