Starry Eyed

Whoa, where did that week go!

We went away for a couple of days to South Wales and had a lovely time exploring new to us places. One of the places we visited was St Fagans National History Museum. The museum is set in the grounds of St Fagans castle and has lots of historic Welsh buildings in its grounds (they’ve been carefully ‘unbuilt’ from places around Wales and reconstructed in the museum grounds). If you ever find yourself in the vicinity I would recommend a visit, we spent nearly 4 hours there and still didn’t see everything.

As for being starry eyed, you’ve probably guessed what I was doing during the long car journey to South Wales – yep that’s right – my stars!

So far I’ve done…

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🙂 🙂 🙂

Half way there, only another 52 to do!

But there’s no rush – all in good time.

I’ve also been working on my Daisy chain quilt this week but more on that later 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x

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I’m Back!

After a bit of travelling around I’m back feeling rested and happy 🙂

We went to Cornwall where my very talented hubby was acting in a play at the prestigious Minack open air theatre.

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The theatre is hewn out of the cliff face and is a stunning setting for any play and although I’d seen pictures of it via its website I was blown away by the beauty of the place in real life.

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This is the first view you get of the stage – and yes it really is that steep!

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As part of the Company I got to see all the backstage facilities as well as the tourist parts which was really interesting – the changing rooms are literally clinging onto the cliff face and the paths the actors have to take to get from them to the stage are right on the edge of the cliff (with a safety barrier of course).

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This is a view from the actors’ path, you can just see the changing rooms on the left of the photo.
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another view from the path the actors take to and from the stage.

On the evening I went to see the play as a paying guest it was drizzling with rain but as the theatre has a reputation of not cancelling a performance unless the weather is severe I dressed accordingly and was prepared to get wet. However the rain got so bad that the performance was eventually cancelled and I didn’t get to see the play from the ‘comfort’ of the seats (you definitely have to go prepared with cushions, blankets etc.!) However during the week I was involved in selling programmes to the theatre goers and got to see the play then – and very good it was too 🙂

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Well done to all the people involved in the production – it was brilliant 🙂

We then nipped over to France to a little Breton campsite we love and spent some lovely lazy days swimming and resting before heading home again.

After spending quite some time preparing sewing projects to take with me so I wouldn’t get itchy fingers I seem to have come home with not much done! I did start well by preparing all my English paper pieced hexagons whilst travelling down to Cornwall and did feel quietly smug with myself. But when I started putting them together them were awful – the block wouldn’t lie flat.

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I tried to fudge it but still couldn’t get it to work 😦

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In the end I gave up and after strop and denial had worked its way through my system, I unpicked everything and started from scratch.

Even though I thought I’d done every step carefully I guess I hadn’t because the paper templates I’d made were too out to make the blocks up accurately.

Anyway – lesson learnt – be EXTRA careful when making templates. I’m now slowly making the blocks up and not feeling smug at all!

Thank you to those of you have shown an interest in my little rabbits – they were made using the instructions from this link. I left off the buttons as I’d made them too big to carry bobbins (look at the link and it’ll all make sense 😉 ) If anyone does make any I’d love to see them.

Until next time,

Chris x

Super relaxed

Hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day yesterday, I can now reveal what my top secret project was. I made a little something for my daughter…

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an owl pincushion with a little pocket on its tummy to keep bits and bobs in; and of course it had to arrive with some chocolate…

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It was a bit fiddly to make but I was pleased with how it turned out, if you want to make one too then the pattern is free from the Riley Blake website – link here.

I’ve just come back from a super relaxing mini break in Iceland, I packed expecting extreme cold weather only to find that the temperatures were just like home. The scenery was rugged and beautiful

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We saw some amazing buildings where the architecture was stunning

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Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik
...inside the Church.
…inside the Church.
The windows in the Harpa building which is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik
The windows in the Harpa building which is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavik

We visited a geothermal spa and spent most of a day soaking and relaxing in the warm water. The water was full of minerals so when you lay back you just floated effortlessly – a brilliant experience. The main reason for the trip was that ever since I heard about the Northern Lights many years ago,I’ve wanted to go and see them. So we also went on a night time trip to one of the national parks (away from any light pollution) and we were very fortunate to witness an amazing display.

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Stunning

I think it’s fair to say that we both really enjoyed our trip away, I did see some interesting crafts too but I’ll save that for another day 🙂

Until next time,

Chris x