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Welcome to my blog
Welcome to my blog. I hope it inspires you to try something new as I share with you my crafts and a bit of chit chat.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A bit busy lately

I haven't crafted much recently and this week doesn't hold much promise either as I am working all week. It is nice to add a little extra money to the coffers but oh how tired I am at the end of the day. The traffic jams along our main road are horrendous each morning and I pity anyone that has to drive it in the coming years as it seems that every bit of green field is being built on at the moment. Hopefully Tony and I will have found our dream home and won't need to think about working. We have a couple to look at on Saturday and one of them in particular really appeals to me. I will let you know what we think. With a bit of luck I might get a bit of crafting done on Sunday when Tony goes off to the match.  Anona! I need a project so get your thinking cap on

Friday, 20 January 2017

Rusty Rhyl and Colwyn Bay

I had no idea though that house hunting could take up so much of our time. I am currently spending hours browing house sellings sites and noting any that might be worth a look. Today, Tony and I are off to stay in Colwyn Bay for a few days. We have a few houses to look at in Rusty Rhyl and will drive past them on the journey down. This past week we have scoured, Guisborough, Brotton, Liverton Mines and Skelton in our quest for a house. I am strangely drawn to tiny terraced miners cottges. I have no idea why as they don't have a garden at the front and they are in quite poor areas/condition. I was browsing the web the other day and spotted one not too far from here. It was almost identical to the one I saw down in Seven sisters????? We will book a viewing when we get back.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The destash continues

I am being absolutely ruthless now. If anyone local would like my filing cabinet then you would be most welcome to come and collect it.  It is very heavy and will need two strong men to lift it.. I use it to store craft materials but now that I no longer plan to store as much stuff it has got to go.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Christmas quilt and an 'Oh Dear'

While going through my fabric stash today, I came across a lovely Christmas quilt that I started last year..... and forgot completely about. It won't take much to finish it either. I think I must have run out of fabric so put it to one side. I will get on and finish it and then post a photo here... Don't hold your breath though as it might take me a while to remember to buy the fabric.

The 'Oh Dear'......... Poor Tony was all ready to go to the match today when he discovered that he had a flat tyre. He did pump it up and manage to get over to Darlington for his lift but that is one more expense for us.. What next?

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Home from Welsh Wales

And can't wait to go back. The owner of the guest house was smashing and spent ages online looking for potential properties for us.
The people down there were absolutely lovely. Nicola,  if you are reading this, thank you for making us feel very welcome at the pub.  You really must come North and visit your partner's family. You will see that Middlesbrough really is lovely... not full of rough and swearing people  :-)  ... or at least, not any that we know. We meet up outside The Marton Hotel  (we call it the country club) every Monday and Friday at 09:40 for a walk.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Eventful day in South Wales

Well it is 7.55 and  I am sitting in bed now after a rather eventful day.  This morning we were driving down a hill and spotted a motorcyclist who had come off his bike.  We moved him to the kerbside and picked his bike off the road. Poor bloke looks to have broken his leg. We wrapped him in our quilt (home made by me). The emergency responder arrived with flashing lighs, then the police arrived with flashing lights. Then the ambulance arrived with flashing lights.  We left him in their care and went off for the day.  This afternoon we parked on the road outside the guest house while we popped in for a cuppa. When we came out we discovered that someone had driven past and smashed the wing  mirror.  This evening we were walking back from where we had parked the car when we heard a car stop and an almighty bang. The driver or passenger had thrown a brick at a landrover discovery.  We knocked on the door to let the owner know and after telling him as much as we could... which wasn't a lot... we came back to the guest house.  We aren't going to chance going out again tonight........ The hills have eyes..... :-)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Start of a new quilt

I have been meaning to make a start on another quilt for several weeks.  I have no excuse other than pure bone idleness as I have all the material I need to get on and do it. I made a start this afternoon and it looks really pretty. I plan to put a white border around each block and may alternate each patterned block with a large block of the pink gingham.... and then again I might not

Monday, 9 January 2017


I had planned to go to Wales on Wednesday....... Until a phone call reminded me that I am booked to give a talk at a WI in Redcar... ooops.... A quick call to the guest house in Wales moved my holiday back one day. Would you believe that the weather is going to be awful while we are down there. Oh well. The break will be nice.

Making paper pulp

A few years ago I did a post on making  paper pulp but have had a bit of interest recently so here once again is the amazing wonderful paper pulp recipe

A handful of used envelopes torn into small pieces
A bowl of warm water
An old food processor or blender

Soak the envelopes for an hour in the warm water.  Pop a small amount of the soaked envelopes and some of the water into the old food blender. Wizz to a pulp.... that is all there is to it.  I sometimes just wizz it up in the blender without soaking but you do get a smoother pulp if you soak it for a while first. Don't add too much paper or you risk burning out the motor in your blender.

I used mine to cover blown eggs and somewhere in this blog are photos of things I made. Here are two of my pulp covered eggs

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Blimmin eggs

I can't help blowing the darn things but now that I am a reformed character they have to go.