Thursday, 1 November 2018

What's been happening?



Well hello there and welcome.  I'm back and with so much to tell you I hardly know where to begin.  I noted that my last post was on the 15th May 2018 and who could have even tried to predict what has happened since then?  Well the first thing is that on the 22nd May we viewed what has now become our new home.
We have holidayed many times in the last few years in a place called Winston in County Durham.  We absolutely loved the area and as my family originate from that area and my Mum apparently paddled in the River Tees when she was in her teens, I have a certain affinity with the place.  Anyway on our holiday in April we found quite by chance on a beautiful little cottage in Barnard Castle and decided to go to the estate agent to arrange a viewing.  This was purely for research you understand and no way were we serious about buying.  Anyway the house owners had already accepted an offer and it was at that moment that we decided that we definitely wanted to move to the area.  It was a lightening bolt and at the time totally out of the question but something we couldn't get out of our minds.
We went back to our home in Doncaster feeling totally disorientated and couldn't quite understand our emotions.
In the weeks that following we investigated more and more and on the 22nd May we arranged to go back and view 4 different properties, the cottage being one of them as we had learnt that it was back on the market.  After viewing the houses we decided on one which wasn't what we had expected but that we both fell in love with for different reasons.
To cut a very long story short we are now the proud owners of a dilapidated 1960's house in Barnard Castle.
Before - the rather unusual bathroom tiles
I live here and my hubby comes up for long weekends.  He lives in the old house which is sold but is pending the exchange of contracts.
The other massive change is the fact that I have now closed Needlecraft Corner, my shop, although the Website remains for the time being pending my next major decision which is to keep or wrap up that side of the business.  That decision is for another day.
So there you have it and there is the reason why I have been absent for so long even though on the 15th of May I promised that I was back in the land of blogging.  Maybe now you will understand and hopefully forgive me for my long absence.
After - A quick makeover to make bath time more bearable (the plug is disappearing into bubbles)
I can assure you that I have missed talking to you all and sending my messages to you.
It feels so good to be back and although this time I make no promises I hope to get back in to the swing and let you in to my world once again.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Peace and Tranquillity

I have been the worst blogger ever just lately and can't believe I have neglected this space so badly.  Unfortunately I have had quite a lot of stress due to my Mums illnesses and now to her recently being diagnosed with dementia.  She is coping well but it has been very difficult for the family.
Anyway I am here now and am determined to get back on track.  The blog may change a little as it is now connected directly to my revamped website.  I strongly suggest you hurry over there to Needlecraft Corner 
We have lots of lovely fabrics, wool and buttons on the site and there will be lots more added shortly as soon as I find the time to get them all on.
Obviously as the blog evolves it will also include items that have arrived in the shop but it will still include what I have been up to both out and about and at home in my little crafty world.  I hope you continue to drop by and I look forward to sharing my comings and goings with you all.

Last weekend we had a lovely time pottering about the house doing lots of jobs that we've been putting off.  Mainly gardening.  We love being outside and are determined this year to progress with our vegetable patch.  This consists of two 10 x 3 foot beds which currently have potatoes, leeks and cabbages in them.  Watch this space as more things will be going in as the weeks go by.
On Sunday afternoon after sorting the garden etc Steve suggested that we go out for a walk so we jumped in the car and set off for a new haunt of ours which we discovered a couple of weeks ago.

This is an absolutely beautiful stretch of canal at Sykehouse near Doncaster.
Hawthorne in full bloom
It is definitely a hidden treasure that is not often used by boats or walkers.  It is packed with fish of various sizes and types and there are plenty of fishermen sat enjoying the scenery.  We have walked several stretches of this waterway recently and love the tranquillity of the place.  We even came across a little bunny rabbit on the toll path this week together with herons too.
A heron landing on the opposite bank
 On a completely different topic, I wanted to create a little work of art using some of the plants found in our garden.  I had been browsing Pinterest as you do, and decided to mount a few of the items picked in the garden on a canvas.  I then sprayed them with craft paint bought at B & Q and this was the result.  I was so happy and it now sits proudly in our recently decorated kitchen.
My latest work of art
Well that's all I've got for you today but promise to be back soon with the reveal of my brand new patchwork quilt.
Thanks for dropping by x



Sunday, 16 July 2017

Carlton in Lindrick flower show and garden inspiration

Its been all go at Needlecraft Corner but today I was determined to have a little bit of me time and check in with you all.


It's strange but lately I seem to be getting a lot more visitors from the United States.  I'm not sure why this should be other than there is another business called the same name other than that maybe you lovely americans just want to get a bit of information about how we brits are doing.  Who knows?  It's great and amazing to think that my humble little blog reaches people all over the world.
Anyhow back to what I've been up to.  The website has been relaunched and is much better than the old one. Click here to take a look Although getting to grips with it has been a bit of a nightmare and there are still things that I am not happy with.  I give the impression that I know what I'm doing but in reality I'm a novice but I am getting better every day.


