Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Scarecrows and stalls...

Hello folks and how are you?
I'm nice and busy at the moment - the commission noted in my last post
&...I have a table/stall at our village's annual Scarecrow Festival
next weekend. Eek!
So I'm trying to finish off work in progress (see the cupcake in a
hoop pic below) as well at working on new items (tshirts & bags) and
building up some canvas stock.
I've been a bit more organised than for my last outing at Christmas
(blushing at the memory of the chaos that was supposed to be a stall!)
and have ordered a greeting card display unit too!
Fingers crossed, I'll have a stall to be proud of :) but regardless,
it should be a cracking weekend! The scarecrows should be out from
Saturday but Monday is the main event ~ duck races, tearoom in the
institute & a little 'market' of stallholders like myself!
Cononley Scarecrow Festival 2010 [scarecrows around the world] 1st-3rd
May...come along & have a look :)

11/05/10 Update...
The fair was a blast - seriously! The sun shone and people flocked to the villahe to see all the scarecrows - it was a really lovely old day.

Here's our entry...

and Yeti in all his glory, amid the snowflakes ;)

and here's my stall...

[oops - didn't realise the table cover was wonky til now :/]

Plenty of folk stopped by and said hello and some purchased and others ordered - which was utterly fabulous! The new range of T-shirts that Mum & I had been working on went down very well, so a new batch of T's have been ordered :)

All in all, a cracking day! To finish this post off nicely, here's a pic of George as the Yeti...

and for a bigger giggle...here he is dancing :)


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

I want to ride my bicycle...

I've got a new bike! At least, new to me...
I've been fancying one for a while, you know...just to pop to the
village shop on or, to accompany George on as he cycles or scooters to
the park. With the recent lighter evenings, fairer weekends and Summer
drawing nearer, my desire had grown. And then, last night, after I'd
posted my blog & bid Twitter a goodnight, I quickly checked my emails,
as I do. And there it was...an 'offer' on Freegle (Skipton's version
of Freecycle...ha! How apt!) of a foldaway bike in Settle! I whisked
off a reply declaring my want and went to sleep with fingers crossed.
I have to confess that, when I awoke this morning, the bike had
totally slipped my mind. So delighted was I that I had a whole studio
day ahead of me. So, imagine my delight when, as George crunched his
cereal & my tea mashed in my mug, I checked my emails to find that it
was mine! All mine! And here she is (for there can be no doubt that
the bicycle is, in fact, a she and may in fact be called Dolly!) in
all her glory after arriving home with me tonight. Happy!!!!

Monday, 19 April 2010

'twas the night before Tuesday...

...or Monday evening as it is more commonly known ;)
So it's an early night for me after a luverly day! Fantastic treat neck, shoulder and back massage by the very talented (and mobile) Sue- great chats with Sue & Gill whilst being pummelled - yummy, nearly healthy lunch (it included brown rice salad so that must get me some health brownie points!?!) & more chats with Gill - and...the weather managed to fair-up long enough for a brisk stomp thru the fields [& yet more chats...spotted the theme yet? ;) ].
Top that off with my mum joining us for the swim lesson jaunt and for dinner, it means I have also had company this eve! It's usually just me on the sofa after putting George to bed so that's double-company in one day!!! Yay!
So, like I said...early-night time now, so that I can get up bright & chirpy and see George off to school nice & happy. Then it's STUDIO time (spare room time doesn't have quite the same ring, I feel) for me from 9.10 til 3.20!!!! Granted I may stop for tea, toilet & lunch breaks but you catch my drift ;)
It feels like yonks, yes yonks!, since I was absorbed in a jolly good painting session and I am very much looking forward to it!
So that's it from me for tonight but I'll be back soon with some Ditsy Bird makes updates, quick 'look what landed on my doormat' posts about recent (gorgeous) purchases and other such ramblings.
But for now...sweet dreams one and all
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Sunday, 18 April 2010

Easter breaks & crafty makes...

Gosh I've missed 'making'! I have loved the Easter break & having some
wonderful day trips & nights out with some if my favourite people
(especially my boy)! I've also ticked some of the 'ugh' jobs off my to
do list (vac'ing the car; blitzing G's room; sorting the craft
cupboard) which I'm awfully smug about ;)
Tomorrow starts the new term in fantastic style for me- a back massage
& lunch with a bestest friend all followed by a walk and a natter
through the fields.
Then on Tuesday it's back to making, and I can't wait!!! Audio book
on, paint brush in hand and WHOLE (school) day to myself.
Happy times!
I hope you've all had a splendid Easter break and that the start of
the new term is a cracker for you too!

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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

oh, mmmmMr Rochester!


I don't know whether or not you noticed the badge on the side bar saying Bronte-along but...I've joined up with two lovely ladies (and a host of other Bronte/Austen and all things period-drama, devotees) at  Eggplantia in a, well, Bronte-along! It pretty much does what it says on the tin :)

This basically involves the reading of Jane Eyre (for me as I think I'm a little late to the party), maybe watching a BBC adapation (or 2, or 3...) and maybe even listening to the audio version of the novel. And then, if I fancy it, I can pop on over to Facebook and leave a comment for all the other Bronte-along-ers to read and catch up on what they have to say about all things Bronte.
You catch my drift.
Bronte, Bronte, Bronte, swoon, swoon, swoon. *contented sigh*
Anyhoo, back to the point of this post... We took a trip to Wycoller! Wahoo! "Wycoller?" I hear you ask. Yup, Wycoller, for this is the home of Wycoller Hall, the inspiration for Ferndean Manor (Sire Rochester's abode, I'll have you know) and it's also where some of my favourite people in the world live...my fairy-aunty-god-mum, my uncle and my wonderful friend & cousin. Ahh. ♥
So, in the name of  trip-to-see-loved-ones-to-chat-and-drink-tea-and-eat-buns *ahem* research, we baked lemon drizzle buns and then got in the car and drove the 10 miles there. George & I had a wander around the ruins of the hall (and a few games of hide and seek) and took photos of what would have been a splendid home in it's day.
"The manor-house of Ferndean was a building of considerable
antiquity, moderate size, and no architectural pretensions, deep
buried in a wood.  I had heard of it before.  Mr. Rochester often
spoke of it, and sometimes went there."
 I can just imagine the delicious Toby Stephens, I mean Rochester (well, they are one & the same in mind head!) sitting in front of the fire being all moody and mysterious *swoon*
"But in his countenance I saw a change:  that looked
desperate and brooding--that reminded me of some wronged and
fettered wild beast or bird, dangerous to approach in his sullen
woe.  The caged eagle, whose gold-ringed eyes cruelty has
extinguished, might look as looked that sightless Samson."

We had a lovely afternoon, wandering around the village, looking at the signs of Spring and playing in the ruins - I hope you like our photographic tour of Jane and Edward's final home together.
"Then he stretched his hand out to be led.  I took that dear hand,
held it a moment to my lips, then let it pass round my shoulder:
being so much lower of stature than he, I served both for his prop
and guide.  We entered the wood, and wended homeward."
It's Wuthering Heights next, folks - doom, gloom and despair on the moors with a little of the fantastic Kate Bush thrown in for good measure ("Heathcliffe, it's me, oh Cathy, I've come home now"). Brilliant! If you fancy joining in, head on over to Eggplantia's Facebook page for more details!
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Cheerio for now

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