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.