Monday, 20 June 2016

Lately I have been mostly knitting socks.

So, that's it really, my new obsession.

I can't help myself. 

I read patterns for fun. I am always thinking about my next project, what yarn to buy and even flirt with the notion of inventing my own pattern (lofty heights I know!).

The only problem is they are not so quick to complete - but I now knit two at a time on one long circular needle. It's the only way I can master it. I have tried all other methods and failed miserably!

These are my completed projects thus far...

And I have three more pairs on the go!

I am always thrilled with the fact they actually fit, they are comfy and warm - because we all know our British Summer is happening no time soon!

I have one happy convert - the Hubbs. My life will be complete when I get one, just one of my children to want me to knit them a pair  - they really don't know what they are missing!

I will stop when I find another thing that takes over my life but for now I am happy in my little world of socks!


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Is it really that long?

What I mean is, it is really that long since my last blog post. 

I'm just rubbish at it really and a bit awkward writing about what I'm up to and things I've made.  (I'm the same when I have a stall at a craft fair - almost apologetic about my wares - in a kind of 'please don't feel you have to even look at it' kind of way!). 

Still, I plod on albeit very slowly.

So, what have I been making recently....

More baskets than I know what to do with!

Cases for glasses

And lots of Easter bunnies.

The next fair coming up is Marys Marvellous vintage and craft market, Bramall Lane. S2 4QZ on Saturday 12th April, 10 - 4pm.

I may even get a few things listed on Etsy this week, watch this space (but maybe go and make a cuppa, put the washing out and finish all those jobs you meant to do first - I may be some time!).

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

It's that time of year again!
It has to be said, I'm a bit of an inconsistent blogger. It's not that idle away my day and have nothing to say (well maybe sometimes!) but I just haven't got into the routine of writing it yet. And, when I do think about it, it's time to pick up the children from school, like now! So, that's all going to change and I'm going to turn over a new leaf...I just might need prodding now and again. 

Thought I'd let you know the next few craft fairs I'm doing...

Weds 28th Nov 12 - 4pm
Christmas craft stalls at the Fleur-de-Lys-Totley-  Sheffield S17 4AA

Saturday 1st December 11 - 3pm
Julefest at Clifford School, Psalter lane S11 8YU

Sunday 2nd December 2-4pm
The Old School, Dore Village, S17 3GW

Saturday 8th December 10 - 4pm 
 Marys Marvellous vintage and craft market, Bramall Lane. S2 4QZ

There may be a couple of others in the pipeline, will let you know soon as I do!

Oh, and there's only 49 days 'til Christmas, eek!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

About me (or - I have too much time on my hands today!)

I’ve often seen these ‘about me’ pages on other peoples blogs so thought I’d give it a go myself - just in case you needed to know!!

About me.

Do you have a middle name?
Jayne (yes, with a Y!!)

What was your favourite subject at school?

  What's your favourite drink?
I always look forwards to my mid morning latte

Favourite song at the moment?
We are young (or so I keep telling myself!)

What would you name your children?
If I had any more children -  Clementine for a girl and Wilf for a boy – not so
sure what the hubbs would say about this, but no more children planned I’m sad to say.

Do you participate in any sports?
I really should!

Favourite book?
Secret life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

 Product Details

Favourite colour?

Favourite animal?

(how could you not?!) 

Favourite perfume?
Ginger Essence - Origins

Favourite holiday?
Paris and London with Hubbs, Capernwray and Bosham with all the family

Have you graduated high school?
Yes but a long time ago now!

Do you speak any other languages?
I’m rubbish at languages but I try and give it a go.
I once managed to call a doctor for my husband when he got ill in Paris - he must of understood enough of what I said as he turned up and sorted him out!!

Do you have any siblings?
A  younger sister, Rachel

What's your favourite store?
John Lewis -  every time!

Favourite restaurant?
Hare and Tortoise – South Kensington (Japanese)

Favourite movie?
The Castle – Fab Australian film

 Product Details

Favourite Tv Show?

PC or Mac?

How tall are you?

Personal Questions...

