craft, crochet, knitting, yarn

What a week! Thank heaven for Devon…

 

I am so looking forward to next weekend after what has been a rather stressful week…

Sir Patrick the kitten has been ill and undergoing various tests – thankfully it all seems to have resolved and he is now his usual – completely mental – self.

I have have some big changes afoot at work – these will involve periods of anxiety and increased workload for my team.  Luckily, I have a positive outlook, so with the support of others, I am sure we will overcome!

There is one piece of news, though, which has perked me up no end…  I have a small Craft Fair to attend in Chagford, a beautiful village in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

 

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My crafting buddy Anna and I last attended this Craft Fair back in April – hark back to this post, where we met the tiny ponies, lambs and where I bought these lovely felting bits from Jean at Kaeravel Krafts (and had a free drop spinning lesson into the bargain)…

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Last time we enjoyed our trip so much that we gladly accepted the invitation to come back for their Christmas Fair.  I have been busy making some festive items (along with a baby blanket I have been crocheting for a friend – more of that later…) – here is a sneak peek of some of the goodies I will be taking with me!

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Christmas stockings – mini sized but big enough for some festive treats.  Just need to be sewn up and a sweet Christmas star crocheted on to the front.

 

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Christmas puddings – they are festive treats for place settings – hiding a chocolate underneath. I always sell out of these, so am attempting a factory production line of them (total staff: me – with ‘help’ from Sir Patrick).  I will only have time to make about two dozen of them for next weekend.

Finally two new ideas – this appears to be white but it’s actually a lovely soft cream colour – thought I might try to make a festive wreath…  Not sure how it’s going to look but experimentation is half the fun!

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Lastly a bit of a strange idea I had, based on an idea from Craftseller Magazine (sadly no more…) of making gift tags in the shape of Christmas presents.  The original idea was of birds with lovely embroidery, but it was too labour-intensive – this is a bit quicker, but I still find myself spending ages sorting through my stash to find all of the sparkly bits I am after!  The back has a pouch for a piece of card to be slipped in with the name of the recipient…  These are a bit of a work in progress but I like the concept.

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More news when I return from Devon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Devon, Crafting Genii and Tiny Ponies

Well, what a lovely weekend it was!

Spring had definitely sprung and I had a wonderful time in Devon.

My friend Anna and I packed up the car and left at 6am – getting in there for 8.30 ready to set up our stall at the Craft Fair.  It was reasonably busy in the morning and I did pretty well.  Then, a mini disaster…

The drains in the hotel blocked up and they in turn blocked off the front door (where we were) so we had much less passing custom in the afternoon.  So we had to make our own amusement!

I had an impromptu drop spinning class from the brilliant Jean and Martin from Kaeravel Krafts and made just a few purchases of their gorgeous products, and one day I will understand the terminology – carrier rods, silk noil, burrs and nepps!

 

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I also met Richard Albon, a phenomenally talented artist, and bought a few things (which I can’t share here as certain people may see them!) but I really do recommend his site, particularly for those amongst us who are animal lovers.

So, a lovely, but not quite so productive, day was had by all.  And I did learning something interesting, again I have managed to sell all of my girls’ headbands – this was one line I was going to give up making when I sell online, but now I’m not so sure!

 

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I crawled into bed at 9pm, absolutely shattered!  What a comfortable night I spent at the gorgeous Farleigh Cottage B&B in Chagford, run by the lovely Lyn, who looked after us so well and furnished us with the most wonderful cooked breakfast on Sunday morning.

Just enough time then to pop to the Miniature Pony Centre Dartmoor on the way back, what a well organised and fun place to visit.  We arrived at the perfect time, bottle feeding time for the lambs.  Let me introduce you to the delectable Snowy, (my disembodied arm giving him his much-needed grub) – he was such a character, he made a bolt for us the second he was let out.  His wool was so thick, fluffy and soft – I was tempted to offer to borrow it and knit him up a waistcoat, but for once I had to put my woolly tendencies on hold!

 

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We then met the donkeys and ponies, many of them rescued.  As well as horses, donkey, ponies and lambs, they have a wide variety of other animals and have activities throughout the day.  Just follow the chap ringing the bell…

 

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I do rather like the fact that this final picture includes a tiny pony or two seeming to stand on top of another rather small pony.  That makes my random little brain very amused!

Happy crafting…

 

Lou x

 

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