Friday, 29 October 2010

Fun afternoon's crafting...

Here's what I've been up to crafting away in my little den with needle and thread! This is the latest snowman I've made for Christmas, as I love snowmen in my home!

It was great to get some time to myself, it being half-term break from school this week and having the children to amuse. But with some friends over to visit they were able to have fun without mum, leaving me free to occupy myself!! YaaYY!His scarf is just made from woolfelt and I stitched a snowflake on it and put some greenery and berries on his hat for winter cheer!
He also has a little mitten with berries in it~

And don't forget to sign up for my Santa giveaway before Nov. 1st! Just scroll down and enter!

Best wishes!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Giving my Giveaway another plug!

Things seem to have been rather quiet in Blogland this week.
So just in case you missed it,


Yes, this Santa is handmade by me and could be yours!
PLEASE READ THE RULES! You need to follow both my blogs to enter!

If you would like to be entered just go to the post below this one to sign up!
Have fun!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


I LOVE Christmas and when I found this wonderful freebie pattern from Kentucky Primitives on Patternmart, I couldn't wait to make some of these gorgeous prim Santas!
I'm ready to get into the mood of giving so what better way than to have a Christmas Giveaway!!

Jolly old Santa is made of painted muslin with a real sheep's wool beard. His belt has 3 rusty bells sewn on and there's a couple of bells hanging from his hat.Here's a look at his beard~
For the cuffs on his gloves and boots I used old terry cloth and also on his coat front.

The rules are pretty straight forward but please read carefully!

*You must be a follower of BOTH of my blogs - please go over to my other blog and make sure you are a follower there too - click here to go to it. (New followers welcome too!)

*If you post on your blog, you can earn an extra entry! You can use the image at the top of this post)

* Leave me a comment on this post to let me know you're in!

That's all apart from the closing date which is November 1st.

Have a happy day!

Thanks for your visit!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Come for an Autumn walk...

The weather here has been beautiful and I'm making the most of it by trying to exercise outdoors as much as I can. I'm always on the look out for new places to walk and enjoy the scenery - nature's decor is unbeatable!

Today I went for a walk with my camera to show you our local village which is where my Dad grew up. It's very historic, settled way back as a military fortress first and then later developed by the Georgians as you can see in the architecture in the main street.

There is a very impressive and lovely tree lined avenue up to the parish church~And at either side of this there are identical cottages for the sexton~There is a main street which is on a hill and lined with some original buildings ~

At the top of the hill are some very important buildings. This one used to be the court house but is now the tourist information centre~

This is the only public view of the Castle which is the official residence of the Queen or members of the Royal family and dignitaries when they visit Northern Ireland~
To the right of this is a terrace of lovely red brick Georgian homes~Opposite the old court house is the walk to the fort through the arch and then I walk around the lake in the forest park - so peaceful on this autumn day~

It's back out of the park now and back up Park Street, one of the prettiest, with the quaintest of stone built cottages~

This is a newly built terrace of homes and I was glad to see they tried to keep to the original style of the street~

Well I hope you enjoyed this walk and you're not too much out of breath as that hill can be tough!!

Hope you get a chance to get outside and enjoy autumn too!
Best wishes

Monday, 11 October 2010

Blogger Award!

Wow! I've been just been given this blogging award out of the blue!
Thanks so much to Michele from A Bushel and a Peck who nominated me!
Michele does wonderful makeovers on thrift store finds and her blog is well worth checking out!

I've decided to accept this award out of courtesy though I think in future I will have to decline any awards as it's too easy to cause offense to my blogging friends - I really hate leaving any one out!

As part of this award I'm going to share seven lesser known bits of info about myself;

1. I have a degree in English Literature.

2. I'm a hopeless romantic and love a good love story!

3. I tried to drive a tractor when I was 8 and crashed it - not seriously!!

4. I play badminton - for fun I hasten to add!

5. My favorite drink is hot tea and I probably have 8 cups a day! I'm enjoying a cuppa as I type this!!lol!

6. My favorite color is blue.

7. My favorite food is Chinese - yummm!!!

Now I want to pass this award on to 15 blogs in no particular order - just click on them to visit;

The Primitive Outhouse

Ahlcooped up

Country Prims

Primitive Lace

Friendship Crossing

Michelles Cozy Cottage

Old Goat Prims

Ravenwood Whimzies


Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe

Drakestone Primitives Country Cabin

Live Oak Primitive Peddler

A Primitive Homestead

The Blessed Hearth

Paxton Valley Folk Art

If you choose to accept the award, nominate 15 other blogs you've recently found and enjoyed. Let them know!
Link back to the blogger who awarded you, thanking them.
And share 7 facts about yourself!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Friday, 8 October 2010


Hello friends and welcome! Thanks for taking the time to drop by and share a little of my world.
I think that's why blogging has become so special to many of us - when we realize that there are many out there who genuinely show an interest in each other's day to day happenings and events as well as a love of crafting. It's knowing that someone we've never even met in a lot of cases, is willing to pop in for a bit... making time for another person on this earth is one of the nicest gifts to give, at least that's how I feel, so I'm really blessed by all of you who stop by and leave sweet comments - that's priceless to me!

On this Sunday we are having our annual services of Harvest Thanksgiving. The church building is always beautifully decorated with the gifts of fruit and vegetables that people bring.
As I was shopping for some gifts to bring along to church tomorrow, I was so surprised to find Indian Corn for sale. I have never come across this over here before but always admired it in prim fall decorating. I bought some and knew it would look good hanging from my primitive shelf. The colors in it are as good as jewels!!
I did some more decorating with rosehip vines, just tucking some in here and there - now for my persnickety 11 y.o. to say she actually liked what I'd done was a major prim victory to me!!lol!

That's about it as far as 'primming' goes although I have some projects in the pipeline but they'll have to wait for my next post. I've been absorbed in reading quite a bit more than usual.
My niece who's 24 and hopes someday to live in the U.S. or Canada, is now as smitten as I am with the lives of the Amish - she's had to listen to me for the last couple of years LOL! So we've begun our own Amish literature/novel swap when we met up every weekend and I have a hard time setting down any of these books once I start. The last two I read were by Jerry Eicher, who I'd not come across before, but I really enjoyed these two and I'm looking out for others by him.Another project that's on my heart and in my thoughts a lot is some daily Bible reading notes for my Sunday School students - 14 y. o.s. This is going to take up a lot of my time but I feel I need to do this for them - it's a challenge to encourage them to read God's word and learn from it so I'd appreciate your prayers in this.... 'Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly' Colossians 3 v.16. is the key.

I hope to keep up with my prim makedo's etc - love Christmas!
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy!
Best wishes