Monday, 26 May 2008

A Bank Holiday Weekend in the Yorkshire Dales.


This weekend we, (this is not the royal we you understand, just myself and my husband, and on the occasion that we could prise them out of the house, our teenage children), enjoyed a scarecrow festival in Thornton Rust, a lovely walk to Aysgill Force, some crafting time at home, a visit to a table top sale in Dent, and a village fair in West Burton!


And here are the photos, enjoy!

Compo and Nora Batty!

Spring Watch!

Sundays walk.

to...


Aysgill Force.


Back through Gayle

and over the bridge.

Made another Lola.


Monday.


Dent


Dent again.

Look at all these tapestry kneelers in St Andrews Church in Dent. They were all different.

This is a handmade rag rug in the church

Back outside into the sunshine to admire the view.

and here's my treasure from the tabletop sale, a 50p mirror and some gift boxes!

West Burton village fair, too many people (honest! They're all behind me watching the falconry demo), too many cars, so we bimbled down to West Burton's waterfall for a bit of peace and quiet.

that's more like it!

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Another Year Older, part two!

Now then, where did we get up to?
Oh, yes! The table top sale at the market hall...As I was saying, after I finished my marathon present opening session, we all wandered off down to the table top sale in our local market hall. I wasn't really expecting to buy anything as I presumed most of the stuff would be the same as last months. But how wrong I was! I shuffled around the hall as you do, and then on the last stall I spotted theses beautiful tins.

This is the back of the Ginger Wafers tin.

And then on the same stall, down on the floor I saw these two lovely pictures,

so I snaffled them up too! They're going to go side by side above my bed, when I find the hammer!(Mr Nobody seems to have had it!)

And I couldn't resist this spotty address book.

So laden down with my 'treasures', we all headed back home for lunch and a quiet afternoon snoozing, before we went out for a birthday tea at a local pub.

As you can see I had a lovely birthday weekend, topped off by walking into work on Monday morning to find a rather impressive birthday cake waiting for me. Hand made by my boss Michelle, it must have taken her ages, I was really touched.

Thank you everyone for wishing me a happy birthday!

Love Fi x

Monday, 19 May 2008

Another Year Older!

Yes I'm another year older. It was my birthday at the weekend, and what a lovely weekend I had, all thanks to my wonderful man and my family.
On Friday my mum and dad came over from East Yorkshire for the weekend. Its like show and tell when they arrive, as we all craft in some way and always have lots to tell each other and our latest projects to show off!
Saturday brought a trip to Embsay Craft Mill, near Skipton. It was my mum and dads first visit, although we nearly didn't get there as dads car decided it didn't want to move off the drive! My wonderful man stepped into the breach and offered to take us all, which I thought was very selfless of him, as he has no interest in fabric and yarns and must have known we'd be there for hours! We had a lovely bimble around all the fabrics and paper crafts, touching and stroking, ooing and aahing! Generally acting like kids in a sweet shop.

I bought these lovely fat quarters to make skirts for my Lola dolls. (well that's the plan!)

Sunday started with a lovely cup of tea in bed and a pile of birthday cards to open, followed by a leisurely shower. Then a quick dash to hang the washing out (school uniforms) before opening all my lovely birthday presents with the family. I got so many beautiful cards and I would just like to say thank you to everyone. Here are two very special handmade cards.
This was made by my mum and must have taken her hours! Its pergamano, which is special translucent paper, pricked and embossed!


And this one was made by child #2, with the sweetest sentiments handwritten inside. She always makes me cry!

Here are some gorgeous hardanger shelf trims made by my dad, he secretly phoned my wonderful man while I was out and got him to measure the shelves at either side of my cooker!

Yes. There is a tile missing behind the cooker. It's a long story! Hopefully it will be with us soon!

Isn't it beautiful, I hope he enjoyed making it because I've asked him for another piece to edge my dresser shelf! Then as if that wasn't enough, he'd made me a matching photo frame with my children's last school photo inside. I blubbed uncontrollably!
The embroidered box was also made by my dad and contained my shelf edging. Here's a close up.