What do you order at Starbucks?
Grande latte with an extra shot, Belgian waffle or fruit toast!

One thing in your closet you can not live without? 
My cardies

What's one thing people probably don't know about you?
I used to be quite adventurous – I’ve sky dived, bungee jumped, white water rafted and done other ridiculous things!  I’m a bit more sensible these days.

                              Name one thing you want to do before you die?
Visit Japan 

What's one food you cannot live without?


What quote/phrase do you live by?
                                      do to others what you would have them do to you

What was the last book you read?
What is the what by Dave Eggers

What's your most listened to song on iTunes?
  Out of the Game by Rufus Wainwright

What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
Comfy and casual – usually trousers, t shirt and a cardi although I have been know to were a skirt every now and then!

Two hobbies?
Crochet and sewing

Two pet peeves?
Rudeness and people pretending to listen to you when they are clearly not!

Guilty pleasures?
Rubbish tv


Monday, 18 June 2012

slow start

So, you may have gathered that I'm not a speedy blogger. I could give you a list of excuses but the truth of the matter is my timing is a bit rubbish. I sit myself down, all ready to blog away, then I realize it's 3pm and time for the school run. There are just not enough hours in the day - oops, there's an excuse already! I just need to be better organized, end of!

What have I been filling my time with since I last wrote?...

I did have a birthday I'd been dreading since I was a child, but do you know what, it turns out that it's ok to get a bit older -  not old, just older (wisdom from a thoughtful friend).

I have been well and truly spoiled this birthday by my lovely friends and family. The icing on the cake was being whisked away by my hubby for a surprise weekend away to London and to go to the Chelsea flower show -  all those hints over the years have paid off!!

What a treat!

I also had another great day at Mary's Marvellous vintage and craft market on Saturday. Always lovely to see everyone there. 

I'm actually taking a break from running my stall over the summer, back to it in September, I'll fill you in on all the details of up and coming fairs soon (soon as I stop sitting down at 3pm that is!). This will hopefully give me time to replenish stock, get a few new ideas on the go, crochet - which I haven't done in so long and maybe even make a few things for our home, which I rarely do!

Have a good week, hope to chat again soon



Friday, 11 May 2012


This week I gave myself a week off - making things that is! Instead, I have been trying to get the house into some form of order (when will I ever learn this is never going to happen?!) and spent a bit of time simply pottering around and catching up with myself.

I had yet another great day at Mary's Marvellous Vintage and Craft fair on Saturday. Great to see so many familiar faces and  to meet some lovely new people too. Once again I forgot to take any photos and since then I have broken the memory card for the camera! Still, here are a few photos I took before I messed up...

These little baskets sold really well at the craft fair, as did bunting!

So, that's my work cut out for me next week, not to mention a few orders for these...

Right, I'd better get my skates on. 

I'll leave you with some photos from our Bank Holiday walk, oh for more four day weeks!

x x

Monday, 23 April 2012

I love Paris and Sheffield!

Well, a few things have happened since my last post. A wonderful trip to the beautiful Paris to cheer on moh (my other half!) running the marathon and to celebrate a little birthday of mine! Also spent yesterday at Sharrow Vale road market running my stall.

First to Paris. What can I say but ooohhhh (la la)! It was stunning. We managed to find a lovely little hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the centre along side a market street. The markets oozed charm and character and some of the best foods I've tasted. In fact, we pretty much ate our way around paris!

I was very restrained in my fabric purchases, but the choice was fantastic. There are so many lovely fabric shops in Montmartre it made me a bit giddy!

Yesterday I was helped by the whole family at the Sharrow Vale Road market, a place close to my heart after spending much of my student days here. The rain held off for pretty much most of the afternoon, apart from 5 minutes from the end! Still, with my trusty little helpers we managed to get everything away in record time and only had to dry out a couple of things at home!

So, I am now putting my energies into the next fair - Mary's marvellous vintage and craft market on Bramall Lane, Saturday 5th May.  I love this fair. There is so much variety. All the money made from it goes back into the community which is just great.

Well, I didn't mean to ramble on for so long, so sorry!! Better get crafting.

Catch you soon x x