Sunday, 13 April 2014

Reading Lists 3

March was a very busy month and I found myself all too often staggering up the stairs to bed, very sleepily and unable to read a thing. These are the two books I managed to read - yes books - not Kindle offerings this time:

Margaret Atwood's Maddaddam was a big heavy hardback - how my poor weak wrists struggled with that. This signed first edition was lent to me by a friend (thanks Mel) and so I had the pressure of taking extra special care of it! The final episode of the trilogy was just as good as the previous two, and driven by strong female characters, which is always a bonus.

Roald Dahl's original writing hut re-housed in the museum

I bought Roald Dahls's Boy on a trip with the kids to his Museum and Story Centre  in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. The museum is amazing. I recommend that everyone go. He was a story telling genius obviously, but the museum manages to capture the warmth and intelligence of the man, and really highlights what a unique individual he was. The book is him recounting some of his early, most vivid, memories. Truthfully, it was almost too much for me. So many thrashings and canings, the sheer wickedness of so many adults (teachers usually) from his frighteningly violent public school education. Having a son of the same age, an intelligent, thoughtful, imaginative son too, I couldn't help but imagine him coping with the same harshness and loneliness. Quite heart breaking.  

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bearwood Handmade Spring

Framed piece by The Paper Rose Boutique

I had the most fantastic day on Saturday. Myself, Ceri, Christina, Erin, Nat, Jayne and Rachel aka the Crafty Muthas hosted Bearwood Handmade Spring. The turn out, even though we'd moved from our regular venue to a brand new building, was immense, and there was the usual happy atmosphere, a real community coming together.

Beautiful basket by Papier TrouvĂ© 
We had some new stall holders for this event, plus some of our favourite makers returning, and whilst I was run off my feet most of the day, helping Bearwood Pantry serve up foody treats, I did manage to get a few pics of some pretty.

Beautiful fragrances from Mommy Bear's Soy Wax Melts and Candles

Tactile loveliness from Felti
The work now begins on Bearwood Handmade Summer. June 7th will be here before I know it. 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Mad March

Busy old month. Seems like everyone I speak to says the same. Mustn't complain though when there are still more happy than stressy days. March started off in the most excellent way with an old friend's wedding. My mate Hils was never going to go for the virginal white, blushing bride look and the wedding was never going to be one of those uptight affairs. So I made a card to match the vibe.

handmade card hils and mick and rock and roll

The kids have been keen to get their craft on this month. Both have had a go at a little embroidering. Scout chose a transfer that came in a lovely kit she got for her birthday. 

girl holding embroidery of hedgehog

And Sonny went for his long standing obsession. A Moshling! He drew the picture himself and traced it through the fabric. 

boy holding moshling embroidery

I completed a lyric hoop for my first commission on Handmake Me. Yay! One of my favourite tracks from Minnie Riperton. Such beautiful lyrics.

embroidered lyrics noone else can make me feel the colours that you bring

That's it from me for now. Busy, busy. Marching on.....