Monday, 30 September 2013

Product Development!

Trying to make a mouse but bunnies keep popping out,
the body is sorted but the ears have some way to go.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Little Lambkin

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Naughty Livestock

On Friday when we got back from school all four chickens were clustered around the fence, obviously up to no good...

Hephzibah, second from the left and edging forward in the naughty stakes past Astrid the flying chicken, had skipped over the log pile to freedom but then couldn't remember how to get back.  Just like a humans in distress, all the gals had gathered around.

A very poor attempt at a lamb, needs a lot more work, I have got some fluffed up candlewick waiting in the wings.

Mrs Cottontail, more-or-less okay but needs a re-design on the lobster claw ears.  
Got a strip of sheepskin trim from Mabel waiting around for the right project.
Back to the studio I think.

Friday, 27 September 2013


I'm no expert but I have been trying it a little..

got to find something clever to do with the empties I have been hoarding, they can no longer live on the kitchen shelf!

I only started drinking last year and thought I would just start at the top and stay there,  
Piper Heidsieck is my absolute favourite.  I heard a radio interview last year with someone who had just taken them over and wanted to raise the price so they would be seen as a more luxury brand. 

Richard Hannay thought you couldn't beat a dry Heidseick and I'm with him on that - 'Green Mantle', John Buchanan's sequel to 'The 39 Steps'.

These weirdly shaped beauties were at the back of a shelf in the Co-op,  £12 each, fantastic.

I had to hunt down the Ayala after having it every night with dinner when I was in Winchester for 'In The Loop 3',  you can only find it in a few independent wine shops.  Wierdly my friend with the brain tumour worked for this family when she was aupairing in France many moons ago, I didn't discover this until she was surveying my hoard, she has never before come across anyon who has heard of the label.  This is not actually that weird for her, one day we were listening to Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star, my boost track on my running app and she announced that she used to date one of the band members.

Some expensive pinks, up to £70...

and some cheaper ones in the clear bottles from about £13 and quite frankly I'd go with the cheaper ones although I imagine being in a clear bottle is frowned on in Champagne circles much as with olive oil.

The Bolly was nice but not outstanding for the price tag. 

LP about £65 for the Rose in it's own plush casket, this is what we always see in restaurants but I think it's overated.

Moet the Rowan of the Champagne world, ask Mrs Average the name of a good yarn and she'll say Rowan, it's what you go for until you know better,  well known label but actually just average in my opinion.

Can't go wrong with the Widow, put a woman in charge.

We spent a lot of time n Tanners in Shrewsbury.

These didn't make an impression.

These next four, Antoine de Clevency, Etienne Dumont, Henry Dumanois and Aubert et Fils

can often be found on offer at any of the big supermarkets from about £13 to £16

if you see them grab them, they are all very good, 

but probably not on offer know until Christmas.

Lastly, absolute shit, if you see it, run!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Project Bags

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Proper Jubilee Bags

Bags made from some original Silver Jubilee tea towels - they had been in frames - only five years younger than me.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Chinese Babies...

The Chinese babies - adored by the little ones in my stitching class - have gone to the big pin cushion in the sky.  Although it looks good silk deteriorates and the bran/wood whatever it was started leaking out, they will be missed.  The new kid on the block is the treacle tin pin cushion, "Out of the strong came forth sweetness", I once got a point on University Challenge for that.

New pins also, they are the proper Clover flower heads, I have had a few different types of these but the new ones are by far the best, much sturdier.

Needlepoint used to be my thing, I would love to sit in front of the telly after a long day at work mindlessly colouring in the blocks.  This is part of a cushion I made, but it fell out of favour.

I have been busy making for all of the events I have coming up.

In or out?

The owl was a framed picture from a charity shop, more crewel work than needlepoint.

I love him, think he definitely falls in to the retro category with the wild lining.

Loving the butter soft mustard leather.

Owl always love you.

Soon to be spotted on etsy and at a maker/craft/pop-up fair near you.

Bakewell Wool Gathering
Rodehall Farmers Market pop-up Craft Fair
Craft Carnival Stafford
Ancient High House Christmas Fair
Sandon Hall Christmas Fair
The Big Stafford Christmas Fayre Bonanza

Monday, 16 September 2013

A Cup of Pins?

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Barlaston Village Show

I was lucky enough to judge a few things at Barlaston Village Show at the weekend, Flapjacks, Shortbread, Lemon Curd, Chutney, Bread Rolls, Cake, Cupcakes, Sweets, Royal Baby Cake and Cordial.  A very high standard, some good makers and I won't need any sugar for a week, the Lemon Curd was difficult to choose between!

I also judged the textile classes and I've been busy on a bit of making of my own.

Another massive bowl for my collection £2.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Back to School

Miss Belle was very excited this morning, new lunchbox, new classroom, new teacher.

Monday, 2 September 2013

If You're Not On The List...

First day at a new school, he waited for half an hour at that bus stop, but the driver missed him off the list.  First day at a new school, he missed registration and had to wait outside assembly.  When we first met his form tutor at his last school he called him stoic, and stoic he remains.

A little bit of making has been going on.

We've been to Redruth...

it must have been fancy once.

Fantastic goat burgers at Newlyn Fish Festival - and a lot of fish - and again from the same chaps in Truro.

Miss Belle took to drinking from a jar...

and insisted she had to go in to the sea on our last very windy day, so we sent her off.