Sunday, 30 May 2010

Devon part 1...

Last weekend I went to Devon with my eldest sister Jo, her husband Colin and my niece Imogen. The weather was fantastic (I still have the pink nose to prove it!) which added to our short break. We wanted to cram in so many things but there simply wasn't enough hours in the weekend to do it all.

But one item firmly on the 'to do' list was to visit the beach.

Everyone was making the most of the sunshine whether it was paddling...


Or posing...

Along the beach were these lovely little beach hut for hire.

During the afternoon we welcomed a pleasant distraction as a vintage steam train came slowly past laden with happy waving passengers off on their holiday adventure.

Felt faces

Here's one of my latest projects that I have on the go at the moment. They're friendly felt face decorations but I can't decide if I want to stuff them or leave them flat, any suggestions anyone? They'll also have ribbon attached to them for hanging.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

My MOO Cards have arrived!

If you're a regular craft blog reader you may well have seen MOO cards before, they're tiny little cards that can be used as business card, product tags and much much more.

I've wanted to order a set for ages but I thought that I didn't have enough images to go for it, but as I played with the uploading tool at and started to crop my images I began to get a little excited and thought what the heck! and went ahead and ordered them.

As you can see I've uploaded four designs which I'm really pleased with. On the reverse I've put my contact details and blog address.

Even if you don't have a product to promote MOO products can be used by all and are so easy to use with ultra quick delivery too - get MOO-ing everyone!!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Fields of gold

:: I'm loving the bright yellow fields of rapeseed flowers that are making our landscape glow at the moment. The scent is intoxicating - beautiful. ::

Sunday, 16 May 2010

I have a pet...well kind of...

:: Yes, I've been spending my well earned cash again but I think you'll agree it was for a top purchase - A pull along raccoon!! We don't see many raccoons in The Forest of Dean so I just had to have him ::

:: Just look at that face, isn't he adorable::

:: and his eyes follow you around the room - a little unnerving but I'm sure I'll get over it ::

:: but the best thing about this little chap is that when he's pulled along his bum wiggles, aaarrrrrr cute!! ::

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Oh, I do like to be beside the sea side...

A couple of weeks ago a friend and I popped down the motorway to lovely Lyme Regis on the South Coast. There's nothing like a walk along the sea front to blow away the cobwebs I think you'll agree.

On the walk into town this good looking guy was there to greet us!

There are so many lovely little shops (including charity shops) to browse around.

We had lunch at The Town Mill Bakery and had the tastiest meal we've had in a long time and served in a lovely relaxed environment too. The way the restaurant works is that on entry each customer collects a wooden board to use as a plate and helps his or her self to whatever takes their fancy from the serving tables. The hardest part is choosing what to have as everything looks fantastic!

Once you have chosen your fare you sit yourself down at the long communal tables and get stuck in - which we did enthusiastically, thinking about it maybe a little too enthusiastically!.

This place is relaxed but has a definite buzz about it and attracts all ages.

Just look at these whopping scones, I wish we 'd bought some to take home with us - oh, what a good excuse for a return visit...

So this is what we devoured, rocket salad, very cheesy cauliflower cheese (yummy), pizza, red kidney bean pie and locally made organic apple juice.

Gone in a flash - you betcha!!

So what does one do after a large lunch? Go for a walk of course...we strolled along the front and admired the architecture.

we thought about having an ice cream but decided against it - pity they don't serve them this size isn't it!

One of my all time favourite seaside sounds is the chiming made when the ropes on the sail boat hit the masts, I could sit and listen to it all day.

I'm drawn to fish monger displays, the colours, the smell and the weird looking creatures all make it a draw for me. Just look at those beady eyed prawns - delicious.

You're going to think that my friend and I don't eat much whilst at home because after the visit to the fish mongers we made up our minds to be really extravagant and go to the Hix Oyster and Fish House for Champagne and oysters (remember this was only about a couple of hours after our lunch - piggies or what?)

I know oysters aren't to everyone's taste but these were so fresh they were a real treat.

As we enjoyed our oysters black clouds started to gather over the sea and down came the rain.

All in all we had a fantastic day.

Watch the birdy!

:: At the moment I have a few craft projects on the go, I tend to get a little bored working on just one thing at a time so I have to have a few things on the go at a time ::
:: This is what I've been up to recently - you'll notice a birdy theme running through! ::
1. I cut all the felt shapes...

2. Then I have to lay them out - very OCD - I know!

3. I add all the detail but leaving the eyes until the end...
(the pink one with an eye is a trial run)

4. I'm planning to stuff some and fill the others with lavender.

All the scraps are saved to make into...

tiny bunting pieces ready to be strung together.

I've also been working on paper birds which I was planning to make into garlands, unfortunately they are too heavy to string together causing them to swing upside down - more thought is need for this project to work, but I have faith that it will all come good in the end - I'll keep you posted.

They look great together, really cheery and bright.