Month: June 2017

Blue Sky Tag, a little me

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Lovely blogger Postcard from Gibraltar tagged me a Blue Sky Tag – thank you so much for the nomination and for making me feel truly part of the blogging community.



Not so much ‘blue sky’ to share with you today though, it’s grey, windy and rainy here is Kent this Thursday aftenoon.


The tag is a fun event which runs throughout June, and requires me to answer 11 questions about myself and then nominate 11 other bloggers for the same award (in my case, a few less bloggers!)


So here goes, I hope I don’t bore you senseless!


1. What do you most enjoy about blogging?

It makes me feel I am not wasting my life away.  Sometimes when a person asks you what you’ve actually been up to, you can’t recall much of significance or even anything they would be interested in. Posting shows I actually got up to something!

2. What made you start your blog and how long have you been doing it?


I had a lull between jobs, had read a few interesting blog posts and thought it was a great way to share my own love of crafts and love of life.  I started slow three years ago, been a little sporadic, I hope have got a lot better!

3. What most attracts you to a blog and what makes you keep reading it?

Humour, skilled craft show off (or admission of defeat is good too – we are all human!), great photos, written well, punchy (hate spelling errors!)

4. What other hobbies and pastimes do you enjoy?

I post about my hobbies, knitting, stitching, reading, France and the seaside.  I like a laugh with friends. I like movies, theatre and eating out too.  Some bloggers post pics of dinners – I wouldn’t have time as I eat too quickly!

5. Given your time over, without any restrictions, what would be your ideal job? Why?

I would love to have had a better education, learnt craft skills thoroughly, have a well paid business selling things I make rather than things for others to make things with (current job).  Or of course, as my friends and I sometimes say after a couple of glasses wine, we should ‘run the country’… as in become Queen of England/Prime Minister/Chief of Police …

I’m the one with the blue hair, pink hat, viking hat, red feathers – think we were planning to run the country that day !

6. Which new country would you like to visit?

Fairly recently, Joanna Lumley has done two great series on Japan – so Japan goes on my list.  I also fancy more Caribbean locations such at Guadeloupe so I could enjoy the sunshine and practice my french – guess that combines two of my loves so that might be perfect!

7. What is playing in your headphones right now? Music, podcast, audio book?

Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night in the car today – hubby hates FM so I enjoy blasting it out when driving alone.  Reminds me of being 17 and playing it all the time. Feeling slightly old now reminiscing about being 17, stories I could tell – er, maybe I will leave that until another day!

8. What is your favourite book and why?

I just can’t choose one – so changing the rules it’s going to be 2 books.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova – the sad decline of a highly intelligent lecturer who suffers from early onset dementia.  A revealing read to me, well written and recommend it to everyone.

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Secondly, the classic, Room with A View by E M Forster.  I read this as a teenager, could read it time and again. It brings to life the romance of Florence and an era of restrictions and tentative love.  Just found this review — I have very similar views, though I visited Florence years later, looked everywhere for a ‘Lucy Honeychurch’ or  a ‘Mr Emerson Junior’.

9. If you could go to any point in history to witness it for yourself, when and where would that be?

I would quite like to be in the crowd watching Queen Elizabeth II come out of Westminster Abbey having just been crowned in 1953.  It would have been incredibly exciting and as many families didn’t own TVs and we would never have seen such celebration on a grand scale, let alone in colour.

10. If you could eat anything for your next meal, what would it be?

Best memory of best meal, sitting in a treehouse eating curry in Mauritius on our honeymoon.  Can I say that meal again and in the same location?

11. I’m writing this while watching Glastonbury, what would your dream gig line-up be?

From my past, great concerts from Alison Moyet and Sade – so those two for moods and blues and an 80’s blast.  Coldplay for energy and musings. Ed Sheeran for a  bit of something modern and because he’s ginger (have ginger family and friends!).  Phil Collins – loved most things he has ever played – voice from my past and he is currently touring too and is still great. Adele – love her voice and her songs are so emotionally raw (wish I had tickets for tonight at Wembley!). Could go on.  In fact I might just spend the evening playing some of these.

