I’m Back and Needing to Pick your Brains! 

I feel as though I’ve really neglected this little space lately, I have good intentions of weekly posts but they just don’t happen. ☹️ I love the friendliness here and I always feel bad when I neglect you all. So here I am. 

Last time I spoke about my next knitting project which I plan to take on holiday in the summer. I know it’s ages away but I’m kind of excited now we have our tent 😀.  I had a request for some sets of seven coordinating skeins for ‘find your fade’ shawls so while I was experimenting I chose a set to keep for myself. What do you think? 


These are the other colourways I created. This one…

And then this one with skeins that are more shaded than variegated. 


Then another variegated set in earth tones 


And finally a rainbow set but I only have a photo of this dying atm! 


These sets were such fun to create! 

I hope you’re all enjoying some beautiful spring/autumn weather. We’ve had some gorgeous days here recently, just like a cool summer day! 


Thanks for all your encouragement for Abi in her new role at work. This is where I need to pick your brains! She’s hoping to hold a garden party in the summer and she was wondering if you had any ideas of things she could do? She’s needing ideas of things she can make with the residents (all with some form of dementia so they can’t be complicated ideas) and then she hopes to sell these at the garden party. She’s also looking for ideas of what else to have at the party, again things with minimal outlay. Any funds raised she then gets to use in the future to fund activities with the residents. 

Abi’s loving her new role by the way. She gets the best of both worlds, caring and using her creativity! Both of the owners have separately complimented her when they’ve been in and apparently they never complimen , so that’s been a huge encouragement to her. She’s done all sorts of crafts, baking, gardening, music etc. She’s also hoping to get volunteers in the local community to come in and do things with the residents such as playing instruments, the local school children to visit etc. Again, any ideas most welcome😀

I hope that all of you in England have a wonderful bank holiday weekend and I wish everyone else a beautiful weekend too. Happy crafting! 

Sharon xx

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Knitting and news! 

First a quick knitting update. The Karise shawl is coming along slowly but surely. I’ve now got to the lace part so I can only do it when there’s no-one else about to distract me! Even Tilly seems to do her fair share of distracting! I’m using my Valley Hues colourway. 


I also have plans for a find your fade shawl. All the gorgeous colour combos floating about social media have just been too inspiring. So the dye pots have been out and there’s been lots of color play today! 


Thanks to all of you who have been so kindly asking about Abi. She is finally back to her old self after over four months  being ill. She just couldn’t shake her last sore throat. It would get a little better, then she’d have a busy day at work and it would come back with a vengeance. So I decided to get some Manuka honey. I chose an 18+ which was less than half price at £23.99 down from £50 for a 500g jar! But it did the trick, within twelve hours (3 teaspoons a day) it was nearly gone and in another twenty four hours it was completely clear. She left it off after a couple more days but it started to come back so another few days of the honey and it did the trick! 

For those of you that may not be familiar with Manuka honey, it’s honey made from the pollen of the Manuka bush in New Zealand and it has unique healing properties. It’s now used a lot in dressings for infected wounds, leg ulcers etc. I used to use a Manuka honey cream for josh’s eczema and where steroid creams had failed the Manuka cream healed it in days. 

So now for the news, it’s Abi’s news actually. She’s just started a three month trial as the activities coordinator at work. She’s on a three month trial as they still have concerns about her health but if she doesn’t slip back healthwise then the job should be hers. 

She had been doing a few shifts when she was phasing back into work but then the activities girl got the sack, which was tough for her but she did very little with the old folks and she had been warned. So that made an opening for Abi. She’s bursting with ideas and loving every minute of it! 

I’ve finally had the destash I’d been taking about for months and sent her to work with two sacks of fabric and yarn and a bag and box of papercraft and card making bits! 

I’m sorry this is a bit of a photo scarce post but i just keep forgetting to take pics😬. So I’ll leave you with a picture of this great birthday card I had.


Well, I hope you all have a lovely and creative weekend! 

