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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.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

A little more Christmas with the Kemps


Tony and I have had the loveliest time today. We had a really lazy morning and then this afternoon we were invited to the eightieth birthday celebration for my oldest and dearest friend Margaret. We met a lovely couple and hit it off like a house on fire. I think it is often difficult to go to a party where you are unlikely to know many people there. Our plan had been to spend an hour at the party and then head home. We ended up staying all afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the lovely buffet.
I love my nativity scene and have had it for a very long time
I thought you might like a couple more of our Christmas decoratons.

















The staircase


My fire screen

I received this lovely quilted wall hanging from an old friend





Thursday, 8 December 2016

Barge Painting

Well I can craft with pretty much most mediums but a painter I will never be.  I am currently enjoying a short course in Barge Style Painting and can honestly say I am the class duffer... not to worry as someone has to be and I really don't mind it being me.  This morning has been great fun though as the company was lovely. This afternoon I am off out to a wreath making session.  I spent many years running them myself and it is nice to be on the other side of the table now. I have picked a whole load of rosemary to add some greenery to my wreath as we dug out all the ivy last year.  The rosemary in the garden is covered in flowers at the moment which can't be bad for December can it.  I currently have a lovely Penstemon flowering its heart out too.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Blimey, it was warm

Today took me completely by surprise. I was expecting it to be chilly so wrapped up in my warmest coat and a scarf only to discover that even though it was grey outside it was very pleasantly warm. We had a smashing day out in Northallerton and bought several bargains from the market there. For lunch we had a nice warming bowl of butternut squash soup at the local United Reformed Church.  Every Wednesday the church sells home made soup to raise funds for the foodbank. Last time we went our choice was Brocolli and Stilton soup.  That was yummy and we are planning to try a different one each time we go. Friends are coming over this evening so the nibbles are plated up and the kettle is on.  If I can drink more tea I will ignore the nibbles and save a few calories.  As the advert tells us ..'every little helps'

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Absolute bargain

We were running low on milk this afternoon. We weren't desperate, so on the way home from carvers Tony popped into our local Spar.  He came out with four pints of milk and eight fresh chicken drumsticks.... cost of the drumsticks..... drum roll please..............ten pence.  Yes you read that correctly.  10p for eight fresh chicken drumsticks.  They needed to be used by tomorrow and they had been marked down to £1 but clearly hadn't sold.

A busy day so far

After breakfast, Tony and I went for a nice walk around our local park. We came home, had lunch and then I made some jars of flavoured sugar. I made lemon sugar, vanilla sugar and lavender sugar.. The smell is absolutely divine. I currently have a large pan of curry simmering away in the kitchen and all the laundry has been washed and is waiting to be chucked in the dryer. This evening is carving club so I think I may just sit and watch a slushy film this afternoon.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Coniscliffe Carving Club display

Earlier this year Tony and I helped man the stand up at Auckland Castle.  I have just received this photo that was taken at the event. We had a massive display table and it is such a shame that  you can't see some of the lovely work that my fellow carvers do




A bit nippy out

Hope you aren't too chilly today. It is a bit nippy out.  Just been for a lovely walk through Pinchinthorpe woods.  Back home now for a hot chocolate with whipped cream.  I have an afternoon of cardmaking in front of me and then a bit of catchup TV. 

Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas with the Kemps 2016.. (picture heavy)

I always like to share a bit of our Christmas cheer on my blog.  This year is no exception although we have toned it down just a bit this year.  Instead of our usual three trees we have only put up two this year.  That isn't counting the little trees in each bathroom and the one in our bedroom... oh and the one in the porch  :-)

The conservatory


The dinner table





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

A lovely freebie

A lady from Crafty Felt.com left a comment last week on my blog  She asked if I would like to try their wool roving for free. I did of course jump at the chance and I am so glad that I did.  The roving isn't the cheapest that you will find but the quality is superb... none of those wispy sticky out hairs that look awful when you try to take a photograph of  a project. I did make a start on a couple of wool paintings but have had to put it away as we have guests coming to stay. I intend to finish off my projects next week and will share photo's here.  If you have practiced on some rough hairy roving and  want to buy a lovely quality roving please go and check them out...  . http://www.craftyfelt.com    ...  If you say,  'Cherie, from North Yorkshires Craft Guru sent you' then you might just get a little bit of discount.

The decs go up today

Yesterday Tony and I gave the kitchen a lick of paint to freshen it up. Then Tony went down into the cellar and brought up all our Christmas china. Today, after we have been shopping, he is going up into the loft for the trees and other Christmas stuff.  We will spend the next few days decorating the house and  I will share some pictures with you all as it gradually comes together..  Oh I do love Christmas.