Thursday, 27 January 2011

Sad Day

No Pictures. No Jokes. No Links.

I have now closed my Misi shops and removed all links to the site from my blog.

Good Night.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Pete from Bodrighy makes Crochet Hooks. Once I knew that I just had to have one and I am very very lucky because Pete and I have been doing some bartering and now I own a gorgeous Bodrighy Crochet Hook of my very own. Well, it could be called bartering, or that Pete and I exchanged gifts!

I do believe in having nice things if I can, it makes me believe my work will have more beauty too. I have pretty embroidery scissors with a hand made (by me) Hardanger Heart Scissor Keeper and I also have a hand crafted project box, also made from wood which I use every day.
I even keep my wool and patterns etc in a hand made cotton bag bought when I visited Australia.
I have probably spent too much money on these fine items but I do not care. Did you hear that 'Money Police' ?? I do not even buy them through the business!

I also HATE storing things in carrier bags. Carrier Bags are for carrying shopping home and then using as bin liners.

I just read this post back and I sound on the defensive. I do apologise. I was just saying! Have a lovely day whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

My Crochet!

Oh Dear! Just had a coughing fit. This dratted cold is getting on my nerves.

Anyway, in case you have not heard, I am now into crochet! But I am not at the stage of buying wool yet so using up my old stuff. I have not knitted for some time, except for a brief attempt to knit a cardigan for Alice last year, so the supply is limited. My crochet hooks are even older than the wool. I did crochet in Devizes Maternity Hospital in November 1973 and they date from there. I was able to crochet booties in baby 4-ply then!!

The knowledge is still in there somewhere but it is trying to retrieve it. This little sample is not perfect but it is double crochet, I expect. My current project is a mix of double and what I call single crochet. I made a chain approx 14" long and I am going to crochet until the wool runs out and see how big it is, then I will decide what it is! The wool comes from a cushion I almost finished around 10 years. It is a dark lilac with a slight heather mix look to it. We shall see.

This is all in the attempt to gain enough courage to start on an Amigurumi Elephant.
Yes my friends, an elephant. Luckily it is only around 4" I think. I bought the pattern last year from Misi. (Click the Title Link to see the picture.)
He is adorable, or he will be! Irene Strange (Noodle's Mum) was so kind when I bought the pattern and I feel guilty that I have only made the chain for the first component! Just discovered too that Irene is on Folksy too.

Right, things to do. I need to tidy the house as I have been lazy for a couple of days and I need to eat something healthy. I have been eating biscuits instead of real food for 3 days!

I intend to go to work this afternoon. I am not headachey, high temp and achy today, just coughing like a miner! So, I should be able to answer the phone between coughing fits!

Have a good day.

Monday, 10 January 2011

At Last!

Just to let you know that I finished the neck warmer!
I finished it a while ago and forgot to tell you.

For those of you who do not know, I bought the most beautiful long scarf from MrsGKnits who has a shop on Folksy. (clickable link above) I had been wanting it for such a long time and when she had a sale I pounced on it. When it arrived it was even nicer in real life but so loooooong it dragged on the floor. When I wrapped it around my neck I nearly drowned in wool!
So, I unpicked some of it and re-attached the fringes and all was well. But - I had a big ball of gorgeous wool which I did not want to waste.

Hence the Scarflette purchased from
The patterns are PDF and so there is no waiting for the post. Also, there is a special offer of buy one get one free (I think the offer is still on, check her page to make sure)
I have cheated and sewn the scarf together and will add some fab wooden buttons I have. It just goes over my head and is so cosy under my coat.

I am feeling very sorry for myself today as I have a heavy cold so I may be sitting indoors wearing a think jumper and my new scarf!

Saturday, 8 January 2011


I am in a red mood today, no, not red with rage but red beads. I am taking some new items to The Castle Hotel today for their cabinet and wanted something romantic to go with the vaguely wedding like jewellery I have ready to go. So, I woke early and made a necklace and 2 pairs of earrings with red hearts!

I you are desperate to buy the Necklace and earrings then ring The Castle Hotel, New Park Street, Devizes, direct and they will reserve them for you!!!! Just kidding, sort of......

As I am in a "use it or chuck it" mood at the moment I decided to sort/list the left overs...

Have a great Saturday

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

I am no Juggler!

I wish I could juggle though.

For almost 2 weeks I have had a peaceful orderly life. I have been able to get up and do my chores and take time with my daily routine of shower, hair, choose from a cupboard full of clean and ironed clothes and have breakfast in my clean and tidy house and then pop out to visit or entertain at home. Pop into forums if I was in the mood and do the blog in a relaxed manner. Bliss.

My normal routine is about to land on me again as today I am back to work..... Now, for those who know me you are probably rolling your eyes at this blog! Friends and neighbours I work four and a half hours as a Receptionist. I am not full time, I am not a brain surgeon and I do not work down the mines. I do not bring work home with me and I am not on call 24/7.

So, WHY will I be in a complete muddle by the end of the week??

Because I spend too much time thinking of all of my chores and avoiding them instead of getting on with it.

So, it is now 9.05 and I have listed, forum'd and now blogged. However, I am still in my p.j's and not a cup of coffee in sight!

I am NOW going to GET ON WITH IT and I wish you a pleasant day full of achievements!!

p.s. the beads are my new listing, the first migrant from my Misi shop to my Folksy shop.

EDIT: Two hours later I am at least now in my track suit. So, I am now going to shower and go to work. At least I had a good breakfast and watched a bit of tv and cleaned 2 pairs of boots and hoovered around the whole of downstairs and ironed a couple of things (Rule Two!) unloaded dishwasher and restacked and put away the final Christmas Decorations.

I am now exhausted and need to walk to town to meet Janice for coffee! Should I take the car? It does need a wash and brush up at the car wash....No! that is £10
No wonder I am too tired to go to work, all of these decisions I have to make.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

January Listing Club!

As I am going to be organised this year I am joining the January Listing Club on Folksy, Resolution Revolution! I shall alternate the listings between my destash shop, Craft Cupboard and my other shop Talking Beads. That way I will have around
15 more items in each of my shops by the end of the month. Unless of course I sell some stuff.

I have done two months of the listing clubs and always sold more in those months. So, here's hoping.

I have not decided if I will list on Misi yet. I may just list in my destash shop. There are a lot of redundant beads in my bead box. They are usually snapped up a lot quicker than my jewellery! (Jean, that is not funny......)

Have a good day.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

This is it!

Well folks! This is the time of year when we all decide to make new rules for the year ahead. Only to break the rules by the end of the month.

So, not wanting to break with tradition here are my new Rules!

Rule One: Meet more of my friends for coffee
Rule Two: Keep an empty ironing basket

That is all, I am very sure of the first one, I kept that Rule last year VERY well. It was not a struggle at all. In fact I have some very good NEW friends who were, this time last year, Virtual Friends! They are now REAL and I am loving the interaction with them.

Rule Two is a real challenge as when I do a wash there is so much of it. There are only two of us so it takes a while to get together a whole White Wash, Coloureds, Hot and so for one day a fortnight, or so, I am trudging thro washing. By the time it is all dry there is a mountain of ironing and I am bored with the whole thing.
I know you are all shouting at me that I should put it onto a small wash cycle more often, but my machine is quite old and it only does certain programmes on a small wash. Now I have insulted the machine I expect it will play me up now!

Right, Bye for now. I am, as always, leaving you with a photograph of my son, nephews and brother watching Virtual Stock Car Racing on the computer. My son is the one on the right who can not quite believe the excitement of it all. My nephew, in red, is in the top 5 most of the time. Fascinating!