Half-Term Flashback

I have been meaning to post this for ages - since the end of October to be precise!

We had quite a busy week of work; a bit of adventuring around parts of the country, but not much crafting I'm afraid!

The week started with a trip to Gloucester to visit big sister and her other half - and their amazing new house. She even has a study/sewing room!! We enjoyed playing a card game called Sushi Go - we enjoyed it so much we took it to their local pub in the evening. Between that and another game called Uno, it all got quite competitive!

We had a brief tour of Gloucester, including the Cathedral and beautiful docks. There was also an inn tucked away behind some shops - it look stunning, and not changed much since it was first built!

I also enjoyed a building that was part of the Cathedral - there were so many different bricks and so on. You could see the history in the wall!

From Gloucester, we went to Bristol to visit my Aunty and Uncle. A favourite item in their house is this working…

Needleminder Exchange

Sorry I haven't been posting much - this term in work is absolutely hectic - most days I have been in from 7am until 6pm and then getting home and collapsing! Hopefully it should calm down a little bit now (wishful thinking perhaps!)

Last week, however, I received a lovely parcel from Kaye over at Kitten Stitching. It really brightened up a long week!


A lovely set of threads, a bookmark, a bird charm (I'm not so good with identifying birds!), a gorgeous Christmassy cushion, and, of course, a needleminder.

Here's a close-up of the needleminder:

So lovely! Looking forward to using this!

Here is a picture of the cushion as well:

Such a beautiful piece - and it was a great excuse to get all the Christmas decorations out in our house! You can't see it very well in this picture, but the candles are actually beads that Kaye has sewn on. I love it! Thank you again, Kaye!

I have also been doing a little bit of crafting. I have created some earwarmers - one for me and on…

Duxford Quilting Show

A few weeks ago, I went to a local quilting show with a friend and her mum. It was at a very unexpected setting - the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. To get to the hangar with the quilts, we walked past a few planes (including Concorde!). Such a grand entrance.

There were lots of stalls, and right in the centre were some amazing quilts to look at. I took pictures of my favourites (spot the handquilting obsession and the science nerdyness of mine coming through!)

Through the Window by Janet Keenan, Merseyside - a miniature that taught Janet that miniatures don't decrease your stash of material

The Dot by Sharon Gray - Sharon used Batiks for this modern design based on a larger quilt she had seen

Life's Tapestry (or Life's Ups and Downs) by Alison Elfick - a quilt influenced by the idea that life is all down to 'chance', as well as Alison as a retired teacher believing there is an educational use for a quilt

Early Flight by Brenda Thomas, Devon - an imaginary coastal villa…

First FNwF for a While!

I have finally managed to link up with FNwF - so many first Friday's of the month have passed me by recently, so I'm chuffed I remembered to link up.

Pop over to Cheryl's blog here to see what everyone else has gotten up to!

Unsurprisingly for those who have read my blog for a while, I decided to keep working on Beauty and the Beast. I really want this done now, just because it is so close to finishing!

I spent Friday evening and a few hours on Saturday working on some sky (I got a bit further than the pictures suggest!). It always feels like I have done way more than it looks like I have done! But I'm slowly chipping away, and I'm enjoying the purples and pinks I am using for the sky! I will try and get better lit photos some-point soon!

As a general update of this project, I finished the third pattern page about two weeks ago - it's looking so good! (if I do say so myself!)

I hope everyone else had a very enjoyable FNwF!

Rainbow Wool!

Over the summer, this beautiful ball of wool caught my eye in a shop in Llandudno. Unfortunatley, I can't remember the name of it (and I kept the label so carefully!). I will just have to pop back and get some more to find out the name!! (tee hee).

I decided that I wanted to make a cowl with the wool - mainly as an excuse to buy it. It took me ages to then find a pattern; a lot seemed to call for chunkier wool. Thanks to some googling (after Pinterest and Crafsty) I found the pattern for a Spring Bean Cowl here. It was really simple to follow, and quite a fun looking design.

I managed to get a twist in somehow, and it's a bit tighter than in the pattern; partially due to less wool, and partially due to my tension. However, the twist makes it a bit different (and husband and best friend told me to leave it in!). I loved watching the wool change colour. As my ball ends up miles away from me, I didn't always see what colour was coming next, which was fun!

I have yet to decide…