I wish I'd taken photos of my mums gifts before I'd opened them. They're always so beautifully wrapped with ribbons and trims. This one was a box of scrummy fabric and ribbon bits and pieces, I'll be dipping into this for weeks to come!


The key ring is from my lovely friend Sam, we both used to work a very long shift together at Marks and Spencer and I miss her 'shed loads!'


And lastly the very generous gift from my wonderful man. My very own laptop, so now I have no excuses for not posting regularly. No more queueing up for the family computer, or waiting for the children to finish their homework!

I'll save the rest of my birthday post for next time, as after this marathon gift opening session I headed off to our local market hall for a table top sale!... Well it was in aid of the local primary school!!!

So from my little corner, cheerybye for now. Fi x

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

I hope you've all had a lovely bank holiday weekend. I did (Hooray!) even though it was short. I was at work on Monday (Boo!).

Jude's blue bunny was finished and parcelled up all safe and cosy ready for his journey over to Katherines Dream. Here he is ready to be loved, he didn't like the idea of travelling on his own, so I made him a little bunny buddy.Oops! The wrong way around, he's shy!



That's better.



On the way down to the post office I popped into our local market hall, where a flea market was being held. Straight away I spotted 5 Masons, blue and white dinner plates. Oh, the excitement! I gave them a cursory once over checking for chips, and then straight over to the counter to pay! I have to explain here that I only own 2 large bowls, and 9 little fruit bowls in this make and design. They were bought for me by my mum, and I absolutely love them to bits. They were made by Masons for Crabtree and Evelyn.



I don't have a one particular dinner service, as I am the kiss of death to any dinner set! As soon as I start collecting it, it's discontinued!!! So after the second time this happened to me, I decided I would have anything blue and white and traditional looking. Mix and match. So my dinner service is made up of a bit of Spode, Masons, Churchills, Royal Doulton and several other makes. It seem to work quite well though!



Anyway, in my excitement at finding the plates, I hadn't noticed that every table in the whole room was covered in crockery and glassware. As I turned around I spotted this...



I've been wanting one of these for while now. It doesn't match my blue and white, but I just fell in love with it and before the lady had even started to wrap my Masons plates, I had it in my sweaty little hands, grinning like a Cheshire cat and saying, "Oo! and this please!"



After lunch, not quite knowing what to do with ourselves, but knowing that we wanted to go somewhere and do something, even though it couldn't be too far away as wonderful man was on call. We popped over to Castle Bolton for a for a visit to St Oswalds Church. I don't have a photo as its behind this...

Bolton Castle.

Its a small Norman church and at the back there is a second hand book and magazine corner. You just take what you want and leave your money in the donations box. So after a leisurely browse, we came away with a handful of books and a magazine (it had an interesting recipe for chocolate cheesecake brownies. Need I say more!) Then across the road into the Castle tearooms for a cup of tea and a piece of cake.

On Sunday the weather here in the Dales was wet and miserable, which was good in a way, because I got on with some sewing.

I made myself and peg bag to wear over my shoulder to save all that bending up and down to the peg basket. So now my pegs are always at my side, ready for me to just dip my hand in and get one.

My next little project was Lola.

she has little green shoes

I'll leave you with todays sunny view over the roof tops of our village and down to the river in distance.

Fi x

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Quickie

Oooo! A parcel for me? Yes a big one! A big, soft, squishy one!


It was my order of merino wool for felting. Not a very exciting pic I grant you, but you had to be there. The smell of the wool and soft silkiness, aaaah! Not very exciting colours either, but then it depends what you do with them.



This is what I do with them.


And the tiny teddies finally have faces.


That's all for now, I have a blue bunny to finish for a special little man, there are some lovely pics of him over at Katherines Dream, but be warned, they will melt your heart and make you cry!