Friday, 16 January 2015

Happy Friday

This week I want to join in with a lovely idea on Planet Penny's blog - Happy Friday! I love this blog, it is in my 'real crafty favourites' folder, and Happy Friday is such a good idea.
This week I have been on a two day forest school skills course, where I have spent two days out in the woods. To be honest I was expecting it to be cancelled as the weather forecast was awful!!
So yesterday, we lit fires, made shelters, put shelters back up again when they blew down, practised knots, lashing, frapping as well as learning how to make tent pegs and our own mallet. I came home, had a bath at 7pm and went to bed at 8pm!!

Happy Friday!
Today, we lit fires, redid our shelter, made a new one, lit fires, cooked food on open fires, make a 'skellington' (as Jon called it) and went on a leaf hunt several times! I came home shattered and stinking of wood smoke, and expect to continue to do so for some time!
The little wooden 'hut' was our Thunderbox toilet!
Why don't you visit Planet Penny as join in as well?

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Glitter is for life

I love you more than jammy dodgers
I have decided that glitter isn't just for Christmas! I bought some fabulous glitter fabric from Paper and String to use at Christmas, and it was so lovely to use that I have carried on!
This fabric is easy to cut, doesn't fray and just looks so good! To be honest I haven't tried it in my sewing machine yet though.
brooch or keyring
With Valentines day coming up, I used the glitter fabric to revamp my 'I love you more than jammy dodgers' range, and I am really pleased with the results!

Friday, 2 January 2015

Sock it to 'em!

Late last year, I went to the  Wool Sanctuary to spend the day learning how to knit socks with the fab-u-lous Suzie Johnson. During the course of a very long day - 9 to 5 - Suzie is very generous with her time, I learnt how to knit using four needles, a new method of casting on, a new way of picking up stitches, how to turn a heel and how to graft the toe together at the end for a lovely neat finish.
Charlie Chocolate socks

It was such a lovely day, just two of us sock newbies and Suzie, and a very focused and intense day.
The finished pair!
I did then come home and knit the other sock and I am very proud of them - far too good for wearing though!!
If you want to learn to knit - I can highly recommend Suzie, after all she was good enough for Kirstie Allsopp!!
Work in progress
Before I go - I'd like to wish you all - A very Happy New Year x.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Leaf Lantern

This is something I have done at Forest School but equally you could do at home and the results are fabulous (if I say so myself!!!)
Leaf lantern when lit

One of the images I love on Pinterest are those of leaf lanterns made with autumn leaves. So I spent half term experimenting with different glues and ways to make a simple leaf lantern.
I used a clean jam jar, autumn leaves, pva or school glue, a rubber band and some raffia at the end to pretty it up with. I tried different glues - a glue stick, Copydex, but they didn't work nearly as well.
In daylight

'Paint' the jar with some pva glue. Then wrap a leaf around. Paint on more pva over the leaf and add another leaf, overlapping it. Keep painting on glue and wrapping leaves until the jar is covered. Carefully add a rubber band to hold them in place and leave to dry.
When they are dry you can swap the band for a piece of raffia or a ribbon to look pretty.
Pop a night light inside and wait a few seconds after it is lit.
The colours are beautiful


Please BE VERY CAREFUL when lighting the night light inside the jar, and DO NOT LEAVE IT UNATTENDED.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Glittery Mittenry

Half term week has been busy with all the usual things like dentist appointments, hair cuts and a lot of washing - for some reason!!! I've also been busy making Christmas goodies and restocking my Folksy shop.
mini mittens with tinsel cuff
This year I have updated the mini mittens - you can find the pattern for knitting them here by making them in pastel colours and the cuffs in tinsel wool. I have to admit I don't like knitting with the tinsel wool it makes my hands itch and I certainly couldn't wear anything made in it, but it looks lovely as a Christmas decoration!
sparkle and shine
I've been using King Cole Tinsel Chunky and just followed my pattern - I didn't change the needle size. I did think the mittens would look cute as a pair on a longer twisted cord and then hung on the tree like that.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

A murder is announced!

Constable Bailey
Last week I took part in my first ever murder mystery evening. As we were eating our fish and chips at the W.I. Constable Bailey arrived and announced that Sir Reginald Fortescue-Smyth had been pushed out of a window and was dead! It was up to us to find the murderer.
Several members of his family and employees then joined us, and we asked questions and listened to conversations.
Miss Kitty
Two more murders occurred!!!
He was killed because of that dreadful suit!
Incriminating documents were found.
And then the murderer was revealed.
I was totally wrong!!!! But had a great night out.