For many many weeks I’ve been a bit quiet and quite busy working on a secret project. The secret project was erected on Tuesday as part of Solihull BID Britain in Bloom entry.
Unfortunately I was on holiday so I couldn’t see the final results or take pictures. However a few people did.
Straight Stitching has done two blog posts to it and there are loads of pictures over on Facebook on the Solihull Crafters page.
So the project was to make loads and loads of flowers to string together to drop and wrap around trees. I decided one of the easiest things to do was to make loads of French Knitting or Corking as it also known as. This was easy to do on the bus as all I needed was the doll that is used in this craft and green wool. So for weeks this was my traveling project. If anyone asked I said I was working on an art installation.
For the flowers I found the book 100 flowers to knit and crochet by Lesley Stanfield valuable. I also did lots of crochet circles in two different colours to resemble flowers. This became a project to take to Knit Night and groups which caused much amusement as people tried to guess what I was making. Sorry that I had to keep quiet.
For those in Solihull I hope you enjoyed the hard work of all the ladies and their creative handicrafts. For the rest of you look at the links. :)
Here is a close up of what I made :)
As ever with my Gluten Free product reviews these are my own thoughts and I don’t get given the products to try or paid to comment on them. It’s just if I find something new I wish to share and I’ve brought these out of my own money.
There is a large Tescos not far from me. I had been in there the other day and had spotted some large play mats suitable for blocking. After a stressful week I decided I needed a treat. The weather wasn’t helping as it is chucking it down.
With treats/rewards I find it is always best not to have ones that are food related. So off I went in the rain to go and get them.
As always I have a look at the free from section and saw these!
These are on the small size but are so soft and perfect that you can do a total eclipse. They are very chocolatey, moist and very moreish. Nom! Scrummy! :)
These are the first cookies that I’ve come across that is balanced with taste as even though they are chocolate they are not overly sweet. I believe I may have tasted the best chocolate cookies ever! :)
This week has gone by so quickly. I’ve done some craft which I’ll try and share with you tomorrow but one of the jobs I did this week was blocking. So I thought a pin update was in order.
I’ve been knitting a lot of shawls lately. I’m currently working on Whippoorwill and as promised by Sarah it’s now getting that long that a row seems to take forever. I finished No fuss and Alva.
I also have finished a sock but yet it’s still waiting for it’s friend. I’ve been doing a lot of crochet recently working on a few techniques and I believe I’ve finally mastered the Granny Square :)
What’s on your pins?
As always I don’t get paid for these. It’s my own views of the products I find.
My latest find is these:
Georgia’s Gluten Free Chicken and Mushroom bakes. In the range they also do Fishcakes. I got these from Tescos.
I had mine with vegetables as you don’t really need any extra potatoes as there is potatoes in them. There was plenty of potatoes and mushrooms but sadly lacking on the chicken front. However they are pretty tasty and so I will consider buying them again. :)
I’ve got a few days off so I’m making the most of it by doing some craft. Keep an eye out for a couple of blog posts this next week :)
Today I made a bracelet. I had been wanting to make one for a while. I wanted to use the beads that I had on a Witness bracelet. I also had some odd beads hanging around.
My friend had given me a lovely leather bracelet with silver chains on. I was wearing this at Fire and the preacher said how Jesus had broken our chains. The chains on the bracelet was like that statement all lose and set free. Since then I wore it every day and played with it often thinking of that statement. It broke the other day.
This got me thinking even more about creating my own. I discovered whilst shopping in Acocks Green (an area of Birmingham) that a new bead shop had opened up. I knew that they would have some elastic that I could use. Whilst chatting to the lovely lady I mentioned that when I was younger I had made some earrings. I was interested in making some again. She gave me some advice and sold me a kit with the bits I needed.
The shop is called “All Beady Eyed” and is on Station Road. I’ll be going back and I’m going to try one of her workshops.
Here by the way is my take on a Witness bracelet.
Dear Reader when news of an incident at a Leeds School filtered through. You may be wondering why I am mentioning this. As you know I am originally from Leeds but what many of you don’t know is that I went to Corpus Christi.
That’s me aged about 15. I apologise for the quality. At that time the uniform was grey skirt/trousers, white shirt, grey jumper and purple blazer. Not the black that is now the current uniform. The photo was taken shortly before I broke up from school FOREVER and just before my year took our GCSES.
I did GCSE Spanish and Mrs Maguire was my teacher. She was one of my favourites and she was good. She helped this lass not the most academic, predicted C if she was lucky, to get a B in Spanish. Over the past few days I’ve been reminiscing with folks about my few memories of her.
I can remember her teaching us a Spanish Christmas Carol that we performed – just at the moment can’t remember the words or tune although then I would have known it off by heart. I can remember her urging my class to become more cultured. I remember shortly after getting into foreign films – an appreciation that I still hold today (just can’t knit when I watch them). I remember her swearing that swimming was the best way to get rid of cellulite – not that my 15 year old self was worried about that. I also can remember her telling me how she adopted her sister’s boys after she had died. It was if that was the most natural thing to do. Fifteen year old me was impressed even if I didn’t understand. However now that I have a niece I would do the same in a heartbeat no questions asked.
There has been much outpouring of love and tributes to her. Everything is deserved. For her teaching was a vocation not a job. It was her calling. Her talent was teaching and she was one of the best.
My thoughts and prayers have been with everyone over the past few days. When I say everyone I mean everyone – her family, her friends, the school, pupils past and present, those who knew her… And the very troubled young man who murdered her and his family. I know that is what Mrs Maguire would have done
Many lives were changed on Monday 28th April. It’s a date that is imprinted into the history of Corpus Christi school.
I leave you with two links. Two links that I feel sums up some of my thoughts. The first is a poem which has spoken to me and this tribute the second one the song is just beautiful.
In a small way she changed me. Dear reader did you have a teacher that influenced you?