On a Friday afternoon my local library runs a craft and chat session, these are very informal and mostly consists of a few like minded people sitting around a table in the library crafting and chatting away.
Sometimes there’s what’s known as a show and tell, where one or more of us will show off our finished projects and share any tips we might have picked up during the making of our items.
I love the crochet vegetables Jane made and can’t wait to see the carrots added to this Hessian shopping bag. If you fancy joining a craft and chat session, why not pop along to your local library and see if they have any organised. If they don’t then why not ask if you can start one, you never know who you’ll meet or what new craft skills you might gain.
Posted in Handmade | Tagged Craft and Chat, Crafts, Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, Local library craft sessions, What's on in Up Holland Lancashire | 2 Comments »
Travelling With Young Children
Most of us look forward to a week away from the daily grind, if like me you will have planned everything down to the last detail; departure time, estimated arrival time, suitable potty stops and places to eat.
On long journeys be it by car, train or plane you have to find ways to keep your little ones occupied for hours on end.
Colouring and puzzle books are always good option as are little travel games and small toys as they don’t take up much room. However you want to avoid coloured pencils as these often require sharpening and you don’t want pencil shavings all over the car.
Felt tips are all right for older children but are best avoided when travelling with young children as you really don’t want to arrive at your destination with juniors hands and face covered in bright yellow and blue felt tip. It’s much safer to stick with non toxic crayons.
These handy pocket-sized colouring sets are a must have for keeping children amused on any journey, whether in the car, plane or train. Jam packed with pictures to colour, spot the difference games and other engaging activities, so there is plenty to keep little ones occupied.
Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged Crayon roll alternative, Entertaining young children, Pocket size colouring books, Toys & Games, Travel games, Travelling with young children | 1 Comment »
Craft Room Revamp
Recently I found I was spending more time than necessary looking for a specific colour of embroidery thread. When I did finally locate the thread I am looking for it’s usually knotted up along with several other threads. I often ended up having to cut the thread in order to untangle them which, was a waste of thread. I even tried storing my threads on the window sill, however this wasn’t very practical as there was a risk that the sun might bleach the colours.
Also my Sizzix alphabet dies were in various draws and I could never remember which ones were in which draw. More often than not I would end up going through several draws before I found the die I was looking for. It was obvious that my craft room was in desperate need of a revamp.
My craft room really needed a revamp, so hubby went off to the D.I.Y. store and bought some twin slot uprights, twin slot shelving brackets, soft wood shelves and several lengths of dowelling. While hubby was fitting the twin slot uprights to the wall I painted the shelves white to blend in with the rest of the craft room.
Hubby and I decided that the best way to store all my embroidery threads was on something similar to a cribbage board. Hubby measured the base of the threads and worked out the spacing required and then drilled 72 holes in two of the shelves.
The twin slot shelving allows the positioning of the shelves to be easily altered without having to drill more holes in the wall, this means that my craft room revamp should be suitable for my immediate and future needs. The addition of the twin slot metal baskets means my scissors, tweezers, pens, embroidery stabiliser and spray adhesive are easy accessible.
Posted in Miscellaneous | Tagged Craft, Craft Room, Embroidery thread, Embroidery thread storage, Sizzix die storage, Textile, Twin slot shelving system | 7 Comments »