Preparation, preparation, preparation


Hello strangers! Only me!!

So sorry it has taken me so very long to post – the only excuse I have is that I was making this lovely lot for Spice Treasures and Trade Art and Music Festival which takes place this weekend. This was my trial run set up on the dining room table on Sunday. I couldn’t quite believe that all my makes fit on this one table. IMG_6818


Would you like a closer look at what I have been up to? Yes – oh ok then. First off there came the flowery brooches.IMG_6819

The blackboard sign was written and sits behind the hoods.IMG_6820


Then owlies were hung with little angel pegs – oh and a fairy joined the gang!IMG_6821

The rest of the owlies hung out in a little basket!IMG_6823

Here is a bigger picture of hoods and owlies!IMG_6822

The rest of the angels also sat in their basket next to the owls.IMG_6824

More paper clay decorations sat in another basket (pretty glittery stars, little butterflies and others).IMG_6825

Told you there were butterflies! You can’t see but they have a touch of glitter in them. (Can you see the spinning wheel hiding in the background?!)IMG_6828


I thought I’d leave you with the thing that started my paper clay journey – the angels. This one is my little angel that resides in the conservatory.IMG_6829

I hope you’ve liked the trip around my little stall – I am setting it up in the Bell Tent so it will definitely be a unique setting. I’ll try to post more photos after the event (still no camera charger so I am still using Mr Toadstool’s rather large camera!).

Until next time, I’ll be madly packing for the festival!!

Emma x


The passing of time … and an owl!

Hello everyone in blogland. Hope you are all well and dandy on this sunny day. My little boy (otherwise known as No 1 Son) turned 15 yesterday. I remember the time when he was this size so clearly.


It put me in a contemplative mood. Where does the time go – how do we not notice it fleeting by? The answer, I believe, is routine and the general ‘busy-ness’ of life. It is so easy to get caught up in the general day to day activities. I started a jar this year – a jar of happy things and even that (although there have been many happy things to celebrate this year) has got lost in day-to-day living. I wonder how much of the time I spent cycling, scootering, building, making, painting, railway track constructing, lego building or den and tent adventures he will remember in later life? A lot of it I hope. Now his time is spent with his friends, gaming and having fun. I make the most of our evening meals when we are all sat around one table with no distractions and I can catch up on what is happening in his life. I would worry if it was not this way round. I am fortunate that he will still be seen out with me!



We celebrated yesterday like this! A cafe, a good book (for him!), a play area for Little Miss H and cake!! It was a pleasure to spend time with him – even if he was nose deep in the latest sy-fy book. Now I focus on building strong foundations with Little Miss H so that I can have a similar relationship with her when she is older. Some of the activities remain the same – cycling, painting and making all still feature heavily in day to day life as does exploring the great outdoors and doing a considerable amount of this:


She has always loved the swings – no matter where they are. Parks, woods and sometimes with spectacular views! How do we slow the time? We don’t but by doing lots of this we guarantee our children will remember the times when life slowed, time was spent purely on them and doing the things that they loved to do and at those times washing, work, tidying, shopping did not get in the way. Building into our everyday lives opportunities to celebrate the passing of time with our children – whether it be the seasons, the solstices or just birthdays and Christmas – is the way to slow the pace of life and truly live. Or that’s my take at least! As with anything in my life – if it resonates with you I’m glad, if not please disregard it as not something for you.

After my very contemplative post I’ll leave you with a wise owl! They are making a come-back in my little crafting room and always make me smile.


Until next time I’ll be building memories.



Hearts and stars!! … progress

Hello all in blogland! Hope you are all enjoying the weather. Hasn’t it been glorious recently? I love the sparkles in the water – No 1 Son took this shot.


I am really well – can’t believe it has been nearly three weeks since my last post – I have no excuse really – is it me or is time going very quickly at the moment?!!

I have been finishing off a multitude of orders for my tatty stars and have been busy creating more to sell at a small craft fair in September. I do have a very soft spot for them. Gingham stars are my favourite – especially the blue ones.






Here is Mr Flamingo supervising the cutting of the fabric! ( We have the most original names for toys in this house!!)DSCN2513

I also have been creating crochet adorned hearts too .DSCN2498


Question for you – do they need leaves do you think??! I can’t make up my mind!

Now onto leaves of the proper kind! I am loving discovering what is growing in my garden. Here are the peas that I am waiting patiently to pick.DSCN2506

And here are the raspberries (I think!!) I also have blackberries and have exhausted the supply of strawberries and potatoes. Sadly the sunflowers didn’t make it (Pesky slugs!) I love eating my own grown food. I think there is something enormously satisfying about knowing where your food comes from, knowing that no chemicals have been used to produce it – makes eating it even better.DSCN2512

My last shot today is of the little owl bodies … they are waiting to be stuffed and embroidered but star and heart making have somewhat taken over!


Gearing up now for the Summer Holidays where things can be finished (I hope). It’s not like me to have so many projects on the go at the same time and I do find it a little disconcerting.

Can’t wait to show you some completely finished articles of crochet!!

Until then, enjoy the sun and relax!







Glitches, Christmas crochet and a smattering of flowers!

Hello everyone in Blogland!

I have spent ages trying to get my computer to upload photos for you all to see -out of the twelve pictures that I attempted to download these were all I managed (in an hour an a half!) for some reason the downloads kept erroring – wonder if anyone else has had this problem? Anyway as I have an unexpected afternoon at home today due to Little Miss H being sent home with ‘the pox’ (now I’m not sure if it is pox of the chicken variety) I thought it would be a perfect time to update the blog.

I thought that I’d show you some of the photos from the little fayre that I went to last Sunday. I was very pleased the way my little stall turned out.DSCN1775



Here is a little corner of it ( you can’t see the picture of the whole stall as typically it refused to download!)! I discovered that individual snowflakes sell better than garlands ( I came back with all the garlands but no individual snowflakes at all!) Then there were my lavender hearts – top tip: if you put the lavender in an organza bag before you fill the hearts it doesn’t leak out. Oh and patterns for both snowflakes and hearts can be found over on the lovely page of Attic 24.DSCN1774

I also took my little owlies with me … and they all sold out within half an hour of the fayre opening! I must make more next time. My porch looks bare now so I am picking out my favourite colours to make some more!DSCN1597

Here are the little needle felted toadstools with the hanging loops ( my stalls always have toadstools on them and these are the diddiest ones ever!) – these little cuties sold before the doors had opened so noone really saw them! I need to make more!DSCN1776

After the excitement of the weekend I have really enjoyed crocheting up a little bundle of flowers – I have a commission to do for a very lovely lady who wants a garland of flowers to go around the inside of a yurt. She wanted them in the colours of the chakras – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and white. I have used a little creative licence and a few pink ones have crept in there too. I am trying to use varying degrees of the colours and different flower designs too. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!DSCN1783The stocking you can see was blanket stitched by Little Miss H – I was super impressed and she has already requested to do more! 

This afternoon holds baking, stitching and possibly a smidgen of crochet as well as playing games and liberally applying cream to spots as often as required!

Until next time, I hope that you are all tucked up safe, healthy and warm.

Emma x

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