Month: May 2018

May 29, 2018: Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge

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Love a writing prompt!

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Writing Prompt TuesdayChristine is known for her writing prompt challenges on her blog Brave and Reckless.  She is now hosting a Tuesday Writing Prompt Challenge at the Go Dog Go Cafe.  The prompts are designed to be quick challenges that can be written in 10 to 15 minutes,  inspire you creatively, are fun, and get everyone interacting.  Please post your response to the prompt in the comments below and show your fellow posters some love and support.  All members of the Go Dog Go community, including Baristas, are welcome to participate.  Feel free to share this post on your own blogs and/or Facebook.

Christine is always looking for cool, quick writing prompts.  If you have a great idea for a future Tuesday prompt challenge, send it to her at christine.e.ray@gmail.com

Today’s prompt is a flash fiction that starts with: “The color of her blood was the least of my worries…” 

You can leave your responses…

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Library in a telephone booth

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I wish we had a redundant phone box where I live and a community that would appreciate a library like this!

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In this day and age when everyone has a phone in their pocket and the telephone booth has virtually disappeared, I was pleasantly surprised to see this:

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We stumbled upon this lovely old British telephone booth on a tiny village common.  It has been turned into a free book exchange for the community.  The idea is to leave books you no longer want and take ones you do.  What a cool idea: no rent to pay, no staffing needs, no closing times.  If you find yourself without a book to read in the middle of the night (heaven forbid!) all you need is a flashlight and a pair of boots and you can fix what ails you.

I love this idea!  Now to have one for stash yarn……

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Sewist? Sewer? Stitcher? What do you call yourself when you are sewing?

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I can’t get enough crafting this week.  If I sit and do nothing my mind whirrs and I can’t settle. I have knitted, sewn, painted, mended, scanned books for new projects, even tidied my craft room a little (hubby thinks the last bit is the best bit!)

I think it’s because I was stressed recently about an impending surgery (which has been done and was successful and now I feel fine, thank you very much). Most of my WIPS had stalled over the last few weeks due to mistakes and mishaps (possibly also partly due to the stress of the impending surgery) and also that I hand a slight hand issue which meant I started things and had to give up due to discomfort.  All in all, not a good time as a crafter. The hand issue may or may not have gone away, however, so I am just enjoying the opportunities now.

So, my latest new project, started and finished in a few hours.  This is a great FEAT for me.  I do not yet have a good photo of this – I am on my own and can’t take a photo of myself wearing these – so they look large and slightly weird, just scattered on a surface.  I can do better with photos, I will do better, don’t judge me.  I just NEEDED to share NOW!

Summer cotton shorts, cute lifebelt fabric, these are going to be so easy to wear!  Am I a sewist or a sewer?  I reckon sewist sounds slightly better, don’t you?

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Crafting, sharing, beach huts and bunting

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Crafting can be a solitary past time.  To sit and craft (knit/crochet/sew/other) may be therapeutic, peaceful, often perfect ‘me time”. Occasionally it’s a good thing, especially if something’s not working out and one might curse and grumble a little! (Or is that just me? …)

However, sometimes sharing crafting time can be so much fun. I belong to a creative group which meets regularly.  Sometimes I meet with individual friends and craft too, perhaps try out something new.  That’s what I’ve done already this week – tried something new to me.  I am not an artist or painter.  I’ve had a creative date with a good friend.  It was a giggle,  it was inspirational, it was a wonderful afternoon.

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I painted a mini canvas, stamped patterns on the yellow sand, stamped beach huts and bunting on card, coloured those in,  designed a fishing pole (cocktail stick, so you can imagine this canvas is about 6″ square).  I attached a fish trinket as if just line caught.  A tiny shell gave more 3D seaside detail.  This will be finding a special place in my home to always give me a little bit of beach. I love a beach!

I hope to make more canvas art in future.  It was so difficult to choose just one design. What inspires you to try a new craft?

Sharing bouquets (not from The Royal Wedding)

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I am very traditional in many ways (though not all).  I know some people don’t like cut flowers and think sending flowers is old fashioned or a waste of money (if I ask my 20 year old what he thinks his answer is ‘I don’t see the point'(!))  Personally I just love to receive a bouquet.  I was lucky enough to get two last week as I recovered from minor surgery.  It was supposed to be just one but there was a mix up with florists so two arrived 24hrs apart sent on behalf the same person.  Each also came with a box of chocolates!  I felt very loved.

