Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing all Mums out there a very Happy Mother’s day

and especially my lovely Mum 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

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Toothed Topshells

Welcome 🙂

This week end hubby and I went to visit our eldest son who at the moment lives in sunny (!) Portsmouth on the South coast where he is doing a Masters degree at the university there.

As part of his research he needs a quantity of special snails called toothed topshells so we thought we’d go along to help him find them. We went dressed for the weather and carrying buckets. Son had been told where to look by his tutor so we headed off to hunt the snails down!

These are the little darlings we were looking for,

This photo is courtesy of Land and Wave

They are usually found on rocky beaches, in rock pools or on open rocks. We spent a good few hours searching about four different rocky beaches in the area but sadly we only found one snail which was christened Billy (‘cos he had ‘no mates’!). Very frustrating as the search is obviously dependent on it being low tide so we only had a short amount of time to look before we had to call it a day.

Looking on the bright side we got to have a lovely time with our son and his girlfriend messing about on beautiful beaches.

But, if anyone lives on the South coast and knows where there is a colony of these snails please, please let me know as Son still needs to find them for his research.

On another note I decided that as I was doing so well finishing off projects I’d get started on another WIP so I layered up my EPP quilt and have just made a start on quilting it.

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Until next time,

Chris x

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Grow Your Blog

Good Morning and welcome to old friends and new 🙂

A big thank you to Vicki from 2 Bags Full  who has put together this Blog event so we can find new blogs and make new friends.

My name is Chris and I live here in UK City Crafter Land (otherwise known as Cambridgeshire in the UK). I love sewing and crochet but I also dabble in just about any other craft I get the opportunity to. However, I have to admit that sewing is my first love 🙂

I discovered blogs a couple of years ago now and I really enjoyed reading about what other crafters were making and designing. Their generosity in sharing their knowledge inspired me to start my own blog which essentially is a journal of the crafts I create but I’ve started sharing the love by writing a few tutorials of my own now (you get to my tutorial page by clicking on the tab at the top of the page or if you’re on a mobile device then click on ‘menu’ at the top and a list of options will appear).

Over time I’ve built up an online friendship with a few brilliant bloggers and it’s great to have fellow crafters on hand to chat to, especially when you need a bit of help and advice 😉

I love that we can all connect with one another no matter where we live – the internet is a wonderful thing!

Here are a few glimpses of the sort of thing I get up to…

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My EPP Honeycomb quilt which is on my list for finishing this year.
A massive group project I was involved in last year for my Church.
A massive group project I was involved in last year for my Church.
A bit of crochet cuteness - I do like to crochet!
A bit of crochet cuteness – I do like to crochet!
My one and only (so far!) Pinterest success - this project popped up all over the place. The tutorial and pattern for it is now on my tutorial page.
My one and only (so far!) Pinterest success – this project popped up all over the place. The tutorial and pattern for it is now on my tutorial page.
My venture into learning how to do fmq, this is an on going drama as I work my way through  a Craftsy class and pluck up the courage to actually do it on a REAL quilt ;)
My venture into learning how to do fmq, this is an on going drama as I work my way through a Craftsy class and pluck up the courage to actually do it on a REAL quilt 😉

I hope that gives you a flavour of what I’m about and that you decide to visit again 🙂

To commemorate Vicki’s blog event I’d like to offer a little give away.

I made the needle keeper last week and wrote about it here, and I’ve made a super twisty pop up thread catcher to go with it. I made one of these a while ago (post here) and I’ve found it amazingly handy to have a mini pop up bin in my work basket.

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If you’d like a chance to win this needle keeper and thread catcher (and maybe a few extra goodies too) then all you need to do is comment on this post telling me where you come from and what your interests are (To get to my comments form just click on the post title and you’ll be taken straight there 🙂 ). I shall draw a name out of a hat on February 15th and email the winner, so please make sure I have your details.

Please do visit some of the other blogs participating in this years Grow Your Own Blog event, a list of them can be found here.

THE GIVE AWAY IS NOW CLOSED – SORRY!

Until next time,

Chris x

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2015 Here We Go!

Hello lovely people and welcome 🙂

I’ve  just spent a big part of the day dismantling all the Christmas decorations, the baubles have been sorted out and packed away, the tree is in it’s box (it’s an artificial one I hasten to add!), the cards are down and I have a few letters to reply to.

All that’s left is a pile of boxes which need to be put up in the attic which hubby will help me with later.

The house feels very still now as if it’s taking a deep breath preparing itself for what’s to come. As well it should as this year is going to be a very special one for us as a family as we have not one but two lovely things happening.

First of all in April my niece (the one who lives in New Zealand) is having a baby, a little girl, we’re all very excited and although I know I wont get to see the baby for a while I’m looking forward to hearing all about her and seeing lots of photos. I’ve been asked to make her a quilt so that’s definitely on my list of things to do.

The second family event is that our daughter and her fiancé are getting married on August 1st, we are so happy for them as they make a great couple. They are doing all the organising themselves so they are very busy bees! But I do have a little list of things which I shall be making for the Big Day which I’m really looking forward to doing.

Last year I decided to ‘Count my blessings’ by writing them down and keeping them in a jar

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Well today I emptied the jar and took a bit of time out to read them all, what an emotional task that was! I had a few tears as I remembered all the little details of those blessings.

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What struck me as I read them was that nothing on those pieces of paper was a huge thing, rather they were small, simple things that meant a lot. Most referred to activities done with friends and family which for one reason or another were particularly special on that day.

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I enjoyed reading them through so much that I’ve decided to do it again this year (and I already know that there’ll be two BIG blessings in my jar!) If anyone is pondering about joining in may I heartily recommend it as I’m sure I’d have forgotten a lot of my blessings if I hadn’t written them down. But by writing it all down I can look back on 2014 and see that it was a good year 🙂 (Of course , this could just be because I have a pretty bad memory and anyone else would have remembered anyway! 😉 )

Until next time,

Chris x

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