Thursday, 30 May 2013

New Project

I can't believe just how cold it is - I fought with myself not to have a hot water bottle last night and still ended up putting the big winter quilt over the top of  the light weight one - crazy.

My mate Isabel said I had to chill today as I was getting over tired - the weather and Grange catching up with me I expect.  So today I have been playing with inking and putting together a kit for you.

The ink pad is a Jenni Bowlin - Stick Candy.  Beautiful clear, sharp colour.  It all starts as just plain white card

So I have had a lovely afternoon!

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013


Where is this week going!!!! - I just can't keep up already

Some pickies from the week end

My stall
Izzy's dog jumpers

And the tide came right up to the promanage this time - never seen it this high before - it only very rarely happens
It's a bore tide - so it came in and went out again all with in the hour - I was terrified that something would blow over the edge into the water ;-)

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Monday, 27 May 2013

New site

It's half term this week - the goat is at the Pencil Museum Keswick 
The theme for the week is robots - hubby's fave thing -  so he is going to have a ball never mind the kids!

In the shop - we have all the kids crafts out at the front of the shop - and with Father's Day round the corner - we have the window given over to the gent's in your life. 

Let's hope the weather stays on our side - the forecast is pretty rotten again ;-(

I also have a new craft site for those of you that like to sew - loads of free patterns and ideas - HERE - that's the stand by if it really is a horrid week ((and snows again))

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Day Off

Monday is kitten's day off

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Saturday, 25 May 2013


I have had quite a busy little day.  Beautiful sunshine - had the door open all day - and 2 wedding orders to get finished for next week. 

Hubby took me out for a bite to eat as Son was out partying all night - that was really nice.  It's not often we get a chance to just natter and catch up.  When you are married for a long time you deal with all the everyday stuff that you have too - and forget that you can just sit and gossip for a bit.  When you do - it's such fun.  So huge thanks to the son who went out - and may he go out lots more.

 It's Art On The Prom at Grange tomorrow - and the weather forecast is looking good :-) - so I can't wait.  Got a car full of goodies ready to show - all Izzy's knitting - and my knitting kits - loads of cards - and just a few supplies.

Do join us on the prom - and do come and say 'HI'

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Friday, 24 May 2013

Petition to sign

The trade organisation representing craft retailers sent me this article.  You should check it out - sign it - pass it around everyone and get them to have a read.

Crafting is 'not creative' - bloomin' cheek!

Petition Against the Government Reclassifying Craft as Non-Creative

By Sarah Jane21 May 2013
On April 30, the government released a 'Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries' consultation paper announcing its proposal to reclassify craft, so that it will no longer be considered part of the creative industries.
Since the petition was created, raising concerns over the government’s plans, by property developer and broadcaster, Sian Astley, it has received more than 23,000 signatures.
Crafters and industry bodies, such as the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), are backing the bid to urge everyone to take action and sign the petition to stop the government taking craft out of this sector.
The petition states: “The craft industry and those who work in it, some 88,000 people, are making a £3bn annual contribution to the UK economy and are inherently and by their very nature creative. 
“We want the UK government to stop ignoring The Crafts Council and the thousands of mostly sole trading craftsmen and women who consider themselves to be and indeed are creatives.
“The government should be proud and supportive of our vibrant creative craft industry and celebrate the individual, rich diversity of skills and craftsmanship, not seek to declassify, dismiss and undermine it.
“Calling an IT business analyst a creative but refusing the title to a skilled potter or ceramicist shows the level of understanding that those proposing the change have of what is and isn’t creative.”
The petition, which closes on August 8, 2013, still needs more signatures, so if you would like to join the cause and sign, visit

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

The sun is shining

yippie - the sun is shining - I have taken off my big winter jumper - I have even put the 'mug hugs' away for the summer.  Still got a big cardi on though ;-)

I have found a wonderful new medium to add to your projects.  It cuts wonderfully - does not fray - has loads of different textures and colours - patterns and effects.

I made a couple of samples - I die cut  2 heart shapes and sewed them together with a bit of padding to make the shape.  You can sew it with the sewing machine - or by hand with a big needle.  I think this makes a super cute little bag charm

 For this one I die cut one of those spiral flowers and inked the edges.  You can't always curl the edges like you can with paper - but it still makes a great flower - and it would make some great depth when you mix it in with the traditional curled papers ones.

