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Scrap Happy January-2020

So I have been wet felting paper, as you do, from scraps of mulberry paper,proper name Joomchi. I was doing this for the Stitchbook challenge and this piece didn’t make the pages.

And it is very pretty, so I did some stitching

added a button and backed it with more mulberry paper, and made a card

for Mr E, for you know what! Linking with Kate for Scrap Happy Day. Do pop over to see lots of super ways to use your scraps.

Scrap Happy January

Very nearly caught on the hop, thought tomorrow was the 15th. Anyway here I am joining in with Scrap Happy hosted by Kate.

First up the crochet blanket from leftover yarn destined for the Repair Cafe raffle.

Still not certain about the yellow. I have the ends to sew in and a border, probably in black, because I have most of it.

And a piece of creative embroidery which has been at least two years and three winters in the making.

In close up

All the fabric is scrap, all the threads were ones I already had, the backing card was from a shirt packaging from Mr E. The only new thing is the frame. My favourite bit is the fence!

Please pop by Kate’s blog to see what clever people can do with their scraps!

 

Embroidery Exhibition

Yesterday I visited a wonderful embroidery exhibition held in a tiny village hall in Farndale. I was given permission to take photos, so here are the pieces that really inspired me.

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These little Comforts are made from samples made for an embroidery course, the hats are felt. Aren’t they just adorable.

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Sorry about the angle on this but it was on a side wall. Again what a lovely idea for using small pieces of fabric and buttons and beads. I possess fabric, buttons and beads…..

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Now I had a long chat with the lady who made this. I said that is my favourite piece, and she said she had made it. Well I guess I made her day. Inspired by a holiday in Peru, its about the elements, the mining and the damage to the environment. It was a truly gorgeous work of art.

I told her I had taken a City and Guilds Creative embroidery course. She said I should go to the Embroidery group meetings. They had Make and Take workshops. Like these

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Beautiful books and these

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cards.

I managed to walk past all the tempting materials for sale. Sheer WILLPOWER!

I bought some tombola tickets and won this lovely bag.

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The group meets on the last Saturday of every month. Now should I join?

 

15 for 2015- December

Inspired by Laura at Made in Oxford I set myself some goals for 2015. Looking at the post I wrote to go with them when I drew up the list I think I knew then that my family was not through the darkest of days. I clearly knew that I would need the support of others, that I would have a temptation to hunker down and would need to push myself to do nice things for myself and others. The list was achievable and fun and did indeed get me through 2015, so I could support others and come out of the other side , ready for 2016. I get ahead of myself. Here’s the last update for 2015.

15 minutes walk x 4 times a week, I eventually felt that I lacked ambition on this one but in the early days going out for 15 minutes was an achievement.

14 bags to a charity shop- When my Dad died and we put his house on the market I knew the temptation would be to fetch too much home and become a hoarder who couldn’t get in the front door for stuff. Little did I know it would take so long to sell his house. Fingers crossed we actually do so very very soon. I have 6 more bags from his house ready to go to charity shops as I write, but decided a couple of weeks ago to do the unthinkable. I took a bag of yarn to a charity shop asking for wool. It hurt! Deep down I knew it was surplus to my requirements, but still it hurt and when Mr E said WHY ARE YOU TAKING WOOL? it was all I could do to go through the doors and hand it over.

13 animal photos. Easy to take pictures of animals, but hard to take good ones. I achieved this quite early on , but kept going because it was such fun. My favourite is on the Page “15 for 2015,” but it was hard choosing just one. The family of ducklings were just so sweet,  this one really made me laugh a dog at the Malton Food Festival.

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He so wanted to Jump, the food on the stall below smelt so delicious.

12 meeting ups with friends and family- I really appreciated how good it was just to be with other people and not just sitting at home worrying about stuff. And I got to meet fellow blogger Rachel from The Little Room of Rachell.

11 New savoury recipes tried– well I tried 11 and some more. However I had a tendency to change ingredients or add them according to our taste with the result that they tasted like inferior versions of meals we already liked. Only one was a total disaster.

10 handwritten letters sent- and of course ten letters written back to me, which was just lovely.

9 handmade cards made and sent- loved doing this and the recipients said nice things about them.

8 Sewing or embroidery projects done. Loved this one too. Here are the hand stitched gifts that went to my secret Santa partner.

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A little box onto which I embroidered a woodland scene. This was my favourite piece all year long as it came straight from my heart.

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A lavender heart which I also embroidered.

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I made this little box into which I put

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a Dorset button brooch.

7 new yarns tried. I failed here, only trying two , mostly because I couldn’t find any but also because I make garments for children and their Mums/Dads like them to be machine washable.

6 Trips to museums/theatre/ cinema etc. Just wonderful to go out for the day and see new places, so often prompted on where to go by the Photo Challenge. So glad I have got to collaborate with three others on the 52 week photo challenge for 2016.

5 projects for charity. Completed this one this month with a blanket for memory boxes for bereaved parents.23.12.15 002

Still a bit curly and in need of more blocking.

4 new walks- achieved but not as long as I’d hoped for, due to damaging my heel in Greece. By the way it doesn’t hurt so much now except if  I stand on it for a long time. Hopefully longer walks will be possible soon.

3 Craft workshops- well I couldn’t find any I fancied so instead I built on ones I had attended before and did three projects inspired by workshops from previous years.

2 New cities visited- not the two I expected, mostly due to not being able to link my schedule to others. Salisbury was wonderful.

1 railway journey- not the one I expected, but I did travel by train, twice in both directions. And it was a good experience. Always next year.

0 impulse purchases- I wrote very thorough shopping lists all year!! But still failed and it was Charity Shops wot did it! Jugs , books and magazines. Could have been worse.

So here ends 2015.Have a very good New Years’ Eve and see you in 2016

 

 

 

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