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That’s me done.  I hope you enjoyed my 11 answers.  Now for nominating my choice of bloggers. I do hope you will join in, I won’t be offended if you prefer to give it a miss or if you have already been nominated by someone else.


My Tangled Yarn


Dartmoor Yarns


Mrs Craft

Puddleside Musings


Crawcrafts Beasties

My 11 questions are similar to those posed by Postcard from Gibraltar

  1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  2. What made you blog and what do you enjoy most about it?
  3. What attracts you to a blog and why do you keep reading it?
  4. Other hobbies and pastimes?
  5. Without restrictions, what would be your ideal job and why?
  6. Which new country would you like to visit?
  7. Currently on your headphones/music player? Music, Audio book,  podcast
  8. What is your favourite book and why?
  9. If you could go back in history, where would you be?
  10. What would your next meal be if you could chose and time/place/budget was unlimited?
  11. What were you doing right before you read this blue tag post?  What will you do right after post your 11 answers? Ok, that’s 2 questions…..




A little sewing, repurposing garments, a little quilting, a little musing

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Been a little productive, craftwise, in the past few days, sorting fabric and playing with repurposing some charity shop bargains.  I have ideas to make new summer tops and a pair of culottes.  Having cut out two commercial paper patterns, realised I am so inbetween sizes and  thought about past disasters  I am jigging those patterns so finished garments will hopefully fit me in the right places.  I am not the body size or shape I wish I was (oops! too much good living and too much time spent sitting!)

So I bought a huge men’s shirt for less than £3.00 – am cutting it up. I llke the fabric but it has a stain on it so bought it for the fabric not the garment itself.  I have also taken apart a gorgeous broderie anglaise dress I had two years ago, it had a huge snag on the front (grrr, the washing machine ‘ate’ it!).  I have chopped into it to make a sample fitted top, making sure the darts are in the correct places, then will use it as a sample as a pattern.

I bought some beautiful linen trousers too.  They were made for someone with the longest legs ever – so I have rehemmed them to fit (I actually have long legs but these were ridiculous!)   Also a blouse, which was too short in the body, I added a trim to the bottom and voila – perfect for me.  In fact I wore this combo to work yesterday – so can’t show it off as it’s now in the laundry pile – will show off pics next time.

So, for a pic today …. I have chosen one of a bag I made for a friend last year.  A little quilting, lots of fun I had one Sunday afternoon.


Thanks for reading my blog post(s).

A Little Crafting Therapy

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Towards the end of a very difficult week there is crafting light at the end of the tunnel.

A little rest and family time yesterday helped.  As did some kind comments from a couple of dear friends and also blogging friends here too.

Today, after dropping off No 1 son (and only son!) at the train station ready for him to head airport bound on his hols, I sat and sewed.  Son had been home for less than 24 hours, he is a whirlwind like his father!  Husband has been away from home 2 nights this week for work.  At times they are like peas in a pod!

So today’s progress:

A few hexies sewn as part of a long ongoing project.  The burgundy is a lot darker than it seems in the pic.  Enjoy the rest of your day wherever you are.


Three felt doughnuts to go for sale in a local tea shop.

Time to reflect, after a series of crises

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I often feel my life swings from one crisis to another.  When did it all start? (Crises that is, not life!)

Childhood was happy and simple.  I would love to be able to thank my parents properly but sadly they both passed a few years ago. I was kind of able to say thanks when I spent some time with my mother in her final days but it was not enough and time was short.  I hope she had the same happiness with parenting that I had with childhood.

Perhaps for most people childhood is rosy!  I hope I have been able to give mainly happy memories to my own son.  At the moment I believe my husband and I are deemed as slightly demented, crazy people who were ‘never young’, dare I say the usual thoughts of a young adult these days about anyone over 35!

Perhaps the appreciation of your own parents only comes into it’s own as you age yourself. I think the first time I truly reflected on parenting was on my wedding day.  I had already left home and was living with my fiance but it still felt like leaving the fold of my first family to join my second.

Recently there has been another very sad passing of a dear family member. The final illness was quite lengthy which was dreadful for the sufferer.  However, the weeks gave each of us time to say our goodbyes and remember good times.  I am still deciding in my own head whether this long drawn out end of life was cruel or kind.  It should not be a shock, but it still feels like it.

