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Llangollen Birthday

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I am spending the weekend in a log cabin at Llangollen

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It is middle child’s 40th birthday. How the heck have I got a child aged 40? Any how I digress. A few friends and family are away for the weekend in lovely Llangollen. The log cabins are really nice and fully equipped with a hot tub. There are squirrels, ducks and birds enjoying the winter landscape.

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Toby dog (one of the family) is slightly obsessed with the scenery as Cyril the squirrel keeps coming to the window to say hello.

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The hot tub is being well used.

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Drop Earrings not Bombs.

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One of my Christmas gifts was a pair of earrings from Darling Daughter. They are not made from precious metals or valuable gem stones but from threads and wire. They were made by women displaced by the Syrian conflict.

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The earrings are sold under the strap line “Drop Earrings Not Bombs” by a women’s cooperative known as “The Olive Tree Craft Cooperative”. I have no desire to be political but these women are just like you and I . They are mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends just like you and I . They could be your sister. Caught up in global conflict is not fun.

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If you would like to find out more visit http://www.smallprojectsistanbul.org

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No New Year’s Resolutions!

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img_1009I don’t do New Years Resolutions! I rarely keep them and can’t see the point. However….

THIS year I’m not going to start another craft project until I’ve finished at least one Work in Progress.

In 2017 I will NOT add to my stash.

Its a good time to start (another) diet.

By the end of January I will sort out my wardrobe.

This is the year that I will blog more, blog smarter and blog in a timely fashion

will be am happy, eager to learn and indulge in positivity.

I will practice acts of random kindness whenever possible.

And finally ……I will NOT make any New Years Resolutions.

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Strange Times

Cruise, travel and diets

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I do find this time between the old year and the new slightly odd! Everything feels as though it’s on hold. Paused awaiting 2017! I’m still busy working on cruise projects as it’s only three weeks tomorrow before we sail. Whoo Hoo!

In between this time and that, I have a weekend away to celebrate middle child’s 40 th birthday. How on Earth have I got children this old? Glad and grateful that I have!

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Well I’ve got to get back into my “little” black dress for the next cruise so I’ll just eat up the Christmas cake left overs and After Eight Mints then I’ll start the diet. Oh mustn’t leave the chocolate truffles or the luxury croissants!

Off to cut up fabric! See you soon💃

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More Cruise Projects

Cruising and travelling

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img_0902One day I might meet myself coming backwards! Well I wouldn’t want it any other way  Busy is good, interesting, exhausting and fun! In the last month I have been on a Caribbean cruise with Hubs. Oh the glorious beaches, spicy aromas and hot hot sun! We left Christmas in the freezer returning home to a very cold stone cottage in the Welsh hills the day before Christmas. Once we had warmed up the cottage we put up some decorations and cooked Christmas dinner for 10 family members.

The next day I made another project for my imminent craft cruise. Three weeks on Friday I go to The Norwegian Fiords on another cruise. This time I will be teaching crafts whilst onboard. I have nearly completed assembling the craft projects that we will be doing on this cruise so phew! Another job done.

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This bag is made using iconic Liberty…

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Early Noel

Christmas ish!

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Last weekend I went away with my girlfriends for our annual Christmas celebration. We generally enjoy a Christmas Eve Buffet on the Friday evening, Christmas Day on the Saturday followed by a Boxing Day Sunday. We have a secret Santa AND a stocking of goodies. How lucky are we? This year we had a beautiful penthouse apartment in Alnmouth Northumberland and we decorated it with our festive stockings and a Christmas tree.

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We had great views of the beach and estuary. On “Christmas” day we opened our presents and watched Christmas movies🌲We put the turkey in the oven and went for a long walk along the beach. When we returned the turkey smelled lovely so we watched another Christmas movie. Sometime later I went to put the roast potatoes into the oven and WOAH ! oven cold! Turkey half cooked! Oven broken! Disaster 🌲

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After a search…

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Candles and Crochet

Busy Days!

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Yet more soy candles ready for the craft fair on Saturday. Slightly different this time as I’ve used some glass jars and Citronella oil as well as my usual China cups I’m looking forward to the actual fair as it’s great to see what others have made and I meet loads of people.img_0873

I started to crochet a shawl for my expected fourth grandchild next spring. I didn’t have a pattern but away I went. After some hours of crochet I was excited as it grew. When I checked it looked a little big but I thought that it would make a nice pram cover. Onwards it grew even bigger. Well maybe a cot blanket. I couldn’t make it smaller as it is a linear pattern, very nice but HUGE. I jest not, it will make a blanket for  a super king bed!! Maybe a wedding present when the unborn…

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