Village Green

 

novel-writting
I know ~ while I’m not at ‘The Workplace’ studying, crafting or ‘keeping house I’ll do a semi autobiography 😀

 

Characters
Beth – crafter, fibre artist- married to Christopher a PI
Janie – seamstress, quilter- married to Gabriel a mathematician
Philip – Local historian, single
Miles – Deals in antiques lives with his retired father
Suzanne – Baker widowed
Anthony – artist recently divorced
Peter – runs the village pub The Golden Lion
Harry & Geraldine run the small post office & village store

When Beth moved to the village little did she know she was entering such a thriving artistic community, and all settled around the village green!
Beth & Christopher’s cottage was a renovation project and as such the couple decided now was a good time for Beth to leave the chaotic world of catering behind have 6 months reprieve so she could take on the majority of the work returning each room back to its bare bones of brickwork.
Within days of Beth moving into her quaint ( yet only just inhabitable) cottage a leaflet was pushed her letterbox announcing the local village garden party was being held at the village hall and it’s enclosed grounds 2 weeks hence.
Beth scribbled the date on her calendar,

garden-party
Everyone’s invited

When the Saturday of the garden party arrived Beth & Christopher planned to take the afternoon off from turning their abode into what resembled ruins and join in the festivities.
As the sun peeped through the cottage windows Beth became aware of a ruckus outside – raised voices shouting for the landlord next door to wake up and help, it turned out when the chairman had opened the village hall to begin preparations for the day’s events he noticed water cascading through the hall roof putting the hall out of order,
hastily gazebo’s were erected on the village green, all the stall holders moved lock stock and barrel from the hall gardens out onto the green, Peter opened up the pub kitchens where the ‘Village Ladies’ gathered to make sandwiches, Suzanne but a distress call out for scones to mass produced, she had already made muffins, cupcakes and all manner of sweet delicacies as her contribution to the cream tea which was arranged for 3 pm …and this is where Beth entered the fray ….

true-story

To be continued …one day …possibly

 

Names have been changed to protect …the innocent

 

 

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Buttons And The Blues Brothers

I have a ‘Thing’ for buttons – there I’ve said it out loud,

This is just part of my tiny collection
This is just part of my tiny collection, Beloved thinks I’m in need of therapy

Have I got the right button for my latest project …NO!!!!!! I don’t know if you or a friend of a friend can help me –  but I’m looking to buy 2 x 25mm & 2 x 38mm heart decorated wooden buttons, either by pyrography or painted, I need them all to be different, I’ve put a post on FB and contacted a couple of folks on Etsy.. so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can find what I’m looking for

Now for something completely different, if you are a certain age you might be able to cast your mind far enough back to remember a certain cult film The Blues Brothers  now this week I have got to spend time with the REAL BLUES BROTHERS * squeal* I know little ol’ me with the Blues Brothers I did manage to take a couple of sneaky pictures of the famous duo

I did mention that MY Blues Brothers were rabbits didn't I ??
I did mention that MY Blues Brothers were rabbits didn’t I ??
Now this is where the buttons come in I'm creating a range of 'Button Bunny's' and I need the buttons for my guys tummies, come on now how can you not melt at these cute faces
Now this is where the buttons come in I’m creating a range of ‘Button Bunny’s’ and I need the buttons for my guys, come on now how can you not melt at these cute faces

So if you know anyone who can custom make me some buttons don’t be shy send them my way
Thank You x

Well Hello Lovely Yarn

I know this may be a little early to mention the Christmas word, but this year all my gifts are to be hand crafted, so I need to start now !!

Gelfling & Lady love (First Born's intended) gifts are going to be made with this super Drops Alpaca 4 ply yarn
Gelfling & Lady love (First Born’s intended) gifts are going to be made with this super Drops Alpaca 4 ply yarn

I have down loaded the first pattern (all 41 pages of it !!) and am raring to go, OK let me re-phrase that, I’m a little apprehensive as the first project has 58 motifs and I actually need to learn how to do an African flower pentagon, heptagon, triangle, octagon and square yet, so all I can say is ….it may be a long old haul, don’t wait up, and for all my blogging companions I’ll sign off with this message …

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Where Do I Begin ?

OK so I’m sat at home and crafty thoughts are drifting through my mind, only trouble is I have no idea how to go about what I’m trying to achieve, so please if you have any advice I’m all ears

Yep I want to charge off down a crafting road that has no sign posts
Yep I want to charge off down a crafting road that is fraught with an attitude of ‘I have no idea what you are talking about’

I’d really like to have a go at stamping a few gift tags, postcards, fabric and anything else I can get my hands on BUT it’s a minefield which is better blocked stamps, clings, clear????  and  what other basic equipment do I need ? how easy/difficult is it ?

This is the type of thing I'm looking at
This is the type of thing I’m looking at, if you know anything about me of course my first project will have to be a rabbit 🙂

By now you realise I’m beyond dumb about this craft, are there any super books,blogs and tutorials that you can recommend, yes I’ve look on the web but came away even more confused
Thank you in advance, and I apologise for my ignorance 😀

Either it’s a phase or a problem….not sure which

If you could help me out with your opinion I’d be grateful….I’m either going through a phase or I’ve developed a problem. Firstly I seem to have contracted OCD Obsessive Crochet Disorder, which in itself is fine, the phase / problem is variegated wool

I spend ages looking for just the right yarn for each project which is perfectly acceptable right
I spend ages looking for just the right yarn for each project …..which is perfectly acceptable right ? as the last few projects are being crafting for myself the right colour combinations which scream for my attention are of utmost importance

It seems ever since the untimely passing of Old Dog and as new pup hasn’t been born yet, I’m not taking my usual stroll around the local countryside, so I’m using yarn as a substitute for the colours of nature,  when I look at variegated yarn it’s as though I’m seeing an abstract painting

 

These photos don't do this yarn justice, it's hues of green with a little blue thrown in to complete the image in my mind
These photos don’t do this yarn justice, it’s hues of green with a little blue thrown in, well  the images I see are all too apparent to me, when I post the finished project I’ll describe what I see and hopefully at least one or both of my faithful readers may say ‘oh yes I know what you mean’

Three things may come of this issue I’ll outgrow it, when new pup has arrived and my daily walks resume I’ll move on or …..a new career as an art critic awaits

Blooming Lovley

Yeah another ta da moment, if you remember as I embark on my voyage into crochet I set to on a blooming flower cushion, tutorial closely poured over courtesy of Attic24 well I’ve only gone and done it, so now not only can I do a basic granny square I can go round in a circle as well…..Bonus 🙂

The front of my version of  Lucy's pattern, I've used the same yummy yarn as I used for my ripple blanket
The front of my version of Lucy’s pattern, I’ve used the same yummy yarn as I used for my ripple blanket featured in the background

I’m really pleased with the back to boot

Two looks from the same cushion, yipee
Two looks from the same cushion, yipee

Was it as difficult as I first envisaged no, thank goodness. Now my little corner in the crafting den looks warm and inviting, during the grey winter I’ll always have a little summer reminder.

Now what can I make next ??