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Monday, 27 June 2016

We have a...

..."totaliser".

A colleague suggested that we should have something visual to show how we were doing towards our £150 target for the R.N.L.I. fund-raising. So using what was available at work and some PPs, this is what we came up with...
...it didn't photograph very well because of the lighting and it isn't anything amazing (best we could put together using flipchart paper, permanent pens and some lettering - sorry; no sticky backed plastic available LOL). As you can see, we are almost at the £50 mark after just a week.
My friend Simon has an allotment and he donated two trays of tomato plants...
 ...and since tacking this photo we have now sold about half of them...
...so a big thank you to Simon (and his Dad who helped deliver them to the office).

The craft bits & pieces are growing and I think we will soon be able to hold our craft sale - I've been packaging the stuff so that it is easier to deal with and I'll show you what we have later in the week.

Let's hope the tomato plants survived the weekend...................................................

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Saturday crafting...

...at the Toby carvery.

Saturday was Carol Whalley's crop at the carvery in Southend - it seems ages since we last had one of these (the last one got cancelled). As usual, we set up our crafting gear in the function room upstairs and spent a lovely morning crafting and chatting before venturing down stairs for lunch.

I'm not very good at arranging my food artistically...
...as you can see LOL.

 Debbie & Suzie were merrily tucking in...
...after 'snapping' photos of their plates and Alison was doing likewise...
...both she & Suzie were sending the photos to friends/family - mainly to show the size of those Yorkshire puds.

Now normally I wouldn't have a sweet but there was an offer and it would have been rude not to take advantage of it...
...all four of us opted for the Terries chocolate orange sundae - and very nice it was too.

To be honest, I think we all just wanted to find somewhere to have a snooze after that lot LOL

Back up stairs we all got stuck into our crafting and it was quite a productive day.

I'll show you what I got up to once I've had a chance to take some photos. Enjoy your Sunday.......................................................................

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

A year has passed...

...since I sadly said good-bye to 8 of my staff.

The 31st May 2015 was officially the last day of service for eight members of my staff as my business stream had taken the decision that there was no longer a role for our lowest grade of staff.

It has been a difficult year, dealing with the loss of over half my team and trying to keep those remaining motivated as they absorbed the duties of those who had gone (as well as continuing with their own roles).

We have had successes - one of the remaining team was promoted and we gained three new staff from business areas that had been disbanded and offices that had closed.

However, it still did not make up for the sadness of losing staff who had been part of my team for a number of years.

On Friday I was able to invite one of my ex-staff back to receive a very special item.

I was able to present the Imperial Service Medal to one of my ex-staff; Anne.

Anne knew she was going to receive 'something' as a result of her length of service but the medal was a surprise...
 ...here she is with the medal. She was so excited & very 'chuffed' and kept muttering "but I don't deserve this".
This is the medal itself...
...it is engraved with her name around the edge and is beautifully presented.

Government employees in the lowest clerical grades can be nominated for this medal once they have left the Department (there are conditions relating to length of service & conduct) and if approved, the medal is sanctioned by HM the Queen.

I felt very proud being able to present this to one of my former staff................................................

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Using up...

...those odds & ends.

As a knitter I always have loads of wool about and there are always leftover bits from various projects that get put away. I'm a crafter - I don't like to throw stuff away that might be useful LOL

So with the R.N.L.I. fundraising in full swing I dug out some of the leftovers to see what I could make. Here are a few of the odd balls that were found...
 ...and if you are wondering what the postbox is all about...
 ...I got a couple of these from Poundland to use as collecting boxes. A sheet of adhesive lettering was all that was needed. The R.N.L.I. do provide items free of charge for fundraising, such as buckets, colleting boxes, flags, pens etc. but although they supply them 'free' they cost the organisation so I decided we would come up with our own.

On to the knitting...
...it really doesn't take very much yarn to get started and yet it is using up those odds & ends.
Here is the first item finished...
...an Egg Cosy made out of a very small amount of yarn. This was soon followed by a set in pale blue...
...and even these four didn't make much of a dent in a 50g ball of Double Knit.

The red/white/blue yarn in the earlier photos has produced a set of three (which I will show you when I've stitched them together) and I have plenty of scraps to make quite a few more. I will probably have a play around with colour combos as well to see what I can come up with.

So the craft stall produce is starting to appear - I had better get back to my knitting..........................

Friday, 17 June 2016

The R.N.L.I. Fundraising...

...is underway.

We have been planning some fundraising events at work to raise money for the new Wells-next-the-Sea Lifeboat and decided to kick-off with a book sale.

Folk have been very generous with their donations of old/unwanted books...
 ...and we have been able to make a start with a pretty good selection of fiction, non-fiction and gift sets...
...the WRMK Alphabet Punch Board also got another workout.

So whilst the book sale is pretty much taking care of itself, the next step is preparing for the craft sale. We had our first donation for this yesterday - two pretty scarves. I've also been busy with the knitting needles and I'll show you what I've been up to tomorrow............................................

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

This was the last of...

...Saturday's colouring.

Another sheet of images that I had stamped ready to colour, many moons ago LOL

This is a Sarah Kay stamp and if I remember rightly she is called something like "Antonia".

The sheet contained 4 stamped images and at some point I had made a start on this one...
 ...but rather than finish her off, I started from scratch and came up with this colour combo...
 ...now don't ask what colours I used, you should know me by now - I just grab colours as I work. However, I was rather pleased with the way the apricot & blue went together which prompted me to try another colour combo...
...this one is red & brown. The colours seem to have worked well together so yet another completed image in my stash ready for turning into a card.

I have a few new stamps that I really must sit down and ink-up at some point - you never know, you might get to see the results in a couple of years time LOL....................................................

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

I told you...

...the Copics had been out.

When I got home on Saturday, I had a sort through my colouring stash and found some sheets of images that I had stamped but never managed to get around to colouring. These two cheeky elves were amongst the batch. I can't remember the make or what they were called as I stamped these quite a while ago (and guess what, I've put them away safely somewhere **rollseyes**).

I know Andy at Pinnacle Crafts used these chaps when they first came into the shop and I was probably tempted inspired to buy them having seen some finished samples.

I decided to go with some slightly non-traditional colours...
...and I think the blue & stone work rather well...
...two fun little chaps that are quite quick and easy to colour and I probably will do a few more in reds and greens. We will just have to see where the mood takes me...................................................