An Offering …

Finally have a wee offering after weeks of being busy doing ……….. mmmmm what have I been doing? Me thinks rather a lot of tail chasing which is neither fun or productive 😳

Did nab a couple of lovely bits of fabric at Walthamstow with DD1 and feel a medal is deserved as I for once in a lifetime only purchased what I actually needed *nods in respect to oneself* 🤗

In addition to fabric for a dress for my friends wedding yesterday I wanted a fabulously bling trim. The joy of a same sex wedding, if I can’t dress in super bling there, then no better opportunity will ever present itself.

Found the perfect trim at £4 per meter which I thought was a bit pricey until I found something similar but not as pretty IMHO on tinterweb at £20 per meter. My purchase became an instant bargain.

The sew was shall we say, a sweary Mary experience as the Devore was like sewing spiders web BUT it paid off as I got to utter those most satisfying words many times. “I made it” then watching the expressions such as ‘it’s witchcraft, clever, unbelievable etc’. Got to love those moments, they make up for past sewing tragedies.

Took my own advice after recent gaff with neckline shape and went for a very deep v neck, I was more than a little pleased with the end result.

It was wonderful to be with much loved friends and getting to see the last of the summer flowers and green trees before Autumn truly gets a grip.

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just a very quick post to highlight a page that came up on my Facebook today called

Georgia On My Mind

Hugely brave family, especially Mum are sharing the experience following their 19 year old daughter Georgia slipping off of a skateboard without a helmet.

Georgia is in an enforced coma right now and outcome is unknown, yet through this the family are pushing the message home #DontBeVainProtectYourBrain.

I noticed in the picture of this gorgeous young woman that she sews! So I’m in the process of putting a little packet together of my treasures …. Vintage buttons, trims and a few other bits and bobs along with a note from us creatives to wish her and her family well. When she’s awake maybe the colours and textures will stimulate her brain and God willing she may even get to use them one day.

Mums video of 7th August at 19:41 whilst a tough watch is reason enough to go buy a helmet that fits your precious child and enforce with love, it’s use.

Spread the word lovely readers, let’s be sure we’ve done everything we can do raise awareness as to how VITAL head protection is on boards, scooters, skates and bikes.

Thanks for taking the time to read 💖


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2 in 1 day …..

Well here I am again doing my creative therapy.


I’m not given to bad moods and/ or temper tantrums apart from when it’s hot, wet, cold, windy, daylight, nighttime, breathing etc ! I jest a ickle bit, I am a pretty even tempered sort

BUT today proved too much for even me the Ghandi of Bedfordshire. I will learn to stick to tried and tested methods when sewing. I was taught by 2 awesomely talented women, my beautiful late Mum and the very elegant Miss McGarry my needlework teacher at senior school. They taught me the ‘proper’ way. You know, the way that makes it a craft, a piece of art.

I let the technology of my over locker seduce me into cutting corners on the making of my gypsy skirt with its fan-dangled gathering foot. At first glance it was pretty clever and lightening quick. Head down like a seasoned Formula 1 driver, I revved the machine and threw myself headlong into the make.

Let me tell you, hung ho and horribly fool hardy, the finished garment is so far from the standard I would expect from myself.  The skirt photographs ok and will be perfectly functional for work but on close inspection the gathering is uneven and not full enough for my liking.

Enter Oscar award winning tantrum as I threw my toys out of the pram in a most spectacular fashion. Good job HH has been with me for 32 years, he knew exactly what noises to make, faces to pull and then soothe me back to a near state of sanity.  Tear stained, sweating and sweaty mary female was not a good look. Lesson learned. Stick to the true, time consuming and beautiful craft. No more short cuts for me. Back to the 2 rows of loose stitching lovingly and carefully gathered to perfection, pinned and sewn into place.

Attempt 2 tomorrow for DD1 minus tantrums, hiss fits, diva fits or whatever you prefer to call them. Yes it will take at least twice as long but for me, that’s where the love and satisfaction lay, producing something to be proud of rather than the constant reminder of being a lazy old corner cutter 😳

Now to sink into a gorgeous bubble bath, listen to some music and turn the mare into a dim memory.  Ohmmmmmmm 👌🏼

A Great Starter …


Just have to become a great finisher!

I find when my anxieties start to get the better of me I bury myself in some kind of crafty, creative project. It’s a pretty good therapy, well for me it is 😉

My my rainbow makers as I like to call them were my project last Sunday. I have more Swarovski crystals than any one human should have and it felt like a good time to use some of the stash along with some mini semi precious stones. A few crimp beads and jewellery wire….. hey presto a little collection to hand at a window that gets direct sunlight.  As if by magic lots of rainbows appear on my walls, floor and ceiling. Simple but very effective.

