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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Happy Mail...

...from Chalkola.

I have been asked to review a selection of chalk ink pens from a company called Chalkola. The company contacted me and asked if I would be interested in trying some of their pens - free of charge.

Well, anyone who visits here on a regular basis will know that I can't resist a pen (I think my last count had my pen collection at around 1400 **chuckle**). So of course I said "Yes".

Once I responded, they were very quick at dispatching two packs of pens...
...one set in Earth tone and one in Party colours - unfortunately, I was at work on Tuesday so had to arrange to collect them from the sorting office Wednesday (a BIG thank you to my neighbour who picked them up for me so that I could collect them on my way home from work).

As I only got my hands on them late last evening, I haven't had a chance to play with them yet but I am taking them to work with me to see what they are like on things like whiteboards & windows.

It is perfect timing as I put up my office Chrimbo decs yesterday and hopefully these pens will be just the thing to add a bit of festive cheer to those boring old notice boards.

Do pop back and see how I got on.......................................................................

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Tuesday was...

...my birthday.

A day that I share the following events with...

The death of JFK
The birth of Jamie-Lee Curtis
The death of C.S.Lewis
The resignation of Margaret Thatcher

...and I'm sure there are many more.

My staff presented me with the most wonderful present...
 ...a coffee maker and a basket of goodies to go with it. They also came up with a wonderful poem (which I will share another time). Such a wonderful gift. The only problem has been getting it home as I commute - two days later and everything is now sitting in my kitchen.
Tuesday evening I came home to find flowers and chocolates waiting for me...
 ...my arranging doesn't do them justice...
...but they are lovely and contain my 'birthday flowers' - 'mums and sea thistles.

I was also given a huge bottle of Baileys which I shall enjoy over the holiday period.

I will be meeting my friend Hilary on Friday and we will be going for lunch and a bit of retail therapy as it is "Members Weekend" at Pinnacle Crafts.

Not a bad week........................................................

Monday, 21 November 2016

Getting ready...

...for Christmas.

I had a sort out at the weekend and all my Christmas china is now gathered ready for the festive season...
...the mug trees are now home to my collection of Christmas mugs...
...and my seasonal candles are all gathered together to help create that Christmassy 'feel'.

With Christmas just five weeks away, what are you up to getting ready for the holidays?......................................

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Knit & Natter...

...continues to grow.

We even have some colouring going on.

Poundland had some card packs that you can colour yourself...
...this one was coloured with pencils and had some glitter glue added...
 ...we have had a few folk drop by just for a bit of 'colouring & chat'.
The knitting side is going very well...
...we have a number of completed blanket squares and quite a few 'on the go'.
Crochet has proved to be very popular and one lady has been quite productive. She has made a small cot blanket using crochet flower granny squares, a pullover for her grandson and is now onto another set of flower granny squares. Meanwhile...
 ...I'm still plodding on with my car blanket.
The knitting looms have proved to be very popular and we now have four of the group members merrily 'playing' with them...
 ...here is a completed child's set (hat & scarf) which is now for sale on our RNLI table.
Francis is probably our most proficient knitter. About 3 weeks ago she bought some lovely blue yarn...
 ...the hat is what she made with the 'leftovers' because the rest was used for this...
...a beautiful Aran-style cardigan which she has found to be lovely and cosy now the temperatures have dropped so much recently.

The group is proving to be popular and folk are most disappointed if something crops up so they can't attend. It is very informal and folk can pop in at any time during the 2hrs that we have the room booked for. I'm glad that people have found it to be something they wanted to take part in..........................................................

Monday, 14 November 2016

We are just about...

...half-way through November.

Just in case you missed it, Kerryanne English over at the Shabby Art Boutique launched her 7th "Simply Christmas"...
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...do pop over there to see all the lovely things she has to share.

For those of you who like lists and planners, she has a beautiful set of FREE downloads for you to create a super planner to keep you on-track and organised during this hectic season.

Do pay her a visit, I'm sure you will find lots of inspiration....................................................

Friday, 11 November 2016

"And in the morning...

...we will remember them".
We should never forget those who gave their lives so that we can live ours......................................

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

I thought I'd...

...have a play.

I've seen lots of lovely knitted & crochet poppies this year so I thought I'd have a go.

The large poppy was my attempt...
...no pattern, just adding rows 'by eye' and the little ones were made by Kristian at our last "Knit & Natter".
The red yarn has a sparkle to it but it doesn't really show well in the photos...
 ...the large poppy has been attached to a pin fastener so that it can be worn.
Kristian's cute little poppies will be stitched to a hair-slide...
...so that they too can be worn.

It was fun having a play to see what we could come up with. Not surprisingly, after this I found some free knitting & crochet patterns on 'the web' so I might give some of those a go.

There are so many little things that can be made using very little yarn and they make up really quickly. So if you don't have the time to knit or crochet large garments or the like, why not have a play at making some little bits & pieces................................................................