Saturday, 31 December 2016

The End Of 2016........

Morning all, hope you had a great Christmas, and are looking forward to 2017.

I've been really ill since 10th December, when I went to London to see Aladdin the musical. The show was fantastic......but the crowds in London on a Saturday afternoon/evening was terrible. There were so many people trying to get into Leicester Square tube station, that we gave up and started walking to Victoria....until we reached another station and it was easier to get into.

I had a cough, which on Sunday developed into flu-like symptons of aching all over and feeling cold. I had to drive my son back to Oxford that day and I was really glad to get back and go to bed. The next 10 days I felt dreadful. The cough was the main thing....couldn't eat or sleep and my head was pounding each time I coughed. Husband took over the cooking, cleaning and became my nurse for those days....I just couldn't do energy. I'm glad to say that after that time, I began to feel slightly better and was able to do the last food shop before Christmas. I've still got the cough and some days it feels like its getting worse, but hopefully I will be back to normal soon.

Being ill, I haven't felt like doing any crafting and haven't visited anyone's blog - so sorry everybody.

A summary of the craft fairs. 

I added up all the expenses (table fees, ins and materials - but not my labour time) and took that figure away from the total money made on the days......and glad to say it was a profitable year !!!! Didn't make loads of money - but it has made me determined to do some more next year.  I wont do the summer fetes as these didn't go well, but from September onwards will be worth doing.

I added up all the days that I was able to do a blog and it works out at 274 days out of 366 - so not years resolution is to do more crafting and therefore more blogs!!!

Finally I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!!!

Thanks for all your support over this past year. 

Hope you all have a healthy and happy 2017. xxxxx

Saturday, 10 December 2016


Morning all, a quick blog today. Yesterday went great. Each year group were allowed to come in separately. They were like a swarm of locusts........but in a good way lol!!!

The best results yet.

Off to London today to see Aladdin the musical- my Christmas treat from my son.


Friday, 9 December 2016


 Morning all,  bit late with the blog today, had to wait to get access to my craft room, where my laptop and camera are.

I'm doing my last craft fair of this year today. It's being held in a school, and the children will be allowed to come in gradually throughout the afternoon, and then the parents when school finishes.

I managed to complete this fox last night, so he will be on the stall today.
 He was meant to be a Pyjama case, but i decided to make him into a soft toy instead. The pattern was from knittingbypost.
Tomorrow, I will be getting my Christmas present from my eldest son. He has paid for us to go to see Aladdin the musical show in London, followed by a champagne lunch. So I will be having a great day tomorrow.

Will try and report back on the craft fair before I go.

Have a good day and weekend ahead. xx

Thursday, 8 December 2016

MAWTT Challenge: Christmas Scenes.....

 Morning all, MAWTT Challenge today, and this time the theme is set by me !!
I want to see Christmas or night, anything that makes you feel Christmassy LOL !!

My card could be a winters scene.....crisp and cold. I printed this scene onto linen card to give more texture. Then I added a layer of snowdrop acetate and then cut a shape into white card to frame the whole picture. I've added white poinsettias and a snowflake swirl around the edge to give more depth.
Pop over to the MAWTT blog and enter a card yourself. It's just for fun, but I will pick out the top 3 next wednesday.

Have fun. x

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Adjustments Have Been Made......

Morning all, a quick blog today, as I'm off Christmas shopping with my eldest son, whilst he is home.

I made this cushion for my friend and her partner for Christmas a little while ago. Whilst I was pleased with the result, I wasn't entirely happy with the lights or centre part. So I decided to cut some circles of felt and stitch them onto the cushion.

I had sewn the circles on, when "Him Indoors" pipes up....."you need the volkswagon logo on there" he says......

So I went onto google images and printed off a copy of the logo, which I used as a template to cut some white felt.

I must admit, it does look better than before.......but don't tell him that, I couldn't put up with the smug look on his face LOL !!!

As to the craft fair yesterday.....

It was held in a local primary school. I had done that one last year in the afternoon, when all the children could come in before breaking up for the day. This time it was in the evening for the parents to buy bits. It was very successful. I've got my last fair on Friday in another school. The afternoon the children will be allowed to come in and then after school for the parents. I will reduce things as the afternoon goes by, in an effort to sell everything. X

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Gingerbread Man.....

 Morning all, today is my wedding anniversary, and I will be going out to lunch with "him indoors" this lunchtime. Can't go out I'm doing another craft fair !!! 

Did well yesterday in a short space of time (2hrs). It's a monthly market in a community centre. I started doing it a few months ago, and generally haven't sold much, so was pleased yesterday.

Made this little gingerbread man on Sunday, but due to my son being home, and I couldn't go into his room, after tidying up, I had to leave the white ric-rac ribbon off his arms and legs (also couldn't find it - must have tidied it up somewhere LOL )

I knitted him on 4 needles....first time I'd done knitting like this....can't say I'm a huge fan of this knitting, but at least there was no sewing up to do afterwards. The body, arms and legs were knitting in one piece, then you had to pick up stitches around the neck for the head.

Will report back tomorrow on tonight's craft fair.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Report Back......

Morning, a quick blog today, reporting on yesterday.

Did quite well, although not as well as last week. Not many people - just a small trickle throughout the day.

Despite a load of interest, didn't sell my reindeers.....that'll teach me to get carried away and knit 2 more LOL !! Oh well, maybe today !!

Doing another one this morning.

Enjoy your day. x

Sunday, 4 December 2016

And There's More !!!!!........

 Morning all, I managed to do another knitted reindeer ready to sell today. 
My fingers have been moving at lightening speed to knit these things....I've even started to knit another gingerbread man.

My son announced that he will be down today, instead of I've had to whizz round with the hoover quickly before making his bed up.

Also today I'm doing a craft I guess I will be exhausted by the end of today LOL !! Will let you know how it goes.
Bye for now x

Saturday, 3 December 2016

More Reindeers.....of a different Kind !!

Morning all, a quick blog today, still busy sorting things out.....yesterday whizzed by so fast, that I didn't get half the things sorted that I had planned to !!

Anyway, I was recently in "the works" and saw this little reindeer kit, to make 2 reindeer decorations. It only cost £2, so I thought I would buy it and if it looked ok, maybe make some more different ones ie: snowman or Father Christmas. 

Just circles of stiff felt, with a bead in between each circle then the shaped head on top. 

Will put these on my craft stall tomorrow at £1.25 each, so hopefully will make a small profit !!

Enjoy your weekend. x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Sock Monkeys..........

Morning all, hope you are all well, happy and WARM !!! The weather has certainly turned now, definitely winter now. 

I was asked to make 3 sock monkeys for a friend. When I bought the Christmas socks, they were in a pack of 5, so I decided to make all 5 to give my friend a choice, then hopefully I will sell the remaining 2 at my craft fairs. 

I have a full week of craft fairs next week, starting on Sunday, then Monday morning, Tuesday evening & Friday afternoon. This will be the last of them for this year, so I will let you know the results if I can next week.

My eldest son is coming home on Monday for a week, so the craft room will have to be tidied ready for him. So I wont be doing much crafting in there next week !!

Have fun Christmas shopping x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Sleighs......

 Morning all, well the countdown has started to the big day.....hope you're all on track to get everything done. 
I made these sleighs a few years ago. I've had them on my craft shelf ever since, but as I'm doing craft fairs now, I decided to dust them off, buy some sweets and try to sell them.
 I had only made 2 , one red & one gold. So I wont be too disappointed if they don't sell. My lot indoors, will soon devour the sweets over the festive period.
See you all again soon. x