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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Getting plastered

Today the plasterer is coming in to skim the walls.  There won't be much to see really but I will still take a photo and share it here later on.  Oh. I'm sorry,  you look disappointed!  Were you expecting a tale of drunken debauchery?

Tony and I had tea in a nice pub in Guisborough yesterday. I was booked to give a talk in a church there. It seemed sensible to eat close to the venue. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the ladies group and I was delighted that they were so appreciative of my work. I wonder how many eye their recycle bin today and perhaps wonder whether they could make something instead of throwing it away.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Not much to see tonight

The builders finished off the plasterboard and installed a sub floor but in truth there really isn't a great deal to show you today. I have just come home from Guisborough after giving a talk and demonstration to a ladies group.  Tony really is the darling of the ladies when he chauffeurs me to these talks.  I think he enjoys them as much as I do. One of these days I will remember to take a photo when the display is all set up. I do love to see the delight on the faces of the ladies when they settle in and start to take a good look at my display.

Day two of the renovation.

The builders haven't arrived yet but it is only 08:25 and they aren't due until about 09:00 so I may have a little while to wait. I will of course update you all at the end of the working day.  Last night we had fish and chips from the local chippy but sadly weren't impressed.  We have yet to find a chippy to beat the Bartlet Street chippy in Darlington.  That is my current absolute favourite and I think we will just stick with buying from there when we fancy fish and chips.
 We are planning on a pub meal in Guisborough this evening as I am booked to give a talk in Guisborough this evening.  That will pay for the bags of fuel for our wood burner.  We like to stock up with multi fuel as it burns all night long and is good value for money. It is lovely getting up to a warm house on a cold winter's morning and only having to coax the fire back into life. Much easier than starting from scratch.  I burn wood throughout the day though and that of course doesn't cost us anything.

Monday, 18 September 2017

End of day one of the kitchen reno.

The builders have just finished for the day so here is the progress so far.  I am really impressed with how clean they have worked. I have seen many a builder leave a horrible mess at the end of each day. They started by stripping out the old kitchen and removing the wooden boards from the wall.  Then the electrician sorted out the electrics. After lunch they plasterboarded the walls.  I will pop back in the morning and show you how far they get.  I will also show you my little crafties from today.... well I couldn't just waste a whole day doing nothing now could I?  :-)

Kitchen renovation day 1.

Well it is D Day and counting.  Today is the start of my new kitchen and I am waiting for the builders to arrive at about 09:00. I will pop back a little later and update this post with a few photos.At this moment in time I have the entire contents of my kitchen stuffed into every available space in my house. The conservatory has a  tiny kitchen area set up so that I can make that most important of British customs... the cup of tea.  In truth I am prefectly happy to drink water but I am sure that the builders will need  their tea levels topping up throughout the day.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Gorgeous artisan bread

Tony and I were at the Hurworth show today with our carving club.  While we were there we had a wander around the stands and chatted with some of the stall holders.  I bought some beautiful hand made chocolates and some absolutely delicious artisan bread.  In fact the highlight of my day was the bread.  The gentleman bakes it all himself and the variety of flavours was mouth watering.  I bought two  chocolate and chilli loaves and I can honestly say it is the best bread I have ever eaten.  I don't have a facebook page but would somebody please post on the gentlemans page and tell him that I have posted some pictures on my blog.  I would love to know where he sells it locally and would really appreciate it if he could leave a message and let me know.

  His page is   https://en-gb.facebook.com/Labour-of-Loaf-953864054671556/

Friday, 15 September 2017

Flood update

I have been out for a walk this morning, am off to play whist this afternoon and we are at a Ceilidh this evening.  Tomorrow we will be at Hurworth show with the carving club and then another Ceilidh tomorrow evening..  I feel as though it has been one long social whirl this past week. I will be glad to stay home and craft while the builders are working next week because.........Whoop Whoop.  The kitchen is being completely stripped and renovated next week.  We have lived with the foisty stinky mouldy smell for nearly two months now and I think we hardly even notice it.  I plan to do a day by day post here on my blog if anyone is interested.  We have a house full of boxed food,  kitchen drawer contents and the contents of all my cupboards stashed all over the house.  It kind of feels like this story.....   http://www.storyarts.org/library/nutshell/stories/bigquiet.html   

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Teenie weenie bears... I mean really weenie

Yesterday I had a lovely lazy afternoon.  I lit the wood burner and put a Demis Roussos cd on the player.  Then I settled in for an afternoon of sewing.  I had wondered how small I could actually stitch a bear... so I had a try.  I think I might even be able to go a bit smaller.  Mot of them ..including the very tiny ones'  are fragrant... google unstoppables... they are meant to freshen laundry but smell great in the bears.

Fully poseable too

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Pretty Envelopes

I had a lovely morning in the craft room yesterday.  I made a whole pile of envelopes to fit the different cards in my stash. When I hand deliver a card I like to 'bling up' the envelop a bit.  Even if I send them by post these days I like to add a bit of bling but not 3d as they would probably get bashed to bits on the journey. Now that I know how to use my envelope making board I am able to make them in whatever size I need.  It has proved to be a useful little tool. This is the board that I used.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuUMGpQHK9w

Little square envelope and circle card

An envelope for my stash

Card and envelope for my friend.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A crafting kind of day

Good morning world. I am about to go and have a second cuppa and then it is a day of crafting.  Tony won't be back until tomorrow morning as he is going to the footie match straight from work.  I am going out for tea with friends so don't even have to cook for myself today. I will pop back lated and show you what I have made. In the meantime,I will leave you with this link... The videos are a bit quiet so you might struggle to hear but the end results are stunning