Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Christmas Fair Saturday 1 December


It seems to be the countdown to the big day starts earlier every year and as some one who has a November birthday, I've grown used to seeing decorations and lights up around the same time.  There is something lovely about seeing it all especially with all the dull wet days we've been having.  Also, having an enthusiastic 5 year old can't fail to raise a bit of festive cheer and excitement...

If you need inspiration for gorgeous gifts to treat your friends and family with, come along to Dunchurch Village Hall this Saturday, 1 December from 9.30am to 12.30pm for a Christmas Fair, organised by the Rugby & Coventry Greyhound Trust.

I will be having a stall offering an array of hand crafted items from hats, brooches, bookmarks, jewellery wraps and fab decorations with prices to fit all pockets.  Why not choose a unique gift to make a special present for your loved ones...

  Have a browse through the photo galleries on my Facebook page for some ideas.  If you can't see what you like or not the colour you want, I am happy to make items for order.  Can't make it on the 1st?  Not a problem...I am happy to take orders and payment via PayPal and mail items out. 




Come along and show your support  - I look forward to seeing you...

Monday, 5 November 2012

Wear it with pride...

November is here and now is the time to wear a remembrance poppy in recognition for all those involved in wars and conflicts, both past and present.
My coat, with poppy and regimental pin - how proud am I!!

With all the media coverage of Afghanistan and the presence of UK troops there, the public seem to have a really positive attitude and respect for the work and sacrifices made by the men and women involved.  I've not known such support in all the 13 years I have been married - Mr Fuzzyfingers has been in the British Army for nearly 20 years...

I wanted to make a crochet poppy brooch this year as sadly the little paper one took too much of a battering on my coat last year.  I searched Ravelry (a fantastic knitting and crochet website for those of you who have not yet stumbled across it) for the various designs available and chose to make this one, designed by Bilgewater, who has kindly allowed me to reproduce it.

The shape is perfect and a true poppy bloom and the leaf (although not poppy like) compliments it perfectly.  Yarn type, gauge and hook size are all really irrelevant as you can use whatever you like.  I had the perfect poppy red in a chunky yarn so I used a 5mm hook to get a really dense fabric.  For one option, I used a black button for the centre and the other had a black crochet circle which I then covered liberally with black sequins. 

You can fasten to your clothing with a safety pin or a brooch pin if you have them.  I first sewed a sieve to the back of the flower and then bent the little lugs over the round brooch back ( with a tiny blob of superglue for added security).




And voila...one gorgeous poppy that is sure to get noticed for all the right reasons, donation made to the worthy cause and many compliments.  (Many thanks, Naomi!)



Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Don't forget...

Every morning this week,  I have had to double check the time on the clock as it seems so dark.  It can only mean winter is fast approaching and its time to alter our clocks on Saturday night.  The clocks are however going the right way to my mind - a whole extra hour in bed!!  I have yet to get my 5 year old to take this piece of advice...

If you need something to do with that whole extra hour on Sunday, you could always pop slong to the Benn Hall in Rugby for the Craft and Gift Fair between 10am and 4 pm.  Come and have a browse and say hello and also get some inspiration for gifts, for Christmas or treat yourself...there is something for everyone including a craft are for children and a cafe area.

Look forward to seeing you and enjoy your extra hour whatever you choose to do...