About

“whatever the question, creativity is the answer”    

Sandra Dorey 2016

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Blogland is such a wonderfully positive community of creative people and enriches my creative life.

wd3Bright colours dancing together feed my soul.

My Mum taught me to knit when I was 5 as I am left-handed and she wanted to teach me to knit right-handed so that I would be able to follow patterns easily.  *   What a gift!!   *    It set me on the road of making things that has been a joy and a delight all my life.

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I live on the South Coast of England and spend many happy hours walking on cliffs and beaches. Sometimes stopping to create a labyrinth or mandala.

 

Why WILD DAFFODIL?

There are several reasons why I have chosen the name ‘Wild Daffodil’, firstly I like the word ‘WILD‘ being in the title!

I could stop there really – but ………in case you would like to know more………

a DAFFODIL is the flower emblem of Wales and I am very proud of my Welsh heritage, I’m half Welsh. 

I used to live in an idyllic spot where wild daffs grew in the meadow, I made a collection of all the names of the plants that grew in that ancient permanent pasture – one of my favourites was the ‘corky-fruited water dropwort’ and then how about ‘Marsh Cudweed’, said in a broad Dorset accent this sounds like a character from a child’s storybook. I held camps there and one camp decided they would each take on the name and persona of the plants for a day and dressed up accordingly – can you imagine dressing-up as ‘Pendulous Sedge’! Anyway … I remember ‘Wild Daffodil’, complete with daffodil yellow feather boa, being an absolutely spectacular apparition, and I think of that amazingly creative group when I think of Wild Daffodil. AND my daughter had a hat making business called Wild Strawberry, so it feels like we are creatively related, which gives me a nice warm glow!

Now on to the blogtent:

WHAT WILL YOU FIND: I have always been fascinated to discover new crafts: knitting, crochet, patchwork, playing with beads, doodling,

20cushpainting, collage and gardening are what I love to do. Add a love of photography, the countryside with little touches of magic and serendipity and the inspiration of my 8 gorgeous grandchildren and you get a sense of what I will enjoy sharing with you.

Introducing you to my grandchildren:

My daughter has 3 children: they are Miss E (9), Master R (7) and Little Miss M (4)

Son 1 has two boys: Big Bro(7) and Little Bro(4)

Son 2 has 3 girls: Big Sister(7) and Twins(4) Twig and Twiglet

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My latest creative experiments will be shown on the blog and some make their way into my Etsy Shop and onto my Ravelry page.

 

There is also my Society6 shop and Pinterest page.

Feedback is always inspiring and supremely helpful, especially when I have made a mistake! I will always answer your emails and I would love to hear from you so please get in touch with any comments or queries.

2015/6 saw Haiku enter my list of creative pursuits and I’ve enjoyed joining in with Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku challenge, combining it with a weekly Photo Challenge co-created by me and Cathy from Nanacathy. Go to my Photo Challenge Page to see all the subjects listed for this year and how to join in.

Update: July 2016 I started a separate blog to record my beach-combing finds:

Beach Clean Art

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Thanks for stopping by, you are always very welcome!

💚 Sandra

51 responses to “About

  1. Sounds like a busy and fun life! I wish I could paint. Always meant to take classes but it got lost in the other stuff. 🙂 I can crochet and knit but seldom do these days. Only if a project beckons, or a good cause. Nice to learn a little bit about you and thanks for making it to my blog. 🙂

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    • Thanks for popping in Jo. You have hit the nail on the head with ‘busy and fun’. As the song goes ‘there is a season……’ I expect you will return to creative pursuits when the tides move in that direction, if you want to that is! 😉

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  2. Today I learned something new…the daffodil, one of my favourites, is the floral emblem of wales. Only pages to show one is never to old to learn. Love “Son 1s Big Bro(7) and Little Bro(4)”….we have No.1 and No 2 son…and twenty years difference to you GSons…

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  3. Hi Sandra, I see you liked our Silo . Thanks for still following my blog. I have been away from blog land most of the summer but hopefully I will have more time to write again.. Although I could spend ages just catching up on your fabulous blog… It reads like a crafters magazine , thank you !!
    You will know I am back when I start writing Haiku again. Did you spot my easycrochetblog.wordpress blog? It’s my latest obsession.
    I woke up one morning thinking I could teach the world to crochet!! LOL….

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    • Thank you for you lovely comment Roz – it is great to hear from you again and welcome back to blogland – you have such a busy life and summer must be amazingly busy chez vous! I tried to look at your crochet blog but could not find it. Can you send it to me a link.
      Your silo will be a unique cosy hideaway – looking forward to seeing what you do with the inside.
      So glad to know you enjoy reading through my posts. I do love writing them and sharing ideas with others. The blog acts as a crafting diary for me which is useful as I’m hopeless at keeping a diary. 😉

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  4. I’m also quite fond of daffodils – which begin blooming here in California in February. Living near a field of daffs would be a dream come true for me. Nice to meet you!

