Well I guess I'm not the only one to have a lot on at this time of year, where is the time going to? I did a two day fair at the weekend which was surprisingly well supported and people were spending, oh yes Christmas is coming! I met some really nice crafty people there including Penny Varley a ceramicist and Amy who makes felted bags and jewellery. It's great to watch other people working at their crafts and I was definitely taken with the idea of trying some felting after watching Amy's demonstrations. I've also been busy with those knitting needles and have started on a shrug using some really lurid pink fizzy wool, it's going to be a really fun thing to wear I hope. Well I guess I should get back to my crafting desk but before I go take a look at the rings above, I have been having fun playing around with different styles.
I've mentioned here and on Twitter that I've taken up the knitting needles after a very long absence - probably about 25 years if I think about it! I've started gently with a scarf, moving on through a few beanie hats and the latest, my pride and joy, a bag.
It is exciting to rediscover my love of knitting because there are so many fabulous wools out there to play around with. But don't worry there will still be time left for jewellery-making, and I might even get going on a few Christmas decorations over the next week or two!
Well this Marie Antoinette Award came out of the blue from the lovely Stephanie at www.mycalicoheart.blogspot.com, one of my favourites. I am really chuffed that Stephanie chose my blog to receive this award and now I have been asked to do the same for seven other blogs which I enjoy reading. All those people have to do is to link their blog to mine and then go do the same for seven more bloggers out there.
The Rules are as follows:- 1. Please put the logo on your blog 2.Place a link to the person from whom you received the award 3.Nominate at least 7 or more blogs 4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog 5. Leave a message to tell them
OK so here are the seven great blogs that I've chosen, check them out!
Well guess who is going to be included in a crafting spread in Prima magazine next March? Oh yes that will be me! I responded to a post on Crafts Forum from a journalist looking for women in their 40's/50's who have taken up crafting once their children have grown up. My little "Kevin" is now 12 so is beginning to do his own thing in life so I put myself forward and hey presto a telephone interview this morning. Now I promise not to let fame go to my head - but if you could just remove all red smarties from my craft room and lay on the champagne... At the very least I hope the article will include a big plug for Crafts Forum and all the wonderful crafters that I have come across who are all so talented. Meanwhile I have included a photo of a fun necklace mades with lots of strands of seed and myuki beads.
I just couldn't resist showing off my new haircut! My hairdresser was a little taken aback when I told her to cut my shoulder length hair but I needed a change and I'm really pleased with the result. Maybe I should go buy some new clothes to go with my new image.....hehe. This morning I found some fab pink "Angel Hair" wool on offer at only 49p a ball. There seemed no point in resisting so I need to check out some patterns and get the needles click clacking Oh if only there were just a few more hours in every day.
Don't you just love charity shops? I was given this stash by a friend and it contains all sorts of wonderful goodies. There are some beautiful crystal necklaces, metal bracelets, pearls, a beaded lariat as well as gold and silver chains. I was so excited dipping into the bag to check out my treasure. Now I have to decide which pieces I can bear to take apart to turn into something even better!
I'm married, one son, two stepsons, a grandson, one crazy German Pointer and two cats (all male). I love making jewellery, especially knitted and crocheted wire necklaces and bracelets.Before having my son I ran my own publishers' representative service, selling English books into Europe. It was really hard work but great fun and I got to see a lot of Europe and North America. These days I am happiest when I am close to home.