 

I favour one slightly over the other but I adore the colour choices and they are even more lovely as the closed flower heads unfurl further.

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Then a neighbour brought in some flowers freshly plucked from her garden.  How beautiful are these?  We didn’t anticipate some lasting beyond the day as many garden flowers do not last well once cut, but they surpassed themselves. These are already three days cut.

She also brought in a healthy and delicious lunch – I ate that without snapping a photo first! What a star/friend she is.

I hope you like the bouquets I am sharing with you today.  (Maybe some of you heard Harry and Meghan shared their wedding flowers at the weekend.  Theirs looked wonderful but mine have lots more colour!)

Then more chocolates arrived….

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And this is what is left.  I did share, honestly!

 

With all this floral inspiration about me and being quite well to sit quietly and recuperate,  I was actually able to craft a little.  In this case I ‘made do and mended’.  I may have mentioned on a recent blog comment that I had found a hole in a favourite jumper that I was going to attempt to repair. Having purchased this in a charity shop two years ago, my repair seems to have worked so next time not only will I be I floral but I will also be sparkly! Follow the arrows to see the hole in the first pic, the sequins over the repair in the second, and (it’s not a good photo) a selection of sequins on part of the jumper when finished. I did singles and clusters on various parts to make it look like they’ve always been there. I think it came out ok and my lovely jumper lives to see a few more wears.

 

 

I look forward to sharing more crafty successes during the week.  I have been a little slack with my WIPs but my mojo’s back! What’s everyone working on?

 

The difference between beaches

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We headed for the coast last Monday, a Bank Holiday here in the UK.  Luckily we started out early, arriving at Louisa Bay, Broadstairs in time for a bacon buttie breakfast at a little cafe right on at the edge of the beach.  It was fairly quiet, so afterwards we lay and read our books listening to the gentle waves lapping on the sand, a little chatter around us, hubbie even had a nap, waking himself with his own snoring! This is a photo of the ‘crowds’ about midday.

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After a couple of hours, baked and searching for more liquid refreshments we strolled a few minutes around the corner to Viking Bay, which most people consider the main beach at Broadstairs.  If you look closely there are patches of sand free! This isn’t my idea of a pleasurable afternoon on a sandy beach – just tooo packed!

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We bypassed the hoards and found a cute bar/bookshop and took refuge in the cool.  https://www.chapelbroadstairs.com/   I wish I’d taken my own photos here, it’s a unique place with aged books to browse from every floor to ceiling shelf and though I had a soft drink, I understand the craft beer is great!

We returned to ‘our’ little Louisa Bay afterwards which has decreased in size due to the tidal flow, but it was lovely for a short half hour before we headed home.

trouville beach 1I love a beach (anyone who catches my blog will already know this).  I know we have to share sometimes but I think I might avoid Bank Holiday trips to the coast in the UK for a while and continue to visit out of season.  Here’s Cabourg, Normandy, France last October ….

 

I should have ripped it back, a lesson learned

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Today, a gorgeous sunny Sunday here in Kent, I am wearing a cotton summer top I knitted last year.  I loved the cotton I knitted with (Paintbox DK from Loveknitting.com). When the back and front were finished I sewed it together and finished the armholes and neck.  The neck looked awful, lumpy and bumpy, not a good finish! It is often more difficult to get a neat finish with a cotton or cotton mix, based on past experience. I added some extra rows and attempted to make the neck edge roll back on itself to neaten it up.  I had an idea that if I added a lace trim it would enhance the neck and be a ‘feature’.  I should have ripped it back there and then but I didn’t.

So I tried the top on ….

I have no idea why I waited until the final furlong.  It fits badly.  It is too snug in places, but too wide across the shoulders and chest (think of me as a lumpy triangle, narrow on the top, getting wider across the bottom (!).  This is not a flattering photo, deliberately to show off a bad knit, ha ha! It’s the top’s first foray into the limelight. I am wearing it with some fabric shorts I sewed in February this year (love the shorts and they fit well). I have just been in my garden enjoying the sunshine. I could have gifted this top straight away to someone else or to a charity shop, however I decided to wear it and work out exactly what I shall change when I made Version 2.  Such an easy knit.  Such a dumb mistake.  I have plenty more yarn to make a different size or a striped one, minus the lace, with a different neck finish.  Wish me luck!

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