Sunday, 12 October 2014

Flowers in progress and an Autumnal hearth

Having spent a couple of my caravan weekends away crocheting flowers it was about time I got them onto sticks and ready to sell at the craft fair next month. David and I walked up to our local wood armed with secateurs and 3 large bags. We didn't need to go very far till we came to a number of silver birch trees - they give the best sticks for this. We didn't even move from there as there were more than enough (or so I thought) on the ground for what I needed and very soon our bags were filled.

Back home and here are the flowers and buttons for the middles

I wanted to do a couple of things with them this time. Most would just be made to sell individually but some I wanted to put in jars, coordinating them, so some sorting was needed.

Well having worked for a couple of hours on Friday some more on Saturday and this afternoon I have finally used up all the sticks (but still need more) and completed 330!!!

Here is the first stage putting the flowers on the sticks and then I glue-gun the buttons on.

Here are some of the finished ones

I really enjoyed 'trimming up' the jars, something I've not done before .

Before I go I have finally finished changing the decorations round our 'hole in the wall' and am pleased with the results

and yes Kate those are the flowers you left on the caravan step! I have just put them in the bin today to replace them with this

 We are now all ready to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow as we do every year. The turkey has defrosted, the stuffing made and the pumpkin pie ready to be hidden away before anyone helps themselves

I hope you've enjoyed the weekend as much as I have. Anne x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Yarndale didn't disappoint, the work that had gone into the event must have been tremendous - all those mandalas fastened onto the railings

plus bunting everywhere

and the yarn bombing through the park so WELL DONE EVERYONE.

It was so nice to have Becky with me this time, she had a go at a new skill

and was taken back by all the colour

I loved it all too but find it a little overwhelming. There were so many lovely things to buy that it didn't know where to start and in the end bought nothing.

We loved Cheryl-Ann Taylor who made the most GORGEOUS corsages and wedding head dresses, she was not only extremely talented but also a lovely girl. We will be going back to see her once Becky has chosen her wedding dress. Unfortunately when I looked at my pictures I had only taken a couple which were of Becky wearing a head dress which of course must remain a secret. So here are some from her web site

Taylor Made Corsage - CS3   Taylor Made Corsage - CS5


I also liked a stand down the left hand side which had pinafore dresses, tops and skirts.

I need to get hold of the program from Becky to find out who it was. It got busy which made it hard to take pictures but here are a few of the others I took.

But the weekend wasn't just about Yarndale for us as, we spent part of Friday in Skipton wandering the back streets where these cakes caught my eye

 and then on to Grassington where the sun was shinning and sitting to have an ice cream was a must for David

All in all a very enjoyable weekend.