Theres another baby in my friendship group so another blanket has been started, got until December to finish it 😂

The fabric. Well as if I don’t have enough stashed I found some lovely cotton viscose on eBay for £3 per meter. My recent gypsy skirt makes have been such a success with DD1 I thought I’d make her a couple more. When the fabric arrived, this one really spoke to me, like really loudly. Yep you’ve guessed it, I’ve nabbed this one for myself and will start my own skirt later on, let’s hope my finishing brain is awake though 💤

Happy weekend fellow creatives xxx

Grass Is Grass Is Grass ….

Oh no it isn’t.

Spotted a bouncy biting little black friend on the pup this morning so a prompt visit to vet to stop him turning into a full on flea bag. £67 later and one very stressed pup we swerved by the fields out back of our house before taking him home for a bath on this glorious white skied Summer’s day (blooming muggy though).

I know dear reader that you will understand when I say, nature is just full of art and I felt it necessary to take a few pics.

The nature strip along the fields is full of buzzy friends, this is where I picked a few stems of grass as they drifted in the breeze. As you can see, grass isn’t just grass, look how beautiful each head is. Natures perfection. The head of cows parsley as it turns to seed and the promise of fat juicy blackberries in the autumn. YUM!

Whilst on my nature appreciation march the pup and HH had a good old game, both as daft as each other ( because I’m so very sane ). You can see how happy they are, even I don’t get greeted with open arms! It’s a bit of a love affair in truth. That said it was lovely to have an hour or so of family time before getting back to boring old chores.

Have a lovely weekend where ever you are x

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Hey Crazy Curious Complex Crafters …

… do you dear fellow creatives find yourselves turning your hand to just about any thing loosely related to the ‘arts and crafts’?

PHEW! I’m not alone as I sit here typing one fingered, left one as well! As I’m doing my own gel overlays. … Yep, I went and bought all the kit when I tired of paying daft money every 2 weeks to do something I jolly well knew I could do for myself. I’ve saved oodles🤗

Whilst down at our community vegetable garden earlier picking some strawberries and broad beans, I noticed old glass and metal artefacts that have been dug up during the planting of this little piece of heaven. My mind immediately went to how one of the worn but fancy pieces of iron work could be transformed into a mobile. Dual purpose of course, pretty and will help to keep the birds off of the seedlings.

It happens almost all of the time. See something discarded and I’m straight into up cycle, create something new and pretty mode. Can be a hinderence when it happens mid sentence or the like. Hey ho, I’ve got used to folk looking at me with that she’s away with the fairies look. 😍

My garden is a great source of peace and creativity. That said with the limited spare time HH and I have accompanied with the truly crap  awful weather we’ve had….. Lots of rain and very little sun has made the garden a near no go area. We’ve even had to fence it of from The Rt Horrible Pup (he’s huge) as he made it look as though we play rugby on it in the mornings followed by a game of 4 wheel drive agility in the afternoon . Pictures are for you to see how my now wild garden looks …. Not too shabby though huh?

Hope to have some more solid crafty things to show here after the weekend rather than the ramblings (like my garden) of my craft manic brain. Also hope to still have nails, don’t think you’re supposed to soak the old gel for quite as long as I have…. got a bit keen and distracted here. YIKES!

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Not Been Totally Idle….

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Been trying to keep my hand in with the crafts along with another wonderful holiday in Aruba where I finally snorkelled much to HH delight!

DD’s took me to Jackie the Musical, a 70’s themed evening of heart warming nostalgia based around th hugely popular Jackie magazine which was read by pretty much every young teen in the UK back in the 70’s. The music was a full ling a long of Hot Chocolate, Donny Osmond, Marc Bolan, David Cassidy to name a few. Of course we went in appropriate dress, both gypsy skirts knocked up by my own fair hand. A bottle of fizz between 2 of us guaranteed much more confident singing 😂

As you can se I tried to clean Aruba out of its shells…… Not a chance the beaches are FULL of them so I brought a bundle back for crafting and whilst chatting to my darling Dellis last week I started to string the citrine and shells as a trial. I have to say as a first attempt, made up in my head mobile I’m pretty darn pleased.

So that’s what I’ve been upto in a nut SHELL 🤗

Goose Feathers & Fans!

Its been an absolute age I know!

Please bear with me, I promise to get to the point but a minor purge first…. Past 3 months have been some of the most testing in a while (I know many are having very trying times so I’m not saying I’m special in any way).

