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

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A Special Birthday and a Handmade gift!

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Well Hubby is now in is Forties!!!  I have just 23 days left before my big 40 so I will make the most of my last few days being in my thirties and teasing Hubby of course!

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He had a lovely time and so did we all.  It became a long weekend of celebration and way too many calories but hey, you are only 40 once!  A meal out with friends, an Indian/Chinese takeaway with his parents, a banoffee pie on Sunday, a fried breakfast in bed made by Abi and a gateaux for a birthday cake on Monday!

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Tuesday morning Abi and Josh were up at 6am doing a workout together for an hour!

He had some lovely presents including a camera which I think I may be borrowing rather a lot!

Hubby has also been re-living his childhood. For Christmas Josh had a Tamiya remote controlled car similar to one Hubby had as a boy.  Since then he keeps looking up the  hornet he used to have as a boy.   I finally managed to find a stockist with one in stock (They did a special edition a while ago).  He was so pleased with it.  It will be great for Josh and Hubby to race their cars together.

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Some of you may remember I was making a present for Hubby.  I haven’t painted much and certainly not for years so I was pleased with the way it turned out.  Hubby got me a pallet which he took it apart and I dried out.  Josh helped me cut the strips to size, fix them together and sand it.  Josh is quite often in the garage with Hubby but I was surprised at just what he had learned about the saws, sander etc, he knew where everything was.  He was quite emphatic that only Daddy was allowed to use the chop saw and band saw, it took a lot of persuading before I could convince him that Mummy could use it too.  He hovered nearby in case I had an accident (it was rather sweet really).

I then washed it with a 50/50 mix of water based primer and water.

I used acrylic paint to paint the poppies.

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If you look closely the centre of each poppy is a silhouette of each of us in age (and height) order.  I re-sized and printed out photos of each of us and used them as templates.

I really enjoyed doing it and thankfully Hubby was really pleased with it.

I’ve got some other bits to share but until then …

Happy Crafting!! x