My lovely Mum is in hospital again.  She is 93 and gets more frail every day.  She is a battler though and is so positive she is an inspiration to us all.
I have been busy promoting the shop and am running a new workshop on the 25th July 2017.  This is a needle felting class and costs £15.00 to attend.


All are welcome but I have had to insist on a £5.00 deposit to ensure attendance.  I have been caught out before!
In addition we have been working on the garden and have had some lovely potatoes and cabbages.


The peas, beans, sweetcorn, beetroot, radishes and rocket are yet to grow big enough to harvest.  Our ultimate goal in life is to own our own small holding but at the moment we only have a small, small, small holding at the back of our house.


We visited the mill in Carlton in Lindrick recently.  They were holding their annual flower festival.  The garden in front of the mill was gorgeous and is now my inspiration for our own little plot.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Caudwell, Durham

Well last week we went on our holidays to Hillcrest Park in Caudwell.  This is a lovely farm with cottages, touring caravan facilities and camping pods.  We actually went last year and enjoyed it so much we decided that as we hadn't seen everything we would go back again.
The weather last week was amazing for the time of year and so that made our holiday even more special.  This time we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary too which was lovely.


The scenery in this area is breathtaking and we were able to get to Stanhope which is about a half hour drive from where we were staying.


The scenery as we drove back to Barnard Castle was surprising as we hadn't realised when we set off exactly what to expect.
These photos were taken from the car and I couldn't help but imagine how a felted picture would look with all the lovely shading and muted colours.  Mmm definitely something to consider in the future.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Felting

I am relatively new to needle felting and actually taught myself with the aid of Pinterest tutorials.
It was a lovely friend and customer who encouraged me to start a small class which began on a similar line to my knit and natter groups.
The beginning of a new creation
Basically we just got together and learnt the brand new techniques from a total novice level and over time our skills have developed.  I like trying different things every week where others may concentrate on one thing until they have exhausted the possibilities.

Wet felted bowl with free form machine embroidery
In my previous post I showed you what I had achieved in the weeks starting just before Christmas.  It was very satisfying to be able to give a few members of my family hand felted gifts that showed that I cared and show cased my growing talents.

Since then my love of needle felting and wet felting has grown considerably and I look forward with anticipation to our Monday morning get togethers.
Heart shaped landscape
We have an absolute ball and some of the disasters that are bound to happen from time to time have had us in stitches.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Completed Projects

It's been ages since I showed you my finished projects mostly because many were gifts for Christmas as of course if I had shown you it would have spoilt the surprise for my nearest and dearest family and friends.  Anyway without further ado here goes:
A chunky cardigan greatly appreciated by my son's partner Steph.

A super chunky jumper given to my mother in law for Christmas.  I love how this turned out and will give this another try.

A sample for the shop knitted in James C Brett marble chunky.  A pattern I have done many times and love it's simplicity.

A birthday present for my Mum who loves getting cosy underneath it.  This pattern can be found as a tutorial on line.

A little embroidery and applique picture which I am still to complete even though it was meant to be a quick job.

A holiday project made for my Mum instead of bringing her something back that she wouldn't really want.  This is a pattern taken from Attic 24 and is her jolly chunky bag.

A cardigan made for an order using the Sirdar pattern in the picture.  This was great to do and  I would gladly make this again in the future.

A Christmas present for my Mum using a pattern for the weekend bag from Attic 24.  It was so easy to make.  I have one too!
The easiest shawl ever and a absolute dream to make.  I will post the pattern soon.  This was given to my friend for her birthday earlier this month and she loved it.  She is very much in to lets say, the murkier colour choices.
Well I hope you liked my round up of the latter quarter of 2016's makes.  I always work better under pressure and seem to get everything done despite my self doubts.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

A new year and a new craft

Hello and a very happy new year to you all.
I feel like I should apologise for not posting in such a long time but as this is what I always seem to be doing lately I'm going to skip it and get on with what I've been up to.
Over the past few weeks I have been learning how to do needle felting which I hadn't done before but always fancied, mainly because it looks so creative and there is so much that you can do within what is quite an inexpensive craft.  Anyway it started when a couple of ladies determined to learn needle felting came to the shop and asked if I did lessons.  Obviously I didn't but suggested that if they came along and paid a very nominal amount I would not only learn with them but provide guidance where needed.  Since then it has blossomed and I now run lessons on a one to one basis and have a group booked in in early February which is very exciting.
So far these are a few of the things I have made.
The Wren I gave to my husband for Christmas as wrens are his favourite bird.  The dog was supposed to look like Millie, Steve's Nana's dog.  She loved it. The sheep is mine and is displayed in the shop and the picture will eventually be framed and put in the lounge.
I am really pleased with the results of my first efforts and have found a new craft that I can develop and enjoy for years to come.