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Saturday, 27 August 2016

I promised...

...so here we go.

This was the huge great parcel that was hidden behind my planters...
 ...isn't it ma-hoo-sive!!! Inside was a whole treasury of goodies...
...beautiful fabric totes, knitted crazy birds (all soft & squishy). Fabric tissue cases...
...a fold-up shopper and some glasses/phone cases. Can I say at this point, this is not the full quantity that arrived - I had colleagues grabbing bits as I was un-packing so not everything got photographed.
A lovely child's knitted jumper...
...which someone has already measured so that they can check whether it will fit their grandson and these sweet baby knits...



...what a fabulous addition to the sale table.

Thank you so much Jan, I'm just sorry my photos do not do your lovely makes justice.

So there you go folks, as promised............................................................

Friday, 26 August 2016

WOWZA...

...what a fabulous surprise to come home to.

Normally, my tubs look like this...


...sited either side of my front door but Thursday evening they were all higgle-de-piggle-de. The reason being that the postman had used them to hide a rather large parcel.

When the lovely LLJ (Lunch Lady Jan) offered to send some goodies to help towards my fund raising, I didn't expect the fabulous array of goodies that arrived (I will photo everything later when there is some decent light).

I had another amazing surprise on the fundraising front this week.

A colleague sadly lost his Mother recently and the family wishes were for charity donations rather than flowers - I was presented with £360 to add to the collection...
...and as you can see, this has taken the total over the £600 mark.

When I set a target of £150, I was quite happy to meet or possibly just go over that but everyone has been so generous. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to be announcing a figure like this.

What is even more fabulous is the fact that folk at work are still interested and supporting the fund raising.

Jan will probably not see this post as she is now in full "house moving" mode but I had to post and say a very BIG thank you for all the lovely things she sent (especially at a time when she is so busy) so if Julia (Stamping Ground) happens to drop by...please do let her know that I am over the moon - and I will post some photos ASAP.  I promise..................................................

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Knit and...

...natter.

If there is one thing that my current fundraising for the RNLI has highlighted, it is that we have a lot of skilled folk in our office.

I wondered if anyone would be interested in joining a "Knit & Natter" club and the response has been fabulous. I have had interest from folk who are very skilled with a pair of needles to those who would like to learn. Some folk have also expressed an interest in trying other crafts so there is scope for this to expand.

I have said that folk can bring along whatever they are currently making or they can knit some squares...
 ...this would give us the opportunity to make some blankets...
 ...after all, garter stitch is fairly quick and easy and even the newbies would be able to contribute...
...I have also had offers from some of the more experienced knitters who have said they are willing to teach anyone who wants to learn.

So it looks like it is all systems go.

I'll let you know how things go once we've had our first get together. Now I'd better go sort out a date, time and a venue......................................................................

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Having a...

...bit of a play.

I found some stamped sheets that I'd done last year when I bought some of the "Betty Boots" stamps at Pinnacle Crafts. So I grabbed my ZIG 'Clean Color' pens and headed out to Barleylands on Sunday morning to make the most of the sunshine.

The pens are water-based and I haven't had much of a chance to play with them.

Here are the two colour versions that I completed...

...I think the "hair" on the second one needed more highlights but I picked a slightly darker base colour than I had intended.

I do love the very fine brush nib on these pens as you can really get into the detail of an image but I still struggle with skin-tones using water-based pens. Give me my alcohol-based Copics and I'm away but with the water-based pens I never feel that it is quite right.

Oh well, they say practice makes perfect so that is the perfect excuse to spend more time colouring LOL..........................................................

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Sunshine...

...and Showers.

This was the post I wanted to do yesterday but Mr Blogger had other ideas.

We get a lot of foxes around here as there is quite a bit of open farmland where they can roam. They also like to rummage through bins for food and as the park is just across the road, they are often lucky with burger boxes and the like that still hold a variety of treats. Unfortunately, they seem to like my back garden for their "picnics" and Monday morning the view from the bedroom was of a lovely plastic mess in the middle of the lawn. I was in the middle of clearing it up when the rain started.

I was about to run inside when I noticed this...
 ...so had to run and grab my camera...
...the rain wasn't very heavy...
 ...and I so wanted to get the pictures of the rainbow. This was 7am in the morning...
...and this was the view from my back garden.

The rain didn't last very long and had finished by the time I headed off to work but what a lovely moment so early in the day..............................................................

Monday, 22 August 2016

What is going on...

...with Blogger?

For some reason it isn't allowing access to any photos.

Anyone else having problems?..............................................................

Friday, 19 August 2016

A little bit of...

..Christmas stash.

I suppose I'm not the only one to have a purse full of 'loyalty cards'. I have various supermarkets, coffee shops, chemists, craft shops etc. and for those that don't have 'plastic', I have the cards that get stamped every time I spend over a certain amount.

For some folk this may seem like a bit of a faff but it is surprising how those savings can mount up.

This week I had a little spend on some Christmas stash in The Works...
...and this little lot didn't cost as much as you would think because I had £6 to spend on my loyalty card.

Loyalty cards can often entitle you to other benefits - special promotions, freebies - which all help to stretch the budget so make them work for you.

In the meantime, I'd better stop stroking this little lot and actually put it to some use........................................................