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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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 😍

Suffering For My Art …. Part 2 Pending

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I should call it a premonition or maybe more likely an educated guess …. The whole sprawling on the floor thing yesterday took its toll and today I can barely move …. that’ll learn ya I hear you shout!

So Part 2 pending and pending any further stupid decisions on my part THE top will be completed tomorrow and I hope to have pictures of my triumph 🙂

Take care all in Blighty given the threat of coldest night in 3 years. If you have an elderly neighbour, can you spare a couple of minutes to check they are warm and have eaten? Please do if you can xx

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