Friday, 21 July 2017

Put on a happy face


There's been a lot to be blue about this past week.
The rain on Saturday

But that was a good excuse to use my charity shop find brolly

And it didn't stop us having fun at the Ulvertson Vintage weekend with friends

I nabbed this handmade bag for £2.  I know how much work goes into making these as some of my friends who are in the Embroiderers Guild made them 

Sunday we found lots of sunshine and flowers and a matching brooch which I am wearing with the vintage jumper and skirt from friend Vix of Kinky Melons Retro Boutique

Got my monies worth out of my brooch and teamed it with a crimplene top and secondhand skirt

Tuesday was a funeral and as I never wear black figured my 50's two piece would do the job and my dobbing big diamond clasp fake snake skin bag

By Wednesday it was warm enough for a patchwork cotton dress with a cardi

Then blow me Thursday I'm back in my thick tights and a jacket 

I didn't give in to wearing boots though. I love this outfit as it cost me all of £10  for the jacket, dress and basket

Grey skies are gonna clear up
Put on a happy face
Brush off the clouds and cheer up
Put on a happy face
And spread sunshine all over the place
Just put on a happy face

I'll leave you with that ear worm those of you who are old enough to remember it

Lynn xx

Not dressed as lamb - Saturday link up

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Better than a box of chocolates

Over the weekend a lot of women across the country went gaga when they received one of these creative "This Hour of Mine" boxes from Vicky Trainor of The Linen Garden.

I'm not alone when I tell you that I spend hours opening it, examining the contents, smelling it and then wrapping it all up again.  Then repeating the whole thing again several times before eventually getting down to the business in hand of working out what it is we are going to create.  These beautiful boxes are put together with such attention to detail its like Christmas and Birthdays all at once.

I can tell you its going to be something to give as a gift and maybe keep one or two for yourself.

It involves handstitching and allowing yourself to escape the daily routines for awhile.  You do not need to be an accomplished stitcher anyone can have a go and you certainly don't need a degree in accuracy as that would be me out the door haha.

I'll just tease you with the start of my project and invite you back for further progress next week.
In the meantime have a lovely crafty time.  I'm off for a look around some more desks at Julia's place

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Keep it to yourself won't you.....

Are you sitting comfortably, then I'll begin

With a little inspiration from these lovely books and starting off with an old leather wallet 

I spent the weekend up at the caravan stitching a little love story

It's a present for the wandering welder husband.  He doesn't know so keep it to yourself if you see him roaming around your area.

For now though its back to the day job sadly.  Mr VAT man doesn't like to be kept waiting.

Have a lovely week desk hoppers.  I'll be having a look later at what you have all been creating
Thanks for dropping by 
Lynn x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Talk to the wall

 I went to see Shirley Valentine last week at the Lowry, Manchester.
It must have left an impression on me as I've been talking to the wall
and I don't mean my wandering welder of an husband

I mean this wall.  I've taken everything off one section and then
hammered up this seed tray that I picked up at a country fair recently.

There was no plan in mind for the display, I just went with the flow.

This is a button hoop I made a couple of years ago.

I've added little bits of embroidery to the vintage flower cards.
These were done for a little project last month.

I had a real good faffing session yesterday when it was raining to 
much to go outside.  Hope you like it.
Don't slam the door on your way out though, don't want things falling off
the wall.

Time for a cuppa now and a look what you've all been working
on this week.

Bye for now from me and the wall

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Patched up granny cardi

Postman Dave brought me a  parcel of goodies 
from the lovely Jessie Chorley textile artist/stitcher

and I quickly made use of the printed templates

by stitching them onto some gingham
and then onto my granny cardi that I got from 
the charity shop ages ago.

I've just realised the brooch I made looks like a nipple tassle 
Well it would if my boobs weren't six inches lower haha.

I made this basket brooch yesterday
when I should have been working in the office.
Don't tell the boss will you.

See you next week and
thanks for dropping by
Lynn x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

What's on your workdesk ........ The return of the Doodly Birds .....

Back from a lovely week spent with my sister in Witney Oxford

While I was there I found time to make this Blackberry basket brooch

Do you remember this squawky lot ?
The Doodly Birds, well they have come out of hibernation
in the form of two jute shopping bags that Postmaster Glynn
asked me to make for his wife.

What amazed me once I got talking about them was how many people 
are still using their bags, it must be at least two years since I did any.

Can't stop long today as I am off to the matinee performance of
Shirley Valentine starring Jodie Prenger at the Lowry, Salford Quays.

I'm doing a bit of talking to the wall myself this week as the wandering welder 
is away in Essex.  At least I don't have to make any teas.

Enjoy your week and here's the link for a bit of deskhopping
over at Julia's place

See you soon 
Lynn x