HH and I were on our fantastico holiday in Aruba and can safely say the best so far, new area in new to us apartments and it was a total dream until the last day.  DD2 contacted us before we saw on Facebook to let us know her dearest friend and first love had been tragically killed in a car crash at just 22 tender years. I have no doubt you can imagine the devistation this caused our family let alone watching our dear friends go through that thing every parent dreads. Suffice to say that alone was enough to throw us into the doldrums. To add insult to injury my osteoarthritis built up a head of steam attacking my thumbs but in particular my right and I am a right handed … DABNABIT!

Any inckling of creative mojo bit the dust with mind unprepared to reenter ‘normal’ life and thumbs causing such agro that even doing up a button has become a challenge. This is where our NHS really comes into its own…. Thank the Lord for the NHS. I’ve been popped on the waiting list to have a thumb joint replacement ….. Who knew such wonderful things can be done, I am so excited and must now employ some patience as it will take a wee while to get it done . Nevertheless something to really look forward to 👍🏼

Despite the pain in my hands I bit the bullet yesterday and started a bit of crochet after reading an article on the importance of keeping your hobby alive. It resonated very loudly with me as I really could feel my emotional well being suffering along with many of the other ‘side effects’ of letting your hobby slip away.

So what I hear you cry has this to do with goose feathers and fans???

Those of you in the UK know that winter has failed to arrive thus far. Biblical rains devastating the North of our beautiful Isle but not one solitary frost here in the middle of Blighty.  No need for coats, gloves and scarves so late in December, it’s crazy mad!

That said HH and I needed a new duvet and having seen a goose and down on a very special offer I went ahead and bought it. Neither of us have had feather since childhood and we had certainly forgotten how damn hot they are😳 PHEW! Which of course if winter had arrived would all be hunky dorey BUT being menopausal mauve as well night time has become tropical to say the least. I dug the summer fan out, set it up and felt very pleased with myself thinking a good night awaited me.

WRONG … it rattled and knocked to the point I seriously thought HH was going to do extreme and irreversible damage to it and anything in the near vicinity . So to avoid potential violence to an inanimate object I’ve just had a jolly good root through my drawers (wooden sliding storage type) on the hunt for the screw on doobrie firkin that I knew would tighten the flappy blades up. During said root and rummage I came across the utterly wonderful pattern the gorgeous, wonderful and splendiferous Dellis sent to me in the summer for my 50th.

This immediately triggered the memory of dragging HH down to Walthamstow very soon after getting it, to buy fabric. A first in life for me is that I have laid my hands on the fabric without the usual hiss fit of emptying every cupboard in sight. ITS A SIGN!

So I am cutting the paper pattern tonight, pinning and cutting fabric tomorrow (bank holiday here) and sewing at the end of the week. I think if I pace myself the thumbs should hold up 😀. The fabric is a very heavy jersey knit as I had it in my mind that I want this to be a super functional winter item. Not a coat, not a cardi, not a fleece but a bit of everything so I’m thinking I shall call it a CODIF 😎.

Along with my pictures I’ve also attached a couple of shots of DD1 Christmas offerings, a dream catcher made with some of my precious button stash and a Tree of Life. Both made with her own fair hands.

Oh and yes the fan is now fixed, smooth as silk so I await a perfect nights sleep.

Sending you all love and hugs over the Christmas season but an especially big squeeze to you Dellis.  It’s as though I could hear your voice as I spotted the pattern and a little spark of mojo popped back in 😍

Quiet Weekend NOT!

So master plan was to garden and sew ….

I must at this point say despite having DD2 best friend blue lighted to hospital this morning following a sleep over…… Suspected gall stones poor darling I did actually mow the lawn, water the beds, do a bit of weeding AND created one garment for holiday 😳

Miraculous really and still not entirely sure how I managed it other than maybe the rush of nervous adrenalin. So for your perusal … FORGIVE PLEASE ITS NOT IRONED …… one shot of the rediscovered Indian fabric ready for beach time lounging 😎


Stash and Beyond …..

I LOVE it when I come across fabric I so totally forgot I had. This was stashed in a bag in the shed of all places!!! I bought this donkeys years ago at a lovely little Indian fabric shop in Wolverton near Milton Keynes back when my sewing mojo was big time AWOL!

Given it a gentle wash and will whip something very simple up especially for my next Aruba trip which is coming up very fast now HOORAAAAAY😎.

Providing my simple make proves to be simple more pictures will follow.

Oh and I know you will forgive the randomness of these pics … It reflects the random nature of my thoughts 😋

A perfect pompom dahlia and my lovely girls … All things that make me smile LOTS!

Happy weekend y’all xxxx

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