This passing came a little time after a career crisis for me, followed by a new job offer, accepted under pressure.  During the same period a family member’s plans to return home gave way and a move for that person to go abroad for a year came to the fore.  A new baby in the family was born safely and on time, after several weeks of anticipation of an early and problematic birth.  Husband has a very pressurised job, which recently meant more time away from home, more long working hours, distractions from the business when at home too.  We had a major job done on the house, with builders here for a few weeks and a major job done at our holiday home so lots of decision making done remotely, which is stressful in itself. Our usual holidays at Easter and May Day were deferred due to the happenings about us.  Finally we had three nights and four days away last weekend and that’s when this latest sad crisis occurred.

Of course, now is the time to be there for each other, look after each other, a funeral to get through and the weeks after.

We will survive, but feeling a little battered and bruised.

Still crafting occasionally,  a little ‘therapy’ and me time.  Projects on the table: a patchwork and applique runner for a craft fair (see post a couple of weeks ago for Countryside ideas), ongoing English paper piecing hexagons patchwork throw (see post a few weeks ago!), newly cast on cotton summer top (knitting), almost finished knitted summer vest (just fixing errors on the neck pick up which originally was a disaster), more felt doughnuts to sell …. loads more projects but they are in hiding right now.  No photos to share at the mo but there will be.

Signing out for now.




Countryside themed items – ideas welcomed

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I meant to add this to my last post.  Looking for inspiration please!

I love to hear of crafting challenges. I have not entered into joint challenges online, like those I see on other blogs, though I did join a knitting challenge earlier in the year on Ravelry (not a joint challenge exactly, but a joint show and tell!)

I am often setting myself goals, some of which I achieve, though some become epic fails and I log both on here sometimes … ooops!  Am currently looking for inspiriration with a ‘countryside’ theme – a group of friends hope to have a table sale at a local ‘Countryside Day’ event here in the UK. Thinking of small, reasonably priced gifts for browsers to purchase which are quick to make and don’t cost a packet! All ideas welcomed. I sew and knit, time is limited!

So far, I have come up with squirrels and hedgehogs made of felt – I have 2 patterns but have not started anything!  Outside my house there is an abundance of pine cones – constantly dropping off next doors trees, perhaps there’s something there?  Friends have already made cards and cross stitch mini pics too.  I don’t have much time and am shouting out to others here ! Thanks for any replies!

My squirrels won’t look as cute as the real thing! 

A wander somewhere special, with a ‘tea and biscuit’ break …

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Somewhere very special to me is Rye in East Sussex (UK).  I used to live a short drive away from here and sometimes go back for a wander.  I was there again recently.  It’s a historical town, it was even mentioned in The Doomsday Book.   I used to visit with my grandparents. Thursday was market day, if memory serves me right, and there was livestock for sale, sheep I think, possibly chickens, as well as fruit and vegetables.  We used to have treat at Simon the Piemans in Lion Street if we were lucky, a little cafe that sold the most delicious fudge – it’s still there – more than 30 years later.  My sister used to drool whilst looking in the window! Unfortunately my camera failed me on my latest visit – so no photo of yummy fudge(!), however …

Mermaid Street, with all it’s cobbles, and look at that blue sky

Also one of the quirky houses in Mermaid Street

The House with Two Doors …. don’t know the history, but is sure is quirky – giess once upon a time it was two houses and now it’s one! 

We did stop for a treat whilst in Rye.  I never miss a tea and biscuit break (well, in my case coffee as I don’t drink tea!).  The Old Apothecary was our cake stop check out their website to see how it’s housed in an old chemist shop! The ‘treat’ inspired me a little, though I had homemade cake and not actual biscuits!

Crafting time: These are to add to my items for sale in a local cafe.  For those who regularly follow my blog you may remember doughnuts a while ago.  Same cafe, those doughnuts went down a treat!  Let’s hope a few ‘traditional style’ biscuits go the same way.

One shop bought, one ‘homemade’ 
One from a packet, one from the crafting table !

And that’s a little crafting only, still managing to get a little done, rather than a lot, but a little can go a long way!

Bye for now. Happy Friday !