Thursday, 2 October 2014

Showing Off - Grin, Grimace and Squeak

It is Whitby Goth Weekend 31st October to 2nd November. Just saying.

And as the first in my ' Showing Off' (working title until I come up with something better) blog articles where I find gorgeous makes for you, here is the spectacular, dark but yet sparkling, and always wonderfully skilled work of Grin, Grimace and Squeak.

Karen and Rich, from Whitby, handmade beaded masquerade masks, crowns and accessories.

Visit their etsy shop to see more of their work but here is a handful to tantalise you.

Autumn Crown by Grin, Grimace and Squeak

Gorgeous Autumn Crown. Perfect for Weddings, tripping about in the Woods or just normal day time wear if you fancy.

Black Fox Mask by Grin, Grimace and Squeak
Black Fox Mask. It is black so very gothic (now you see why I told you about the Whitby Goth weekend, huh?)

Gothic Crown in Black and Red
Gothic Crown in Black and Red. Gorgeous. Perfect for events in Northern coastal towns.  And anywhere else.

Vulture Mask by Grin, Grimace and Squeak
Vulture Mask. To show that men can wear these stunning pieces too.
I like vultures, incidentally, they are one of my favourite birds and do a lots of good in the wild where they clean up kills.

So they you are, just a few pieces to show you but do go and look in their shop as they are lots more to see and all beautiful.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Sorry I Have Been Away So Long

Sorry that I have been away so long. The laptop is going backwards and forwards whilst Mr BBB writes his book. But I have it for a few days each week now so things are back to normal.

So I will be writing more posts, sharing more news with you and also telling you about great sellers out there.  Thank you for sticking with me.

Wordless Wednesday - Magic Realism as a Ship sails through the park.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Osbaston Mud, Glorious Mud

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  That is the sound of our laptop getting up and running. It is soooo slow.

But it is awake now so I thought I would, as promised share some more photos of our Easter holiday which now seems ages ago.

Did I tell you that I won the holiday? Yep, I did. So a big thanks To Dorset Cereals and to Dandelion Hideaway.

It was a glorious few days, not necessarily with the weather as that first night was very cold especially in a canvas cottage!  But we did have sunshine after that and lovely peace. Ahhh.

We are city dwellers, even if it is a smallish city.  So it was nice to get into the countryside and let my daughter just play. Luckily there were other children on the site and they all teamed up had fun.

This is our glorious canvas cottage inside and out. It had sleeping for six and a bathroom! The little room with the wooden doors with the hearts in it is the child's room which is just a big bed. Mary loved it.


A view of some of the canvas cottages

The wood burning stove

On our patio

It is a goat farm that produces goat milk to be made into butter, cheese and er..milk.
I never realised I was so bright!

The milk tasted just like cow's milk but it is supposed to be better as it is tolerated by our bodies more than milk from a cow. 

They also had pet Shetland ponies which you could groom.

She loved the grooming so much she had to have a good roll to get rid of the feeling!

And of course there were the chickens. I am now a friend of chickens. I would happily sit and chat to them or provide my boots for their pecking amusement.

My daughter had a great time.  She even got involved in a mud fight. And so did I.

Just a little hint here, from one who knows, DO NOT play with mud the night before the morning you leave your holiday. You will never wash out the mud in time.

On the way home we stopped in London and Mart met up with a friend.

I would thoroughly recommend The Dandelion Hideaway. It is a wonderful place.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Still Here

I am still here, honest!

My tablet doesn't have a good relationship with Blogger, and vice versa.  And whilst I do have the use of the laptop, my husband is using it for his book and his OU work.

However, I shall try harder.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Back from Our Holiday. Normal service will Resume Soon

We have just returned from our holiday.

I will write a lovely post about it soon. But for now I leave you with some chickens.

They liked my boots and kept pecking them, which was a strangely satisfying feeling.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Hillarys Blind Country Crafts Fabric Competition Part Two

Continuing the Saga of the Useful Skirt. Part One is here.
I must apologise for my photographs. As my laptop was away I had to use my tablet which does not have a macro function, and apart from that I am not the best photographer.

So far I have cut out the pieces, using the Calluna fabric from the Country Retreat range, fitted them to Diana and sewn the darts on the back. Then I placed both back on front on Diana to make sure they matched.

Putting Back and Front on Diana

When happy I sewed the side seams together.

But only went up a few inches on the left side as I wanted to be able to get it on and off (naturally) and therefore needed a fastening.

Please bear in mind that I was doing this as I was going along, with pattern. Therefore some of the things I did might have been better done earlier.  Anyway, I then thought about the facing. I used more of the lovely fabric and some interfacing.
Thinking About Facing

When the facing was sewn on, I then proceeded to make a placket for the fastening. Before watching the latest British Sewing Bee episode, I had know idea what a placket was although I had obviously had one on a garment before.  I kind of did one without really knowing what to do. But it worked. I have a little flap of fabric onto which I sewed hook and eyes to fasten up the skirt. And when they are fastened you cannot see them.

The Placket

Oh I have just looked up placket, and it is the whole opening not just the flap of fabric - '
noun: placket; plural noun: plackets
  1. 1.
    an opening or slit in a garment, covering fastenings or giving access to a pocket, or the flap of fabric under such an opening.'

This is the skirt finished. I hand sewed the hem.   At this stage you may notice it looks a bit wider than in Part One. That is because it is. After I sewed the seams I tried it on and it was too small, so I redid the seams. So please try it on yourself before sewing the seams. (You really get a good idea about my prowess as a confident, knowledgeable sewer, don't you?!)

And here is the skirt on me! Done. And I am rather pleased with it.