Friday, 8 November 2013

Using my Autumn Glow blog swap goodies...

I wanted to share my gorgeous Autumn gifts received from Sue over at Sweetpea Family (you can visit her blog here).  Here are a few of them filling little spaces in my life...

Beautiful felt flower brooch.  I always think a coat is never properly dressed without a brooch.  This is one of my favourite coats (I love it's vintage look) even thought it is years old and needs repairing every year I just can't bear to part with it!

Another pretty brooch.
On my little summer jacket - another favourite!

The felted, Fimo & crocheted acorns, knitted leaf & pumpkin and Autumn buttons (under the orange candle in the glass) really finished off my Autumn/Halloween display of witches and glasses!
 A little compact ready to go into my new M&S tartan bag along with my tartan scarf - I am addicted to all things Scottish!
There were also some Docrafts Papermania Christmas in the Country die-cut toppers I will share a photo of these when I have used them on my card creations or gifts.  By the way if you haven't checked out this delightful range of papercraft products, you must!  I've fallen in love with it, I think it must be the Scottish/Scandi feel to the patterns and of course the cute reindeer images!  Oh and it reminds me of beautiful Christmas jumpers and cross stitch.  Like I said I fallen in love with this range.
Hmmmm there were also some delicious chocolate owls...erm I can't seem to find those...perhaps they've flown off!!!!
Many thanks to Sue.
Dilettante Blessings to you all!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Pet Focus Magazine

I was extremely pleased to see my published article in the Winter issue of Pet Focus magazine, I think Fergus was quite pleased too! 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Trips/Events: The Pumpkin Pickers

Last weekend I spent a lovely hour or so with TOH, my parents, my sister and her OH at our local pumpkin patch.  Picking a pumpkin has become something of a ritual!  I go along with no pre-conceived ideas of what type or how big I want my pumpkin to be, it's rather like picking a puppy or a kitten (or Dragon) it should pick you -  yes I believe that if Dragons (still) existed your Dragon would pick you!  Fortunately both TOH and I would drawn to the same pumpkin and fine fella he turned out to be, somewhat bigger than in previous years but just right for the design I had in mind!
It was a fairly busy day at the pumpkin patch.
Dad spots his pumpkin at 50 paces!
My sister consider her pumpkin options!

Us three girlies were also compelled to view the crafty wares on offer!

The pumpkins numbered in the 100s and somewhere amongst them was MY pumpkin!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Autumn Glow Blog Swap

A few weeks ago I agree to take part in the Autumn Glow Blog Swap on Blueberry Heart where I was partnered with Sue at Sweetpea Family.  I was delighted to received such beautiful items from her and it seems we share very similar tastes.  Sue's parcel arrived at just the right time to add a little cheer to my day.

Here are a few photos of the gifts I sent to Sue. 

My note was written in the cute Autumn Teddy card - she looks very pleased with her crop of pumpkins.  Zentangle is a new craft I have just started and I used this on the tag.  Fimo is one of my favourite crafts so I made a mini pumpkin and a poppy brooch.  I stitched up the felt sleepy fox brooch which came as a free kit with my favourite magazine Molly Makes.  This last year I have started wet and needle felting so added a felted acorn and pumpkin.  Another of my favourite crafts is cross stitching and I thought this bookmark was appropriate for the time of year.  I love making 'new from old' jewellery - the handbag charm/keyring was made using pieces picked up from a boot sale and charity shop.  Like a lot of crafters I love buttons and beads - Sue sent me a bag of beautiful Autumnal buttons (I have used them in my Autumn/Halloween display) and I sent Sue a mini hand stitched bag using a piece of Halloween fabric (a fat quarter picked up in a sewing shop sale) and filled it with Autumnal beads from my stash.  As you will see from Sue's blog she very much enjoys cooking with her grandchildren so I couldn't resist the 'From Grandma's Kitchen with love' set.
Thanks Blueberry Heart for organising this and Sweetpea Family (Sue) for my beautiful parcel of gifts.


Thursday, 31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Autumn is my favourite time of year and I love, love, love Halloween (or Samhain/All Hallows Eve).  Had a lovely relaxing day to myself listening to spooky plays/stories, opening Halloween cards from friends and family and carving my most adventurous pumpkin design yet!  Samhain Blessings!
Let me hear you howl!

I LOVE candles.

Anyone recognise the beast on the fireplace?

Spooky pictures in the background a gift from my dad, the books are all mine!

Trips/Events: Alpaca Farm

I first fell in love with Alpacas after seeing a Purl Alpaca Designs show on Create and Craft so imagine my delight when back in August I found out that Woodbine Alpaca Farm were having an open day!  Entry was a mere £3 per car - happy days!  One day TOH and I hope to have our own Alpaca Farm!  Yes I'm serious, I have read so much about this beautiful creatures and how to look after them it's something I really want to do, and when I finally learn to knit how awesome would it be to knit up garments to sell and hopefully my mum and a certain KDS friend would be willing to knit away the hours with me!  Anyway until that dream comes true I'm happy to share a few photos of the beautiful Alpacas at Woodbine.  Enjoy! 