Sharon xx

So Cute! 

I wrote this post last year and I’ve just realised that it’s still a draft and not published…oops!! 

Hi, just a quick ps from my last post. I had meant to show you this gorgeous owl that I won in the giveaway hosted by the lovely nanacathy.com . 


She had knitted her and she’s just the softest, cutest bit of knitting and just perfect for our house as with Abz being an owl lover, she’ll have plenty of company. Thanks so much Cathy! 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend friends! 

Sharon xx

A Birthday and my Favorite Tools atm.

Guess what we’ve been eating?….

Hubby had a birthday last week so there have been rather a lot of calories consumed here in Sussex! 

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll probably know what’s coming next. Yep, monkey bread and birthday gateau.



One of my favorite yarns was inspired by this chocolate version of our birthday gateau and if you’re on Instagram you can see it knit up into a sock @grosifrick. She had also bought some of my yarns for a ‘find your fade’ shawl so I’m looking forward to seeing that when it’s all knit up.  I love seeing what people make with my yarns.

You can find the gateau recipe here and the monkey bread recipe is by Barbara bakes which you can find here. I add a twist to the recipe and I also put half a square of dark chocolate in the centre of each ball of dough to make it extra special.

I also treated Hubby to a venison roast on his birthday.

I think all that is going to mean I need to be rather strict with myself this week. And save up the treats for the end of the month when it’s my birthday😂. 

On the creative front, there’s been a tiny bit of ‘me’ creativity. I’ve managed six rows of knitting on my shawl since I last blogged, which I don’t think I even told you about. I started it a few weeks ago.

 I’m using my bfl with nylon yarn in the Valley Hues colourway. Purple Is not a me color but I fell in love with this one so I couldn’t resist using it!  I’m using the Karise pattern from Ravelry and I was inspired by the beautiful shawls that my lovely friend Ericka Eckles has made. And as you can see I’ve finally worked out how to add links on my phone 😀

In shop creativity I’ve been having a big dpn needle holder sew up, So hopefully there should be more of them in my shop soon. 

 

Making these has been made so much easier by a couple of sewing tools I have so I did a short video to show you and share….. Aghh. It’s the first time I’ve done this and I don’t look very smiley but I’m sharing it anyway so have fun watching it, I’ll never be a t.v. Presenter that’s for sure! 😂


Do have any great gadgets or things favorite things to share? I’d love to know. I may even add a ‘what I’m loving this week’ to my posts just for fun. Probs not a video though!! ! 

Have a very happy and creative week friends

Sharon xx

Tempus Fugits! 

Tempus Fugits… Time flies. Being the daughter of a watchmaker this expression was often used in our house and haven’t the last few weeks just flown by? 

My good resolutions to once again try to blog weekly didn’t even get off the ground but instead of keep apologizing, I’m going  ask your opinion.

If you’ve followed me for any length of time then you know that the content of my blog is in the title… Creativity and family, but since my Etsy shop has become busier nearly all of my creative time and energy goes into that and I feel that I’m left with very little personal creativity to share. So the question is, would you be interested in seeing some of the things I’m making for my shop and getting some peeps behind the scenes? 

Here’s a little taster for you.

As a teen, I used to do a lot of calligraphy. As hand lettering is making such a come back I decided to make some canvas signs for the shop.

First I drew the design onto paper, 

Traced it onto a canvas

And then using masking fluid I created a resist.


I then added layers of ink

Before removing the resist to reveal the writing! 


I’ve also been working on a custom order of some bags for a lovely lady who has a shop in Switzerland.

I love the fun colors of this fabric, perfect for spring! 

My sewing space is busy in both senses of the word but I love it that way…most of the time! 

These bags are my own design for a round bottomed Japanese knot bag and they are my favorite bag for taking out and about as they hang on your arm perfectly while you work, although the round bottoms aren’t the easiest to sew.

The long handle tucks into the shorter one to close the bag.


