Monthly Archives: November 2011



Hello. Well Eckington Christmas Fayre has been and gone. The bad news is that I didn’t sell any cards, although I had lots and lots of compliments about them. The good news is that I sold loads of christmas earrings, and some crochet roses and hairbands. YAY! It was good fun, and I met some lovely people, and a few strange ones too. I love people.

My next crochet project is going to be this (see pic). I found this pattern on Pinterest, and while I don’t particularly like the colours used here, but I think it could look gorgeous with a better mix of shades. Find the instructions here. Obviously, if the pattern does my head in the project will be a pile of unravelled wool in my wool bag, but I’ll give it a go! 


All that glistens….


I saw these beads in Hobbycraft and I could not resist. To be fair, I didn’t try that hard. So I have just sat and put them all together with headpins, chain and clasps and there we are, Bobs your uncle (he’s my dad actually, but never mind). The photo doesn’t really do the beads justice, but it still looks really pretty I think. 



It has been a very busy, tiring week work-wise. Thank goodness for my brilliant colleagues Di and Rachel, strength through unity and all that! Today, despite having a corker of a headache (I am a martyr) I have finished off making things for the Eckington Christmas Fayre. The picture shows some hairbands and rose brooches that I have been making this week, then I realised that I hadn’t got many cards made to put into my new card rack, so I’ve been gluing and cutting and punching all day and have a decent amount now. Tomorrow is the big day, hopefully Doreen and I will attract some impulsive spenders and make a few quid. 

Peep peep!


I have had a busy weekend! Yesterday we took Gary to Newport University open day as he wants to go there next September (looks like I’ll be doing the three jobs for a while longer then!). It’s a great place, Gary loved it and I really hopes that he gets in. Today I went to the new Hobbycraft store near Cheltenham and bought a couple of things (very restrained!), and spent the rest of the time making, making, making making for next weeks Christmas Fayre at Eckington Village Hall (Sunday 27th,11 am- 2 pm- go and buy stuff!). I made some lovely earrings from kits that I got from Jillybeads, take a look at the site, gorgeous things.

I did find time to make this card for a special little boy. Alfie will be three and his Auntie Racheal wanted a card with his proper name on it. So here it is. The background papers were free from Homemade magazine and matched perfectly with the Thomas picture that I got online. Happy Birthday Alfie!

Sugar and Spice


Another baby girl has arrived into the world, and here is a special card to help welcome her as requested by Tracey. I’ve used a scalloped easel card blank by Craftwork Cards, and backing paper is by Pink Petticoat. The ribbon rose trim is from ebay, and a mini-doiley from The Craft Fairy has been used as a backing for some pretty 3D stickers that I’ve had for ages. The ‘Special Day’ stamped circle is from Lilli of The Valley, surrounded by lovely paper roses from Wild Orchid Crafts. I should be on commission from these companies!  Other bits include Card Candy, a peel-off, and Forever Friends Springtime letters to spell out Zoe. Viola! 



Saturday at last! of course, the lie-in didn’t happen as I was wide awake at 7.30 am………… terrific! So already today we have had a Morrisons breakfast, been into town and bought nice things etc, sorted the washing, very productive. In WH Smiths I bought the Christmas edition of Quick Cards Made Easy– I was tempted by the free gift of an embossing set, which is a Christmas tree embossing pad and a couple of nice piecesof vellum. Hopefully it will be full of inspirational ideas. Then I went to The Button Draw, which is our fab haberdashers shop, and bought some yarn in two different shades of purple for a ruffle scarf that a customer has ordered, and some King Cole Krystal yarn. Thats the fancy stuff that pulls out into a pretty lacey scarf. I thought that it was a really good price at £6.95, as i have seen similar yarns of this type at £10. It is gorgeous colours, obviously when it is finished I will do a ‘show and tell’ on here!

On to the picture, here is the scallop scarf that I crocheted. I like it, although it is quite short. The pattern is fairly easy to follow, you can find it here  for free. All in all, I prefer making the ruffle scarf though. You can make it any length and I guess I am used to the pattern now. I have made six of them after all (and have two more on the go)! Have a good day folks.