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    • Lovely to have you drop by Jan. Living next to that daffodil meadow really was a dream come true for me, it lasted for 10 glorious years. I have wonderfully fond memories of that time. Very nice to meet you too! ❤

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  5. I didn’t know daffodil is the flower emblem of Wales! Truth is I LOVE daffodils myself… I always admired how strong and fresh they stand longer than all other freshly cut flowers in the vase.

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  6. Lovely Blog Wild Daffodil..Thanks for peeping in and leaving a footprint on my blog..Glad to have you there..I will surely follow you and keep smiling..

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  7. Hello! Thanks for the “like” on Melissa’s blog! (The Aran Artisan) I just dropped in to visit, say hello and make new friends! I can’t wait to explore your blog a bit more. We share a love of crafts: knitting, crochet and craft du jour. I think it is terrific that you are teaching your granddaughter to sew – I spent so many wonderful creative hours as a child – and girls now just have no clue. I’ll look for your Pinterest boards!

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  8. Hey there Daffodil! Just browsing around the blogosphere, finding some fun and interesting blogs to follow to make some new friends in 2016. If you like, hop on over to my world at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and if you see anything you like, comment or follow! Have a great day and happy new year!

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  9. I’m only new to blogging, but the online community is simply lovely. There’s so many interesting tidbits to learn about everyone and everything. My husband is half Welsh, and proud to be so. His mum migrated to Australia as a teenager, and he was raised in a very Aussie family. But he clings to the little things he’s picked up from her, like the funny way she says ‘here’ more like ‘huer’. It’s rather endearing. We’d love to visit Wales one day.

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    • I’m glad you are enjoying blogging too. A bubble of creative positivity! If you ever get to Wales, let me know – you never know, we might be able to meet up. My Mum comes from south west Wales and I go back as often as I can. You can see lots of posts of Solva and the surrounding area on my blog if you want to take a little virtual tour. Do you know which part of Wales your mother-in-law (strange phrase!) comes from?

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      • I’m not sure where exactly she is from, but if I think of it I’ll ask my husband when he gets in from work later. I’ll definitely ask you for advice if we ever plan a trip to Wales, you’ll know all the best places to visit!

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  10. Hi, I’ve nominated your lovely blog for The Blogger Recognition Award, if you’d like to accept, congrats, here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/blogger-recognition-award-and-advice-to-new-bloggers/

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  11. Hello, Ms Daffodil I’ve just found your lovely blog and had to follow. I am very proudly half Welsh also!

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  12. I crochet too.
    I’ve invited you to participate in a 3 day quote challenge, http://meredithlbl.com/2015/07/03/happy-4th-july-2015/

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  14. I come to you by way of Edwina’s Episodes and I’m so glad I wandered over! I love to create but I have never learned to knit or crochet. I can’t wait to see your treasures!

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    • Welcome! So lovely to have you along! You are my 150th follower!!!! That feels very exciting! Hurray!!! and thank you!!!! So glad to know how you got here. I just love Edwina’s blog, we met through the Haiku Challenge. Isn’t blogland wonderful, such a great community. Do have a good look round, hope you enjoy!

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  15. Hi. I’ve nominated your blog for the Encouraging Thunder award, and if you’d like to accept here’s the link: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/my-goodness-another-award-the-encouraging-thunder-award/

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  16. I love the seaside, but live a little far away from it at the moment. One day I hope to rectify that, maybe someday I’ll have a beach hut too!

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  18. Hi Daffodil 🙂 , hope you doing great. I have came up with something throbbing, feel free to join or ignore otherwise

    https://themissiontomars.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/beauty/

    Love and peace 🙂
    Rosalyn ❤

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  19. Your blog looks like a spot of sunshine. Nice meeting you.

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  20. I loved your blog the moment the page appeared! It looked bright and inviting. Next the titles on your top bar appealed to me. When I read your About page and the colourful pictures…… The craftoholic in me had me hooked!
    Following you
    Roz Hill

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  21. Hey Sandra… oh, there you are 🙂 Nice place you’ve got here! Will you be posting to both blogs now? 🙂 ♥ ❤

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    • Hi Jackie!!! Lovely to hear from you! 🙂 :-))
      I will be posting on this Wild Daffodil blog from now on, which is why I have brought all my archives with me. If Sarah, Wendy and I do something together at the Beach Hut, I might put something on the Stonechat blog, but it will be a very rare occurrence and I will link to it from this blog. Thanks for asking and thank you for finding me!!! It’s lovely to have you along. I hope to take you on some Winter Walks soon. xxxxxxxxx

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      • Sounds good! I hadn’t realized you were sharing the stonechat blog with Sarah and Wendy. It was funny when you and your new WD blog “liked” a post from my blog… Your writing seemed familiar, somehow. And it became clear, as I continued reading your new blog, that you were one and the same! …lol… Happily looking forward to more of those walks! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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