Oh - I forgot to tell you - I picked up a whole, huge, book of roller blind samples - they are just amazing

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Shop Talk

I have just found a wonderful new range of kiddies craft sets - so I bought the lot!!!!

There are all sorts - mostly aimed at girls I must say - but I did pick up some ceramic money boxes for the boys to paint too.

Felt hangers in a bird (which is my fave) - dollie - gingerbread man and owl.  They all have loads of extra decorations to add like beads and ribbons - really pretty.

There are some larger felt sewables - a cat - an owl - a bunny and a bear

There are cupcakes to make and decorate - 4 different styles of those

For something a bit different - there are paper Mache kits - an owl (owl seem to be everywhere at the moment) - a darling puppy and a Japanese dollie.

Or you could try the modeling clay sets - there are all sorts of these (yes - even and owl ;-) )

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Day off

Monday is kitten's day off

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Sunday, 19 May 2013

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Trying to think it's summer!

Jeepers - the weather out there is like mid March - had to hunt out a thick, long sleeve top this morning to keep warm.  It's the Low Wood Hotel - No Wood Cardboard boat race today - the poor old boats will have dissolved before they even get into the water.

We are trying to remain positive in the shop.  I have been to the market to get my veggies and I am spending the morning making paper flowers.

After lunch I had better see if I can clear out my back room a bit.  It's a bit over crowded at the moment and if the roof leaks again I am going to loose all my kiddies craft sets that I got in for the 'summer'.

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Friday, 17 May 2013


Huge apologies to all for my absence.  My health was so poor last week that everything just got too much for me.  I don't normally share Fibro stories - but I will this time as it may be of interest to other fibro ladies of a 'certain' age ;-)

I have been having a really tough time with the jolly old 'night sweats'.  I don't mind being hot - but this was getting to be really painful - like I was going to boil over or something.  I had a routine check up with the doc anyway and he recommended herbal treatment   Yes - really - the doc - I love my doc - he is so open minded and approachable. We have a really good health shop next door to me so I went to see them.

Now - if you have Fibro - you will probably know that one of the worst things to affect it is Adrenaline (which is why we have to avoid stress and bad situations).  Apparently - the 'hot flushes' and 'night sweats' induce an adrenalin rush response - which is why I was in so much pain and struggling with Fibro flares!!!!  You have to know about those things don't you - now it all makes sense.  Anyway, now I am on a Red Clover Extract Complex (???)  with all sorts of other little goodies in it to help calm the adrenalin.  So far so good, I actually slept all through most of the night last night - can't tell you how long ago I did that.

I still update on my kitten facebook page as that is just a little quickie post - so pop over and 'like' the page and you will get all the updates.

I am gradually getting back on top of things so just keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Hubby trouble!!!!!!

my darling hubby has a new 'friend'

YEP! - that's him - INSIDE the Bownessie suit

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Monday, 6 May 2013

Day off

Monday is kitten's day off

I have been planting up my pots - bring on the summer !

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Just for fun

Someone emailed this to me - and I think it's just brilliant!

A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress management

 to an audience with a raised glass of water.
 Everyone knew she
was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'...
She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied , "The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it
becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry
our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes
increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest
before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the
burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So , as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.
Don't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them uptomorrow.
1  Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
2  Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3  Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4  Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker..
5  If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague
6  If you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7  It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8  Never buy a car you can't push.
9  Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10  Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11  Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12  The second mouse gets the cheese.
13  When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14  Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
16  Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17  We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and
some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colours, but they
all have to live in the same box.
18  A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19  Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today 
                 AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
20 Save the earth..... It's the only planet with CHOCOLATE! J

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

New Site

The Plan
Between now and August 2014 we will be creating a 7 mile long knitted peace scarf to stretch between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield, Berkshire, where nuclear weapons are made.
This is part of a larger campaign to put pressure on the Government to ditch a planned £80bn spend on renewing the Trident Nuclear weapons programme.
Pick up your needles and crochet hooks and help us to protest in a pink, powerful and pro-active way to say No! to more investment in war in the U.K.
Can you knit a metre or two of this yarn bombing peace scarf?

Artist Janie Rose has put this project together as a really different take on 'Yarn Bombing'.  Check it out and get involved if it appeals to you
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