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Spring Crafting the House

Much as I love Winter, taking down the Christmas decorations is always a sad time РI usually make a big effort with my two mantelpieces, which seem to look bare and a bit sorry for themselves when the festive season is over.

This year, I decided I would do something about this (as opposed to just moaning about it…)

So, I resolved to¬†make a seasonal display¬†of my living room mantelpiece for each season. ¬†I have started with Spring – there’s still a bit of work to do but it’s a start! ¬†My friend’s Mum found the deserted nest in her garden (don’t worry – she waited several¬†years for someone to claim it but they never did)

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It’s a bit of an eclectic mix¬†and¬†I feel it needs some handmade / crochet loveliness to jazz it up a bit, but it’s a start!

I can never do anything by halves, so I then cleared my new shelf (opposite the mantelpiece) and decided to make this¬†British woodland scene (which will be permanent but with perhaps some seasonal visitors…)

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I have some work on the set-up of this to do, but I think the foxes kit which Mum bought me from Kidsonroof¬†works really well in this setting. ¬†Apologies for the picture quality – it is¬†very overcast today so even my ‘proper’¬†camera struggled to take a clear image!

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My little crochet Toadstool looks sweet but a little lost on the impromptu wood stumps, again a few additions are needed so I think I should get crafting…

What would you like to see added to the scene?

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Etsy Countdown… 2 (1/2) and kitty fun

In true Hollywood style, I have stopped the countdown early – having been struck down with a cold in the height of (British!) summer…

So I haven’t felt up to much today apart from cuddling my friend Anna’s new kitten, tentatively named Paolo (Catini) after the rather delicious Scottish singer Paolo Nutini.

He is the sweetest little kitten and is holding his own against Dave the Chihuahua, who of course is scared witless every time he approaches him!

 

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I’m really pleased to see that her boy Mikey has really taken to him and is very gentle and caring, they already seem to have a lovely bond…

 

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So, fingers crossed I’m back tomorrow feeling a bit brighter and with my Etsy plans for this week back up and running.

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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Wiltshire and Somerset Travels

I am very lucky to live in the beautiful county of Wiltshire.  Within a few minutes of my home is beautiful countryside Рheading north, the beautiful Bradford-on-Avon and the spectacular Roman city of Bath.  Heading south there is the world-renowned Stonehenge and Salisbury, dating back to the iron age.

To the west, my best-loved town, Frome (OK so it is technically in Somerset!), with its arts and crafts and to the east the even more magical stone circle of Avebury and the up-market Marlborough.

This weekend has been a wash-out so far (typical British weather!) so I have been limited to a quick trip to Frome. ¬†Visiting Mary Kilvert’s fabulous shop I bought a few goodies (can’t spoil the surprise on those by posting piccies!) and enjoyed my chat with her very friendly and helpful staff. ¬†I also visited a little Italian cafe called Paccamora¬†opposite Mary’s shop, which was full of character, and the tea’s not bad either…

I also just happened to, ahem, pop into Marmalade Yarns, which is fast becoming my go-to yarn shop.  Maxine very kindly offered knitting advice, and I got a sneak peek of her latest ideas for the next window display.  I treated myself (quelle surprise!) to some lovely yarn Рsome for more makes for my forthcoming Etsy shop, some to make a fancy scarf for Anna, and a bit of beautiful lace to perhaps make myself a wrap or shawl.

My camera has given up the ghost so I have no piccies sadly, but have now treated myself to a new one Рyay!  So that means I will have to go back.  And, perhaps, buy some more yarn?

Despite the current inclement weather, over the last week or so, I had time for a couple of trips to one of my favourite local destinations РThe Courts Garden in Holt Рa National Trust venue.

 

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The borders were jam-packed with beautiful specimens – unfortunately I only had an hour to walk around so i didn’t get to enjoy it fully. ¬†The pond is my place of solace and reflection¬†(well, not in it, you understand!)…

Another day I met up at the local Country Park, for a long walk in the sunshine, with my friend Anna and her little boy Mikey, amiably and ably assisted by their bonkers dog, Dave (known to me as Dave-a-roo).

 

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As you can see Mikey is incredibly photogenic.  Dave, on the other hand, is a Rottweiler in a Chihuahua body whilst out and about.  I have promised him that I will never reveal his secret.  When at home he is known to me as Shaky Dave Рhe literally quivers at the slightest approach of my cat Ella or anyone else.

Oops Dave – sorry – the secret is out…

Happy weekend all!

 

Lou x

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