Shop

Is this of any interest? There is 20% off and free shipping in the Society6 shops until Sunday.

Here is an example of a tote bag from my shop

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I photograph my work: crochet, crazy patchwork and paintings and they are made to order in the USA as high quality Tote Bags, Cushions (Throw Pillows) and other items, all in various sizes.

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I get 14% of the sale price for each item.

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If anyone knows of a similar company in the UK, please let me know.

I am very pleased with what I have bought from Society6 and never had to pay any duty on them here in the UK.

Have a browse there are lots more things to see here.

 

Shetland Knitting

I follow Kate Davies’s wonderful blog which is full of the most stunningly beautiful photographs. Kate has just posted this clip

with the sounds of Shetland’s wool industry. To me this is a delight, I hope you enjoy it too.

16 for 2016 November

Here are the targets I set myself for 2016, inspired by Cathy at Nanacathy

16 WALKS (of more than an hour)

15 done, 1 to go

Walk 14. Bere Regis

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Walk15. Lewesdon Hill

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15 HANDMADE GREETINGS CARDS

12 done, 3 to go

14 NEW ITEMS IN MY ETSY SHOP

9 done, 5 to go

Added a hot pink flick wig

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13 SWIMS

11 done, 2 to go.

12 GARDEN POSTS

6 done, 6 to go.

The garden has had to take more of a back seat than I would have liked.

11 HAND MADE TOTE BAGS

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I’m really surprised about not having made even one bag! I knew 11 was ambitious but…….

10 TYPES OF HANDMADE BEADS

7 done, 3 to go

Several attempts this month at some You Tube demos, but nothing that produced usable beads.

9 PIECES OF TEXTILE ART (started)

6 started, 3 to go

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My goal is to create a textile book for each of my grandchildren and one for me. I have been using some African prints to create covers and pages for my 3 grandsons. I am loving this textile project as anything goes and I can try out all sorts of ideas. Lots of components have been made and I’m excited to see where this will take me in 2017.

8 MORNINGS of SORTING and STORING

6 done, 2 to go.

Trying to sort out all my different craft projects into some sort of order is an impossible job. As fast as I sort one area another becomes chaotic – I give in!

7 PAINTINGS (or other pieces of art)

5 done, 2 to go

Collected from the Thames foreshore, the pieces are fixed with Sugru – it works I’m so delighted!dsc_0014-1

6 BUS RIDES using my Bus Pass

2 done, 4 to go

I’m so disappointed I didn’t get to do these rides, I had such plans.

5 NEW TYPES OF EXERCISE TRIED

4 done, 1 to go

No new ones this month. So far I have tried Pilates, Belly Dancing, a Dance Class, a Zumba-like class. I enjoyed Belly Dancing the most.

4 NEW PATTERNS for my ETSY SHOP

1 done 3 to go

At last! I have put a pattern on Etsy (and Ravelry and Craftsy)

3 MASSAGES

1 done, 2 to go

2 WAYS TO HELP REFUGEES

My darling daughter, as a birthday present to me made a donation to one of the charities I support – I was SO thrilled with that present.  It so perfectly hit the spot!❤

I also collected items of clothing and blankets to be sent to Syria, loaded up my car, one dark and stormy morning,dsc_0013and took them to a lovely woman an hour away who sorts, boxes, weighs and labels items ready for them to be loaded on containers for Syria.

It is not as much as I would like to do but it is something.

1 NOVEL READ

DONE!

Hurray! ‘Enchanted August’ by Brenda Bowen got me there.

0 BEADS BOUGHT

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In September the year seemed to stretch ahead, now suddenly it’s December and I know I will miss many of my targets – however it has remained a great motivator and a way of checking in with what I really do want to do.

I feel truly blessed to have 3 children (with partners), 8 grandchildren, 2 siblings, 5 nieces and nephews, and an 88 year old Mum and this takes up more time than I account for in my expectations of myself and what I want to achieve in my own personal arena. My family take precedence and other things fit round them, I wouldn’t have it any other way. However there is a need to keep this in good balance. As I get older, and so does everyone else, the tableau of priorities changes on a daily basis, flexibility is the key – life happens.