Then there’s the dyeing, I LOVE dyeing. That would sound awful if you didn’t know what I meant! I always say it without thinking and then end up shocking people. I went into the Chemist the other week for some acid, nothing awful, just the same strength as vinegar, but it was behind the counter and the assistant asked me what I wanted it for, I said ‘to dye’… You should have seen her face, I hastily added ‘to dye wool’!! After some laughing she let me have it. Then a friend rang while I was in the middle of dyeing yarn and asked if it was convenient to chat to which I replied ‘well, I’m just dyeing at the moment’. I  think I’ll have to start calling it coloring wool or something.

A dying rack full of brightly colored yarns is becoming a familiar sight in our house especially with all the damp weather and mist we’re having lately, it’s taking its time to dry.


My favorite part is thinking up and experimenting with new colourways.  Here’s a couple of my latest with coordinating mini skeins, 


And a lovely bright rainbow of minis

And my African sunset that may just find its way into my stash instead of the shop.


So, what do you think? Would you like more frequent posts with shop creativity or only the personal content as and when I’ve got things to show and say? 

In family news, first of all, thanks so much for all your kind thoughts, messages and enquiries about Abi. She’s recovering slowly and has started a phased return to work. This week she’s doing three six hour shifts, four the week after and five the week after that. She’s managed so far but only just and comes home exhausted. It takes her the next day to get over it so she’s a bit worried about how she’ll do two in a row. The trouble is, working in a residential home is hard work and even harder when all fifty three of them have dementia! It’s not only extremely busy and physically tiring, it’s also mentally exhausting.  Her tummy pains had gone before she returned to work but they do come back after a shift at work. She did have an appointment with a hospital consultant coming up so we’re hoping they might get to the bottom of it. We’re also really hoping that it isn’t anything that she’ll have to live with but we have to keep trusting God with that one. 


Here she is with a very chilled out Tilly.  Tilly has some news for you, she became a thelady at  beginning of the month!! Thankfully she kept herself very clean.  She keeps us all well amused and on our toes. Below is her new favorite position! 


I think she’s a bit confused between how dogs sit and how humans sit! 

Josh is off ill with a flu like virus that’s going round, we’re just hoping the rest of us don’t go down with it. Here he is with His new blanket.


How have you all been? Have you managed to avoid all the illnesses at this time of year? 

I’ll leave you with a very unusual sunrise we had recently. 


Happy crafting folks!! 

Sharon xx

Christmas 2016

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Maybe like us you’re still in the middle of entertaining and visiting? 


(This beautiful card was made by Paul’s sister). 

We had a lovely day Sunday although we kept it very much as a normal day of rest with a chapel service in the morning and carols and bible readings of the Christmas story at Sunday school in the afternoon. It was lovely to have a day to really savour the real meaning of Christmas without all the other distractions.

We saved most of the gifts until Monday and also had our Christmas dinner then too. 


Tilly had a great time playing with the wrapping paper! 


I had a lovely super soft new dressing grown from Hubby and some warm luxurious boot slippers and a wallet from Abi and Paul.


Josh did his own shopping on Amazon and got me this cute coaster and some stickers. He also disappeared in the craft room one afternoon and surprised me with this! It reminded me just how special hand made gifts are. 


I had asked for money from most of the rest of the family and will be putting it towards some crafty bits. Watch this space!!….

The other excitement was my stitching Santa parcels. Firstly, thanks so much Sheila for organising this one again. 

I entered both the sewing and yarny version and got two very generous parcels. One was from Cathy (nanacathy.com) who also did mine last year. 


She had made some lovely ornaments to add to my tree. So special as I like my ornaments to have meaning. A lovely knitted bag and a wrist warmer and hat set. I tried to take a selfie but that didn’t work so Abz came to the rescue! 


Then there was some tinsel yarn and some gorgeous galaxy yarn with sequins in it. I think the tinsel yarn in that color would make a great cat, I’ll have to see what I can come up with. I’m thinking maybe a scarf for the galaxy yarn? 


