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Toadstool Love

I quite like toadstools, not to eat you understand, but I love their shape. I find them very pleasing. One of my early designs for embroidered leather cosmetics bags featured a toadstool…..queue shameless self promotion ….   When I met Kirsty from PaperFish at my crafty weekend away a few weeks back I discovered that she makes these fabulous needle books.…

UK Handmade magazine

Every quarter the team at UK Handmade issue a fabulous on-line magazine (perfect for saving the environment and saves a trip to the shops). I’m a little late to be blogging about the summer issue, being September, but better late than never! In this issue there are some great articles, including some useful advice on preparing for your first craft…

A good day was had by all

This weekend we went to the Newport show and thankfully Mother Nature decided She would hold back on the rain for the day (which She more than made up for today – it has been torrential). Newport show was really great, we had a good time…… The food hall was better than ever with some amazing meat, cheese and pudding…

Newport Show

For me part of the joy of living in the countryside is attending school fetes, farm open days and best of all country shows. I’m in no way related to the farming industry but I love the atmosphere at these shows and more often than not there’s a good cake stall! This Saturday is the Newport Show, in Newport (!)…

A blustery day

I normally dry the washing on top of the AGA (it costs so much to run it doesn’t make sense to use the tumble dryer) but I do get fed up of having washing in the kitchen all the time. Last week it was so windy so I decided to get a rotary washing line. Well, you can’t have a washing…

Memory like a fish?

Now, I’m not saying that I ever had a good memory but since I fell pregnant and had a baby my memory is awful. When people say the pregnancy and birth affect your memory I thought they were kidding and it was a convenient excuse for those less organised! Those people were right – I am now so forgetful it…

Competition for Creative Types

Occupying children during the school holidays sounds like a daunting task but if your children are creative, then I’m sure it’s a whole lot easier! How about a competition to ad a little more interest to their creative endeavours? This summer the lovely people at Noolibird are running a drawing competition where your drawing can be turned into an ink stamp!…

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