Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Cruise & Crochet

Cruise & Crochet

What a treat

That's what I got upto last night with friends

Sailing out on the good ship Prince Henry from Stretford Marina we travelled for two and half  hours through industrial Manchester to Castlefield Basin, now a conservation area, then back to Stretford

Cake had to be eaten along the way, provided by these lovely ladies,

 Jo Johnson and Sarah of French Knots Craft Studio in Sale, Cheshire who put on the event.

The demon crocheters made these pretty rose brooches

This blue thing was my attempt.  I have now given up for ever trying to crochet.
My brain is just not wired for it

It was a fantastic evening laughing and crocheting with some lovely ladies

Now to the serious business of deskhopping over at Julia's place

Thanks for calling by
Lynn x
ps. I'll show you next week the results of my stitching project last week

Monday, 24 July 2017

Two baskets and a wheelbarrow

"Are we going out ?" I said to the welder

 "I'm not going in the charity shops or buying anything if we are".

"Why's that" said he.

"Because I've already got 33 short sleeve dresses, 16 sleeveless, 16 long sleeve,
4 pinafores, 14 two piece suits, 26 jackets not including the ones on the rail in the office or the ones in the downstairs wardrobe, 13 pairs of trousers and don't get me started on the mammoth amount of knitwear, boots, shoes and bags.  Oh, and I haven't mentioned blouses and skirts.

I did however get these two baskets 
and a wheelbarrow from our favourite antique shop just in case.

The urge to go in the charity shops was kerbed by having cake and coffee in our favourite eatery
The Old Coop at Todmorden, Yorkshire

Sunday spent the day blending in with my lampshade.
Well it is a day of rest.

Thanks for dropping by
Lynn x

ps.  If you are wondering when I wear all this clobber, well its every day.
Don't you ? I'll admit it is a bit excessive haha


Friday, 21 July 2017

Put on a happy face


There's been a lot to be blue about this past week.
The rain on Saturday

But that was a good excuse to use my charity shop find brolly

And it didn't stop us having fun at the Ulvertson Vintage weekend with friends

I nabbed this handmade bag for £2.  I know how much work goes into making these as some of my friends who are in the Embroiderers Guild made them 

Sunday we found lots of sunshine and flowers and a matching brooch which I am wearing with the vintage jumper and skirt from friend Vix of Kinky Melons Retro Boutique

Got my monies worth out of my brooch and teamed it with a crimplene top and secondhand skirt

Tuesday was a funeral and as I never wear black figured my 50's two piece would do the job and my dobbing big diamond clasp fake snake skin bag

By Wednesday it was warm enough for a patchwork cotton dress with a cardi

Then blow me Thursday I'm back in my thick tights and a jacket 

I didn't give in to wearing boots though. I love this outfit as it cost me all of £10  for the jacket, dress and basket

Grey skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
And spread sunshine all over the place
Just put on a happy face

I'll leave you with that ear worm those of you who are old enough to remember it

Lynn xx

Not dressed as lamb - Saturday link up

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Better than a box of chocolates

Over the weekend a lot of women across the country went gaga when they received one of these creative "This Hour of Mine" boxes from Vicky Trainor of The Linen Garden.

I'm not alone when I tell you that I spend hours opening it, examining the contents, smelling it and then wrapping it all up again.  Then repeating the whole thing again several times before eventually getting down to the business in hand of working out what it is we are going to create.  These beautiful boxes are put together with such attention to detail its like Christmas and Birthdays all at once.

I can tell you its going to be something to give as a gift and maybe keep one or two for yourself.

It involves handstitching and allowing yourself to escape the daily routines for awhile.  You do not need to be an accomplished stitcher anyone can have a go and you certainly don't need a degree in accuracy as that would be me out the door haha.

I'll just tease you with the start of my project and invite you back for further progress next week.
In the meantime have a lovely crafty time.  I'm off for a look around some more desks at Julia's place

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Keep it to yourself won't you.....

Are you sitting comfortably, then I'll begin

With a little inspiration from these lovely books and starting off with an old leather wallet 

I spent the weekend up at the caravan stitching a little love story

It's a present for the wandering welder husband.  He doesn't know so keep it to yourself if you see him roaming around your area.

For now though its back to the day job sadly.  Mr VAT man doesn't like to be kept waiting.

Have a lovely week desk hoppers.  I'll be having a look later at what you have all been creating
Thanks for dropping by 
Lynn x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Talk to the wall

 I went to see Shirley Valentine last week at the Lowry, Manchester.
It must have left an impression on me as I've been talking to the wall
and I don't mean my wandering welder of an husband

I mean this wall.  I've taken everything off one section and then
hammered up this seed tray that I picked up at a country fair recently.

There was no plan in mind for the display, I just went with the flow.

This is a button hoop I made a couple of years ago.

I've added little bits of embroidery to the vintage flower cards.
These were done for a little project last month.

I had a real good faffing session yesterday when it was raining to 
much to go outside.  Hope you like it.
Don't slam the door on your way out though, don't want things falling off
the wall.

Time for a cuppa now and a look what you've all been working
on this week.

Bye for now from me and the wall