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End of a Lovely Crafty Week

This week I’ve been off work – holidaying at home – with some lovely days down on the South Coast with Mum and Dad and then back home via a day-trip to London.

It’s been super-busy but then again the time has flown by – can’t quite believe I’m back to work on Monday…

The start of my week was with Mum – I wasn’t feeling great so we did a bit less shopping / visiting and a bit more crafting which was fine by me.  I started on a crochet shopping bag and Mum showed me these clever little pouches which hang on a door handle and can be filled with anything you don’t want to lose – i.e. keys, crochet hooks, cat biscuits, or whatever!

I then travelled back to Wiltshire and had a day trip to London (about 2 1/2 to 3 hours on the train) to see my cousin Cathy and visit the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.  As a keen amateur astronomer, I was desperate to see the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition – having meant to go every year for the last few years.  This view is from the steep climb up Greenwich Park to the Observatory.  In the distance is Canary Wharf and the edge of the City of London.

The rather unimportant-looking line below is the Greenwich Meridian – from which all time zones are measured here on planet Earth!  This is the home of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), although technically we are now on BST (British Summer Time) which is +1 hour and will revert to GMT in October for the winter months.

Greenwich is a lovely part of South London – very near where I used to live, but as often happens, I only visited it once in the 9 years I lived there!  There are lots of cafes and meeting places and the park was spectacular.  Nearby is also the National Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark (the only surviving 19th century tea clipper) but we didn’t have the time or energy to visit this (it was a really warm day!)

Finally I was back to Wiltshire with some crafting and catching up with friends.  I went to Frome with my friend Anna and bought this cute bunny pencil sharpener (I won’t reveal where the hole for the pencil is!)  We had breakfast in the Garden Cafe and these gorgeous ferns appeared to be creeping up the wall as if to make their getaway…

I bought these glow-in-the-dark Toadstool lights for the garden in Worthing and can’t wait to try them out (the garden needs a bit of work first!)

I couldn’t get away without doing some yarn shopping – in Frome I happened to ‘pop in’ to Marmalade Yarns and buy these gorgeous fibres…  Firstly some Autumnal shades – Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply silk/merino mix in a shade called Burnt Orange but that I would describe as more of a conker / nutmeg mix – and secondly Skein Queen 4ply merino in Squash which is a slightly more red / orange – both delicious and perfect for a delicate shawl / wrap or scarf.

Finally, some Debbie Bliss Angel Prints laceweight in a blue/green/red/grey-brown mix – this is for Mum to make another gorgeous knitted scarf – we saw a technique at John Lewis in London last December – using a large and a small needle to produce a really beautiful finish – delicate but effective.

I bought myself some Angel Prints in December, but never got started on it.  Perhaps this weekend will be my time to get another knitting project on the go!

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Car Boot Treasures (or Tat?)

Most Sunday mornings I spend the same way – at a Car Boot Sale.  My UK readers will of course know what I am talking about – but I’m not sure if they are strictly a British phenomenon.  In many places it involves standing in an often cold, wet, muddy field rummaging through tables of other people’s unwanted things…

Thankfully the one nearest to me, at Frome, is in a car park and if raining is taken inside to the Cattle Market (I rather enjoy everyone lining up in the pens like sheep!  Here are my friends  Mikey (looking at toys – surprise…) and Anna (with little Dave the Chihuahua) enjoying a rainy day at the Car Booty as Mikey calls it.

 

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It’s always fascinating to me how one person’s tat is another person’s treasure!  Here are some of my favourite pieces of treasure from my scavenging at Frome…

 

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As you may have seen on my previous posts about vintage items, I love old-fashioned trimmings, needles and yarn.  Most of these I pick up for a few pence each – bargaintastic!

 

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These magazines were a little bit more pricey, at around £1 each, (last of the big spenders…)  But they are so fantastic, apart from the funky patterns, the ads are hilariously dated.

It seems Mikey has a saying for everything – when we’re off to the Car Booty his usual cry is “get your bits and bobs here”.  Indeed we do!

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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