I’m thinking carefully about 17 for 2017!

To recharge my batteries I will be taking a month’s retreat soon and so will not be reviewing 16 for 16 at the end of December. Blog posts will be at a minimum until late January as I go into hibernation in the quiet of the year.

Photo Challenge Round-Up: WILD

Jane at Rainbow Junkie ………. ……….. atmospheric

Cathy at Nanacathy ………………………. stormy

Me at Wild Daffodil ……………………… chaos

 

Just a select 3 this week.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Four fab photo friends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

We have a new list for 2017 – all 52 weeks set out so that you can plan ahead if you so wish – we will reveal it sooooooooooon!

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Golden November

Fairy song through mellow mist

Caught by cheeky elves

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Joining with Cathy and RainbowJ for our Photo Challenge Prompt of STILL

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Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge, prompts: GOLD and SING

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On Sunday I went for a walk in the footsteps of my ancestors up Lewesdon Hill, which is likely to be the highest point in Dorset (or is that Pilsdon Pen?)

It was a very STILL November day and a gentle mist hovered over the top of this ancient hill fort. Especially noticeable after of our recent fierce storms. It was hard to choose just one photograph, so have a wander with me.

This is my 15th walk of more than one hour, only one more to go to fulfil my 16 for 2016 challenge.

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Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Challenge, so many paths to the top to choose from.

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an air of misty magic

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Also posting on the Facebook Page ‘Sunken Lanes and Historic Curiosities’

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Then back to the New Inn in Stoke Abbott for the most delicious roast beef and Yorkshire pudding I have had in many a year – lashings of gravy and generous portions of perfectly cooked fresh vegetables, the cauliflower cheese mmmmmmmm! – a perfect treat.

One of my forebears opened this pub in 1895, and with his wife, there they brought up their 13 children and ran the pub for over 20 years. The pub still holds it’s character and I love to think of my relations sitting by the inglenook and supping a pint of home brew.

Please leave a link in the Comments for us to share in your STILLness

Next Week our prompt word is CREATION

Very apt as we have just created a new list for your enjoyment for next year – we hope to be able to show it to you next Tuesday.😉

 

Wild

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Dare to be wild and

Dream up colourful designs

Create textile art

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Our Photo Challenge: WILD

Ronovan’s : DREAM and DARE

Together they are the ‘Phaiku’ challenge. Go on have a go! Please leave a link in the comments if you do.

The weather has been WILD hereabouts and I did try to get a photo, but they just looked grey and dull……… as I was pondering what photo to use instead, I got up from where I was ‘working’ and looked back – and just like Tracy Emin’s Bed I realised I had created rather a wild mess in my frenzy of delight and inspiration after pouring over my Pinterest Embroidery page.

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They are destined to adorn the textile books I am making for my grandchildren

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and maybe some tote bags … one day … when they finally get made .. ……

What is your WILD? Please leave a link in the comments and go over to Cathy k to see what she has come up with.

I do hope the weather takes heed of next week’s prompt: STILL

Photo Challenge Round-Up: Socks

I didn’t get very far with my attempt at some crocheted socks – and where I did get had to be unpicked😦

But you can see some wonderful handmade socks in some of these entries

Jane at Rainbow Junkie ……………………………………. mandala

Cathy at Nanacathy …………………………………………… oodles

Me at Wild Daffodil …………………………………………   a start

Mona at Chic Mona …………………………………………… would you?

Christina A Look at the Little Things ……………………relaxing

Dorris at Dig With Dorris …………………………………. festive

Regula at Babajezas Wundertute ………………………..Wow!

I like to join in with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge – why not give it a go, it’s fun to combine the two.

Have I missed anyone? Please let me know if I have.

Thank you everyone for your SOCK entries.

Four fab photo fiends created the 52 Week Photo Challenge, we are:

 

This week’s prompt

WILD

After that only 5 more to go!  They are STILL, CREATION, WRAP, MUSIC , SPIRIT.

We are cooking up a new list for next year.