Monday, 7 October 2013

One woman's trash...

it's this woman's treasure!  Actually it was lots of different women but that didn't sound quite right.

My bootsale bargains included 5 (including 3 doubles) audio cassette books (£5), Series 3 and 4 of  Desperate Housewives (£4), 1 pack of Language of Flowers playing cards (50p), 35 b&w and colour vintage postcards (£1), beautiful beaded bracelet (I am going to recycle the beads) (£1.50) and a bounty of beads and jewellery making bits and bobs (£8).  Oh and if you pop over to the Newf News blog you'll see the softie that Fergus purchased (or rather picked out) for himself!

 I am now pondering what crafty makes to produce with my stash!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Review: A Sticky End

Joanna Sheen is a prolific crafter and so being an avid fan of hers, crafter and bookworm myself, when I found out she had written a novel (together with Julia Wherrell) I had to have it!  Fortunately I have a super mum (thanks mum) who order a signed copy for me from the Joanna Sheen website which arrived within a couple of days, and I started it immediately.  I think I only, and somewhat reluctantly, put it down to sleep. 

A brief summary of the plot is as follows;
Victoria moves to Devon to experience a slower pace of life after recovering from breast cancer.  She meets the handsome and quirky farmer Albert, and together they try to piece together the clues of a murder in the village of Swaddlescombe. 

The book is filled with delightful and believable characters (having lived in a few villages and having run a pub I speak from experience) who carry the plot along at the pace of pleasant walk up a meandering lane.  It really was a charming read which I didn't want to end.

For me the book was a cross between Agatha's Christie's Marple and Rebecca Tope's Thea Osborne, and I hope they will be many more novels from Jo and Julia.

Publisher: Victoria Farm Press Ltd
10/10 KDS points.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

My desert island book(s)...

As a bibliophile (and I'm an old fashion sort of girl preferring a real book to an electronic soulless copy, family and friends often joke about my personal library) I always thought it would be impossible to decide on a desert island book, until I discovered Diana Gabaldon's  novel Cross Stitch by Arrow Books, 1994 (also published as Outlander in America).  With unabashed joy I raved about it to anyone and everyone who would listen and some who didn't!  As a self-confessed Scotophile, (obsessed will all things Scottish) it was as if this book had been written by my subconscious!  Nearly every holiday is taken in Scotland and when we arrive it feels as if I've come home. 'Sigh'

When I 'met' Jamie Fraser, the hero of the series it wiped all previous relationships with fictional heroes from memory, his character and my crush were all consuming!  It's the first plot I have truly become lost in, I didn't lose hours, I lost weeks reading this book and I didn't feel a smidgeon of guilt!  I'm not going to review it as I wouldn't know when to stop, all I can say is if you haven't read the Outlander Series...why the heck not?  I have read other great books since but they don't even compare to the awesome story telling of Miss Gabaldon!

When a fellow KDS told me there was to be a television series of the books I could hardly contain myself! I'm pleased to see Jamie Fraser will be played by a Scottish actor, would have been more than a wee bit disappointed if he had been an American actor putting on an appalling Scottish accent!  So far Sam Heughan seems like a good choice to play Jamie but I will reserve judgement until I've seen the series.  Should Sam happen to read my blog my plea would be please, please, please read the books - there are a lot of fans depending on you to be THEIR Jamie!  Filming starts this September in Scotland, and I for one will wait with great anticipation for it's release date.

Friday, 16 August 2013

A Tudor Inspiration

After my recent visit to Kentwell Hall I was inspired to make a Tudor style necklace.  I bought the Tudor Rose pendant from Kentwell and decided on red and green beads with pewter/gun metal spacers and an oak leaf and rose toggle clasp.

Of course I couldn't just leave it at a necklace so made earrings and a bracelet to compliment.  The bracelet was made using memory wire using just one loop instead of the several used to make bangle style bracelets.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Trips/Events: Kentwell Hall Tudor Midsummer

I fell in love with Kentwell Hall on my very first visit as a child with the school, it did involve dressing up and even back then I loved an excuse to dress up!  It's only about 40 minutes from our doorstep so back in June I was thrilled to find out there was a Tudor Midsummer event taking place.  I asked one of my besties (who understands why Tudor history is so fascinating) to join me for what turned out to be a gorgeous day.  The weather was very British mix of sunshine and showers but we were too busy admiring the stunning costumes, wandering about the lovely gardens, oohing over the delightful stitching and being chatted up by men in extraordinarily large cod pieces to notice!