Then there was the essential chocolate in the shape of a teddy and PINK chocolate coins. So cute, I’ve never seen pink ones before.


Oh and not forgetting the owl notebook that I’ll have to keep it off Abi’s way and some gorgeous hand cream. Thanks so much Cathy, it was all just so lovely.



Then in my other parcel from sewing Nikki was another generous lot of gorgeous goodies. A beautiful felt bag, 


several mini skeins of yarn. A lovely box, decorated with intricate embroidery with the most adorable buttons inside. 



Two books, both of which I’ve been tempted to buy in the past but never had and a cute candle that I’m thinking Nikki may have made? 

 Oh yes and not forgetting the lovely felt robin that’s another great addition to my tree ornament collection and a digital stitch counter that you wear on your finger, brilliant! 


It was all lovely Nikki! 

I just feel so thoroughly spoilt and overwhelmed at the thought, time and care that went into these parcels. Thanks so much ladies.

Lastly, a friend and I did our own little crafty goodies swap where I got a few more lovely bits. A scarf, hand knitted fingerless gloves with the flap over mitt bit, some gorgeous fabric and wooden buttons with hand made with love on them!! Also a large cup and saucer and a snail tape measure. 


It seems as though Christmas is flying by! I’m hoping to spend the rest of the evening getting organised with some goal setting and planning, hoping I can be more efficient with my time in 2017.

 From time to time I plan out my days and get so much more done. I stick to it as much as can but I don’t let interruptions bother me or get stressed if I get behind or don’t complete my list but just tell myself that God’s plan for my day was obviously different and His way is always best! 

I’m hoping I can get in the habit of regular planning and I want to set goals such as; do something special as a family once a month, meet one of my friends for coffee once a fortnight, phone someone I rarely see once a month, do a random act of kindness each week etc! Then maybe, maybe, something similar for housework goals . 

Are you making goals, plans etc for the new year? I have good intentions but I’m not very good at sticking to plans, especially if it involvess being too organised. I’ll blame having a creative brain! Do you have any tips or tricks for sticking to goals? 

In case I don’t get back on here before Sunday, I hope you all have a wonderful and creative new year.

Sharon xx

Getting there! 

Popping in for a quick catch up!. Well Christmas is nearly here, pressies under the tree and I have a dishwasher! Do you remember hubby built a posh shed? Well the washing machine had gone out there and we now have a dishwasher. 


I’m still not sure how I feel about this. I’m hoping the dishwasher will be a help, at least I can hide the dirty dishes. It’s having the washing outside that I’m not sure on, we’ll see! 

The tree is up and looking lovely although only some of the lights are working, so I’m hoping to be able to get some more in the sales.

Abi has made some lovely ornaments with names for Jesus on them which she is adding, one each day for advent. It’s lovely to have that constant reminder of what Christmas is really about! 

Tully is going through a very chewy stage but she still loves her snuggles.

We’ve been given a super cute reindeer as a thank you for some mending I did for a friend.

I’ve spent a lot of time creatively but it’s all been for the shop so I’m hoping for a bit of me crafting time over the break. Although with visitors or else visiting every day except one for a week things will be pretty hectic! 

This out new bedtime routine, Tilly snuggled Josh and then when we go to bed I take her back downstairs for the night.

I did my usual hamper of nice read and coffees for our doctors along with some home made fudge. We’ve certainly used then a lot these last couple of months with Abi. Thanks for all your kind enquiries. She is very slightly better but still goes right back if she does much. We now have a hospital referral so hoping the wait won’t be too long! 

Today we had a lovely surprise when we went to the market for our Christmas veg. Josh was thrilled to hold this six month old owl that one of the stall holders had with her. Abi was very envious when we told her! 


Last but not least both my stitching Santa parcels have arrived, I feel so excited, like a big kid! 

Sorry  it’s such a rushed post but I had to squeeze in a quick hello before Christmas.

I hope you’ll all have a special time. 

Sharon xx