Saturday, 27 April 2013

It's about time......

I have decided that enough is enough!
It has been a very tough year emotionally and the only person that can really do anything about it is ME! So this is my attempt at a new start to nurturing my creativity which when I am in the flow really does help my inner peace the important thing that has been missing in the past 12  months.
So....... to a very belated 2013 it can only get better from here on in!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

It's been a while..........Sorry!

I have been very remiss in keeping up to date, but I have had some bad news to deal with too. In February I was diagnosed with the disease chronic lymphocytic leaukaemia, so as you can imagine I have been bouncing off the walls for a bit trying to get my head around it all. Glad to say I am feeling a lot calmer and beginning to come to terms with having something for which there is no cure and has to get a whole lot worse before there is any treatment to put it into remission. So........ focus on creating, sewing and enjoying my favourite things.......

And my latest thing is trying to recreate the Lenci type pressed felt dolls, this is my first attempt, the next one is looking better, I'll post pictures when I'm done.

Saturday, 21 January 2012


My first attempt at making my own raggedy doll, just in time for Valentines day! there are a lot of things I will change for the next one but she cheers me up!

I am blessed with a very fit and active daughter but it does mean travelling to all the various events and much time spent 'hanging' around. Not that I mind all of that. I did think this was quite a nice photo of her at her last trampolining event.

And it's my dear old Dad's Birthday today, Happy Birthday Dad hope its a good one!

Friday, 13 January 2012

I started at a pace.........

We seam to have started this year running and still running........
I'm still trying to clear out my work room so that I can really get on with my projects that are all wanting attention but there is too much clutter!

I haven't found my little bit of peace yet, it might be something to do with living with a 14 year old who has school exams right now and a little stressy to say the least, or a usually very good and loveable dog suddenly deciding that he won't come when he's called or major changes in the day job that are worrying everyone.....who knows but I'm sure I will find it soon, I wonder if this is the flavour of the year?

This was a very hurried bit of bunting for a friend in need.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year......

May 2012 bring everything you wish for.

I promise to do better in keeping in touch with all my wonderful friends out there in blogland! It has been a very hectic Holiday season and I've only just found some time to sit and carefully reflect on the past year and think about the coming year and what I need to do. But, plans are afoot for some great adventures.........

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving.......

Wishing all my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving from England.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A successful workshop.......

The Christmas workshop was a success and everyone seamed pleased with their work though we didn't have time to finish the doll completely, it was a very pleasant day with lots of chatter and hard work.

Now I need to concentrate on clearing up the workroom and thinking about some  Christmas presents, am rapidly realizing that time is in very short supply!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

This year has flown by........

Here we are in November, I just can't believe how this year has just flown by, but I have enjoyed some lovely autumnal walks and this morning sky was quite spectacular even if the photo doesn't quite show it.

My apple tree is over flowing

and the trees are looking wonderful in their Autumn colours.

 But I have been busy, here's a quick sneek peak at the workshop I shall be teaching at our next doll club, its supposed to be a Christmas fun workshop, so I have chosen a simple cloth doll pattern from the Tilda range, everyone will have the choice of making one of these, but Shh! no one is supposed to know what it is!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

And another month went by...........

Still struggling to figure out where all the time has gone, BUT....I have been very busy. We just pulled off a great little mini doll convention in Bournemouth thanks to Lesley and Mike of Ellies Doll Workshop, I am so proud of my club The Southern Belles, we did it!

Carole Ably demonstrating wefting mohair to make wigs for antique reproduction dolls

Elaine teaching a little sewing workshop to make a little sewing caddy. I didn't get a picture of the finished article unfortunately.

Sylvia and Eddie minding the club stand and my stand whilst I was helping with the registration and competition entries.
Some of the competition dolls

This was my own exhibition stand, I couldn't be with it a lot of the time but I hope people enjoyed some of my stuff!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

a few more finishes........

I've set myself the task of finishing some of the unfinished projects that have been hanging around for a while and decided that If I'm not really interested in it anymore then it has to go. I have so many projects I want to work on and I have an exhibition coming up in October that some serious sorting needs doing!

Another Journal cover, I started this for my Mum two Birthdays ago, It's her Birthday next week so she might finally get it this year!

This little Raggedy has been hanging around with no wig for some time, but i am delighted with her now that she is finished. just running up a little cloth bag to put her in as a gift.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

I've had a good clear up!

Holiday over, back to work and school tomorrow (ugh!) but the house is clean and tidy and I've managed to get some time in my workroom.

I bought this book probably two years ago now mainly because Alice spotted that there was a kit to make the bag in it....well I finally got round to making it this weekend, I'm not so sure that Cath Kidson is all the rage now but Alice will be pleased I'm sure.
And another sort out in my renovation box, I acquired these lovely composition vintage dolls some time ago but they all need a bit of work to tidy them up and give them a bit of a refresh, I'm looking forward to spending a bit of time on them.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

And we are back!!

 It's been a while since I posted last, I really don't know where the time has gone or where my creativity has been but we are back from our camping adventure in South Wales, I'm tired but I feel refreshed and ready to get back into my work room (not relishing going back to the day job any time soon though!) Apart from the car being full of sand and needing a clean, all the camping gear is sorted and put away and the house is sort of up together..........I think we are finally back to normal!
Lots of beautiful walking for me and the dogs

Rock climbing for the kids under safe tuition from my brother who has been doing this for most of his life, tears and wobbles but huge sense of satisfaction at having done it and they wanted to do it again!!

And Barnaby turned into a mountain goat I think!

Lots of fun had by all on the beach, the camp site was virtually on the beach too!

And the weather was with us all the way....what more could we want??